Webtacular World Issue # 238, June 24, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators! What a week, right? On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3  min. read)
What: Donald Trump Does Not Believe In The Law Of The Country He Is Sworn To Protect
Why: Because… who the hell knows. To quickly go over what Trump did regarding immigrants in the past week – Trump’s administration created a policy to separate children from the parents of all individuals attempting to enter the US illegally, regardless of legal status of the people attempting to enter (not all people who enter the US in a way that circumvents “normal” channels of entry are necessarily in the US illegally!). People got pissed. Trump tried to blame his policy on everyone else. Trump then signed a new order (that initially spelled “separation” wrong), that doesn’t actually fix anything. Now Trump doesn’t want to follow the Constitution.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Drill Baby Drill
Why: Because Trump hates our planet.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Bail In America
Why: Because the issuance of bail remains one of the most unfair (in the literal sense of the word) parts of the US penal system.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Technically Law
Why: Because the 4th Amendment just got a modern adjustment extending to the privacy of our phones.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Teamwork Makes The Dream Work
Why: Because aside from baseball, that’s how you get glorious goals like this.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. watch)
What: Creed II
Why: Because Drago is back too, somehow.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (7 min. read)
What: What To Do With XXXTentacion’s Memory
Why: Because XXXTentacion was a rapper that I am too old for. He was a bad person, but  millions of listeners found solace in his words.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Answer: Yes
Why: Because image matters, especially when your whole career and current mission are based on imaging. Be Best, Melania.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Summah Time
Why: Because it’s warm out. Go read outside.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Politics And Gaming
Why: Because gaming companies are trying to have their cake and eat it too regarding using modern political movements as the setting for their games while stating that their games are not political.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: The Best Of YouTube; Cheer For Bad Teams (ht Greg); Macca In The Car
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

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Webtacular World Issue # 237, June 17, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators! This week was an especially good case of why you don’t let people govern who do not believe in government. At least the World Cup is on. On to the news.

GLOBAL STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Washed Up Basketball Player Brings A Mass Murderer And A Serial Porn Star Fucker Together
Why: Because Trump did not achieve anything with his meeting. Was Trump meeting Kim a historical moment? Yes.  It was the first time since the foundation of North Korea that a sitting President has met face-to-face with the leader of North Korea, who the US is still technically at war with. Each of the things Trump agreed to is not actually any different than what the US has already been working to achieve elsewhere, and potentially limits the scope of what the US normally hopes to achieve with nuclear disarmament (e.g. the difference between “complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement” of nuclear weapons, to just an undefined “working towards denuclearization,” which North Korea would probably argue that it had been doing even while recently developing nuclear weapons, but whatever). The biggest problem this causes is that this is happening in the context of rising Trump hostility against our actual allies, while legitimizing North Korea for no real American benefit. Like many things Trump does, Trump has assumed doing something is immediately equal to doing something responsibly.

LOCAL STORY OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Children As Political Pawns
Why: Because, no, for the last time, removing children from their parents as legal status is determined is not something that Democrats invented. And I am not surprised a hellspawn like Sessions would quote the fucking Bible to explain why this atrocious new policy is OK.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: No Business Like Big Business
Why: Because in a complete reversal of what antitrust historically means, AT&T and Time Warner are merging. This is a bad thing. Especially when you combine it with this week’s official death of net neutrality.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Trump Foundation Sued
Why: Because Trump essentially uses his charity as a slush fund.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Best Sporting Event
Why: Because Ronaldo Ronaldo-ed, El Tri beat last year’s winners, and everyone can ignore all the terrible things that are happening for a few hours each day.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Incredible, Again
Why: Because Pixar is a serious sequel machine. Also, you now know that the first movie is 14 years old.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: What Is To Be Beyonce and Jay-Z
Why: Because that is the answer to the question to how to sell a platinum album in today’s music landscape.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. look)
What: Futbol Around The World
Why: Because all you need is a ball (Click a location on the map at the bottom to see all pictures.)

