Welcome to this week’s edition of the Carnival of the Capitalists. My name is Dane Carlson, and I’ll be your host today. This is my fourth time hosting the Carnival (the previous 1, 2 and 3) and it just keeps getting better.

There were many excellent posts in the capitalists blogosphere this week, so we’ve got a big show for you today:

Steven Silvers wondered aloud that if McDonald’s thinks selling salads constitutes social responsibility, they must figure clean bathrooms deserve the Nobel Prize.

In Expansive Egos, Adrian Savage postulated that ego is a burden that we don’t really need.

Just in time, if you start today, F. D. Bryant III presented Do Your Taxes In 7 Days.

Starling David Hunter explained why he thinks that Google is gearing up for some major acquisitions and investments Google Puts More Hair on its War Chest

Judaism is expensive, according to Josh Cohen in Paying for Pesadich.

Dovid at A New York State of Mind presents Can we go RED?

Ma. Merdekah “Meikah” Ybanez-Delid compared Six Sigma to Karate in Six Sigma Champion.

In his post at Freelance Pro, Clair Ching offerd some layout considerations for blog design.

Luigi Frascatti wrote an in-depth analysis of the outcome of the Islamic Capitalist experiment in Allah Economics.

Silflay Hraka sided with the record labels when it comes to their current dispute with Apple over the pricing of tracks in iTune in The Price of Digital Downloads.

Big Cajun Man shared the best financial advice his father ever gave him in Advice: Best Financial Advice Ever Given.

FMF explained why your career is your most valuable financial asset in Maximizing Your Greatest Asset: Why Your Career is So Important.

Laurie Bluedorn exploreed how to market to homeschooling families in Marketing Lessons from HomeScholar Books.

If you only received a 4% salary increase this year, according to Jose Anes at Find a New Job, you might need to change the way you work.

Tessa Cruz San Diego presented part two of her post One Online Source on Writing Brochures, Catalogues, Leaflets and Manuals.

Brad Warbiany examined outsourcing in Outsourcing at Both Sides.

Amanda looked at the problems with financial infidelity in relationships and how consumerism can affect a marriage Have you been unfaithful (gasp!).

According to Steve Conover, the new debt clock is a lot smarter than all the old ones out there ticking away.

In When Bad Things Happen to Good Concepts – Attack of The Consensus BlobMike DeWitt examined the relationship between collaboration and consensus and came up with a 2-question test to see if a team is using consensus appropriately.

Jack Yoest recounted his experiences with multinational coupons in Starbucks Coupon from China, Redeemed in Maryland.

In Books about Business and Law Professor Brainbridge offered several suggestions for books dealing with big corporate law litigation or deals.

Jeffrey Strain discovered that one million dollars aint what it used to be in Are You A “Leftover” Investor?.

Sandy Kristin Piderit asked How Do Company Values Affect Consumer Behavior?

In We’ve Gone Trading Contests Crazy! Barry Ritholtz wonders whether there an inordinate number of trading contests suddenly going on?

On Searchlight Crusade, Dan Melson answered the question “What is this property really worth?”

Boring Made Dull presented Protests in France, the Spring 2006 Edition.

On Management Craft, Lisa Haneberg asked Are You Provo-Evo Enough?

On Retail Store Blog, Greg Manter wondered whether with credit so widely available in the U.S. might we be overlooking its potential in the third world?

According to Bill at Ask Uncle Bill, you can reduce your taxes and stick it the man by starting your own company.

JLP exploreed Wells Fargo’s Check Card Reward Program on AllFinancialMatters.

Co-bloggers Henry Stern and Bob Vineyard took on Association Health Plans in We Get Letters…

In The Future of Sarbanes-Oxley, Leon Gettler interviewed a legal expert who explained why Sarbanes-Oxley is here to stay.

James Hamilton on on Econbrowser asked Who’s grumpy about this week’s good economic news?

In How to Kill Creativity, Carmine Coyote argued that most organizations claim they value creative, innovative people; yet many operate in ways guaranteed to limit, block or destroy whatever creativity their people have.

Spank that Donkey wrote about some muddle-headed thinking in World Socialists in Denial.

Jim Logan shared five wonderful lessons he learned from a marketing guru.

In Change The Rules To Your Market, Your Great Opportunity, Jim at BizInformer wrote that opportunities surround us, yet we often don’t see them because we’re blinded by false beliefs of what is or always has been.

Wayne Hurlbert shared some weblog advice for old school marketers on Blog Business World.

In Timothy Middleton Warns Again! Mover Mike takes on Timothy Middelton’s recent investment advice.

Tom Hanna shared a roundup of scheduled economic and financial indicators, Treasury notices and auctions and select earnings reports for the coming week in The Week Ahead: Your Financial Road Map for April 10-14, 2006.

In Yo Momma !, Joe Kristan wonders if you can get out of paying your taxes if your parents write you a note.

Michael Wade looked at how executives and managers drift into unethical behavior in Losing Your Ethical Compass.

In Intellectual Property, Big Picture Guy explores whether we become intellectual property and sell our souls when we sign an employment contract.

On Photo Courier, David Foster asked can a two-century old engine design, coupled with the ideas of microcredit, contribute to the reduction of third-world poverty?

Scott Milener thinks that the next big thing on the web will be next-gen web navigation.

In The American Dream Revisited, Adam at Creative Destruction argued that the American economic model is better than the European one.

On The Real Returns, Moneywise explained why he likes balanced/hybrid funds..

And finally, in my favorite post of the carnival, David St. Lawrence made the interesting point that “only now, with the recent convergence of the Internet and blogging tools, can a writer be struck with an idea and make that idea available to people on the other side of this planet within a matter of minutes” in Think of a blog as a thought-transmitter.

As an added bonus to this week, the Carnival received an email from Erin Easter, a student in the MBA program at Illinois State University:

As part of a research methodology class I am working on a project regarding innovation and the factors that affect personal and organizational innovation in the corporate environment.

We lost our corporate sponsorship for this survey, and we are currently trying to drum up respondents using blogs. Would you be willing to post a link to our project on your site? Our blog is located at http://innovationsurvey.blogspot.com, where any participants will find a brief description of our research and the link to enter our survey.

That’s it for this edition of the Carnival of the Capitalists. Next week’s scheduled host is Hello Dollar. See you there.

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