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Exhibit A: MF Global's Admission

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It is not often that we see an official admission by a company to its regulators that oops, 'it just may have embezzled' hundreds of millions of dollars from its clients. Today, courtesy of the WSJ, we do, namely that of MF Global advising the SEC that it has "discovered a significant shortfall in its segregated funds account." Expect to see this revalation in countless investor lawsuits against the company. Also, expect to see all bonuses paid to MFG's employees the day before the company filed to be clawed back in the form of fraudulent conveyance lawsuits, so to any former MF workers: our advice is  don't spend all that client money just yet. Incidentally, the primary SEC supervisor for MF Global is Michael Macchiaroli at macchiarolim@sec.gov - let's all take a minute to personally thank him for being on top of this whole bankruptcy like a hawk.

 


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Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:00 | Link to Comment jcaz
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Corzine= Perp Walk

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:04 | Link to Comment Rip van Wrinkle
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Corzine=Next Treasury Secretary

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:29 | Link to Comment Arius
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Someone tell Joe Kerner at CNBC Squawk Box ,... the guy still believes there is no shortfall ... keep repeating it ... what advice should one expect from a former stock broker???

entertaining tv though ... kashkari hit it in the head ...

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:35 | Link to Comment knukles
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Joe is just dully boringly dimwitted at times.  As in most.  He's not a convincing tool.
Sorkiin however, is not oly a fucking tool, apologista for Wallawallastreet, but is an arrogant little prick, to boot.
Good thing boy Sorkin came along so Joe can assume the chimera of mature eklder statesman.  Not.

Behold, Bevis and Butthead 
(huh ha ha hha hahah ha ha ha ha hha  aaa)

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:38 | Link to Comment Harlequin001
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Hey Michael, know any good porn sites?

just wondering what you do not in your spare time...

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 11:18 | Link to Comment kaiserhoff
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So who was on the other side of this rape of the customers?  They have some 'splainin' to do.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:36 | Link to Comment jcaz
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LOL- true, pretty fine line between the two....

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 11:02 | Link to Comment topcallingtroll
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Yep no perpwalk.

He knew the rules very well.

Well played, Corzine, well played.
But you are too radioactive for politics now.
Not that you care. You have untouchable millions in various trust-like instruments.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:06 | Link to Comment Pladizow
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"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for them selves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it" -  Fredric Bastiat.

The PONZI continues!

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:11 | Link to Comment FEDbuster
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Corzine, Stanford and Madoff cellmates? 

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:39 | Link to Comment Harlequin001
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Yes, as soon as they let Madoff and Stanford out.

I believe Corzine has a few friends...

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:29 | Link to Comment cirrus
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Bastiat is awesome...great quote.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:36 | Link to Comment craven moorehea...
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that is a brilliant quote - thanks for posting

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 11:55 | Link to Comment pods
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I am circulating my copy of The Law to people at work.  Most cannot understand it, as they cannot comprehend that legalized plunder is morally wrong.

pods

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:17 | Link to Comment 4shzl
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Time for a pop quiz.  Y'all remember the analogy section on the SATs, right?

 

Jerry Sandusky is to Joe Paterno as Jon Corzine is to:

A) Gary Gensler

B) Mary Shapiro

C) Eric Holder

D) Barack Obama

E) All of the above

 

OK, maybe that's too many proper names.  Let's try it this way:

 

The Penn State locker room is to 10-year-old boys as the Chicago Mercantile Exchange is to:

A) Individual investors

B) Professional speculators

C) Commercial hedgers

D) Pension fund managers

E) All of the above

 

Students who unsure of the answers are invited to stay after school for extra "coaching" . . .

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:25 | Link to Comment aint no fortuna...
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Just sent:

Mike,

Sorry to hear your job app for MF Global fell through. 

Not to worry, I hear Jeffries is looking for bright regulators looking for part time work.

