Some breakthrough work on the impact hedge funds have had on the real economy was posted this evening on DailyKos by vets74: 1,000 Companies Attacked -> 1,200,000 Jobs Destroyed.
These attacks combine corrupt MSM lie campaigns with market dumps of "naked shorts" and counterfeit "phantom stock."
. . . . Statistical sampling and employment data for the largest 1,000 attacked companies show they suffered 1,200,000 extra/excess layoffs.
Throw on a macroeconomic multiplier effect... this gets past 3,000,000 jobs dropped overall.
All the technical details of the data sorts and data bases used are in the article. Brilliant stuff!