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psycoskunk On June 30, 2020
Funky-Footed Skunk





A fort made of stinky socks, C
#46New Post! Jun 10, 2020 @ 18:49:17
*Peeks his head out from behind a couch.*

Is... is the virus gone yet?
Electric_Banana On June 28, 2020




, New Zealand
#47New Post! Jun 14, 2020 @ 00:38:26
@offbeat Said

was I one of those posters?



Eh, you appear to be too free spirited

There were a couple couple of old school Right-winged puritans on here who were anti-pot, anti-hippy, anti-progression, anti-difference, anti-non-conformists, etc..'real Kiwi' type blokes

They used to heckle another girl on here who posted mostly in the religious section.
offbeat On 29 minutes ago




london, United Kingdom
#48New Post! Jun 16, 2020 @ 07:57:51
i have evolved into something resembling those puritans after experiencing the rise of the whacko left these past 5 years.And perhaps you can help me with something that has puzzled me. the word 'progressive' is used to describe the values/viewpoint of the whacko left but the things they promote seem regressive and divisive to me.so,what actually qualifies them to use that label?
mrmhead 5 minutes ago




NE, Ohio
#49New Post! Jun 16, 2020 @ 15:36:48
@offbeat Said

i have evolved into something resembling those puritans after experiencing the rise of the whacko left these past 5 years.And perhaps you can help me with something that has puzzled me. the word 'progressive' is used to describe the values/viewpoint of the whacko left but the things they promote seem regressive and divisive to me.so,what actually qualifies them to use that label?


Standing up / protecting rights and freedoms for HUMANS that may think, feel or look differently than you is whacko and regressive?

Imposing restrictions on polluting and raping the environment is whacko and regressive?

... evolve, wouldn't be the word I'd use.
offbeat On 29 minutes ago




london, United Kingdom
#50New Post! Jun 16, 2020 @ 16:15:30
i think you have it the wrong way round. The whacko left are the ones putting restrictions on opinion and freedom of speech. It's one thing standing up for your beliefs and rights but it's another thing when they try to destroy the lives of those that disagree with them. They like to deal in absolute truths and disallow all debate. Unless of course the dissent comes from a section of society that they are physically terrified of. It's like we're living inside a George orwell novel.
Jennifer1984 On about 19 hours ago
Returner and proud





Penzance, United Kingdom
#51New Post! Jun 16, 2020 @ 18:19:05
@offbeat Said

i think you have it the wrong way round. The whacko left are the ones putting restrictions on opinion and freedom of speech. It's one thing standing up for your beliefs and rights but it's another thing when they try to destroy the lives of those that disagree with them. They like to deal in absolute truths and disallow all debate. Unless of course the dissent comes from a section of society that they are physically terrified of. It's like we're living inside a George orwell novel.



Ahhh, good old Eric Blair (his real name). He gets trotted out every time by whichever side thinks they can score points off the other with whichever excerpt from his Animal Farm satire or the Dystopian Nineteen Eighty-Four. We all do it.

My favourites include this meme which sums up our disappearing Prime Minister brilliantly. "Where's Boris?" Johnson. The man who hides in fridges.



Another excerpt from 1984 (my birth year, actually) goes: We didn’t ought to ‘ave trusted ‘em. I said so, Ma, didn’t I? That’s what come of trusting ‘em. I said so all along. We didn’t ought to ‘ave trusted the buggers.”


Nineteen Eighty-Four continues to stand as Orwell’s superlative achievement. It is an intellectual and humanitarian masterpiece delivered in perfect prose. It is a handbook from history, one that chimes with the times, all the time.

“We didn’t ought to have trusted the buggers” is uttered by a tearful, gin-soaked pensioner seeking safety in the bowels of a tube station from the bombs dropping above. “Perhaps it was the time when the atomic bomb had fallen on Colchester. Which buggers they didn’t ought to have trusted Winston could not now remember.”

Such is politics: one untrustworthy bugger after another, fading back beyond the horizon of memory. The scale and scenarios may differ – a nuclear stand-off, a trade war, a constitutional implosion, a leadership contest – the types and the tricks are always familiar; the will to power, the self-justifying marshalling of fact and argument, the manipulation of the herd, always tragically visible.

What is the Ministry of Lies but fake news, being weaponised daily by the world’s most powerful man and his media cheerleaders? “Two and two make five”, Winston Smith finally accepts. “What are the stars?’ asks O’Brien. “They are bits of fire a few kilometres away. We could reach them if we wanted to. Or we could blot them out. The earth is the centre of the universe. The sun and the stars go round it.” The crowd at Donald Trump’s inauguration was the biggest in history. Mexico is going to pay for the wall. Brexit means Brexit. No deal is better than a bad deal.

What is objective knowledge? Next up, fake video, where even the evidence of our eyes can no longer be trusted.

What are the rhetoric of Nigel Farage and Stephen Yaxley-Lennon but a call to join in the Two Minute Hate, the Othering of others. “Swine..!! Swine..!! Swine..!!” screams Julia at the image of Emmanuel Goldstein, a familiar 2020 sentiment towards a familiar 2020 target.

“The best books…”, Winston perceived, “are those that tell you what you already know.” 1984 tells us what we already know, but too often forget. It rings and clangs and jangles with alarms down through the decades, ever perceptive, ever relevant, ever jolting, ever on our side.


Imagine if George Orwell had written a book called “2024”. Imagine.... he describes a Britain that - affronted by the false belief that their Avalon is being run by (shock-horror) 'foreigners', then wooed by honeyed, homespun promises of plenty and sweet murmurings about “freedom” and “sovereignty” - lifted its skirts and stormed from the chambers of Europe.

