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Bows And B.S.

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I don't really mind if various other publications feel the need to rip off Dealbreaker editors but it really frosts my cookies when they lift material from our readers without sourcing 'Guest.' Do we know for a fact that the lede of this story, which states that Rose City Archery will benefit from the tax break on wooden arrows included in the Patriot Act Bailout bill, was stolen from this comment? No, we don't know that for a fact. But it certainly seems suspicious.
Update: Perhaps we got it wrong? We're quick to j'accuse on behalf of DB readers.


"Brokers who show up with stubble are sent to the bathroom, where a bow-tied attendant dispenses razors, cologne and candy."

Back in February, FINRA informed John Thomas Financial founder Anastasios “Tommy” Belesis, he of rallies for Wall Street and Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps fame, that he "may face disciplinary action on a claim that he artificially inflated the price of a stock," while the Post reported that the firm was being probed by the FBI and the SEC. According to the firm's lawyer, Robert Bursky, "There is not a shred of evidence that suggests there is an ongoing inquiry by the FBI," and if you asked David Pitts, a spokesman for John Thomas, if the brokerage is a boiler room, which Bloomberg did, he'd say it is not (and that, on the contrary, "it helps real companies raise money and provides honest advice to investors"). Regardless of whether or not any of the allegations are true, a few business practices one might want to avoid if questions like "is this place legit" or "is this business entirely modeled after 2000's Boiler Room" are being raised include: