An occasional topic of conversation between my brother and me is whether the ever-growing modern state and compliant populace is closer to the forecasts of Orwell’s 1984 or Huxley’s Brave New World. Is it the ever vigilant, constantly-threatening Leviathan of 1984, or the overly-sensually-contented and conditioned populace of Brave New World?

I have reached the conclusion that it is both at the same time, and sometimes depends upon the level of consciousness of the citizen. From the 1984 file today:

Utah’s $1.5 billion cyber-security center under way

CAMP WILLIAMS — Today’s groundbreaking for a $1.5 billion National Security Administration data center is being billed as important in the short term for construction jobs and important in the long term for Utah’s reputation as a technology center.

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[Senator Orrin]Hatch said Utah was chosen for the project over 37 other locations. He characterized the cyber-security center as the “largest military construction project in recent memory.” […]

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And in news from the Brave New World:

Airport Steaming Over Strip Club Neighbor

A new Rick’s Cabaret is about to open near the South entrance to DFW International Airport.

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The club is expected to open its doors in a few weeks. Owners say their place is going to make the airport sexier. […] (Yes, you read that right. I guess this is good security checkpoint preparation.)

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And, here are two stories to mark the fusion of both worlds:

Drone may be coming to Miami-Dade



…MDPD purchased a drone named T-hawk from defense firm Honeywell to assist with the department’s Special Response Team’s operations. The 20-pound drone can fly for 40 minutes, reach heights of 10,500 feet and cruise in the air at 46 miles an hour. “It gives us a good opportunity to have an eye up there. Not a surveilling eye, not a spying eye. Let’s make the distinction. A surveilling eye to help us to do the things we need to do, honestly to keep people safe,” said Miami-Dade Police Director James Loftus.

The ACLU is one of the organizations that is concerned about the drone that may soon be coming to Miami-Dade County. Howard Simon, the executive director of the ACLU of Florida approves of the drones but also advocates strict regulation of the drones. “Technology: there’s no reason not to embrace technology if it makes the streets safer, if it helps the police… (Way to go supine, ACLU!)

U.S. tells agencies: Watch ‘insiders’ to prevent new WikiLeaks

Measure ‘happiness,’ look for ‘despondence and grumpiness,’ memo from administration official urges

Pass the word–don’t worry about me. Years of State Conditioning Center “education” have set me straight–I love Big Brother, he keeps me safe! And even Epsilons perform useful services… Can I get some Soma here?!

UPDATE: OK, just one more– the coup de grace:

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