Vitriol
© 2000 by Andersen Silva (02-24-00)

I'm baaack...  ;)  Though I'm leaving for London in a scant few hours!

With any luck, the IRA will set off a car bomb that won't touch us but will kill Pinochet. I would rather see him dead than sent home with no chance of ever facing a judge. Hey, if he's as mentally incapacitated as they say, maybe he'll enjoy a trial, and even incarceration. Try the son of a bitch and set an example for the other dictators of the world, even if they don't convict him, even if they do let him off with a slap on the wrist. Let Pinochets in power, and Pinochets in training, take pause and realize that they just may be held accountable after all, if not by their own people then by the world at large.

I'm rather saddened and disappointed by the global turn of events since the last installment of Vitriol. The IRA is being just a tad too stubborn and has given Great Britain an excuse to pull the Northern Ireland executive apart. Israel is being just a tad too brutish and has given Syria and even more moderate Arab nations an excuse to rattle sabres. Communist China is just being stupid. Taiwan has no desire to claim independence, Taiwan has been independent, announced or recognized or not, since the Nationalists fled to Formosa in 1949. It's time Beijing accepted that and started looking at reunification negotiations from that angle. I don't think there's a government in the world that honestly considers Taiwan a province that's been 'renegade' for fifty years! The Chechens... I had such high hopes for the Chechens. And suddenly they abandoned Grozny, and it seems that they are being hard-pressed in the mountains now. The war is not over, but I hope they can hold out. I really do. I don't like the thought of a Russian victory in this case, not because I have anything against the Russians, but because I don't think they're in the right. And where the hell is Babitsky?!? If he turns up dead, there will be such an uproar, and my voice will be there in the din...

I've said this before, but I'll say it again: This is exactly why Russia and China were so opposed to the United Nations' intervention in Kosovo. Russia didn't want the rest of the world meddling in its affairs in Chechnya, and China didn't want the rest of the world meddling in its affairs in Taiwan. But while the three situations are different, the legal and human rights issues are similar. The big difference is, if China dares attack Taiwan, the West will get involved, in a big way, because money and the Taiwanese, in that order, are friends of Western democracy and capitalism.

Wow, a two-part "X-Files" that (apparently) finally explains what really happened to Mulder's sister, then the "Cops" episode. Even if you didn't like 'em, you have to admit they were dramatic and different. If this does turn out to be the last season, at least it won't go out with a whimper. And speaking of shows that don't whimper, if you haven't seen "Iron Chef" on the Food Network yet, watch it. Really! I never thought I could get into a show about cooking (Emeril still annoys me, though not as much as a few months ago), but this is some intense, edgy, and fun stuff.

Gary Bauer's out, but there's still a chance Pat Buchanan will run for President, for the Reform Party no less! Ugh. A lot of Perotistas are no doubt jumping ship as I have. Even if he weren't backing Buchanan, Ross has swung too far to the right for my taste. Can I take some of Bradley and some of McCain and put them together into one cohesive candidate? Or do the Greens or the Libertarians have anyone worthwhile running...? I can't stomach the though of George Dubya or Wooden Al Gore as President. And Tipper, the scourge of rock and rap musicians and fans, as First Lady? Next!

I am definitely looking forward to this vacation. :) My personal life has settled down a bit (well, that's oversimplifying wildly, but... ;) , and I no longer feel like playing Russian (Chechen? Serb?) roulette, but in spite of the steps I've taken towards inner peace, I still need to get away from 'it all' for a few days. It'll be much easier to enjoy myself now that there's a smile on my face again, though, and I owe that to a special someone. Thank you, special someone. :)))

Now, as long as it doesn't snow in England... Yipe! Try not to miss me. All, what, two of you, who actually bother to read Vitriol? - A