Please pass my best regards on to all the hard working folks at the SEC who NEVER replied to my two complaints and requests for investigations into fraudulent activity by companies I was ripped off by.

Have a nice day.
xoxo.
One of the 99.9999999999999999999999999999999999

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:41 | Link to Comment narnia
Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:57 | Link to Comment disabledvet
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"I can neither confirm nor deny..." doesn't work when you don't care about the half billion (give or take) that's missing.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:00 | Link to Comment Irish66
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an email for 600 million? at night

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 11:34 | Link to Comment jelyfish
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I think the segragation idea is revisionary.  MF was just that leveraged.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:01 | Link to Comment Quinvarius
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It is always worse than they admit at first.  It is always worse than you will ever know.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:24 | Link to Comment HelluvaEngineer
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It was obvious what happened when margin requirements we lowered for MF customers.  Every executive of every bank knows exactly what is going on, and that absolutely no one will be held accountable.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:50 | Link to Comment Harlequin001
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wtf it's only money, and there's no shortage of that, right?

taxpayers problem, whoever they are...

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:58 | Link to Comment Quinvarius
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Can you imagine what would have happened if the real truth were acted on that all of MF Global customer accounts were drained to zero?  All those guys would just walk away from their positions and leave the CME on the hook.  The CME would have folded.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:59 | Link to Comment disabledvet
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More like "he did it" from the way I see things.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 11:45 | Link to Comment ToNYC
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The Castle Bravo H-bomb test is what the CFTC needs to sweep under the Washington DC rugs for what it did to the last standing fair game in Chicago. The hand reached up from NY Hell to grab and smear the last honest man's space.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:02 | Link to Comment fuu
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So nice to have all of those SEC email addresses now.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:07 | Link to Comment topcallingtroll
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Hell yeah! This will be fun.

Crank yankers...targets identified.....fire when ready.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:03 | Link to Comment PeterLemonJello
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Stay classy MF......"Genral Counsel"

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:04 | Link to Comment Doode
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I can see why they went under - because they have Genral instead of a General for a lawyer.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:04 | Link to Comment The Fonz...befo...
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General state of confusion

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:05 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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What's a meer  600 mil? The market doesn't seem to care. Maybe that's why the market hasn't sold off since MF's collapse. People are figuring..well the firms are going to steal it anyway. I might as well put it in the market and have it stolen legitimately.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:23 | Link to Comment Ancona
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Mere is what you were searching for Doc. Meer is part of Kat.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:24 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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Fat finger.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 11:03 | Link to Comment disabledvet
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Why pay billions for something that's now going to be given away? I'm surprised the market isn't higher frankly...

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:05 | Link to Comment topcallingtroll
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Ha ha this will be fun!

I am going to send taunting emails with official sounding titles using big words so that they inadvertently open them.

Crank yankers...start your computers!

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:05 | Link to Comment SheepDog-One
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What a den of snakes...you'd think news like this blatant piracy on Wall St would send everyone scrambling to withdraw any money they have from the grasp of their claw hands, but apparently not. Calm as Hindu bulls,

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:09 | Link to Comment topcallingtroll
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It will all be clawed back and returned to customers eventually.

Bye bye bonus!

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:15 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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What planet are you from? Have you been awake for the past three years? The standard operating proceedure is: the firm collapses ,gets bail out money- large bonuses and the clients are fucked. Claw backs..that's a good one.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:35 | Link to Comment MachoMan
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Everyone had to recheck their code books after all the clawbacks in the madoff case(s)...  It's a really, really big deal and this is why people opt to not take their golden parachutes (coming back anyway).  The trick is to ensure plausible deniability through the ordinary course of business/established norms and have quite a bit of time buffer between your payments and the ol' collapse.

It's easy to identify payments to individuals directly...  it's vastly more difficult to identify payments to entities in which those individuals might hold minority interests.  How deep anyone looks is simply a function of how much money is at stake and who it was that got screwed...  my guess is we get a whole bunch of juicy tidbits out of this one...  and discovery will take it to the core.

