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Zero Hedge's Top 10 Most Popular Posts In 2010

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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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Fri, 12/31/2010 - 19:15 | 840664 rosiescenario
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Thank you Tyler, all ZH posters....and a Happy New Year to all.

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 19:56 | 840736 jules from aus
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Hear hear

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 21:54 | 840892 Monkey Craig
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two guns up.

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

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 03:06 | 841246 Turd Ferguson
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ZH, the greatest website ever!

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 08:30 | 841356 Haywood Jablowme
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+2011...

 

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 16:02 | 841717 Ray1968
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I wish Tyler would boot the junk-monkey

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 20:12 | 841978 DocLogo
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i second that

 

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

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 02:27 | 841221 Harbourcity
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+2010

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 11:11 | 841452 illyia
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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.

i.

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 13:56 | 841577 gmrpeabody
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What happens in may...?

; -)

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 19:25 | 840677 akak
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ZeroHedge Rules!

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 22:46 | 840960 rocker
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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 

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 02:02 | 841200 RockyRacoon
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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!

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 04:02 | 841276 Cursive
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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.

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 13:59 | 841585 gmrpeabody
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Cheeky probably will be sharing a room with Assange in 2011.

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 15:38 | 841691 woolly mammoth
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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.

Sun, 01/02/2011 - 01:25 | 842275 Cursive
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@woolly

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.

Fri, 01/14/2011 - 09:14 | 842418 Z
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Fri, 12/31/2010 - 19:34 | 840689 SwingForce
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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.

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 19:32 | 840694 CD
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Thank you Tyler(s) and all at ZH. Happy New Year. For a blast from the past, here is last year's roster:

http://www.zerohedge.com/article/do-you-read-zero-hedge-review-zero-hedges-most-popular-articles-all-time2009

 

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 19:41 | 840709 Ray1968
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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.

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 00:32 | 841111 TheGoodDoctor
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And hopefully a few that decide to jump because of their crimes. ;P

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 19:42 | 840713 Milestones
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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

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 20:51 | 840820 Manbarepig
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Ditto. Cheers to all and very happy new year.

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 19:44 | 840714 lynnybee
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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.

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 20:00 | 840739 tmosley
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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.

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 21:17 | 840856 delacroix
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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.

Sun, 01/02/2011 - 04:34 | 842371 Armchair Bear
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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. 

 

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 19:47 | 840719 Hitmannie
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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. 

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 19:55 | 840732 VegasBD
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Thank you Tyler Durden(s).

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

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 19:56 | 840735 VegasBD
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Except Harry of course...

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 01:51 | 841193 Zero Debt
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HarryWanger is considered to be a contrarian indicator on this site :)

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 20:15 | 840741 samsara
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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

 

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 20:04 | 840750 ufamizm
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Huge props to Tyler and the entire ZH crew for a spectacular job!

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

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 20:14 | 840767 Stephanovic
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Easily the best website on the internets

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 20:17 | 840773 stormsailor
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happy new year zh, may 2011 bring the great reset so that we can go forward and enjoy the fruits of our labor. 

 

 

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 20:30 | 840789 umop episdn
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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!

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 20:50 | 840819 Silva Plata
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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!!!

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 20:52 | 840823 breezer1
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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.

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 22:12 | 840911 yabyum
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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!

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 09:37 | 840919 breezer1
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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.

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 20:52 | 840825 gwar5
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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.

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 21:08 | 840843 Browncoat79
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Happy New Year ZeroHedge! You are my number one website for 2010/2011, and you helped wean me off of Politics.ie! Keep it up! Love from Ireland, and Áthbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh go léir. (Happy NY in Gaelic) xxo

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 21:27 | 840867 Hephasteus
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Happy New Year ZeroHedge!! Great year you all had. Didn't think you could top the HFT stuff in 08 09 but ya did!!

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 21:31 | 840870 ebworthen
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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.

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 21:44 | 840881 alien-IQ
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Discovering Zero Hedge was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise brutally depressing year.

Thank you all.

