Jason writes:”P.S. I think the rape issue is a tad technical, but I will give that one to you. It may be rather harsh language for the topic at hand. :-)” Jason, Using the term “rape” as a metaphor to describe the financial misconduct of brokers was both inaccurate and inappropriate.Rape, as an officially-denied but nonetheless keystone policy of the US government through such agencies as the School of the Americas and its “counter-insurgency” efforts in Latin America, through the CIA’s gulag of prisons in the Third World, and through the US military’s management of Abu Gharib/Gitmo/etc, is another matter. There the rapes are real. All of that having been said, I dislike brokers generally, and I dislike “language police” specifically. But we live in Orwellian times, and insisting on accuracy of reporting is the only moral weapon that decent people –-which I presume you to be-- have left to them. So bash brokers all you want to for their plenteous examples of abusive conduct, but make a distinction between losing a very impersonal object like money and suffering the very personal violence of rape. Charlie
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