June 2008 Archives

More on Customs searching

Back in the beginning of May, I posted an article on some scary Customs practices of searching and/or seizing electronic devices of people coming into the U.S., especially people of a certain ethnic look.Fortunately, there are a lot of people (like me) who think this is an unacceptable invasion of privacy and have taken up the fight. Yesterday there was a Congressional hearing about it, and while it doesn't appear anything concrete came from it, there are some notable opponents to the practice. You can read more about it here.

Gas prices and income

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I realize this is a little random, but everyone is aware the gas prices are somewhat painful right now (although much worse in most of the rest of the world). I saw this chart on the NY Times today that I found very interesting. There are 3 tabs showing 1) how hard gas prices hit people, per county income; 2) gas prices around the country per county; and 3) median incomes around the country, per county. One interesting thing I realized too is that while Utah has a reputation for fairly low salaries relative to other places, it's still not doing too shabby.

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