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 recent ones on Bradley Manning, Upton Sinclair, and Beethoven, here….
11:15 Portrait of Atlanta family evicted at gun point after 18 years, living with 4 generations in house. "That old evil thing called greed…time to let it go."
10:15 Robert Reich on Democracy Now! hails Occupy, says we have to keep making a "ruckus."
8:45 Noam Chomsky with new piece at Salon: "The jobs aren’t coming back." America doesn’t make things anymore. Financiers just "manipulate" money and move it around and aground. "The fact that the Occupy movement is unprecedented is quite appropriate. After all, it’s an unprecedented era and has been so since the 1970s, which marked a major turning point in American history…. For many people in the United States, there’s a pervasive sense of hopelessness, sometimes despair. I think it’s quite new in American history. And it has an objective basis."
8:40 OccupyTheFarm squatters near Berkeley (see below) set terms for exiting land–for one thing, they must retain access.
8:25 Allison Kilkenny with latest on BOA shareholders protest in Charlotte tomorrow, with city declaring it "extraordinary event," meaning "the city plans to restrict free speech and expand the ability of police and security forces to target and profile the homeowners, worker, community members, students, and immigrants who plan to demand justice from one of the largest banks in the country."
7:35 In advance of NATO summit protests in Chicago later this month, the city is replacing enclosed trash cans down town with the wire-mesh variety–the better to see what might be planted inside…. Alternet: immigrants rights marches did not get much attendance, or play, on May Day but did get support of OWS and the activists carry on.
7:25 Glenn Greenwald on one of our biggest cost (and ethical) drains: the new national surveillance state, with its giant infrastructure and tens of thousands of employees (30,000 alone listening in on phone calls). Quotes normally mild-manner Fared Zakaria at length saying this war on terror will "never end" and shows how fearful and weak we appear.