Webtacular World Issue # 172, March 19, 2017

Greetings Webtaculators! It’s March Madness baby! Now, whether it’s mad due to basketball, the current political climate, or the fact that the month of March is already half way over is up for debate, but no one can deny that it’s crazy out there. Currently, I’m in Arizona to watch baseball, even though the Giants played about as poorly as a team can, but I now understand a few more things:
1. Arizona voted for Trump because it is unbelievably white. One thing city based Californians take for granted is diversity of its populous. I don’t mean this in a flippant way- but basically everyone I saw either out to dinner or in the ball park or at the pool was a brilliant shade of pasty white -> burnt red, with no real differentiation between “white” aside from the color of hair a person had or whether they hailed for the West Coast, the South, or the Mid West based on the slight variation of American English accent. As a counter example, on my current BART commute I am likely to hear a plethora of language other than English combined with complexions ranging from my translucence to any other shade you can imagine.
The problem is that no one in Scottsdale AZ is worried when the the President tries to blame problems on other people (see, e.g. “wall“). It creates the very real problem of “It doesn’t matter because we’re all the same, and foreigners are different, so this doesn’t effect any one I know.”Since empathy only travels so far, getting past a certain threshold means certain policies in a homogeneous localized aggregate basically effect no one, so the final effect seems beneficial. It creates the exact sort of situation where an Irish Prime Minister needs to remind the President that “illegals” not only consist of “non-white” folk (well, depending on what era you’re talking about). The lack of historical knowledge of this Presidency are terrifying. Which leads us to  my next point.
2. It was 96 degrees in Scottsdale today. The historical average for this time of year is supposed around 75. Luckily for us, global warming doesn’t exist according to our very smart Trump appointees. EVERYTHING IS FINE.
On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Let’s Play Budget Cut!
Why: Because this is reason # 593 why Trump does not understand what makes America great.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Strike 2
Why: Because Trump’s “non-Muslim” travel ban failed for the same reasons why the first one did – because it was anti-Muslim. The actual ruling is well worth the read.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (20 min. read)
What: Women And Tech
Why: Because tech companies have a big problem that is not going to be resolved any time soon. Treat women better.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Madness
Why: Because college basketball is fun.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Tale As Old As Time
Why: Because Beauty And The Beast broke records, even with it’s “controversial” gay character (you know, because everyone boycotted the original story for bestiality concerns).

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Rock And Roll Is Dead
Why: Because this still rocks.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Who Gets To Write
Why: Because I bet none of those graduates actually has a book deal coming out of school.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Throwing Mass Effect Under The Bus
Why: Because there have been so many great games this year, fans are getting ready to hate one of the most loved franchises in the industry.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Sign Of Our Times; The Version You Remember; She Persisted
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: South By Southwest 2018
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

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