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July 06, 2004
So, In Today's Headlines

Tony Blair tries to surprise us with the news that WMD may never be found in Iraq. Well, duh.

Governments should be issuing fewer condemnations of the situation in Darfur and instead start providing support for the victims of the conflict - helicopters, vehicles and hard cash - said UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland after visiting Sudan's Darfur region and eastern Chad with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Well, duh.

The International Criminal Court is being urged to investigate "a campaign of extermination" against pygmies in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Attempted genocide seems to be in the news these days, doesn't it?

And in the "here we go again" category, take a look at this:

German television aired footage of American abuse of children in jails in Iraq Monday.

Annoyingly, I can't find anything else about this on the web, not even on Deutsche Welle.

Kerry has decided it's Edwards he needs on the ticket with him in November. (I'm pretty sure I predicted that a while back.)

In the wake of Blair's support of the Bush Administration's war on Iraq, John Kampfner at the Guardian is suggesting a debate on when the UK should use their military force. We need to do that here, too.

And I'm with Bella. Anyone who wants my vote had better forget about my underwear and address the issues that matter to me.

On the other hand, clothes do matter to me. For one thing, I need them before I'm allowed to go to the grocery store. Even in this day of 'business casual' dress in offices, Denver is notable for the amazingly casual dress code it adopts. The more formal business establishments ask for shirts with collars and still reserve Fridays for blue jeans, but most companies just ask that you not wear a tee-shirt with obscene or offensive material stenciled onto it.

And yet, even at that, there are still days when you have to "dress for the office." I'm a bit bitter that after my bout with weight-loss last year, I'm finding it so amazingly difficult to replace my "business" wardrobe. All I'm asking for is two or three outfits I can wear when I travel to a client's office. I've spent a year on this quest and I'm still looking.

You know what a lot of my problem is? It's that no matter how many malls I visit, I find the same stores. The clothes I rejected in Denver are shoved in my face in Houston.

As far as that goes, I've traveled all over this country, when it comes to the "major cities," and I'm appalled by the extent to which, for instance, Dallas and LA seem to be interchangeable to the business traveler (assuming you don't catch a glimpse of the dirty gray ocean in the latter).

I've been to Kansas City and Miami and it if hadn't been for Miami's infatuation with a Miami Vice color scheme at the time, I'm not sure I would have remembered each morning which city I was in.

Was that St. Louis or Omaha? Who knows? Does it matter?

If a city is lucky enough to have identity and character, it should be preserved.

The honor system at work in Utah.

In other news, I should mention that I'll be on vacation (and offline) from Saturday through Wednesday next week. I've decided I want to start my vacation, before I leave town, with a visit to Rock Bottom Brewery Friday after work. (They make the world's best root beer, among other things.)

Now all I have to do is survey friends and acquaintances, none of whom work anywhere near downtown, and find one willing to make the trek on Friday.

Posted by AnneZook at 07:12 AM


You have to go to Europe to find business clothes. The US is being "Wal-Marted" at all levels. The upscale department stores have all been consolidated into two or three chains, so they all carry the same merchandise.

As in media and everything else American the individual as fewer choices every year.

Posted by: Bryan at July 7, 2004 06:53 PM

Well, I do have a small vacation planned for next week, but I think it's a bit late to try and get to Europe. (For one thing, trying to book a last-minute ticket overseas would probably result in my name being added to a "suspicious persons" database.)

It is, in fact, amazingly frustrating that this country is becoming so tastelessly homogenous.

Posted by: Anne at July 8, 2004 09:10 AM