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OffGuardian’s Birthday

February 10th is OffGuardian’s birthday. As of today we are eight years old. That probably doesn’t sound very old, but from this side of the keyboard it feels like most of a lifetime.

Let’s journey back, to the heady days of February 2015 when OffG published its very first article. It reads, in its entirety:

In today’s Guardian article about the wild unpopularity of conscription in Ukraine, Shaun Walker tells us that the eastern Ukrainian resisters ‘appear to have an unlimited supply of weapons and training from Russia’.

In the interest of responsible journalism, would it be possible for Mr Walker to tell us how this information ‘appeared’ to him?

That’s it. That’s the whole thing. It was written by our now-retired editor Systematic. There’s no image, and no comments. It probably reached about five people.

It’s probably hard to imagine for new readers, and hard to remember for veterans, that’s all OffG was meant to be at first. A place for people banned from the Guardian’s comment section to post their responses to the Graun’s hysterical anti-Russia/anti-Syria rhetoric and general neoliberal bullshittery.

Eight years, 6000 articles, 500,000 comments and tens of millions of views later, we’ve broadened that original remit just a little.

It’s quite a thing we’ve built, and I’m including all of you in that “we”. Because it was readers and commenters looking for a home that helped to shape us. A truly independent platform. No sponsors, no contacts, no grants, no NGOs and no control.

Over the years working in alternate media, you come to realise how truly rare it is to be actually free, not beholden to anyone at all. There’s a few of us who can make that claim, but not nearly as many as there should be.

Anyhow. Thanks to you all for reading and supporting – it’s been an interesting and eventful eight-year ride.

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Irresponsible and proud
Irresponsible and proud
Feb 24, 2023 3:26 PM

Never stop questioning authority. Nobody gets things right all the time and everyone is entitled to their opinion. You bring up important issues, such as the war on agriculture and farmers’ struggles in India and the world, the colonisation of the human body by today’s capitalism and many more. Your compass is clear, your path discovered every day.

phil
phil
Feb 24, 2023 12:12 AM

very valuable work during these years. A great thank you to the remaining team, and to the former journalists and writers.

Owen
Owen
Feb 23, 2023 11:27 AM

Apologies for belatedness.
When I first found OffG some years back my thought was “OMG, I was right all along!”
Every blessing and prosperity to ye all.
Many thanks for your sanity.

Bob the bum
Bob the bum
Feb 15, 2023 10:42 AM

Good stuff! Authors and commenters here are not easily hoodwinked by the false dichotomy of left/right politics, corporate and state propaganda or elaborate psy-ops. Powerful people really do conspire, and there is much to learn from independent thinkers even though we do not all agree.

Camille
Camille
Feb 13, 2023 8:19 PM

Happy Birthday OffGuardian!! You are great!

SeverleyRegarded
SeverleyRegarded
Feb 13, 2023 1:40 PM

Happy Birthday OffG. Really well done getting your message out, you saved many lives.

rechenmacher
rechenmacher
Feb 13, 2023 12:10 PM

I used to be a newspaper fiend. Guardian, Independent, Le Monde, Corriere, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine. About 10 or 15 years ago they became unbearable, more or less at the same time. Now I read OffG and Th. Meyssan (and Money Circus, of lately). I do not know about an equivalent in German. So this is where we are. A handful of people are keeping journalism alive when an army of ‘journalists’ have whored themselves out to the regime. Hats off to OffG! Danke!

Camille
Camille
Feb 13, 2023 8:13 PM
Reply to  rechenmacher

Really? I think the choice of bearable German publications is FAR better! Nachdenkseiten and apolut are really good, don’t you think? A lot more variety than Off Guardian . ( I’m not knocking Off Guardian. I generally like the articles Kit Knightly writes. However it has far fewer articles and is much less ‘ glossy’.

Camille
Camille
Feb 13, 2023 8:17 PM
Reply to  rechenmacher

What I meant to say is my first choice of publication would normally be an English language one ( which would include Oz, NZ, SouthAfrica, India, some other African countries where English is the first language..but NOT North American publications because I just don’t like their style of writing)…but there is such a DEARTH of bearable English language publications that I have tried investigating French language and German language publications..and I think Germany is pretty good! I haven’t found anything Austrian ( yet) but there does seem to be a good youtube/Telly channel that I saw Daniel Ganser ( the Swiss historian) on the other day. He is getting banned a- ofcourse like everything else I try to watch/read

John Galt
John Galt
Feb 12, 2023 8:49 PM

Thanks for shining a light on the bullshit. I’ve donated 100 quid and wish for everyone to chip in a bit…. real journalism is no place to get rich but we’re all richer for it.

