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2012 Greatest Hits: Presenting The Most Popular Posts Of The Past Year

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For the fourth year in a row we continue our tradition of summarizing what you, our readers, found to be the most relevant, exciting, and actionable news of the year, determined simply by the number of page views. Those first eager for a brief stroll down memory lane of prior years can do so at their leisure, by going back in time to where the top articles of 2009, 2010 and 2011 are recapped. With that out of the way, here is what readers found to be the most popular posts of the past 365 days.

  • In 25th spot, with 75,123 reads was the news that extending on the "all in" effort of propping up the stock market pyramid scheme, none other than central banks would openly (as opposed to covertly) get in on the action, with "Next Leg Of The Ponzi Revealed - Foreign Central Banks To Begin Buying US Stocks Outright Starting Today", in which we found that the Bank of Israel would commence buying various US stock ETFs and such stocks as Apple (on which investment it is now deeply underwater). What is most disturbing is that the BOI clarified it would invest up to 10% of its reserves. Meaning any major drop in the global stock market and the Fed would have yet another bank to add to its bail out roster.
  • The 24th most popular post, with 75,826 reads was our visual summary "Postcards From A Furious China", showing what happens when hundreds of years of simmering xenophobia and hatred between the Chinese and Japanese cultures bubble to the surface and erupt in an uncontrolled conflagration, in this case catalyzed by something as meaningless as a barren rock in the South China seas. The impact of the escalation in nationalistic tensions has taken a massive toll on Japan, whose exports have collapsed and where not even the dramatic plunge in the Japanese Yen will do much if the same new nationalistic government can't moderate the revulsion Chinese businesses feel toward Japanese imports.
  • In 23rd spot, with 76,032 reads, was the update from the world of gold counterfeiting, with "Tungsten-Filled 1 Kilo Gold Bar Found In The UK." Perhaps the most surprising thing about this is that people were actually surprised that "there is counterfeiting going on here." Or perhaps it was merely the validation of what everyone had already known. This would only be reconfirmed with...
  • "Gold Counterfeiting Goes Viral: 10 Tungsten-Filled Gold Bars Are Discovered In Manhattan" - the 22nd most popular post of 2012, which as expected, would rekindle fears about pervasive gold counterfeiting as tungsten hit the mecca of the gold retail world, not in one isolated case, but in an epidemic of golden falsification.
  • The 21st most read post with 77,223 clicks, had nothing to do with gold, and everything to do with the voodoo "science" of economics, and our Keynesian (sur)reality captured by "The Top 15 Economic 'Truth' Documentaries", explaining how the world we live in is nothing but one gross lie perpetuated by a status quo well aware that this is the only system that allows it to steal from the poor and give to the wealthy under the guise of inflation, and one in which debt slaves pursuing materialistic bliss are happily born and reborn, making their monetary masters wealthier with every passing generation.
  • In 20th spot with 77,774 reads, was a stunning visual satellite photo side by side comparison of the aftereffects of Hurricane Sandy, titled simply enough "Hurricane Sandy Satellite Photos: Before And After" which needs no further commentary: what will soon be quantified as the most expensive storm in US history certainly "earned" its title.
  • In 19th spot is one of our personal favorites, a summary of "Dr. Michael "The Big Short" Burry's "Brutal Hangover Is Inevitable" State-Of-The-World UCLA Commencement Speech" - the man who clearly saw the bust of both the housing and credit bubbles, now warns about the bubble of central planning. And just like last time, he will be ignored until long after his warnings have come true.
  • The 18th most read post of 2012, with over 83,000 surprising reads, was our very technical and highly detailed walk through of how to trade sovereign bonds in a world in which such complex concepts as relative covenant protection strength, pari passu clauses, Change of Control covenants, local vs foreign law indentures, and many other previously unheard of terms would determine which bonds to buy, and which to sell in post-Greek restructuring world with "Subordination 101: A Walk Thru For Sovereign Bond Markets In A Post-Greek Default World." With Spain's, and then Italy's untenable debt load on deck next for a massive bond restructuring, this post is as relevant now as it was back in January.
  • In 17th spot, the seemingly ubiquitous tungsten makes another very unsurprising appearance with "Tungsten-Filled 10 Oz Gold Bar Found In The Middle Of Manhattan's Jewelry District." While stories of fake gold in broad circulation will only pop up with increasing frequency in the coming years, we look forward to 2013's first confirmed and undisputed sighting of fake gold in the possession of none other than a central bank, and expect that to be the most anticlimatic, yet most read, article of 2013. 
  • Holding the 16th spot, with 87,101 reads, or in this case views, was the one picture summary of the true state of Greece presented in "Must See: Greece Explained In One Picture." For those still unsure why there is no hope that Greece will ever get its financial house in order, this one simple photograph of its financial house should explain it all.
  • Moving to the Top 15 is yet another confirmation when it comes to shopping and liquidation discounts, your average American (buying on credit no less), is no better than a typical caveman. With over 88,500 views, "Thong-Hungry Throng Of Teenage Girls Crash Victoria's Secret" do as the title implies, and take full advantage of firesales during the profit margin destroying Thanksgiving shopping season, which like last year, and the year before, proved to be an epic dud and crashed expectations for a consumer renaissance once more. 
  • In 14th spot, with some 90,000 reads, "Postcards From An Underwater New York" was a confirmation that yes, it can happen here: readers watched with disbelief as New York's financial district suddenly and inexplicable found itself under 15 feet of water, causing billions in damage, and sending the city that never sleep to a grinding halt.
  • The 13th most popular post reminds us just what the biggest media circus for public consumption of 2012 was: the presidential election, where a key part of assuring the success of the incumbent was the battery of ridiculously strong economic reports, subsequently all revised far lower, in the days and weeks leading to the November election. In "Data Massaging Continues: Initial Claims Tumble To 339K Lowest Since 2008, Far Below Lowest Expectation" the October headlines were there merely to spoon-feed the masses; one look beneath the headlines, however, proved that as in every other banana republic, the US was no better off. However, all is fair in pre-election campaigns and data fudging, and the BLS would certainly not be held accountable.
