Vitriol
© 2002 by Andersen Silva (7-3-02)

It just takes some time,
  Little girl, you're in the middle of the ride...

Got my hair lopped off again, so I'm back to the summer spiky look. Hey, I happen to like how it looks, and it keeps my head cool, so... :::shrug:::

In case you happened to miss it (and I'm sure a lot of Americans did), Brazil beat the lederhosen off the Germans in the World Cup finals, earning its fifth trophy. Woo-hoo! It was a great game to watch. At the Company picnic last Friday, I played a short and very loose game of soccer, but as we only had three players to each side, we all had to work extra hard. I finally called a break before I dropped, but not without leading my 'Brazil' to a 4-2 victory over Natasa's 'Macedonia.' Heh-heh...

The PC Expo sucked this year. It was much smaller and more subdued than in years past. I've heard that this has been the case with all trade shows and conventions since September 11th, though the tech industry is probably worse off than most. I'm worried about what the Macworld Expo will be like later this month... While we're on the subject, System Administrator Appreciation Day is on Friday, July 26th.  ;)

So, both the Pledge of Allegiance and the federal death penalty are unconstitutional, eh? Heh-heh-heh. As an atheist, I was never too bothered by the reference to "one nation, under God," but I do see the point of the lawsuit and the court's decision, especially during these ultranationalistic times. Those of us who don't believe in the Judeo-Christian God, whether we're American atheists or pagans or Hindus or whatever, are being subtly told that we're not true patriots, that we're somehow less American for it. There are even those who would say (and have said) that, if we object to any references to God in the Pledge or on U.S. currency or elsewhere as pertains to the government, we're not entitled to American citizenship and we should just leave this country. Pinheads. I may gripe about a lot of things done and said by the American government and people, but I was born here and am an American citizen, and I love this country even if it's not perfect. The difference is that I acknowledge those imperfections and do what little I can to bring them to people's attentions and maybe get something done.

On that note, I'm rather ashamed of Dubya's administration's decision to stay out of the International Criminal Court and in fact to jeopardize peacekeeping missions around the world in a hissy fit over the issue. Is Rumsfeld planning on using the American military and intelligence agencies in the commission of war crimes? If not, then there's no issue here. Germany, France, Canada, Brazil, the United Kingdom, even Yugoslavia have signed on. Why should the United States be above the law? There should be no exceptions for any state, regardless of whether or not they've signed on. I doubt that Nazi Germany would have ratified it, and yet I'm sure that Dubya and Rumsfeld would agree that the Nuremberg trials were necessary and justified. The Nazis seemed rather assured of their own moral superiority, too...

I wonder how Bush would feel if the leaders of other nations, dismayed with some of his decisions and his stance on certain issues, declared that his government needed to be revamped or even replaced. I wonder how the American people would react to that declaration. Now, I wonder how the democratically-elected Arafat and his fellow Palestinians feel... Maybe Arafat does need to be replaced, but that's up to the Palestinians, not the Israelis or Americans.

I think Augusto Pinochet was morally unfit to rule Chile back in the day, but mentally unfit to stand trial today for his crimes? Come on... I'm interested to see whether or not Chile manages to extradite Henry Kissinger, though.

What is wrong with North Korea?!? The few Communist nations left in the world don't seem to quite understand how to play nice with the rest of the world anymore... Hmmm, maybe the presidents of the two Koreas need to get into the ring to settle their nations' issues. "Celebrity Death Match: Kim vs. Kim!"

Two wonderful bits of news, one regarding the city of my birth, the other about the town out of which I'll be moving in a month: the mayor of Paterson, NJ, has pleaded guilty to accepting bribes. I don't think it's much of a surprise, but it is sad... Even sadder, I think, is that a swim club owner in Nutley, NJ, has been accused of keeping people from joining or even visiting on the basis of race. Disgusting if true...

The Ox is dead. What a shame, especially as it happened the day before John Entwistle was going to kick off a new tour with the Who. They were even supposed to start work on a new studio album.  :\  The tour is going ahead anyway, a few days late, but I don't imagine the album's going to happen now. We'll miss you, Quiet One...

All right, time to wrap things up... I'm moving at the end of the month; hopefully, once I'm settled in, I will be able to update the Web site (and work on my music!) with a little more frequency and regularity. No, this isn't a Metamucil advertisement. Seeya!
  - 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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