Webtacular World Issue # 375, July 11, 2021

Greetings Webtaculators! This week, my son turned one. It is absolutely astounding to me how much a person can change in a year, and how much this past year has changed along with him. On to the news.

STORY OF THE WEEK (long reads)
What: The Biggest Stories I Missed Last Week
Why: Because Rumsfeld is dead, the Trump Organization was unsurprisingly charged with not paying taxes, and the U.S. withdrew forces from Afghanistan.

ECONOMIC THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. read)
What: Space Out
Why: Because I guess it’s neat and all that the world’s billionaires are racing each other to launch themselves into the stratosphere, but there are kind of a lot of things that we could have been spending that money on instead. Science fiction has done plenty of thinking on what happens when corporations control space, and none of them end up well for most people.

LAW THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: What The Federalists Have Wrought
Why: Because the Court is beginning to re-mold the United States following a broken theory of law.

SCIENCE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Once Again, Climate Change Is Real
Why: Because Portland isn’t supposed to be over 100 degrees for multiple days in a row.

SPORTS THING OF THE WEEK (3 min. reads)
What: Viva Italia! Viva Argentina!
Why: Because Italy won the Euro Cup, and Messi finally got his international trophy with Argentina.

MOVIE THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Marvel Keeps Marveling
Why: Because Black Widow just might be the film that drags people back to movie theaters.

MUSIC THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Aging Man Continues To Have An Excellent Taste In Music
Why: Because Obama’s choice for his annual summer playlist remains on fleek, which is something the kids definitely stopped saying a long time ago.

VIDEOGRAPHY THING OF THE WEEK (10ish min. watch [for the most important parts])
What: The Virgin Flight
Why: Because space is neat.

LITERATURE THING OF THE WEEK (2 min. read)
What: Aging Man Continues To Have A Great Reading List, Too
Why: Because Obama also released his summer reading list.

VIDEO GAME THING OF THE WEEK (4 min. read)
What: Hideously Wonderful
Why: Because some games, like Cruelty Squad, are purposefully designed to be as off-putting as possible, which somehow works.

INTERNET THINGS OF THE WEEK (∞)
What: Oh No…; Vax That Thing Up; Give Jack And Kyle Your Money
Why: Because Internet.

THING YOU SHOULD GET BRIAN OF THE WEEK
What: My Own Rocket Ship, I Guess
Why: Because Brian deserves it.

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

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