Live-blogging OWS daily since October 1. Email: email@example.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….
8:15 Michael Lewis, author of "Moneyball," "Liar’s Poker" and longtime expert on The Street, weighs in on OWS at Daily Beast, saying he felt "glee and relief" when movement emerged. "Glee because, by both temperament and occupation, I have a rooting interest in socially disruptive behavior. Relief because I had begun to think such protests might never happen. Given the provocation—intense and effective political pressure from Wall Street to codify two sets of economic rules, one for people who work at giant Wall Street firms, the other for people who don’t—I was surprised it has taken as long as it has for people to hit the streets."
His proposal? "I would probably reorganize the movement around a single, achievable goal: a financial boycott of the six ‘too big to fail ‘ Wall Street firms: Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo. We would encourage people who had deposits in these firms to withdraw them, and put them in smaller, not “too big to fail” banks. We would stigmatize anyone who invested, in any way, in any of these banks. I’d try to organize college students to protest on campuses. Their first goal would be to force the university endowments to divest themselves of shares in these banks." Could this work? "Yes. I think we could create a run on a bank."
7:05 Ryan Devereaux on today’s Tax Day protests in NY. Update: a couple of dozen protesters now "penned" by park police on steps of federal building near Wall St. Plenty going on in LA and elsewhere.
4:05 Protester in now-infamous photo (getting choked by cop last weekend) now considering legal action. But that’s only part of it: "According to Weiskel, the officer approached him and ‘took two swipes at my camera, knocking it out of my hands’.”
3:55 Today’s laff: Breitbart’s Big Hollywood attends a Van Jones inspired training session and thinks it finds true horror. Imagine! Criticizing George Zimmerman! But his biggest shock: No one is defecating on anything.