Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Carnival of Economic Fun #2

Welcome to the second edition of the Carnival of Economic Fun. This carnival had 40 submissions, but to keep your reading list sane, I whittled it down to the 14 best articles. Thanks to everyone for your submissions. They were fun to read (and they still are... have a look below). Please join me again next month.

For now, let's get on with the carnival!

1. I have heard of people buying cars online. It's an interesting idea. According to this first article in the carnival, GM is partnering with EBay to sell vehicles online. Here's a question to ponder: Who stands to gain? Who stands to lose?

Chris McClelland presents GM to start selling cars on ebay? posted at Lucrative Investing.

2. This next post takes one agriculture bill in Congress and dissects what it means for consumers and farmers (big and small). If you like reading about governmental capture and subsidies for big business, you'll love reading this one. If you don't, you'll be outraged, which is the point.

Mikkal Travvis presents Fascism On The Farm: H.R. 2749 - The Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 posted at The Truth

3. Have you ever thought of relocating to work in China? Me either, but it turns out to have some things going for it. The next article breaks down some of the costs and benefits of finding a job in China. What do you think?

Wise_Bread presents Need a Job? Try Searching in China posted at Wisebread.

4. How much controversy can a talk show personality get away with? Glenn Beck is pushing the limits, and this next post questions whether it will cost him his job. I'm not sure it will, but maybe.

Chris McClelland presents Can advertisers get a "journalist" off the air? posted at Lucrative Investing.

5. This next article is a good list of things to consider when choosing an online bank. I appreciate the shout out to ING Direct's easy-to-use user interface. It really is user-friendly.

MatthewPaulson presents What to Look for Other Than Interest Rates with an Online Bank posted at American Banking News.

6. The sixth article in the carnival asks the question that is on everyone's mind: Is the recession really over? It sounds like we could define our way out of this one. I bet the question people really want to know is "When will the good times start rolling again?" That's probably not for a while.

Silicon Valley Blogger presents Is The Economic Downturn Over? posted at The Digerati Life

7. The next piece offers some good advice for shoring up your finances in a recession. These tips work even when our economy is not in a recession. It's a fun article and well written.

The Smarter Wallet presents A Personal Financial Plan To Survive The Economic Recession posted at The Smarter Wallet

8. This next article poses an interesting/morbid dilemma: Should we legalize organ trafficking? On one hand, it's not fair that only those who can afford to buy an organ get to live. On the other hand, is it fair to let everyone die? Morbid, I know, but strangely... fun.

jim presents Your Take: Legalize Organ Trafficking? posted at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity

9. The next article is a great reminder that you don't need to buy books to read them. The public library is a great way to save money and still enjoy some good reads (and more). Check out all of the ways your library can save you money.

Patrick presents Library a money saver in tough economy posted at A Man with the Answers.

10. Do you drink a lot of coffee? Do you have a lot of time? Do you care about the environment? Here's an article for you.

Vera Lang presents Starbucks Coffee Cup Cozy ~ Easy Craft For The Beach posted at Fine Craft Guild .com

11. Adam Smith once said that local commerce has a cost advantage in that it doesn't have to pay the transportation costs. So, a natural and happy consequence of free trade was that stuff would be traded locally. To the extent that transportation costs stayed high, local commerce prevailed and flourished, but that's no longer the case. This article makes the point that buying local shouldn't get hold the moral weight it does. In the title, I think the not is in the wrong spot. What do you think?

AleB presents Top 5 Reasons NOT to go Local posted at

12. The next article has some really cool graphs that show how topsy-turvy our stock market has been over the past 10 years. Darn those bubbles anyway.

nickel presents Investment Performance: It’s a Matter of Perspective posted at

13. Most people think you should know your FICO score, but here are 15 reasons that you should ignore it. Be sure to read through all 15 of them.

MoneyNing presents 15 Reasons Why You Should Ignore Your FICO Score posted at Money Ning

14. And for the last article that made the cut... Commemorative coins are a silly phenomenon, but I hope this guy is joking. If he is, his post is hilarious. If not, you can still laugh as you spend your "plain, ugly coins and bills." Enjoy:

Prior Adams presents Major Cause of the Economic Crisis: Commemorative Coins posted at Prior Adams

That's our Carnival! Submit your blog article to the next edition of the carnival of economic fun using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on the blog carnival index page.

Thanks again to all who submitted articles to this carnival. Join us again next month for Edition #3 on October 14th.

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