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New York Gears Up For Republican Convention

As the Republican convention nears and New York City expects hords of politicions and protesters to descend upon the city, there's all kinds of shenanigans and solutions to those shenanigans in the works. We've rounded up several stories on the convention for your reading pleasure:

  • Newsday repoprts Major Bloomberg is offering protesters "Peaceful Political Activists" badges in return for their agreeing to adhere to the city's laws and regulations.

  • NPR reports on volunteer tour guides and a group of protesters disguising themselves as official conference information people, giving bogus directions and fake maps.

  • NPR reports on activists preparing to provide demonstrators with housing, legal advice and city maps and guides.
  • The People's Guide to the Republican National Convention has put to gether a guide for visitors and protesters alike.

  • Gothamist reports Mayor Bloomber is offering various discounts to plays, museums, and products.

  • And if that's not enough for you, Google has much more.

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Posted by: Tex at Aug 28, 2004 9:39:26 PM

With many looking for Christmas and Spring/Easter vacations, and if you are looking at Mexico Riviera Maya do yourself, and your life a favor. Check out and google brent midlock

Posted by: sick wick at Nov 28, 2004 3:45:35 PM

The "new" Mexican hot spot is the Riviera Maya area which includes; Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen. They are attempting to move tourists to Playa del Carmen area(about 45 minutes from Cancun). The Mexicans know once they have you their you are basically a captive audience---the routine is to overbook hotels and move you to wherever they want, and interestinly enough the Apple and FunJets do the booking at one place and then you are unknowingly transferred to another resort without being given a choice.

This writer has been very involved in the death of an 8 year old at the Occidental Grand Xcaret. The hotel officials have been quoted as stating the pool was working fine on the day that Brent Midlock was manslaughtered, and that they were not guilty. The resort was operating a salt water pool with 3 12 inch open drain pipes which violenty pulled Brent back 10 feet into the pipe from behind. The State of Quintana Roo produced a report that concluded with the fact that the hotel was guilty of negligence, but no one individual could be identified as guilty. An $86 million dollar resort with water feature after water feature, and no one knows anything about water??? The force that pulled Brent in was a force of 600psi, meaning that it folded him in 1/2 and crushed him in two inches from the width of his shoulders.
The report from the Mex. Gov is an insult filled with nonsense, and I find it outrageous that any State would allow such an outrageous report to be produced. I consider it to be a complete embarrasment.

This particular case has drawn much attention, and the only way Mexico will understand the outrage is by not patronizing the resorts that have the audacity to exhibit this type of disregard for life and safety.

It seems as though the family has been approached by several publishers and producers. This would really expose the Mexican tourism industry. When you steal the future of a child because you were too careless to put $3.00 covers over these pipes I believe that you should receive all the publicity you are worthy of.

Posted by: sharoman at Jan 3, 2005 1:24:19 AM


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