Live-blogging OWS daily since October 1. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. All times ET. See my e-book on Occupy "40 Days That Shook the World." My OWS-relevant "Journeys With Beethoven" just published in print and e-book, my other books here…
5:25 Big Financial Times piece on new Springsteen album, it’s defense of workers and New Deal, with Eric Alterman and my old buddy, Southside. Born to run down Goldman Sachs.
4:30 We’ve covered his effort in the past, but now the first so-called "Occupy" candidate to run for Congress has pulled out of the Dem primary, but says he will run a write-in campaign. Nate Kleinman, who camped out with OWS for weeks in Philly, had many of his signatures to get on the ballot challenged and decided to end his ballot fight to try to gain support otherwise. Occupy did not endorse Kleinman (or any candidate).
1:45 Neatly marrying the subjects of my two current blogs here, we now have more Stratfor emails via WikiLeaks re: Occupy. Here’s one that reprints Daily Caller smears about protesters living "in luxury," with this intro from one Benjamin Sledge of Stratfor: "Quick jump on the bandwagon! It’s not cool unless you’re protesting…or a hipster….or angry for some reason that may have nothing to do with how much you make….by the way South Park is mocking Occupy Wall Street
tonight on Comedy Central." More docs here.
11:30 Hot news: upcoming Volume 3 of the terrific Billy Bragg / Wilco "Mermaid Avenue" series with new Woody Guthrie lyrics. Also will be part of box set with first two and video. See track list here, with some no doubt OWS-friendly tunes includes. From volume one, Wilco minus Billy:
11:10 Roane Carey here at The Nation has a good post up, "Why Occupy AIPAC?" He writes, "The stranglehold of AIPAC and its clones on US government policy seems as toxic as ever. If that stranglehold isn’t broken soon, we may become embroiled in yet another war." He is also speaking at the Occupy AIPAC summit, which takes place tomorrow, in Washington. Occupy AIPAC also has actions taking place Sunday through Monday (March 4-6), which will include a 20-foot long wall, a freedom flotilla, a memorial and other actions. (h/t Elizabeth Whitman)