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Nigeria Central Bank Diversifies Reserves: Sells Dollars, Buys Chinese Yuan

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It seems the "dollar is a reserve currency for ever and ever" propaganda has not reached Africa, also known as Southern China as explained here two years ago, where moments ago the Central Bank of Nigeria issued the following surprise announcement:


But why would anyone buy Yuan when there are so many ever-more diluted dollars available? And now, let's open it up for the most creative Nigerian email scam involving Chinese Yuan...


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Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:30 | 4374596 cossack55
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They have no access to a Bitcoin ATM?

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:32 | 4374610 smlbizman
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who would they swap with?

coss ur back...

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:36 | 4374630 Croesus
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I never thought I would see the day, when I said: 


"Other people should follow in Nigeria's example"... 

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:42 | 4374660 TeamDepends
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Niger(ia), please!




Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:46 | 4374686 Headbanger
Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:49 | 4374691 Gankfest
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It's only a matter of time before everyone else follows suit...

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:54 | 4374727 TruthInSunshine
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This is ZH at its absolute worst. Nigeria is doing this in exchange for Chinese direct investment in its infrastructure, and more importantly, as ZH ITSELF has pointed out (although ZH seems bipolar on this subject), China is FLOODING the zone with yuan.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:00 | 4374752 Ranger4564
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Prop a ganda. It has always all been prop a ganda.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:22 | 4374824 TruthInSunshine
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By the math, there have been likely on order of 5 to 7 times the number of yuan and/or yuan denominated credit/debt instruments created in the last 5 years vs USD ones.

China is one giant bubble.

Besides, Nigeria's economy is probably the size of Akron , Ohio's.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 11:59 | 4375281 Urban Redneck
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When was the last time you were in either Akron or Lagos?

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 12:14 | 4375364 TruthInSunshine
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I did an oil pipeline derivative rehypothecation in Lagos on January 8th (locals didn't want yuan and were only accepting USD) and was just in the Akron Lap'n'Dance Steakhouse on January 23rd.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 12:27 | 4375433 Urban Redneck
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Then how could you come to the conclusion that the economy in Akron is anywhere near as large or sophisticated as the that of Nigeria?

They could't even grow bananas in Akron the last time I passed through, and given the amount of urban decay the soil there should be able to support any type of plant life known to man (unless toxic waste impedes plant growth).

BTW -- rehypothecation??? Did some paper-oil sucker buy into the NNPC privatization scam at face value and not realize the amount of "leakage" involved in Nigerian pipelines so now they need to find an bigger sucker?

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 13:17 | 4375677 TheFourthStooge-ing
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You can say what you wanna
Yeah, you can put her down
But one thing ya better remember
She's still my hometown

My hometown
Is the greatest in the land
The people all there
They treat you all square
And give you a place to stand

My hometown
It's more than a town you know
It's my hometown
It's my hometown
It's Akron Ohio

My hometown
It's a special kind of place
Hard working folks
With chips on their shoulders
People crammed in subhuman space

My hometown
It's more than a town to me
It's more than plain
It's a city of pain
It's one big factory

My hometown
Is the greatest in the land
The people all there
They treat you all square
And give you a place to stand

My hometown
It's more than a town you know
It's my hometown
It's my hometown
It's Akron Ohio

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:23 | 4374831 Muddy1
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Prop a panda?

Is there a relationship here?

How dare those Nigerians disparage the US petrodollar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:47 | 4374688 Gankfest
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It's only a matter of time before everyone else follows suit...

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 11:29 | 4375152 Woodhippie
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Dude, that's fucking hilarious.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:44 | 4374662 AlaricBalth
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Agabi and Associates.
Solicitors and Advocates.
5th floor, Unity House.

Dear Tyler Durden,

I am Mr. Paul Agabi, a Lawyer by profession. I am the personal attorney to Mr. Poindexter Durden , a national of your country, who used to work with Chevron Oil Exploration Company in Nigeria, herein after shall be referred to as my client.

On the 21st of April 2013, my client, his wife and their only child were involved in a car accident along Lagos - Ibadan express road. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost there lives.

Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended relatives. This has proved unsuccessful. I came to know about you through an enquiry I was making in the internet, and I found out you shared the same surname with my client, which is why I have decided to contact you, in order to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank.

Particularly, in a local commercial bank here where the deceased had an account valued at about 115.5 Million Chinese Yuan, has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the account confisticated within the next ten official working days.

Since i have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2 years now I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased since you have the same last name so that the proceeds of this account valued at 115.5 Million Chinese Yuan can be paid to you and then you and me can share the money, on the ratio of 50% for me, and 50% for you.

I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make. All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us see this business through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.

Please get in touch with me by email and send to me your telephone and fax numbers to enable us discuss further about the details of this transaction. 

Best regards, Mr.Paul Agabi.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:48 | 4374675 SoilMyselfRotten
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Could it be Sovereigns see the handwriting on the wall with China loading up on gold to back its Yuan?

 Buy Yuan, Bye Dollar

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 11:50 | 4375253 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Chinese are investing alot into infrastructure among other projects in Nigeria. The Chinese colonize and invest in that cockroach infestation by building infrastructure so it only goes to reason as the infestation of Chinese nationals in Nigeria that the banks would need to have more of the their native currency on hand.

The West on the hand just strips mines the place and doesn't invest in any long term stability whole forcing the nations to take their currency by gunpoint.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 12:46 | 4375504 Clowns on Acid
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Kinda but not really. You are getting mentally lazy.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 13:44 | 4375737 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Unfortunately I have to agree I just typed that off the cuff without filtering it first. There is method to hanging it out there unfiltered in that the revision process of the ideas that other unsolicited viewpoints may pick up on something you miss but mental laziness or intellectual apathy seems to be all the rage as far as that process goes. It is not about destination it is about journey from here to there.


Tue, 01/28/2014 - 13:33 | 4375745 Crash Overide
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"Africa, also known as Southern China"


To the US, it's AFRICOM... land and resources to be conquered that's why we always send guys with guns and then bankers to get you in the debt program.

China showed up with cash and the resources to build infrastructure, sorry... China 1 USA 0


Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.

Mao Zedong whoops I mean, The United States of America

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:22 | 4374830 Papasmurf
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They have a lot of accidents on the Lagos - Ibadan express road.  I'm sorry to hear of your loss.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 13:19 | 4375498 TheFourthStooge-ing
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With Nigeria's increasing exposure to yuan, Chinese citizenism citizens should expect to receive some interesting "business proposals" of an urgent nature:

Dear A.N. Anonymous,

I am Mr. Paul Agabi, a Lawyer by profession. I am the personal attorney to Mr. Dung Wei Lo, a national of your country, who used to work with China National Petroleum Corporation in Nigeria, herein after shall be referred to as my client...

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:42 | 4374665 the not so migh...
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yeah, its a mind fuck 

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:46 | 4374678 Oh regional Indian
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Actually Fonestar's auto-dialler had not reached N yet, it would seem.

In other views, if one looks around at the sovereign action over say the past 9 months, the Us seems to have lost it's fangs (well, pretending to that is) about dollar abuse and consequences thereof, swiftly de-livered.

Smells like rat-jump-ship moment is at best months away....beware the ides of march 2014?




Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:30 | 4374601 Slamshizzlestein
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It would be helpful to know what % allocation are/were in USD

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:39 | 4374653 Lost My Shorts
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Probably Nigeria would be considered dumb money as central banks go, so maybe it's not the most ringing endorsement.  More like a top tick.  Probably the Chinese realized that with a credit crisis and massive bailouts coming, they no longer need to sell yuan for dollars to keep the exchange rate down.  So they gave some Nigerian a few gold watches and persuaded him to take soon-to-be devalued yuan for oil.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:31 | 4374605 ziggy59
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News of Nigerian leader killing his own people in 3,2,1....

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:35 | 4374628 tallen
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And US Bombs Nigerian "terrorists" in 5,4,3,2,1....

