New virtual reality technology promises to change the way you watch movies, play video games, and more!

During a developers conference over the weekend, Oculus Rift, a pioneer in the virtual reality field, announced its collaboration with Samsung. According to the New York Times, the Samsung Gear VR will combine Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 4 smartphone with Oculus software “to create a portable virtual reality experience.” Additionally, Oculus will likely release its own headset in the coming year. On radio this morning, Glenn, Pat, and Jeffy discussed the impact virtual reality devices will have on various industries.

“There is a lot of talk about something called Oculus. It's virtual reality, and it is here… [I]t is something that is game-changing to everything,” Glenn said. “This is the kind of thing that I just want to share with you… Everything that we have grown up getting used to, it's over… And it doesn't have to be a bad thing, but we have to decide where we are going as a people.”

Virtual reality technology is already having a huge impact on the gaming industry. Soon enough, the capability of this equipment will play a role in movie making, education, tourism, the way people communicate with one another, and more.

From a business perspective, Glenn could see something like Oculus being quite useful in his day-to-day life. With offices in New York City, Dallas, Texas, Los Angeles, California, Columbus, Ohio, and Washington D.C., TheBlaze could begin to eliminate the physical barriers that exist via virtual reality technology.

“Right now, everybody gets onto a plane… [to] go to wherever. With Oculus, you don't need that. You can have an Oculus room set up to where… I sit down [and] I am virtual to everybody else or they are virtual to me,” Glenn said. “And it's like I am sitting down in this conference room… You are seeing the table. You are seeing you and everybody else at the table. We are all having a conference, and it is like we're there.”

In time, virtual reality developers believe they can get the technology to a point where people are completely immersed in this alternate universe. From hearing to seeing to smelling, there could come a time in which there is no reason to take a virtual reality headset or bodysuit off.

“Imagine if you could actually see it in this kind of detail on the other side of the world. You may never get to the Great Wall of China… but if I could go through a [virtual reality] tour and I could walk it… on a stair-climbing machine – I am seeing it, smelling it, I am feeling it, what difference does it make,” Glenn asked. “The real becomes unreal. Virtual reality will become better than reality. That's the problem.”

Glenn said he spoke with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban about virtual reality technology, and he is concerned about the impact it could have on ticket sales. Why would someone go through the hassle of going to a sporting event or concert, if they could enjoy a potentially better experience from the comfort of their own home?

“Here's a guy who owns the Dallas Mavericks. He said, ‘Imagine, Glenn, right now, you are going to a baseball game or basketball game and you want to be a part of the crowd. That's the thing. You go to those because you want to be part of the crowd,’” Glenn explained. “’But if I can make it an Oculus experience, how do I keep the crowd going to the baseball game or the basketball game or the concert, when going to the concert is full of all kind of hassle?’”

A similar assumption can be extended to movie viewing. The technology could get to a point where no two viewing experiences are the same.

“You know how many times you would watch your favorite movie… if movies were made in such a way – with Oculus – that we are not watching what the characters are doing necessarily on screen… It would be unbelievable, and it changes everything.”

As Jeffy and Pat explained, such customization is already happening with video games.

“They are doing that with the games now because the game learns,” Pat said. “It sees what you did the first time around, and it changes your experience the second time around and the third. So no two experiences are ever the same. Even if you get to the end of the game and win it, the next time you play it, it is a difference experience. They are already doing that.”

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On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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