Greetings Webtaculators! Happy… Monday. Texas is facing unprecedented flooding. North Korea launched a missile over Japan. A bunch of biggots tried to ruin San Francisco this weekend, but they basically only succeeded in getting themselves beat up in Berkeley amidst a mostly peaceful protest. Trump had another stellar week by trying his hardest to corrupt the Constitution by pardoning someone who actively worked to deny people their rights, and firing even more of his original brain trust, all after making the worst presidential address in history. Sigh. On to the news.
STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Any Of The Above
Why: Because I don’t know how to differentiate between the causes of the constant state of panic the world now seems to actively be in. Are Nazis showing up in San Francisco better or worse than a storm of historic proportions? Is the fact that there are hundreds of thousands of people displaced in Texas more noteworthy than a country probably openly committing an act of war against another country? I don’t have an answer for that, but I’m certain all of them are worth knowing about and talking about.
ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Whole Amazon
Why: Because now the same service that you buy everything from just gained an incredible amount of prime real estate for shopping. It’s this brand new idea where a place called a “store” that you can go to buy things. I’m not entirely sure what part of Amazon’s business model is a loss leader to what other part. A loss leader is a product that is sold under its value to attract customers. It’s is an expression I came up with a couple of days ago and thought it was good.
LAW THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Literally Against The Law
Why: Because the American Bar Association is not a political body – it is an organization that represents the entirety of the legal profession in order to ensure lawyers do their best to uphold the law. For it to come out this strongly against the pardon of a monstrous human being is something that cannot be understated.
SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Harvey Vs. Humanity
Why: Because even though climate change is probably not the direct “cause” of Hurricane Harvey, it almost certainly is playing a part in determining its destructiveness.
SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Round 1, Fight
Why: Because one of the best technical boxing men in history beat a non-boxing man in a game of boxing. Again, this does not remove the fact that Mayweather is a woman beater, and an awful human being in general. And somehow this is what constitutes one of the biggest entertainment draws in history.
MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (1 min. watch)
What: Super Troopiers
Why: Because Super Troopers 2 is coming out soon.
TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (7 min. read)
What: Season 7 Recap [SPOILERS]
Why: Because Game Of Thrones has officially become the most popular television show featuring four of the main characters practicing incest, while making one of those relationships something that the viewer is actively happy about. [Insert your own “Game of Bones” joke here]. Also apparently the MTV Video Music Awards happened.
MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. listen)
What: A True Pilgrim
Why: Because I first became friends with Mat Davidson, the man behind Twain, in high school. It’s been amazing to watch his journey journey as a musician as a member of Low Anthem (here, playing a saw) and on his own, and he is truly one of the most unique voices I have ever had the pleasure of listening to.
PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Houston, Before And After
Why: Because the amount of water that now occupies a space previously devoid of it is unfathomable.
LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Homegrown Terror
Why: Because although this isn’t quite the literature you might be used to, this is one of of the most important pieces of writing I have read this year.
INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Rabbids + Sports; Learn Stuff; Even More New Home Star Runner (Seriously, this was a website that was popular when I was in high school 17 years ago, and now is making the most updates since it stopped posting updates regularly about 7 years ago. This never happens.)
Why: Because Internet.
THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Tormund And The Hound Spinoff
Why: Because Brian deserves it.
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