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 other books, including new ones on Bradley Manning and Beethoven, here….
1:50 Site for the strike in Bay Area now up. … College student debt just keeps a-growing. Worth a lot but worth it? … In case you needed more reason to hate the Yankees: NYT today reveals team president donated to Scott Brown in Mass.
12:50 May Day Strike for Dummies? A humorous guide to how to skip work on May 1. "No one will question a medical check-up. And what’s best with this scenario is that you simultaneously tend to your health and that of this country’s economy. It’s multi-tasking at its finest.”(h/t Jay Moore)
11:55 The YesLab claims credit for that fake Bank of America site and press release that I covered yesterday (see below), saying they did it with Rain Forest Action and OWS. "This site is a forum for people to imagine what they could do with this bank," said Jane O’Heely of the Yes Lab, one of the site’s creators. "The ideas we’ve gotten already show we all know as much as bankers about how a bank ought to be run — and actually, a good deal more…"
11:50 How two young folks found true love…at Occupy Toronto.
10:00 Lengthy report at The Atlantic on the report on pepper-spray incident at UC-Davis–focusing on two little noted angles. For one, the protesters seemed to have every right to protest as they were doing, so the order to disperse them was wrong from the start. Second, Lt. John Pike was ordered not to carry riot gear, took with him can of pepper spray larger than allowed, was untrained and used it at too close a distance, and more troubling aspects.
9:40 More on the May Day music in NYC, which I previewed yesterday, including Tom Morello and a literal Gutiar Army (but will they tet fatigued?)…. Story and photo of the suddenly unoccupied Freedom Plaza in D.C. after "merger."… Danny Schechter: Are we on the decks of another Titanic? And James Cameron will not save us.