The cover of the August 30th issue of Barron’s might well have read “Abandon Hope All Ye Individual Investors Who Enter Here” (apologies to Dante Alighieri). First, Alan Abelson informs us that the deck is stacked against us, then Vito Racanelli tells us it’s not a stock picker’s market, and later on Jim McTague explains how the May 6th Flash Crash might have been rigged. What’s an independent investor to do? Follow the herd into the bond market? Find refuge in cash?