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Roarey Raccoon

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  1. Irrelevant. That's if you were even correct in your ability to predict the future. It is obviously inevitable there will be some suffering after Brexit, but no recession is permanent. Britain is the 5th largest economy, we have a wonderful nation, in a multitude of ways, with great people. Your trouble is you think so many of them are morons who don't know the right way to think. You believe your perspective is the most sensible one, which is what we all do, which is why we have votes. There's no right or wrong answer to the question of the UK leaving the EU, just a question of what individual voters want, what they believe is best based on their perspective, their needs and their experience. What you need to grow up and realise is that nobody in politics has any of the required knowledge or experience to know what is best for entire nations, millions of people. Anybody who has the arrogance to believe they possess that wisdom is a threat to everyone around them if they have power. That's why we have bloody democracies, with the public voting as individuals. The public made their decision and no it isn't stupid, or misinformed, it just isn't what you want and, like all decisions, it will have some negative consequences. Turns out, people value national sovereignty, and notice when they are being fucked, and folks like you have decided in your great wisdom that they're a bunch of racist, bigoted dullards who couldn't find their arse in the dark. How understanding of you. The government is authorised to act on our behalf, as it must be, but this doesn't apply to referenda. When this was announced, did the government say: "You have a choice to make, the outcome of which will be final, but should you vote the way we don't want you to, we may have to ignore your decision because it might be a bit drastic to do it." The fucking excuse-making remainer drivel in here is absolutely laughable. You could have accepted the public decision of your fellow citizens and looked on the bright side. Could have spent time looking for how to make the best of our new situation. Or you could spend time crying about the decision, pointing out how we're all fucking doomed and everybody who got us here is either a scumbag or a moron. Excellent idea, that last one. Really strong, bold, brave and wise.
  2. Sorry, not doing the whole boatload of quotes thing. You've said nothing of substance here beyond the assertion that Parliament is sovereign, and thus can overrule anything, including a referendum. Could try just saying that, hey? Parliamentary sovereignty is with regards to the law. Is there a law which grants that national referenda results can be dishonered if some elitist sacks of shit decide that the public is too stupid, and thus voted "wrong"? The PM, Cameron and May, both made clear that Brexit would be honored. You don't want it, so you are scrambling to justify your own stance, to actually, unironically, justify betraying the British public in their decision. Later decisions overrule prior ones in law, yes, no shit. Not in the outcomes of votes. You don't set up a national referendum tackling the most important decision the nation has to make since WW2 and then decide to not honour it if you don't like what the result is. That isn't how democracy works. It isn't what the government outlined. It isn't what the British law outlines. You are arguing for a path to authoritarianism and you don't even know it. Perhaps the greatest irony is that you think you're better informed than over half the voting public, informed enough to betray a nations people rather than see an outcome you don't want. Patently ridiculous. There is no budging on this for someone with a sense of honour and integrity. The government are public servants, not public masters. We lose that, we lose everything. It appears the concept of having a spine is on the wane these days. For shame. I mean that in earnest.
  3. Technically? Cameron made it clear, repeatedly, that the result of the vote would be final and binding. The referendum saw the largest turnout perhaps in all of Britain's democratic history and the leave vote won by a margin of more than a million. If this is not binding, if this vote can be handwaved away, then our democracy means precisely nothing. Would you be making this argument if remain had won? Let's say we had a second referendum, let's say remain won that one. On what grounds should all the people who voted leave in the first referendum honour the results of the second one? Why honour the results of any votes if the biggest decision the public has made in practically more than a century, with the passion to turn out to vote being stronger than on any other referendum or general election, can be brushed off? You couldn't get more "technically" binding. Nobody on the remain side would accept this shit if it was the other way around. I didn't vote leave either, but if you can't stick to principles just because you don't get what you want all the time, then you don't have principles at all. Disgraceful.
  4. Yeah. Kinda the point of votes. If you can invalidate the result of one vote you can invalidate them all under the same terms. If it isn't honored, the concept of referendums is fucked. Very simple concept, mate. Stop looking for dishonest means to argue for getting what you want, it is childish. As for the racism stuff, I don't buy any of it. Frankly, I'm sick of hearing about race, if people want to play that card over and over to demonise others they can do so, but I'm not listening to it. It's boring. The patriotic thing to do is to honor the decision the public have made. Simple as that, no essays required.
  5. By itself, this "project" is just some amateur, lacklustre art with an attempt to dress it up with bog-standard photoshop effects and filters. The fact that a man with decades in the comic industry, an artist for so long, has churned out this broken, unfinished shit, is disgraceful. I'd die from embarrassment just drawing something that bad with my own experience, which pales in comparison to how long Penders has been working. To be able to show this off with pride and confidence takes some serious delusion. I don't know whether to pity him or just be annoyed that he'd trade on his name to fart out this garbage in such a competitive industry, teeming with talent. What a sad git.
  6. It is quite crazy how much of an impact a website and forum can have in one's life. I'm really glad TSS is still around XP.
  7. So not used to SSMB looking like this. It's so white! Aaaaah.

