ISIS is unstoppable and the West’s response so far is typical self-harming fare. David Cameron wants to give UK police more power over private citizens and Obama and Congress are so divided and idiotic they can’t even come up with a unified strategy. When post-911 neoliberal Western civilization feels threatened its first reaction is to threaten to harm its own citizens to prove its otherwise dwindling power and significance by showing the ability to harass, restrict and eventually kill us all faster than the terrorists can kill us all. If our government kills us all the terrorists are meaningless and if the terrorists kill us all our government is meaningless. They both need us not dead but also not fully alive. This is the game of globalism, in which distracted, apathetic and numbed populaces are a mass of hostages to be extorted between wealthy industrial governments and tiny cells of resistance around the world. The towers fell and the Patriot Act was passed. Journalist gets head chopped off and the UK can seize passports now. Only when we wake up and admit the complicity of ourselves in this madness can we put an end to it. ISIS would cease to exist if it didn’t have all-too-willing Western governments that symbolically respond and validate everything ISIS does. But Western governments feel validated by validating and that’s the reason why it all continues.
“West Coast VR has a lot to do with acid, I think, because people were kind of mind-prepping for alternative realities.”—Oral History of Virtual Reality When Facebook bought virtual reality company Oculus in early 2014, virtual reality blew up. While game and movie studios began reimagining the future, others looked back at the “old days” of VR — a loosely remembered period in the 1990s when gloves and goggles were super cool and everyone was going to get high on 3D graphics. But things were never so simple. We spoke to 18 key VR innovators about their work and dreams. What follows is over two decades of memories and visions for what the future could be. (via thisistheverge)
The California State Senate passed legislation on Tuesday imposing strict regulations on how law enforcement and other government agencies can use drones, a move supporters said will protect privacy and prevent warrantless surveillance.
The bill attracted bipartisan support in the Senate, passing 25-8 during the evening vote in Sacramento.
The legislation would require law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant before using an unmanned aircraft, or drone, except in emergencies such as a fire or a hostage-taking.
Other public agencies would be able to use drones, or contract for their use, to achieve their “core mission,” so long as that mission is not to gather criminal intelligence.
"The potential for abuse of drones is high and we need to be vigilant to ensure our Constitutional rights are protected," said the bill’s co-author, Democratic Senator Ted Lieu.