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August 14, 2009

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to the Friday, August 14, 2009 edition of On the Moneyed Midways, the only place you can go each week to find the best posts from the best of the past week's blog carnivals dedicated to business and money matters!

We're occasionally asked: do you really read every post in every carnival you review each week? Well, not exactly. After several years of producing OMM, we're pretty good at recognizing which posts aren't worth are time. Our first clue is often provided by the host of the blog carnivals, who tell us whether a post is genuinely worth reading or not by whether or not they've gone to the effort to tell us themselves why we should read it in their own words. If they haven't gone to that kind of trouble, then we know it clearly isn't worth our time.

Even with that restriction, we still end up reading hundreds of posts each week. Fortunately for us, we read really, really fast. And if you're really interested, you can too:

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So go ahead and run your finger over the words on the screen as you chant "a e i o u" over and over as you read this week's edition. Then click the links to the best posts of the week that was and see if it really works. You know you want to!...

It all begins with the best posts we found in the week that was....

On the Moneyed Midways for August 14, 2009
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Carnival of Debt Reduction Clean Finances, Clean Mind Prime Time Money PT and Mrs. PT have been housecleaning, but PT went a step further than just sweeping out the garage - he cleaned up and organized his financial house.
Carnival of Personal Finance Acknowledge You Have a Problem with Debt Wisebread Adam Baker finds an uncomfortable connection between getting control of your debt and addiction recovery programs. Absolutely essential reading!
Carnival of Real Estate Photog Annie Liebovitz Could Lose NY Homes Zillow Blog Diane Tuman reports on how the multi-million earning celebrity photographer's finances are pushing her to the brink of foreclosure on several of her real estate properties in New York City. We think there's more than a little similarity between Liebovitz' financial woes and those of Michael Jackson in the years before he died.
Cavalcade of Risk What We Expect of Insurance Colorado Health Insurance Insider Louise contrasts health insurance and car insurance and wonders why what people demand such different things from each kind of insurance. Absolutely essential reading!
Cavalcade of Risk Cash for Cluckers Insureblog Bob Vineyard provides a hilarious sendup of proposed health care reforms *and* the "Cash for Clunkers" program. Absolutely essential reading!
Festival of Frugality Chickens in Suburbia Suburban Dollar Kyle lays out why raising your own chickens at home for the eggs just doesn't add up.
Festival of Stocks The Kondratieff Wave: Tracking the Past or Predicting the Future? Canadian Finance Blog Tom reviews the different phases of the "Kondratieff Wave" - a long term cyclical pattern that portends gloom ahead for the U.S. economy.
Money Hacks Carnival The High Cost of Deep Fried Coke SectorMatic Money Journal Jack Schmidt's post defies categorization. It starts off with deep fried Coke (yes Virginia, you *can* fry anything!) and swings through the health care debate, pounding upon the lack of health benefits of the soft drink before veering wildly off into how much money you might accumulate if you invested all the money the "average" American spends on health care instead of spending it on health care. His thinking is wrong, his assumptions are flawed, but the post is thoroughly entertaining, which is why it's The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!
Carnival of Money Stories A College Degree Does Not Guarantee a Job CashMoneyLife Patrick offers a serving of reality to a college graduate suing her alma mater for not guaranteeing her a job.

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