  • Kyle Bass is no stranger to these pages, and sure enough, his report on why "Fallacies Such As MMT Are "Leading The Sheep To Slaughter" And "We Believe War Is Inevitable" which was one of the most coherent, comprehensive summaries of what the world can look forward to (or not as the case may be) in the future, was not surprisingly the 12th most read article of the year with 94,537 reads. To measure the true penetration of his insight, however, one also needs to add the 470,000 reads his November 15 letter got on Scribd. For a relatively dry, deeply financial analysis, this is a record of how penetrating simple truth can be with the broader population, which also explains why every member of the mainstream media hates Bass with a passion.
  • While 2012 was a year in which central planning gained ever more power across the world, one of the biggest losers of the year was unionized labor, which vastly overestimated its powers in the liquidation of the Twinkie maker Hostess, leaving thousands of people without a job just before Thanksgiving. But that blow was nowhere near as severe as the Michigan governor signing the "right to work" proposal into law, taking away even more power from the once all-powerful unions. The aftermath was almost predictable when "Jimmy Hoffa Warned Of "Civil War" As Michigan Governor Signs "Right-To-Work" Into Law" which was the 11th most read post of 2012 with 96,000 reads. Expect more threats (and acts) of violence from America's unionized labor as more of its power is chipped away, and a desperate attempt to hold on to what little remains forces the country's unions to act now, or forever holds its peace.
  • Launching the Top 10 most read posts of 2012, was Eidesis Capital's must read presentation on the inevitable arrival of the "Big Reset", which also provided advice on what to do when said reset finally hits, although as always, any preventative measures would have to be taken before not after the fact: something most people sternly refuse to understand. 
  • In 9th spot, and with over 100,000 reads, was the reminder that no, they don't hate us for our freedoms, when Wired magazine exposed the NSA's secret project "Stellar Wind" summarized in '“We Are This Far From A Turnkey Totalitarian State" - Big Brother Goes Live September 2013." Sadly, the American people now realize they all live in an Orwellian world, and refuse to do anything about it. They say, you always get the government you deserve. They are right.
  • The 8th spot of 2012 rightfully belongs to an article culminating our research on a topic that will certainly gain far more prominence in 2013: the federal Student Loan bubble, which has now popped, and which is as of this moment a $1+ trillion problem that will surpass the subprime loan bubble in both magnitude and severity in a few short months. For more on why the object of Bernanke's debt monetization in QE7 (or maybe 8) will be federal student loans read "The Scariest Chart Of The Quarter: Student Debt Bubble Officially Pops As 90+ Day Delinquency Rate Goes Parabolic"
  • The 7th most popular post of 2012, with 112,813 reads, is the stark reminder that no matter how hard Bernanke tries, he will always fail in forcing America's citizens to adopt his central planning dogma, and abandon hard money in exchange for fiat which will be created out of thin electronic 1s and 0s at an ever accelerating pace. In "The Chart That Keeps Ben Bernanke Up At Night" we learned that in November, the US Mint sold the largest amount of physical gold in history! But... but... why? After all raid after raid on paper gold is meant to drive people out of gold, not into it. Is the facade of gold manipulation finally crumbling? Or is the realization that people don't buy gold for paper currency appreciation but merely to preserve their wealth after the "reset" finally happens, starting to seep in, and that the lower the price of gold the better? Keep an eye on physical gold sales (assuming they are still legal) in 2013 for the answer.
  • In 6th spot, with just under 120,000 reads, is an article we thought would get even more page views explaining "When Work Is Punished: The Tragedy Of America's Welfare State" as it summarizes, with no political commentary, ethics, or prejudgment, why in America making $29K and making $69K are essentially identical from a net income and benefits standpoint, and why an encroaching welfare state - whether that of the US or anywhere else, progressively removes the impetus for hard work, as increasingly more rely on the state (read other people's money or Ben Bernanke's printer) for their daily bread. What some may dub the "success of the socialism" marks for us the decline and fall of the once great US nation.
  • The 5th most popular article of 2012, with 125,000 page views, is another look at America's welfare state, this time from a decidedly unpleasant perspective, showing how "Foodstamps Surge By Most In One Year To New All Time Record, In Delayed Release." With ever more Americans reliant on Uncle Sam for their daily allowance, a number which in a few short months will surpass 50 million Americans, the day of the "benevolent" central planning government redistributing wealth according to its understanding of "fairness" is here to stay for good.
  • In 4th place is a tragedy that seemingly came out of nowhere, yet which has always been latent in America's "exceptionalism", was the "Newtown, CT Elementary School Shooting Tally Rises To 27 Dead, Of Whom 20 Children." More than simply reigniting the painful topic of gun control, it touched upon such sensitive issues as how to deal with mental instability in an increasingly more violence prone America, desensitization to violence, and generally - social decay: topic which the vast majority of Americans would rather not touch with a 10 foot pole until an even greater mass murder tragedy strikes and the country is forced to bury its collective head even deeper into the sand.
  • The third most popular article of 2012, with over 132,000 reads, was our exposing of "The World's Biggest Hedge Fund You Have Never Heard Of." It came as a big surprise to most, especially the tech community, that in addition to dominating the very fickle gizmo and gadget market for the past 5 years, Apple quietly managed to not only build up one of the biggest cash hoards in the world, but to actively manage it largely behind the scenes courtesy of Braeburn Capital, a non-descript asset manager operating out of Reno, Nevada (for the tax benefits of course). What Apple's $100+ billion in cash and equivalents is invested in? Many have speculated but nobody really knows.
  • The runner up to the most popular article of 2012 was the revelation presented to 143,532 readers, that when the BLS redid its "statistical" analysis database following the Census, a "Record 1.2 Million People Fall Out Of Labor Force In One Month, Labor Force Participation Rate Tumbles To Fresh 30 Year Low." Many C-grade financial pundits were angry with this characterization, and yet nobody denied that. yes, 1.2 million people fell out of the labor force for BLS, and "low unemployment rate propaganda", bottom-line purposes. Expect many more millions to drop out of the labor force... or not - as the current pace of labor force contraction would mean a 6.5% unemployment rate by mid 2013, something which would lead to a premature end of the QE4EVA, and which would send both the stock and the bond markets crashing.
  • The most read Zero Hedge article of not only 2012, but of all time, with some 192,000 reads, was "The End Game: 2012 And 2013 Will Usher In The End" - The Scariest Presentation Ever?" No further commentary is necessary.

