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…
9:20 Amazing story of day: Occupy videographer’s wife gives birth in back seat of taxi, and he films what happens next.
5:45 As I noted a few days ago, old pal Springsteen is teasing his upcoming album with one-day streaming cuts this week. Today’s is yet another OWS-friendly anthem, "Death to My Hometown," curiously Irish and upbeat. You can listen to it here. Sample lyric: "They destroyed our families’ factories and they took our homes / They left our bodies on the planks, the vultures picked our bones.” And they’ve "gone unpunished."
5:20 Big story in the Bay Area: Police and some others blaming Occupy for contributing to…a murder. It seems a local resident, age 67, telephoned Berkeley police for help, reporting a suspicious person on his property. But police claim they were only responding to crimes in progress calls because they were allegedly tied up by an OWN march in the city. The man went to a fire station for help, and on his way home was bludgeoned to death. Occupyers refute claims that they are partly to blame. Much more to come, no doubt.
4:50 Susie Cagle tweets that Occupy Oakland "has been shutting down banks all week. And now that they’re doing what the media wanted them to do, no one’s writing the story."
4:00 New piece at The Atlantic site on the controversy over the national GA (see down the page a bit below) and tensions over "using" the name Occupy Wall Street. Still, is sentiment around USA for some kind of national confab and agreement on "demands" at last?
3:30 OWS "shut down the corporations" day just 6 days away. Will it help energize the movement or provide more fodder for the where-did-the-big-crowds-go critics?
3:25 James Fallows: What Austerity Hath Wrought, at The Atlantic….
1:45 From Alyssa Rosenberg: Ralph Fiennes, Shakespeare, and his 99% movie. "It’s incredibly striking to watch, Ralph Fiennes’ excellent new cinematic adaptation of Shakespeare’s play about a Roman general turned exile and traitor to his people and himself, Coriolanus, in the midst of a race for the Republican nomination for president, and in the winter of the Occupy movement."