Stories by ROBERT WELLER
The director known for his spoofs of TV news stories, in a Monty Python style, tells the story of a group of Muslims who have grown up in England but want to be part of the holy war against infidels.
MADAME BUTTERFLY: A JOURNEY
SEXUAL ASSAULTS, SUICIDES AND MISCONDUCT IN THE MILITARY
The all-volunteer military has been hit by a growing wave of sexual assaults and suicides. As usual in the U.S., most attention has focused on how to control the problems, rather than why they are happening.
MADAME BUTTERFLY: A JOURNEY
READERS NOTE: It is several years since this story was written and there still hasn't been a single instance of a pistol-packing citizen blocking a massacre.
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The End of Privacy
In this century it appears the loss of anonymity will be more shocking than the loss of virginity.
Two events that resulted in deaths, and both involve the Internet at least tangentially, signal the need for a reexamination of privacy.
Is it even possible in a world with surveillance cameras wherever you turn? Drones aren’t only used in Afghanistan.
In the Princeton suicide case of Tyler Clementi his predator had figured out how to set up a remote control viewing of his sex with an older gay man.
SHOULD WE WORRY ABOUT LEGO MOVIES
While the world was watching the Social Media animate the Arab World in real life, there was a dark side. Lego, on the other hand, seems pretty bright.
Not nearly as violent as the video games my kids play.
As I was updating on my Web page on the Columbine Massacre (I was the leading AP reporter) I couldn’t resist adding the Lego Columbine piece. It is Danish, a reflection of how Lego movies or clips or whatever they are know no boundaries.
Tim Burton developed the stop motion animation, among others.
SOCIAL MEDIA SHOWS PUTIN REMAINS BAD COP
The good cop, bad cop drill was working well for Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin.
Even my 20-year-old son was fooled by Medvedev’s good looks and Putin’s Mafia style. So was I.
When Medvedev seemed to clash with Putin over what was going on in Libya it made him even more of a world hero.
Everyone knew Putin was the chief don, but hoped somehow Dmitry would drive him from power. Medvedev seemed aware of how the world was changing because of social media. I even got a Tweet once from a page that was theoretically his.
I recall Putin and Medvedev telling the U.S. not to get so uptight about Wikileaks.
It was only a matter of time. Although the former Evil Empire managed to trick some liberals into opposing the denouement of Gaddafi, history readers knew it was Russian trash.
HAS SOCIAL MEDIA MET ITS MATCH
WHAT A TIME FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY TO PUBLICLY BECOME MONEY GRUBBERS
AURORA—In the hours right after the murders at an Aurora theater’s
premier of the latest Batman film, crowd sourcing overwhelmed Twitter
and some other social media.
One evening in Manhattan in the mid ‘70s I was leaving Rockefeller Center for home and the thunder began, heavy rain followed.
I could have taken a subway, but chose to dance my way “Singing in the Rain,” literally.
The way things seem headed in a direction that if I tried it today the copyright police would be after me.
These people want us to pay to watch 20-year Bond films.