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:36 | 4374641 IridiumRebel
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We must "liberate" these poor misguided folks...for the children.


liberate is newspeak for bomb the hell out of them

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:40 | 4374656 kliguy38
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"surgical strike"

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:37 | 4374894 Offthebeach
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Mothball out the B-52 drones, Yeah Baby! Imagine how many Hellfires a B-52 could carry? Just keep mid air refueling it. Darken their skys with 8 engine, JP durty burning Federal birds of prey! Maybe paint the whole aircraft, all of it, as a American Bald Eagle. ( Also shut down Congress and just run the world out of the Ecceles Building )

Get Some!

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 12:47 | 4375510 roadhazard
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"Time for some problems on the Nigeria bridge."

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:36 | 4374636 unplugged
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Al Kayduh stronghold found in Nigeria, holed up in their CB gold depository, in 3, 2, 1...

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:37 | 4374639 The man with po...
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Obozo will order drone strikes, liberation of Nigerian oil and the imposition of democracy for this act of petrodollar defiance.

FREE the oppressed crude!

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:31 | 4374606 TeamDepends
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Yellen (looks forlorn):  Nigeria, I thought we were friends.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:33 | 4374617 RabbitChow
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With the contracts they have, Nigeria will just accept Yuan for oil -- no need to convert through USD or BTC.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:16 | 4374806 bluskyes
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That's terrorist talk. queue the drones

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:34 | 4374623 fijisailor
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LOL. Nigeria the land of disorganization and lawlessness.  I don't think this is the best example of loss of faith in the USD.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 12:43 | 4375482 Clowns on Acid
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fiji - Yes Nigeria is the land of Organized disorganization and lawlessness. The politicians are just the lackeys for the real money / power. Nigeria is the wealthiest country in Africa, and that wealth is not terribly well distributed among the average nose pickers.

This is a significant development in my opinion. China might collapse internally due to credit contraction and or environmental disaster... but they will be able o buy land mass, energy, and minerals at a great discount in Africa.

Remember that according to Obama and his pack of smirking jackals, only the White man is bad.      

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:33 | 4374626 ziggy59
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Seems like my cousin in Nigeria got the memo... Email...

"Deer Cuzin,

I have 1million juan for you please send me your bank info to split your inheritance."

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:23 | 4374828 Temporalist
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I guess everywhere has problems with immigration...

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:35 | 4374629 thatthingcanfly
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"I go chop your dollar! I make your money disappear!"

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:35 | 4374633 Kaiser Sousa
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keep stacking......

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:35 | 4374634 Rising Sun
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NIgeria - who gives a fuck

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:47 | 4374694 SheepDog-One
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Oh yea, we ARE in the middle of world currency war and power shift, all this 'Stock markets are pumped, so we're winning' is just delusion.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:01 | 4374760 Bearwagon
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Exactly. Good for you, to be scoring at home in this well underway war. Stay tuned for more ...

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 12:12 | 4375353 The-Dirty-Scurd
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obama to use exec orders to make business offer employees "retirement security" in the form of treasuries.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:36 | 4374637 the not so migh...
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first domino is smallest

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:36 | 4374640 f16hoser
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I sense "Nigerian Democracy Love Bombs" from our Dork-in-Chief! Yes, I said it. Obama is a DORK!

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:39 | 4374646 unplugged
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.... traitor - tyrant - marxist - traitor ....

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:38 | 4374642 unplugged
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Now if their minimum wage was $10.10/hour they would never had done this.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:05 | 4374773 Bearwagon
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Yes, they would. But if they, on the other hand, would pay their gangsters and murders a few more trillion dollar in boni, they shirley would be thriving like there'd be a tomorrow, right? Right?!

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:08 | 4374789 unplugged
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like J. Dimon ?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 05:39 | 4378956 Bearwagon
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That would be one of the usual suspects. ;-)

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:40 | 4374651 Seasmoke
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Are we sure this isn't a Nigerian scam letter. 

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:42 | 4374663 suteibu
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I guess someone's relative in Nigeria learned Chinese.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:41 | 4374657 Josh Randall
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I'm blaming Kony for this

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:41 | 4374658 Ponzi Pontiff
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Nigeria is an oil-producing country, apparently set to increase to 2.7mbpd by 2020.

I wonder if they're going to stock up on yuan by selling oil to the Chinese in exchange for yuan?

