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March 26, 2007

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to the March 26, 2007 edition of the Carnival of the Capitalists! And welcome to this week's special edition of Political Calculations' On the Moneyed Midways, which came about as we volunteered to host this week's CotC!

For those new to Political Calculations, each week, usually on Friday or Saturday, we post a roundup of the best posts we found in each of the previous week's various business, economics or just generally money-related blog carnivals called "On the Moneyed Midways". What's more, we select one post as being The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!(TM) and as an added bonus, we also cite the near contenders for the best post of the week as being Absolutely essential reading!(TM). And we're going to keep to our standards with this edition of the Carnival of the Capitalists!

This week is unique in that instead of reviewing the dozens of blog carnivals that we normally do, we're presenting the best posts (by our editorial opinion) submitted for consideration to this week's Carnival of the Capitalists! Beyond that though, we've also activated our dynamic table technology for this edition, which will allow you to sort the table below alphabetically by post, blog, category and even comments - just click a column heading! To reset the original order (the order in which the posts were added), you'll need to reload this page.

It's all below - just scroll down for the best posts we found for the Carnival of the Capitalists in the week that was....

The Carnival of the Capitalists for March 26, 2007
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The Real Estate Market: Why "Bottom" Is a Dirty Word Breaking the $hackles of the 9 to 5 business
business
C
Michael Dawson puts a number of notable economists, homebuilders and financiers on the stand to get to the bottom of whether the housing market is at the bottom!
Discriminatory Words and Investigations The New Business World managing
legal
C
H.R. professional Murad Ali discusses the changing world of words and the steps managers are obligated to take when offensive language is reported.
Coinstar Founder Jens Molbak Startup Studio business
business
C
Betsy Flanagan podcasts the story of a man who found opportunity and success in the accumulation of loose change.
Writers: How to Make $1000 a Month from Associated Content Getting to Graduation general
general
C
Industrious college student, and prolific blogger Matthew Paulson shares how he generates an average $1,198 per month writing articles for user-content driven network marketer Associated Content.
How to Sell Your Stuff via Amazon Blogging for Business general
general
C
Ted Demopoulos talks through the process for packaging what you've already written as a blogger into book form for sale on Amazon.com.
So Is This a Bounce or a Bottom? Trader's Narrative investing
investing
C
Babak makes the technical case that the stock market's recent bounce may be rather short-lived.
Crooked Timber Epicurean Dealmaker investing
investing
C
The Epicurean Dealmaker puts a different spin on private-equity firm Blackstone's recent announcement that it may soon be going public, challenging the conventional wisdom in the business media.
Lowest Common Denominator Laws and the Subprime Lending Market Real Estate Forum taxes
taxes
C
Alex wonders if the irresistable urge to respond to a "small but powerful number of folks who throw a wrench in the works" will lead the government to over-react and constrict opportunities for the vast majority of sub-prime loan borrowers.
Megatrends-Based Business Ideas Worldwide Success business
business
C
Opportunities may be found lurking in many places - David outlines major trends that may well form the basis for successful businesses.
Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers Money Online marketing
marketing
C
Alex Mincinopschi discusses the nuts and bolts of how to apply the A.I.D.A (Attention, Interest, Desire and Action) sales model to blogging.
Why Some People Almost Always Are Successful Positivity Blog general
general
C
The choices people make plays a huge role in determining if they will become successful. Henrik Edberg looks at the lessons to be learned from the successful.
CEO Invincibility - Why They Turn Bad SOX First managing
managing
C
Leon Gettler reflects on the hubris on display in the trial of Conrad Black, where the qualities that made him successful may also have driven his downfall.
Control What Can Be Controlled Integrative Stream marketing
marketing
C
Will Crawford provides a case study for how a company can distinguish itself by exceeding expectations in its portion of a three-party transaction.
Charting the Mindshare Market MyMindshare Blog economics
economics
