Webtacular World Issue # 202, October 15, 2017

 

Greetings Webtaculators. We just can’t catch a break this year, can we? As most of you are aware, the areas of Sonoma and Napa Counties in California are engulfed in flames. I grew up in the county immediately south of Sonoma and Napa, and currently live close by in the East Bay. The national news coverage has mostly focused on the “wine country” aspect of this disaster, but Napa and Sonoma, especially the parts that were hit hardest, consist of working class homes, schools, and communities. I have many friends and colleagues who no longer have homes, because they burned to the ground. I have been living in a surreal haze for the past week, coming home every day under a setting blood red sun due to the smoke saturated sky.  If you can help, please feel free to donate here. If you’re reading this and have been affected by the fires and need help, please feel free to reach out. I will gladly bring meals, donate necessities, or help out in any way I can. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Tubbs Fire
Why: Because this is what global warming looks like – unprecedented floods and fires.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Destabilizing The Health Market For Fun
Why: Because Trump is opening up the healthcare market to low-premium policies. While this sounds good in theory (I’m healthy! Why should I pay a lot of money for something I don’t need?), it really means that when, let’s say you, I don’t know, have a freak brain issue that sends you to the emergency room and requires multiple visits to specialists, multiple MRIs, a spinal tap, and plenty of drugs, you can bet that your cheap coverage will not pay for most of it. Have fun in forever debt. Oh – that’s not even mentioning people with pre-existing conditions – but you don’t have to worry about them, because they will be dead. In other health related news, Republican Senators teamed up with drug companies to kill Americans with opioids. If I sound angry, that’s because I am.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (Long read)
What: The Case Against Trump
Why: Because the Brookings Institute compiled 100+ pages of information regarding what is currently known about Trump’s potential obstruction of justice.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: VR Round 2
Why: Because people hate wires (see phones without wires).

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: I Believe That We Will… Oh. Shit. Nevermind.
Why: Because America is definitely far from #1 in the only sport that the entire world seems to agree is the most important sport. Here’s who you should root for in the World Cup instead.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Good
Why: Because the fallout from Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment is only just beginning.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. watch)
What: Protest Song
Why: Because Marshall Mathers spits hot fire. For something non-political, check out the new St. Vincent or Beck. Both are very good escapes.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. look)
What: What The Apocalypse Looks Like
Why: Because the fires are still not under control.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. look)
What: Good Books
Why: Because the National Book Awards people know a good book when they read one.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Ethics Of Orc Murder
Why: Because the new Lord of the Rings game is really fun, aside from the troubling premise that your character enslaves members of a fictional race for the purpose of making them kill each other for your entertainment and profit. Or you can just spend your time killing Kumail Nanjiani.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Line Of The Mountain KingTake On Me; Walk Off
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Rain
Why: Because The North Bay deserves it.

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

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