Linda Ferland
Linda Ferland
Feb 12, 2023 8:24 PM

Belated Happy Birthday! Thanks for so mny good, pertinent articles & the humour!

Sgt Oddball
Sgt Oddball
Feb 12, 2023 1:25 PM

…A very happy birthday to alla y’all crazy cats, and wishing you all many, *Many* happy returns yet to come…

…Humble apologies for the tardiness… – I only saw this article yesterday and then spent pretty much the entire rest of the day racking my brains and scoping around online for the source of the following Twitter thread, which I saw recently… (- Turned out it was on Guido Fawkes’ blog, by way of The Daily Sceptic…)

…- Anyhoo, I proffer it to you guys, here and now, as a small but well-deserved birthday gift:… – Please enjoy it as it is intended, in a spirit of *Truly* well-earned, vindicatory schadenfreude (- Which spirit is a bit like myrrh, but with a somewhat sweeter aroma 😉 ):…

https://twitter.com/guardian/status/1622617742758092800

Thiekbalj
Thiekbalj
Feb 12, 2023 12:48 PM

There are many battles to be fought and won in 2023. The expressions of gratitude in this thread are beautiful and I concur; Off G helped me survive relapse, near divorce, moving from the place I’d thought I would live the rest of my life, and 2+ years of daily cognitive dissonance as this “revolution from above” that we all knew was coming, arrived. Off G helped us make sense of it all and more concretely take action. My favorite pastime in addition to reading the comments is spotting the entry level alphabet agency workers that come here to shill.

I just donated a small amount. Thought would you show up to an 8 year olds birthday without a little something? “Faith without works is dead “ donate some $£ if you can

Martha
Martha
Feb 11, 2023 10:57 PM

Thank you, congratulations, and happy birthday!

Voz 0db
Voz 0db
Feb 11, 2023 9:49 PM

HOW NICE… Censorship on a “birthday” post.

Sam - Admin2
Admin
Sam - Admin2
Feb 11, 2023 9:58 PM
Reply to  Voz 0db

You got a problem keeping a nice vibe on one post out of thousands?

And yes, it was our Birthday. No need for sneer quotes.

Don’t be a sourpuss, that’s the one rule on Birthday posts 🙂 A2

wardropper
wardropper
Feb 11, 2023 8:54 PM

Thank you OffG

¡ ¡ ¡ ¡ ¡ ¡ ¡ ¡

For many of us the last three years on this earth have been a tremendous learning experience, greatly enhanced by the knowledge that we are not alone.

For others, of course, it’s just been three more years of using pots of other people’s money to get everything they want. As with gluttony of any other kind, eventually they’ll choke on it.

Sam - Admin2
Admin
Sam - Admin2
Feb 11, 2023 10:02 PM
Reply to  wardropper

Thank you very much  👊  🎉 

Paul Vonharnish
Paul Vonharnish
Feb 11, 2023 3:45 PM

Thank you OffGuardian for a truly unique web site. The articles inspire many readers, and the comments section is an excellent source of alternate opinion and information. Bravo! Wishing you the best. Paul Vonharnish

Kathy
Kathy
Feb 11, 2023 1:34 PM

Wishing OffG a very happy Birthday.

Vagabard
Vagabard
Feb 11, 2023 1:28 PM

‘8’ is (biblically) symbolic of resurrection, or rebirth.

The 8th day follows the Sabbath. There were 8 on Noah’s Ark. Circumcision takes place on the 8th day …

Likewise, OffG’s 8th year coincided with a ‘resurrection’ of the world of sorts, as it re-emerged from its Covid slumber.

So life follows slumber. Work follows rest. Blue skies and sunshine follow storm clouds and rain. Dystopias never last forever. The Roman empire fell. No need to tie one’s colours to the ‘Dystopia forever’ mast.

So celebrate birthdays, yes, and celebrate when dystopias end. Happy Birthday

Hemlockfen
Hemlockfen
Feb 11, 2023 12:51 PM

My impression of Off Guardian. Only jumped on the bandwagon a few years ago. Don’t know how I would have survived the Covid scam with out it. Thanks for doing the hard work. Truly appreciative.

https://youtu.be/Q2l4bz1FT8U

Hemlockfen
Hemlockfen
Feb 11, 2023 8:38 PM
Reply to  Hemlockfen

For the down voter. You are a sissy coward.