Finally, while we will, as usual, refrain from predicting where the market closes in 2013, what the 10-Year, silver, tungsten, cotton, or Greece will or won't do in 2013, all meaningless endeavors best suited for Charlatans who have no clearer view of what happens tomorrow than one year from now, but certainly have newsletters or soft-dollar products to pitch and sell, we go back one year to our big picture thematic outlook from December 31, 2011 in which we forecast that "five things that we believe will happen almost without a shadow of a doubt: volatility in 2012 will break all records, retail investors will continue to leave markets in droves, correlations will remain at all time highs, politicians will suckle more than ever at the Wall Street teat knowing well the party is soon ending, and lastly, central planning will hit unseen levels. Everything else is noise and soundbites." Sure enough, this baseline remains valid as we look forward to 2013.

And, sadly as in 2011, we can once again repeat that the trend from 2009 to 2011 and now, to 2012, is quite obvious: "the world is getting ever more insolvent, only this time instead of banks, entire countries are or will soon file for bankruptcy. Which means that taxpayers of the other solvent countries will be on the hook to bail out the transgressors, until finally only one country is left standing. In the meantime any and all diversion tactics will be used to redirect attention from where it deserves to be: the increasingly more disastrous condition of the Welfare State/Banker Oligarchy status quo, and the inevitable warfare to follow: first currency, then trade, then all out."

Ever grimmer economic, financial, political and social background notwithstanding, we, as always, wish all our readers the best of luck and success in 2013, and a promise of what we can be 100% sure of: Zero Hedge will be there each and every day helping readers expose the fallacies, fiction and fraud that the system is reduced to (ab)using each and every day just to kick the can down the road for a few more months, weeks, days, and hours.

 

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Sun, 12/30/2012 - 14:54 | 3106881 Troy Ounce
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Let's improve on 184000 reads!

 

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:05 | 3106901 greased up deaf guy
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congrats on a discovery-filled and informative 2012. here's to a great 2013... to those who are prepared ;).

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:23 | 3106951 economics9698
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2013 is year 5 of the money bubble.  Things will change by 2014.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:33 | 3106982 HobbyFarmer
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I love ZH.  I admit to reading articles multiple times on several occassions simply to try and comprehend the topic.  Or, if ZH includes a picture of some hottie.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 16:42 | 3107169 JPM Hater001
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Speaking of which... How did the Kim Kardashian Kaption Contest not make it on the list?  Had to be the most commented anyway.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 17:18 | 3107280 Thomas
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I could read JUST ZeroHedge and be confident that I am getting the big picture. Congrats.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 18:00 | 3107381 economics9698
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These Wall Street guys are sharp.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 19:54 | 3107635 Michaelwiseguy
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Zero Hedge breads CSI Hobbyists and makes TPTB go crazy. Happy New Year.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 20:29 | 3107725 FEDbuster
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ZH is my daily red pill to keep the hopium pushers at bay.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 20:31 | 3107731 Michaelwiseguy
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This is becoming a national sport. This is a good thing.

COPWATCH: THESE STREETS ARE WATCHING (ENTIRE VIDEO)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxIRL3QCaRI&feature=youtu.be

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 20:37 | 3107750 Rubbish
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Good times at Zero Hedge, thank you.

 

Now more articles about obese chicks, Tyler has a fetish..........

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 20:50 | 3107787 Stackers
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Where would I be without ZH helping me expose my fallacies.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 20:59 | 3107811 flacon
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Hey Bernanke, guess what? FUCK YOU!

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 23:58 | 3108168 Michaelwiseguy
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August 1946, The Battle of Athens, Tennessee: Restoring the Rule of Law http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=U5ut6yPrObw#
Mon, 12/31/2012 - 00:06 | 3108178 Michaelwiseguy
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Breaking News Hawaii state registrar Alvin Onaka has publicly certified to AZ SOS Ken Bennett that Barack Obamas HI birth certificate is legally non-valid and the White House image is a forgery. Saturday, December 29, 2012 12:11

http://startingwithjapan.wordpress.com/2012/12/29/breaking-news-hawaii-state-registrar-alvin-onaka-has-publicly-certified-to-az-sos-ken-bennett-that-barack-obamas-hi-birth-certificate-is-legally-non-valid-and-the-white-house-image-is-a-forgery-satur/

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 00:09 | 3108183 ZeroAvatar
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Breaking:  Georgia runs out of food stamps:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ufk7IXdxc-c

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 01:02 | 3108252 geotrader
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OCT 4, 2011

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 16:04 | 3110179 Clashfan
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Michaelwise, watch out for disinfo you may be spreading. http://www.orlytaitzesq.com/?p=372395

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 06:19 | 3124879 MeelionDollerBogus
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hm.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/109730223/Typographical-Analysis-Summary-Obama...

http://www.mfs-theothernews.com/2012/12/breaking-news-hawaii-state-regis...

I still see enough to call 'forgery' but so long as retractions & denials are at play, what can you do.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 07:07 | 3108398 Clashfan
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http://www.infowars.com/high-level-insider-dhs-preparing-to-start-a-civi...

This guy says DHS is coming after everybody's guns and all outspoken folks this year, before the crash happens. Pretty scary stuff.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 17:08 | 3107250 DrDinkus
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amen. only my reader brethren know the strange state of mind of those who have 'woken up' . not too sure what i beieve in any more in a lot of arenas, but this website comforts me in knowing there is still hope for us yet....but probably not :/

 

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 21:21 | 3107864 nmewn
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All I can say is thank you Ty(s).

For enlightening us always, giving us a place to laugh, to cry, to joust, to bitch & commiserate, for the camaraderie of spirit and most of all for opening this forum to practice pure freedom by anyone who pays the toll ;-)

May the wind always be at your back. May the sun always shine warm upon your face.

 

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 01:36 | 3108017 AlaricBalth
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Thank you Tyler(s) and to my fellow brothers and sisters on ZH. I have learned more from all of you than those wasted years in grad school regurgitating neo-Keynsian nonsense. All the best to everyone.