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 21:55 | 840894 No More Bubbles
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#1 - 172,155 reads

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

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 22:06 | 840904 SamuelMaverick
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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

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 22:11 | 840913 MsCreant
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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
Yeah

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
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

 

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 12:00 | 841479 DaveyJones
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the country formerly known as

thank you ZH for reporting and making history 

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 22:26 | 840930 Bruin4
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Happy New Year ZH....to quote Mr. Leonard Cohen  "....everybody knows the dice are loaded, everybody rolls with their fingers crossed."  Best to all in 2011

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 22:45 | 840958 msjimmied
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When the site went up, 10 posts was quite remarkable. Now we're talking about 80k reads, hundreds of comments...never a blah day. Keep hammering the message home ZH, I wonder if you guys ever sleep, if there's news, it's here first. I owe you guys a world of thanks. I do what I can to disseminate the message, and more people see the truth of it everyday. Don't ever stop, don't ever sell out. Have a wonderful new year!

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 23:04 | 840991 AUELOX
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Every single work day, I click on to T.D. Ameritrade, Kitco and Zero Hedge.  Panic has set in on that rare occasion that I couldn't get in for my daily read.  Thanks ZH and I look forward to learning something new every day.

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 23:13 | 841007 TheGreatPonzi
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"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."

Talking about that, it always amazes me how stupid deflationists are. They must believe somehow that deflation would not kill the entire Ponzi, and that governments and central banks will have the honesty to admit the destruction of a lot of bad debt is necessary. Never happened in history, even less in a 100% fiat world.

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 23:27 | 841030 ants88
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Favorite read is ZH on http://www.tiffanyeve.com

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 23:29 | 841033 Encroaching Darkness
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A most Happy New Year to all those who post here to educate, entertain and enrich me.

I hope you receive something worthwhile in return.

See you on the other side of the darkness; hope we can all get past it, and soon. If not, bring your inner light, such as it is.

Peace.

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 23:33 | 841041 bank guy in Brussels
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Some of the funniest YouTube economics-related videos, seen or linked thanks to Zero Hedge:

(1) One of the great humourous classics - back again after being removed! -The rant of Wallstreetpro2 on John Thain spending 35 thousand dollars for a f**king sh*tter, f**king Tim Geithner, and other topics - Extremely obscene, but if you like to laugh, don't miss this if you haven't seen it -

35,000 dollar commode -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrIAb5sUaHU

(2) Cartoon characters explaining how to:

buy the f**king dip ... H M M M M -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jllJ-HeErjU

(3) Two Australian humourists on how bankrupt countries bail themselves out -

Clarke and Dawe - European Debt Crisis -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5QwKEwo4Bc

(4) One more from Clarke and Dawe:

How does the financial system work -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_3T-Af57Pg

(5) Irishman speaking frankly on:

Irish Wanking Bankers -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koY6kXhQDQo

(6) Irish MP Paul Gogarty saying "F--k You!" in Dail (parliament) session:

Most Unparliamentary Language -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YD-xxoQwOo4

(7) Irish hero Joe McNamara ramming his big cement mixer truck into the gates of the Irish parliament, with this slogan on the back of the truck at the end of the video after it has rammed the gates:

The People Have Had Enough

All Politicians Have Been Sacked

With Immediate Effect

Power to the People

Video with the actual ramming -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ur5UjwmBnbA

(8) Unique New York politician Jimmy McMillan, running for New York governor for the 'Rent is Too Damn High Party' ... over five and a half million views of his wonderful eloquence on YouTube, and the most talked about candidate, but the Americans with their rigged elections claim he only got some few thousands, 1% of the vote.

Debate vid where he even gets the audience to answer a question for him, the crowd chanting:

'The Rent is too Damn High'! -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4o-TeMHys0

(9) And re politicians rigging things ... here's the European Parliament perspective:

'The Euro Game Is Up! Just who the hell do you think you are?' - Nigel Farage MEP -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fyq7WRr_GPg

(10) More of Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, going into a major tirade against EU President Herman van Rompuy, right to his face. Farage is improper and insulting and over the line ... but wickedly funny -

Who is Herman van Rompuy? -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqovTGjYjM4

And just a few more -

(11) Russian TV, military singing on stage (English subtitles) and laughing about how they will handle difficulties with Europe and US operations in Europe -

Turn off the gas! -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7RD5ONjv8M

(12) There are now a lot of these, but here is one of the early economic-related 'Hitler rant' videos:

Hitler gets a margin call -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVB-SSkkLnY

(13) Humourous reality - Tim Geithner and money bunny Maria Bartiromo on YouTube:

Geithner lies for 4 minutes straight about US Dollar -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPbenmmZdkc

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 00:41 | 841120 TheGoodDoctor
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Dude you forgot Keynes VS Hayek!!!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0nERTFo-Sk

 

 

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 04:14 | 841288 CD
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There's an Easter egg that deserves more play. There's hope yet for humanity in the US (or just maybe TD's message has finally infiltrated Hollywood): closing credits for the Will Ferrell / Mark Wahlberg vehicle 'The Other Guys' detailing (with infographics) various definitions of Ponzi, including Sir Bernie, TARP, 401K's -- it's frigging classic:

http://www.shockya.com/news/2010/08/08/heres-the-other-guys-closing-credits/ 

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 00:34 | 841113 austin0388
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Thank you for all your great work - looking forward to another year of even scarier hard-to-believe stories!