  8. I'll have to admit that these movies are a guilty pleasure of mine. I think the chipmunks are so adorable and the films are just silly fun. Sometimes that's nice, just to watch cute, dumb films XP.
  9. For people with Telegram, I'm making Tails stickers! More added as I do them. https://t.co/J5OKXdXyi7

  10. I've totally been dragged back here by the Personal Discussion forum XP.

    1. Big Panda

      Big Panda

      It's great to see you around more :)

    2. Sunwalker


      Your advices are among my favorite to read. I commend you on taking some of your time for helping people, thanks and keep it up ;)

  11. When I saw the teaser trailer for the new Deus Ex, I had to create a quick desktop for it XP.
  12. I honestly adore the furry fandom. I can't imagine much of an interesting life without it, all the art, cute costumes, strange, interesting people. I've never been to a convention outside the UK, so I tend to stick with Confuzzled, due to not being able to afford anything else. I help out the staff there every year, these days. Because of the fandom I was able to build a little pocket of a fanbase, through drawing my crappy cartoons, which now earns me a little income. If it wasn't for that, I don't really know what I'd be doing to survive, so I'm thankful for having found the furry community in 2003, it's the greatest source of fun in my life. You just can't beat the surreal, absurd, warm feeling of being in a huge hotel, surrounded by dozens, even hundreds, of big cutesy, toony critters bouncing all over the place. It kicks ass. It's also the best artistic community I've ever seen.
  13. Totally love the new Tails design XP.

  14. Never been much of a comic book fan, aside from the odd series like Preacher, so I'm pretty indifferent to what comic books have in them. Since it's entertainment the only thing that really matters is the quality of the art and the writing, after that you can just love it or hate it or whatever. What is, however, important is how muslim women are treated in the real world, which is like chattel. Anybody showing the gusto to point out how fucked up cultures exploit people, no matter what the excuse (like religious belief, fuck that one already), has my support. I don't expect serious social commentary from superhero comics or even the entertainment industry. It's great when it does happen but it's more important when people get together in the real world and speak their minds. Millions of people are being treated like utter shit on account of self-appointed religious authority figures and it's wrong. End of. One doesn't need a fucking comic to make that sort of point, nor should they expect anything but an entertaining story.
  15. Great to see new banners being made all the time, you lot kick arse, as does bmn for continuing to put them up (at a faster rate than I ever did, haha).
  16. Roarey Raccoon


