This is Part 2 of a two part interview transcript, from a recording, which can be found here:
Audio: Greg Palast: The War Between the Billionaires
Thanks to OEN volunteer editor Don Caldarazzo for help editing the transcript.
I spent almost an hour talking with one of the best investigative reporters in the world, Greg Palast, about his newest book, Billionaires and Ballot Bandits. And we got into something very interesting-- that there's a war between two kinds of billionaires-- The vampire squids and the Vultures. And yes, this affects the elections and the nine ways they are going to be stolen and corrupted.
Here's the continuation of the interview (first part of interview can be found here.
Rob Kall: Why didn't the
Democrats, when they had control of the House, the Senate, and the White House, get rid of e-voting?
Greg Palast: Because they made
a trade. Number one, the machines that
were being used in places like the punch cards, the butterfly ballots, these
were costing more votes than the electronic machines. The Democrats lost in Florida, one hundred-
seventy eight thousand votes in 2000 to vote spoilers.
People talked about the butterfly ballot because it was one of the
rare times in which rich people in Palm Beach County lost their votes. Black
people are used to this.
In the poorest towns in Florida, in Gadsden, they didn't lose a hundred
votes. In Gadsden one in 8 votes, was
lost due to machine error in the blackest,
poorest town in 2000.
That stuff hasn't ended. So the Democrats thought, okay, we will give
money to upgrade machines because we're losing votes. And so Karl Rove, being
quite brilliant, in the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) said okay. Well you know, they
basically pushed it toward electronic machines through bribery. And by the way, if you're wondering why the
Democrats do it, it's called bribes. The Democratic Secretary of State of New
Mexico bought unbelievably expensive, malfunctioning e-voting machines, for
example, which lost every single vote for President in certain Hispanic
districts, and that was a Democrat, her name is Rebecca Vigil-Giron and she's
on our name to prison now for the bribery. That's how it works.
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Rob Kall: What machines did
Greg Palast: In her case, it
was ES & S machines.
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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect,
connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune
500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered
first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and
Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful
people on his Bottom Up Radio Show,
and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and
opinion sites, OpEdNews.com
more detailed bio:
Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project.
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