Webtacular World Issue # 337, June 22, 2020

Greetings Webtaculators. Here are some graphs of systematic racism. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Abject Failure Of Trump
Why: Because against a backdrop of Juneteenth, Black Lives Matter, the historically overlooked tragedy of the decimation and obliteration of Tulsa’s Black population, COVID-19, and K-Pop fans and TicTok Zoomers (I swear to you this phrase means something), Trump decided to host a rally. None of it was successful.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (long reads)
What: A Huge Win, A Mostly Win With Caveats, And A Non-Win
Why: Because businesses cannot discriminate on the basis of sex, which includes LGBTQ people, DACA recipients cannot be kicked out of the US yet, and police still have qualified immunity for their illegal actions.

In the continued degradation of America’s legal standards, Barr tried to, and ultimately successfully, fired the US Attorney investigating one of the many criminally linked actions of Trump’s administration.

HISTORY THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. watch)
What: Slavery
Why: Because this is the visual representation of shipping people from Africa to the Americas over hundreds of years. You might be thinking, “Hey! It looks like the US only comprises a statistically small portion of the total amount of slaves! That means it wasn’t as bad as everyone says by comparison!” In response, watch this, and then watch this. There is nothing good about slavery.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: NASCAR Fans Are Still Racist
Why: Because it really isn’t that surprising that a sporting event needs a specific law to exclude a traitorous flag from its venues would have an escalation of racism. At least NASCAR itself appears to be trying to change.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (6 min. read)
What: A (Wait For It…) Fowl Time
Why: Because my terrible pun title is better than the movie that they made for over $100 million.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (long watch / listen)
What: Helping Preservation Hall
Why: Because the New Orleans mainstay, like most of the rest of the performing arts industry, has been hit hard by COVID-19. Watch some performances from people you might know, and maybe throw them a buck or two.

Unrelated, Phoebe Bridgers just released a wonderful new album, Punisher, that is definitely worth a listen.

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. look)
What: Juneteenth
Why: Because if this week was the first you’ve heard about this celebration, think about all the other culturally important events that occur in the US that you haven’t heard about yet.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: John Bolton Sucks
Why: He also is releasing one of the most important documentations of the Trump Administration’s corruption. While you should definitely not buy the book, you should definitely read it. For example, you could type “The Room Where It Happened PDF” and see what results pop up.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Bowing Out
Why: Because Microsoft is shutting down its game streaming service as of… now.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: A Simpson’s Joke Taken To It’s Ultimate Conclusion; Here Is Me And My Son Nestor; Racism In America
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Keep That Telecommute Going
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

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