Personal Finance Links – SOPA Edition

by Andy Hough on January 22, 2012

You probably heard a lot about SOPA this week with many websites being blacked out on Wednesday to protest the potential passage of SOPA. I didn’t black out my site but I did send an email to my congressman and senators. It appears that Congress has taken notice of the protests and are taking a second look at the SOPA bill.

This week I managed to hit my 2,000 words a day target twice. That is better than my previous mark of zero but still quite a bit off of my goal of writing 2,000 words a day five days a week. I gained 0.4 pounds this week. That is probably due to my indulging in soda and fast food three times this week. I think I have the soda and fast food cravings back under control and will do better this week. My breakfast this morning of waffles slathered in peanut butter and drowned in syrup probably wasn’t the best start though. There is a fitness center a block away from my apartment that I will join this week if their dues are reasonable. It is within easy walking distance so I think I’d actually use it if I joined.

Here are some articles that caught my eye this week:

Say goodbye to free speech on the internet at Financial God. This post gives you some details about SOPA.

Cost basis rules are changing at The College Investor. This is a topic that I intend to write about on my investing blog.

50 over 50k. This site is listing me as one of their list of 50 people making over 50k online. I’m not sure why since I didn’t make anywhere near 50k last year and I doubt I’ll make that this year either but I’ll take it as a compliment.

Should parents pay for college? at Married with Debt. My parents didn’t pay for my college but I don’t have any problem with parents paying for college if they can afford it.

S&P Ratings Cuts in Europe at Don’t Quit Your Day Job. I think the cuts are mostly symbolic and will hopefully work as a wake-up call to Europe and the United States.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Robert @ The College Investor January 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Thanks for the mention!

2 Cherleen @ yesiamcheap January 23, 2012 at 4:51 am

Congratulations on hitting 2,000 words per day. It is also my dream, which I need to work on starting next month… You have a nice list of suggested articles. I will check on them later.

3 PK January 23, 2012 at 10:47 am

You know me – cynical of any ratings group when it comes to sovereign debt. Large countries aren’t people so their finances are generally open enough to let people come to their own conclusions.

4 Norman January 23, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Do you mean, “their” dues are reasonable? I used to work as a proofreader, so I have an excuse for being picky.

Waffles with peanut butter and syrup does not make for a good breakfast. I have a gym within walking distance of my condo and I still haven’t joined, but I’ve been THINKING about joining for 6 months now. That counts for something doesn’t it?

5 Andy Hough January 23, 2012 at 1:43 pm

You’re welcome.

6 Andy Hough January 23, 2012 at 1:43 pm


7 Andy Hough January 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm

I think the ratings can still serve a purpose though.

8 Andy Hough January 23, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Fixed it. I do know the difference but I probably had the “there” from earlier in the sentence still in my mind.

9 FG January 23, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Thank you for the mention, Andy, I appreciate it! 2000 words a day is a high goal; good luck but be careful of burnout!

10 Andy Hough January 24, 2012 at 11:35 am

I will have to start meeting that goal more often before I have to worry about burnout.

11 Jackie January 27, 2012 at 6:24 pm

I bet they took your $3K+ish report for one month and extrapolated from there for the 50 over 50k site. (Which is an interesting read…)

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