Orwell’s peerless, clarifying mind tweezering apart the consequences of such a decision – a bad decision, it would turn out, driven by frenzied tabloidisation of political debate.... the sense of imperial exceptionalism that has always lived deep in the British psyche, and the deliberate exploitation of such by a combination of ideological fanatics and amoral spivs and criminals with their eyes on the prize - Big Boris, if you will.

Whatever scenario appears today, we find that Orwell got there first, saw the field more clearly, captured the game more perfectly. His grasp of human motivation and its complexities, of the political structures on which the affairs of humankind rest.

Augie March said it of Trotsky: "As the rest of us crawl from one clam-rake to the next it is stirring to have a glimpse of deep-water greatness."
offbeat On 29 minutes ago




london, United Kingdom
#52New Post! Jun 16, 2020 @ 18:56:58
except, i'm not trying to score points. I've merely noticed that there is a growing movement on the left that is doing it's utmost to change language ( 'newspeak?' ) and shut down debate. They don't even realize that they are behaving like the very thing they claim to detest.
mrmhead 5 minutes ago




NE, Ohio
#53New Post! Jun 16, 2020 @ 22:01:35
@offbeat Said

except, i'm not trying to score points. I've merely noticed that there is a growing movement on the left that is doing it's utmost to change language ( 'newspeak?' ) and shut down debate. They don't even realize that they are behaving like the very thing they claim to detest.



Because we all should have the freedom to deny healthcare or employment to people of a race or gender we don't like!!
offbeat On 29 minutes ago




london, United Kingdom
#54New Post! Jun 16, 2020 @ 22:20:48
you're doing the classic lefty thing. Putting words into the mouth of the person you're debating with. However, i don't live in the usa and I've always been shocked by the terrible healthcare situation. And when it comes to not giving jobs to people of a certain race, if the left have their way then the white job seekers will be struggling to find jobs in the future. But, i dare say the white lefties wont be too keen to see themselves replaced in jobs. It's going to be very interesting. But let me make it very clear, in my opinion, jobs should go to the most suitable applicant, regardless of their race, gender, sexuality etc.
stormie On July 01, 2020




Melbourne, Australia
#55New Post! Jun 17, 2020 @ 15:24:55
Hey! long overdue check in but probably not haha most people I knew have well and truely moved on but... Was Stormie76 way back around 2003 till I don't know when.. deleted that account.

Came back in 2011 under this user more to let some old friends know fellow TFSer & and mother of two of my beautiful kids "funky_kanga" had passed away March that year...

Tonight I was sitting here at home and thought gee wonder if TFS is still going? and here I'am after many many failed login attempts.. followed by the wait a few minutes and try again scenario.. with many more failed attempts

Things are pretty good here in Melbourne AU all things considered, My employment slowed down immensely I'm down to a day or two a week fortunately we have a job keeper government payment to keep us going its not my full wage but it's better than nothing at all like some.

Lockdown's here are slowly easing up and my two youngest kids have just returned to school over the last couple of weeks...thankfully haha I'm a terrible teacher and home schooling just isn't my thing, I have a huge new respect for teachers but if anything positive has come out of the experience it's just brought us closer together as a family unit, it's been good to see more of the family and put my focus there and not at work everyday.

Anyways.. hopefully it's not too long between drinks/posts, hope everyone is doing okay and keep ya heads up
Leon On June 21, 2020




San Diego, California
#58New Post! Jun 20, 2020 @ 18:09:28
Well we are all doing just fine (“we” being myself, my wife, and our 3.5 year old).

None of us has gotten sick, but San Diego has been low in numbers compared to the rest of California and the nation, so that of course could change. But we are not going out much, and both of us are working at home. My wife could do it forever, given her line of work (but she does miss the camaraderie of her work environment). As a PE teacher, it has been interesting. I learned how to do exercise videos and how to create a YouTube channel. And been getting parents sweaty as much as kids.

And, as you can imagine from that, financially we are fine too. In fact, we are better off than we were before the pandemic and recession hit. We had a combined 2019 income of 148,000 and got a full stimulus check bonus. AND a 25% reduction in mortgage payments due to refinancing (yes, we did that).

The way the nation is heading though, this well being may only be temporary, as it will eventually bite all of us as a nation HARD unless drastic action is taken. And it starts with the need to VOTE (so be sure to do it)!

I left here, because there really wasn’t anyone to talk to anymore. Sure, I enjoyed chewing the fat once in a while with Chaski and mrmhead, but that was an echo chamber (you two are smart, so I know you don’t take offense in that, and I know you see it when I say that.). There really wasn’t anyone else to keep things alive for me here - I felt I was talking to a wall with my threads and posts - it became more of a self-edification/education thing than actual real conversation.

If Eagle and Dave ever returned, I would though. The three of us had a storied history on here when together.

Take care everyone, and stay safe.
Leon On June 21, 2020




San Diego, California
#59New Post! Jun 20, 2020 @ 18:10:39
@TenaciousDave Said

I'm still here. I don't know what else to say but this 6 foot white American c*** is still here. Mother Earth is gonna have to try a whole lot harder. I'm not leaving just yet.



@TenaciousDave Said

I'm not sucking any d***. Not yours. not Jennifers84's... let's get down to brass tacks........


I A'INT SUCKING NO d***!





Alright, I'll suck your d*** but I had better get at least 45 dollars out it.
And that's 45 Trump dollars. Is that good enough for you?


Dammit, and now I see this. I haven’t seen you on here since you got a boner over Trump’s victory. f***, I missed my chance to join in on this and probably won’t see you again.
NZMonkeyMan On about 3 hours ago




Chch, New Zealand
#60New Post! Jun 20, 2020 @ 18:26:40
Woah, haven't been on here in years! Glad to see some people are still around
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