Frontrunning: December 27

Marla Singer's picture
  • Nigeria quick to point out supposed would be bomber snuck into country. (Scammers? Sure. Bombers? Niger[ia], please!) [reuters]
  • Mousavi's nephew reportedly killed in Iran.  [reuters]
  • Gordon Brown sucks at economics.  ("The shadow [cabinet] knows.") [timesonline]
  • 2009: South Korean group wins $40 billion UAE nuclear reactor deal.  (2011: South Korean group writes off $36 billion in UAE receivables) [reuters]
  • French group reportedly overbid by $16 billion.  (French management contract stipulated that reactors could only work for 30 hours per week)
  • Dubai Properties Group fires key executives, CFO.  (Senior employees "leaving for other opportunities."  Read: "To head up UAE reactor project.") [reuters]
  • China likes the Yuan right where it is, thank you very much.  (Timmy: "Pretty please? Aw, c'mon!  We'll be your best friend!") [reuters]
  • Housing prices, however, seem a bit high.  (Is that a bubble in your housing, China, or are you just happy to stimulate me?) [bloomberg]
  • Today in History: Afghanistan seized by Soviets.  (1979)


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Anonymous's picture

Mayhem? a coincidence in Iran just as the clock was about to strike midnight

Clinteastwood's picture



I love it 


chumbawamba's picture

Sorry, Marla.

I have nothing.

I am Chumbawamba.

Anonymous's picture

Not something to be sorry about.

If you loving embrace yourself with the knowledge that you know nothing and have nothing,

Then You'll have everything.

Kayman's picture

Barry and Timmy are going to have to change the course with the yuan (renminbi). Instead of whimpering that China isn't a currency manipulator, they will need to introduce a storage and transport tax on containers. Sorry Warren, country first, BNSF second.

Anonymous's picture

Hawley at ya boy!

darkpool2's picture

and by coincidence(?), airlines/TSA/DHS are going to make it so unpleasant for US companies to conduct overseas business that we will all be staying home and reinventing "made in America". Sorry People of Walmart

Anonymous's picture

Brown the Clown....

Is into populist economics....

Which is handily defined as ¨say whatever it is
that will get some idiot to vote ....for what it sounds like....

Then deal with the problems later....


Brown is a perfect example of what plagues both
the US and the UK....

Just for the wiki biographies not only of
Browns...but any political name....

100 out of a 100 will have no background whatsoever with respect to the industries....about which to make laws....

Politics has moved from Kings aand Queens to what it currently is....

But there is a long long way to go ....before a
properly designed political system will take hold....

This will be when every vote has a computer and knows how to use it....

Until then...there will be more Brown Clowns ruining everything they touch and more....only for someone else to
to pick up the bill...

It is ¨Brown Clown¨closing time....

Anonymous's picture

NOW we know Who brought many to the brink
“The simultaneous selling of securities to customers and shorting them because they believed they were going to default is the most cynical use of credit information that I have ever seen,” said Sylvain R. Raynes, an expert in structured finance at R & R Consulting in New York. “When you buy protection against an event that you have a hand in causing, you are buying fire insurance on someone else’s house and then committing arson.”
Goldman Sachs: The Grinch who stole Christmas?
Goldman Sachs Sold Hot Air
Goldman Scam: Selling Bad Debts While Betting Against Them
Goldman Sachs' secret bets
Goldman Sachs secretly bet on housing crash

Q&A WITH KEVIN DUFFY AND BILL LAGGNER: Two hedge-fund managers predict the economy's next leg down. Shorting Goldman Sachs.

Anonymous's picture

"Niger[ia], please!"

too funny

Unscarred's picture

Suppose that there are two Marlas; one Caucasian and the other African-American.  Would that make her biracial or just "bi?"

LMAOLORI's picture

The bankers are praying for forgiveness or bigger bonus's???

CheapKUNGFU's picture

Let's trade Afghanistan to Russia for some GOLD!


I am not Chumbawamba, buy gold 'n' silver... bitches!

Anonymous's picture

•French group reportedly overbid by $16 billion.
Where's the link?

Anonymous's picture

Really? You had to work the n word into that joke? I'm white, but that's tasteless.

E pluribus unum's picture

It's ZH. The whole site is tasteless.

Anonymous's picture

Oh, go huff and puff over at HuffPo.

vanderrook's picture

You could see someone's panties bunching over that a mile away...if it makes you feel better, you can call me a Kraka-toa.


Rusty_Shackleford's picture



Yeah, thank heavens we have smart, civilized people like you that can tell us what words it's appropriate to use when communicating with each other in a humorous context.


Are there any other words that you have decided should be struck from the human collective unconscious and only referred to by there first initials?


Please, enlighten us.      


You've got 25 more letters.

MsCreant's picture

Shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits.

Rusty_Shackleford's picture

Well, see, you've already got yourself a problem there.


Which one gets to be the "c-word"?


Is it cunt or cocksucker?