And as Tyler Durden has said, "If you are reading this then this warning is for you. Every word you read of this useless fine print is another second off your life. Don’t you have other things to do? Is your life so empty that you honestly can’t think of a better way to spend these moments? Or are you so impressed with authority that you give respect and credence to all that claim it? Do you read everything you’re supposed to read? Do you think every thing you’re supposed to think? Buy what you’re told to want? Get out of your apartment. Meet a member of the opposite sex. Stop the excessive shopping and masturbation. Quit your job. Start a fight. Prove you’re alive. If you don’t claim your humanity you will become a statistic. You have been warned."
;-)

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 20:29 | 3107722 FiatFobia
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I was introduced to ZH in 2010 and have been reading every day ever since.    I have saved many articles to read again.   Always worth my time.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 20:37 | 3107741 FreedomGuy
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ZH is the only thing bookmarked on my iPad. Sometimes I read so much I couldn't sleep at night thinking about the grim centrally planned future.

I also really enjoy the comments in ZH. Many are thoughtful or humorous and sometimes contain informative links.

I am hooked and will remain an avid reader through 2013. Bravo to Tyler and the thoughtful commenters...even the ones that irritate the hell out of me, at times. Makes me challenge my beliefs.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:18 | 3106935 SilverDoctors
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Might not have been in the top ZH page reads, but the LIEBORGATE scandal was by far the biggest story of the year in finance. 

Biggest story of the week is that 90 year old Federal District Court Judge Robert Patterson just dismissed the class-action suit against JP Morgan for silver market rigging! 

http://www.silverdoctors.com/federal-judge-dismisses-silver-manipulation...

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:24 | 3106954 Tyler Durden
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Neither is a big story: most people knew about LIBOR manipulation for ages, but were just terrified to admit over fear what it means for the system. Alas, nobody cares about "the system" anymore, whose even staunchest supporters admit hinges entirely on the central banks' goodwill and is fatally flawed and corrupt.

As for precious metal manipulation, absent a signed trade ticket from someone at the top echelons of the NY Fed or JPM as definitive evidence, nothing will ever happen.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:41 | 3107009 Room 101
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Neither story is important.  Given some willpower, we can avoid most of the implications of either issue.  Want to avoid LIEBORGATE? Don't borrow money or at least avoid doing so when it's tied to LIEBOR.  Equities manipulated?  So leave the casino. Go to a real casino where you'll at least get free drinks. Now wasn't that easy?  As for PM manipulation, I would argue that a lot of it is to the advantage of those who are stacking physical PM.  So why should we give a shit? 

It's the collateral damage  that is hard to avoid.  And that's where the opportunity to provide information exists. 

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 00:04 | 3108175 Harbanger
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"Want to avoid LIEBORGATE? Don't borrow money or at least avoid doing so when it's tied to LIEBOR."

How? I don't see a choice.  The Federal Reserve is fixing interest rates at historic lows to mask the insolvency of the banking system, that's the real problem.  The lower Libor is , the stronger the banks look on their balance sheets.  It's all an illusion.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:41 | 3107012 CPL
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Excellent job Tyler and happy new year.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 04:33 | 3108356 Odin
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Tyler's, thank you for doing what you do best several times a day. For those of us who have been awake for some time, yours has been the creme de la creme of financial journalism. For the ever increasing multitude of those awakening, I trust your insight will be the beacon of truth (and humour) it has been for the already initiated...Bravo gentlemen.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 16:48 | 3107107 PhD
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I sure hope you are correct Tyler, because given the vast usage of Just-In-Time manufacturing systems, especially among the durable goods industries, and the way this has led to the input inventories having been replaced by futures and options contracts. If "the system" actually were to break down, there would be an almost instant effect on the logistics system as there are virtually no safety buffers (input factor inventories) remaining at the plants.

 

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 18:38 | 3107452 11b40
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Totally agree, PhD, and add agriculture/food supply chain.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 22:27 | 3107987 natty light
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...and the prescription drug chain; what will happen if certain people can't get their drugs?

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 03:43 | 3108344 Aurora Ex Machina
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For an answer to that, look at Greece and Spain, where it's already happening.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 11:30 | 3108933 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Just-in-time becoming not-in-time will be a painful lesson on the frailty of highly efficient systems.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 21:37 | 3107894 koncaswatch
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Excellent observation Phd: I'm an end user of a durable good (commercial aircraft) the JIT system is already under stress and the breakdown in logistics for timely replacement of critical parts and equipment is jeopardizing the company sustainability, customer satisfaction and safety.

Time to thank ZH and the boatload of quality commentary (like yours Phd) a heartfelt thanks to all involved for fight club. 

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 22:55 | 3108053 Aurora Ex Machina
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Smart comment, although I'd go further: the back-bone of American consumerism is built upon a vast network of refrigeration warehouse units & trucks.

That's your central weak-spot, and where to watch out for; it's why cities over a population of ~1-2 mil can exist [see: historical limits to pre-industrial cities]. Hint: diesel & elec dependent.

 

More than three-quarters of the food consumed in the United States today is processed, packaged, shipped, stored, and sold under artificial refrigeration. The shiny, humming stainless steel box in your kitchen is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak—a tiny fragment of the vast global network of temperature-controlled storage and distribution warehouses cumulatively capable of hosting uncounted billions of cubic feet of chilled flesh, fish, or fruit. Add to that an equally vast and immeasurable volume of thermally controlled space in the form of shipping containers, wine cellars, floating fish factories, international seed banks, meat-aging lockers, and livestock semen storage, and it becomes clear that the evolving architecture of coldspace is as ubiquitous as it is varied, as essential as it is overlooked.[source]

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 04:36 | 3124830 MeelionDollerBogus
Sun, 12/30/2012 - 20:30 | 3107704 I am on to you
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Would it be right(appropriate), to here put in,some very wise words(no not from me)but one of your great poets:

Mr John Kay,how could any one forget:

Slow Flux

Justice dont be late?Everybody, is here but, YOU!

I am sorry to hear about your problem,came as a chok to us all????Setllements,after setllements,this what substituted JUSTICE,Lieboer or AnyBor,you heard it all before,justice dont be late,every ones here, but you.

