THREE IN A ROW FROM LEARNIST!

Learnist - Chap 39

LEARNIST has selected an image from the Rumble Press photo board “Blogging Enron Book Images” as its “Today’s Learning” pick.  This makes three days in a row for selections from that board!

The selection for today is an image from Chapter 39 of Blogging Enron: The Enron Broadband Storyby Cara Ellison.  The chapter is titled “The ObamaCare Decision and Enron — The Court of Appeals Screws Up Again.”  A screen shot of the image on the Learnist board is included in the banner above this post.

This “Today’s Learning” selection from Learnist is a follow-up to the two earlier picks by Learnist of Chapter 37 of Blogging Enron, titled “Rex Shelby Files Amicus Brief in Support of Scott Yeager,” and Chapter 38 of the book, titled “Scott Yeager Wins At Supreme Court!”.   Those two earlier picks are described on this blog in the posts,“‘Today’s Learning’ from Learnist” and “‘Today’s Learning’ from Learnist — A Supreme Court Win”.

The appeals process was a critical element in the Enron Broadband case and in most of the other Enron-related cases.  Various court decisions delivered as a result of Enron-related appeals have contributed a great deal to defendants in other cases who have used the rulings in their own battles against federal prosecutors.  Ironically, it was the over-reaching and abuse of federal prosecutors in the Enron cases that motivated the appellant decisions which went against the prosecutors.

Indeed, the appellant record of the federal prosecutors and the prosecution-leaning Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in the Enron cases was so dismal that they tried to short-circuit the appeals process whenever they could.  The “Today’s Learning” selection by Learnist today is related to a time in which the courts succeeded in squelching a defendant’s right to appeal.  As Cara Ellison wrote in Chapter 39 of Blogging Enron:

“Scott Yeager won a motion to dismiss his hung counts at the Supreme Court based on a double jeopardy provision, one of the most basic Constitutional protections of this country’s legal system.  This should have made the dismissal of Rex Shelby’s hung counts a foregone conclusion because his situation was essentially the same as Yeager’s case.  However, in order to avoid that outcome, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a shockingly ridiculous decision, ruled that the Supreme Court decision in Scott Yeager’s case did not change any law and that, therefore, Shelby could not appeal his case.

This, of course, was transparently a results-based decision by the 5th Circuit.  The text of the ruling is so inane and illogical that even a layman can see that the 5th Circuit was determined to have the outcome it wanted even though there was no rational basis for it.  Clearly, the Supreme Court did, in fact, change the underlying law in the Yeager case — in fact that decision has already been used by a number of non-Enron defendants to gain dismissals of counts.  But because Rex Shelby was associated with Enron, the legal protections accorded to all other defendants in this country were denied him.

This is one of those details of the Enron prosecutions that is largely unknown and uninteresting to the press and public because it deals with a level of detail in the legal process that people generally do not want to even try to understand.  But it is a stark example of how the Constitutional protections of our legal system can be denied to individuals when the courts do not do their jobs and when the press and public accept the misconduct.  And the lack of outrage by the press and the public about the misconduct of the Feds in the Enron cases show how ‘morally flexible’ people seem to be — they are entirely willing to accept abuse, just so long as that abuse is heaped on the people they do not care about.   

As I have said before, I am fond of people in general, but sometimes I despair about the shallowness of humans — we seem to choose to be morally outraged only when it is convenient for us and when it fits with our biases.”

Blogging Enron: The Enron Broadband Story by Cara Ellison contains nearly 60 images, each of which is also included and described in the Learnist board, “Blogging Enron Book Images”.  For information about Learnist, check out the post on this blog, “Learning with Learnist.”

And thank you, LEARNIST, for putting a spotlight on those images from the Rumble Press board!

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“Today’s Learning” from Learnist

Learnist-Chap 37

Learnist has selected an image from the Rumble Press photo board “Blogging Enron Book Images” as its “Today’s Learning” pick.  It is an image from Chapter 37 of the book, titled “Rex Shelby Files Amicus Brief in Support of Scott Yeager.”  A screen shot of the image on Learnist is included in the banner above this post.