The dollar aint the prettiest girl in the room no more.  Sure, she's got some tough as hell big brothers to back her up (the US military) but the hegemony and beauty she enjoyed in her post-Bretton-Woods youth is on the way out.

Don't expect the US to bend over and take it without a tantrum.  War is coming.  Hell, maybe it's just what Prez ObeyMe needs - he can then declare a state of emergency and stay in power as emperor as long as he likes.

For the record, I love the NSA and am very glad that they - and the security apparatus - are there to keep me safe.  Obviously.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:42 | 4374664 unplugged
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and sell it in yuan - petroyuan

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:00 | 4374745 Kaiser Sousa
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glad u guys get the big picture...

and why u think the Chinese been buying all the Physical Gold?????

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:40 | 4374661 idea_hamster
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I thinking this could be the top for the RMB.  

Central banks are often good for a [contrarian indicator | poor investment decision | false flag] and Nigeria's central bank is hardly the type to have an inside line on tomorrow's inflection points.

For the tin-foil-hat types, this would smack of an economic hit:  

  • Nigeria piles into the RMB:
  • Beijing gets hit with a Lehman Moment in their WMP shadow banking sector;
  • Beijing devalues to save their financial system;
  • Nigeria is forced to sell huge swaths of oil-rich reserves to Halliburton at fire-sale prices (with a negotiating fee to Dick Cheney) to re-float its currency.

But, you know, none of that is real. Cheney is a true patriot, as am I.  Seriously.  

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 12:34 | 4375457 Clowns on Acid
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No... you are just a feckjin' idjit....

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:52 | 4374714 gwar5
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Nigeria has oil so that is significant. USA, Saudis, and Al-Qaida still joined at the hip, circling wagons to protect petrodollar. Circle getting smaller.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:54 | 4374733 Sufiy
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Here we go - Chinese Yuan backed by Gold?

China set to hike official gold reserves to 5,000 tonnes next to combat its growing financial crisis?

 ZeroHedge reports today that China's Gold reserves ... are the same as reported in 2009 - it is the total joke by all means and Jim Rickards explains very well why. Accumulation of Gold is the military exercise in China, they are using different vehicles in order not to drive the prices up. FT reports that China Becomes Top Gold Consumer in 2013. And according to China's report to IMF:   China Expands Gold Reserves to 2,710 Tons - Third Largest In The World 

  Now Chinese companies are moving down the food chain and are bidding forlargest Copper deposits and Gold companies. Eric Sprott is covering this subject very well and we are facing the real Gold shortage with record high COMEX leverage and record low stock of Gold available for delivery.    Gold is moving fast to the upside today with falling US Dollar and general equity markets. The real fireworks will be started after Gold cuts through $1270 level and the real Short Squeeze begins.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:03 | 4374767 pndr4495
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Clearly the Chinese and Russians ( possibly even the Japanese ) know how much value the U.S. dollar has NOT stored since about 1971.  They want to play on a new gameboard.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:07 | 4374786 unplugged
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they want to stop importing inflation - and export it back to U.S.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:05 | 4374775 GoldIsMoney
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Stupid enough to trust the USD even more stupid to trust the Yuan. If they really woule mean it serious they would get rid of any fiat-currency, and stop spamming the worls with billions of offers to transfer a few hundred millions and they would send their politicians to where they belong - and that is not heaven. 


Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:10 | 4374793 Kaiser Sousa
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we Chinese, we play joke....

 we shove debt coupon dollar down your mother fruckin throat...

Gold Britichez!

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:43 | 4374851 The_Ungrateful_Yid
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Lurch ain't gonna like, HIDE YO KIDS HIDE YO WIFE, bitches.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:55 | 4374959 pipes
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This just in...State Dept. officials today confirmed the presence of al Queda terror cells in Nigeria. Targeted strikes have commenced...

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 11:06 | 4375028 homiegot
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Long Yuan.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 13:34 | 4375740 Pressfiretostart
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Even though I make real dough, your the reason there’ll be more yeah
Even though I got much more, I don’t mind if you

Chop my money, chop my money
chop my money, cuz I don’t care

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