Webtacular World Issue # 199, September 24, 2017

Greetings Webtaculators. This week was basically a repeat of the past, but somehow worse. More natural disasters, escalating saber rattling, potentially less health care, the rise of German Nationalism, and the President can only focus on American athletes participating in something that has absolutely nothing to do with their sports, and especially is nothing that a President dealing over multiple high level disasters should take the time to weigh in on. I have no idea how we got here, or where we are going, but I do know that nothing good is going to come of it. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (5 min. reads)
What: Devastation Of Different Types
Why: Because Mexico suffered a massive earthquake, and Puerto Rico (and other Atlantic islands) suffered greatly due to yet another hurricane.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Healthcare Minus Care
Why: Because this article highlights my main problem with a number of Republican policies – they are not so much an attempt to govern, as an attempt to “ungovern.” Given, one of the main bases for the Republican party is “small government.” However, this current plan hardly gives any regard to what states actually want – especially for the large amount that actually tried to comply with the ACA. Furthermore, ACA was based on a bipartisan effort, regardless of what people have been lead to believe.
Coming up with solutions to societal ills is difficult. This is why we have a full time Federal government in the first place. If a last ditch effort comprises a “slash, burn, and redistribute” solution, then that is no solution at all. I hope the constituents of Arizona, Maine, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania are smart enough to realize just how detrimental this gambit is, and that they understand that the Republican party is very close to voting to literally kill them.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Protest
Why: Because Trump attacked both the NBA and the NFL as entire institutions, in spite of the clarity of the reasons for the protests (no, this is not “disrespectful to the troops,” since the protests are explicitly about the lack of equality and justice for minorities, especially concerning local police forces who have been proven time and time again to not fairly and justly serve the communities they have sworn to protect). For those of you who are unaware, NFL players being present during the national anthem was not a thing until 2009.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: A Spy Like Me
Why: Because the second installment of Kingsman franchise is just fun and stupid enough to be successful.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (7 min. watch)
What: How To Base
Why: Because Flea is an absolute joy to watch.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. look)
What: Solidarity
Why: Because this action is unprecedented in sports on this scale.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Reviewing The Reviewers
Why: Because the NY Times Sunday Book Review had quite a dust up over the review of the book Blurred Lines. If anything, the only good that came out of this is that more people will be made aware of the continuing problems of college sexual assault, especially give the government’s current rollback of Obama era policies.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Playerunknown
Why: Because Brendan Green created one of the biggest multiplayer games ever, and it basically came out of nowhere.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Fact Check; World Of Tomorrow; Liquid Sand
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: A Die Hard Christmas
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

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