“The problems stem from how Congress drafted the Affordable Care Act, including the territories in some provisions but not others. New insurance regulations—like the requirement to sell to all shoppers, cover a larger suite of benefits, and limits on premiums—were included as amendments to the Public Health Service Act. American territories do fall under that law, and must comply with its requirements. The individual mandate and insurance subsides, however, are not amendments to the PHS Act. They’re just part of the new health care law, which defines states differently, as “each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.” As such, territories are also barred from using the federal health exchange but did have the opportunity to build their own marketplaces.”—Think your state has Obamacare problems? They’re nothing compared to Guam. - The Washington Post (via scritic)
The year is 2393, and a senior scholar of the Second People’s Republic of China presents a gripping and deeply disturbing account of how the children of the Enlightenment, the political and economic elites of the so-called advanced industrial societies, entered into a Penumbral period in the early decades of the twenty-first century, a time when sound science and rational discourse about global change were prohibited and clear warnings of climate catastrophe were ignored. What ensues when soaring temperatures, rising sea levels, drought, and mass migrations disrupt the global governmental and economic regimes? The Great Collapse of 2093.
Historian of science (geophysics!) Naomi Oreskes is kicking it with sf these days.
I had something over at The Guardian the other day on how the relationship between politics and expertise has changed. In passing I made a comment about the current celebrity of Thomas Piketty. In hindsight, that may have obscured rather than illuminated the argument, especially for Piketty’s…