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 00:39 | 841117 Dr. Gonzo
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I am calling out Willaim Bonzai7 to design a Zerohedge 2011 Silver Hegde 1 oz round to piggyback of Bid Bullions great idea. I know this site could sell a million oz. I would personaly come out of  my recent self imposed retirement to buy 500 oz for myself. Tyler make this happen. I would even help invest.If it comes down to it I have a couple friends with COMEX bars not doing anything but just sitting there waiting to be born into money. This is profit potential squared. A million new silver bullets would be born from this idea. Or you could take pre-paid orders after you get the die made to pay for the silver. Can we please do this? The Ancient Greeks financed the Acropolis this way. We can take a lesson from them.   

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 00:47 | 841126 Dr. Gonzo
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Bonzai. Start with the design. Tease us with something awesome and make us beg for it. I'm telling you 1 million oz! How many boring APMEX generic oz do you think they sell at $1.19 to $2.19 over spot that have that horid www on them? Everyone would buy the 2011 Silver Hedge if it came from a respected mint. This is money in the bank. Love you guys.

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 02:47 | 841238 zero-g
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+1

I'd buy a few

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 17:37 | 841789 Mercury
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Man, that's the best merchandizing idea I've heard in a long time.  And you could really say a lot with the emblem. The image of St. George slaying the dragon springs to mind...or the ZH reader (and his silver) slaying The Fed!

If the silver coins are a success....the ZH gold medallion!

I'm taking delivery.

 

Check it out...if you squint it looks like a squid:

http://forums.collectors.com/attachments//wyon-st-george.jpg

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 04:01 | 841279 williambanzai7
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I am on the case

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 09:31 | 841386 breezer1
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+1000

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 00:48 | 841130 Oh regional Indian
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:-)

:-)

:-)

All good! Much warmth all around.

Here's a prayer for a return to sanity.

*cue prayer*

;-)

ORI

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 00:58 | 841140 laughing_swordfish
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To Tyler and All ZH'ers from laughing swordfish and the crew at DKM...

"Guten Froelich Im Das Neue Jahre !"

"Prospero Ano Nuevo"

"Happy New Year"...

Now back to the schnapps and champagne...

 

 

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 01:10 | 841152 Basia
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Thank you all for the support I need for my family's financial decisions.  It is lonely out there with

Cassandra's curse but all of you keep me strong to confirm that my path is correct.

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 01:33 | 841171 tewkatz
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If you REALLY want to thank ZH, please use the shopping cart on the left of your page and send 'em $10!!!

I share (most) everyone's sentiments, but pony-ing up says you mean it...

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 01:49 | 841191 waterdog
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I went back and looked. 1 year- 25 weeks. It seems like yesterday.

Happy New year all you old timers.

 

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 02:36 | 841228 junkyard dog
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Slow night waterlogged.  Hope things go well for you in 2011.

Looking forward to your insanity in 2011.

You are still a horses butt.

 

 

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 14:31 | 841626 Uncle Remus
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I can feel the love in that post.

[insert lip quiver here]

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 02:24 | 841218 serotonindumptruck
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Been lurking here for about 6 months, and I now consider myself to be a raging ZH addict. I need my ZH fix at least a couple dozen times a day now. Many thanks to Tyler, Marla, and to all of the contributors for enriching my knowledge and understanding of all things economic. You people absolutely RULE!

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 03:09 | 841247 dark pools of soros
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'and stunningly all click-bait, slideshow free'

 

thank you thank you for keeping it old school

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 03:23 | 841256 Creepy Lurker
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I second serotonin, lurked for a long time before I registered, and can't live without ZH now. Happy New Year to all.

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 05:06 | 841305 Sokhmate
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More boob avatars please. HNY.

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 06:20 | 841318 AUD
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My favourite article is still;

"LIBOR is the herpes encrusted penis in the whores mouth"!

