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 as e-book, my other books here…
10:20 Apparently there’s an ABC drama called "Castle" and a friend tells me they just showed a bomb going off at an OWS camp or protest. Nothing like giving folks ideas…Here’s the official plot summary: "47 Seconds— When a bomb explodes at a protest rally killing five people, Castle & Beckett realize the key to solving the case is to reconstruct the 47 seconds prior to the explosion. Using video and witness accounts, they uncover the shocking truth about who planted the bomb."
5:30 Allison Kilkenny suddenly reveals she is exiting In These Times. Says she’ll continue to write about Occupy here at The Nation and elswhere.
4:00 A length Cryptome posting on OWW "General Strike"… Huff Post writer wants a new name for Occupy. Okay, we’re listening. But then she proposes a bad one: "Justify Wall Street."
2:20 Watch amazing commercial for brokerage firm totally based on Occupy imagery. Even advises: "Join the one percent!"
11:50 Wall Streem firms admit its their own fault for OWS growth and poor public perception of the Street. "The study also revealed that three in four (74%) believe that increased regulation of the financial services industry will help their firms improve reputations and trust with customers faster. Further, 81% are worried about negative public reaction to executive compensation in the industry."
11:30 Most shocking aspect of Santorum attack on NYT reporter? Reporter chewing gum and mainly just taking it.
10:15 Felix Salmon presents Muppet takedown of Goldsman Sachs. Man or muppet, still rich. But a muppet of a client? Special thanks to Greg Smith.
10:05 Upworthy: fun new site that promises to help make "viral" meaningful–even cat photos and prank videos can have political message. "Tebowing about climate change." Huh?…. Yes, today’s the day health reform reaches the Supreme Court.
9:35 Today’s laff: A new anti-OWS song and video. Sample lyric: "I just sit on my duff getting fat and high,
cause I don’t give a damn unless I occupy."
9:15 Occupy’s Jeff Smith at the Daily Beast on events of past week and return of "Radical Chic." Yes, I am old enough to remember the days of the Leonard Bernstein party–and I spoke at the first Bowery Hotel event last December…. Martin Sheen rips GOP in new video.
9:00 Village Voice on the "evolution" of historic Union Square in NYC as major Occupy camp. Full report plus how cops are sometimes halting filming there, e.g. Luke Rudkowski.
8:58 My new book on the Bradley Manning case, with my former Nation intern Kevin Gosztola, just out as e-book tonighty, and then in print in about a week. Titled "Truth and Consequences: The U.S. vs. Bradley Manning," it covers the saga right up to the court martial proceeding in recent months, right up to last week
8:55 Lawerence Lessig at The Atlantic: "An Open Letter to the Citizens Against Citizens United." Overturning it not enough to tackle problem of big money’s hold on politics…. From MoveOn: The Insanity of U.S. Military Spending in One Chart. .
7:55 Video and story: Occupyers in NYC "fish for cops" with donuts. The hole truth.