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March 13, 2009

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to the Friday, March 13, 2009 edition of On the Moneyed Midways, where we review the best posts we found in the best of the past week's money and business-related blog carnivals!

Friday the 13th is often considered to be the most unlucky of days by the superstitious. We're not superstitious, but we're thinking that there might just be something to it, because we were certainly unlucky in our weekly review of the blogosphere's money and business-related blog carnivals.

Why? Apparently, the second full week of March 2009 is when many of the people who volunteered to host blog carnivals simply chose to phone it in, rather than to lift a finger to help the bloggers who contributed to their carnivals by taking the time to actually present a reason to read their posts. Instead, in carnival after carnival, we were treated to some variation of the following description of the hundreds of honestly contributed posts:

Name presents Post Title posted at Blog Name, saying "Blogger provided and frequently unhelpful description of contributed post."

Repeat after us, lazy blog carnival hosts: "The Blog Carnival web site is evil. And obsolete. It generates worthless content that should never be used. Ever. Because it's obsolete. And evil."

Frankly, we find that running a simple Google Blog Search generates more worthwhile content. Don't believe us? Check out our "Carnival of Savings" for this week. It took us all of 15 seconds to create, and yes, it's better than anything automatically generated by the obsolete and evil Blog Carnival.

For an example of the kind of content a host should manually generate for a blog carnival, just scroll down for the best posts we found among the blog carnivals we could tolerate reviewing in the week that was....

On the Moneyed Midways for March 13, 2009
Carnival Post Blog Comments
Carnival of Debt Reduction Rent to Own Advice Peak Personal Finance Why is "renting to own is about the worst way possible to buy consumer goods"? Peak Personal Finance explains all, simply!
Carnival of the Capitalists Starting a Business Is Like Asking Out a Girl for the First Time My Wife Quit Her Job Steve tells the story of how he first met Jennifer (now his wife) and relates it to the kind of risk-taking someone seeking to launch a business needs to do.
Festival of Frugality How to Remove Burnt Smell from a Microwave? FIRE Finance Has the smell of burnt popcorn forever contaminated your otherwise well working microwave oven? The folks at FIRE Finance have been experimenting on what works to remove the odor (and also that "yellow film!") Absolutely essential reading!
Festival of Frugality Costco vs Sam's Club Wide Open Wallet Ashley throws the big-box wholesale retailing giants into a cage match! Who provides some 33 randomly-selected items at a lower cost? Click through to find out!...
Carnival of Everything Money Stocks vs Corporate Bonds Monevator The Investor describes the upside and downside of investing in corporate bonds as well as we've ever seen it done. Absolutely essential reading!
Leadership Development Carnival Truth and Transparency HR Bartender Sharlyn Lauby nails the difference between truth and transparency. The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!
Cavalcade of Risk The Japanese Banking Crisis of the 1990s: Are We Facing a Similar Stagnation? The Personal Financier Absolutely essential reading! Dorian Wales considers the lessons to be learned from the Japanese in how they unsuccessfully dealt with their bubble-initiated banking bust.

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