I’ve been nearly live-blogging OWS since October 1. For yesterday’s blog, click on my name at top. All times ET. E-mail epic1934@aol.com. Here’s my new book vs. the death penalty and other current book on Hiroshima and Atomic Cover-up.


11:50 Just now a big showdown at Zuccotti, which I followed via twitter and livestream. Police arrived seemingly intent on removing the one tent there—a medical tent. Crowd moved to prevent, and chanted “the whole world is watching.” They asked Rev. Jesse Jackson (picture by @newyorkist at left) to join them in linking arms, and he did. Police then dispersed as crowd cheered. See below for Bloomberg quote tonight on “tents.”

11:15 New piece just up at NYT: “Bloomberg Tries to Find Balance on Protests.” Hizzoner: “The Constitution doesn’t protect tents. It protects speech and assembly.” (Note: There is only one tent at Zuccotti Park, a medical tent.) He also expressed concern that those exercising a “right to be silent” might be getting drowned out amid the din of the protests. “We can’t have a place where only one point of view is allowed,” he said. Bloomberg was asked about discussing Zuccotti with his gal friend, who is on board of firm that owns it. “I can tell you that pillow talk in our house is not about Brookfield or Occupy Wall Street,” he said.

10:55 Senator Bernie Sanders on Olbermann talking OWS and jobs bill. And Sgt. Thomas, the Marine who took on NYPD, on same show.

8:35 Terms of Occupation (and endearment?) from J.A. Myerson at TruthOut. “As a birthday present to the movement, I’d like to invite its adherents to acknowledge the appeal of three terms whose utterances, I have noticed, are almost always accompanied by caveats. Let us consider these terms so that we might not be afraid to use them openly, smartly and with candor.” Starting with “class warfare.”

8:30 From Occupy Fort Wayne (that’s Indiana, folks): “We are staying in Headwaters Park indefinitely! The city of Fort Wayne is with us. Peace and respect go a long way. Many thanks!”

8:20 Tonight we learn next big gathering in NYC is next Saturday, in Union Sq (with its long, long political history), at 2 pm with various actions during day.

8:15 Sergeant who yelled at NYPD in defense of protesters says on Olbermann tonight: “They were treating the people worse than we did in Iraq.”

8:10 Wall Street and related interests have already contributed $16 million to candidates this year.

6:00 Greg Sargent at Wash Post poses key question: What if (contrary to what many pundits suggest) the working class really does like Occupy?

5:50 New twitter feed @OccupyArrests is charting that and numbers growing daily, of course. It counts 192 logged today, and 1,592 in past five weeks. And if you’ve missed the new I’m Getting Arrested app.

5:00 Andy Borowitz: How Goldman Sachs plans to make money off Occupy. “The answer is the newly launched Goldman Sachs Global Rage Fund, whose investment objective is to monetize the Occupy Wall Street protests as they spread around the world. At Goldman, we recognize that the capitalist system as we know it is circling the drain but there’s plenty of money to be made on the way down. The Rage Fund will seek out opportunities to invest in products that are poised to benefit from the spreading protests, from police batons and barricades to stun guns and forehead bandages.” What’s funny about this joke is—it could be happening!

4:40 CNN poll 76 percent of Americans, including 56 percent of Republicans, support increasing taxes on those who make more than $1 million a year.

4:15 Bill Keller, mocked for his “snarky” take on OWS (not to mention errors) in his column today, reprints a few letters, then digs himself bigger hole. Hey, why don’t these kids just all go work for Elizabeth Warren! I love this advice from Papa Bill : “Great movements are judged not just by their numbers or by their nobility of purpose, but by whether they get somewhere.” Keller also promises to, maybe, write more—in two weeks. Unless he feels the need to promote another US invasion abroad, as he did with Iraq.

4:05 From Occupy San Francisco: “Cops coming to raid sf again tonight! We need bodies on the ground at 10pm.”

3:40 New from Matt Taibbi: Don’t let right wing (and Breitbart) get your goat. And: “Tactically, what we’ll see here will be a) people firmly on the traditional Democratic side claiming to speak for OWS, and b) people on the right-Republican side attempting to portray OWS as a puppet of well-known liberals and other Democratic interests… All of this is the flip side of the coin that has people like Breitbart trying to frame OWS as a socialist uprising and a liberal media conspiracy. The aim here is to redraw the protests along familiar battle lines…. All of which is a roundabout way of saying one thing: beware of provocateurs on both sides of the aisle. This movement is going to attract many Breitbarts, of both the left and right variety. They’re going to try to identify fake leaders, draw phony battle lines, and then herd everybody back into the same left-right cage matches of old. Whenever that happens, we just have to remember not to fall for the trap.”

3:05 I’ve actually gotten requests to post this, so here it is, at left: my photo of Naked (Unemployed) Cowboy at Times Square protest Saturday night. Needs bare essentials: healthcare, guitar, clothes, I guess. Larger view here.

