Welcome to the 184th edition of the Carnival of the Vanities, the grand-daddy of all the blog carnivals. I’d like to thank Zeuswood for the opportunity to host this week; I’ve hosted several carnivals over the eight months or so that I’ve been blogging, but this was certainly the most wide-ranging and intense of all. I enjoyed reading all the posts and finding new blogs to add to my readings. So, without further delay, lets get to the contributions.
We start off in the world of politics where Critical Mastiff says that citizens can do more to contribute to the fight against tyranny than merely waving a flag at a rally.
But private citizens, when acting together, have tremendous power to spread the ideals of liberty on their own, without using tank battalions or national diplomacy. Given that the President unaccountably missed his chance to rally the people, as it were, I would like to submit my own suggestions:
I would suspect that the government would rather citizens remains passive, though. An active citizenry can do dangerous things, like actually questioning their leaders.
Next, Francois Tremblay at The Radical Libertarian demonstrates the problems with the contemporary notions of equality.
Equality is one pet topic of liberals, even though their system is inherently and dramatically unequal, with a ruling class making economic and social decisions for the entire population, usually shielding themselves from the impact of those decisions with their wealth and the cloak of democracy.
More often than not, as Francois points out, this false vision of equality is used as an excuse for limiting freedom. Excellent reading as usual.
Last week, there was much discussion about a UC Berkeley study which claimed that whiny children are more likely to grow up to be conservatives. The Random Yak takes a look at the study and reaches his own conclusions.
Next, Jack Cluth at The People’s Republic of Seabrook tells us about the latest threat to national security — grandmothers who pass out cookies. Fortunately, Homeland Security is all over this one.
Much has been written detailing the effects that socialism has on a society, but nothing says it better than this story about the children of French socialism from Common Folk Using Common Sense.
Last weekend, there were massive protests in many American cities by illegal immigrants conveniently organized in one place for law enforcement. This being America circa 2006, of course, nothing was done. Jon Swift takes a look at these protests and offers his own message to the participants in those protests.
And speaking of protests, Adam Graham at Adam’s Blog writes about recent protests by evangelical Christians in, of all places, San Francisco.
Finally, in our final political contribution of the week, TMH’s Bacon Bits offers the first of what I’m sure will be many looks at the 2006 elections.
Next, Paul Secunda at Workplace Prof Blog, writes about some truly puzzling results from a recent study about sexual harrassment training programs.
Proving that he’s no coward, Jacob the Syrian Hamster (I like that name) at The Scratching Post (where else ?) takes on the Blogfather himself over the issue of Internet pornography.
Finally, Dodgeblogium offers a look at last week’s rescue of the peace worker’s being held hostage in Iraq.
Now, we turn to economics as Dan Melson at Searchlight Crusade offers another one of his typically informative financial posts, this time on what to do when you find the value of your house dropping.
Next, Wayne Hurlbert at Blog Business World gives some advice about how your business can adapt to, and profit from, globalization.
And continuing in the same vein, David Daniels at Business & Technology Reinvention writes about applying the open source model to all types of business.
And, finally, Brian J asks why the poor always seem to get hurt by the laws that are supposed to help them.
From money, we move on to something a little more sublime, religion, as Francois Trembaly, writing at Goosing the Antithesis, demonstrates the logical flaws inherent in Christians who claim to believe in free will.
Then, Stephen Littau at Fearless Philosophy For Free Minds asks whether a belief in the supernatural can co-exist with reason and liberty.
Writing about culture, Basia Kruszewska at India Ink writes about the India she came to know after staying there only nine months
Next, Miriam at miriam’s ideas wishes that the people who keep visiting her would speak up already. I know how you feel Miriam.
For our sole history-related contribution this week, there is my post about one of America’s more neglected Founding Fathers, John Adams.
Next, Aloysius at Catymology calls for our four-legged friends to stand up for themselves.
For those of you looking for some advice, we’ve got plenty to offer this week.
First, David Porter at Pacesetter Mortgage Blog writes about the recent changes to the credit-scoring system and what it means for you.
Next, from Baboon Pirates we have an interesting post about homophones and the ongoing war against bad grammer.
Next, Paula G. at Coaching4Lesbians suggests we all unplug for awhile, it may actually do some good.
Finally, Free Money Finance interviews financial author David Bach.
Now, I think its about time for a little humor:
First up, Joan Conde at Mamacita writes about a new national holiday that would conveniently coincide with Income Tax Day.
Next, The Limerick Savant writes about Chef’s return on last week’s episode of South Park.
The list of things that can kill us just got longer, as Avant News reports on a dangerous new enemy.
Meanwhile, amanuensis at Catymology offers a cat’s-eye-view of a wedding ceremony that just may become reality someday.
From A Swiftian Rant comes news that the Abdul Rahman case in Afghanistan seems to have had an interesting effect on Pope Benedict XVI.
Next, The Nose On Your Face lists The Top 9 Underreported Findings From The Berkley “Whining” Study.
Finally, Mark Rayner at The Skwib writes about the threat posed by the increasing automation of yet another part of our lives.
Moving away from humor, Josh Cohen at Multiple Mentality writes about the importance of asking questions.
Next, the Mom at Raising4boys.com writes about the personality emerging in her oldest son.
From there, we move to Ripples where David St. Lawrence writes about his early impressions of his new hometown of Floyd, Virginia
Next, The Cigar Intelligence Agency writes about fast food restaurants and the pet peeves the engender in us all.
Finally, David Scott at Pererro writes about reuniting with an old friend
And thus we come to the end of this week’s Carnival of the Vanities. Its been great hosting this week. The sheer variety of posts was something I appreciated, and I found several blogs I’m sure I’ll be visiting again soon. Next week’s Carnival of the Vanities will be hosted at Iowa Voice. If you’re interested in hosting yourself, you can find out how to do that here.