Seems nobody is listening!

Fantastic 2013,thanks for all the good and bad news,so,just that!

 

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:33 | 3106980 Room 101
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I agree.  Improve the stats.  But keep in mind that Americans are still generally a people of action.  Notwithstanding the parasites. And they want to know what sort of specific actions they can take to minimize the pain that comes to their doorstep as a result of the out of control 1-2% that are running the game. 

Truth without action is intellectual masturbation. Fun, but fundamentally useless. A thread for exchanging ideas as to how to deal with the implications every now and then would be most appreciated.  And it might even get some views. 

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 16:46 | 3107183 Magically Delicious
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Agreed in sentiment, but how many people are willing to take direct action nowadays?  Too dangerous... might end up trapped in a cage for 20 years if you act too early.  It seems that, for now, all we can muster is passive resistance (e.g. "Going Galt") and posting in these threads.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 18:41 | 3107459 Room 101
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No one is willing to take direct violent action, nor should they be.  Besides being profoundly immoral, it's suicidal.  The action I'm talking about is protecting you and yours.  For example, we've all seen the post: "gold, bitchez."  But in reality that's about as useful as saying: "be sure to remember to breathe."  Without specifics such as "company XYZ is offering a lower premium for physical gold than QRS and TUV this week" it's largely useless.  I think a lot of it has to do with the culture of the wall street ghetto that ZH comes from and the belief that information is some sort of miser's gold to be hoarded and protected.

Information is not free.  It's very expensive.  But it's also very time sensitive and the only way you get more is by TRADING it.  So in reality it isn't gold that we should focus on so much.  It's...

Actionable information, Bitchez .

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 19:58 | 3107641 Dr. Sandi
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Hold gold, bitchez.

 

Oh yeah, silver too.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 00:38 | 3108221 Harbanger
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I hope information leads to knowledge, then to understanding and then to the establishment of liberty.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 18:39 | 3107455 Eireann go Brach
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Thank you Tyler's for all you do and for making me aware of what goes on in the financial markets!

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 19:38 | 3107603 TradingChief
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Top post next year will be how everyone talked about fixing the problems,  coming up with concrete soluitions, but no one did anything, again!

No idea what it will take for Americans to stand up for their democracy? No idea indeed!

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 20:00 | 3107647 ball-and-chain
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I'm expecting a great 2013.

Low growth.  More stimulus.  More Bernanke.

Contraction in Europe.  Deflation in Japan.

Wow.

http://www.angrysinner.blogspot.kr/2012/12/sunday_30.html

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 14:54 | 3106883 Troncom
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I read every one and its done my head in

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:37 | 3106995 LongSoupLine
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Me too...

However, I fucking love ZH and the Tyler's. As angry as I fucking get regarding the truths told here, I'd rather be fucking furious than a idiot fucking lemming like most MSM watching and reading fucktards.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 17:42 | 3107341 noob
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MSM = Main Satanist's Media

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 18:49 | 3107477 takeaction
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"Idiot Fucking Lemming"  Thank you for that.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 06:34 | 3108390 liszt
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I love ZH, but i prefere the truth ! You should all here avoid morons like Ron Paul, and get a little knowledge about macroeconomy.

Republicans are plain vanilla morons, Ron Paul IS a Republican ! Thatcher, Pinochet, Friedman, all the same necons idiot as R Paul ! So if you believe in them you're beyond recovery !

 

 

 

 

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:50 | 3107027 Room 101
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I like ZH and like the alternative info.  The Tylers run a great site and I appreciate being allowed to post here. 

That all said, truth without action is intellectual masturbation. Yeah, it's fun and it passes the time, but is pretty much useless.It's the specific, actionable items that make the difference.  

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:53 | 3107045 The Gooch
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No worries, chum.
It's coming.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 20:39 | 3107758 FreedomGuy
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Ideas precede beliefs which precedes actions. All is not lost and there will be opportunity as the current system crashes.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 16:45 | 3107179 EvlTheCat
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This site has done more to damage my liver then my head.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 14:55 | 3106885 Pharming
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I'm so glad I found Zerohedge.  I just can't wait for the App so I will be submersed in economic informationally saturated goodness for another year.  I feel like eating a chocolate eclair.  I don't know what that means.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:22 | 3106936 akak
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Your throating of ideas are evidences that you are obviously blobbing-up in the spirit of true 'american' ZeroHedge eternal nature.

Just go with the flowing.  It is the mattering thing.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:56 | 3107054 donsluck
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Ah, blobbing. Let us pause in appreciation.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 16:13 | 3107093 akak
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Ah, 'american' appreciationalizing of 'american' blobbing-up.

Very crusty, very mattering, very much of typical 'american' can-kicking.

But when farming the snore and exporting the weak no longer suffices, just have to bear with it ...

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 16:51 | 3107198 Pharming
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I don't blob.  I run 25 - 40 miles per week.  Eclairs are my reward for running...I eat what I want.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 18:42 | 3107460 samcontrol
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i love making chou.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:00 | 3106895 Satan
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The Bruno Iksil JPM fiasco coverage here on ZH was not only hugely entertaining but incredibly informative.
Happy New Year!

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:01 | 3106897 Insideher Trading
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You can add this to the 21st most clicked

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/money-speed-inside-black-box/

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 21:09 | 3107836 koncaswatch
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Thank you very much for this link: very informative confirming many of my suspicions.

BTW I stopped trading "the markets" in early 2010; now I "trade" in cash in local markets which are much more real and less likely subject to quant type manipulation. Some would call this the underground economy; I call it the new reality for individual investment.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 05:37 | 3108375 Rusty Shorts
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Thanks for that...

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:01 | 3106898 Getting Old Sucks
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Thank you Tyler for all your hard work.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:04 | 3106902 JethroTull
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2012 Box Score

Central Planning 1

Zero Hedge 0

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:53 | 3107042 Room 101
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+1. The central planners are winning.  Too much reveling in pessimism and not enough action to have it be otherwise. 