2:50 TPM now posting other possible song remakes for Herman Cain after his now infamous (see below) “Imagine (There’s No Pizza).” A few winners: “Jesus Crust, Superstar,” ‘Let’s All Order Now, Baby Blue,” “You’ve Lost That Oven Feeling,” “No More Mr. Slice Guy,” “Another One Bites the Crust,” “Pizza My Heart.” I’d add, from Dylan, “Like a Rolling Dough” and “Ballad of a Thin Slice.” And, of course, the Woody Guthrie classic, “Dough-Re-Mi.” Bake it in an Arcade Fire. Serve with “999 Bottles of Beer on the Wall.”

2:30 The New Yorker picks ten unlikely backers of OWS. Omits a few, such as Kanye…. David Gewirtz: What our Founding Fathers can teach us about Occupy.

2:00 Bill Keller of NYT, who mocks OWS at opening of column today, has already posted on correction to the column (he has a high error rate)—and needs at least one more, as he claims Peru borders Venezuela.

1:50 Ha, New Yorker cover this week on Fat Cats mounting own Wall Street protest.

1:45 Last night I linked to NYT story today on the “Demands” working group for OWS, which is toiling to come up wit h proposals this month. Now Josh Harkinson of Mother Jones reports first demand drawn up: “Tax rich & end wars to fund a New-Deal-style program to create 25M new jobs.” As he notes, a long way from being backed by consenus at a General Assembly. But a start.

1:40 Video of arrest in Seattle today—in the midst of which a legal observer knocked to ground by two cops.

1:20 Strong Quinnipiac Poll numbers: New Yorkers back Occupation 67-23, and by 87-10 “okay that they are protesting.”

1:00 Top ten songs about Class from our pal Peter Rothberg at The Nation.

12:55 Eliot Spitzer: Why OWS has ALREADY won.

12:45 Sen. Bernie Sanders tweets: “In 2008, Goldman Sachs only paid 1.1% of its income in taxes even though it earned a profit of $2.3 billion.”

12:25 Greensboro, NC, Occupyers plan to picket Obama during North Carolina visit. They will also invite him to visit their site, and will present him with list of “grievances.”

12:00 pm Blast from the past: OWS basher Herman Cain, from 1991 in Omaha, parodying John Lennon with epic version of “Imagine (There’s No Pizza).” The full video is even greater, with dancing girls and all early on. Cain then comes out and says greatest freedom in USA (and seemingly only place) is to “laugh at ourselves.” Then he dons robe.

11:15 Nate Silver of NYT does lengthy “geography” accounting of OWS rallies on Saturday, with crowd guestimates (certainly low for NYC) for many cities, comparing regions (biggest turnouts per capita in the West in USA), and comparing with giant rallies in Europe.

11:10 Interesting experiment in “open source” voting on “demands” for OWS. Join in. Can even vote to “Jail Alan Greenspan.”

11:05 Today’s song for Occupyers everywhere, Patti Smith, “People Have the Power.”

10:35 Official OWS site marks one-month anniversary, and charts what it’s gained so far. Includes “gone global,” gained diversity and support in the “heartland,” and changed the conversation: “The people-powered force of shared anger at a broken system that profits the top 1% at the expense of the rest of us has shifted our national dialogue. The Occupy Wall Street protest has become a cultural phenomenon, mentioned everywhere from jokes on Saturday Night Live to the solemn dedication the national memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by President Obama Sunday. We, the occupiers, have shown our country how to come together and respect differences while working together to build a movement for change. What a month, and we are only getting started!”

10:25 Bill Keller—former NYT chief editor, defender of Judy Miller, foe of Julian Assange, defensive to a fault —mocks “soggy sleep-ins & warmed over anarchism” of OWS in opening of column.

10:20 How to put up a pro-Occupy banner on top of your web site.

10:07 Glenn Greenwald on why Occupyers are so pissed. Oh, what about CitiGroup’s earnings rising 74 percent? No rebound for others in sight? And so on.

10:00 Mother Jones writer Andy Kroll traces roots of Occupy, full history back to last summer with some surprises… Chris Hedges: The Movement is Too Big to Fail.

9:40 Here and There: Protestors in Antarctica (left))… Several arrested at San Francisco encampment… Major police action vs. camp in Seattle now underway… MLK Jr.’s daughter says he would be backing OWS… Protester in Berlin smokes cig while getting pepper-sprayed… China weighs in …

9:30 Greg Sargent at Wash Post with more on Obama and Dems and GOPers running for or against Wall Street and the “kvetch-ocracy” there.

9:20 See new Beethoven for 500,000 in Madrid video that I posted last night a bit below.

9:00 The Billionaires interviewed by Clyde Haberman at Zuccotti, standing by the Brooks Brothers and standing up for the “minority.” Also, I like this sign: “We’re Here, We’re Unclear, Get Used To It!”

