Zero Hedge's Top 10 Most Popular Posts In 2010

Tyler Durden's picture

As we wrap up 2010, the last thing left to do is to recall the stories that generated the most buzz on Zero Hedge. With stories touching on everything from the flash crash, to JPM's silver market manipulation, to the scramble for physical metals, to capital controls, to the manipulated (and successful) push to get Americans out of Money Market accounts, here are the top to stories of the past year (and stunningly all click-bait, slideshow free).

  • In tenth place, with 80,842 reads, "The Hindenburg Omen has Arrived" is the story that Zero Hedge brought to the surface as soon as the H.O. was confirmed on August 12, and ended up making waves for the balance of the summer. According to some, it was the concerns about the Hindenburg Omen's self fulfilling prophecy that cemented the Chairman's resolve to proceed with the Wood's Hole speech two weeks later on August 27, which made QE2 a certainty.
  • In ninth place, with 80,942 reads, "MUST HEAR: Panic And Loathing From The S&P 500 Pits" is the definitive, and most visceral, recollection of the terror that had gripped each and every single momo trader as the Dow briefly dropped by 1,000 points on May 6. One thing is certain: as the SEC has taken absolutely no proactive steps to address the conditions that generated the record Dow drop, this is just the first of many "flash crashes" for US stocks.
  • In eighth place, with 82,232 reads, posted on February 11, and long before it became apparent just how insolvent Europe was, "Just How Ugly Is The Sovereign Default Truth? How Self Delusions Prevent Recognition Of Reality" - our summary of Dylan Grice's phenomenal analysis on the cognitive dissonance when it comes to that last bastion of backstops: sovereign insolvency. The analysis is even more relevant now than it was almost a year ago and we urge readers go through it one more time now that its argument has been fully borne out.
  • In seventh place, read 82,297 times, and appearing almost a year ago, "This Is The Government: Your Legal Right To Redeem Your Money Market Account Has Been Denied" discussed the government's stealthy plans to force ordinary US citizens and corporations to force the move of as much money as possible out of money markets and into riskier asset classes. That that particular plan relied on the embedded concern of capital lock ups, was not surprising. What is also not surprising is that with outflows of $392 billion in 2010, money markets were the primary source of capital for US institutional and retail investors. Mission accomplished Paul Volcker, Group of 30.
  • At number 6, read by 84,368 people, Gordon Gekko's guest post: "It's Going To Implode: Buy Physical Gold - NOW" needs no introduction. Despite starting a brief blog war, those who actually listened to Gekko's advice, made a 25% return in 9 months. Nuf said.
  • Holding number 5, and making waves with 89,743 readers is the recent revelation that JP Morgan, contrary to conventional wisdom, and in line with "conspiracy thinking" admitted Bart Chilton's allegations via FT sources that indeed it had accumulated a major silver short position, which subsequently has been rumored to have moved to offshore, and to non-CFTC regulatable entities, presumably out of the orient. The full piece is here "Water, Meet Blood - JP Morgan Admits To, Reduces Massive Silver Short Position, Proves Millions Of Conspiracy Theorists Correct."
  • At number 4, with just a few extra reads at 89,791, another tangent of the manipulation ploy was revealed when we learned that "Canada's Only Bullion Bank Gold Vault Is Practically Empty" It is only very ironic that earlier today we noted that ScotiaMocatta's electronic store is now out of all silver bars.
  • At number 3 in the most popular list, with 91,571 reads, and rounding off the trifecta of precious metal manipulation posts, is the one that started it all: "Whistleblower Exposes JP Morgan's Silver Manipulation Scheme" - there is no need to recap this particular post.
  • In the first runner up spot, with 93,320 reads, was Gonzalo Lira's essay on possible hyperinflation catalysts "Guest Post: How Hyperinflation Will Happen". The popularity of this post was only matched by the firestorm of angry responses it engendered within the deflationist camp in the blogosphere.
  • And in the top spot, it is not surprising that the expose on the intersection of disappearing civil rights and financial prohibitions should garner the most reads in 2010 with 172,155 reads, "It's Official - America Now Enforces Capital Controls" The title is self-explanatory.