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 16:18 | 3107099 Atomizer
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Check yourself into Room 101 cunt lick. Tell Atomizer who is winning.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 18:57 | 3107503 Room 101
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If you had read your orwell, you'd know Room 101 is the worst thing in the world.  It all depends on the person.  For many here, the worst thing in the world isn't some form of apocalypse. Actually, it's the fear that their dark, dystopic visions WON'T be realized. That we aren't really doomed and the majority of us will continue to muddle along just fine like we have for most of history.  And that the oligarchs will continue to win and get away with it.  In short, that things will continue As They Always Have. 

Oh, and as a side note, before you start throwing epithets at your fellow posters in the future, kindly remember to go fuck yourself first.  That's assuming you have the minor level of intelligence necessary to determine what should go into which orifice. In your case I have grave doubts.   

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 20:19 | 3107697 Rogue Trooper
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So you've read Orwell.  WTF... over the last century 260 million people have been eliminated by tyrannic statists/oligachs however you wish to term them.  We have nothing to fear? 

".. the oligarchs will continue to win and get away it?" So what is your hope after all this comes to pass Room 101, a ticket in the outta party, like Winston?  You obviously know you will never be O'Brien.

Well some of us would rather live free and die then be a slave under these bastards.  Fighting over an extra razor blade, an extra helping of pink stew, perhaps a glass of Victory Gin or even a Victory Cigarette for that matter (although smokes are already off the menu the Statist just do not approve). Eternal obedience to the State - fuck that!

From Children of Bodom - another verse from In Your Face.... 

I'll never wait for another pain of death!
With the bullet in my gun and don't fuck over my shit!
Can you hold my crazy as I go?
So fuck hypocrisy and fuck you too!

INCOMING!

 

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 20:51 | 3107791 FreedomGuy
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I actually respect your opinion and the probable reasons for it. Two things give me hope. First, is that none of the statist- leftist ideas work over time. They always fail. Second, look at life, 250, 500, 1000, 2000 and 4000 years ago and things do seem to get marginally better no matter how you define "better". There just seems to be a lot of pain along the road to that "better".

My hope is that 100 to 200 years from now after multiple resets that people will laugh or morbidly marvel at the rise of the centrally planned autocratic state and it's corresponding fall.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 19:33 | 3107590 Rogue Trooper
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Atomizer... I have no idea why ANYONE would give you a down arrow?

Can only be the 'hopey', 'changee'... Trolls/useful idiots?

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:05 | 3106903 IridiumRebel
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I wanna see MILLIONS of reads. INFORMATION IS POWER. 

COALESCE BITCHEZ.    /> Thanks to you all for enlightenment and power. 

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:07 | 3106912 Seasmoke
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i dont know about that.....i remember that in 1983 i wanted millions to listen to REM......then one day, they did.....and Happy Shiney People was recorded

 

Be careful what you wish for

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:15 | 3106929 IridiumRebel
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i hate that fuckin song.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 19:38 | 3107598 Rogue Trooper
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SO DO I... those Rem Wankers....

This is much more applicable to the current situation... even with Lyrics :X

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdzFY0MPW7E

"Well look at me, what do you see?

Another trophy, a living fucking dead beat
Close your eyes, take a step with me
You're soft.. no time to waste"

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 01:17 | 3108264 merizobeach
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"i hate that fuckin song." But I like the Denis Leary rendition of it. 8:07

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:34 | 3106984 bjfish
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thats the one song of their's that I like.

Try some Zeppelin dude, when the levee breaks, have no place to hide...

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:37 | 3106997 IridiumRebel
Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:40 | 3107002 dogbreath
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Zeppelin = plagerists      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyvLsutfI5M

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 23:44 | 3108076 Ness.
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The The - Armageddon Days are Here (Again).  1988.

 

If the real Jesus Christ were to stand up today
He'd be gunned down cold by the C.I.A.
Oh, the lights that now burn brightest behind stained glass
Will cast the darkest shadows upon the human heart
But God didn't build himself that throne
God doesn't live in Israel or Rome
God doesn’t belong to the yankee dollar
God doesn't plant the bombs for Hezbollah
God doesn't even go to church
And God won't send us down to Allah to burn
No, God will remind us what we already know
That the human race is about to reap what it's sown

The world is on its elbows and knees
It's forgotten the message and worships the creeds
Armageddon days are here again...

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lel0PzhU6Pk

 

Merry New Year Bitchez!!

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 19:21 | 3110942 ForTheWorld
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Holy geez - Vladimir Putin is such a short man! (watch the video and you'll see)

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 02:10 | 3108297 Clever Name
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Zeppelin > Joan Baez. Nuff said.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 20:02 | 3107652 Dr. Sandi
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If you enjoy Shiny Happy People for the truly sarcastic and nihilstic song that it is, you'll love it the way I love it.

Give it another listen and think about somebody whose love is abused by a world of love looters every time it's offered.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:49 | 3107035 Room 101
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I want to see BILLIONS of reads.  The problem is, truth without action is intellectual masturbation.  Add activism or at least specific, actionable ideas and you'll get at least the millions.   

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 20:29 | 3107726 Rogue Trooper
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Hang on Room 101 this is kind of confusing.

Your earlier quote:

"That we aren't really doomed and the majority of us will continue to muddle along just fine like we have for most of history.  And that the oligarchs will continue to win and get away with it.  In short, that things will continue As They Always Have."

Is this how your masters pay/reward you? Troll for " ...specific, actionable ideas....."? Who do you work for then at least folks can respond to you on this understanding... post with a "Disclaimer".

 

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:05 | 3106905 Seasmoke
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the legs are getting tired, but the music keeps playing......so round and round we must go

 

HANG THE DJ ! HANG THE DJ ! HANG THE DJ !

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:41 | 3107007 tickhound
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Because the music they constantly play...

SAYS NOTHING TO ME ABOUT MY LIFE.

 

The Smiths and Powell Peralta.. A potent combo back in tha' day.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:58 | 3107060 IridiumRebel
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I was a SIMS man myself. Suicidal Tendencies was the tuneage. 

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 16:55 | 3107212 tickhound
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And you survived?

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 23:40 | 3108145 Ness.
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Johnny Marr is the man - Good stuff.  Thx.

 

How soon IS now???