    Since you've asked for feedback in the topic title I'll oblige you XP. There's really not much of value I could say to you, from one person who likes drawing to another, besides a couple of basic points. The first is never quit. Never, never stop. Listen to and acknowledge that critical part of your brain that constantly harasses you, telling you that you're crap; if you're going to get compliments and appreciation for your work, let that come from other people. Second is draw what you love to draw and try not to worry about rules. People can obsess over how to draw books and instruction manuals, classes and such, but the one true driving force behind achieving excellence in any craft is personal passion. You create your own goals and you will pick things up and learn new things when you're personally ready and willing to. Try to force it and you'll be buried beneath the rubble of your own inadequacies and lack of knowledge. Best of luck with your drawing, I hope you keep at it and some years down the line you can look back and see how far you've come.
  17. I remember seeing SA1 in action on a Japanese Dreamcast before the console hit UK shores and I was blown away at the time by how good it looked. Seeing Tails on a snowboard melted my fanboy heart. Actually playing the game was a disappointment though, which wasn't improved with SA2. It felt clunky to play and the different game types for the characters were really unappealing. All I liked about SA1 was running about as Tails, because I'm a sad sack, but he was stuck in a machine for SA2, haha. The annoying imperfections in the gameplay combined with the extreme levels of cheese in the cutscenes made it practically unplayable. I haven't enjoyed playing a Sonic game since SA1, besides a brief nostalgia rush at the helm of Generations. To be honest I've never really been into Sonic because of the games, for me it was all about the characters so it's the cartoons I really fell in love with. SatAM and AoStH rocked my child mind and made me a huge, ridiculous Tails fan. My other half loves the modern games though, he delights in them, for the most part. So at least someone in my house likes the Sonic games, haha.
  18. The UK government is so bad, so awful that it defies coherence. From pathetic education policy, attacking the disabled on welfare and cutting public services to complaining about a lack of money whilst making it easier for the rich to evade tax. The UK is the biggest tax haven in Europe and a world leader in horrendous libel laws. So much corruption, back-patting and obfuscation exists that it makes it extremely hard to pin down individual things and people to focus on. I guess that's the way most governments operate, you could hear the same shit from anyone in any country. All the same, they're utter bastards and it makes me sick.
  19. Not photoshopping people is something I can get behind; it's always been utterly ridiculous to me. They still pick attractive people though, because they're trying to sell a product. I'm not interested in the advertising side, because advertising can fuck off, but keeping away from photoshop when showing photographs of people in magazines and newspapers would be excellent. Instead of, you know, contributing to the misery and unrealistic expectations of an image-conscious public.
  20. New staff, always fun XP. Best of luck to the both of you, hope you enjoy yourselves doing your thang on the forums XP.
  21. Not the weirdest thing to show up in art galleries (what about corpses?) but certainly takes some guts to do it. Modern art is a highly silly world in general. I don't think outrage is justified, though, considering it is in a designated space with limited potential viewers, disclosed ahead of time. Oh and that all-important fact: it doesn't fucking hurt anybody. Kinda important to factor that in. In a world in which almost everybody has sex and most media is geared toward sex appeal, the idea of sex being shocking is a bit ridiculous. People fuck, what a shocker.
  22. Marble Garden in Sonic 3. Difficult to isolate specific elements but as a whole its component shitty parts make for a glorious result of irritating, bland fuckery. Damn you Marble Garden, you asshole.
  23. Haha, you drew me? Seriously though, hadn't seen that before, nice one XP. Thanks for the replies peeps, can't believe none of them are abusive, wowz!
  24. It's been more than 9 years since I joined the SSMB staff, that's a lot of memories. I was initially against writing anything about leaving the team, especially making a topic about it, the idea seemed egotistical. I can't get around the fact that it pretty much is but I'll try and share a few things with you that I learned about the SSMB in my near-decade behind the scenes. Might make an interesting read, you never know XP. I personally haven't been the same since the old forum was wiped in March 2009; a lot of time, energy, effort and emotional experiences were put into SSMB, 5 years of my life, basically. All vanished instantly. It was pretty damn horrible for everybody and a lot of people moved on from that. For me, though, I felt everything I had worked for had died. Whilst my emotional attachment to SSMB was decimated, I was still wrong to think that anything had been wasted at all. Let me explain. In the early 2000's SSMB was a volatile place, drama