Clutching at straws
Clutching at straws
Feb 11, 2023 11:15 PM
Reply to  Hemlockfen

And a poo faced git

wardropper
wardropper
Feb 11, 2023 11:44 PM
Reply to  Hemlockfen

I think it’s a diagnosable condition.
Linked to a vicious circle of narcissism and desperate loneliness.

wardropper
wardropper
Feb 13, 2023 1:11 PM
Reply to  Hemlockfen

Lol… he has a friend…

Fran
Fran
Feb 11, 2023 12:43 PM

From another early adopter, predating the hyphen in off-guardian, so also possibly one of the Famous Five haha, congratulations!
How about a review of Shaun “yellow press” Walker’s career since he did his best to engineer WWIII back in 2014/15?

Grafter
Grafter
Feb 11, 2023 11:51 AM

What’s your idea of a free and uncensored website ?

October
October
Feb 11, 2023 10:21 AM

Many happy returns, and thank you.

Straight Talk
Straight Talk
Feb 11, 2023 9:45 AM

Appreciation for sites like this are more profound than ever these days. Keep up the important work of preserving precious free speech.

George Mc
George Mc
Feb 11, 2023 9:44 AM

Ooh nasty! But I like “Jilted George”. I may use that!

Clutching at straws
Clutching at straws
Feb 11, 2023 9:41 AM

Congratulations.

I read a lot of websites but it’s always nice to come “home” to a sane place.

I think the moderation is very good.

It never seems too intrusive and I assume there is a lot of filtering to do ?

Thanks for letting “Jeff the beast” through now and then for a laugh.

Johnny
Johnny
Feb 11, 2023 10:00 AM

I reckon ‘Jeff The Beast’ is really Justin or Jacinta, venting his or her spleen.
The IQ levels match perfectly.

Clutching at straws
Clutching at straws
Feb 11, 2023 10:05 PM
Reply to  Johnny

LOL (As the youngsters say)

Sam - Admin2
Admin
Sam - Admin2
Feb 11, 2023 8:50 PM

Thank Clutching at Straws 🙂

Seansaighdeor
Seansaighdeor
Feb 11, 2023 9:31 AM

Lá déanach ach 8ú breithlá shona duit.

Sláinte!

banana
banana
Feb 11, 2023 9:22 AM

yep thanks you prob have the most uncensored comment section out there

Marilyn Shepherd
Marilyn Shepherd
Feb 11, 2023 9:05 AM

OffG has saved my sanity since they published the first ”covid” article by Dr Wodarg – the man and his fellow travellers are well and truly vindicated. I was banned from the Fraud years ago for daring to tell the truth

Loverat 8
Loverat 8
Feb 11, 2023 7:07 PM

Off G were off the starting blocks fast. They gave us readers a measure of sanity and self awareness – when the world went insane.

LessBiasedIII
LessBiasedIII
Feb 11, 2023 9:04 PM

And thank you, if it was you, for a most insightful article near the beginning of the ‘pandemic’ period. ‘The old lady that swallowed a fly’ really put some puzzle pieces together for me. I had just read Wall St On Parade’s piece you referred to about the trillions pumped into the economy in 2019 and begun looking at that financial angle, but your writing brought it into sharp focus. Much obliged!

And yes, thank you OffGuardian for being a well of sanity in a desert of crazy. Been here since the start and not going anywhere!

DJMATAKITE
DJMATAKITE
Feb 11, 2023 8:26 AM

Happy Birthday! and qudos for tirelessly shining light into dark places!

Hele
Hele
Feb 11, 2023 8:18 AM

OffG and friends you have been a refuge.Truly appreciated.

nylon
nylon
Feb 11, 2023 8:04 AM

Thank you for all the good work and for providing us with this corner of sanity and discussion.

rubberheid
rubberheid
Feb 11, 2023 7:27 PM
Reply to  nylon

“sanity” lol, ; ) let it roll…

Derek Williams
Derek Williams
Feb 11, 2023 8:02 AM

Happy Birthday O-G.
You are legends both above and below the line.

Sam - Admin2
Admin
Sam - Admin2
Feb 11, 2023 10:24 PM
Reply to  Derek Williams

Woohooo. Thanks!

Loverat 8
Loverat 8
Feb 11, 2023 7:26 AM

Well, an eventful 8 years. I came across Off G around 5 years ago. Ukraine and Syria I think were the main focus and this site has done alot to bring the truth out and gone strength to strength. Im sure those revelations of criminal complicity in murder by Western governments and their puppets in MSM helped many see the BS of Covid from day one. And some great articles and discussions from the last 3 years. I sense now from numerous independent sites I visit, the truth of the last 3 years and specifically the injections is coming out at last. My prediction for this year – in response to the wake- up we’ll be looking at orchestrated financial crashes, possible bank bail-ins, social unrest and more war. I see many sites now focusing on the financial risks. The financial angle to the Covid scam is very important to… Read more »

dom irritant
dom irritant
Feb 11, 2023 7:08 AM

happy bifday og and thank you. being an absolute top shelf oasis of truth and sanity. lots of the commenters here are great too and some not so but always lots of food for thought. i love that i can express myself freely thank you og crew for your patience x

Paul Watson
Paul Watson
Feb 11, 2023 6:59 AM

Feliz cumpleanos

NickM
NickM
Feb 11, 2023 6:53 AM

Many happy returns, and long may you continue to tell the Truth and shame the MSM.

