Carnival of the Capitalists

Welcome all, to this week’s Carnival of the Capitalists. My birthday is tomorrow, the fourteenth, and like last year, I am celebrating by hosting the Carnival. If you’re using IE, my blogroll looks all messed up to you. If you’re using Firefox of Safari, it should look fine. Sorry for the inconvenience.

So let’s get on with it, shall we? I want to begin by highlighting a rather new blog hosted by a personal friend of mine, Adam Shostack. His blog, Emergent Chaos, is all about security, privacy and economics. He’s submitted to this week’s carnival, and he’s well worth your daily read.

And for those who have never been in a carnival before, this one is easy to contribute to. Just send an email to cotcmail at gmail dot com, or fill out the form here and you’ll be all set.

With that having been said, on to the festivities!

  • Shaking Spears writes about the people in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and the effects that globalization have on them. Link.

  • Outside the Beltway refutes an argument made by the LA Times that repealing the income tax would punish the Blue States, who would no longer be able to deduct their high state income taxes against their federal taxes, by pointing out that the AMT would be repealed also, which would disproportionately help the blue states. Frankly, I think that if the federal income tax is repealed, the states would be hard pressed to continue with their income taxes as well, but we’ll see. Link.
  • Dean’s World discusses IT outsourcing, and specifically the IT Professionals Association of America. Link.
  • Baboon Pirates discovered the Penn & Teller joke of carrying a copy of the Bill of Rights etched in metal with you when traveling by air, the fourth amendment highlighted in red. Link.
  • BaySense thinks that developers and conservationists should be talking to each-other more. Link.
  • The Conglomerate writes about venture capitalists and the corporate opportunity doctrine, arguing that some contractual provisions addressing the matter are totally useless. Link.
  • Capital Chronicle analyzes the recent news about Standard Chartered Bank. Link.
  • EconLog writes about the correlation between the amount spent on education and the results that come from it, and wonders what are the true determining factors in generating good results. Link.
  • Jeffrey Cornwall over at the Entrepreneurial Mind writes about how it’s important to look at the criteria used for determining rankings in lists like “which country is the most friendly to entrepreneurs”. Link.
  • Roth & Company reminds us that it’s tax time again, giving us instruction on how to plan for the AMT. Link.
  • At Businessworks Inc., we learn about planning for an exit strategy. Link.
  • Small Business CEO lists seven common reasons to have a meeting. Link.
  • VoluntaryXchange writes about, ahem, the economics of testicular implants for dogs. Link (woof woof).
  • Tim Worstall writes about the unnecessary outrage found in studies of economic inequality, studies which ignore absolute levels of wealth. Link.
  • Over at The Big Picture, Barry Ritholtz asks the question “What is radio selling?” The answer, it turns out, is “You.” Link.
  • Over at Law and Entrepreneurship, we learn how small businesses can now compete for prison contracts. Link.
  • The Calico Cat embraces Ebenezer Scrooge, arguing that teaching kids about Santa Claus amounts to teaching kids to embrace socialism. Link.
  • Brian Gongol writes about rational choices choosing a city to live in. Link.
  • The Egoist gives us an interesting story about monetary history and the Blue Franc. Link.
  • Yours truly gives us a longish essay on the ethical use of data in business. Link.
  • Slacker Manager writes about management theory, warning us to beware the “danger in the white space”, or the space in the organizational chart that looks blank. Link.
  • In a two part entry, Adam Shostack writes about a new means of paying for articles in academic journals, by paying those the author cites rather than the author himself. Link1. Link2.
  • Over at Blog Business World, we learn about blogging as an industry. Link.
  • Phil Wilson writes a three part submission about a Delta flight attendant who was fired because of her blog, and the legal implications of her termination. Link1. Link2. Link3.
  • Coyote Blog writes about how philosophically, so-called progressives are too conservative (in the literal sense) to like capitalism. Link.
  • Interested Participant writes about how Shanghai rejected a proposal to build a Playboy Club in town. I can’t imagine why, myself. Link.
  • Thoughts and Observations observes that Amazon had entered into the rental DVD market, and gives some thoughts about it. Link.
  • Small Business Trends gives us an interview with Tim Berry, CEO Palo Alto Software, which makes one of the most popular business plan writing software products on the market. Link.
  • At the RFID Weblog, we learn tips on how to invest in RFID companies. Link.
  • Tex the Pontificator pontificates about how to determine if you (or your government) has taken on too much debt. Link.
  • Catallarchy discusses the necessity of comparative advantage in an economy. Link.
  • Scrivener says it’s time to get your phone bills out to collect a refund on your phone taxes paid. Link.
  • Frank Scavo debates whether major research firms like Garnter are threatened by “open source research”. Link.
  • At Byrne’s Marketview, we learn that it is always better to invest in stocks that have not gone up enough, than in those that have fallen too far. Link.
  • Buffalog vents his feelinga about the raising of the minimum wage in New York State. Link.
  • And finally, at the Mobile Technology Weblog, we see some interesting statistics about how mobile phones have overtaken landlines and Internet access. Link.

Well, that’s it. Happy Birthday to me, and I’ll see you all later.


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