What if playing on the edge never has consequences for those who are doing the playing? Of course, someone pays; that's the nature of near-zero.
In a case that's been going on from some time, the prosecution (elected and appointed) could not make anything stick to what seemed to be obvious shenanigans. Then, the accused, after being left off, pursued a claim that resulted in an eight-figure payout (for himself).
The news sources report that customers won't pay; no, it's coming out of monies set aside by the stock holders; yet, we know that the buck always goes down those who have the least power and the most to lose.
Message here. How did this state of affairs come about? That is, how would we explain the idiocy to old Rip? The main oops: ah, that old siren of 'markets' and their seductiveness.
Necessary, yes. But, from a long view (we can give Warren that).
All the gaming (including shorts, derivatives, etc.) is not necessary; in fact, it's the chief culprit of our troubles.
The chief enablers have been mis-used mathematics and computation.
10/10/2011 -- With the successful message coming out of the protests about Wall Street, evidently the number who cares is large.
08/12/2011 -- What about better 'accounting' of all this?
08/10/2011 -- One might ask: economics and legitimacy - weird stock market. Removes all arguments for the legitimacy/sustainability of this financial mechanism; that is, how ought this be done in a civilized, sane manner?