On 'The Network' and the 'Florida Electoral Scam'...
A Personal BRAD BLOG Scoop from Inside the Bowels of the 'Armed Madhouse'
By Brad Friedman on 5/25/2006, 11:34am PT  

Investigative journalist and best-selling author, Greg Palast has given The BRAD BLOG a few exclusive audio clips from the studio sessions of the audio version of his new book (to be released June 6), ARMED MADHOUSE: Who's Afraid of Osama Wolf? China Floats, Bush Sinks, The Scheme to Steal '08, No Child's Behind Left, and Other Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Class War.

Last month we wrote about our amusing and completely factual experience in the recording studio laying down one of the chapters for the audio version ourselves (and a few additional characters for elsewhere in the book) along with Ed Asner and Janeane Garafalo. If you missed it, you may want to check out our scandalous reporting from that crazy afternoon.

At right, you'll note the distinguished bunch of folks (plus us) listed on the cover as reading for the book (we're smartly placed in the middle between Larry David and Janeane.)

The exclusive clips Palast has provided to The BRAD BLOG for your listening pleasure including passages by both yours truly and the great Ed Asner.

Asner's a master, of course, and reads about what Palast describes as "The Network" in this clip:

"There is only one holistic system of systems, one vast and immense, interwoven, interacting, multi-variate, multi-national dominion of dollars! Petro-dollars. Electro-dollars. Multi-dollars. Reichmarks, rins, rubles, pounds and shekels! It is the international system of currency which determines the totality of life on this planet. That is the natural order of things today..."

(NOTE: The references to "Mr. Friedman" in Asner's clip is to Thomas of The New York Times as opposed to Brad of The BRAD BLOG, just for clarity sake :-)

For our part, we get to rant a bit about electronic voting machines and other ways of gaming the system in Florida by Gov. Jeb, Katherine Harris and friends. As well, in the reading Palast pokes some fun at guys like me, and lauds "Lord of the Voting Universe, Ion Sancho" (about whom you may learn some things you didn't previously know!):

"The dean of Florida's elections supervisors is the one who posted the zero-spoilage perfect election count in 2002. He knew all about the Gadsden 'black-out' machines before the 2000 election and warned Governor Bush and his Secretary of State Katherine Harris..."

Please enjoy the clips, and then go and buy the book! You can pre-order either the text or the abridged audio versions here.

Audio Excerpts from...


Chapter 3: "THE NETWORK" - The World as a Company Town
As read by Greg Palast & Ed Asner
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Chapter 4: "THE CON" - Kerry Won. Now Get Over It...
As read by Greg Palast & Brad Friedman
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-- MP3 Version...