most brokerages these days allow you to choose which lots you sell if you've made multiple purchases over time. default is FIFO, selling your oldest first. however you do not have to do it that way. if you bought more shares now, you could sell those first, or choose to sell the $1.40 shares to have them treated as long-term capital gains while not taking the loss on the $12 shares...I believe you might sell also be able to sell the right combination of the $1.40s and $12s to net to a $0 gain. you should contact your broker to check, or create a mock sell order and see if it provides the option for you to choose which lot (or shares within the lot) you want to sell.
Over the years, what you've proven is simply that you are out of sync with the company and how the shares trade. All the while, there was/is money to be made. I am giving it to you, as I did last year at this time.
You look too deeply and try to see things which aren't there or think you understand what is taking place. Maybe you do, who knows? What I know is that you want to be acquiring/owning the shares now as they will go higher very soon. Maybe they don't take off and go back to the $10 you paid - but they will go back to something between $2.50 to $3.00 and that's a nice 50% profit for holding just a few months at most.