The Baffler,  March 4, 2015

Daily Bafflements



• Today in Billionaires’ Dreams Do Come True: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s luxury yacht, the M/Y Octopus, is equipped with an exploration submarine. Allen announced this week that all his deep-sea explorations had not been in vain: he had discovered the wreck of a huge WWII Japanese battleship off the coast of the Philippines. Asked for comment, “spokespersons for the Philippines’ navy and coast guard told [reporters] they were not informed of the discovery.”

• The Affordable Care Act case, King v. Burwell, reaches the Supreme Court today, and both sides are courting likely swing vote Chief Justice John Roberts. ACA critics argue that there are alternative plans to Obama’s policy, and that shutting it down won’t cause chaos. reports: “Ed Haislmaier, a health care policy expert with the conservative-leaning Heritage Foundation, on Tuesday predicated some fallout, or ‘dislocation’ but not to such an extent. ‘Is the sky going to fall?’ he asked. ‘No, but it’s probably going to rain in some places.'”

• The Washington football-team-formerly-known-as-Redskins aren’t the only offensively named legacy sports teams in the country; high schools and small towns are starting to consider making changes to their team names, as well, reports the New York Times.

• “Virtual reality will impact our lives mostly as a completely new workspace,” says Karl Hulec, 23, co-founder of VR Union, a manufacturer of virtual reality headsets that boast LCD technology, a 180-degree field of vision, and the ability for users to wear prescription glasses inside them. So…do you want the future to look like this?

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