Vitriol
© 2000 by Andersen Silva (07-30-00)

"We're fighting with the gods of war / And I don't want to fight no more..." As Skinny the Foo has related, I went to a Def Leppard concert late in July, and the band was way carbonaceous. They even played "Gods of War," which won a Grammy in 1988 for Best Use of a Ronald Reagan Sample in a Pop Song. Screw you if you don't think it's cool to bang your head to Def Lep in the age of Slipknot and Christina Aguilera.  ;P

I was all set to blast the Israelis and Palestinians for leaving the Camp David summit without an agreement, when I heard that they're setting up some more talks. There goes that column... Seriously, I'm glad they're communicating. I think that both Barak and Arafat really want this to be a done deal; unfortunately, they both must ultimately answer to their people, and there are malcontents and demagogues on both sides. Which is a real shame. Too much rhetoric and posturing, not enough real talking.

I did some reading up on Palestine and Israel in the twentieth century; I already knew the basic story, but I learned things I didn't know. The UK controlled what was Palestine at the time, and could not handle the growing conflict between Jews and Arabs living there, so it passed the problem to the United Nations, which decided the best thing for it was to divide the country into a Jewish state and an Arab state. The Arabs rejected the idea, and attacked Israel as soon as it had formed. The Israelis put up a good fight, to everyone's surprise, and managed to take some land away from the Arabs before truces were signed. The Jewish nation was allowed to keep what it had won, and the rest of what was supposed to have been the Arab nation of Palestine was split and given to existing Arab countries.

Yes, the UN's decision was perhaps questionable, but the Palestinian Arabs should have taken what they were offered, coexisted with Israel, and lodged their protests with the world body. Instead, they attempted to wipe out the Jewish state and take all of Palestine, were beaten back, and lost everything. And to make matters worse, most of the Palestinians who ended up in Jordan or Lebanon or another Arab nation became permanent refugees, who were never properly assimilated, the way Jewish refugees were in Israel.

Well, it's all a mess. Bottom line is, Israel has survived and even flourished in the face of overwhelming hatred from its neighbors, most of whom have thankfully changed their positions with time. The Palestinians have managed to maintain an identity and a goal, and are entitled to their own land just as the Israelis were and are. They need to stop bickering over the details and come to a compromise. Insisting on calling Jerusalem an "undivided capital" or insisting on accepting nothing less than full sovereignty only makes it that much harder to come to an agreement, and if you end up having to back off from that position later, it's that much harder to justify yourself.

Which brings me once again to those fun-loving Russians and their ever more lamentable war in Chechnya. I wonder if it's occurred to Putin yet that he really won't be able to win this war, not the way he told his people he would. How do you gracefully disengage after telling the world you wouldn't stop until you'd destroyed the "bandits?" The longer it lingers, the more embarrassing it will be for Russia.

Anyone who doubted that Milosevic was a real son of a bitch should have gotten the wake-up call when he started making arrangements to hang onto power by changing all the rules. This man is responsible for the complete disintegration of Yugoslavia, if nothing else.

Speaking of changing the rules, I'm really fed up with George Speight and his supporters. The peaceful (if extreme) way in which they got their point across was cool, but the point itself was not. Once again, maybe there were legitimate complaints (I don't think I'm qualified to judge), but even if Indians in Fiji were disproportionately powerful as compared with native Fijians, excluding a significant minority from government is not an acceptable solution. And now Fiji is bitching because the rest of the world is outraged?!? Hurry up and get your asses into the twentieth century with the rest of us...

All right, that blonde fell asleep next to me on the bus again. Well, she seems to do that to everyone, so maybe it's not meant as a personal commentary...

The speed of light has been broken. Awesome. Mind-boggling, actually. No, nothing's really changed, Einstein's theories still hold, and we're not going to achieve faster-than-light travel (at least, not based on what we know now), but it's still pretty cool to think that they were able to send light traveling faster than the speed of light. Heh-heh...

I'm not above black humor. What's the best thing about flying Air France? The plane takes you right to the hotel.

OK, the Macworld Expo cemented my decision to get an iBook and install a Windows emulator, instead of buying a Wintel notebook and installing a Mac emulator. Now to set a timetable...  :) - 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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