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16 July 2010

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to the Friday, July 16, 2010 edition of On the Moneyed Midways, the one place you'll find the best of the past week's contributions to the best business and money-related blog carnivals gathered for your essential weekend reading convenience!

This was the best week we've seen in blog carnivals for some time - so much so that we'll point you to two real standouts in a week where nearly every blog carnival we reviewed was above average in the measure of quality: The Carnival of Trust and the Cavalcade of Risk!

Both carnivals are done very well. The host for each does an excellent job with the basics of blog carnivals in selecting, then describing why you might want to click through to the contributed posts. But more than that, both hosts successfully connected their selected contributions using themes (a circus for the Carnival of Trust and a picnic for the Cavalcade of Risk), which is often where many carnivals flounder. In that respect, both hosts really pulled off a difficult mission this week, making it look like anyone can do it!

Trust us when we say that most can't! In our experience, unless the carnival host is really bringing something special to the table, themed carnivals should be avoided like the plague.

And having said that, we'll very likely have to follow up soon with more examples from the dark side! In the meantime though, please enjoy the best money and business-related posts we found in the week that was!

On the Moneyed Midways for July 16, 2010
Carnival Post Blog Comments
Best of Money 10 Steps Everyone Should Take to Prepare for Their Own Demise Budget Life You don't want to die, but that doesn't mean you're not going to die someday. Miranda Marquit itemizes the ten things you need to think about and do to be well prepared for the end.
Cavalcade of Risk We Just Ain't That Good at Risk Scope Crêpe Rich Maltzman argues that if there's one thing people should learn, it's that they're not very good at managing risk when going by their gut. Absolutely essential reading!
Cavalcade of Risk Medicare MAPCP Medical Home Demo: CMS Kicks Sands in the States' Faces e-CareManagement Vince Kuraitis and Jaan Siderov discover that inviting Medicare to participate in demonstration projects of innovative changes in medical care delivery at the state level is bad for states, bad for innovation, and bad for medical professionals in Absolutely essential reading!
Carnival of Debt Reduction 13 Tricks You Might Not Be Using to help You Get Rid of Credit Card Debt PT Money A lot of the usual suspects show up on PT's list (Dave Ramsey, freeganism, second jobs, etc.) but we have to admit that we've never considered literally freezing a credit card in a block of ice to keep from using it!
Carnival of Money Stories Can You Ever Get a Truly Free Lunch? Squirrelers The Squirrelers ran into a promotion for a new TV show where free pulled pork sandwiches were being given away, along with a sample DVD, to anyone walking by on the street. Explaining why that lunch wasn't really free makes this post The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!
Carnival of Personal Finance Best Place to Buy Used Tools Home Tool Review Jim points to the places where you might be able to find good quality tools for much less than retail prices.
Carnival of Trust Trust and Naivety Peter Birks Absolutely essential reading! Peter Birks considers why stress tests for European banks won't have the same confidence-boosting effect that similar exercises had in the U.S. The bottom line? Europeans have been conditioned through long experience to distrust the inside game being played by their bankers and their governments.
Festival of Frugality 9 Tips on Staying Cool Without an Air Conditioner Real of Prosperity The U.S. east coast heat wave has caught a lot of people by surprise this summer, but none more than those who normally get by without air conditioning. Simon Zhen is one of them, and here he describes how he made it through the worst of the short-term heat without using his A/C.

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