Also, this Mark Ruffalo speech is a bit dated, but Naomi Klein just tweeted it so, I figured I'd post it:
11:08 AM: A commenter over at Doug Henwood's blog asks what are the best books for someone looking to understand the current crisis, how to get out of it, etc. Mike Konczal, discussing a slightly different issue, laid out several critical works:
Hacker and Pierson, Winner-Take-All Politics
Johnson & Kwak, 13 Bankers
Yves Smith, ECONned
Jeff Madrick, The Age of Greed
Doug Henwood, Wall Street (now available for free download)
David Graeber, Debt: The First 5,000 Years
Tamara Draunt, Strapped
I would agree with those picks and would add:
Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine
Joseph Stiglitz, Globalization and its Discontents
Paul Krugman, Conscience of a Liberal
Paul Krugman, The Return of Depression Economics
Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed
I'm almost tempted to go old school and throw in The Jungle, but once you go there, there's a floodgates effect. So, keeping it relatively contemporary, this is - in my opinion - a great start. Anything I missed?
11:41 AM: Great post on the controversial Demands Working Group (important to note that what gets posted on the OWS website is not necessarily accurate or representative of the group).
11:55 AM: Love to Occupy Maine.
There was an attack on those at the OccupyMaine encampment early Sunday morning. Police are investigating a chemical bomb that was thrown at the center of the camp. Luckily there were no injuries, but there was damage to the kitchen and medic tent. Please send them your support. Solidarity.
12:12 PM: How the Occupy Movement Won Me Over.
12:14 PM: This isn't an OWS post, but it's about the economy and I liked the moniker President Goldilocks so much, I had to post it.
12:18 PM: New Citizens Radio podcast - lots of Occupy stuff.
12:29 PM: OWS is the Next Republican Boogeyman.
12:30 PM: Occupy Chicago wants everyone to call Rahm:
Brave #nurses arrested at #occupychi while defending first aid station were released from jail less than an hour ago. #ows @OccupyChicago
And even more on Chicago...
12:37 PM: Occupy Colleges plan teach-in event for Nov. 2-3.
12:41 PM: Is GOP Afraid of OWS?
And, has OWS destroyed two Santas strategy?
12:53 PM: Why Tea Party and OWS are NOT the same (because the Tea Party is racist):
1:10 PM: This is long, but worth it if you can find the time:
2:27 PM: OWS Video
2:32 PM: Cops refusing to obey orders to arrest protesters (lots of talk about cops expressing sympathy, but this is the first I've heard of this).
3:06 PM: Arrests at Occupy Dallas.
3:36 PM: Great piece on Democracy Now (we're currently editing an Occupied Media interview with Ryan Devereaux of Democracy Now, whose coverage of OWS has been amazing).
3:47 PM: Chris Hedges!
4:34 PM: A chemical bomb - yes, a fucking chemical bomb! - was thrown into the Occupy Maine camp (evil fucks!):
4:37 PM: I love Occupy Melbourne.
Re-post of Noam Chomsky at Occupy Boston (I posted this yesterday, but the video was removed by the user):
And go check out occupypolice.org. We are obsessed with the police (for good reason). I admit, it surprised me that Congress just voted down a bill funding police and first responders. Naomi Klein was being facetious, but also serious when she said that governments need to couple austerity packages with increased funding of the police. I suppose JP Morgan will have to continue to fund the NYPD and the mega-rich can hire private security and plan submarine escapes (that's not a joke).
5:00 PM: The rich fight back with Occupy Main Street.
5:37 PM: More on Melbourne (story is at the bottom of the page).
5:47 PM: Open letter to Bloomberg from Russell Simmons.
5:49 PM: JP Morgan and food stamps.
5:52 PM: Quick, to-the-point video.
5:53 PM: Cornel West on Democracy Now.
6:43 PM: Michael Moore for my Mom (it's a great clip that I would've posted anyway, but I'm always happy to find a new Michael Moore clip because I know my Mom loves him, as we all do):
7:25 PM: Charts for the pitchforks.
7:26 PM: Angus Johnson makes a good point - if this would've been a suburban, white mother we all would've heard about it by now.
7:37 PM: I'm getting word that OWS is going to be shut down within the week over drumming.
7:54 PM: OWS cartoons.
I'm getting news that the above-linked report is not consistent with what happened at GA tonight. Here is JA Meyerson:
JAMyerson: Unless I'm missing something *huge*, this N+1 report and tonight's GA results are incompatible. http://bit.ly/rFvH29 #OWS
JAMyerson J.A. Myerson
Many drummers (Pulse) were in attendance/vocal at tonight's GA adoption of 12-2, 4-6 resolution. It passed unanimously on first try. #OWS
JAMyerson J.A. Myerson
The negotiations are ongoing (like whether to have expanded drumming hours on weekend). Whatever else is true, mediation not at dead end.
Bottom line, it sounds like OWS has gotten big enough that 100% consensus is getting difficult in several arenas (several working groups, for example, have adopted 2/3) and it looks like one person is causing a good deal of disruption regarding the drumming issue. Not completely surprising and I think OWS will work through them.
8:32 PM: Occupy Dame Street, Dublin (being totally adorable):
9:28 PM: Occupy the Hood Detroit (I just spoke with Occupy the Hood co-founder Malik Rahsaan today and hope to be interviewing him soon for Occupied Media).
9:38 PM: This is an old Village Voice piece regarding Naomi Klein's message to OWS. I may have even linked it earlier, but I want to link it now because it raises the difficult issue facing OWS - namely, how does a horizontal movement create the institutional structures necessary to sustain itself for many years.
10:26 PM: How economic inequality harms societies:
Also, here's a brief Anonymous piece about, among others, US Day of Rage founder, Alexa O'Brien (discussed in my interview with Firedoglake's Kevin Gosztola).
12:07 AM: Economists and debt crises: