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Monday, September 26, 2005


Let's Have a Carnival (of the Capitalists)

This weeks Carnival of the Capitalists seemed to run into some problems, communication or otherwise.  But!  It is here, and it’s wonderful (as always).  Mostly familiar names this week, however we’ve got a few new people, insofar as I can tell.  If you want to participate in next week’s Carnival, the best way is to use this submission form, and if you want to participate in my Carnival of Computing, contact me in the comments section.  However, enough about all this, let’s get started.  We’re running late as it is.

Note:  These are in no particular order, I’m sorry.  Time constraints being what they are…

Don Surber submits to us that the Washington Post has had a reality check.  Taking a look at the War on Poverty, and how much things have gotten better in the last few decades.

Clyde Smith at Pro Hip Hop asks the question:  When did selling out become cashing in?  He discusses the notion that hip hop has sold out by emphasizing material gain in light of the entrepreneurial roots of rap music.

The recent incident of Jet Blue Flight 292 made Josh Cohen think about pilots, airplanes, flight crews, and bankruptcy rulings.  Check it out.

Rosanna, who writes for Virtual Assistant Connection, states that when you aim to exceed your clients' expectations instead of merely meeting them, you lay a strong foundation for your relationship with your client.

Yvonne DiVita at Lip-Sticking gives us a sneak preview of the New Gap website. There are some good points and some not so good points. And why they almost get it...but, don't, when it comes to marketing to women online.

Marketing Roadmaps’s Susan Getgood discusses Joss Whedon's TV series Firefly and the upcoming film Serenity as an example of how customers (fans) can affect "products" when they mobilize. In the case of Serenity, they made, and continue to make, a difference.

Free Money Finance answers the question: can I afford to quit work and stay at home with my kids?

Mr. Satire lets us know that the authorities at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam have reduced the spillage of urine by 80% by etching a house fly in the bowl of the urinal.   "If a man sees a fly, he aims at it.  This has helped us save a lot of money on cleaning," said the airport spokesman.  News really does imitate satire, doesn't it?

Henry Stern of InsureBlog explains that Employee Assistance Programs have come into their own.

Sarah Lewis gives a thorough overview of tax lien certificate investing for the uninitiated.  Really worth the read.

Sun Microsystems thinks it's the next Apple Computer.  Maybe, maybe not.  But David Daniels gives a checklist of things to do for those companies wanting to be the next Apple.

Gavin Bowman has shared a great perspective on common mistakes which small businesses make and better ways of addressing the underlying needs.  CodeSnipers is a group blog with approximately 10 sharp people from all over the world.  Read it today!

Barry Welford runs The Other Bloke's Blog, and he asks:  Heave Jeeves or Leave Jeeves.

Political Calculations’ Iron Man asks if earnings growth in the energy sector is really "sucking all the air out of the room" as Barry Ritholtz suggests? Political Calculations notes that it's all in how you look at it.

Random Thoughts from a CTO has another one.  When you get praise as a manager from those that you manage, how do you feel about that?  This post explores his personal feelings and sees if there are others who feel the same way as I do.

The Stalwart Joseph Weisenthal discusses the trend in industry, whereby market-share is increasingly going to the premium and discount players in the market...specifically it looks at the Airline industry as a case study.

Jim Logan lets us know that a couple weeks ago he posed a hypothetical situation where you’re given 30 days to secure two new clients. You have a budget of only $1000. You work alone. What would you do to win the two new clients?  Here’s what he did.

Jim, the BizInformer, published a post titled The Greatest Sales Mistake Ever Made. In that post he highlighted what he claimed was the greatest sales mistake he’s seen in his career. He was wrong. What was highlighted then was big, but in no way is it number one.  This is.

Peaktalk explains the downsides of implementing a flat tax.

Searchlight Crusade’s Dan Melson gives us some insight to Petroleum and Energy.

Professor Bainbridge uses the controversy over Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's sale of HCA stock to explore some issues in the law of insider trading, especially focusing on the question of whether liability for insider trading is based on trading while in possession of or trading on the basis of material non-public information.

Mediterranean Cruise’s Greg Manter gives some insight on the interesting cruise industry, with recent statistics and trends.  Looks like smooth sailing from here on out.

James Hamilton of EconBrowser tells us that last week; Cato Institute researchers warned of a looming budget disaster if strong measures such as cutting the budget for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in half were not taken. On Monday, NASA chief Michael Griffin unveiled a new $104 billion plan for sustained human exploration of the moon by 2018 as a preparatory step for getting people on Mars. Here's his suggestion for how to explore space without breaking the budget.

Roth & Company Tax Updates lets us know that a new case illustrates the dangers of using short-term loans to obtain basis in an S corporation.

Blog Business World wants you to turn your blog into a high powered Google Hub Site.

Consumerism Commentary suggests that you raise your FICO credit score.

