"Murphy was an optimist!"
Take away the power of a mass shooting by never naming the shooter June 12, 2016 11:06 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Touchy Subjects
This video must be reposted whenever a mass shooting occurs until the media outlets learn to give the shooter little to no coverage and to make the story about the victims and the heroes.
Take away the power of a mass shooting by not making the shooter into a star.add a comment
Fear not! Love everyone! June 12, 2016 10:59 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Activism, Politics, Touchy Subjects
Giving into fear and hate is how you allow yourselves to be controlled. Take the power away from the politicians and the press. Do not be afraid. Love one another!
We are being shepherded into a divided country of us and them. Let’s return to being we. "United we stand; divided we fall."add a comment
Formula to create a fascist state April 4, 2016 6:46 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Politics, Touchy Subjects, United States
It occurred to me last night that my entire adult life has been an experiment to convert America to a fascist state. How do you that?
- Change the economic system such that the bulk of the populace has to work two or more jobs to make ends meet. This takes away their time for family, self-improvement, self-satisfaction, self-education, personal satisfaction, personal growth, and health. If all the adults in the household are too busy to interact with their children, they cannot further their children’s education and their children grow up disconnected and lacking human empathy.
- Dumb down the public education system by placing an emphasis on testing instead of knowledge.
- Pit the common people against each other. This is easy since they have been dumbed down and lack empathy.
- Create more laws to reinforce 1, 2, and 3. This becomes easy since the public is not educated enough to understand what is happening and they have become divided upon their differences in race, religion, and philosophy.
This is the experiment we living in America.
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29 days in February! Let the mass unfollowings end. February 13, 2016 10:56 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Activism, Politics, Touchy Subjects
2016 is a Leap Year meaning there are 29 days in February and mass unfollowing of friends occur as United States politics flood the social media networks.
As a reminder, citizenship is not passive. We have a civic duty to participate in politics to shape our nations. That includes voicing dissenting opinions among our peers. An informed citizenry can better shape its respective nation. When the citizenry, particularly the proletariat, can be convinced to not be bothered, corporations and politicians can more easily control the people.
If we decry political discussions on Facebook or other social media as a reason to block people or unfriend others, we are doing nothing less than putting our fingers in our ears and chanting nah nah nah nah nah.
We make progress by listening to ideas foreign to our own. A business meeting where everyone walks into a room and nods heads in agreement and pats each other on the back is a waste of meeting space and salaries. An echo chamber where everyone else says the same thing we already think does not further a cause. Both cases are nothing more than pep rallies and bandwagons.
A diverse population will never be in complete agreement. John Lydgate said, “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.” If the Left implemented all of their philosophies with blatant disregard for the Right, you would have a significant portion of the population displeased and vice versa. Politics is about finding a happy medium where the Right and the Left find a middle ground which somewhat pleases both extremes. Our politician’s job is to seek this middle ground!
An elected official is supposed to represent the people; not just the people who agree with that politician’s ideals. A Congressman is a professional and should be willing to approach a vote with a Yea to represent its constituents’ wishes even when that Congressman’s personal beliefs say Nay. Consider your representatives’ histories as you go into the voting booths.
Regarding the political arena and social media, I implore you to resist the urge to take a dislike to someone you follow or even go so far as to block or unfollow them over their political posts. Instead, engage them. I did not say “insult them” or “fight with them” or “troll them.” Engage them. Be inquisitive. Try to understand their position even if they are unwilling to give you the same courtesy. Let’s make politics civil again.add a comment
And thus the water wars began… March 15, 2015 10:21 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Environment, Touchy Subjects
NASA scientist declares .