“How does it feel to reach the Big One Oh? The legs give out, and bubblegum doesn’t taste so good.” — Bart Simpson

MolecCodicies
MolecCodicies
Feb 11, 2023 6:15 AM

Off Guardian rocks. My favorite website. Thanks Off Guardian

JoeC
JoeC
Feb 11, 2023 5:00 AM

Happy Birthday OffG 🥳 and thanks for being around when that madness started 3 years ago. It helped me cope no end 🙏

DeadCan
DeadCan
Feb 11, 2023 4:57 AM

In Feb-March 2020 I felt I was losing my mind. I had to be the crazy one. Because I was the only (with my wife) to think we were all going in the wrong direction. People close to me were yelling at me saying I needed to get in line with the programme. If I remember well I typed the words “covid” and “overraction” and that’s how I discovered OG.

Thanks you, kept me sane.

Clutching at straws
Clutching at straws
Feb 11, 2023 10:09 PM
Reply to  DeadCan

A lot of us did.

Thom 9
Thom 9
Feb 11, 2023 4:39 AM

Happy Birthday OffG thanks for all you do! Peace

Kelly Brother
Kelly Brother
Feb 11, 2023 4:24 AM

You’ve been invaluable. Thank you.

les online
les online
Feb 11, 2023 4:06 AM

Now that you are 8……update your voting system to an 8 year old’s level…Replace the thumbs up/ thumbs down with, for the thumbs down, ‘giving the middle finger’ and ‘poking the tonge out’… As for a thumbs up graphic, right now i cant think of one ( it’s a long time since i was 8, and i wonder if we had a thumbs up gesture, given how, by then, we’d barely endured a couple of years schooling.)

les online
les online
Feb 11, 2023 4:08 AM
Reply to  les online

‘….as for a thumbs up Alternative,

Pilgrim Shadow
Pilgrim Shadow
Feb 11, 2023 2:44 AM

Discovering this site was one of the few bright spots of the scamdemic. Cheers!

Placental_Mammal
Placental_Mammal
Feb 11, 2023 2:28 AM

Suggestions Congratulations. While the coverage of convid was quite good, I would suggest the following: 1 A more balanced and penetrating analysis of the events in Ukraine. 2 More on the hazards of mobile phones and the morality and ethics of using them as well as the dystopian implications of their use. These devices use cobalt and nickel and lithium that are mined in grim human rights and environmental conditions. They cause high levels of high frequency radiation that have health and environmental implications. They are assembled under slavery like conditions in China and elsewhere. They can and have been used to track and spy on us. The forcing of QR code use during convid was the nastiest of these. 3 More balanced handling of meat and dairy alcohol consumption. 4 The clot shots are the most incredible example of the genocidal nature of the forces that rule us. It… Read more »

Shola
Shola
Feb 11, 2023 2:09 AM

Many happy returns!

Csg
Csg
Feb 11, 2023 2:07 AM

Your articles and the commenters here have saved my sanity these last three years. I look forward to and read every article and comment. The highlight of my day. Thank you! 🙂

Hsuan
Hsuan
Feb 11, 2023 1:48 AM

I’ve been hanging out in the shadows lately but still here.

Thanks for your work and Happy birthday!

syl shawcross
syl shawcross
Feb 11, 2023 1:48 AM

Happy Birthday to this unique inspiring place! Thank you for your sanity. (And insanity at times)

Maxwell
Maxwell
Feb 11, 2023 1:47 AM

Thanks for everything.

A beacon of light.

Happy birthday.

Denny KirkQ
Denny KirkQ
Feb 11, 2023 1:43 AM

This is the best site for critical information. Thank you for your courage and your spirit.

Peace.

SeamusPadraig
SeamusPadraig
Feb 11, 2023 1:01 AM

It probably reached about five people.

Heck, I probably was one of those five people! I first started visiting this site in 2015, and right away I recognized Kit and Catte from their old Guardian handles. I remembered their often insightful comments from the BTL section before they got banned. I instantly took a liking to this website and have been a regular here all these years. I wish you many, many more, Off-G!

Sam - Admin2
Admin
Sam - Admin2
Feb 11, 2023 1:12 AM
Reply to  SeamusPadraig

This is awesome! Thanks very much  🎉