Big Mouser Is Watching You

Along with the two-way Telescreen, which was never to be switched off, every member of The Party was issued a Personal Unblinking Surveillance Supervisor (PUSS), which followed the resident from room to room and reported suspicious behavior. The functions of each PUSS would vary from unit to unit; some models would stand in obvious locations, while others were more covert. Winston Smith was pleased with the PUSS assigned to his flat, because it made extreme efforts to blend in and thus allowed Winston to pretend it wasn’t there.

“(He missed four seconds of the Two Minutes Hate. That’s going in the log book.)”

Via Imgur.

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33 thoughts on “Big Mouser Is Watching You

  1. DebG January 20, 2017 / 4:38 pm

    Cats and boxes; boxes and cats. The perfect pairing.

    NOMTOM, you’re on fire today with subtle political commentary.

  2. Arne January 20, 2017 / 4:39 pm

    But I can still see him. Or well, better get used to it, I guess.

    • Catwhisperer January 20, 2017 / 4:53 pm

      *rim shot*

    • DebG January 20, 2017 / 5:17 pm

      *golf clap*

  3. Duckie ๐Ÿฅ January 20, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    I found him! He’s in the bottom right cubicle, and he’s looking at me sideways from green eyes! Clever cat, to disguise himself as an electronic device.

    • DebG January 20, 2017 / 5:17 pm

      I actually thought the cat’s name was Wilbur Smith and the PUSS was that thingy on the top left, with the hose attachment.

      • Blue Footed Booby January 23, 2017 / 8:28 am

        That appears to be a bong.

  4. allein ๐Ÿพ January 20, 2017 / 4:58 pm

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  5. Gigi the cat lady January 20, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    Why was I issued 5 Personal Unblinking Surveillance Supervisor? Not fare!

    • Claire January 20, 2017 / 5:44 pm

      You must be a trouble making dissident!

      • Gigi the cat lady January 20, 2017 / 6:51 pm

        Trouble making dissident, yep that’s me alright!

  6. transentence January 20, 2017 / 5:26 pm

    Whoa, that was scary. Not only could I not see the image at all, but the whole website seemed to blink and crash for a minute. Especially disconcerting considering the nature of this post, and the day. Ok, breathe. It’s gonna be ok. But make sure not to make any careless moves in front of the PUSS.

    • allein ๐Ÿพ January 20, 2017 / 5:31 pm

      Yeah, I was having issues, too, and then my post went to moderation, and my other post seems to be gone…

      • Gigi the cat lady January 20, 2017 / 6:46 pm

        Yes happened to me too, my post kept being dowloaded instead of being posted and when it finally did get posted it went to moderation.

      • Not That Mike The Other Mike January 20, 2017 / 7:42 pm

        Allein, I apologize for any technical errors. There have been intermittent moments of downtime, but I don’t think this site is being targeted by miscreants.

        There are no comments in the Mod Lounge, so any comments of yours that you can’t see on the site are likely lost. Sorry about that.

        • allein ๐Ÿพ January 20, 2017 / 7:48 pm

          No biggie. The dog picture was the one that said it was in moderation. Then I posted a comment that said “Why am I in the mod lounge? … Ooh, brownies!” which appeared to have posted but then a little bit later the picture was up and the second comment was gone.

    • SoccerSue January 21, 2017 / 11:48 am

      We had a couple of brief power outages Thursday- evidently it happened in our town and two neighboring towns as well. My husband wondered what caused it; I suggested (only half-jokingly I’m afraid) it was the Russians testing their control of our power grid.

  7. Julie January 20, 2017 / 5:56 pm

    Did I miss something?

    NO ONE is going to say anything about the bong in the upper left of the picture?!?!?!

  8. AJ January 20, 2017 / 6:03 pm

    Snicker, snicker, that kitty can watch me anytime! And yes, I had issues with this site for a little bit too plus my comment went poof, somewhere into the internet never to be seen again. On a side note, here is how I “found??” Dobby yesterday when it was cold and windy outside. If the bookcase has eyes, this pillow has legs, lol

  9. Smartypants January 20, 2017 / 6:15 pm

    Just as long as nobody grabs it…

    (adding) – great hovertext – I haven’t thought of that since I read the novel 30+ years ago.

    • allein ๐Ÿพ January 20, 2017 / 7:17 pm

      Y’know, I’ve never read Orwell…

      • Alice Shortcake January 20, 2017 / 7:28 pm

        There’s never been a better time to start…

        • allein ๐Ÿพ January 20, 2017 / 7:43 pm

          I’ll have to dig ’em out. I have them at home somewhere.

      • Smartypants January 21, 2017 / 12:06 am

        Oh, it would be totally worth it – mainly 1984 but also Animal Farm – not just for political reasons but because so many cultural references go back to them. Both books are also quick reads, unlike, say Moby Dick or War & Peace.

      • benvolio January 21, 2017 / 12:19 am

        This would also be a good time to read “It Can’t Happen Here.”

        • allein ๐Ÿพ January 21, 2017 / 12:27 am

          Sadly, yes it would. I might have that, too. I’ll have to look this weekend.

  10. ^oo^ January 21, 2017 / 2:19 am

    Just checking the censors. May I say Pussy Hat? I’ll be wearing one tomorrow. BTW, I have had about 12 pussy cats, over the years, in my life. One life – nine+ cats.

    • Debg January 21, 2017 / 2:46 am

      Me too. I knitted my fourth one tonight.

  11. Yadre January 21, 2017 / 11:30 am

    I would have never thught i would read something orwelly here……Mike, you made my day :). You see, a gorgeous Persian kitty I met today didnt fel like being stroked by me, sรณ there you go ๐Ÿ™‚

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