The neat part is, even if regulators are inept/apathetic, the civil side attorneys won't be.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:42 | Link to Comment Harlequin001
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or you might want to invest or structure your employment contracts through an offshore trust or company that can be shut down at the first sign of trouble...

End of the line...

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 14:32 | Link to Comment MachoMan
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The only way that's the end of the line is if there is not enough money in dispute to justify paying for discovery (and even then [bad] attorneys might still look).

The trick is to exercise all options/receive all payments as soon as they become available...  your only defense is time because you never know when the thing is going to crumble.

In some very prominant recent cases an unnamed company thought it would be cute to have a "mothership" in one country and all of its satellites in other countries had no assets and "beamed up" all their profits to the mothership.  (the logic being they would simply flip the bird to any creditors in the event of an adverse judgment).  Well, needless to say, the triers of fact all thought this to be bullshit and imposed liability on the mothership for the actions of the satellites.

Rarely is someone ever clever enough to hide all traces...  the trick is to be a big enough player to where you don't have to (i.e. you just change the laws).

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 11:05 | Link to Comment disabledvet
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"this time is different."

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 20:51 | Link to Comment ToNYC
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Clawbacks are unicorn poop. Lose the shovel, chump.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:07 | Link to Comment yogibear
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Fraud has become the accepted normalcy. Corzine finds an out through his political affiliations and some other people take the punishment.  

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:15 | Link to Comment Alex Kintner
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O'Pardon coming in 3,2,1...

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:36 | Link to Comment spanish inquisition
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Note she didn't say we are looking for the money to be returned, it's looking into "circumstances". I am guessing that she wants to investigate and make sure it was stolen fair and square.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:07 | Link to Comment DCon
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Were PWC being treated to stripper parties in the boardroom when they should have been auditing?

 

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:08 | Link to Comment wang (not verified)
Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:08 | Link to Comment JOYFUL
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memo to Corzine wannabees: 

when legal says "go ahead, stiff everybody, the blowback is manageable", they meant....everybody{but me}....it's in the fine print.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:14 | Link to Comment GeneMarchbanks
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cough* JEF *cough

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:17 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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Jef closed yesterday at $11.11. odd start on 11-11-11

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:10 | Link to Comment SheepDog-One
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Im going to send an Email to MF Global something like- 

'Atenshun! Seems we got's some assits missin, I caint seem to find me Lucky Charms'!

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:11 | Link to Comment Alex Kintner
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"Shortfall". Is that the new word for "Theft"? Jus tryin ta keep up here...

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:12 | Link to Comment BlueStreet
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There's probably a line of cars right now at the Mercedes dealership asking if they take returns.  

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:26 | Link to Comment Larry Darrell
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Well, Ferrarri did have a good quarter as pointed out by Tyler a few days back in one of those rare "Good News" posts.

I bet there are a few trying to return keys to them right now as well.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:12 | Link to Comment Mr. Q
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anybody want to register them for some serious spam on their email with this program?

http://spam-me.net/

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:13 | Link to Comment Manthong
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Good thing us traders don't have to worry about that kind of stuff being done anywhere else.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:18 | Link to Comment Taint Boil
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Deleted.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:17 | Link to Comment TheAnarchist
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MF = Majorly Fucked?  Pass the popcorn.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:34 | Link to Comment Elwood P Suggins
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MF = Missing Funds or maybe Misused Funds

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:18 | Link to Comment Josh Randall
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SEC: "Do you know what the Federal penalty is for this behavior ?"

Corzine: "No"

SEC: "Well....it's probably pretty stiff.."

 

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:42 | Link to Comment RSloane
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Yep, that's about as far as it will go.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:44 | Link to Comment Harlequin001
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'pretty stiff' good one, can be found on a porn site, right?

