With investment proceeds inherently uncertain, in a defined benefit scheme (ie where the pension is agreed up front and not directly related to the amount contributed nor the returns) someone always gets screwed. Its usually the taxpayer as the schemes are usually too generous, but sometimes its the employee.
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I've not followed this story in detail, but one thing which could explain why the brakes do not counteract the engine is if they were initially applied gently - over a period of time the brakes balance the engine acceleration until the brakes overheat and become ineffective. At that point, stomping on the brakes does not help and you crash. If you have a stuck throttle and can't get the engine off/in neutral/disengage clutch/etc then apply the brakes hard and you will stop promptly.
Its not just you. The +5 child post is only visible if the parent is not abbreviated. I want to see ALL posts, with low-rated posted abbreviated, as per my comment settings. I've tried to be open to change, but I am really starting to dislike the recent 'upgrade'!