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Why, Bill, Why?
Why: Because Bill Clinton wrote a thriller about a president.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Best Of E3
Why: Because a whole lot of video game news was announced over the last week.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Jerry…; Apeshit; Drakegassi + Mallrats
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

Webtacular World Issue # 236, June 10, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators. The sports were good, the politics were bad, and the world goes on. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Like A G6
Why: Because Trump decided to attack our allies at the latest G7 meeting. Can we just stop sending him to represent the US? He doesn’t really seem to have the US’ interest at heart. You would think he would at least know the words to our national songs because he is such a strong “patriot”.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Let’s Check In On Bitcoin… Oh That’s Not Good
Why: Because bitcoin fell a whole lot after an exchange in South Korea was hacked.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Shameful
Why: Because although this ruling avoids making a bigger claim about whether or not cakes represent religious freedom grounds to discriminate against gay people, you should read Justice Ginsburg’s dissent if you want to understand why this is such a cop out of a ruling.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (various length reads)
What: Champions! Champions. Champion. Champion.
Why: Because the USMNT never will be because they blew it.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Best Heists
Why: Because robbery movies with suave criminals make for great cinima.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Snail Mail
Why: Because I have been listening to a lot of women-led indie rock lately for some reason (basically they’re all really good). If that sounds like your jam, check out Remember Sports, Middle Kids, and Superorganism.

THEATER THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Tonys
Why: Because I really need to see more plays and musicals.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Confidential
Why: Because Anthony Bourdain passed away. He brought so much joy and thought into how food is an integral part of all cultures, and what ties us all together. I will miss his viewpoint on the world. Bourdain’s suicide was preceded by news that Kate Spade, namesake and designer for the brand of preppy, colorful workwear and accessories, also passed away. Both took their own lives. It is hard to imagine how two people seemingly on top of their fields could be in so much pain, yet here we are.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: E3 Is Here
Why: Because the next year of gaming looks great. Ones you should look out for are Fallout 76, Metro Exodus; Anthem; Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice; Forza Horizon 4, and Cyberpunk 2077.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: How To Change An Industry; Skyrim VSE; Mortal Engines; Spider People
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Warriors won, and that’s all I wanted.
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

Webtacular World Issue # 235, June 3, 2018

Greetings Webtaculators! I don’t know about where you live, but summer already decided to hit Northern California hard. Go have fun at the beach I guess. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (read)
What: Does Trump Know What Team He’s Playing For?
Why: Because watching Trump try to govern is essentially equivalent to being LeBron while watching J.R. Smith try to finish a basketball game. Like this:world mad.jpg

I really have no idea how the North Korea meeting is back on 2 weeks after Trump singlehandedly canceled it last week, or why he decided to impose severe tariffs on America’s allies, but he did. I am going to be especially pissed if Star Wars: Episode 1 ( you know, the terrible one about starting trade wars so that Senator Palpatine, who really was Darth Sidious, a Sith lord… never mind) actually was a warning from George Lucas.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Trump Tweets The Numbers
Why: Because see above.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Curtilage And Cars
Why: Because curtilage is one of those funny legal words that actually is a key component of privacy. Now your car is included as well.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: GDPR And You
Why: Because a European law means that you will start seeing a lot more pop-ups at the bottom of a webpage that actually explains the type of data a website will track about you. Not that you’re going to bother reading that, anyway.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. reads)
What: Playoffs!
Why: Because both hockey and basketball are very entertaining right now.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Disney Has A Bad Feeling About This
Why: Because Solo fails even harder the second week.

TELEVISION THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Crash And Barr
Why: Because racism is bad. And before anyone brings up the false equivalency of “but why does Samantha Bee still have a show?” is because calling someone a “feckless cunt” (a hell of an insult, by the way), is not the same thing as typing ““muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj” (vj being Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to Barack Obama). One of those things is mean, the other is racist. Being mean, especially in the context of explaining the lack of awareness and callousness of Ivanka Trump releasing a photo embracing her son during the same news cycle as it came to light that her father is separating families of people who are caught crossing the boarder, is not inherently wrong. Being racist is, well, being a feckless cunt, and is wrong.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Nay for Ye
Why: Because Kanye West should probably understand that saying he contemplated killing someone else and himself does not equal deep thinking. The beats are still sick, I guess.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: Summer Reading
Why: Because summer is for books.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: The Leaks Are Coming
Why: Because E3 is just around the corner, and that means we now know (probably) a bunch of the new games that are coming soon.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: More Fun Than Kanye; Happier Than Yeezy; Attack Of The J.R. Memes
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Ice Cream
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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