everywhere you cared to look. It was a bit of a fucking mess really. The staff worked their asses off and went through a lot of emotional shit to get the forums into an acceptable state. Since the forum wipe, this process has not been needed again. I'm actually genuinely surprised that SSMB runs as calmly as it does, it's fascinating and lovely to see. I know some of you likely don't feel that way, that you feel there's still way too much drama, but believe me this place is a calm pond in comparison to how things used to be. The staff forum was filled with activity during those years, at least one person was being banned every day and many more were receiving strikes. These days it hardly happens at all, not because the staff can't be bothered but because they don't need to. The years I've spent at SSMB honed me into someone pretty ruthless, early on. I became adept at swiftly knocking down flamewars and dealing with aggressive situations. I was also often a gigantic prick. Since the forum has changed so much (and it's a good change) I feel out of place, like a relic of older times when ornery sons of bitches like me were required. I don't have that raw passion any more, nor do I have the setting that would make my services required. The SSMB staff are a close, specialized bunch and I think they show their effectiveness very plainly. My time away from SSMB in the aftermath of the server wipe has distanced me from that close group and from all of you. I recognize so few faces and no longer understand the environment here. Back in the day I literally read every topic, I would check over every new post on the forums for signs of people breaking rules or being jackasses. I loved it and as a result I knew the forum like the back of my hand. I don't have that passion to get to know SSMB all over again and, honestly, 9 years is a long-ass time. I met my partner here (10th anniversary next year), I made friends here, I've been part of SoS, I've made enemies, got hundreds of people to hate my guts. Maybe I even earned some respect. So it has been a truly special ride. To the staff: I love you. I have loved working with you, getting pissed off alongside you, wading through mountains of verbal abuse and emotional shit with you. I've loved your passion and your drive. I don't want to make a list of everyone's names because I'd feel like shit if I left someone out, but three names have to be mentioned. Bmn and Chris, my fellow admins, you two are the best. Bmn has always been there at the back, the literal spine of TSS, without whom all of this could so easily have gone to total shit. He has done more for TSS and SSMB than you can ever know. Chris, the guy who joined as a kid, who is now clearly the admin to whom the rest of the team look up. Glad you stuck it out, SSMB couldn't ask for a better-suited admin. Then there's Dreadknux, who didn't just give me the opportunity to be here in the first place but worked with me as a friend and colleague. Dread is the guy who decided in which directions the SSMB needed to be steered and has the patience and presence of mind to see things clearly. He also created the site, so there's that, lol. To the members: There are no forums without you. SSMB is as good (or awful) as you decide to make it. Staff can enforce rules but you set the tone of the boards, you make an atmosphere welcoming or forbidding, you show newbies how to fit in and therefore dictate the attitude of the site. Remember that. If SSMB is great it's because you made it so, if it ever ends up horrible you also share in that responsibility. You're doing pretty great so far XP. Be good to each other. I don't want to drag this out any further, I'm at risk of being entirely too long-winded and sentimental, so I'll just leave you with a final point. I'll still be around from time to time, but as a member (or in the Retired Staff group, I forgot that was a thing, haha). Whatever I've done here may or may not amount to a damn thing and perhaps few will give a damn about be stepping down, but I've had a blast either way. If you want to ask me about anything, feel free to; I'll answer honestly. Be seeing you.
  25. Now officially retired as staff XP. Dunno whether to make a topic about my time here or not, might look like I'm up my own arse XP.

    1. Diz


      Whaaaat. But but but I just got back from England. Damn D=

    2. Tracker_TD


      As I said over on Twitter, gutted to see you go mate, but 9 years is incredible. I'd recommend making a topic, just to let everyone know on a broader scale. :)

    3. Jack / Joker

      Jack / Joker

      Aw :( Well, I can't see making a topic for it being "up your own arse", honestly...

    4. Solkia
    5. Diz


      Please do make a topic~

    6. Stacy


      Yeah you should do it you were a big part of this site! :)

    7. Frogging101


      Your topic was honestly, very touching. And after having been here pouring your soul into this site for so many years, I think you've more than earned the right to make a big closing post :)

    8. Death the Kid

      Death the Kid

      Wasn't around for even a fraction of the time you were part of the staff but judging from the way most are reacting to it, sounds like you damn well earned your share of credit here. Bottom Line, keep being awesome.

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