In the end there is no way 100M shares of long tutes are going to let 60M share HF shorts bully them into a loss
By hook or by #$%$ the tutes will not leave this stock without a profit so as long as you are willing to wait, there is no reason why any retail long should accept a loss either. The only reason why this is down is because the tutes are lending shares to the shorts and charging them a handsome rental fee for it. This of course also benefits the lender because it means more shares can be bought for cheap while the jackels do their thing. This practice can be ended at will when the coffers are full and the tutes decide to start "ringing the register".
I guess after 60 years of being in the market I don't know anything about what you are saying. I have experienced the following: 1) Had shares in another stock I owned snatched away from me with a mysterious 15% inter-day drop when i had a stop loss on the stock only to see the stock immediately return to the higher price. I never put on a stop loss after that. 2) I have seen an unknown OTC local stock shorted to the hilt in the single digits only to later have a buyout by Boeing at $35 a share after the Carlisle Group received a sweetheart deal in providing financing for expansion in return for low priced warrants. 3) I saw the stock price of EDS collapse in one day because a local brokerage firm suddenly stopped supporting the stock. I have never seen or experienced what you are describing but you and some of the others make it sound common place. If you feel like elaborating, please do.