Live-blogging OWS daily since October 1.  Email: epic1934@aol.com. 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.

2:00 New call for "crowdfunding" Occupy TV spots.  Email to me just now:  "Thought you’d like to know about the launch of Occupy the Airwaves by Occupy.com and LoudSauce — a platform enabling the crowdfunding of TV time. You might remember LoudSauce’s campaign last year where they raised less than $7,000 from 168 contributors and placed pro-Occupy spots in front of over 3 million people, including O’Reilly Factor viewers. This time, they’re launching a $150,000 campaign with a call for 30-second spots."  Here’s the video call:

1:05 Fun new parody of National Geographic wildlife docs, as NYPD "Lombardos" advance on their prey, "The Zuccotti,"  who wander north to escape.

11:45  Just announced:  Occupy’s swell Alternative Banking Group takes Citi chief at his word to "talk any time."   And they also provide phone number for you to call him.   "But we must not wait any longer; the timing is urgent."

11:15 First  in-depth piece, plus links and video, on May Day’s "Guitar Army" action in NYC with Tom Morello and Ben Harper and a cast of, maybe, thousands.  But you’re being asked to learn some classic songs in advance–see them and much more at their site.   Aftrer a march, will be a stage with amplification (with permit) at Union Sq.  One of the songs on their "setlist" comes from Willie Nile, who does it here with Springsteen:

10:20  Lawrence Lessing at length at The Atlantic site:  The Last Best Chance for Campaign Reform. "We cannot afford this silence now. We can’t afford to wait. We must find a way to put this issue into the center of this presidential campaign. And the only way to do that just now is the most misunderstood movement in this election cycle so far — Americans Elect."  This involves a Buddy Roemer type as 3rd party candidate. 

9:45 Interview with director of new "While We Watch" Occupy film (he’s Jimmy Breslin’s kid) and link to online area to, uh,  watch it…. Wesleyan University students and local activists and residents to march to Middletown tomorrow afternoon and "foreclose" on the Bank of America bank.   Part of Move Your Money campaign on campus.

9:20  I’m told there will be an important posting re: Citi at the www.occupy.com site at 11 am today…. Latest from Allison Kilkenny on yesterday’s costumed ACT UP/Occupy rally in NY.

8:45 Our pal here at The Nation, Peter Rothberg, often provides a soundtrack for major events and holidays.  Now he has come up with a Top Ten music videos for May Day, from Hazel Dickens to Springsteen and Billy Bragg. Here’s one of my favorites, from The Clash:

8:05 From Bloomberg’s Business Week: "The world’s biggest banks are working with one another and police to gather intelligence as protesters try to rejuvenate the Occupy Wall Street movement with May demonstrations, industry security consultants said….Banks cooperating on surveillance are like elk fending off wolves in Yellowstone National Park, he said. While other animals try in vain to sprint away alone, elk survive attacks by forming a ring together, he said."

8:00 Longtime OWS-watcher Josh Harkinson of Mother Jones on Occupy seeking "relevance" on May Day with Golden Gate Bridge blockade (which could provoke road rage).  "While the presumptive bridge protest is just one among dozens of demonstrations being planned for 40 cities on May 1, it illustrates how the movement is simultaneously getting bolder and more strategic in its bid to remain a relevant part of the national conversation. Occupy organizers promise that Tuesday will be bigger than anything we saw from the movement last fall….But bringing out the numbers—and rebooting a movement that has largely faded from the headlines—will require a greater level of partnership with organized labor and kindred protest movements."

7:40  Nick Kristof column reveals that autopsies are finding Iraq war vets who committed suicide showed signs of unusual brain disease, possibly from bomb blasts.

From late Wednesday

The latest adventures of the OWS "illuminator" — this time, the bat signal on the wall of the Waldorf…..CNN takes serious look at "Occupy the Boardroom," as they put it… National Nurses United promises May 1 walkout, could involve thousands…

 Rebuild the Dream wants donations for its campaign on student loans… Forbes on next week’s final Frontline programs on the financial crisis, on Obama moves, and fear of new crisis looming.

From USA Today:  "President Obama says the various anti-Wall Street Occupy movements are ‘just one vivid expression of a broader anxiety about the economy that will play a large role in this year’s election. ‘People have a sense the game is rigged, so just a few people can do well, and everybody else is left to scramble to get by,’ Obama tells Rolling Stone magazine."

TV habits:  Loves Homeland. "I don’t watch a lot of TV news. I don’t watch cable at all. I like The Daily Show, so sometimes if I’m home late at night, I’ll catch snippets of that. I think Jon Stewart’s brilliant. It’s amazing to me the degree to which he’s able to cut through a bunch of the nonsense – for young people in particular, where I think he ends up having more credibility than a lot of more conventional news programs do..

Newspapers and blogs:   "I read all of the New York Times columnists. Krugman’s obviously one of the smartest economic reporters out there, but I also read some of the conservative columnists, just to get a sense of where those arguments are going. There are a handful of blogs, Andrew Sullivan’s on the Daily Beast being an example, that combine thoughtful analysis with a sampling of lots of essays that are out there. The New Yorker and The Atlantic still do terrific work."

 Trial date set for Bradley Manning today: September 21.  Yes, of 2012.  Otherwise, various defense motions tossed out today so far.  My co-author on new Manning book,  @KGosztola (formerly of The Nation), covering it all

Does Occupy have a "woman problem"?  This writer now thinks so.