Live-blogging OWS daily since October 1.  Email: 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.

6:35 Latest from Chris Hedges at Truthdig:  "There is a recipe for breaking popular movements. I watched it play out over five years in the war in El Salvador. I now see these familiar patterns in the assault against the Occupy movement.  It goes like this. Physically eradicate the insurgents’ logistical base of operations to disrupt communication and organization. Dry up financial and material support. Create rival organizations… Infiltrate….

"All we have, as Vaclav Havel writes, is our own powerlessness. And that powerlessness is our strength."

6:30 Pucker up against the wall: Times Sq. "kiss-in" via flash mob set for 1 to 3 pm tomorrow.  And another Val Day action in Oakland.

5:00 NYC’s own "pepper spray cop,"  Tony Bologna, being sued by his OWS victims from last October…More on occupation of Lamont Library at Harvard.

4:25 Occupyers and Tea Party folks have a beer summit at CPAC.

3:05 From press release that just arrived in the old email box:  "Today Apple announced it would take an unprecedented step towards supply chain transparency by asking the Fair Labor Association to investigate their supplier factories, including Foxconn, and to publish which factories were investigated in their reports. The announcement follows a global petition delivery of over 250,000 signatures to Apple stores around the world late last week.

"Mark Shields, a self-identified Apple ‘super-user’  launched the viralcampaign on after listening to a radio program detailing allegations of labor abuses at an Apple supplier factory in China, including child labor, serious physical injuries of workers from repetitive motions during long shifts, and stress-related worker suicides. The petition calls on Apple to investigate their supply factories and commit to a comprehensive worker protection plan. ‘Manufacturing issues in China are obviously complicated, but the good news is that Apple is great at solving complicated problems,’ said Mark Shields, who launched the campaign on that has so far collected over 200,000 signatures. ‘As an Apple consumer, I’m relieved to hear that Tim Cook is taking this seriously and breaking ground in the industry with Fair Labor Association auditing. But Apple still needs to use some of their trademark creativity and problem solving to create a worker protection plan for new products — especially the upcoming iPad3 — so that they’re proactively taking care of their workers.’"

2:25  And the Occupy Grammy award for most overtly-OWS goes to Joseph Arthur for "We Stand as One," here performed just outside Zuccotti Park, even with a Dylanesque harmonica break.

1:50  Steve Benen’s primer on new Obama budget…

12:05  From colleague Elizabeth Whitman:  Today is a day of action of a campaign to raise the minimum wage for tipped workers, which has remained at $2.13 since 1991, according to Restaurant Opportunity Centers United. And, unsurprisingly, over 70 percent of restaurant workers are female. The link above has info on how to take action.

12:00 Livestrream of protest in Atlanta after over 700 lose jobs at ATT.

11:40  Obama just announced budget on TV.  The Atlantic on the few parts that might just get passed.

11:30  Mother Jones piece on the growing wealth gap.  "It is not enough to highlight the gap between incomes of the top 1 percent and the bottom 99. What’s more alarming—and consequential over the long haul—is the growing concentration of wealth."

10:50  Obama budget highlights tax hikes for rich nd here’s   one key hike.…. What the mortgage settlement really means, from Sunday’s "Up With Chris." ….Senate plotting to revive Keystone pipeline? … Sure you know about Santorum’s "Google problem."  Now Romney has one, related to his dog on roof episode.

10:05 Portraits of folks arrested at Occupy demos…. Santorum now, amazingly, leads Romney in original home state of Michigan.

10:00 It’s budget day.  Obama’s request for war funding expected to drop from $145.9B in 2009 to $96.7B in 2013.

9:10  If you missed Springsteen’s opening Grammy number, his OWS-friendly new single, here is the official video once again:

 8:45 From Oregon: Occupy’s next steps… From Daily Kos: The Ticking Time Bomb–Students Loans That Cannot Be Repaid…. Video of journo allegedly roughed up and arrested at CPAC protest (or I guess I should say, alleged journo, not quite IDed).

8:35  My new Roll Over Beethoven blog celebrates one-week anniversary today, already very popular, thanks for support and visits.  My latest post:  the star of the largest protest in years–half a million in Madrid last October–was none other than Ludwig Van, and you can watch it happen.

8:15 Krugman with more on what he calls "Moochers for Self-Reliance."  He points to chart showing that most blue states paying more to the gov’t than they receive–while the always whining red states are big takers.

8:00  Greece passes new austerity measures–as Athens burns.

12:05    Not music to our ears: Eviction of Occupy Nashville finally coming this Thursday…. Harvard re-occupied (in honor of Jeremy Lin?)…

From late Sunday

Springsteen opens Grammys with Occupy-friendly "We Take Care of Our Own.".  Nice closeup when he highlights  key lyrics.

Bill Moyers:  Where the Right Went Wrong.

We noted below our favorite story of the day : front-page and long overdue NYT piece showing hypocrisy of those denouncing gov’t programs and handouts yet eagerly seeking and taking them.  First example is even a Tea Party activist.  But also: Map in NYT package shows top handout areas almost all in "Red" areas.  Check out state after state.  Couldn’t be clearer.  And they note:  McCain won two-third’s of the vote in the top "handout" areas.  Yet same folks claim they want "indepedence" from gov’t, while enrolling kids in free breakfast programs and the like.

 Apparently this actually happened:  Tucker Carlson and Andrew Breitbart had dinner with ex-Weathermen Bill Ayers and wife Bernardine Dohrn on Super Bowl Sunday.  Carlson won charity auction for dinner cooked in Chicago apartment by the couple and brought a few friends.  Here is write-up by Matt Labash (albeit in rightwing outlet). "They plump us with falling-off-the-bone hoisin ribs and fluff us with apple pie and Ameri-Cone Dream ice cream. ‘This is the bomb, Bill,”’ says Breitbart, after sampling the farmhouse cheeses." But in the end they feel they got "rolled."  They had planned to be nice at first, then go after their hosts but ushered out before that happened.

Michael Moore on the 75th anniversary of historic victory for Flint workers…..WSJ on mind-blowing $270 million spent by US for just 100 miles of gravel road in Afghanistan.  While we close schools and clinics in America… Adam Liptak in NYT on government’s ability to surveil journalists. …Alex Kotlowitz with powerful essay on long-term effects of violence on communities.

Yes, that big NYT piece on critics of government "safety net" increasingly depending on it is on the top right of the paper in print today.