Steve Johnson: Too much effort is about right. There’s not much payoff, the prose is bad, the food descriptions are insufferable and very very long. The more you read of it the more you realize that the author simply isn’t providing you with key pieces of the puzzle – he drops hints instead. Unfortunately the hints are interspersed throughout a bunch of huge, rambling novels which are obviously written by a sugar addicted fat guy (seriously, the food descriptions are disgusting –...
James James: If it’s not very good, then any effort is too much effort.
Isegoria: You certainly can spend $20k/year for health insurance, but Mr. Money Mustache discusses spending about one-fifth of that on a high-deductible plan. I don’t think most families would want to consume just $25,000 per year, but he does lay out how they do it, and he admits that they’re helped by low property taxes in Colorado. I don’t think the goal is to copy his plan, but to learn from it.
UKer: Holding a passport of a nation does not mean the holder is that nationality, nor does it even remotely mean the holder (assuming the passport was not forged or illegally obtained) agrees with the current political, social and cultural values of the country that issued the passport. There are people in the UK who utterly support ISIS or one of its associated criminal organisations, who do not speak English. They will take the free money and obey the minimum of British law but their interests and...
Mike in Boston: Around here health insurance for a family is over $20k, and property taxes, water/sewer, and homeowner’s insurance will set you back easily another $10k or more per year. So his math really only works in low-cost areas for as long as you don’t get sick, and don’t want to save to educate your kids or get set them up in business. Which is why he’s out there making money hustling his personal-finance shtick.
Isegoria: You may be interested in the shockingly simple math behind early retirement and Mr. Money Mustache’s explanation of how to retire early — namely, “$600,000 in investments, plus a paid-off house.” He should make you think: It was only after I turned 30 and had enough money to retire from real work that I started getting these incredulous comments from friends and coworkers, like “What do you mean you are retiring? How will you get the money to pay your car loan and your...
Mike in Boston: Russian, appropriately, has two different adjectives reflecting the distinction Lu An Li draws: Rossiiski — of or pertaining to Russia, the country (which includes many non-Russians) Russki — of or pertaining to the Russian ethnicity The English language misses the distinction, though there is at least the dichotomy “British” vs. “English”.
Lu An Li: Not really Russians, Frenchmen, Swedes, Belgians as those words and terms understood. From those places but not of those places. “Being born in a barn does not necessarily make one a horse.”
Adar: Primarily the Chechen boys but not limited to just them. One significant feature of the ISIL combatants is the incorporation of foreign fighters in significant numbers. Not since the time of the Spanish Civil War has such a thing occurred.
Nover: You notice that all of these early retirement stories use the same age: 30. It seems that nobody retires early at 36, 39, 42, or 48. Only 30, and these people have the magical secret. These people are same as the people in the ads about buying/selling real estate quickly. Again I ask, how on earth would these people pay for health insurance for the rest of their lives? They also would not get full Social Security.