My guest today is astrophysicist, Josh Mitteldorf, co-author of Cracking the Aging Code: The New Science of Growing Old -- and what it Means for Staying Young, an election integrity activist and fellow Senior Editor at OpEdNews. His election reporting has covered censorship, taboos and at least one assassination.
Joan Brunwasser: Welcome, Josh! Most recently, you wrote a four-part series on election theft in the US, which exposed sordid backroom details and suppression of the truth. Please tell us where your interest in election integrity come from.
Josh Mitteldorf: So many issues, so many causes. I've been blessed (or cursed) with the kind of mind that looks for the heart of the matter. I suppose that's a reason why I studied physics in college and graduate school--it's the foundational science.
Back in 2004, I read an article in The Nation and a series* of New York Times columns by Paul Krugman [see list below], and I first became convinced that the voting machines that count America's votes were being deliberately misprogrammed. I thought every American would be moved to fix this in short order. The Democrats would stand up and holler when they found out. And then, if we could keep the elections honest, all of our advocacy for peace, for equality, for environmental preservation would be that much more effective.
JB: I don't recall any of your hopes or dreams coming true - yet! Were these mainstream articles written before or after the 2004 election? What happened?
JM: Yes--it's been quite an education. It was the politics of electronic voting that started me down a road of skepticism, doubting the New York Times and The Nation, which had been my primary news sources since my college days. Patterns in the statistics of the exit poll discrepancies pointed toward a corrupted vote count.