( Jul. 16th, 2008 07:58 am)
I've been immersed in the start of the summer quarter for both schools I work for, to explain why DNC updates are a bit touch and go right now. Here's what's been in the news the past few days:

If you're coming to Denver to protest at the DNC, you might want to leave your bike at home. Proposed Ordinance Restricts What Protesters Can Carry - The Denver police chief claims that they will not arrest people with bikes and pad locks, but folks like the ACLU and Recreate '68 maintain that the way the rule is written, technically the police can arrest them.

So how many police will be out there? Well, at Least 900 Officers will be brought in to help at the DNC - This is in addition to the regular police force that will be here. There's not been a number published of actual police that will be on the streets yet. In addition to the police, there will be nearly a million dollars worth of surveillance camera's installed around the city. This of course brings joy to the hearts of the people of Denver. We'll be keeping those cameras after the convention.

For those wishing to start their criminal justice careers in Denver this August, you can forget it. There's a hiring freeze on all positions of authority and medical personal right now.

The last bit of news isn't about the DNC, but the election. Denver has decided to nix the voting machice and go back to the paper ballot. Take THAT Diebold! The last Congressional election was a miserable disaster here. The Mayor ended up paying all the parking tickets for the people that had to wait in long lines.

More as it comes in...
Here's a total shocker: White House buries climate change deaths report. I'm sure if we look in the backyard of the White House we'll find a whole mountain range has sprung up magically to cover everything that's been buried over the past 8 years.

In related news, world renowned UFO expert Timothy Good is on the talk circuit promoting his new book Need to Know: UFO's, The Military, and Intelligence along with the idea that there are alien bases on earth and the governments of the world are in cohoots with them. I'd prefer to think that aliens are responsible for global warming, the credit crisis, food shortages, oil prices, the war on terrorism, and George Bush too, but my moral compass says this smacks of either the-devil-made-me-do-it or better yet, we will be saved from ourselves by a higher force. Whatever the case if there is a deus ex machina end to all of this, the aliens will not have done us any favors. Unless it's Klaatu and Gort from The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Speaking of which, I just discovered they've made a remake set to be released this December with Keanu Reeves playing Klaatu. Not much of a disguise, is it?
Lots of DNC posts today!

If you happen to be in Denver for the convention, there's DNC Access and Mobility info under the cut tag. Drop me a line and let me know if you'll be here. I'll be happy to point you in the direction of good eats downtown and some places of interest other than the Pepsi Center and Invesco Field.

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