C
Jim Burch defines what the mindshare market is and argues that consumers are getting a raw deal from traditional media advertising. His solution? A true market where the traditional media is bypassed as an unnecessary middleman, and consumers get compensated!
Sick Time Blues…. Insureblog taxes
taxes
C
Henry Stern, who also organizes the Cavalcade of Risk, considers the impact of newly proposed sick-leave regulations upon U.S. businesses.
Entrepreneurship and 300 Gyaan Sutra business
business
B
What can you learn about entrepreneurship from the movie 300? Sudhanshu Raheja provides some surprising insights! Absolutely essential reading!
20 Typical Reasons to Sell Your Stock or Mutual Fund Digerati Life investing
investing
C
The Silicon Valley Blogger runs through the reasons why it might be time to sell off parts of your investment portfolio, providing lessons learned from experience.
How to Ace a Job Interview Money $mart Life business
business
C
Are you "Google-proof?" Can you keep your skeletons in your closet? Can you make a connection? Ben offers tips for prospective employees....
Solve Small Problems Software Project Management managing
managing
C
Pawel Brodzinski argues that it's wise to devote time to deal with small issues, even if there are bigger ones on the horizon.
Fear of Loss: Fear Strikes Out Blog Business World managing
managing
C
Wayne Hurlburt notes the effects of the "fear of loss" upon business decision makers and argues that trusting your staff and advisors can prevent it from seriously damaging your company.
Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble Econbrowser economics
economics
A
James Hamilton has been scouring economic data to track the progress of the housing "bubble", finding that economic fundamentals, more than a "popping" bubble, are behind the recent increase in mortgage delinquencies. The Best Post the the Week, Anywhere!
Working and Feeling Good Trusted Advisor business
business
B
Charles Green reviews a recent study by Gallup on what works best to engage employees in a business. Absolutely essential reading!
Blackstone IPO? Not So Fast KirkWalsh.com investing
investing
C
The market is certainly excited about private-equity firm Blackstone's pending IPO, but Kirk Walsh points to some serious issues that may be overlooked in all the hype.
Trending US-China Trade Political Calculations economics
economics
B
Did you know the U.S. has been consistently outpacing China in the growth rate of its exports to the other nation since 2004? Political Calculations has the numbers behind a story you won't find reported (yet) anywhere else! We think it's Absolutely essential reading, but since we wrote it, we would!
Gee, Thanks, Congressman Tax Update Blog taxes
taxes
B
Joe Kristan reflects on the latest version of the statement "Hi, I'm from Washington D.C. and I'm here to help" in the rather remarkable statement made by a Representative for solving the problems of the Alternative Minimum Tax. Absolutely essential reading!
5 Reasons Why the Forever Stamp Is a Lousy Idea Personal Finance Advice personal finance
pers-finance
B
Jeffrey Strain considers the question of whether or not the newly proposed "Forever" stamp will be a good investment and finds it's not worthy of a long-term position in your portfolio. Absolutely essential reading!
How Much is Your CEO Being Paid? Boring Made Dull personal finance
pers-finance
C
How much are CEO's being paid? As Economics and Social Policy carnival founder BoringMadeDull has found, it depends on how the numbers are being added and who's doing the math.
What I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me About Investing When I Was 22 Gongol.com investing
investing
B
Brian Gongol hasn't just put together a list of 26 things he wishes he was told when he was 22; he's actually put together something that looks very much like an investing action plan! Absolutely essential reading, and please note Brian's disclaimer!

Next Week's Carnival

Next week's Carnival of the Capitalists will be hosted by Rob May at BusinessPundit. Bloggers who would like to contribute to next week's CotC may use the CotC Submission Form to submit entries. Bloggers struggling to find timely topics might consider Tom Hanna's invaluable Financial Roadmap for this next week.

About Political Calculations

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Previous Editions of On the Moneyed Midways

Acknowledgements

My special thanks to Jay Solo for the opportunity to host the Carnival of the Capitalists for this week and to all the bloggers who made contributions! Bloggers looking for information on how to implement the sorting table function in their own blogs may find very useful informtion on this function and many others at The Daily Kryogenix.

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