 

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:05 | 3106908 Backspin
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Thanks for all of it, ZH, and Happy New Year to all of my virtual friends here.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:07 | 3106911 Blackfox
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A thanks from the UK, Zerohedge are my headlights in the dark.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 20:04 | 3107657 Dr. Sandi
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Headlights to me as well.

Except sometimes when things to into the deepest bowels of technical trading, when I feel like a deer in those same headlights.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:09 | 3106918 chunga
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I love you Zero Hedge.

Happy New Year Bitcherz!

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:54 | 3107047 Room 101
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Yeah, Happy New Year Bitcherz and Moanerz!

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:10 | 3106919 Wakanda
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What an over the top, bet you can't beat this, year of murder, greed, malfeasance, dishonesty, mendacity, and a mind blowing display of pure "we don't give a fuck" evil.

I'm very glad to have ZH digging in the muck and opening up the (often decades delayed) conversations.

Rock on TDs and THaNX!

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:11 | 3106921 I am Jobe
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Tyler

Here is to you and the Team- A big Drink- Cheers Mate.

Happy New Year Team.

 

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:13 | 3106925 ItsDanger
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I know a lot of people who read this site and the # of reads seems somewhat low to me.  I'm guessing that it might be understated.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 17:36 | 3107325 Stuntgirl
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I'm under the same impression.

Then I get terrified thinking that of course the people I know who read this coalesce in a way, and that these reads numbers faithfully show how few of us there are.

I can imagine perhaps ONE person out of every single person I met at university (economics) reading this. The rest think the 90s should happen again.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 20:05 | 3107661 Dr. Sandi
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I think the BLS is jiggering the hit counts. Someday we'll find out the the real numbers are ten times as high.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:13 | 3106926 Black Forest
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Thanks, ZH team, for your outstanding website, and a Happy New Year to all from Germany.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:19 | 3106939 The Gooch
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Cheers, Tylers!

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:21 | 3106941 SilverDoctors
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Would like to see a stat comparing ZH's site traffic growth year/over/year compared to CNN/ Bloomberg/ Marketwatch.

Another 5 years and ZH will be the new mainstream media

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:32 | 3106974 smacker
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http://www.alexa.com is the place to look.

Here's ZH's ranking: http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/zerohedge.com#  where it's ranked globally at 2,138 (964 in the US).

Bloomberg.com: http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/bloomberg.com

etc

etc

 

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 16:04 | 3107056 Room 101
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"Another 5 years and ZH will be the new mainstream media."

From your keyboard to God's ears.

MarketWatch is 832 and 330 US.  In my view, the MSM shills are easily displaceable in 2013.

Make it a New Year's Resolution: Introduce more family and Friends to ZH!

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 17:04 | 3107236 seek
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More likely another five years and ZH will be digitally broadcast via shortwave from a ship in the middle of the Carribean to survivors in the US.

But then again, I'm in a dark mood today. But seriously, 2015-2018 is in that five-year window, and that's when things will be bad-bad. Personally I think some form of "internet kill switch" will get activated at least for a brief time in the next five years, and you can count on truth-tellers like ZH to be the ones it's meant for.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 18:07 | 3107395 trx
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Yeah....got a case of wine riding on that kill switch, already....probably the only bet I'll make for the next five years.... And I've been hanging out here at ZH for the last three... Tyler and the ZH crew have done an impressive job with a wonderful attitude and amazing staying power...

Cheers! Happy new year, guys... Keep on rocking in a free world ;) ...

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 00:20 | 3108198 mayhem_korner
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Seek...agree with you 100%.  The unrepayable debt charade will have precipitated the disintegration of many things five years out.  The world will be starkly different.  ZH will be massively targeted in those days when TPTB try desperately to hold on to the status quo.  But it won't matter so much, because those that are students here will already have what we need.  ZH can be taken down, but the education gained here - including the rigorous and sometimes cutting challenges of the topics - cannot be extracted from us.

Tue, 01/01/2013 - 02:31 | 3111660 JPM Hater001
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"Another 5 years and ZH will be the new mainstream media"

 

Show some faith my friends.  This will take less that 6 months.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:21 | 3106942 balz
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Thx ZH

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:22 | 3106945 Peachfuzz
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"we can be 100% sure of: Zero Hedge will be there each and every day helping readers expose the fallacies, fiction and fraud that the system is reduced to (ab)using each and every day just to kick the can down the road for a few more months, weeks, days, and hours."

 

Going to hold you to that. Seeing ZH go down would be like turning off the light at the end of the tunnel.

   Despite Macro events far beyond my control, my critical thinking degree from ZH has help me position myself to not only weather the storm, but to be of service to others, and help them make it. It has also keened my eye to who can learn and who is lost. Something for which I am truly grateful. I am glad to help those that would deserve it, I look at it as an opportunity to pay it forward. I don't know of any greater form of repayment to those anonymous souls who work day and night to keep me informed than to carry to torch for them to anyone else who would hear and bear it.

 

THANK YOU ZH!!! Happy New Year

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:21 | 3106946 MichiganMilitiaMan
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Thanks, Tyler, for another year of Honest news and perspective!  Each year I become more informed.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:23 | 3106948 Decolat
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Zerohedge changed my life.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:49 | 3107033 Hulk
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ZH made me change my keyboard and underwear...

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 16:22 | 3107118 Itch
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Yeah, it fucking ruined mine.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:23 | 3106953 spentCartridge
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Amen, bitcheZ

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:28 | 3106969 slackrabbit
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thanks dudes

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:29 | 3106973 Cult of Criminality
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Thanks Zerohedge

Happy new year to all.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:32 | 3106977 Surrealist
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Great and informative forum indeed. Props and commendations from Australia!

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:33 | 3106979 Frank N. Beans
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love you ZH and thanks for all you do.

 

not to spoil the party but I would think that these popular articles double and multiple counted the same people who go back to read comments. 

 

the important thing is that ZH brings us many stimulative articles that are not found anywhere else.  

For a single subject with multiple articles, I'm guessing Ron Paul was in the top 10.  Also Fukushima.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:35 | 3106986 smacker
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Yep, thanks all the folks at ZH. With ZH on the 'puter and RT.com[*] on the TV, MSM is history.

