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April 6, 2007

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to the April 6, 2007 edition of On the Moneyed Midways, the blogosphere's only weekly review of the best posts from each of the week's major business and money-related blog carnivals!

Beyond the weekly roundup, we also seek out the best post from the hundreds posted to the various blog carnivals each week and proclaim it to be The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!(TM) Those posts that come very close to earning the title of being the best earn the consolation prize of being Absolutely essential reading!(TM)

This week's edition really shows the difference that having a real-life person select, edit and write a blog carnival can provide over the kind of carnival you get when you just allow Blog Carnival's automated entry generator do all the work. If you're a blogger who will be hosting a carnival soon, take note - we found more posts worth our time and consideration that we would have otherwise if we relied on Blog Carnival's generated output (especially in this week's Carnival of Fraud!)

A good case for the need for hands-on editing is this week's Carnival of the Capitalists, hosted by BusinessPundit's Rob May. While Rob relied far too heavily on the generated content, he still made the effort to edit, group and select what he felt were the top contributed posts. That made the CotC worthwhile this week, although we would have missed this week's Best Post of the Week, Anywhere! since Rob didn't modify the auto-generated content for the contribution.

At the extreme end, where the host makes no real effort to edit the carnival edition, such as a typical blog carnival assembled at any blog with the word "lowdown" as part of its name, was wholly a waste of time to read. Frankly, we have better things to do than to click on random links all day long - we want a reason why we should click a particular link!

But enough about all that! The best posts from the best-hosted carnivals of the week that was begins below....

On the Moneyed Midways for April 6, 2007
Carnival Post Blog Comments
Carnival of Entrepreneurs Top 10 Surefire Ways to Come Up with a Million Dollar Idea TodaysTen.com For the entrepreneur, the idea is the launching pad for everything else they do. Ybother provides 10 tips to help jumpstart the process!
Carnival of Fraud Carnival of Scams - Top 4 Fairground Cons Wise Bread Paul Michael writes a nearly perfectly redundant post about scams at carnivals for the Carnival of Fraud! Actually, the post is very well done with YouTube video showing how some very popular games are rigged against the rubes playing them!
Carnival of Fraud Barry Minkow on Usana FRAUDfiles Tracy Coenen features a YouTube presentation by reformed fraudster Barry Minkow regarding the curious business practices of vitamin distributor Usana Health Sciences.
Carnival of Fraud Gatekeeper Lawyers SOX First Leon Gettler highlights an idea proposed by Columbia Law School professor John Coffee that would compel a company's lawyers to act more in the interest of shareholders. We found the idea very intriguing and potentially capable of delivering what Sarbanes-Oxley was supposed to without its poorly considered and costly mandates. The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!
Carnival of Real Estate Why Pets Are Better Tenants that Children Bigger Pockets Joshua Dorking offers a comparison of the relative damage to one's property that might be caused by pets and children and calls for reconsidering rental discrimination policies against pets!
Carnival of Taxes Who Really Pays Business Taxes? KirkWalsh.com Kirk Walsh compares how higher-tax advocating politicians see the world against how the world really operates.
Carnival of the Capitalists Recession Management: Personnel Relations Blog Business World Wayne Hurlbert argues that good people management when the economy is bad can transform your business from a player into a leader. Absolutely essential reading!
Carnival of the Capitalists Why Research Labs Fail at Innovation The Berkun Blog Given our background in advanced R&D, Scott Berkun's research into the problems of research and development was hauntingly familiar.
Festival of Stocks What an Honest SEC Filing from Blackstone Would Look Like Market Poetry Pure fun! And maybe the most exciting business description we've ever had the pleasure of reviewing. Absolutely essential reading!
Festival of Stocks Valuing US Bancorp Fat Pitch Financials George gets inside the mind of Warren Buffett and determines the intrinsic value of USB. As a bonus, he's provided his analysis online through Google Spreadsheets!
Home Business Carnival Blogging to the Sound of SpongeBob Affiliate Profit Center David, a work-at-home Dad, offers tips for being able to successfully work from home if you have kids.
Personal Development Carnival What Really Matters Renovate Your Life with Craig Craig Harper on what really matters in life. Absolutely essential reading!
Real Estate Investing Sez Me - Random Sunday Thoughts - The Duh Factor BloodhoundBlog Captain Obvious ghostwrites a post with Jeff Brown considering all that unseemly real estate development and lending activity going on in the U.S. in the aftermath of the housing bubble.

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