Welcome to the Future of the Human Race: Here’s What’s Happening in the World Today

1. It’s Mark Zuckerberg’s world and we’re all just living in it

“A billionaire superman with a rictus grin, striding straight past human drones, tethered to machines and blinded to reality by blinking plastic masks. Golden light shines down on the man as he strides past his subjects, cast in gloom, toward a stage where he will accept their adulation. Later that night, he will pore across his vast network and read their praise, heaped upon him in superlatives, as he drives what remains of humanity forward to his singular vision.”

2. The Fall of the Bush dynasty

Bush stumbled, repeatedly, over a question for which he had had years to prepare. It would take four days for him to provide a definitive response: that, given the advantage of hindsight, he would not have invaded Iraq.” The cracks in Jeb Bush’s campaign were evident even before he entered the race. The Guardian‘s Sabrina Siddiqui and Adam Gabbatt look at exactly how the early Republican frontrunner stumbled so mightily.

+1: From the New York Times, how Bush spent $130 million and has nothing to show for it.

+1: Who’s the most powerful voter in this year’s election? The single American woman.

3. Apple CEO calls on Feds to Drop iPhone unlock order

“In an all-hands memo to Apple employees and a public Q&A, Tim Cook asked the Justice Department to withdraw a court order that would force Apple to unlock the San Bernardino gunman’s iPhone, saying the company has already done everything within its power and the law to help in the case.”

+1: San Bernardino victims to oppose Apple on iPhone encryption.

4. Thanks for nothing, Stephen

The federal government is on track to run a $18-billion deficit, even before adding on the billions of dollars in extra spending Liberals campaigned on. “Our starting point is much further back than we thought,” Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Monday. The full budget will be announced March 22.

+1: Tearing down the Harper legacy is serving Trudeau well.

5. The new mind control

“The internet has spawned subtle forms of influence that can flip elections and manipulate everything we say, think and do.”