Actually Enox, if Nakate's point is that "the houses (are) making huge amounts of money off the backs of retail investors", that is true.  We have also established that it is legal (except for naked shorting), so that only leaves the question of morals.  I do agree that spreading doubt and suspicion about the prospects of a company failing to execute and then watching to see if that "softens up the sellers" is morally questionable, but probably does not constitute a civil cause of action or actionable wrong, unless it is libellous or slanderous.  

But once again, it comes down to individual responsibility.  I remember my glee when I made my first few dollars without my broker... I thought I was so cool, so smart.  It was a hard lesson to learn to fess up when I lost because I saw a stock shooting up and wanted to get on the bandwagon and bought without doing a serious (or any) investigation.  I looked for someone to blame, but really, when it's just me and the mirror... it was his fault!  Seriously, people, because ORT is heavily shorted, be very careful.  I'd love one day to see no asks... just bids... maybe a gap of a few dollars... telling those who try to take advantage of unsophisticated retail investors, "We've had enough and we won't play into your hands any more".