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August 3, 2007

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to the Friday, August 3, 2007 edition of On the Moneyed Midways, the blogosphere's only weekly review of the best posts from the most recent editions of the best of the world of business and money-related blog carnivals!

We ran the extremes in terms of encountering good and bad blog carnivals this week! On the negative side of the ledger, we found this week's Carnival of Real Estate to be, in a word, awful. Yes, it's not as bad as a blog carnival presented entirely in haiku (then again, what could be?), but after reading through the whole thing, we just couldn't make any sense out of it, as it appeared to be some sort of Monopoly-themed competition where 7 of 30 contributed posts made the cut to be included, but frankly, we'd rather just get to the top posts than suffer through the poorly structured plot.

Just goes to figure that we found The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!(TM) there....

On the plus side, this week's Carnival of Money Stories had a plot, in the form of a presidential debate no less, that was actually very entertaining. Don't get us wrong, in other hands, we could well be talking about a complete disaster, but in the Dough Roller's hands, we had wit and humor to carry us through (poor John Edwards....)

Speaking of getting to the posts, we'll stop our opinionating here. The best posts from the week that was await you below....

On the Moneyed Midways for August 3, 2007
Carnival Post Blog Comments
Business Communications Centralization vs. Decentralization Adam Pieniazek Where should you apply a centralized communication structure as opposed to a decentralized one within a business? Adam Pieniazek shares his thoughts, and very possibly a management class assignment, in answering the question!
Carnival of Fraud Usana's Naked Short Selling Conspiracy Theory FRAUDfiles Is Usana Health Sciences a failing multi-level marketer with a history of misrepresentation or is it the victim of naked short sellers? Tracy Coenen, who's been following the Usana story, reports the latest.
Carnival of Money Stories Top 10 Most Frugal Celebs (Yes, They Do Exist) The Frugal Panda When was the last time you ever heard of a celebrity being praised for not living in excess? The Frugal Panda finds ten famous people from the world of entertainment who actually mind their money.
Carnival of Real Estate San Diego Mortgage Advice: Call to ARMs America's Mortgage Broker Brian Brady's contrarian, but well-founded and well-reasoned, take on Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs) is not just good advice, it's The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!
Carnival of Small Business and Startups Not So Smart After All MINE Your Own Business What makes some people (Bear Grylls, Michael Vick, Tour de France dopers, etc.) think they will be able to cheat and get away with it? What do small business owners and the U.S. military have in common that makes them a rare commodity in today's world? And what does staying in a Holiday Inn Express have to do with any of this? Mike Buckley answers these questions!
Carnival of the Capitalists Is Tort Reform Necessary to Protect Small Business? Small Business Buzz Michelle Cramer reviews the case of the dry cleaner and the judge's pants and observes that even if a small business owner is in the right, they might still be forced into bankruptcy by the less than honest people who sue them and a system that doesn't protect them from this outcome.
Cavalcade of Risk The New World of Risk SOX First Leon Gettler provides Absolutely essential reading in reporting on key points made by Australian economist John Quiggin in his paper The Risk Society.
Festival of Stocks When is the Right Time to Sell an Investment? The Mad Money Analyst Buying a stock or mutual fund is often an easy decision, but how do you know when you should sell? The Mad Money Analyst tells you what to look for and guides you to useful tools for making the call!
Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing "Crowdsourcing" Development Data? Private Sector Development Blog Giulio Quaggiotto of the World Bank's PSD blog reviews a recent report from the UK that finds that "crowdsourcing," or rather, having discrete individuals analyze problems and develop and communicate unique solutions within a community, can provide better outcomes for public health and safety than relying solely on governing institutions.
Real Estate Investing Real Estate Investing vs. Stock Market Investing - Is There a Clear Winner? BloodhoundBlog Michael Cook answers the question by saying "No." And he backs it up in a post that's Absolutely essential reading!
Small Business Issues Are You Really Paid Enough? Business Analytics Bhupendra Khanal offers a wide ranging look at the intersection of company HR policies and employee expectations in the dynamic Indian economy.

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