Political Grapevine: Anarchists afraid?

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Don't go down that road

Kenneth Cole, the fashion designer who started in shoes, and has since branched into everything from luggage to sunglasses, has now branched into politics.  Originally noted for using his product ads to promote his public health concerns, principally the fight against AIDS, Cole, who is former New York Governor Mario Cuomo's son-in-law, is using his newest catalogue in a new cause: his apparent dislike of the Bush-Cheney administration. 

That is exemplified by this page in which grim-faced Cole models are seen on the corner of Bush Avenue and Cheney Lane by a sign proclaiming "Dead End."

Anarchists afraid of getting Shanghai'ed

Washington, D.C. is quaking at the prospect of violent demonstrations when the World Bank and International Monetary Fund meet here in a couple of weeks.  George Washington University, located in the heart of the expected protest area, is shutting down for five days.  But it appears the Asian economic summit set for Shanghai, China in early October has much less to worry about. 

The London Telegraph reports that British anarchists, who have done much to cause havoc at protests from Seattle, Washington to Genoa, Italy, are not going to Shanghai at all.  The reason?  They're scared.  As one anarchist group is putting it on its Web site, "The Chinese  government has shot dead democracy demonstrators in the past.  It would be dangerous to attempt any demonstration."

Green is good, isn't it?

The Earth's Northern Hemisphere is becoming greener as a result of increased density of vegetation over the past two decades.  You might think this would be good news to environmentalists, who, after all, are the green movement, but not so fast.  While the denser vegetation may help to cut greenhouse gases by drawing carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, the bad news is that some scientists think the additional greenery is caused by  global warming. 

Star-filled competition

A New York Post story we mentioned the other day said that the United States Tennis Association wasn't playing the national anthem at the U.S. Open to avoid offending foreign players.  The USTA said it did too play "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the beginning of every session at 11:00 a.m.  But before the women's final on Saturday night, Diana Ross sang God Bless America."  And Harry Connick Jr. sang "America the Beautiful" before the men's final match on Sunday. 

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