All in all, it was a very interesting year, with the oligarchy doing everything in its power to retain the perception it was in control even as the walls were crumbling all around it. We are confident this encroaching central planning process will continue in 2011, this time with far worse odds for that ultimate backstopper of the global bankster system: the US taxpayer.

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rosiescenario's picture

Thank you Tyler, all ZH posters....and a Happy New Year to all.

Monkey Craig's picture

two guns up.

i hope all associated with this site have a happy and healthy new year

Turd Ferguson's picture

ZH, the greatest website ever!

Ray1968's picture

I wish Tyler would boot the junk-monkey

DocLogo's picture

i second that


(btw, who's junking people's praise?)

illyia's picture

Thank you Tyler et al for all you do.

You've actually changed the conversation. Quite a feat for a fantasy man and his girl (and their friends). May 2011 give you greater sources, more relentless research and financial gain.


gmrpeabody's picture

What happens in may...?

; -)

akak's picture

ZeroHedge Rules!

rocker's picture

This is why we read ZH.  The best of journalism. Unbiased, unfiltered, very scrutinized, very informative, and the best of financial honest news anywhere.    ZeroHedge Rules!!  +2 

RockyRacoon's picture

Yep, it does.  I miss some of the old-timers.  Wish they'd all check back in for a 2011 appearance, even if a touch-n-go.   I'm looking forward to some real action in this new year.  Happy New Year to all!

Cursive's picture

Happy New Year Rock!  ZH is great.  What about the old timers?  I think the popularity of the site keeps many away.  I saw deadhead and Howard Beale post recently.  MsCreant and Miles Kindig are still regular and I see Lizzy every so often.  Whatever happened to Gordon Gekko?  Project Mayhem?  Marla?  Was never a Cheeky Bastard fan, but he has many admirers.  Green Sharts?  phaesed?  There are many others, but these come immediately to my mind.

gmrpeabody's picture

Cheeky probably will be sharing a room with Assange in 2011.

woolly mammoth's picture

Gordon has been around some. He took B9K9's suggestion and ran (moved off shore), probably a good idea until all U.S. citizens become targets outside our borders for f**king up the whole world with our military expansionism and fractional banking system.

Cursive's picture


Thanks for the news.  Good luck to ole GG.  I rather think fly over country in the States will be just fine.  On a comparative basis, of course.

SwingForce's picture

Best Wishes for a Safe 2011! Thanks Zero-Hedge for providing The Timeline- often 1 to 2 days EARLIER than MSM, nice.  Hey, picking up on your comments about the US Taxpayer, maybe we can start a new statistic for 2011, "The Employed Taxpayer". Give monthly statistics, like the UNemployment rate, but this would track the number and % of people paying into the IRS and SS etc. Just a stray thought, thanks for everything.

CD's picture

Thank you Tyler(s) and all at ZH. Happy New Year. For a blast from the past, here is last year's roster:


Ray1968's picture

It's getting exciting now, two and one-half. Think of everything we've accomplished, man. Out these windows, we will view the collapse of financial history. One step closer to economic equilibrium.

TheGoodDoctor's picture

And hopefully a few that decide to jump because of their crimes. ;P

Milestones's picture

Zerohedge, in less than a year went from an interesting read, to a MUST read. I have been vastly improved in grasping what is really happening. Thank you and all the contributors. I have learned much.     Milestones

Manbarepig's picture

Ditto. Cheers to all and very happy new year.

lynnybee's picture

Oh !   I remember this from last year !!  This is my favorite thing ..... the TOP 10 .   A whole year has gone by, I was educated about silver & have accumulated all year instead of putting money in a bank or wasting money on worthless crap made in CHINA ..........please be proud of me, I  have managed to accumulate 500 bullion silver eagles in one year's time !!     I'm so proud of myself & thank ZEROHEDGE for knowledge.   & my sister, my husband & adult children still think I'm the nutty one, & if I mention economic collapse just one more time they are going to have me committed.......they are the idiots, not me.

tmosley's picture

Buy some silver, then show them a year from now how it has gone up X00%.  Tell them that crazy or not, you know how to make money a lot better than they do, and that they should listen to you on economic matters.  This is how I convinced my father to finally bite the bullet and buy silver.  He's not cashing out his retirement account yet, but he's pretty close.

delacroix's picture

I may be a little crazy, but I'm not stupid. It's amazing how a little pile of silver, can dispel hopelessness, one of it's many qualities.

