Where ever you read a report on trying to curtail the gang bang shorting that is going on, you get stuff about how the shorts didn't buy the bad paper, the shorts didn't get them into this mess, etc. Morons, imbeciles, dweebs, we know this. We know this better than you. Because the situation was self inflicted then its ok to go on a rampage? That's like saying its ok to rape a hooker. In this climate , there simply is not enough natural buying to BALANCE THE DELUGE OF MARGINED SHORTING. Read that again, so you get it. These stocks are being banged to death because there's not enough money in the world or people to stand in the way. Why should they step in front of a bullet? If you inject enough fear , just about any stock that depends on its IMAGE to sustain its business can be driven down to nothing. It goes down because its going down. I really think they should ban NEW short selling on these financials until things settle down. It is serving no purpose at all. If you are long and want to get out you can sell. No one will stop you. But bets against? It's not a god given right. We would all be better off if these large brokers and banks could find a way to not go out of business. If its inevitable, then let it happen without knives being stuck in their backs to hasten the process.