Webtacular World Issue # 372, June 6, 2021

Greetings Webtaculators! This was the first normal week I felt like I’ve had in months – mostly because it was. I ate dinner at a restaurant (outside), saw extended family who I hadn’t seen since 2019, and even went to go get a beer with a friend (outside). It was spectacular. I hope that you all have been able to start to do normal things again as well. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: Acknowledging A Tragedy
Why: Because the United States hates recognizing the terrible things it has done in the past, it is not entirely surprising that the destruction of “Black Wall Street” has gone unrecognized for so long. However, assuming Republicans continue to get their way, this might be the only time this is recognized, since it seems too many people still want to ignore the brutal role racism has played and continues to play in our society.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Fly Like A G7
Why: Because the wealthiest democracies in the world just agreed to start taxing foreign earnings for the largest companies. 

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Just What We Needed!
Why: Because another judge who doesn’t understand the Second Amendment just re-legalized ARs in California. The judge absolutely failed at creating an actual analogy by trying to say an AR 15 is like a Swiss Army knife because it is “…a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment. Good for both home and battle.” I don’t recall a Swiss Army knife only being good at stabbing people both in defense… and defense.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: A Reintroduction To Gender
Why: Because it’s pride month.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: The Giants Are… Great?
Why: Because the SF Giants, who are made up of a bunch of people my age, currently have the best record in the Major Leagues. I know I just jinxed them by stating this, but that’s OK. 

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (long read)
What: The Streaming Era
Why: Because the types of movies currently being made at a blistering rate don’t quite fit the mold of anything that came before. Here are 50 of the best so far.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (5 min. read)
What: The Same Song 10 Different Ways
Why: Because Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour” is what happens when you cross Avril Lavigne with Taylor Swift, and add a bunch of swearing. It’s not bad!

PHOTOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. look)
What: The Big Picture
Why: Because the California Academy Of Sciences held a contest, which is just an excuse to look at at cool photos.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (8 min. read)
What: The Problem With Language And Aliens
Why: Because one of the most overlooked and underexplained things in science fiction is how different species communicate with each other, especially when one of those species is human.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (13 min. watch)
What: The Next Horizon
Why: Because Horizon: Forbidden West, looks gorgeous. 

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: No Words Necessary; Will The Real Sparta Please Stand Up; The Droid You’re Looking For
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: Old Lego Sets
Why: Because Brian deserves it, and they cost a small fortune.

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

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