Greetings Webtaculators! As the story of Trump’s presidency slips further and further into a real life that is beyond satire’s reach, I really do worry about the end game for all of this. Many Republicans, who as far as I can tell hate all government except for the parts of it with the guns, seem to be perfectly fine with a president who freely uses the N-word, removes security clearance from the previous CIA director, and who’s legal representative actually says “truth isn’t truth” out loud. I don’t really want to find out how this ends, because I doubt it will be good. On to the news.
STORY OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Crisis In Catholicism
Why: Because it is really not good when religion becomes implicitly tied to child rape. It is really not good that people dismiss the jokes about pedophilic priests when it constantly proves to be a widespread truth. I don’t know how you fix a religion, but there is a massive problem, regardless of how well liked Pope Francis is.
ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (10 min. read)
What: Corporate Accountability
Why: Because what is best for shareholders is often not what is best for the rest of the America. Senator Warren wants to change that. Related, it’s the ten year anniversary of the housing market crash.
LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. interactive, 8 min. read)
What: Go To Jail
Why: Because the LA Times created a very interesting interactive “choose your own adventure” in the pursuit of showing just how difficult it is to remove a cop who has a history of false arrests. The article attached to it is worth a read, too.
TECH THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: BREAM (Batteries Rule Everything Around Me)
Why: Because most of our energy future is dependent upon how well we can store energy. The Verge did a deep dive on all of the things batteries do.
SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Flipping Fantastic
Why: Because Simone Biles just won her fifth U.S. National title, becoming only the second woman in history to do so. Or, if you are a Neanderthal who doesn’t think women’s gymnastics is a sport, here’s this stupid baseball thing, which is the last non-football related content that will be available until baseball becomes relevant again in October.
MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Crazy Good
Why: Because Crazy Rich Asians won the weekend, and also is yet another example of how under-represented minority cultures are in media.
MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (15 min. read)
What: Soul Of A Queen
Why: Because Aretha Franklin passed away this week. Here’s what made her the best.
PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. look)
Why: Because she is an icon.
LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: The Horror
Why: Because horror stories are good too.
BOARD GAME THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: 50 Best New Board Games
Why: Because board games have come a very long way from Monopoly, and are a great way to spend an afternoon with friends or family.
INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Creativity Through Constraint; Hail Satan (Baphomet); King Of Cat Island
Why: Because Internet.
THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
Why: Because Brian deserves it.
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