Webtacular World Issue # 239, July 1, 2018

I don’t have the words for this week, but I’ll try. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (Read each of these cases, and the dissents)
What: The Supreme Court Of Injustice
Why: Because in three 5-4 rulings, the Supreme Court rolled back protections on the Establishment Clause and effectively allowed de facto religious animus to determine wholesale entry into the United States, turned every state into a “right to work” state, and allowed crisis pregnancy centers, businesses that lie to the public about being full pre-natal health care providers, to continue to lie to women about their rights and access to abortion. If that were not enough, Justice Kennedy announced his retirement effective July 31, giving Trump his second Supreme Court Justice pick. This is the long term damage that most voters who voted for Clinton, regardless of her not being the “best” candidate, understood about what could happen if Trump became president. Now we get to deal with those consequences. What a shameful week to celebrate “freedom.”

STORY OF THE NIGHT (2 min. read)
What: Mexico Goes Left
Why: Because Mexico, the country that Trump has been publicly degrading since he found out what Twitter was, just elected Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador by a wide margin.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Escalation
Why: Because Trump is seriously considering to leave the World Trade Organization. Here’s how Trump’s current trade policies are affecting his constituents.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (Read each of these cases)
What: Unprecedented
Why: Because you will notice that the First Amendment, [Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances], is the linchpin to each of the major cases ruled on by the Supreme Court this week. Each of these rulings greatly alters the historical development and understanding of the First Amendment, I would highly suggest starting with a few precedents for these cases as well: the recent Masterpiece Cakeshop, which essentially came to the opposite conclusion regarding what it takes to taint a ruling against a particular religion, Korematsu, which was overturned by the court as it ruled to ban countries based on a racism, Abood, which directly ruled that states’ unions do not violate an individual’s free speech rights,  and finally, Roe v. Wade, which establishes women’s clear right to abortion.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Built On Their Backs
Why: Because the world’s ever growing appetite for new technology is destroying the poor.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: LA-Bron
Why: Because the King is going to the home of the (hockey) Kings. Also, the World Cup already shed most of the top teams from the competition.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Del Toro
Why: Because I have never been disappointed in a Benicio Del Toro performance.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (listen)
What: Anything But Happy
Why: Because if you need some powerful introspection, listen to the new Florence + The Machine. If you need to sad dance, listen to the new Gorillaz. If you need to drown the world out in noise, listen to the new Nine Inch Nails.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. look)
What: Resist
Why: Because this still is not normal.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: Resist Some More
Why: Because the world of words is rich with the ideas of how to effectuate change.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Gamers Doing Good
Why: Because the Summer Games Done Quick, a speed running charity event, raised over $2 million for Doctors Without Boarders over the weekend.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Simpsons / Futurama, But In The Past; Dog Loves Haircuts; The Good Kind Of Flying Robots
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: A Sweep Of The 2018 Elections And A Packed Court After The 2018 Elections
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

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