With the retort;

"No need to sugar coat things here at ZH"!

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 07:04 | 841329 Eric Cartman
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lol. A single person had nothing better to do on new years eve than junk every single comment. What a fucking loser. 

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 07:06 | 841332 cossack55
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HW completed his merchandizing earlier than expected so had some extra time for junking.

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 07:04 | 841330 Eric Cartman
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lol. A single person had nothing better to do on new years eve than junk every single comment. What a fucking loser. 

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 07:04 | 841331 cossack55
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Can't let the year go without unending praise for ZH.  Truly my only daily link to reality.  If I actually have two-pence, two-pence left after the extortionists are done with me, I will donate it to ZH rater than the birds this coming year.

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 07:53 | 841340 Henry Chinaski
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Thank you ZH.  To paraphrase Ludwig von Mises...

Yet the criterion of truth is that it works even if nobody else is prepared to acknowledge it.

 

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 07:55 | 841341 Browncoat79
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Jeez, I got junked for saying Happy New Year! As did about 100 other people. What kind of loser has that kind of time and is that weird?  (awaits inevitable junking)

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 11:17 | 841459 illyia
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And, at 7 am his parents called him to go to bed... or get them another bloody mary...

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 08:04 | 841345 Winisk
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I never thought that my world view would change to the degree it has.  How I went from researching economic matters to make a buck to worrying about freedom is freaky.  We are the sane ones right?  To all of you at ZH, I'm convinced you are the modern day warriors.  Your reach extends beyond the numbers as your legions of supporters, like myself, speak to the sleepy ones regularly.  Some are getting it.  Let's hope this is the year it breaks.

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 10:29 | 841426 Chippewa Partners
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Any interest in Atlanta for starting a "Meet-Up" group for ZeroHedge devotees and afficionado's?  I will sponsor the first year's "Meet-Up" fee.

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 10:35 | 841431 velobabe
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I rEAD tEn, fIvE And fOUr, cheeks must of made a comment. me bad†

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 10:45 | 841433 topcallingtroll
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I think your best posts were on high frequency trading. But then again I am not a teotwawki doom and gloomer refugee from the now discredited latoc site who comes here just for escapist doomer porn because of a miserable failed life.

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 11:11 | 841451 Bandini Bob
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Many thanks for a great site  and a year's education for this economic ignoramus.  Keep it up!

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 11:11 | 841454 Bruce Krasting
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Staggering numbers Tyler. Congrats.

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 11:49 | 841475 Vergeltung
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very glad this site is out there.

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 11:51 | 841477 jm
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More fixed income.  Happy 2011.

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 12:16 | 841496 Tyler Durden
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With pleasure. That said, what is the utility of "more anything" in a world in which the Fed defines 95% of price action? This is a serious question. There is nothing more we would like than getting back to simple cap arb, pair trade, rel val, zero carry fat tail hedge ideas. Bernanke et idiotic al have made this impossible.

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 12:32 | 841503 tmosley
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POMO fever.  Below is the only prescription.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4royOLtvmQ

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 13:22 | 841548 FOC 1183
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Indeed.  Calling out the deleterious impact the Jekyll Monster is causing to our economy and society remains job 1

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 14:08 | 841597 jm
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I understand your point.  Fixed income is my sauce, but all need both stable cashflows and tangible stores of wealth in any environment.  Only the weighting changes.  There's lots of variations in getting inflation adjusted yield. 

Serious answer.  This too shall pass. 

Some think (not you necessarily) that the Fed can monetize with impunity.  They cannot.  The problem is roll.  Countries seldom retire debt, they roll it.  As roll risk rises, the dealers have governments by the balls, and thus control the show.  Ben is coddling banks, but must do so for this reason. 

I will grant coming inflation, but eventually it will end simply because housing is done, thus lending is done.  The end game is wealth destruction no matter what the Fed does.

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 12:41 | 841507 Punk
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Thanks Zero Hedge for putting the Names and Faces of the people most responsible for the mess, into the spotlight. When the collapse comes, maybe just maybe they will get they're just desserts. 

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 15:56 | 841710 woolly mammoth
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+1

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 13:08 | 841536 Shylockracy
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Kudos and all the best to you, Tylers.

May you keep on unmasking the bankster oligarchy one post at a time this year.

