I’ve been live-blogging OWS here daily since October 1.  Doing my best this week despite internet outage.  Email: epic1934@aol.com.

7:00 Catching up now after internet outage (all week) prevented me from doing this after 11 last night.  I heard on radio on way to cafe that tear gas used in Oakland.

From late Wednesday

10:50 AP now confirms: operations at Oakland port was indeed "shut down."  Peg crowd at 3000.  "Port spokesman Isaac Kos-Read said maritime operations had effectively been shut down."  And "forced a halt to operations at the nation’s fifth busiest port Wednesday evening, escalating a movement whose tactics had largely been limited to marches, rallies and tent encampments since it began in September."

10:35   Incident at Oakland port just now: truck dangerously tries to speed through crowd, dozens stop and surround it, may make occupants walk away while they keep truck. … 7 pm shift at port reportedly changed to 8, so protesters urged to stick around…

10:10  This report says it has confirmed that Geo W. Bush was still inside Goldman offices when NY protesters rallied outside tonight (see below)  chanting "Arrest Bush."

10:05  Rochester Occupy facing 2nd eviction at 11 pm, they warn… pepper spraying of Seattle folks outside Sheraton seems to be confirmed. 

10:00  Oakland occupyers ought to take nickname "Oakies" in tribute to Woody Guthrie and others who came to Calif during Great Depression.

9:45 Fifteen minutes until key 7 pm shift to start at Port — will it be cancelled?

9:05 Rumor of Bush at Goldman hdqtrs in NYC partly confirmed, so protesters head back.  Then word he left underground.  Maybe.

9:00  Follow livestream from Oakland all night below, now with split screen, sometimes with aerial view, as march arrives at Port.  Many more marchers arriving now–and many others just now leaving downtown.  SEiU transporting elderly and disabled in vans, we hear.   Marchers spreading out to cover all entrances…

8:25 View of Occupyers:  destruction at Whole Foods, bank, caused by a few dozen anarchists.  Many in OWS then took action to stop…. Port asking arbitrator if safe for Oakland workers to enter at 7 pm. If ruling is no, does that mean action and shut down success and declare win, go home after a bit?

8:20 Two Detroit Occupyers arrested at public TV taping interview with a top NY Stock Exchange official. "A male in his 20s, whom protesters identified as Joe Macguire, was arrested by WSUPD officers after interrupting the interview with Duncan Niederauer, who has been CEO of the NYSE since 2007. About ten minutes after Macguire was escorted out, a woman in her 20s, whom protesters identified as Susie Reed, stood up and asked questions in similar fashion, resulting in her arrest."

8:10  Video:  OccupyOakland  flash mob performs ‘I Will Survive," 2011 edition…. Josh Holland quotes longshoreman at the Port: I love what you’re doing. I been working here 59 yrs. Supposed to be big money, but I’m living paycheck to paycheck.

7:45  @FeedingAmerica calculates: Kim Kardashian’s wedding money would have provided 136 million meals to hungry Americans.