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 11:02 | Link to Comment Josh Randall
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Actually pilfered it from this - perfect encapsulation of an SEC regulator/policeman:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LrFEbxWzXI&feature=related

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:22 | Link to Comment Below Zero
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In Federal Bankruptcy Court in downtown Manhattan on Tuesday, November 1, MF Global’s lawyers played down the missing money. Ken Ziman, one of the lawyers, said in the firm’s first hearing that banks or clearinghouses had been slow to produce the money.

“To the best knowledge of management, there is no shortfall,” Mr. Ziman said.

But regulators on Tuesday still could not locate the customer money, and the firm had not accounted for it.

 

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:22 | Link to Comment Laughinggrizzley
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I am sure Mr Macchiaroli was busy surfing porn, instead of actually doing his fucking JOB!

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:23 | Link to Comment youngman
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I thought JPM found it in one of their accounts...or was that Kadafi´s money...

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:24 | Link to Comment High Plains Drifter
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let us now have a moment of silence to remember and show our respect for those who have fallen and those who are still alive and members of the federal reserve mercenary armies...............

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:26 | Link to Comment prodigious_idea
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Their general counsel can't spell general.  Always an indication of larger carelessness.  Fucking priceless.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:28 | Link to Comment Buyemall
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previous font on headlines was better

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:29 | Link to Comment yogibear
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Corzine and associates  busy greasing palms and making backroom deals. SEC gets more porn sites and subscription renewels to keep them busy surfing the web. Next, a trial show for the public (to make them think the SEC and justice is working) while they all sit back laugh at what they got away with. A few MF global and other sacrificial lambs placed on the alter.  

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:29 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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All is well in Euro land. The Dax is above 6,000 again. Time to hop into the slaughterhouse sheep.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:30 | Link to Comment roguetraderinchicago
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Thank You for making me more ashamed of the industry I work in. 

Thank you for your role in eliminating many carers and companies of friends of mine. 

Thank you for further undermining my trust in the financial system. 

At last but not least, thank you for reinforcing that government employees are mostly incompetent wastes of my tax dollars!

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:31 | Link to Comment Joe Sixpack
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They will identify a "rogue trader"

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:32 | Link to Comment LawsofPhysics
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Anyone surprised?  Crime does pay, and we will rally above 12000 today, now were is that damn worn out hat?

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:39 | Link to Comment vegas
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I just sent Mr. M a nice note of thanks. If I disappear down an oil drum that is buried in Giants Stadium I will say Hi! to Jimmy Hoffa for everybody.

 

http://vegasxau.blogspot.com

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:41 | Link to Comment ziggy59
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So admitting fraud and theft supposedly dimisses the crime? I don't think so.. if this was China, and I think its time we take up some of t he law breaking penalties, corzine would be wondering why he doesn't feel his toes anymore..

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:48 | Link to Comment RSloane
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He's a major campaign fund-raiser for Obama. The ones not feeling their toes are his ex-clients.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:56 | Link to Comment BurningFuld
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Are you trying to say there is no government corruption in China?  Good one!

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 11:11 | Link to Comment topcallingtroll
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No he is not.

But, occasionally, corrupt officials get their organs sent to thailand and israel.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:43 | Link to Comment QuantumCat
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Corzine needs a bunk next to Madoff.  Anything less will serve as evidence that our society is no longer a constitutional republic based on Rule of Law.  Should they fail to deliver swift and appropriate justice through criminal prosecution (not some "rogue" trader), we will know that Corzine acted with impunity on behalf of the US Govt and the Federal Reserve to intervene in financial markets by massively leveraging customer accounts as collateral for market activity.  Oligarchy or Democratic Republic?  We will see.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 14:49 | Link to Comment MachoMan
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I think you should have given up the republic ghost probably at least a century ago... 

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:45 | Link to Comment kaiserhoff
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This stands fiduciary responsibility on its head.