Frank Scavo, who writes for The Enterprise System Spectator, explains why new and innovative software vendors can still prosper, in spite of the vendor consolidation underway in the software industry.

Barry Ritholtz gives us the Big Picture.  There’s no inflation except inflation.  Read it if you’re as confused by that as I was.

The MedSim Blog’s Del Dhanoa tells us that as new weblog networks spring up and boast earning a million dollars a year, he can't help but notice history repeating itself. And when the economics pan out the implosion of the blogosphere will occur.

The Worker Bees Blog explains that a surprising number of people in the social media and software space believe that tools such as blogging are already "mainstream." Elisa Camahort disagrees. She thinks it's important to have a realistic view of where we are to communicate with and help people outside our own industry bubble to understand and adopt these powerful tools.

Paul Smith of Freedom's Fidelity proposes a simple audit system of checks, balances, and third party verification. This is what businesses, especially publicly traded companies, have been doing for ages. Transparency is the quickest route to credibility; those actually interested in science - rather than an agenda - ought to encourage such reforms.

Big Picture, Small Office says that if time is nature’s way of keeping everything from happening at once, then the endless meetings in The Small Office is a way of keeping anything from happening at all.

Patri Friedman of Catallarchy, a software engineer at Google, describes the mechanisms underlying the company's internal prediction markets.

Wordlab’s Abnu says Save My Ass.  NOT save my ASP. is a personal assistant that keeps your girlfriend or wife happy by sending her flowers on your behalf. The perfect high tech solution for a busy CIO.

Brian of Financial Reference gives advice on overcoming the fear of investing during recent market conditions.

If you want to know how understanding and applying Proctor & Gamble's latest marketing emphasis can improve your own online business, read this by Kicking Over My Traces.

Warren Meyer of Coyote Blog has an urban plan for New Orleans.

Evelyn Rodriguez gives us this post:  Triggered by a speech by venture capitalist Joi Ito at the Accelerating Change 2005 conference, we look at a few business models that give away free trials and/or rely on a new take on the old patronage model in an age where attention is a form of currency.

Ankesh Kothari of Marketing eYe gives some Dos and Don’ts for creating powerful taglines and slogans.

What do the markets of Gaza tell us about the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza?  Soccer Dad’s David Gerstman thinks he has the answer.

This post is a “reverse fisking” of the “Stuck on Stupid” press conference – analyzing what Gen. Honore did RIGHT as a communications strategy from Jack Yoest.

David Foster of Photon Courier tells of innovation in three "old technology" industries.

Michael Cale, writing for Financial Methods says the Fed could have taken a pause in its campaign to raise interest rates in order to assess the economic impact of Katrina.  One reason that the Fed did not pause is that economic data revisions released in July show more inflation in the economy than previously believed. So the Fed now realizes they are further behind than they thought.  Expect further increases in interest rates.

Andrew Hughes of Anyletter (wait, that’s me, isn’t it() describes the pros and cons of OSS and CS software, especially in regards to their financial goals.  

Mad Anthony writes that confused real estate columnist can't understand why there aren't more foreclosures in places where real estate prices have climbed.

Interested-Participant says that in five-hour shifts, six picketers toting anti-Wal-Mart signs try to keep cool as they walk back and forth outside a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market. They are allowed two 15-minute breaks to run across the street and use the washroom at a gas station.  Check it out here.

Brian Gongol explains that we could control urban blight and help stave off the tremendous costs of reconstruction after disasters by requiring that all new construction be bonded to a long-term investment in its own demolition.

George of Fat Pitch Financials focuses on the recent SEC vote allowing small companies more time to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley requirements.  He explores the impacts of this decision on arbitrage opportunities in stocks that are planning to "go private" to avoid Sarbanes-Oxley requirements.

Martin Lindeskog gives some thoughts on product life cycle management software and how it could be integrated in business management systems in the future.

Balanced funds are very good for the instant diversification of assets in different asset classes. The most important thing Moneywise believes is they help an investor to do is 'buy low and sell high'.

Many are predicting the devaluation of the dollar, but Fred Fry does not hear what is likely to happen when/if this happens, so he took a stab at documenting who might be affected.

On discussing the recent sentencing of Tyco execs and comparing it to rapists, John Bambenek finds that apparently corporate fraud (to most people) really is worse than rape.

Different River offers some fat in the budget -- butterfat to be precise; that is, the federal milk price support program, in which the federal government spends taxpayer dollars to buy milk (standardized to 3.67% butterfat!), which it throws away to keep the price high.  Taxpayers who paid for this milk that went down the drain -- if they have any money left -- have to pay inflated prices for milk and milk products.  Those who can't afford the high prices are given WIC and food stamps -- and taxpayers have to pay for that, too.

That’s it for this week.  Check out DrakeView next Monday for the next Carnival of the Capitalists.

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