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….
8:15 UC-Davis police chief quits in wake of critical report on "pepper spray" incident. No word on fate on John Pike.
6:05 More on the upcoming "Occupy this Album" with, count ’em, 99 tracks and big release party (as we unveiled yesterday) in three weeks.
5:05 Reuters with new piece on activists’ new shareholder meeting focus. "A group called 99% Power — a reference to those not among the top 1 percent of earners — says it plans actions at 36 shareholder meetings, with the first big push coming at Tuesday’s Wells Fargo & Co gathering in San Francisco."
2:45 John Cassidy of The New Yorker touts new "Occupy Handbook" –and Occupy–on the way to D.C. to speak on panel about it. And see Michael Lewis contribution discussed below.
12:50 WSJ: Fake Bank of America press release, campaign and web site launched. The site is still up but now bears a "phishing" warnng. "The website features several pages that carry on the typical arguments against BofA, and while there doesn’t appear to be anyone taking credit yet, it bears all the hallmarks of the recent Occupy protests against the bank. The site appears to take issue with BofA for ‘funding coal’ and for not paying taxes in 2010, a year it lost money. There are also several snide remarks about mortgages."
12:30 OWS targets Frieze Art Show in NYC. "Occupy Museums is targeting Frieze for what it sees as the ‘financialization’ of the art world. The call to protest comes on the heels of news of a labor dispute between Frieze and a New York carpenters union, which claims the art fair doesn’t meet labor standards."
10:50 Student activism as ‘the tip of the spear.’… Tom Friedman turns to comedy today, begging Mike Bloomberg to run for president this year as 3rd party candidate as the supreme act of "philanthropy." Classic! And in six months the conditions in this country will turn around.