Vitriol
© 2001 by Andersen Silva (4-1-01)

Oba! Yes, I came back. Though, for the life of me, I can't figure out why...

So much, so much to rant about this month...!  ;)  My luggage, and my mother's, decided to spend a few hours more in Sao Paulo than we did, so we arrived in Curitiba without clothes to change into. (Barbara was luckier.) Both bags showed up, separately, within a few hours, fortunately. The rooms I'd reserved over the Internet turned out smaller, dingier, and smellier than any of us had anticipated. We were able to find something much better for a little less money just a few short blocks away... On the return flight from Sao Paulo, all three of us had to deal with luggage that insisted on visiting Houston without us. Took a bit longer to get the bags back this time, but at least everything was intact, if rifled through.

It's saddening and frustrating to see the shantytowns around the outskirts of any largish city in Brazil. Sao Paulo, Curitiba, and even Ponta Grossa have 'em. The kids running around the streets barefoot at all hours is also a bad sign. These children need to be educated and need to know that there's an alternative to begging or even crime. As bad as one feels, giving change to one of them is not going to help either the individual or the problem.

The Petrobras oil rig disaster was a real shame, too. I was really hoping it wouldn't sink, for the environment's sake and for Brazil's economy's. Oh, well. They tried their best, they righted it for a little while, and it went down anyway...

But enough about Brazil; there are plenty of other topics for this issue. What in the hell is President Dubya thinking, backing out of the Kyoto agreement on global warming and reneging on his campaign promise to reduce carbon dioxide emissions?!? Even EPA Administrator Christie Witless (I think I spelled that right ;) had enough sense to urge him not to reverse his position. It sounds like the President is being influenced by an industry or two, and it looks like he's intent on burying the country's collective head in the sand, and losing America's position as a leader.

It looks as though the conflict in Macedonia is almost over. I hope so. If the Albanians responsible realize that they've brought the world's attention to bear on their situation, then they should back off and let their representatives negotiate for change. Violence is not the answer, and the Balkans don't need another war. The world doesn't need another war. Some serious talks need to be held now, in order to prevent this kind of thing from happening again.

Finally. Milosevic is in jail. He may not be in the custody of the war crimes tribunal, but at least he's been fully discredited now. His political career is over. Maybe he thought it was fun to persecute anyone who wasn't Serbian (ask the Albanians, Bosniaks, Croats, Macedonians, and Slovenes why they wanted nothing to do with the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) and to watch ethnic wars break out one by one, but I think even the Serbs have come to the conclusion that this was just not worth it. Maybe they won't give him to the tribunal (though hopefully they will), but at least they've finished him themselves.

Sharon and Arafat need to quit the posturing and saber-rattling. I'm pretty sure neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians really want a war. I don't think it's unreasonable of Sharon to require a cessation (or at least a significant reduction) of violence before resuming talks. But I do think that talks must start again, and soon. The more people die, the harder feelings will become, and Israel risks war with not just the Palestinian Authority but with most of the Arab world. This issue needs to be resolved once and for all!

There's still a war going on in Chechnya, even if it's lower-key than it was six months ago. Maybe Putin's waiting 'til everyone has forgotten his embarrassing war before he pulls out altogether. But I'm not going to forget... China has detained yet another U.S. scholar, allegedly for spying. How nice that Chinese-born intellectuals should have to avoid ever going back to visit for fear of being treated like criminals. :P I just heard about the Chinese athlete joining the NBA, though; that could be cool. Wow, a 7' 1" Chinese man...!

Damn the Taliban. Go ahead, put another fatwa on my head, I can take it... But their decision to destroy all the statues in the country, including those famous giant Buddhas, was asinine and stupid and even contrary to Islam, according to many. Pakistan, one of the Taliban's few supporters, even urged them not to do this. Assholes.

And, lest I forget, Tripod can join the Taliban in hell. A week and a half after I E-mailed them demanding an explanation for taking down my site, I got a response asking me to specify the URL or my username; the username was already in the E-mail I'd sent them! So screw them. I don't care anymore. Itsamac.com has treated me very well, I've gotten personal treatment from both Tyler, the technical support manager, and Chris, the president, and I can't do much better for an URL than andersensilva.com

Kudos to the Dalai Lama for visiting Taiwan in spite of China's stern disapproval. That's one man I would love to meet.  :)

I don't pay a whole lot of attention to Oscars or Golden Globes or Tonys or Grammys or any other awards, generally, but since I'd seen two of this year's Oscar-winning movies ("Gladiator" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"), I thought I'd mention that while I enjoyed both, I'm not sure that "Gladiator" was the best movie released in 2000. "Crouching Tiger"'s flying scenes could've earned it a Best Comedy award, though...  ;)  C'mon, it was a great movie, but that was just too hard to swallow!

Well, let me get back to trying to adjust to the temperatures here. Why didn't I stay in Brazil?!? What's wrong with me?!? Heh-heh-heh... - 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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