For more information, check out the previous post on this blog, “Down The Rabbit Hole,” which is about the same topic.  And for information about Learnist, check out the post, “Learning with Learnist.”

Blogging Enron: The Enron Broadband Story by Cara Ellison contains nearly 60 images, each of which is also included and described in the Learnist board.

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KAFKA’S “THE TRIAL” COMPARED TO EBS TRIAL

Franz Kafka

Check out the stunning post over on John Sherriff’s Lucky and Good Blog, “Comparing the Broadband Three Trials to The Trial by Franz Kafka.”  It is a comparison of the trial described in Franz Kafka’s classic, The Trial and the trial of “The Broadband Three” described in Cara Ellison’s book, Blogging Enron: The Enron Broadband Story.  It will frighten you!

While you are at the Lucky and Good Blog, check out the other great posts there  And be sure to read John Sherriff’s terrific book, Lucky and Good.  You can find a brief review of Lucky and Good in a previous post on this blog.

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Blogging Enron on Kindle Countdown!

hourglass (2013) / pixabay / Public Domain CCO

hourglass (2013) / pixabay / Public Domain CCO

Blogging Enron: The Enron Broadband Story by author and blogger, Cara Ellison, is entering its final days as a KINDLE COUNTDOWN DEAL.  

The eBook edition of Blogging Enron is currently on sale for $1.99 (£1.99 UK)!  The Kindle Countdown program ends on Wednesday evening, March 12th.

Blogging Enron continues to receive wonderful reviews on both the Amazon.com site and on Goodreads.  A couple of previous posts on this blog contain excerpts of book reviews, “Great Reviews for Blogging Enron!” and “More Great Reviews for Blogging Enron!“.  In the latest review, a reader commented:

“I think the book does a good job capturing the spirit of the main players, the entrepreneurial geniuses, the builders and how that spirit really ran through the veins of EBS … The book is hard to put down.”

For a different type of review of Blogging Enron, check out the essay, “David and Goliath (and Enron): ‘Why Should I Read Blogging Enron?’” on the social media publishing site, MEDIUM.  The essay about Blogging Enron:The Enron Broadband Story has been selected by the editors of MEDIUM for inclusion in eight collections, including “Criminal (in)Justice”, “The Reading Life”, “Good Reads”, and “Justice and Freedom.”

For a visual overview of Blogging Enron, check out the photo board, “Blogging Enron Book Images” onFlickr.  It is a collection of the nearly 60 images in the book and includes descriptions of the photos and illustrations, including explanations of why they were chosen for the book.  And to see the faces of some of the people whose stories are told in the book, take a look at the earlier post on this blog, “An EBS Easter Egg.

You can sample the book on Amazon.com.  In addition, the previous post on this blog, “A Fantastic Foreword,” contains the entire Foreword to Blogging Enron which was written by Rex Shelby, the former VP of Engineering at Enron Broadband. And, of course, many of the other posts in this blog provide information about the book and the author.

So, download a copy of Blogging Enron: The Enron Broadband Story now while it is on sale.  And please tell your friends about the Kindle Countdown Deal!

Thanks!

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Blogging Enron, Counting Down!

Alarm Clock (Simple) by Gerald_G (2007) / openclipart / public domain

Alarm Clock (Simple) by Gerald_G (2007) / openclipart / public domain

Blogging Enron: The Enron Broadband Story by author and blogger, Cara Ellison is on sale for a limited time as a KINDLE COUNTDOWN DEAL.

The eBook edition of Blogging Enron is currently on sale for $0.99 (£0.99 UK)!  The price will rise a bit over time.  The Kindle Countdown program ends on Wednesday evening, March 12th.

Blogging Enron has received stellar reviews on both the Amazon.com site and on Goodreads.  A couple of previous posts on this blog contain excerpts of book reviews, “Great Reviews for Blogging Enron!” and “More Great Reviews for Blogging Enron!“.

