Vitriol
© 2001 by Andersen Silva (8-30-01)

Soulless politicians, they sell
     Future of mankind, they'll burn in hell!

Dubya, Condit, Helms, Milosevic, Jiang, Putin, Georgievski, Sharon, Arafat... take note. And those of you not listed here by name shouldn't assume you're necessarily off the hook.  ;)  Well, Condit probably doesn't belong in quite the same category as the rest; while he's exhibited stupidity, and possibly negligence or worse with regards to the investigation of Chandra Levy's disappearance, this isn't impacting the lives of thousands, millions, maybe billions.

As much as I support the right of the Chechens/ethnic Albanians/Irish/Palestinians/et al. to control their own destinies, I'm getting weary of all this war. (And I'm not even involved...) We seem to be heading into a dark future (not so different from our dark past) in which disputes can only be settled by violence and terrorism. It should be obvious to everyone by now that violence only begets more violence. The Chechen mujahideen hurt the Russian troops weekly, but the Russians take it out on the Chechen populace. The NLA has killed several Macedonian policemen and soldiers, and outraged Macedonians have destroyed ethnic Albanians' homes and storefronts. Israel and the Palestinians keep egging each other on. Sanity is not resident in any of these actions. The issues these groups have with each other could have been solved by warfare 500 years ago. A truly enlightened, civilized people can find a better way. I found an interesting piece on the conflict between Islam and terrorism (unfortunately, the link is dead now) that will no doubt be refuted by many of the Middle East's religious leaders, but a few of them have been arguing the same message.

With every passing month, I find myself more and more disgusted with and outraged by the Taliban. Their intolerant and fanatical interpretation of Islam is detrimental to the religion and unfortunately reinforces the stereotype of Muslims as crazed zealots ready to kill faithless infidels, and willing to die in the realization of this goal. Some of the terrorist organizations working in the Palestinian territories are perpetuating this myth as well, and it's a shame...

Israel's policy of assassinating some of these Palestinians is perhaps even more shameful. And it is a policy of assassination, regardless of whether or not the Israeli government refers to it thusly. Sharon wants to be judge, jury, and executioner with regard to the terrorists operating from the Palestinian territories, but there's a price he has to pay in order to do so; does he want to be thought of a century from now alongside such other 'nationalists' as Fujimori, Milosevic (who is now going to face genocide charges as well, for the war in Bosnia, and deservedly so), and Pinochet? They, too, insisted that their actions were in the best interests of their peoples and their states. They, too, were knowingly responsible for the unnecessary deaths of innocents. Which is not to absolve Arafat of guilt; each party consistently blames the other entirely for the lamentable chain of events, but just as neither can end the situation alone, neither is solely responsible for it, either.

Are there problems with the UN's World Racism Conference? Yes. Should the U.S. boycott it? No. Just one more example of America acting like the spoiled brat who takes his toys away and sulks when everyone else won't play by his rules. Bush and everyone else must realize that the U.S. is a member of the world community and not its chairman, or bailiff.

I think that's going to be my last rant against the stupidities of governments and armies for a while. They're obviously not changing anyone's policies, and they're not really making me feel any better, either.  ;)  All I am saying is give peace a chance...

Plenty of other stuff to rant about, anyway. Like misspelled signs. Jon and I ran into several more down at Seaside Heights, including a shop that does tattoos and sells 'airburshed' shirts. Are they stupid?!? Maybe I'm pickier than the average slob, but I wouldn't get a tattoo from a place that can't make sure its own sign gets printed up properly! "Nice tat, Anty..."

The Web site's been getting a lot of hits lately, which is rather surprising, since none of you schmucks are signing the guestbook or E-mailing me with comments. OK, that's not literally true, but I probably get one guestbook entry per every 100 visits, and even less E-mails. You can't all be illiterate... Or can you?  ;)  Or maybe you're just afraid of misspelling something. 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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