Webtacular World Issue # 324, March 8, 2020

Greetings Webtaculators! We finally made it – it is now light past 6 pm. For any working person, this should be considered a godsend. Now if I could only immediately be used to waking up the equivalent of an hour early… On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: A Growing Threat
Why: Because the US has no plan for the Coronavirus outbreak, and is actively hampering potential solutions at the same time. 500 known cases have resulted in over 20 deaths so far. This is equivalent to 4.4% mortality rate, which is a full percentage point above the world average.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Ups And Downs
Why: Because for the first time in ages, the price of oil plummeted when OPEC failed to come to an agreement to try to prevent that very thing from happening.  This is on top of one of the steepest market selloffs since the 2008 crisis.

POLITICAL THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: And Then There Were Two (Well, Three, If We’re Being Technical)
Why: Because Gabbard is still somehow hanging around, even though no one will vote for her.  Here’s looking forward to 2148!

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Playing To An Empty House
Why: Because the Coronavirus has already caused matches around the world to be played with no fans in attendance, and that might be coming to the US.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Onwards And Upwards
Why: Because Pixar’s latest movie, Onwards, might be its nerdiest yet.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. look)
What: Revisiting David Byrne
Why: Because the former Talking Heads lead singer just won’t stop creating new things.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (long look)
What: Take A Look From Above
Why: Because Overview is a project that collects overhead pictures and categorizes them in different ways to tell stories. It’s neat.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: A Book About New York
Why: Because every generation has one, but this one actually seems to be about all of that city as opposed to a small portion of it.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. look)
What: The Half Life Of VR
Why: Becuase Half-Life: Alyx is coming to a headset near you very soon.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Once In A Lifetime; Hockey Hair 2020; Kevin James Started Being Weirdly Funny
Why: Because Internet.

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

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

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