“And thus, the water wars. By 2017 mankind had scurried to build pipelines in an attempt to move water from one side of the country to another. Environmentalists stayed silent as bulldozers and eminent domain tore through protected lands and national parks in a attempt to settle the anarchy which had befallen California. By 2018, millions of Californians had died and the first water trickled through the continental pipeline. Between 2015 and 2018, naturally scientists and companies looked to the Pacific Ocean for desalinization but our technology just wasn’t ready. By 2019, the national stabilized. California’s water rationing was released and the remaining residents filled their pools, and greened their lawns. By 2020, the areas of the United States feeding the great water pipeline began to feel the pain as water rationing was introduced in their counties. Domestic terrorists began strategic attacks upon the pipeline. Countries around the world began experiencing similar problems as the United States. Desalinization attempts were begun again. In 2022, only the superrich remained alive in California as they could truck water in. One entrepreneur recognizing the hopeless demise of the polar ice caps had begun a glacier harvesting operation to haul polar water to the United States. Other countries followed suit and by 2030, what remained of the polar ice caps was a polluted, pillaged, undrinkable mess riddled with blood and oil stains and slightly irradiated from the ice harvesting tools and skirmishes. In 2035, a lone man sat in a desert, protected only by shade he created with the remains of a raggedy Coleman tent. A single jet flew low overhead. Little did he know it was the last plane to ever flew. It had been on a scouting mission for drinkable water and the pilot, devoid of hope, crashed it into the ocean. The desert man hummed a mantra, withdrew a stick from his backpack, and proceeded to use his divining rod where he sat under his shade. The stick pulled to the ground. 10 minutes later, with minor effort of digging, the desert man quenched his thirst. …”add a comment
Deep Thoughts January 21, 2015 2:19 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Deep Thoughts, Philosophy, Sex, Touchy Subjects
The problem with porn is that you can see too much.
(n.b. I’m quite pleased at the numerous insertions of double entendres in this post.)add a comment
Does your vote count? Only if you vote. November 6, 2014 10:43 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Local Politics, Politics, Touchy Subjects
On November 4, 2014, Knox County had 104734 people vote on Amendment 1 altering the state’s constitution to give government control over a woman’s body. In 2013, 444622 lived in Knox County. That means 24% of the population decided to vote.
What does this mean? In short, Knox County allowed roughly the same number of people who show up to a football game on Saturday to decide to change the state of Tennessee’s constitution.
2016 is not far away. Get registered to vote. Learn the issues. Ignore the marketing. Make educated decisions. VOTE!add a comment
Jim Jefferies – Gun Control October 7, 2014 5:31 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Touchy Subjects
Stay away from the software industry July 10, 2014 3:28 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Technology, Touchy Subjects
No sane person should ever voluntarily enter into the software industry. We have mental institutions that haven’t experience crazy on this level.add a comment
The Ghost Bike July 1, 2014 11:52 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Family, Touchy Subjects
This picture shows the shoulder where Mark was killed. This is not a death caused by poorly designed roads like those in Knoxville, TN which do not accommodate bicyclists and automobiles. This was caused by utter negligence by the automobile driver. Note the width of the shoulder. Note the rumble strip intended to alert the driver that the car is leaving the road.
Drivers, please, pay attention to the road. Give your complete attention to your driving. Watch for the unexpected. Expect a dog, a deer, a child to jump out in front of you. Share the road with the cyclists. Commuting is not a competition. It is a shared experience. Help each other get to their respective destinations unharmed by taking your commute seriously. Don’t text and drive. Don’t drink and drive. Put your make-up on at home. Read your newspaper somewhere other than the driver’s seat.
When I champion the end of private transportation as a mainstream mechanism to move people from one place to another, I do so because senseless deaths like Mark’s will cease. An autonomous, robotic, vehicle would not have done this.
If you wish to read Mark’s obituary, it can be found online at http://www.ymlfuneralhome.com/obituary/5238foradd a comment
I’m not shopping there June 30, 2014 5:07 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Politics, Sex, Touchy Subjects
While I would have to become a recluse living in a cave in the woods and buying nothing from any company to ride my moral high horse, I still don’t have to shop at Hobby Lobby who ships junk from China and resells it at a high markup. (just read this…search for one child per famliy and hypocrisy). Hobby Town sells model rocket engines cheaper than Hobby Lobby and Michaels, A.C. Moore, and Jo Anne’s have all the other stuff…cheaper. So, Hobby Lobby just go stand over there with Exxon and Chick-fil-a.
