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 as e-book, my other books here....
11:55 Cool video for Occupy action in Boston on Wednesday re: public transportation.
5:35 Arrests underway in police raid on the OWS building takeover (as "SF Commune"). Two buses there to take folks away. Police with assault rifle on roof. @JoshuaHolland tweeting it all. Live stream:
2:00 Just got email from PBS Frontline along with this video, and opens: The nation's largest banks are "a perversion of capitalism" and "a clear and present danger to the U.S. economy." The Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation passed in the wake of the crisis "may actually perpetuate an already dangerous trend of increasing banking industry concentration."
These arguments come not from an Occupy Wall Street activist, not from a Tea Party member, but from a scathing report released last week by one of the nation's top banking regulators, the Federal Reserve Board of Dallas. In a column for ProPublica and The New York Times, reporter Jesse Eisenger described the report as "a radical indictment of the nation's financial system."
FRONTLINE sat down on Saturday with the Dallas Fed CEO and president, former banker Richard W. Fisher, to talk about the report and its core argument about "too big to fail" institutions. According to their calculation, five banks hold 52 percent of all U.S. deposits, which means the "too big to fail" problem is with us now more than ever. FRONTLINE producer Michael Kirk ("Inside the Meltdown," "The Warning") interviewed Fisher for our upcoming series "Money, Power and Wall Street," airing April 24 and May 1 on PBS (check local listings).
11:50 I linked earlier today to Occupy.com, the site and a new video (see below), and now Josh Harkinson at Mother Jones with full piece, under headline suggesting it may be the Huffington Post of the movement. "Call him Occupy's Arianna Huffington.New York filmmaker David Sauvage is cofounder of Occupy.com, a nonprofit multimedia and news-aggregation site that launches today with financial backing from Hollywood, lots of complicated internal politics, and a plan to become a must-read for a new generation of activists."
10:20 The great Dan Barry with Trayvon feature at NYT....Allison Kilkenny, no longer at In These Times, with Occupy piece for The Nation today... Springsteen featured good number of songs off his new OWS-friendly album at his D.C. gig last night...
9:10 New AP story on San Fran building takeover (and see below). Archdiocese asked police to hold off until meeting today.
8:30 New Occupy video asks, "Take a Chance on Me." And more visuals at Occupy.com.
8:25 OccupyToledo holds funeral for OWS, saying it has died of "apathy." But reminds folks, it's April Fool's Day.
8:10 Several surveillance videos of OWSers and others (still on the loose!) pulling off the chaining-subway-gates to make them free on Friday in NYC. And the NY Daily News says one culprit looks very much like a certain OWS-friendly subway conductor. Here's one of the videos:
8:00 Fun reference on "Mad Men" tonight as Henry Francis, husband of "Fat Betty" says: "Romney's a clown and I don't want him standing next to him." He meant he didn't want his boss, Mayor John Lindsay, standing next to Mitt's dad, who was about to run for president.
From late Sunday
If you missed the Sunday NYT sketchy look at Occupy.
NY Occupyers mark six-month anniversary of mass arrests on Brooklyn Bridge--by marching across the bridge they were stopped at before. By the way, it was also six month anniversary of this here blog.
My new book on the Bradley Manning case, with my former Nation intern Kevin Gosztola, just out today in print as well as e-book. Titled "Truth and Consequences: The U.S. vs. Bradley Manning," it covers the saga right up to the court martial proceeding in recent months, right up to last week.