If there are no criminal prosecutions, the US commodities markets are dead.  It's that simple.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:59 | Link to Comment WonderDawg
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You're a little late to the party. Pssst... all markets are dead, and the corpses are animated with puppet strings.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:45 | Link to Comment RSloane
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Corzine is a past governor, retired Senator, and close friend to the president. The worst that will happen to him is he will have to practice looking concilliatory for the cameras.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 11:00 | Link to Comment Commander Cody
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And, its gone!

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 11:01 | Link to Comment overmedicatedun...
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the criminal elite are so openly corrupt, I just can't wait to vote in 2012 for the candidate that the MSM tells me is the best..Obuma Corzine- Romney Paterno..which to choose which to choose?

Ron Paul better run as third party or no need to vote 

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 11:02 | Link to Comment EB
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The email is the final page to this filing:

http://www.cftc.gov/ucm/groups/public/@newsroom/documents/file/supportofmotion110211.pdf

She was also here:

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 11:11 | Link to Comment jmcadg
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"Oh, you'll never guess what I DISCOVERED.

We've just pinched a trillion or so of our clients money, seriously, I know, I just DISCOVERED it, I know,

Excuse me waiter, could I have another one of those lavender scones".

FUCKSHITES.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 11:57 | Link to Comment Forgiven
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THE REASON PEOPLE ARE SHOCKED:
********************************

Most Americans still don’t get it!

America has ALREADY been overthrown!

This country has been invaded and taken over by international bankers, who have corrupted every aspect of our government.

The US Federal Government is NO LONGER an American gov’t. It is an Enemy Force Of Occupation that has camouflaged its overthrow of the US Gov’t.

Their design was simple: subvert, subjugate, extract wealth, exterminate.

Essentially this is the largest POW Camp in the world and we are all prisoners and potential disrupters, hence the Dep’t Of Homeland Security (which is actually Homeland Gestapo) has labeled Americans who still think and act like this is the USA and “resist” the occupation as…….. “terrorists.”

Since we ARE technically POW’s, then the Law Of War and the Geneva Convention should apply, and the principles for ALL POW’S to observe is:

It is the Duty of all POW’s to RESIST our captors by every means possible.

To disrupt their designs and actions by any and all means.

To REFUSE to cooperate in any way.

To Refuse any/all special treatment.

To provide NO information expect name, rank, serial number (SS #)

To create as much difficulty as possible to cause the greatest use of personnel and assets
so as to reduce their capacity to wage warfare elsewhere on us.

 

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 11:57 | Link to Comment I am a Man I am...
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For some reason I was naive enough to think the SEC would be sitting in the CFO's office with Jon Corzine asking them to show them where the mother fucking money is.  I guess that's not how it works, you just wait for them to shoot you an email if it suits them and if they can "figure out" what happened.

This country is doomed.

 

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 12:16 | Link to Comment 2discern
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for nacho libre investors, "it's time to go pro"...

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 12:18 | Link to Comment FJ
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What was the incompetent Big 4 auditor doing? Dreamin of Enron?

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 12:22 | Link to Comment Cone of Uncertainty
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Sandusky > Corzine

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 12:56 | Link to Comment slewie the pi-rat
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Macchiaroli will be a hot new pasta dish @ all the SEC and some blogs

b4 we are fini'd snoozin off the turkey, BiCheZ!

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 18:02 | Link to Comment asiafinancenews
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Michael Macchiaroli has quite a history of incompetance and regulatory enforcement failure.  See this:

http://www.globalsecuritieswatch.org/Letter_from_Sovereign_Advisors_to_SEC_Chairman_and_Associate_Director

... which resulted in this:

http://www.globalsecuritieswatch.org/DOJ_Antitrust_Complaint

 

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 21:26 | Link to Comment mkkby
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This will end in one of 2 ways:

1. 99% rise up and hang everyone involved in banking.

2. Same 99% end up in bondage 1984 style.

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 21:40 | Link to Comment rhs
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Don't tell me Ms. Ferber can't spell "general".

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 21:42 | Link to Comment rhs
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Don't tell me Ms. Ferber can't spell "general".

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!