[*] the only TV channel I have access to that contains interviews with celebs like Lew Rockwell, Ron Paul, Gerald Celente and celebs from ZH.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:36 | 3106992 laserjock
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Thanks Zerohedge - you've changed my life and looking back I can say that I have definitely taken the red pill (and am still waking up).  I originally thought the site was just subversive and anarchistic, but amidst all of your cynical and jaded posts I find your viewpoint actually has more fidelity to the original ideals of the Founders than most anything else out there.  I wish more of my family and friends would wake up and start understanding the truth.  Best of luck in 2013 and I'll be here reading every post.

Tue, 01/01/2013 - 02:33 | 3111661 JPM Hater001
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I teared there a little bit.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:53 | 3106999 Bob
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Bob's ZH 2012 Best:

The U.S. tri-party repo market is one of the most important components of the financial system - that noone has ever heard of. . .

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-10-01/everything-you-wanted-know-abou...

Sorry, boyz, not much potential for misdirected class warfare on this one. 

Best Contributor Post goes to Ilene for The Weaponization of Economic Theory (Michael Hudson):

http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2012-07-20/weaponization-economic-theory

and

Reinventing Crony Capitalism (Bill Black):

http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2012-07-24/reinventing-crony-capita...

What a fucking year. 

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 16:52 | 3107202 tip e. canoe
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i'm a sucker for the forensic detective stories too bob.   nice to see many of them in the top 25.  

a humble wish for 2013 (with enduring gratitude for the indefatigable twain-ish wit) : less space monkeys, more sam spades.

dashiell hammett, truther?

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:41 | 3107010 Silver Garbage Man
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My favorite website.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:43 | 3107019 Inthemix96
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When the re-education camps open, lets hope we all give these mother fucking non-ZH reading fuckers what for.

Happy new year bitchez, the learning, and re-learing of the world starts here eh?

And ben bernank, you end up in my billit you will wish you didnt.

All the best folks.  Lets hope 2013 was a bit better than 2012.

Good luck

Tue, 01/01/2013 - 02:35 | 3111663 JPM Hater001
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The signal will be: Thunder

The response will be: Popcorn

Just chilling and watching the fall.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:44 | 3107020 Safe Haven
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Congrats to ZH for what a global perspective desperately needs...a little perspective for intelligent - independent investors to decide on their own. Thank you.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:45 | 3107022 Fedsingularity
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Thanks Zerohedge.

I always enjoy reading your articles, they're well written and with lots of humor but mostly more right then wrong.

The many I told you so's are a disgrace for the msm and it's only natural you take credits for being right first.

Keep up the good work!

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:45 | 3107023 Hulk
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Make that 192,001 reads. I read it twice !!!

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:50 | 3107032 A Lunatic
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Thanks Tylers.......

 

 

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:54 | 3107048 Svendblaaskaeg
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Thank You Zerohedge - Tyler and Team, Contributors, Commenters, Thank You all for sharing and explaining your knowledge

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 15:58 | 3107059 sunaJ
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Thanks, ZH, for being the bastion of contrarian wisdom; for being the primer for those that must know how ghouls make sausage.  To a highly successful 2013, and to the hope that ZH's read count never drops to zero, even though - well, you know how it goes. 

Cheers.

 

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 16:05 | 3107074 Owl Flavored
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Just noticed this ZH disclaimer....

ZeroHedge.com/ABC Media, LTD. really? That ABC? Hope not.

Copyright ©2009-2012 ZeroHedge.com/ABC Media, LTD. All Rights Reserved. Familiarize yourself with our legal and use policies every time you engage the site: they're updated constantly without notice. Happy surfing.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 16:25 | 3107126 sunaJ
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As noted by the 9th-most read article for 2012, any fretting about privacy and protection of your information may be moot.  Happy 2013.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 16:33 | 3107149 Owl Flavored
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Something about "Tyler Durden and Walt Disney proudly presents ZeroHedge!" Don't sound right.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 16:36 | 3107156 Wakanda
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Goofy

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 17:45 | 3107349 blindman
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room 33.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 16:06 | 3107071 HamyWanger
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You push a bit too much doom for my tastes, and your posts tend to attract the ugliest fringes of the American political scene --- libertarians, communists, anarcho-capitalists, white supremacists, etc---, but you remain, perhaps sadly as there is no real alternative, the best financial website in the world.

I cannot do otherwise but wish you luck and thank you for your hard work.

Hamy

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 16:10 | 3107089 Room 101
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+100.  There are some ZHers who aren't planning on slashing their wrists in anticipation of the finacapocalypse.  Hard to believe, but true. 

 

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 20:11 | 3107680 Dr. Sandi
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There are probably more ZHers who will be slashing some throats than slashing their wrists.

And remember, when slashing throats, it's the opposite of wrists. Throats across, wrists lengthways.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 17:31 | 3107315 seek
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I wouldn't presume that anywhere near 100% of the posters on your "fringe" list are real. There is ample evidence among multiple online communities of the extensive use of sockpuppet accounts by multiple corporate and government entities, many of which have a vested interest in diluting the truth as much as possible.

I would gamble the Tylers are well aware of this, and probably have a most fascinating list of IP addresses.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 19:14 | 3107375 akak
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I agree with you Seek, and while undoubtedly there are misguided and/or misanthropic trolls who act purely out of individual initiative, I have long noticed the masterful diversionary tactics of the truly malicious trolls who are clearly acting as underminers of honest if anti-establishment discourse and sharing of information.  The former RedNeckRepugnicant and MaxFischer (and for ZH old timers, MasterBater/JohnnyBravo and HarryWanger), and the current LetThemEatRand, all strike me as willful and purposeful psyops tools.

Annoying but idiotic trolls such as RobotTrader and AnAnonymous, on the other hand, are simply just tools.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 19:27 | 3107574 Room 101
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+1.  Thanks for the insight. As well as the heads-up.

Tue, 01/01/2013 - 02:39 | 3111667 JPM Hater001
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"I would gamble the Tylers are well aware of this, and probably have a most fascinating list of IP addresses."

Let me fine-tip this for everyone via experience

In 1998 the company I worked for could tell me when the same Ip visited our site, how often they refreshed it, and if they were a registered user their demographics were correlatable.

That was what I knew as fact 14 years ago.  I just accept the slaughter...

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