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 OWS-relevant "Journeys With Beethoven" just published in print and e-book, my other books here

7:50  Jim Hightower on Woody Guthrie as the commemorations begin. "This year will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of this legendary grassroots troubadour, who came out of the Oklahoma dust bowl to rally America’s "just plain folks" to fight back against the elites who were knocking them down.

"As we know, the elites are back, strutting around cockier than ever with their knocking-down ways — but now comes the good news out of Tulsa, Okla., that Woody, too, is being revived, spiritually speaking. In a national collaboration between the Guthrie family and the George Kaiser Family Foundation, a center is being built in Tulsa to archive, present to the world and celebrate the marvelous songs, books, letters and other materials generated from Guthrie’s deeply fertile mind."

5:25 Here’s the promised brief clip of Occupy Austin mic-checking Secretary of Education Arne Carlson today.  "Our schools are not for sale!  Our students are not for sale!   Stop privatizing educatilon for the One Percent!"

4:00 4 arrested in NY at Bank of America in Int’l Women’s Day protest… Susie Cagle tweeting auction shutdown action in Bay Area, @susie_c

3:55  "Anti-Occupy"  bill from Congress nears Obama’s desk.

2:30  Springsteen’s new "Death to My Hometown." 

2:00 Occupy Austin activists tweet that they just mic-checked Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, video to follow.  Duncan just now said good young teachers should have salaries DOUBLED.

11:55 Reuters’ ace writer with deeper dive into that study showing that mainly the 1% have benefited from the "recovery."…. Poll of Londoners find most agreed with views of the Occupyers there–but few felt they accomplished much before getting the boot at St. Paul’s.

10:10  At Truthout, interviews with West Coast and New England activists with Occupy Our Homes.

9:05  ABC News previews Occupy’s spring events.

9:00 Occupy camp in Dublin, Ireland, cleared this morning in major action, and see video… Occupation Records in London unveils song off upcoming first pro-Occupy album.

8:45 Weekly unemployment claims climb a bit…. Yes, Elizabeth Warren is trailing in Mass race in all polls now….

8:25  And now the "Keep Me Occupied" game loosely tied to OWS that you can play at home, cooperatively, of course.

From late Wednesday

Don’t miss "Foreclose the Banks" video (hat tip to colleagues Peter Rothberg and Eliz Whitman).

Remember those 68 folks arrested in tuition protest in Sacremento the other night?  Turns out 66 were released fairly quickly--at a 24 hour Wal Mart!

From my assistant Elizabeth Whitman:  Yesterday’s Super Tuesday primaries might be one of the more hyped-up pre-election events in American politics, but beneath the national radar, a far more significant vote was taking place, in more than fifty communities across the state of Vermont. Included on voters’ ballots was a question about an amendment that would overturn Citizens United, the Supreme Court decision two years ago that said corporations can contribute unlimited amounts of money to influence political campaigns. At least two dozen towns passed a resolution calling for the amendment, according to unofficial results.  Although not all Vermonters agree on whether such a resolution is the best way to address the Citizens United ruling, the vote itself speaks to the power of local action and discussion, and is the first attempt of its kind in the battle against Citizens United.

Adbusters: How the "Showdown" in Chicago became the "Backdown."

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