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Enron traders gloating about screwing California

CBS has got hold of tapes of conversations between Enron employees during the California rolling blackouts. The conversations are amazing, basically a bunch of crooks gloating about the savage rogering they're giving to the people of California and how much money they're making. This has put fresh fire into the bellies of lawmakers who have renewed their vows to decapitate Enron's management and stake their heads on pikes outside of every polling place before election day.

Employee 1: "All the money you guys stole from those poor grandmothers in California?

Employee 2: "Yeah, Grandma Millie man.

Employee 1: "Yeah, now she wants her f-----g money back for all the power you've charged right up, jammed right up her a—for f-----g $250 a megawatt hour."


(via Making Light)

Sometimes I worry about privacy and security. Sometime I wonder if it is good that Japan does not have "discovery" (in the legal sense). Then I see stuff like this and I'm glad we have investigative journalism and they have the right to make such things public.

Dan Gilmor blogs about this too.


I'm glad we have investigative journalism too -- I'm looking forward to re-establishing an investigatory Federal Justice Department. Imagine Eliot Spitzer moving to the federal level.

I'm wondering if we should establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. :)

Security, privacy, freedom...

Are these all contradictory issues or are they problems that can only be solved together? One consequence of answering the first (and wrong) way is what happens to journalists going to the States: why do they have to carry a special visa just because they are journalists?

I posted my little story on:

I'm glad this came to light too.

This kind of arrogance still exists in American business. There are legions who don't believe that there is a choice to be made between right and wrong. Or, more existentially, there are many who pursue their freedoms without regard for the freedoms of others. Just like children.

My hope is that auditors will become the heroes they once were. Hooray for Sarbanes-Oxley.