    Hotspur:
    And I can teach thee, coz, to shame the devil
    By telling truth: tell truth and shame the devil.
    If thou have power to raise him, bring him hither,
    And I'll be sworn I have power to shame him hence.
    O, while you live, tell truth and shame the devil!

Shakespeare in Henry IV. Part I, 1597.

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 13:21 | 841544 FOC 1183
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ignore

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 13:47 | 841567 Gimp
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Happy New Year to all.

ZH - the last frontier for exposing truth and demanding real justice!

"Is that the gubbermint with the internet off switch?"

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 14:19 | 841611 Hidetora
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Molon Labe!

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 14:45 | 841643 Gordon_Gekko
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First of all I wish to thank Tyler, Marla and everybody at ZH for providing folks such as yours truly a platform to air their views. For those who don't realize the importance of free speech in our sociey (and yes, even anonymous free speech), ZH is a shining example.

Hmmm...25% in 9 mos - now how many "professional" "asset managers" beat that? And you didn't really have to do much besides buy Gold and sit on it, instead of running around like headless chicken jumping from asset to asset and manger to manager paying various assorted trading, management and other nonsense fees in the process. This is the power of truth - it sets you free, my friends. Once you know the truth, you sit there calmly on the sidelines while others decimate themselves in their confusion. Seriously though, achieving nominal gains in a soon to be worthless paper currency is only a side benefit. The real objective is the exponential increase in real purchasing power that will happen once the present fiat based system collapses. 

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 16:05 | 841708 DarkMath
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Tyler,

When are you all going to start an Internet TV Financial Channel? You've got a corner on the market, you can't lose. It's the wave of the future, TV from the web. You could be the first big hit, the paradigm shift everyone will talk about. I can't stand CNBC, FBN, Bloomberg etc. They're all crap compared to ZeroHedge.

Best of luck in the New Year and thanks for helping tear down the Wall (Street).

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 18:14 | 841836 NuckingFuts
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I just received my access today after months of learning from and observing all of you.  Happy New Year ZHer’s!  Since this is my first time at the club who do I have to fight? 

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 19:51 | 841949 Mentaliusanything
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The Zero H team should be proud. The hits they receive on their posts are very often copied and sent to other sites. You true audience is in the millions.

I know of professional people who visit just because your the first with breaking economic news. Your grasp of cause and effect is becoming legendary.

You remain the long digit finger that probes and prods in the places unseen by most.

When you "snap" on the blue glove, those that have something to hide know their in for a little painful "Discovery".

Thanks and keep bending them over.

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 22:00 | 842094 aribabak
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2011 will be A CHALLENGING YEAR

So gear up your post-COLLAPSE survival skills

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 22:30 | 842122 SheHunter
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You show up in the strangest beds ZH...a month ago I went to my tiny local bank in my tiny no-name town to beg an extension on a loan.  Oh no- the bank had hired a new guy as loan shark....he didn;t know me and might be playing tough-ass since he was a newbie.

We say down and I pled my case for the loan extension.  He frowned and began asking for collateral and credit checks and references and anything else to make me sweat.  Things were getting a little tense between us and we backed off each other and searched for some common ground.  We skated around wikileaks and freedom of press and from there - this middle aged conservative looking clean-cut banker libertarian threw out a few websites he considers thrice daily must reads.  And the first to come out of his mouth?

ZeroHedge.

The rest is history.  I got my loan extension with no further BS paperwork red-tape...he got a thank- you card with a coupon to a free lunch at our local beer and burger dive.  I stick my head into his office every now and then to cuss and discuss world happenings according to ZH.

Wouldn;t know what to do wuff-out 'ya!  Here's to another b--s to the wall year!

SheHunter

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 23:16 | 842164 GoinFawr
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Tyler and crew, thanks for being so on it 24-7, 365. I am constantly amazed at your response time to processing new information. A fantastic site you run here.

ZH'ers: "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve." J.R.R.Tolkien

Bu thanks for forcing me to backcheck, forecheck, recheck and spellcheck anyway.

Sun, 01/02/2011 - 02:26 | 842325 Ludwig Van
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Congratulations, Mr. Durden. Thank you, sir, for your extraordinary energy and effort -- quintessentially 21st Century American.

 

Sun, 01/02/2011 - 08:14 | 842424 Wakanda
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Congrats Tyler, f*cking awesome read numbers.

One of my prayers for 2011 is that the internet stays up.

Sun, 01/02/2011 - 11:05 | 842482 bankruptcylawyer
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thanks zero hedge. 

zevulon.

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