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Susan Sons

Susan Sons

Chief Security Analyst and occasional CISO
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  • Me thinks the lady doth protest too much...

    Chase's Twitter advice was directed at *young people*, and it was decent advice. I'm sorry that this author's gender-related insecurities have twisted it somehow, but that's her personal problem, not an indictment of frugality as a strategy.

    I'm happy to see individuals and organizations talking about frugality. It used to be an American value until conspicuous consumption pulled ahead in the 1980s and is now all our young adults know.

    We constantly

    Me thinks the lady doth protest too much...

    Chase's Twitter advice was directed at *young people*, and it was decent advice. I'm sorry that this author's gender-related insecurities have twisted it somehow, but that's her personal problem, not an indictment of frugality as a strategy.

    I'm happy to see individuals and organizations talking about frugality. It used to be an American value until conspicuous consumption pulled ahead in the 1980s and is now all our young adults know.

    We constantly see articles about young professionals' outsized salary expectations. I believe this to be in part due to their high levels of debt, but also in large part to their expectation that they live like middle managers while still at entry level. This is also why young people making more than my parents ever did are living paycheck to paycheck. It's sad and unnecessary.

  • Extremely poor quality reporting.

    "More than half of Indians with high blood pressure are not aware of their condition, which makes the otherwise controllable health problem fatal. Three out of four Indians with the condition have never had their blood pressure measured, even though hypertension is prevalent—45% of Indians have been diagnosed with the condition."

    Someone can't do math, unless we're now diagnosing hypertension without checking blood pressure AND almost every person in India is hypertensive.

  • These young people could get jobs and stop using their parents' insurance well into their 20s.

    If Mommy and Daddy are still supporting you, you shouldn't expect all the benefits of being considered an adult. How entitled!

  • Social Security was never sustainable. It's like when a parent promises their kids that they'll "make it all better" when they don't really have the means to do so. A well-intentioned fib will do more damage than the truth, but many leaders want to believe they can make it all better.

    I won't turn 65 until 2047. I've been paying into Social Security since I was 16, and I've known at least that long that I am unlikely to ever collect, and my son certainly won't.

    How ironic this is. A system designed

    Social Security was never sustainable. It's like when a parent promises their kids that they'll "make it all better" when they don't really have the means to do so. A well-intentioned fib will do more damage than the truth, but many leaders want to believe they can make it all better.

    I won't turn 65 until 2047. I've been paying into Social Security since I was 16, and I've known at least that long that I am unlikely to ever collect, and my son certainly won't.

    How ironic this is. A system designed to hedge against individuals failing to save for their distant futures was designed in a way that ensured its own failure, but also ensured that it wouldn't fail until its creators were long gone.

  • The government has a history of writing over what they intend to redact in a PDF, still shipping supposedly redacted content to those of us smart enough to look at the raw file. Someone probably had a marker and a determination to avoid that scenario.

    It would be great if they'd just learn to use digital formats correctly.

  • Many people made a financial decision to give up on college precisely because the debt was untenable. It would be immoral, not to mention one heck of a perverse incentive, to ask everyone who made that choice to pay for the education of those who chose something they couldn't easily pay for. They'll keep the benefits, but want those without the benefits to foot the bill.

  • How incredibly crass, demanding such an invasion of individuals to benefit an airline.

    I'll note that they aren't interested in weighing carry on baggage. Just people.

  • "radioactive radiation", huh?

    Neat story, can't wait to hear it told by someone more scientifically literate. Meanwhile, smart kid. I'm glad he seems to be getting some encouragement rather than the usual round of baseless panic and suspicion.

  • There's some interesting history here, but I was unimpressed by the article's exaggeration of the impacts of the misunderstanding of "Maslow's" Hierarchy. It's one of a few dozen mental models one is likely to come across in the course of an education. Big deal. Catastrophizing takes away from an interesting historical snippet.

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