Armchair Bear's picture

Congrats on your silver collection.  I started about a year and a half ago - wish I had sooner!  Keep buying - it's going to keep going up and up - and keep spreading the word.  You know if you don't you will feel guilty about the people you didn't tell...

I don't care if people think I'm an idiot for buying silver - among other things I buy (not designer clothes or fancy vacations...) because I sleep better at night for it. 

One thing I really like is a good night's sleep.  Also, since I started paying attention, I have some hope that I could be well off someday, perhaps even retire - perhaps even at a younger age...

Because I have always known there was not going to be any social security for my generation (X).


Happy New Year everybody. 


Hitmannie's picture

ZH I Like You But You Should Be Focussing More On How To Save Your Money And Also Stay Out Of The Business Where Everybody Want To Fuck You. Bonds And Equities, There All Bullshit. Take One Advise, Let There Be Some Money On Your Bank Account And Be Flexible. I Live In Spain And Here Nobody Seems To Care About The Crisis. They Just Are Thinking How To Take Advantages Of The Situation. 

VegasBD's picture

Thank you Tyler Durden(s).

Also thaks to all the commenters, I learn just as much reading everyone's comments.

VegasBD's picture

Except Harry of course...

Zero Debt's picture

HarryWanger is considered to be a contrarian indicator on this site :)

samsara's picture

Thank you ZH for just being here and being exactly what you have been.

Don't change a F$cking thing...

Happy New Year Tyler, 

and ZH posters(Especially B9K9, Cog D, Highplains, etc)

Not including Wang


ufamizm's picture

Huge props to Tyler and the entire ZH crew for a spectacular job!

Your fresh air was the best performing commodity of the year.

Stephanovic's picture

Easily the best website on the internets

stormsailor's picture

happy new year zh, may 2011 bring the great reset so that we can go forward and enjoy the fruits of our labor. 



umop episdn's picture

Upon re-reading some of the older posts and the following comments, I realized that there are fewer 'paid for' and troll posts these days. I doubt that was a freebie--so a big THANK YOU to whomever(s) managed that feat!

ZeroHedge for the win!

Silva Plata's picture

Thanks to all who contribute to ZH. I've learned more valuable info here than from my Econ classes in college. About a year ago I closed my ML account and went all in on physical gold and silver! Hahahahaha!!!

breezer1's picture

i used to get up in the morning to coffee , juice , a little bacon and toast. i would read a little news , do a few chores . i used to take walks or wet a line , maybe a nap by the stream if the weather allowed.

 since ZH came along i get in arguments with my neighbors about politicians and bank policies.  it drives me crazy to see prices increase at the supermarket and the pumps. if it wasn't for that lunatic bill banzi7 i would probably be in fist fights every day.

i must admit that it started with bill buckler's twice monthly newsletter. thats when i fearfully invested in gold and silver. yes it was about 3 years ago and there is a nice profit but now i am unable to claim that profit because ZH is now my homepage. the news, comments and black humor is like a daily torture. 

as soon as i believe it might be safe to cash in TD reports that this one or that one  has run out of gold or silver or that the grand ponzi is even grander.

i was going to buy a place in florida until george washington talked about the bp spill or a video interview of some joker appears here talking about the real state of real estate.

then there is " i told you so " reggie . and he always seems to be right. i know he is breaking some law somewhere. nobody can be right all the time .

my new years resolution is to find a support group to deal with my addiction. there must be a 12 or 15 or even a 38 step plan out there. i know its time when my wife tells Christmas visitors to "just ignore him". 

happy new year to all my co-dependents and ZH.

yabyum's picture

Breezer 1, Do ZH between the fly hatches and the big powder storms. Watch the PM price, and have a HNY...tight lines to all!

breezer1's picture

i keep removing it as my homepage only to get anxiety attacks whenever i see someone on the news saying the recovery is here. i used to love gardening until all that 'green shoots' shit.

gwar5's picture

Wow! Capital controls was the way big winner.

