Vitriol
© 2002 by Andersen Silva (5-3-02)

Spiderman, Spiderman,
  Doin' the things a spider can...

Couple must-see movies coming out in the near future: "Spiderman" (opening tonight!), "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones" (still an awkward name, but it promises to be a killer movie), "Men in Black II," "Eight Legged Freaks..." What can I say, I like the classics.

I've been re-reading Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale," a bleak vision of a possible near future, and it's rather chilling that her description of how this thing came to be doesn't sound nearly so far-fetched now as it did the last time I read the book, a few years ago.

David L. Smith, the creator of the Melissa virus, was sentenced to 20 months in prison. While he seems apologetic enough, and perhaps a bit bewildered by the damage his virus caused, I don't think he was punished enough. Well, perhaps a civil suit will hurt him further... but the script kiddies, who are responsible for most viruses out there, need to be sent a clear warning: tampering with someone's computer via malicious code is a crime, and violators will be prosecuted. Unfortunately, it's still difficult to catch many of the perps...

The one word that Dubya is finally uttering regarding the dangerous situation in the Middle East is the one the Arabs have been using all along, and the one that Americans don't seem to understand: occupation. As far as the Palestinians and the other Arabs (and, in fact, much of the rest of the world) are concerned, Israel is illegally occupying the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Sharon's claim that Israel is in a war for its survival, that its existence is threatened, would be laughable if it weren't causing so much death and destruction. While there are undoubtedly some Arabs who would rather see a world without Israel in it, they must certainly all recognize the fact that, barring some kind of nuclear strike (which would result in hot retribution in kind), the Jewish nation is not going anywhere. The Palestinians, however, are fighting for survival and for identity. Sharon's idea of justice involves killing several innocent Palestinians for every innocent Israeli killed, not unlike the U.S. bombing campaign in Afghanistan, which slaughtered more thousands than did the horrendous airplane attacks in New York and Washington. I don't understand why they don't understand that all they're doing is breeding more resentment and more desperation. If the day ever comes that the Palestinian government and the Palestinian people agree with Hamas and Hezbollah unequivocally that Israel will never make peace with them, that Sharon will never let them achieve true statehood, then woe be to the Israelis, and the Arabs, and the rest of the world. "When you got nothin', you got nothin' to lose..."

Speaking of which... I've been promoted. Heh-heh... My boss, Robert, is leaving the Company, and I will be assuming his title; say hello to the new MIS Manager of AA World Class! "Punker goes corporate; film at eleven." Well, no, I don't think I've 'gone corporate' or 'sold out.' I'm the same boy I used to be, as little Stevie Winwood would say. I'm just being recognized and appreciated, that's all. I haven't done anything differently than I ever have...

Well, tomorrow night, Dawn, Barbara, and I are going to see the Rock Bottom Remainders, a band whose members currently include Dave Barry, Stephen King, and Amy Tan. By all accounts, they write much better than they play. Heh-heh... Nonetheless, it promises to be a fun time. Later...!
  - 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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