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14 March 2008

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to this Friday, March 14, 2008 edition of On the Moneyed Midways! Each week, we can the best of the past week's money and business related blog carnivals, seeking the best posts from each one, just so we can assemble them together in one place for your weekend reading pleasure!

This week, two of the top posts of the week come at the same principle at very different angles. The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere! proposes a free market solution for making the Internet into an effective self-policing system, while the post we found to be Absolutely essential reading! looks at how one company in the Internet has the potential to do the same service for the real estate industry.

Somewhere or another, a lot of venture capital is going to flow toward making self-policing markets on the Internet a reality, and for the real estate industry, it already is - we think it's just phenomenal that we're catching the wave from two different directions in the same week!

Those posts, along with the best posts of all the other business and money related blog carnivals of the past week, await you below!...

On the Moneyed Midways for March 14, 2008
Carnival Post Blog Comments
Carnival of Debt Reduction Prosper Rocks! Debt Reduction Formula Can you really auction off your debt? Ryan Healy shows how he used microlender Prosper.com to consolidate his high interest debt at a much lower rate!
Carnival of Personal Finance Reverse Strategy: Decreasing Contribution Percent My Dollar Plan The conventional wisdom is that you should increase the amount to contribute to a retirement plan every year. Madison turns that conventional wisdom on its head and shows how and when it makes sense to do the opposite!
Carnival of Real Estate Ruthless Walk Aways - A False Start Salt Lake City Real Estate Nigel Swaby looks at the new phenomenon of people with good jobs walking away from the homes they bought in recent years just because their value has decreased, and considers where the finger of blame should be pointed.
Carnival of Taxes Are Credit Card Rewards and Cash Rebates Considered Taxable Income? Money Blue Book Do you have one of those credit cards that are tied to a rewards program? Will the IRS come looking for you for more taxes if you do? Raymond explores the gray areas the IRS has established.
Blawg Review The "Notary Internet" The Legal Satyricon Mark Randazza describes Jon Garfunkel's imaginative free market idea for dealing with the problem of false statements made about individuals on the Internet. The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!
Cavalcade of Risk Why Hairdressers Have a Low Flood Risk waterworlds Nicky Clarke explains why hairdressers can expect to be unusually resilient by being back in business fast following being flooded out. Who knew?!
Festival of Frugality Why You Should Never Buy Another Textbook Broke Grad Student The Broke Grad Student looks back to experience to provide six tips current college students should consider before going anywhere near the university bookstore.
Festival of Stocks Great Businesses According to Buffett Fat Pitch Financials George reveals what he learned about Warren Buffett's investing philosohy from reading his latest letter to Berkshire Hathaway investors. Interesting tidbit: "restrict your investments to companies with durable competitive advantages" since this "'eliminates the business[es] whose success depends on having a great manager.'"
Carnival of Money Stories Tip Your Pizza Delivery Person! DebtFree-Revolution Ana, herself a pizza delivery driver, reveals why tipping drivers is so important!
Odysseus Medal Zillow Creates the End of the World as We Know It, and I Feel Fine BloodhoundBlog Teri Lussier considers "a world where real estate agents will have to prove themselves where it really matters- with clients and consumers." Absolutely essential reading!

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