Live Like You Are Being Watched

In capitalization news, the latest edition of the AP Stylebook, released last month, instructs the lowercasisazation (take that, English police!) of the word “internet.” After calling for capitalization of the word—handled as a proper noun, short for the “International Network” of computers—until this year, the good folks at the AP Stylebook have decided the internet is just as present and ingrained into earth’s culture as “sun” or “sea” and saved everyone an unnecessary press of the shift key when typing it henceforth.

Live your life like you are on a reality show, and enter your internet search terms as if they are public record. Because you may be on camera right now, and someone may be going through your search history. Really, it may indeed be happening.

Plus, this strategy may keep everyone from doing some awful things, if they thought everyone else may be watching them. People seem to act a little more respectfully when they have to put on their public face.

Free sun! All month, worldwide. While supplies last. Enjoy. I can’t take credit for it, but I do want to remind you to take advantage of it.

The horrible shooting at Pulse nightclub in Florida reminds those who may attend concerts, sporting events or patronize clubs where the venue’s “security” seems primarily on hand to make sure the crowd doesn’t bring in their own drinks, or that someone doesn’t try to crowd surf, are pitifully ill-equipped to handle any sort of active shooter situation. If someone does breach the gates with an assault weapon, the attendees, unfortunately, are fish in a barrel.

The group of legal professionals running for the new judgeship contains a great diversity, not just talking about young and old, black and white, male and female (which is true as well), but each candidate has a unique background and perspective on the legal system. It has been interesting learning about their views and having some real dialogue about criminal justice.

I am doing my best to never have to appear before a judge . . . but many in the community will have to, and we need someone focused on improving life for all, not just funneling as many individuals as possible through a money-making or control scheme.

Another point: since so much money is being taken from those going through the system, why is it that that the sheriff’s office, police department and jail are such a multimillion-dollar drain on the taxpayers (with the “conservative” sheriff asking for more and more as each year passes)?

Within the past few weeks I was lucky enough to have taken in Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros in Cumberland Caverns as part of the Bluegrass Underground series, Warren Haynes and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra performing a tribute to the Grateful Dead, and the Bonnaroo merriment. What will be next?

Radiate positivity!

Let go of the ego and let pure love flow through.


Bracken Mayo 

Publisher/Editor in Chief


About the Author

Bracken, a 2003 graduate of MTSU’s journalism program, is the founder and publisher of The Murfreesboro Pulse. He lives in Murfreesboro with his wife, graphic artist and business partner, Sarah, and son, Bracken Jr. Bracken enjoys playing the piano, sushi, Tool, football, chess, jogging, spending time in his backyard with his chickens, hippie music, climbing at The Ascent, bowling, swimming, soup, tennis, sunshine, revolution, defiance and anarchy. He can cook a mean grilled cheese, and can fry just about anything.

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