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.

2:25 The latest adventures of the OWS "illuminator" — this time, the bat signal on the wall of the Waldorf.

2:00 CNN takes serious look at "Occupy the Boardroom," as they put it… National Nurses United promises May 1 walkout, could involve thousands…

11:55  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.

11:35  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."

11:00 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 

10:20  Just now, Acting Up, via AP:  "AIDS and Occupy protesters wearing Robin Hood costumes were arrested after chaining themselves together and blocking traffic in the Wall Street area. About 10 chanting and sign-waving protesters conducted the action on Wednesday in lower Manhattan. Police used chain cutters and wrestled protesters to the pavement in the middle of Broadway. New York Stock Exchange workers jeered…Police appeared and called for backup. Traffic was stopped cold for blocks. The protest was a prelude to a larger march. Members of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power and other groups were gathering at City Hall. They’ll walk down Broadway ending at Trinity Church near Wall Street with a tribute to loved ones lost to AIDS."

9:20 Just got this release from Occupy press office in NY:   "Demonstrations and creative protests are set for campuses and communities around the country today, on April 25th to mark One Trillion Dollar Day (1TDay), the day U.S. student debt reaches $1Trillion. These coordinated actions will draw attention to Wall Street’s predatory student loan market, as well as the corrupt lending practices at educational institutions. 1TDay will spotlight the long-term financial and social effects of students and families with insurmountable student debt.

" Solidarity actions are planned for at least a dozen cities, from Sallie Mae National Headquarters in Newark, Delaware and all of its regional offices. Demonstrators will engage in coordinated non-violent civil disobedience. Some actions include burning loan cards. Actions in NYC with Occupy Wall Street and a coalition of student and community groups, will include mock celebrations with Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir, the Plus Brigades and Billionaires for Debt."  New Yorkers meet at 4 pm at Union Sq.

9:15 Does Occupy have a "woman problem"?  This writer now thinks so.

8:30 Fast Company looks at how Occupy does police a favor — giving them help in following Occupyers and actions with postings on their sites, Twitter, Facebook and so on…. Lengthy new New York Observer piece wonders if Occupy can really make comeback in diverse and "distracted" NYC.

8:20 Reuters previews today’s big action at GE shareholders’ meeting in Detroit.  City promises tough response. "Members of the ’99 Percent’ movement plan to picket the largest U.S. conglomerate’s meeting to protest its low tax rate. The loosely organized coalition, whose name is a contrast to the top 1 percent of wealthy Americans, expects to have more than 2,000 protesters in attendance, according to organizers."

8:15  AP on the Wells Fargo action, and 24 arrests.

8:10 Obama "slow jams the news" on Jimmy Fallon, making pitch for his move to hold on student loan rates.

8:00 Julian Assange’s second RT show yesterday (find it online) featured a debate from pro-OWS Zizek and arch-righty David Horowitz.

From late Tuesday

Up-close report at Alternet on Wells Fargo locking out shareholders and cutting meeting short in SF, cowardly acts, instead of facing the music.

Frontline two-part Wall Street scandal about to start–opens with Occupy protests last fall —  plus their site has much, much more including full interviews. 

Meanwhile, protests in D.C. go on, were outside DOJ, now White House, arrests likely.

 @KQEDNewsLive in SF with latest from inside Wells Fargo meeting:  "Seconds into CEO’s remarks a man got up & shouted ‘…the 99% bailed out WellsFargo with its tax dollars.’"  Then:  "A woman says ‘Wells Fargo, stop investing in private prisons and immigrant detention.’ She’s escorted out."   Also: "Over a dozen Wells Fargo meeting attendees stand up and chant ‘mic check’ repeatedly."   And:  "Protester: ‘Not a terrific year for all the families foreclosed on by Wells Fargo.’ CEO: ‘You’re out of order ma’am.’"  Then Wells Fargo ends meeting quickly.

Large crowd in SF now (see livestreams below) trying to block the Wells Fargo meeting, linking arms, some scuffles with cops.   One person to follow on twitter would be @JoshuaHol

 

Transcript of Noam Chomsky interview at Alternet: "The Occupy communities were extremely valuable. These were communities that just kind of spontaneously developed out of mutual support, public interchange and the kinds of things that are very much lacking in an atomized society like ours’, where people are kind of alone. The social unit that the business world strives for is a dyad, a pair. You and your television or you and your computer screen. That was broken by the Occupy movement in a very significant way. Just the possibilities of cooperation, solidarity, mutual support, public discussion, democratic participation is a model which should inspire people."