Welcome to the 178th Carnival of the Vanities at A Financial Revolution
. Let me take a moment to thank Zuesswood at Harshly Mellow
for managing the Carnival of the Vanities. I had a great time reading the posts and hope you enjoy them too.
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Now, onto the carnival...Host's Top PickLiving the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)
tells the story of a group of scientists on their recent expedition
in western New Guinea. The scientists found numerous new and forgotten species. They also proved that there still are (or should I say "were"?) pristine places on earth where no human has set foot. Where do I sign up for the next trip?Business & Finance
Steven at Scatterbox
takes issue with Wal-Mart's creation of a senior-level Director of Stakeholder Engagement
. He asks: "Is this a classic PR strategy to align with critical interest groups by adopting the inflated phraseology of the Corporate Social Responsibility movement?"
David at Pacesetter Mortgage
informs us that loan prepayments are slowing and he suggests refinancing your mortgage
if you have an ARM and plan to stay in your home more than 3 years.Blueprint for Financial Prosperity
offers some advice on buying a car on eBay
and recommends not relying on the buyer protection policy. As someone who bought a 35 year old car on the web, I agree with BFP's advice.Free Money Finance
shares some advice on setting limits
for children's extracurricular activities and saving some money to boot. This is good advice that I hope to follow.
Dan at Searchlight Crusade
educates us on annuities in his post Debunking the Ignorant Press
shares his experience doing business in India and the benefits of understanding cultural differences in Culture, Capitalism, and Google
Nickel, one of my favorite personal finance bloggers, of Five Cent Nickel
calculates the weight of one million dollars
. Is this is the blog equivalent of CBS' hit show Numb3rs
?Retire at 30
explains why a Roth 401(k) is better than a traditional 401(k)
for people who max out their account. I would add a caveat: company's generally don't provide matching contributions to the Roth 401(k); make sure you're not giving away free money by selecting only a Roth 401(k).
Josh of Multiple Mentality
explores the new podfading trend
. While I've toyed with the idea of sharing my silky voice with the MP3-toting public, this post has helped me decide to better use my time taking Blog Business World
's advice to learn a new trick (see below)
Bora of Science and Politics
provides a helpful list of Proper Procedures for Shutting Down a Blog
. I'd add one more to his list: turn off comments to avoid spam comments.
Scott from The Browster Blog
explains why the search toolbars are big business
and why Google had to ink a deal with Dell.ScienceRuminating Dude
discusses a recent NY Times article about Gerald Schatten - a scientist involved in the human cloning paper - and the ethical issues
that don't make it into the newspapers.MedicineConsiderettes
discusses a "cutting edge" proposal
in the UK to give free, clean razor blades and bandages to folks who enjoy mutilating themselves. Hmmm, and to think that I had to pay $15 for that 10 pack of Gillette cartridges.
Barry at The Other Bloke's Blog
discusses some recent research about links between the ABCs - Alzheimers, bilingualism, and creativity - of the brain
.Blog Business World
shows us that it's never too late to learn something new
. This is a nice complement to TOBB's post about brainware ABC.Religion & Philosophy
OK, this one isn't really about structured religion, but if you worship the caffeinated gods, The Library Girl
offers a great idea for blending the pleasures of coffee/tea and a good book
.Reb Chaim HaQoton
explores Jewish history and teachings to answer the question whether it's OK to sin when faced with death
.Goosing the Antithesis
explores the meaning of beliefs as part of a series on The Immorality of Belief
.Politics & InternationalEarly Riser
explains why he's a Republican
. He does a nice job of justifying his position, but we'll just have to agree to disagree.
The Radical Libertarian
explores the relationship between governments and war
, including "perpetual" wars, such as the war on drugs.
Guido at Dodgeblogium
provides a nicely articulated post about the protests in Britain
over the Danish cartoons, and the British government's response.Dubious Profundity
(nice name for a blog) explains that the Muslim outrage to the Danish cartoons is easier to understand if you look to Islamic teachings
.Mensa Barbie Welcomes You
looks to the future of Palestine - the children
. What will be the consequences?Everyman Chronicles
posts about a speech by Julian Bond, chairman of the NAACP, and how it promotes hatred and racism
Jack at The People's Republic of Seabrook
discusses why these three words should scare you
: President Sam Brownback.Forward Biased
highlights a recent jury verdict in Greenville
, SC on eminent domain. The city government wasn't quite ready for this one.
Tom at Libertarian Leanings takes issue
with the Washington Post's accusations about Bush Administration cherry picking of evidence to support the war.
The Conservative Cat
offers up some homemade conservative children's stories
Gullyborg of Resistance if Futile!
posts pictures and commentary of the matricula consular registration event
at the University of Oregon to help aliens get government benefits.
I'll let Elisson from Blog d'Ellison
describe his Cartoon Jihad
post: "When Muslims offended by cartoons of Muhammad start a jihad, eventually the cartoons themselves get involved."
Miriam shares her ideas
about Bush's approach
to the cartoon protestors.Random Yak
closes the discussion about the Danish cartoons with a discussion of Prophet Muhammad Syndrome
Amka of Testing the Cultural Divide
offers us a way to take action to reduce poverty in Africa
.Et tu Bloge
explains why radical Islamists seek out the weakest
societies or governments - in this case, Europe - to expand their influence.Family
Mom at Raising 4 Boys
shares her thoughts on spending a day with the kids
watching TV and playing video games.
FMF's post (see above) got me thinking about spending time with family and the pressures of modern life. I put virtual pen to virtual paper (or is it finger to keyboard?) to share some ideas for creating quality time
with your family (and saving a buck or two.)Humor
Joan at Mamacita
presents the nominations for infomercial of the year
. My money's on the Meatball Magic.
In This Boxing Fan is Outraged Over the Muhammad Cartoon
, Buckley of The Nose on Your Face
shares his disapproval of the caricature.
OK, one more post about the Danish cartoon. Radioactive Liberty
demonstrates how short attention spans
can make the world's problems go away.Avant News
reports that Grover Norquist drowned in his tub
. The site claims to have tomorrow's news today. I wonder if Mr. Norquist knows this will happen tomorrow?Alan Henderson
shares the history of less-than-attractive Olympic logos
Keeping with the Olympic theme, Mark of The Skwib
fame shares his ideas for making Olympic sports a bit more exciting
Brian of Musings from Brian J Noggle
shares the secret of lust for the long haul
shares her Limerick about The VP's hunting prowess
introduces us to his new business - Political Funerals R Us
Joe of Play One on TV
presents today's Top Ten list: Top Ten Changes in Olympic Figure Skating
.And Finally... The Unanswerable Question
The Grill Maestro
poses the question: Why would anyone want a steak well done?