(Oops, I mean c-word or c-word)

Anonymous's picture

media capture accelerates


Home Prices Stabilize, Confidence Probably Gains, Lifting Economy for 2010

"The housing market, at the center of the worst recession since the 1930s, may keep improving as administration and Federal Reserve efforts to lift sales and lower borrowing costs take hold."

Benthamite's picture

No anomaly in occidental reporting of the Middle East.  Front page of NYT stirring up sheeple into war with Iran and willful suppression of one year anniversary of "War in Gaza."

Anonymous's picture

In 2011, the Cayman Island entity which floated a sukuk to finance the reactor goes bust, ruler says everything is fine... one of the reactor unit is forcibly inaugurated. South Koreans are offered 30 cents to a $ for the project.

Implosion Therapy's picture

Id trade the congress,the fed amd OHbummer for an ounce of gold...




  Depression Bitches !

Comrade de Chaos's picture

turning Dubai empty tourist attractors into the nuclear waste dump is an ingenious plan. Also, given the cost per reactor of about 6 bl the scale of it is... amusing, ironic, funny, stupid you name it - they got it.

Eally Ucked's picture

Lets make nuclear deal with Mongolia, they pay 5 Bln and they can use it (nuclear reactors) for 15 min every day, then sell them real estate software for the next 3 bln, I hope they don't like their yurts and they buy into our very energy efficient dog houses (2X4 and other shit)

Cheeky Bastard's picture

Its "everything is for buy" in the wealthy Gulf states .... set up a company, produce or replicate some technology of D or lesser quality, put a xx billion dollar price tag on it and set up a meeting with some of the "government" officials in those countries ... instant billionaire ....

Cheeky Bastard's picture

Fuck you CIA bitches !!!!1

I am not Chumbawamba, but i am a fan of his ...

nopat's picture

Man, word travels fast.  Not surprised you two are asshole buddies.

Cheeky Bastard's picture

And Happy Holidays to you too, you savage heathen .....

nopat's picture

Sorry, I don't use a primitive system of clicks and grunts to communicate.  Mind speaking English?

Speaking of which, where the hell have you been?

Anonymous's picture

"Niger please"? What's next, blackface photoshop of Wolf Blitzer?

Rusty Shorts's picture

 - anonymous,


"Niger" is a sovereign state of Africa, borders with Chad to the east, Mali to the west and Nigeria to the south...Dipshit.

Seer's picture

And, drum roll...  it's got OIL!

Looks like the US will have to bomb another country because a "terrorist" came from there! (never mind that the US has its own share of home-grown terrorists and has failed to bomb itself!)

Implosion Therapy's picture

That would be a great halloween costume..Blackface Blitzer

Marla Singer's picture

For the humor impaired and the uninitiated, this is the original reference:


The Rock's picture

Looks like a little ODB (RIP) is appropriate in this motherfuck...

Watch your shit fall like Rome
I'm immune to all viruses
I get the cocaine it cleans out my sinuses
Kill all the government microchips in my body
I'm the paranoid nigga at your party
I kill all my enemies at birth!
Shut the fuck up!
Bitch let me slide my hands up your skirt
Nigga please!

Btw, never realized the country looks like a drumstick. :-P

Anonymous's picture

let's talk about building 6 and what happened on that day in sept of 2001...

what was in building 6? anybody care to guess?

Anonymous's picture

Our Strategic reserve of twinkies and snickers?

Seer's picture

WOW!  I'd never heard anyone mention anything abut WTC 6 until now!

What activities took place in WTC 6?

Mad Max's picture

Prince Edward in a can?

Unfluoridated water?

Marley's picture

Building 6 Occupants:

U.S. Department of Commerce

BATF (Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Labor

Export-Import Bank of the U.S.

Eastco Building Services

Building 7 Occupants included:


U.S. Secret Service

Securities and Exchange Commission

And a lot of banks and financial service

nopat's picture

I especially like the response from Nigeria.  Yes, he "snuck" into a country of which he is a citizen and his father is a highly-respected member of the banking community.  We call that "going home."

That's almost as good as the Dutch officials' responses of "well, shit, OUR security worked, dunno what the fuck ya'll talking about."  Worked real well, assholes.  Maybe if you weren't trying to appease the natives over a cartoon, your security would have worked just a little bit better.  Ohhhh the irony is rich and frothy on this one.

Anonymous's picture

"That's almost as good as the Dutch officials' responses of "well, shit, OUR security worked, dunno what the fuck ya'll talking about." Worked real well, assholes. Maybe if you weren't trying to appease the natives over a cartoon"

I realise that I'm coming to this late and this thread is most likely six feet under, but in the interest of posterity:

That was Denmark cuntmuscle.

MsCreant's picture

Ah, a classic mix up Denmark and The Netherlands, Danish and Dutch.

I wonder if you're "in Dutch" now?

I have not heard "cuntmuscle" before. Ya need to educate me. Cuntmuscles are very strong. They grip dicks and push out babies. This is high praise for Nopat. I find myself confused.


SWRichmond's picture

Have you been practicing your special exercises?

Unscarred's picture



@MsCreant- cuntmuscle

And for what it's worth, this is rarefied air for Zero Hedge.  I searched "cunt" and only 9 posts came up.