"Do You Read Zero Hedge?" A Review of Zero Hedge's Most Popular Articles of [All Time|2009]

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Anonymouse's picture

Love the countdown.  Are you taking long-distance dedications?


Great job ZH.  Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Congratulations Zero Hedge on a fantastic first year. Judging by the amount of corporate and governmental corruption left to be scrutinized and commented upon (not to mention general evil doing as far as the eye can see) you'll have plenty of dirty laundry to launder for at least a few more years.


nicholsong's picture

My favorite was that one story about the guy in that place with the thing.

Handle with care's picture

That one wasn't bad, but the best one was the two guys arguing with the other guy about whether the thingamajig was still whatchamacallit.




I still reminisce about that one. 

nicholsong's picture

Ah yes, that one gets me every time.

Anonymous's picture

I'm not funny or articulate enough to comment often on this site, but in my days of despair in 2009 this site offered me rip roaring laughter on a daily basis. Sometimes I don't even read the articles but go staight to the comments to give myself a lift. Love all the commentators on this site. Thank You!!!

qqqqtrader's picture

Are we supposed to read the articles?

hmmmm... I've just been reading the titles, I better get busy

Fur Trader's picture

Me too.  When time is tight I go from headline to comments right away.

I love ZH.  I love hearing my inner voice say " I didn't know that....", or better still, " I didn't know I didn't know that."

Anonymous's picture


Yes, given the comments, that is exactly how most view ZH - as a community and not a source of facts.

Anonymous's picture

Thanks for feeding my brain.

besodemuerte's picture

Thanks for the list, now I can go over all that I missed this year by discovering ZH later than I would've liked!

Oso's picture

yes, great work guys.  Im not sure what my view of reality would be like if ZH wasnt around.  I mean, i would have lower blood pressure, thats for sure.... but I wouldnt be happier ;)

chumbawamba's picture

Sorry to rain on part of your parade, but I had read about the dormant shipping vessels at least a day or two before seeing it written about on ZH.

All the same, though...

The ZH Top Ten is simply a reflection that people want THE TRUTH, something that only ZH is apparently able to provide in a compelling way that draws throngs of readers.

Like I said before, this is the start of something very special.  The best is well yet to come.

I am Chumbawamba.

Handle with care's picture

I'll back you up here as I also remember reading about several days before.  I discovered it on another board so it was also being discussed relatively widely on the interwebs before ZH posted it.


I have lost hope that the truth has any purchasing power in a system where every politician and mass media outlet is bought and paid for by the criminal proceeds of the actions they permit and abet. 


The level of corruption that is being revealed and is ongoing is beyond the worst nightmares of anyone and I think that most are still in a state of denial as accepting the truth as reality can only mean violent revolution.  So most will prefer to accept the panglossian propaganda rather than risk losing the little they have left.


We've reached a stage where no level of cynicism can keep up with reality

Marley's picture

Thanks again ZH. 

"Most will perfer to accept the panglossian propaganda rather than risk losing the little they have left."  I would add that this is not a poor man's depression.  When those whom are less than three generations into the "upper class" are smacked back down, then possibly it will be they that revolt. Assuming they can leave their Starbucks cups and crack berries behind.  After all, you've got to have money to make or lose money.  This period of "good times" wasn't shared by all.  Look at the increasing disparity between the "rich" and the "poor".  So while you all cry into your $300 dollar bottles of wine this New Years, the real strife for life continues.

Lou629's picture

"The ZH Top Ten is simply a reflection that people want THE TRUTH..."


I note that all the tinfoil that had been having an undue influence on the signal-to-noise ratio around here lately doesn't seem to have made it into the top ten either.  Kudos.

Anonymous's picture

Hey, Louie, sorry to see half the content of your posts are sorry attempts at provocation.

And sorry to not see 'Gold, Bitches' NOT in the top 25 - it even got itself a coffee mug!

Lou629's picture

Sorry to see another no-count "Anon." post with nothing to add except the very thing you accuse me of.  You must surely be one of the tinfoil crowd posting anonymously.  Try to imagine my surprise.   By the way, my friends can call me "Louie", it's Mr. 629 to you, Asshole.

Anonymous's picture

M. 626,
A bit harsh no? Whilst I agree with your distaste here, coming down on Anons like that is a bit undeserved.

Also, what's wrong with a little meme here and there? 'Gold Bitches' really is a ZH endogenic meme that has, as memes are want to do, spread its wings and flown.

I think this is a little too hardcore to fall prey to the machinations that befell other once worthy but now asinine post boards(reddit/digg), so let a discussion be a discussion rather than a spitting match.


Anonymous's picture

It's on, mofo.

Tinfoil is the only thing keeping you from getting bent over by over-funded tyranny agencies. What do you think the CIA does all day, throw candy to kids?

The CIA beats, maims, murders, bombs - worldwide. But you, and so many other sheep don't seem to care - in fact, you're not one of the sheep. You go out of your way to make fun of people that question authority - fuck you, Lou-bag.

VegasBD's picture

dormant shipping vessels bitches!

phaesed's picture

ZH is the only financial news source I trust *shrug* Opinions are stated as opinions and facts are stated as facts. But the most important fact is that they report NEWS, not bank fluffer pieces. Thank you to all who contribute. (and yes, I do realize in the prior piece I actually dissented *gasp* :) )

Anal_yst's picture

Thanks, MS, here's to hoping you, TD, etc don't give up on us anytime soon/ever.

