The DQYDJ Weekender, 8/17/2013

August 22nd, 2020 by 

I don't know what's worst about the most recent revelations in this summer's NSA saga.  (Thanks to Barton Gellman writing at the Washington Post this time):

  • There were 2,776 rule violations.
  • Those rule violations only covered a one year period.
  • Rule violations don't map 1:1 with people affected (one example?  A single violation involved 3,032 files, each of which contained an undisclosed number of people's records.)
  • The NSA was reporting on itself (read: likely minimizing the number)
  • 'Incidental' violations are not reported (!)

Links We Liked!

  • One man who actually has the courage of his convictions?  Nelson Smith, writer at Financial Uproar- who wrote an article about his house price being too high... and sold it!
  • Len Penzo continues his "Living on $40,000" series (an amazing series) with Jonathan in Ohio.
  • Ironman at Political Calculations has the dirt on the electric-car promises of the current administration.  Unfortunately for the President, we're tracking far below the rosy predictions.
  • Control Your Cash somehow posts a personal finance story about a bank's "generous" offer.  You know, if you can't look up the competition on the internet (we'll have one like this soon!).'
  • Our friend Pauline at Reach Financial Independence broke all the rules of Personal Finance - and used low cost debt to leverage an expansion of her personal empire.  Bravo.
  • You know how an economist wouldn't stop to pick up a $20 bill because "if it existed someone would have picked it up already?".  The Money Beagle was the guy who picked it up.
  • The PoPs now have a second generation of writers at their site - and I can't even get my parents to read sometimes.  Congrats!

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PK started DQYDJ in 2009 to research and discuss finance and investing and help answer financial questions. He's expanded DQYDJ to build visualizations, calculators, and interactive tools.

PK is in his mid-30s and works and lives in the Bay Area with his wife, two kids, and dog.

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