8:55 Ezra Klein at Wash Post: Will Obama Embrace OWS? Yeah, partly. “The president’s reelection team is finding a lot to like in the chord Occupy Wall Street has struck.” David Polouffe says, “12 months from now, as people make the decision about who to go vote for, the gut check is going to be about, ‘Who would make decisions more about helping my life than Wall Street?’  ”

8:40 As the demand for demands grows (in some quarters), the London Occupyers backed several proposals in a 500-strong General Assembly. Full list here, and a few:

The current system is unsustainable. It is undemocratic and unjust. We need alternatives; this is where we work towards them.… We refuse to pay for the banks’ crisis.… We do not accept the cuts as either necessary or inevitable. We demand an end to global tax injustice and our democracy representing corporations instead of the people…We want regulators to be genuinely independent of the industries they regulate…We want structural change towards authentic global equality. The world’s resources must go towards caring for people and the planet, not the military, corporate profits or the rich.


8:05 Wall Street Journal piece takes a wider-angle look at who should be joining OWS—namely most capitalists. And most of us are, in one form or another, capitalists and investors. (h/t Barbara Bedway)

8:00 The Atlantic on The Mole at Occupy Wall Street—Thomas Ryan—and more… In a separate piece, the claim that OWS now has $300,000 in the bank.

12:40 NYT on the “Demands Working Group” of OWS, working on proposals, with difficulty. At a General Assembly at least two-thirds would have to approve. “Elsewhere, Occupy Boston, Occupy D.C. and Occupy Philadelphia were among the many groups in the movement slowly formulating demands, though in each city, opposition has arisen from skeptical demonstrators.”

12:05 am Yesterday I posted an amazing, very moving video of excerpts from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony—the global anthem—including the “Ode to Joy,” as played to 500,000 protesters in Madrid yesterday by a makeshift orchestra and chorus, to a stunning reaction there, and via my blog. So here’s another view of it, from the orchestra. “All become brothers,” as Beethoven urged here.

From late Sunday

11:30 Video getting lot of attention: US Marine tells off NYPD.

10:20 Another good Occupy piece from Tom Watson, on continued growth and a new kind of “entrepreneurial” spirit. Also manages to work the great Richard Thompson into it. Well, he did “Pharaoh” about all this.

10:05 The Daily Show’s John Oliver at Zuccotti today interviewing folks. NYT: “One interviewee, Will Frankfort, was dressed in a Viking costume, complete with a helmet, a plastic ax and a plastic war hammer. ‘Do you feel your cause is hurt by the fact that you’re dressed like a Viking?’ Mr. Oliver asked Mr. Frankfort, 30. ‘When I came out of the house dressed like a Viking, I expected some snickers,’ said Mr. Frankfort, who lives in Montclair, N.J. ‘I just want to express my support for these people protesting.’ ”

Also, Russell Simmons says Jay Z told him, sure, he’d be willing to pay higher taxes.

9:55 Occupy in NY seems to have decided to switch main GAs to Wash. Sq. Park and at 5:30. Means a schlep from Zuccotti but better location for many not camping there.

8:50 Today’s song pick for Occupyers everywhere (a daily feature), and to mark MLK Jr. memorial dedication: the greatest song of the past half-century, Sam Cooke’s “Change Gonna Come.” Includes commonly excised verse. “Somebody tell me / don’t hang around.”

8:25 @SalmanRushdie just now: “Again:I found protesters at intelligent, caring, idealistic, thoughtful. Much of the hostility they face is the antithesis of all that.” He had earlier backed Zuccotti campers vs. forced exit.

8:00You may have heard of arrest of Cornel West at Supreme Court today re corporate influence, here is more.

7:50 Big Occupy GA debate tonight in NYC—occupy Wash. Sq. Park at all? During legal day, or illegal night?

7:40 Just back from the Clooney/Gosling Ides of March: actually, surprising amount of what you might call “Occupy” rhetoric from candidate Clooney. He is, as you may have heard, flawed in other ways…

7:30 Read about/watch yesterday’s protests in Iceland.

3:00 Hey Bo Diddley! Not fade away! Just came across this: the son of great early rocker Bo Diddley arrested in Gainesville, FL—in Bo Diddley Park! “After the city authorities refused the protesters’ request to extend a permit that allowed them to remain in the park overnight on Wednesday, police moved in on Thursday night and ordered about 50 occupiers to leave. Diddley’s son, Ellas Anthony McDaniel, 56, was among four who were picked up. McDaniel told the Independent Florida Alligator: ‘This is my father’s park. For them to arrest me in that plaza is ludicrous.… I’m an American. This is freedom of assembly.’ ”

Greg Mitchell’s new e-book vs. the death penalty is Dead Reckoning: Executions in America (and just $2.99). His other current book: Atomic Cover-Up, on the censorship of film footage from Hiroshima and Nagasaki for decades.