Unexpectedly Intriguing!
February 14, 2006

So many blog carnivals and so little time! Even though we've throttled back our posting activity here at Political Calculations, we still try to keep up with the best out there in the world of personal/micro/macro-economics-related blogging activity. Here are what we've determined to be the best posts (the money posts!) about business, personal finance, investing, debt reduction, economics and more from this week's blog carnivals!

Carnival of Personal Finance

Things Worth Spending On

Cathy, aka the Chief Family Officer, offers her thoughts on what the best use of your money might be.

Spend as much on crap as you can afford

Maybe the most inspired post anywhere this week! Certainly a great counterweight for the previous selection, Retire at 30 finds that "you can be financially responsible and splurge on stupid things!"

Carnival of the Capitalists

Paul Krugman and VA Health Care

Different River joins in the ever popular blogging activity of dissecting the error-filled, myopic ruminations put forth by the New York Times' top economics thinker in a recent column. Guess which one's version provides a more accurate picture of what quality health care looks like when a government agency provides it?

Recession Threat Growing

Is the U.S. headed to recession? Michael Cale of Financial Methods thinks the probability of a recession in the next 12-18 months has increased substantially.

New Investment Opportunity? Person to Person Lending

We've had peer-to-peer networks for years where digital music, gaming and other entertainment options are involved, but Jeffrey Strain at Personal Finance Advice may have found the loan-industry equivalent with Prosper.com.

Carnival of Entrepreneurship

Is Invention Dead?

The Strangest Secrets' Carson Conant wonders if entrepreneurs can overcome the challenge of the growing complexity of technology.

Ten Steps to a Business Turnaround

Rick Spence, aka the Canadian Entrepreneur, reports from a conference at the University of Toronto with a list that more organizations ought to follow when the going gets tough. You know, like Rock the Vote could have, if the MTV people who run it really cared....

Carnival of Investing

Investing: And he's an expert!

The Big Cajun Man of Canadian Financial Stuff has some choice quotes from a so-called expert, which reminds us that there's no substitute for doing your homework when choosing your investments.

"But You Are The Man"

Want to know how to really stick it to "The Man?" Uncle Bill says maxing out your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan is the perfect stick - especially if your employer matches all or part of your contributions. Best advice of the week!

Carnival of Debt Reduction

Starting a business without more debt

The MightyBargainHunter offers suggestions for modern entrepreneurs on how to launch a business with low-to-no debt.

Festival of Frugality

Living on Less, Having an Abundance

Frugal for Life's Dawn looks at the psychology of thrift. Does your brain have a "scarcity-switch"?

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