Missed the article at the time, but knew about it anyway. Went back and read. Worse than I thought.

In Costa Rica already saw last year the US IRS expanded into big new building and banks were harrassing expats.  Woman who got $600/mo SS sent to her from states had her meager account frozen until she produced last 3 years IRS returns. She wasn't the only one by far. All the banks in the world now work for the IRS.

Browncoat79's picture

Happy New Year ZeroHedge! You are my number one website for 2010/2011, and you helped wean me off of! Keep it up! Love from Ireland, and Áthbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh go léir. (Happy NY in Gaelic) xxo

Hephasteus's picture

Happy New Year ZeroHedge!! Great year you all had. Didn't think you could top the HFT stuff in 08 09 but ya did!!

ebworthen's picture

The "Capital Controls" piece, combined with the others (especially precious metals and sovereign defaults) make it clear that the time to expatriate is sooner rather than later.

Most of the suburban Wonder Bread crowd are still smoking the hookah, and would not believe to think that their government would confiscate their IRA, 401K, or other investments (albeit stealthily for the time being).

I pity the fool!

Long PM's and another nation to pledge allegiance too (?) - because my faith in this one is cooked.

alien-IQ's picture

Discovering Zero Hedge was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise brutally depressing year.

Thank you all.

No More Bubbles's picture

#1 - 172,155 reads

I'm bummed the # isn't 10 or even 100 times that.  It certainly should be.......

SamuelMaverick's picture

ZH is one of the best weapons in my armory to fight the good fight against the many evils in the financial world. Thank you fight club, Tyler, and all of ZH's contributors for the great information and education during the past year. 2010 was one hell of a ride, and it looks like 2011 is going to be even wilder.  The only bad thing I can say after this past year of ZH in my head is that cannot watch the regular MSM news outlets because it feels like I am listening to 4 year olds reading See Spot Run.. Yours, Maverick

MsCreant's picture


Prince didn't do bad on the lyrics to this thing. The year ain't right, but the spirit is.

I was dreamin' when I wrote this
Forgive me if it goes astray

But when I woke up this mornin'
Coulda sworn it was judgment day

The sky was all purple
There were people runnin' everywhere

Tryin' 2 run from the destruction
U know I didn't even care

'Cuz they say two thousand zero zero party over
Oops out of time
So tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999

I was dreamin' when I wrote this
So sue me if I go 2 fast

But life is just a party
And parties weren't meant 2 last

War is all around us
My mind says prepare 2 fight

So if I gotta die
I'm gonna listen 2 my body tonight

Yeah, they say two thousand zero zero party over
Oops out of time
So tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999

Lemme tell ya somethin'
If U didn't come 2 party
Don't bother knockin' on my door
I got a lion in my pocket
And baby he's ready 2 roar

Yeah, everybody's got a bomb
We could all die any day
But before I'll let that happen
I'll dance my life away

They say two thousand zero zero party over
Oops out of time
We're runnin' outta time
So tonight we gonna, we gonna (Tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999)

Say it 1 more time
Two thousand zero zero party over
Oops out of time
No, no
So tonight we gonna, we gonna (Tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999)

Alright, it's 1999
You say it, 1999
1999 don't stop, don't stop, say it 1 more time

Two thousand zero zero party over
Oops out of time
Yeah, Yeah
So tonight we gonna, we gonna (Tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999)

Yeah, 1999
Don'tcha wanna go
Don'tcha wanna go
We could all die any day
I don't wanna die
I'd rather dance


DaveyJones's picture

the country formerly known as

thank you ZH for reporting and making history