Anonymous's picture

Very nice, I have never felt comfortable requesting this before, but I felt this was a good a place and time as I would get.

Have you ever thought of running a bank failure counter on the margins of this blog?


Thank you.

dogbreath's picture


started as a mortgage company implode blog and then started tracking bank implosions and home builder implosions.



Stoploss's picture

ZH is rooted in reality. To me, that is what seperates this site from any other. Keep up the excellent work!

Anonymous's picture

thank you guys. before you arrived, i thought my head would explode every time I heard a government statistic telling me how great the recovery is, or why we "had to" give the treasury to Goldman Sachs.

thank you.

Eternal Student's picture

And thanks to all at ZH for these great articles.

Speaking of Janet Tavakoli, here's an idea for a ZH money-raiser. How about a pin up calendar of the hot babes of finance? Women who are:

  1. A part of the financial world.
  2. Bright
  3. Hot, or at least good looking (I'll take brains and knowledge anytime).
  4. Not a shill.

My votes so far are:

  1. Marla
  2. Janet Tavakoli
  3. Meredith Witney
  4. Elizabeth Warren
  5. Diana Olick

Diana Olick is a maybe, as requirement #4 would eliminate most of the bimbo's as CNBC. But she's no bimbo, and pretty much tells it like it is.

Any other nominations?

mule65's picture

Who could forget Erin Callan?

VegasBD's picture

Amanda Drury.

Looks are all that matters to me. Maybe its a vegas thing...

Anonymous's picture

What about Ellen Brown. http://www.webofdebt.com/

I don't know what she looks like. Sometimes truth is hot though.

Anonymous's picture

Yeah, go back to school and figure out that not everything has to be done by girls for looks and boys for brains. stupid ideas just don't seem to go away.

Cursive's picture

My favorite story?  There have been many, but Sprott's QuEasyGate.  And it's still developing...

Anonymous's picture

Why no rebuttal to Goldman Sachs response? If there is anything, this website is not known as being 'modest' - and in fact revels in the opposite.

callistenes's picture

Thanks, there were some I missed while in Thailand trying to stay drunk and ignore Dubai.

Anonymous's picture

Thanks for all the hard work. Great investigatory, creative, and smart writing. Now, next is to actually nudge / force progress and solutions to all this nonsense. We, the ZH consuming public, are just as guilty as anyone if the only thing we do with all your hard work is shake our heads as we shut out laptops.

Unscarred's picture

Given the obvious cumulative wattage held by ZH senior staff, I can only image the number of laughs had at our expense based upon the popularity (or lack thereof) for various posts over the past year (not to mention the comments, both individually and collectively).  As an experiment in human behavior, this would be truly fascinating data to peruse.

Also, I share Andy Dufresne's perspective as to what hooked me on ZH.  As they say the tongue is the only tool to grow sharper with use, your abilities as cunning linguists continue to impress, enlighten, and entertain.

Many congratulations to all of you, and I eagerly await 2010.

nopat's picture

Graphs, goddamnit, I need graphs.  And charts.  Fucking bullet points, too many goddamn words!!!

Hephasteus's picture

Nooooo!!!! Powerpoint has turned another brain to MUSH!!! LOL

laughing_swordfish's picture

Great Reads every one.

For my part I prop ZH everywhere I can, and can tell you that I have at least two dozen folks now reading the site and participating, most with more technical financial knowledge than myself.

Zero Hedge is true "Samizdat" - the hidden truth that TPTB and their bought-and-paid-for mouthpieces don't want us even discussing, let alone finding out about.

Carry on and bring it in 2010!


KptLt. laughing swordfish

9er Unterseeboote Flotille

dogbreath's picture

Zero Hedge is true "Samizdat"  !!!

merehuman's picture

would love to hear any comment at all on Arrow trucking closing its doors over christmas. At minimum 1,400 drivers left stranded, told to leave truck.

Their last check bounced but the executives paid themselves well and first.

I wonder how they rank, they are not the biggest, but others may fall also due to retailers minimizing orders.  Lack of credit may also play in this.

Can i still get my beer and mtv?

MsCreant's picture

I know someone who works at Ford. When I read him the news he told me that they have had this happen to them three times (ie the trucking outfit going bankrupt and leaving their cargo stranded where it sat and the trucker gone). He was not impressed with this as a news item, at all. I think the Christmas angle made it "newsworthy."

merehuman's picture

Thanks MsCreant, 1,400 drivers means that many mortgages arent getting paid.

And that many trucks arent delivering, so to me its part of the ongoing crumbling of our society.

Anonymous's picture

Don't worry, those homes will just go into the shadow inventory. Haven't you heard home prices are on the rise again?

Handle with care's picture

I'd just like to add that what you're doing here is important. Really important.


Sites like ZH, Denningers Market Ticker, and others, whether you agree with all the opinions that intersperse the analysis, are at the very least trying to shine light on the dark spaces where the parasitic criminal classes lurk.


The bankers and their crony politicians can only conduct their thefts in the dark.  Exposed to the light they slither away.


Only by removing the cloak of shadow that covers their misdeeds do we have any chance at all at stopping and rescuing this nation and making the seeming inevitable slide to neo-feudalism a little less inevitable.


I for one deeply appreciate the work that all contributors to this site have made to lifting up the rocks and exposing the dark undersides to the light

mule65's picture

I like RobotTrader.