Webtacular World Issue # 196, September 3, 2017

Greetings Webtaculators! Hope everyone is having a great Labor Day Weekend! I’m sure you all thanking your union reps for all their hard work… oh, you’re not in a union? Never mind then. Get back to work, you lazy good for nothing!

Completely unrelated! Just about one year ago, Meagan made me one incredibly lucky guy by actually going through with her promise to marry me. It has been a crazy year for a lot of reasons, but I could not have asked for a better person to get to experience it with. Love you Megs. Happy anniversary. Here’s to many more. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: North Korea Is Going Ballistic
Why: Because North Korea tested a hydrogen bomb after weeks of escalation between itself and basically the entire rest of the world. It hasn’t helped that Trump’s idea of diplomacy is saying that war is the only option – if that’s the case, then why the hell would a country that has never really acted rationally for its own survival not push that scenario as far as possible?

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: The Economic Impacts Of Hurricanes
Why: Because it is really difficult to calculate exactly how much hurricanes actually affect people. Of course, when you have a dysfunctional government that can’t even agree how to do one of the most basic parts of its job, Harvey might end up differently.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Standing Up For The Dreamers
Why: Because by the rationale used to argue against DACA, that means that no descendant of an undocumented person should be allowed in the U.S., which it turns out is just about everyone. Now, if only Trump could explain how he is planning to remove almost 1 million young people without spending an inordinate amount of money… This actually makes me furious – I personally know people who are direct beneficiaries of DACA, and they are exactly the type of people the United States needs, unless lawyers, doctors, top students, and Apple employees aren’t “the type of people” America wants.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: California Is Hot
Why: Because it was 110 degrees at 6 pm in my hometown yesterday. That has never happened before.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Return Of College Football
Why: Because college football always reminds me that I actually like football, just not when it is played by millionaires. Because things like this, this, and this happen on an almost weekly basis. But then there’s also the whole head trauma issue, and then you’re reminded everything sucks.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: A Very Good List Of Movies
Why: Because there’s no more Game of Thrones until next year, so Sunday night is a perfect time to catch up on classic comedies. I highly suggest reading all the other links attached to the article as well – critics top 25 thoughts, who voted, many Like It Hotregional differences, and the difference between men and women.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Give Me My LCD
Why: Because American Dream is a very fitting album for the times. Also, it’s just great to have a new LCD Soundsystem album.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. look)
What: Houston
Why: Because with water levels now returning to normal, it is unbelievable to see how much water actually accumulated.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Time For Dystopian Fiction
Why: Because parts of these novels are feeling less like fiction every day.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: 50 For The Price Of One
Why: Because fake retro compilations might be almost as good as the real retro compilations.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Build Your Own Muppet (Sorry, “Creature”); Selling To Millennials; So, You Didn’t Go To Burning Man Either?
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

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