April 2004 - The real final Vitriol, Howard Stern, Dubya, etc.
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March 2004 - Dining out with my baby, Virtual PC, and the end of Vitriol... or is it?
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February 2004 - Two weeks between jobs, three new songs, grabbing Panther by the tail
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January 2004 - Ice skating with Gina, sushi at my sister's wedding, war-riding, the pink slip
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December 2003 - Moving pains, goin' places with Gina, Christmas bells
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November 2003 - The looong month of October, finding an apartment, Ozzy's gone
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October 2003 - I'm in love with her and I feel fine, Boston, the Dalai Lama, apartment for rent?
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September 2003 - Andy, happy? it could happen!, taking time off from work, Ringo Starr, "Discworld," the blackout
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August 2003 - (W)here (M)ight (D)ose WMDs be?, gay marriages and the people who fear them, '80s metal bands, Computer Man to the rescue, Philadelphia freedom
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July 2003 - Boondocks.net is back!, rudeness on public transportation and elsewhere, "Hole in the Wall"
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June 2003 - Science fiction movies, where is Boondocks.net?, still no weapons of misconstruction...
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May 2003 - How 'bout them weapons of mass distraction, huh?, Def Leppard, Michael Palin, another Silva, wireless networking, and a damned good raspberry margarita
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April 2003 - They're still French fries, dammit!, a new guitar for Andy, music-music-music
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March 2003 - The buildup for, and the protesting against, war
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February 2003 - The destruction of the Columbia, the National Day of Poetry Against the War, hard and soft atheism, Pete Townshend, and the gift shop
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January 2003 - Christmas loot, "Swingin'," more war talk
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December 2002 - The year in review, moving again?!?, moving world leaders around, too
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November 2002 - "Scarlet's Walk" and Tori's penguin, jackasses, and killing in the name of...
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October 2002 - Boston, Aimee Mann, and Palpatine/Bush
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September 2002 - George Darius Bush and George Xerxes Bush
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August 2002 - Movin' out of Paisan-town, and far away from the Regal Beagle
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July 2002 - Church and state: you gotta keep 'em separated, Dubya still doesn't want to play nice with the rest of the world, John Entwistle's gone
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June 2002 - Movin' on from town to town, Dave Barry and the Rock Bottom Remainders
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May 2002 - Science fiction movies everywhere!, jail time for virus creators, Dubya finally learns to pronounce 'occupation,' Andy gets a promotion?!?
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April 2002 - Terrorism on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, people who don't interact with me or the Web site, "For Dana" to be released on a compilation CD
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March 2002 - Chip implants, the children of God and the followers of Christ commit murder in His name, ultranationalism American style
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February 2002 - Dubya says, "These pretzels are making me- ack!" Sharon continues playing Napoleon, and... the return of Foogar?
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January 2002 - Rob Zombie, Ozzy Osbourne, and other Christmas-related items, stealin' cars, karaoke!
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December 2001 - George meets his sweet lord, terrorists EVERYwhere!, Tomb Raider II finished finally, and the Segway, finally!
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November 2001 - Anthrax (the band), WSOU rocks - but for how much longer? and a minute of silence?
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October 2001 - Osama bin Laden and anthrax and the women who love them
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September 2001 - Governments and armies and the assholes who love them, more misspellings, and a large lack of feedback
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August 2001 - Dubya's isolationism, the Macedonians and Albanians search for peace the Israeli/Palestinian way, 2004 Olympics in Beijing
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July 2001 - Not the Sexiest Geek Alive, war (what is it good for?), murdering citizens American-style
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June 2001 - A dead hitchhiker, the Taliban, and an independent Senator Jeffords
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May 2001 - Joey Ramone's dead, and "Joey Ramone's Dead"
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April 2001 - Brazil (not the Terry Gilliam film), Dubya and carbon dioxide, Yugoslavia begins coming to its senses, Israel and the Palestinians still haven't come to theirs...
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March 2001 - New look for the Web site, upcoming vacation in Brazil!, the pig-headed Taliban, "Hannibal"
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February 2001 - Tomb Raider II, Dubya plays with his new toys, nature plays with El Salvador and India, and the inevitable Chechnya and Israel/Palestinians references
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January 2001 - Snow, a new year/decade/century/millennium, screen resolutions
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December 2000 - The iBook, "The X-Files," the Grinch, the pathetic turn of events in the U.S. elections...
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November 2000 - Got the iBook! the Village Parade, trouble still brewin' in the Mideast, the upcoming U.S. elections...
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October 2000 - Andy turns 30, the Middle East, the anniversary of the invasion of Chechnya...
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September 2000 - A random act of kindness, Great Adventure, new music, new iBooks?
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August 2000 - Palestine and the Israelis, Milosevic, Speight, and breaking the speed of light!
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July 2000 - Israel & the Palestinians, the missile defense shield, and (who'da thunk it?) Chechnya
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June 2000 - Um, Chechnya again, gun-totin' Charlton Heston, misspellings, and xenophobes
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May 2000 - Communism on the last May Day of the twentieth century, and Andy's life ("Don't talk to me about life...")
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April 2000 - Hold on, it's more Chechnya rantin', and an appeal on behalf of a friend caught behind red tape
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March 2000 - Hey, hey, Pinochet, Russia and China won't go away, "The X-Files," the American presidential race, and a prelude to vacation
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February 2000 - Again with the Chechens, and Elián, Pinochet, mp3.com vs. the recording industry, and snow
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January 2000 - Made it through January 1st, Syria and Israel, public transportation, and, er, Chechnya
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December 1999 - Indonesia comes apart, Chechnya (no shit), Seattle's burning, 'n Happy Xmas
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November 1999 - Halloween, my bad knee, Russians? in Chechnya?!? Buchanan and the Reform Party, NIN
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October 1999 - Hurricane on the East Coast, earthquakes in Taiwan, Turkey, and Greece, and Apple Computers
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September 1999 - I'm not getting you down, am I? I'd hate to think I was getting you down...

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April 1999 - the return of Vitriol, Kosovo, a foreshadowing of the Russian invasion of Chechnya (!), and Libya

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September-November 1995 - the Underground Press Conference, a co-worker bites the dust, Rabin really bites the dust, Remington Bond, Win95, and the Sex Pistols
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August 1995 - the death penalty, the V-chip and violence in pop culture, and "TV Nation"
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June 1995 - Oklahoma City, 'zines, "The X-Files" and "V.R.5"
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March 1995 - I'm sick!, the space program (ha), alt.zines, "Star Trek" and "Voyager"
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February 1995 - the very first Vitriol! Newt Gingrich, political correctness, media overkill, Howard Stern, the Apple goon squad?
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