SCOTUS really screwed the pooch on this one. Sure hope they were wearing a condom. Wonder who paid for the condom?add a comment
The arts teach more than your standardized tests January 10, 2014 8:17 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Touchy Subjects
Tennessee. Haslam. McIntyre. Knox County School Board. This video is for you.
Yo! Knox County Schools…how about stepping up and doing stuff like this with our students? Lessons? How about hand/eye coordination, team work, rhythm, did I mention team work?, leadership, technical production, composition, self-confidence, and most of all, accomplishment. Did you know that there is a mathematical side to music? And poetry (literature) in the lyrics? I’m sure I missed some.
Do you get any of that out of a standardized test?add a comment
Valley Wag Fails to Understand Coin in Neo-Luddism Fashion November 15, 2013 1:50 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Economy, Gadgets, Technology, Touchy Subjects
Gawker’s Valley Wag misses the boat on Coin in a way that screams poor journalism. Why do I say poor journalism? Take this ValleyWag quote: "It’s also inherently riskier than carrying a few cards on you, as one lost Coin means everything is gone at once." Obviously ValleyWay did not even look at Coin’s FAQ or attempt to talk to someone at Coin.
- Coin can alert you in the event that you leave it somewhere.
- Coin will automatically deactivate if it loses contact with your phone for a period of time that you configure in the Coin mobile app.
My response to ValleyWag:
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ValleyWag is completely missing the point. Not only is this a great solution to reduce the size of your wallet but it brings great security to your physical financial transactions. Imagine leaving your credit card at a restaurant. We’ve all done it. You know the fear of someone having access to your bank accounts while we rush back to the store, the hassle of being on hold with the credit card company to cancel the card, etc. With Coin, if it detects that it is away from your phone for a set amount of time, the card deactivates until you reactivate it. It becomes a useless piece of plastic! Also if you start to walk away from it, your phone beeps to warn you that the Coin has possibly been left behind. When we hand a card to a waiter, as they walk away from your table they could be texting your credit card number to a friend who could be making large purchases online before you even get to sign your check. With Coin, only the last 4 digits of the credit card number are ever shown so this type of theft becomes impossible.
ValleyWag also misses that this is not just a credit card, it is a programmable swipe card. If I get to my office only to realize I left my door entry card at the house, with Coin, I simply need to load my access card onto Coin from my cell phone and I’m back in the building for the day without having to run back home.
We collect loyalty card after loyalty card then get rid of them by using phone apps that are slow to open and only scan by the cashier half the time slowing down the line behind us. Coin will replace loyalty cards also.
This is a great product that everyone needs.
One card to rule them all! November 15, 2013 11:09 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Economy, Gadgets, Technology, Touchy Subjects
Early adopters buy one now! Pre-orders are half price at $50 instead of $100.
Coin is basically a programmable swipe card. You store all your credit cards, building entry cards, loyalty cards, etc. (anything with a magnetic strip) in your smartphone. The physical Coin card can hold up to 8 cards in its memory. If you need to swap one out, you plug the Coin swipe device (think Square) into the headphones jack of your smartphone, select the card you need, and swipe the Coin and it is now programmed with the correct card.
Imagine leaving your credit card at a restaurant. We’ve all done it. You know the fear of someone having access to your bank accounts while we rush back to the store, the hassle of being on hold with the credit card company to cancel the card, etc. With Coin, if it detects that it is away from your phone for a set amount of time, the card deactivates until you reactivate it. It becomes a useless piece of plastic! Also if you start to walk away from it, your phone beeps to warn you that the Coin has possibly been left behind. When we hand a card to a waiter, they could write down the numbers on the card. With Coin, only the last 4 digits of the credit card number are ever shown.
Disclaimer: I’ve pre-ordered mine. Each of the links to Coin in this post includes my referral link. I receive a $5 credit from Coin for each referral that makes a purchase which means once ten people have purchased through my link, my Coin becomes free. If you are going to purchase one, please do it with one of these links. Thank you!2comments