Webtacular World Issue # 241, July 15, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators! I bought a house. house
On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Oh, So Russians Did Hack The Elections
Why: Because interference in another country’s elections is essentially an act of war. To bad Trump is too busy weakening our relationship with the US’ allies while being a jolly old friend to the leader of the country that attacked us.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Bad CEO
Why: Because Elon Musk and “Papa” John Schattner probably should talk a little less after this week.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Kavano
Why: Because Trump’s reality show ended up picking Brett Kavanaugh, a person who previously clerked for Justice Kennedy.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Amazon Prime Day Is On Monday
Why: Because consumerism is all that’s left.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Vive Le France
Why: Because this game had it all – own goals, keeper flubs, rocket shots, and of course, video reviews, Fortnite dances, and anti-Russian pitch invaders. What a tourney.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Missions Are Still Impossible
Why: Because Tom Cruise is still somehow making excellent action movies. If you want something different, maybe try Eighth Grade.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. watch)
What: Arm The Children
Why: Because Sacha Baron Cohen (aka Borat, aka Ali G) is back again, this time making our elected leaders look even more insane than we thought they were.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: A Happier Childish
Why: Because Donald Glover makes fine summer love jams as well.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: Photographer Of The Year
Why: Because good photos are good.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: A Literate President
Why: Because I miss these lists.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: ¡Golazo!Baby Trump Balloon; Speed Tuba
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: House Stuff… Like Plant Or Something?
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

Webtacularly yours,
Brian
Managing Editor, Webtacular World
The Internet You Didn’t Know You Needed™

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Webtacular World Issue # 240, July 8, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators! One of the best thing about getting to celebrate friends’ weddings is being integrated into other cultures’ celebrations. Congrats Mo & Fizza! On to the news.

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STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: The Most Media Story
Why: Because even when the world is falling apart, people still love stories about kids stuck in caves. Hope is addicting.

U.S. STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Pruitt Blew It
Why: Because one of the worst things to happen to the environment is finally out of the office he was in charge of. The only bad thing is that his successor could be just as bad, but actually competent. Don’t worry, though – global warming still totally is not a thing.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: 1, 2, 3, 4, I Declare A Trade War
Why: Because Trump will hurt America’s economy.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Trump’s Picks
Why: Because it is so dumb that Trump is treating the next Federalist Society approved Justice choice as a reality TV show.

EDUCATION THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Bye Bye Diversity
Why: Because affirmative action is so much more than an attempt to fix our obvious racial issues – it brings together all walks of life together on America’s campuses.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: The World’s Biggest Stage
Why: Because England somehow won in PKs.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Sorry To Bother You
Why: Because the world needs more surreal comedy about the terrors of the modern work place.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Warping Away
Why: Because Drake.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. look)
What: Fireworks Around America
Why: Because nothing is more American than explosions.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Addicted
Why: Because most video game addiction seems to be a symptom of other larger problems.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: On A Boat; The Neymar; 360 Roller Coaster
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: A bigger stomach so I can eat all of the Pakistani food.
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

Webtacularly yours,
Brian
Managing Editor, Webtacular World
The Internet You Didn’t Know You Needed™

Webtacular World Issue # 239, July 1, 2018

I don’t have the words for this week, but I’ll try. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (Read each of these cases, and the dissents)
What: The Supreme Court Of Injustice
Why: Because in three 5-4 rulings, the Supreme Court rolled back protections on the Establishment Clause and effectively allowed de facto religious animus to determine wholesale entry into the United States, turned every state into a “right to work” state, and allowed crisis pregnancy centers, businesses that lie to the public about being full pre-natal health care providers, to continue to lie to women about their rights and access to abortion. If that were not enough, Justice Kennedy announced his retirement effective July 31, giving Trump his second Supreme Court Justice pick. This is the long term damage that most voters who voted for Clinton, regardless of her not being the “best” candidate, understood about what could happen if Trump became president. Now we get to deal with those consequences. What a shameful week to celebrate “freedom.”

STORY OF THE NIGHT (2 min. read)
What: Mexico Goes Left
Why: Because Mexico, the country that Trump has been publicly degrading since he found out what Twitter was, just elected Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador by a wide margin.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Escalation
Why: Because Trump is seriously considering to leave the World Trade Organization. Here’s how Trump’s current trade policies are affecting his constituents.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (Read each of these cases)
What: Unprecedented
Why: Because you will notice that the First Amendment, [Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances], is the linchpin to each of the major cases ruled on by the Supreme Court this week. Each of these rulings greatly alters the historical development and understanding of the First Amendment, I would highly suggest starting with a few precedents for these cases as well: the recent Masterpiece Cakeshop, which essentially came to the opposite conclusion regarding what it takes to taint a ruling against a particular religion, Korematsu, which was overturned by the court as it ruled to ban countries based on a racism, Abood, which directly ruled that states’ unions do not violate an individual’s free speech rights,  and finally, Roe v. Wade, which establishes women’s clear right to abortion.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Built On Their Backs
Why: Because the world’s ever growing appetite for new technology is destroying the poor.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: LA-Bron
Why: Because the King is going to the home of the (hockey) Kings. Also, the World Cup already shed most of the top teams from the competition.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Del Toro
Why: Because I have never been disappointed in a Benicio Del Toro performance.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (listen)
What: Anything But Happy
Why: Because if you need some powerful introspection, listen to the new Florence + The Machine. If you need to sad dance, listen to the new Gorillaz. If you need to drown the world out in noise, listen to the new Nine Inch Nails.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. look)
What: Resist
Why: Because this still is not normal.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Resist Some More
Why: Because the world of words is rich with the ideas of how to effectuate change.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Gamers Doing Good
Why: Because the Summer Games Done Quick, a speed running charity event, raised over $2 million for Doctors Without Boarders over the weekend.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Simpsons / Futurama, But In The Past; Dog Loves Haircuts; The Good Kind Of Flying Robots
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: A Sweep Of The 2018 Elections And A Packed Court After The 2018 Elections
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

