"During this backlash, called the "Simplification", anyone of learning, and eventually anyone who could even read, was likely to be killed by rampaging mobs, who proudly took on the name of "Simpletons". Illiteracy became almost universal, and books were destroyed en masse."
That's from the Wikipedia plot summary of the classic SF novel A CANTICLE FOR LEIBOWITZ.
Or maybe it's just the desired outcome of the fools and thugs who are currently running the United States government, Fox News, etc.
No surprise, Trump says he won't let Congress supervise the slush fund for his rich friends if he can avoid it.
Apparently the President of the United States cannot tell the difference between a ventilator and an automobile. I can't think of any other reason why he thinks re-opening GM's Lordstown plant would magically increase the supply of ventilators.
But given that he can't tell his ass from a hole in the ground anyhow, this is no great surprise.
Rumors of Apple's switch to ARM processors in laptops are getting louder (eg https://www.theverge.com/2020/3/27/21196611/arm-macbook-desktop-apple-2021-release-date). This feels like the next step in locking everyone on Macs down in an iOS-style walled garden (with armed guards on the wall).
Time to get off this OS.
US coronavirus case count is not only the highest in the world, it's also doubling faster than just about anywhere (including Spain, Italy, Iran). If the "cumulative number of confirmed cases" graph at https://www.ft.com/coronavirus-latest doesnt' scare you, you're either not living in the US or a Trump supporter.
If we do end up with two million excess deaths in the USA due to botched handling of the coronavirus pandemic (which seems all too likely at this point), and we don't vote ALL the bastards out of office (starting with the President, but then right down the line of everyone who played politics instead of helping people), then we're even dumber than I thought.
Looking at https://www.ft.com/coronavirus-latest it's easy to see that the US hasn't even remotely begun to flatten the curve yet. Talk of returning people to work right now is criminal stupidity.