Webtacular World Issue # 271, February 10, 2019

Greetings Webtaculators! There are now infinity Democrats running for presidency (many of whom are women [yay!]), while the current one just cant stop himself from continuously being racist, immediately after promising to bring the US together, for real this time. What a world. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Dysfunctional
Why: Because the US government has 5 days to figure out how to not shut down. Again.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Bad Bank
Why: Because Wells Fargo locked all of its online customers out of its service for an extended period of time because of a fault at a single data center.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Future Of Abortion
Why: Because Brett Kavanaugh did exactly what Susan Collins promised he wouldn’t do, mainly voting to dismantle accessibility to abortion facilities. Also, a Muslim man who was executed was not allowed to receive last rights according to the Islamic faith, because the First Amendment apparently only applies to Christians.

TECH THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Getting All Of Those Pesky Companies Out Of Your Life Is Impossible
Why: Because Kashmir Hill has spent a month and a half trying to live without the 5 major tech companies, one at a time, and then all at once. Many of these services are so integrated into our society that it becomes essentially impossible to do most things without them, either because the services are used as a job requirement, run the internet, or are the main way that you communicate with people, even when you don’t think you are relying at that company. It really is worth reading all of the individual breakdowns as well, since it describes in detail just what the companies actually do.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: No More Football! Kind Of.
Why: Because Americans apparently don’t get enough football jammed in their faces for the NFL season, something called the AAF is trying to fill the gap. It might be better than the trade shenanigans currently happening in the NBA.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: More Legos Can’t Be A Bad
Why: Because Lego Movie 2 seems like it’s OK, if you haven’t dealt with peak Chris Pratt yet.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: Grammys
Why: Because the choices were actually decent for once.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: 👏👏👏
Why: Because an F.U. clap is a wonderful thing.

FOOD THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: Reservation At The NY Times
Why: Because the recipe section is actually really good.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: Who Needs An Advertising Budget?
Why: Because Electronic Art’s Respawn development team stealth released Apex Legends for free this past Tuesday. It had over 2 million players immediately, and reached over 10 million in its first three days.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Purl; This Is (Still) America; Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Green New Deal Vote
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

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