Webtacularly yours,
Brian
Managing Editor, Webtacular World
The Internet You Didn’t Know You Needed™

Webtacular World Issue # 238, June 24, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators! What a week, right? On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3  min. read)
What: Donald Trump Does Not Believe In The Law Of The Country He Is Sworn To Protect
Why: Because… who the hell knows. To quickly go over what Trump did regarding immigrants in the past week – Trump’s administration created a policy to separate children from the parents of all individuals attempting to enter the US illegally, regardless of legal status of the people attempting to enter (not all people who enter the US in a way that circumvents “normal” channels of entry are necessarily in the US illegally!). People got pissed. Trump tried to blame his policy on everyone else. Trump then signed a new order (that initially spelled “separation” wrong), that doesn’t actually fix anything. Now Trump doesn’t want to follow the Constitution.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Drill Baby Drill
Why: Because Trump hates our planet.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Bail In America
Why: Because the issuance of bail remains one of the most unfair (in the literal sense of the word) parts of the US penal system.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Technically Law
Why: Because the 4th Amendment just got a modern adjustment extending to the privacy of our phones.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Teamwork Makes The Dream Work
Why: Because aside from baseball, that’s how you get glorious goals like this.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. watch)
What: Creed II
Why: Because Drago is back too, somehow.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (7 min. read)
What: What To Do With XXXTentacion’s Memory
Why: Because XXXTentacion was a rapper that I am too old for. He was a bad person, but  millions of listeners found solace in his words.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Answer: Yes
Why: Because image matters, especially when your whole career and current mission are based on imaging. Be Best, Melania.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Summah Time
Why: Because it’s warm out. Go read outside.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Politics And Gaming
Why: Because gaming companies are trying to have their cake and eat it too regarding using modern political movements as the setting for their games while stating that their games are not political.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: The Best Of YouTube; Cheer For Bad Teams (ht Greg); Macca In The Car
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Bike
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

Webtacularly yours,
Brian
Managing Editor, Webtacular World
The Internet You Didn’t Know You Needed™

Webtacular World Issue # 237, June 17, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators! This week was an especially good case of why you don’t let people govern who do not believe in government. At least the World Cup is on. On to the news.

GLOBAL STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Washed Up Basketball Player Brings A Mass Murderer And A Serial Porn Star Fucker Together
Why: Because Trump did not achieve anything with his meeting. Was Trump meeting Kim a historical moment? Yes.  It was the first time since the foundation of North Korea that a sitting President has met face-to-face with the leader of North Korea, who the US is still technically at war with. Each of the things Trump agreed to is not actually any different than what the US has already been working to achieve elsewhere, and potentially limits the scope of what the US normally hopes to achieve with nuclear disarmament (e.g. the difference between “complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement” of nuclear weapons, to just an undefined “working towards denuclearization,” which North Korea would probably argue that it had been doing even while recently developing nuclear weapons, but whatever). The biggest problem this causes is that this is happening in the context of rising Trump hostility against our actual allies, while legitimizing North Korea for no real American benefit. Like many things Trump does, Trump has assumed doing something is immediately equal to doing something responsibly.

LOCAL STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Children As Political Pawns
Why: Because, no, for the last time, removing children from their parents as legal status is determined is not something that Democrats invented. And I am not surprised a hellspawn like Sessions would quote the fucking Bible to explain why this atrocious new policy is OK.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: No Business Like Big Business
Why: Because in a complete reversal of what antitrust historically means, AT&T and Time Warner are merging. This is a bad thing. Especially when you combine it with this week’s official death of net neutrality.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Trump Foundation Sued
Why: Because Trump essentially uses his charity as a slush fund.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Best Sporting Event
Why: Because Ronaldo Ronaldo-ed, El Tri beat last year’s winners, and everyone can ignore all the terrible things that are happening for a few hours each day.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Incredible, Again
Why: Because Pixar is a serious sequel machine. Also, you now know that the first movie is 14 years old.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: What Is To Be Beyonce and Jay-Z
Why: Because that is the answer to the question to how to sell a platinum album in today’s music landscape.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. look)
What: Futbol Around The World
Why: Because all you need is a ball (Click a location on the map at the bottom to see all pictures.)

