I’ve been live-blogging OWS here daily since October 1.  Email: epic1934@aol.com All times ET.  My new e-book  is "40 Days That Shook the World: From Occupy Wall Street to Occupy Everywhere."   Most of my other books here. .

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7:45 As noted earlier, unholy Trinity has refused to lend its land to OWS in NY for new camp on Ssturday.  This article makes it clear that people who show up  there will be arrested.  I am predicting will be big turnout and we’ll see priests and pastors busted.  God, have to post Woody’s "Jesus Christ" again.

 6:20  Barbara Ehrenreich:  Class Warfare — How did the 1% get us to this point?

5:25  I noted earlier that OWS rallying for Bradley Manning as he finally gets his hearing tomorrow.  Here are details in email from NY OWS on their effort: "Occupy Wall Street participants will join hundreds of supporters of accused WikiLeaks whistleblower Bradley Manning on Friday at Fort Meade, Maryland. PFC Manning’s pre-trial hearings begin on Friday. About 50 people will depart from Liberty Square at 5:00 am Friday morning via chartered bus, arriving in Fort Meade as the hearings begin at 9:00 am. …. On Saturday, December 17, they will march and hold a noon rally along with supporters from Occupy DC and across the country."  Manning seen as helping spark whole Occupy movement. I wrote the first book about him earlier this year, still accurate and valuable for background.

4:40  Justin Elliot at Salon: "An analysis of new financial data released by Occupy Wall Street in New York. The bad news for Occupy: donations have fallen off a cliff, from a high of around $20,000 per day to a current low of just $98 on Dec. 13. The good news: the movement still has hundreds of thousands of dollars in the bank, an impressive sum for an entity that has existed for a mere three months."  A large chunk of money still goes to what are essentially social services: food, laundry, and medical.

 3:15  Today’s song pick for OWS and fans, a new one, rapping for Occupy and more:

2:55  Ryan Devereaux of Democracy Now: "Two reps from Trinity Church came out and spoke to organizers. They said they would not allow occupation to go forward."  See items below.

1:45 Tim Pool, ace livestreamer (mostly recently with hat tip from Time this week), has now tested his new drone for coverage of protests from the skies–and it works.  See below.  Aerial view in upper left corner.  Tim tells me he hasn’t yet gotten it to work live yet, but that’s the goal.

1:25 Media Matters tweets: "Ted Nugent: Watching cops pepper-spray protesters & ‘drag the dirtballs off to jail in shackles is good for my conservative soul. "

1:20  From Bucky Turco at Animal comes the all-purpose police surveillance device vs. Occupy coming soon, maybe:

12:45 Gar Alperovitz, long my colleague in disputing official narrative of Hiroshima bombing, unfortunately begins his good op-ed in NYT today bu claiming OWS protests "have come and mostly gone."  If he means the camps, okay, but not "protests."

12:30  OccupyDesMoines to "pre-empt" GOP Iowa caucus with its own "people’s caucus."

12:15  Here’s groovy poster for the "re-occupy" action on Saturday in NYC.  See details down the page a bit.  Excerpt:  "On Saturday, December 17th Occupy Wall Street — with support from more than 1400 faith leaders, elders of the civil rights movement, prominent artists and community members — will gather at noon in Duarte Square, downtown Manhattan, for an all day performance event [photo at left from previous action there].  This event is part of a call to re-occupy in the wake of the coordinated attacks and subsequent evictions of occupations across the nation and around the world…"

11:45 OWS in NYC, in advance of occupying land owned by Trinity on Saturday, setting up "nativity scene" outside the church today at 2 p.m., with a twist, of course.  "The story of Christmas starts with Mary and Joseph’s search for a home," said Reverend Michael Ellick of Judson Church. "It’s thus especially ironic, and tragic, that Trinity Church—one of the largest landowners in New York City—refuses even a tiny, unused piece of its vast land to OWS, which points to the same spirit of transformation that Jesus represented."  A petition with 12,000 names from Faithful America will be presented.

