Live-blogging OWS daily since October 1. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. All times ET. See my e-book "40 Days That Shook the World: From Occupy Wall St. to Occupy Everywhere." My very OWS-relevant "Journeys With Beethoven" has just been published in print and as e-book, my other books here.
9:25 NYT news alert: "States Reach $25 Billion Deal With Banks Over Foreclosure Abuses"
8:00 Matt Taibbi rips that NY magazine cover story on Wall Street "emasculated" by Obama and OWS. Says "stop whining" and reporter Gabe Sherman bought it. "Listening to Wall Street whine about how it is misunderstood is nothing new. It’s been going on for years (often in that same mag). But if Sherman’s piece heralds a new era of Wall Street complaining about how it is not only misunderstood but undercompensated, you’ll have to excuse me while I spend the next month or so vomiting into my shoes."
7:45 Following up again: NYT story on couple without heat inspires $100,000 in donations, more…… Susie Cagle points to this brief audio interview with an original Oakland protester. What happened to protesting banks?
4:20 For our daily Occupy song pick of the day last week we featured Beatles’ live electric version of "Revolution," rare enough but now here is true rarity: an unplugged acoustic version (audio only). Timed to the great current debate over militant tactics.
2:30 Susie Cagle responds to Chris Hedges, adding that compared to the rest of USA, OccupyOakland is "still on fire." Not literally!
1:40 Next big @OccupyColleges actions: Teach-ins Feb. 21-22, more here.
1:35 Chris Hedges and local Occupy Oakland guy debate tactics on KPFA now, listen online. It was taped so they run it for awhile, make a funding appeal, then return to it. One question seems to be: Yes, core activists not getting turned off or bummed out by media coverage –but what about the thousands who now don’t join in?
12:00 Big action set for tomorrow at 10 am at the new Apple store inside Grand Central in NY — as activists deliver there petitions signed by 250,000 protesting working conditions at the China plants. Change.org had a lot to do with the campaign. Here’s their link and tally. Plus: "More than 55,000 SumOfUs members have signed that organization’s petition already, making it the most viral petition since SumOfUs, a new global grassroots community of consumers fighting for corporate accountability, launched just over two months ago. More than 35,000 of the petition signers say they buy Apple products, including over 20,000 iPhone users."