For a different type of review of Blogging Enron, check out the essay, “David and Goliath (and Enron): ‘Why Should I Read Blogging Enron?’” on the social media publishing site, MEDIUM.  The essay aboutBlogging Enron:The Enron Broadband Story has been selected by the editors of MEDIUM for inclusion in eight collections, including “The Reading Life”, “Good Reads”, and “Justice and Freedom.”

For a visual overview of Blogging Enron, check out the photo board, “Blogging Enron Book Images” on Learnist.  It is a collection of the nearly 60 images in the book and includes descriptions of the photos and illustrations, including explanations of why they were chosen for the book.

You can sample the book on Amazon.com.  In addition, the previous post on this blog, “A Fantastic Foreword,” contains the entire Foreword to Blogging Enron which was written by Rex Shelby, the former VP of Engineering at Enron Broadband. And, of course, many of the other posts in this blog provide information about the book and the author.

So, grab a copy of Blogging Enron: The Enron Broadband Story now while it is on sale.  And please tell your friends about the Kindle Countdown Deal!

Thanks!

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Kindle Countdown Deal for Blogging Enron!

Blogging_Enron__The__Cover_for_Kindle

Now is the time to buy Blogging Enron: The Enron Broadband Story by author and blogger, Cara Ellison!

Blogging Enron leaps into the Kindle Countdown Deal program on Thursday morning, March 6th.  The eBook edition will start at $0.99 (£0.99 UK) and then rise a bit in price over time.  The sales program ends on Wednesday evening, March 12th.  

Check out the Amazon.com site for reviews of Blogging Enron.  Or check the previous posts on this blog that contain excerpts of book reviews, “Great Reviews for Blogging Enron!” and “More Great Reviews for Blogging Enron!“.

You can sample the book on Amazon.com.  In addition, the previous post on this blog, “A Fantastic Foreword,” contains the entire Foreword to Blogging Enron.  And, of course, many of the other posts in this blog provide information about the book and the author.

So, grab a copy of Blogging Enron: The Enron Broadband Story now while it is on sale!  And please tell your friends about the sale.

Thanks!

Blogging on Medium.com

Medium logo / Wikipedia / Public Domain

Medium logo / Wikipedia / Public Domain

Medium.com is a social media blogging platform launched by Twitter co-founder, Evan Williams.  You can find a number of good articles about Medium on the Web, including “A Founder of Twitter Goes Long,” published recently in the New York Times.

The basic idea of Medium is simple enough.  Bloggers are encouraged to publish posts to Medium.  These posts will receive visibility on the Medium site according to their popularity with readers.  Bloggers can submit their post to “collections” which are subject-matter groupings that are monitored by editors — each editor may accept or reject a post for inclusion in his collection.

The goal of Medium seems to be to encourage longer and more considered posts than we typically find on most social media sites.  In a sense, it is a like going back to the earlier days of traditional blogging when bloggers tended to take a lot of care with each post.  The big difference with Medium over those traditional blogs is that Medium is essentially a mega-blog with lots of topical categories, and it is social media friendly by design.

The functional design of the Medium site is well executed.  Writing and editing a post on Medium is simple, and the results are elegant.  The posts and any images associated with them are nicely presented to the reader.  It is an enjoyable site for both the writer and the reader.

Rumble Press recently joined Medium and submitted our first post, “David and Goliath (and Enron): ‘Why Should I Read Blogging Enron?’“.  So far, that post about Blogging Enron has been selected by the editors for inclusion into four collections, “Good Reads”, “Justice and Freedom”, “Under 5 min reads”, and “Business Daily: Startup, Development, Management.”  

Check out the Blogging Enron post on Medium — it provides a great introduction to the site.  And if you enjoy the post, please recommend it!  

At Rumble Press, we like Medium.com, and we will be submitting additional posts to Medium over time on a variety of topics.  So stay tuned!

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Medium logo / Wikipedia / Public Domain