I’ve been nearly live-blogging Occupy since October 1. For yesterday’s blog, click on my name at top. All times ET. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Here’s my new book vs. the death penalty and other current book on Hiroshima and Atomic Cover-up.
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10:20 Another good Occupy piece from Tom Watson, on continued growth and a new kind of “entrepreneurial” spirit. Also manages to work the great Richard Thompson into it . Well, he did “Pharaoh” about all this.
10:05 The Daily Show’s John Oliver at Zuccotti today interviewing folks. NYT: “One interviewee, Will Frankfort, was dressed in a Viking costume, complete with a helmet, a plastic ax and a plastic war hammer. ‘Do you feel your cause is hurt by the fact that you’re dressed like a Viking?’ Mr. Oliver asked Mr. Frankfort, 30. ‘When I came out of the house dressed like a Viking, I expected some snickers,’ said Mr. Frankfort, who lives in Montclair, N.J. ‘I just want to express my support for these people protesting.’ ”
Also, Russell Simmons says Jay Z told him, sure, he’d be willing to pay higher taxes.
9:55 Occupy in NY seems to have decided to switch main GA’s to Wash. Sq. Park and at 5:30. Means a schlep from Zuccotti but better location for many not camping there.
8:50 Today’s song pick for Occupyers everywhere (a daily feature), and to mark MLK Jr. memorial dedication: the greatest song of the past half-century, Sam Cooke’s “Change Gonna Come.” Includes commonly excised verse. “Somebody tell me / don’t hang around.”
8:25 @SalmanRushdie just now: “Again:I found protesters at
#OWS intelligent, caring, idealistic, thoughtful. Much of the hostility they face is the antithesis of all that.” He had earlier backed Zuccotti campers vs. forced exit.
8:00You may have heard of arrest of Cornel West at Supreme Court today re corporate influence, here is more.
7:50 Big Occupy GA debate tonight in NYC—occupy Wash. Sq. Park at all? During legal day, or illegal night?
7:40 Just back from the Clooney/Gosling Ides of March: actually, surprising amount of what you might call “Occupy” rhetoric from candidate Clooney. He is, as you may have heard, flawed in other ways…
7:30 Read about/watch yesterday’s protests in Iceland.