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Why, Bill, Why?
Why: Because Bill Clinton wrote a thriller about a president.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Best Of E3
Why: Because a whole lot of video game news was announced over the last week.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Jerry…; Apeshit; Drakegassi + Mallrats
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Jag
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

Webtacularly yours,
Brian
Managing Editor, Webtacular World
The Internet You Didn’t Know You Needed™

Webtacular World Issue # 236, June 10, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators. The sports were good, the politics were bad, and the world goes on. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Like A G6
Why: Because Trump decided to attack our allies at the latest G7 meeting. Can we just stop sending him to represent the US? He doesn’t really seem to have the US’ interest at heart. You would think he would at least know the words to our national songs because he is such a strong “patriot”.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Let’s Check In On Bitcoin… Oh That’s Not Good
Why: Because bitcoin fell a whole lot after an exchange in South Korea was hacked.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Shameful
Why: Because although this ruling avoids making a bigger claim about whether or not cakes represent religious freedom grounds to discriminate against gay people, you should read Justice Ginsburg’s dissent if you want to understand why this is such a cop out of a ruling.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (various length reads)
What: Champions! Champions. Champion. Champion.
Why: Because the USMNT never will be because they blew it.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Best Heists
Why: Because robbery movies with suave criminals make for great cinima.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Snail Mail
Why: Because I have been listening to a lot of women-led indie rock lately for some reason (basically they’re all really good). If that sounds like your jam, check out Remember Sports, Middle Kids, and Superorganism.

THEATER THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Tonys
Why: Because I really need to see more plays and musicals.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Confidential
Why: Because Anthony Bourdain passed away. He brought so much joy and thought into how food is an integral part of all cultures, and what ties us all together. I will miss his viewpoint on the world. Bourdain’s suicide was preceded by news that Kate Spade, namesake and designer for the brand of preppy, colorful workwear and accessories, also passed away. Both took their own lives. It is hard to imagine how two people seemingly on top of their fields could be in so much pain, yet here we are.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: E3 Is Here
Why: Because the next year of gaming looks great. Ones you should look out for are Fallout 76, Metro Exodus; Anthem; Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice; Forza Horizon 4, and Cyberpunk 2077.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: How To Change An Industry; Skyrim VSE; Mortal Engines; Spider People
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Warriors won, and that’s all I wanted.
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

Webtacularly yours,
Brian
Managing Editor, Webtacular World
The Internet You Didn’t Know You Needed™

Webtacular World Issue # 235, June 3, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators! I don’t know about where you live, but summer already decided to hit Northern California hard. Go have fun at the beach I guess. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (read)
What: Does Trump Know What Team He’s Playing For?
Why: Because watching Trump try to govern is essentially equivalent to being LeBron while watching J.R. Smith try to finish a basketball game. Like this:world mad.jpg

I really have no idea how the North Korea meeting is back on 2 weeks after Trump singlehandedly canceled it last week, or why he decided to impose severe tariffs on America’s allies, but he did. I am going to be especially pissed if Star Wars: Episode 1 ( you know, the terrible one about starting trade wars so that Senator Palpatine, who really was Darth Sidious, a Sith lord… never mind) actually was a warning from George Lucas.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Trump Tweets The Numbers
Why: Because see above.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Curtilage And Cars
Why: Because curtilage is one of those funny legal words that actually is a key component of privacy. Now your car is included as well.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: GDPR And You
Why: Because a European law means that you will start seeing a lot more pop-ups at the bottom of a webpage that actually explains the type of data a website will track about you. Not that you’re going to bother reading that, anyway.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. reads)
What: Playoffs!
Why: Because both hockey and basketball are very entertaining right now.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Disney Has A Bad Feeling About This
Why: Because Solo fails even harder the second week.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Crash And Barr
Why: Because racism is bad. And before anyone brings up the false equivalency of “but why does Samantha Bee still have a show?” is because calling someone a “feckless cunt” (a hell of an insult, by the way), is not the same thing as typing ““muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj” (vj being Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to Barack Obama). One of those things is mean, the other is racist. Being mean, especially in the context of explaining the lack of awareness and callousness of Ivanka Trump releasing a photo embracing her son during the same news cycle as it came to light that her father is separating families of people who are caught crossing the boarder, is not inherently wrong. Being racist is, well, being a feckless cunt, and is wrong.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Nay for Ye
Why: Because Kanye West should probably understand that saying he contemplated killing someone else and himself does not equal deep thinking. The beats are still sick, I guess.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: Summer Reading
Why: Because summer is for books.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Leaks Are Coming
Why: Because E3 is just around the corner, and that means we now know (probably) a bunch of the new games that are coming soon.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: More Fun Than Kanye; Happier Than Yeezy; Attack Of The J.R. Memes
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Ice Cream
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

Webtacularly yours,
Brian
Managing Editor, Webtacular World
The Internet You Didn’t Know You Needed™