11:00 Bob Plain continues his amazing cross-country tour of Occupy camps.  After Detroit and Chicago earlier this week, he arrives in Lincoln, Neb. in middle of night in search of  promised camp.  Gone?  With help of some college students he finally finds 50 tents — and a teepee.  Next: He’s on to Denver or some other place.

10:20 Several Occupy groups joining big march tomorrow to Fort Meade to mark start of Bradley Manning hearing at last.  Daniel Ellsberg will speak.  Then there is a rally on Saturday. 

10:15  Occupy Church intends to give prize at left to Speaker Boehner  today. (Photo via Tim Craig)

10:00 Alternet:  5 Different Ways Corporate Elites Are Degrading America.

9:30  Should be story of the day, from AP:  Census data show that 1 in 2 Americans now poor or scraping by as "low income."  Excerpt: "The latest census data depict a middle class that’s shrinking as unemployment stays high and the government’s safety net frays. The new numbers follow years of stagnating wages for the middle class that have hurt millions of workers and families."  And many at low end don’t quite qualify for food stamps, etc.

9:20 Bradley Manning finally getting day in court on Friday.  I wrote the first book about him earlier this year, still accurate and valuable for background.

8:35 Who was protester on cover of Time?  Shepard Fairey in his image used photo of Occupy woman Sarah Mason from L.A.   I had presumed from Middle East.

8:20 UC-Davis officials apologize again for pepper spraying but say more protests inevitable–due to budget cuts.

8:00 Cafe that claimed it lost business because of Zuccotti camp shuts down for good, but real reason?

From late Wednesday

11:10  Just got this press release from OWS media team on the "secret" re-occupy day:  "On Saturday, December 17th Occupy Wall Street — with support from more than 1400 faith leaders, elders of the civil rights movement, prominent artists and community members — will gather at noon in Duarte Square, downtown Manhattan, for an all day performance event [photo at left from previous action there].  This event is part of a call to re-occupy in the wake of the coordinated attacks and subsequent evictions of occupations across the nation and around the world…

"Canal and 6th Ave is the site of a vacant lot owned by Trinity Real Estate, the corporate arm of Trinity on Wall Street.  Over the past month, since the eviction of Liberty Square (Zuccotti Park) on November 14th, members of the Occupy Wall Street movement with interfaith leaders, elders of the civil rights movement and artists have asked Trinity on Wall Street to do the right thing, and offer sanctuary to the movement in this vacant lot. As Occupy Wall Street supporter Bishop George E. Packard cautions, ‘I have this great worry that this venerable parish will be on the wrong side of history…Think of it as offering hospitality to travelers from our future who bring the message of no injustice, no more.’ 

"In the spirit of Advent, we urge Trinity Church to do the right thing and stand with us on December 17 as we mark the three-month anniversary of the Occupy movement and the one-year anniversary of the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi, which sparked the Arab Spring and a global movement for social justice.Speakers, live music and performances will begin at noon and continue into the night.  All activities will be broadcast live on WBAI."

7:20  Gingrich gets mic-checked in Iowa, sets off ruckus.  Story here, video below in full and here.

6:55  A close look at huge numbers arrested on Brooklyn Bridge on Oct. 1– and how they are fighting and not fighting the charges…. OWS with livestream now of  Q & A with director of new doc (we ran trailer the other day) on OWS Media –who happens to be writer’s Jimmy Breslin’s son.

6:10  John Knefel’s account of his 37 hours in lockup, which ended just this morning.

5:50  Billy Bragg sings Dylan’s "When the Ship Comes In," a kind of OWS fever dream and sometimes credited with inspiring the late-60s chant "the whole is watching."  And here’s Bob doing it himself at the fabled 1963 March on Washington, plus the great "Only a Pawn in Their Game."

4:00 Study: CEO pay went up 27% last year, average worker: not so much (in fact, zero).