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™

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