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Really sorry I haven't replied to this. I've been caught up in quite a few other issues. I'll go through it tomorrow.

General Discussion / Re: Politically incorrect music in bad taste.
« on: October 17, 2018, 02:56:29 PM »
We are in a dramatically changing world, and I undertand the reasons. It's part of the de-stabilisation plan of the banking elite. It is probably too late to reverse most of it, but there is a growing backlash at the moment.

An even simpler option would be " This post is sponsored by Fit to Talk ".

I'm open to suggestions from you guys. I think it is important to have some reference, especiaslly as some of the mods seem to have their own ideas about BT.

I have just heard this news about Tuvalu. Maybe this is a great step in the world of bitcoin and coin for the future. Hopefully for the future of coin and bitcoin, they can be like precious metals and can be traded on international markets around the world. This is very interesting for me to learn and look for  further news.

I suspect the initiative for this came from Baird & Co, but Tuvalu does seem to be interested in creating some new sources of revenue for the country. I'm surprised that they haven't introduced their own crypto, but maybe that is to come in the not too distant future.

Reluctantly, I have had to take this step. Unfortunately, every day I have a number of applications from apparent spammers who don't read the rules, and it is a bit time consuming to have to check each one to see if he is a member of Bitcoin Talk.

New members aren't blocked from joining, but they willneed to request membership through the Talk Merit account at Bitcoin Talk.
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English historical notes / Spend a penny.
« on: October 14, 2018, 07:49:18 PM »
"Spend a penny" is an euphemism for the perfoming of the action that one would undertake in a public convenience ( restroom ). There is a fairly simple explanation for the origin of the phrase. Many early conveniences made a small charge for the use of the facility. This was a copper penny coin, and in days before the decimalisation of Sterling, its value was one 240th of a Pound. A brass box was attached to the outside of the entrance door to a cubicle or room, and the penny was dropped into a slot in the top of the box. This moved a locking pin, and a handle could be turned to allow the dooor to be opened.

Many public conveniences provided free access to a urinal for men, and thus men were only required to "spend a penny" for more serious functions. Women were not provided with a free facility, and this provoked numerous complaints at the time. Men tend to have more direct language when commenting on bodily functions, so the expression tended to be used by the ladies more often than the men. Hence it's use to describe an action that would have been free for men.

As a related topic, many people believe that Thomas Crapper invented the flush toilet, and a short form of his surname is sometimes used as a colloquialism for its use. This is not based on fact. Thomas Crapper was a plumber in the late 19th century, and he founded a company which is still in existence. The toilet was invented by Sir John Harington in the 16th century, and some people still use the name "John" to refer to the device.

On a further historical note -The ancient Romans had a system of sewers, and rooms with communal seats were provided above these sewers. Of course, they didn't have paper in those days,and they used a stick with an associated water or vinegar bucket near by. The stick had a sponge on one end, and this is the origin of the expression "don't grab the wrong end of the stick".

Country specific news and discussion / Re: Why were bagpipes invented
« on: October 14, 2018, 10:34:15 AM »
That's an interesting analogy, and it's something that I hadn't considered. I can see why you would think that the aggressive wail of social media is a weapon created to intimidate readers/viewers.

Could you expand on your idea, and maybe we could open it up for discussion in the Bitcoin Talk forum.

I think Satoshi Nakamoto is/was either a central bank, or the American fed.  The 21 million cap, and the 10 minute block generation time ensures that Bitcoin can never become a volume world payment system.

Country specific news and discussion / Re: Consumption tax hike in Japan
« on: October 11, 2018, 04:35:21 PM »
In Japan, the sales tax will increase next October. It will rise from 8% to 10%. The new system has become over-complicated, as some items will remain at the existing 8% rate.

Do you think that a sales tax is too high? What is the rate in your country?

In Britain we have a sales taxation system know as value added tax on goods and services. The general rate is 20%, but it is only levied on the value added by an organisation. This means that the consumer pays the full rate, but an authorised comany charges the consumer the full rate, and has to pass that to the government, but he can deduct any tax that he pays on purchases associated with the supply, or the running of his company. Hence he only pays the tax on the "value added" or net profit he makes from the sale.

para gordas / Re: Life beyond the curve.
« on: October 10, 2018, 06:55:33 PM »
We'd love you to become a member, and you will need to register as a start. The forum is not linked directly to Bitcoin Talk, so you can use whatever name you prefer. It might be as well to let me know the name you are using, as all of these forums are getting hit by spammers' registrations.

For some reason, I wasn't the full shilling today, and I haven't done anything to build the board strucure. I haven't looked at the plugins or any other customising either.  I'll create a Meta board, and perhaps you guys can make some suggestins as to what you would like to see there, or what you want.

para gordas / Re: Life beyond the curve.
« on: October 09, 2018, 02:49:33 PM »
I've added the Spanish_latin language pack. That seems to be the only one available for a simple install. Spanish_es is also available if I do a bit more work. Will the Spanish_latin pack be sufficient?

para gordas / Life beyond the curve.
« on: October 09, 2018, 02:44:31 PM »
It looks as if fashion and health tips will be a popular discussion for larger ladies. The polar bear and I have decided that we should open up a dedicated forum for this, and I have installed SMF on the domain Big Gal to get things started. I haven't customised it yet, so any suggestions will be welcome. The "straight out of the box" site can be seen at -

This will be mixed Spanish and English, and we will see how we get on with this concept. It might need a few translated quotes so that all can enjoy the project.

Healthy living and eating around the world / What is a drupe?
« on: October 09, 2018, 09:20:27 AM »
A drupe is a fruit with an outer fleshy coating surrounding a hard shell, and it usually has a single kernel ( seed ) inside. Examples are coconuts, walnuts and olives.

Drupes are a valuable part of a healthy diet, and help with anti-aging. Coconut oil is particularly good as a cooking oil, as it does not break down at cooking temperatures.

Computer and the Internet / Re: Have you created a Wordpress blog?
« on: October 07, 2018, 10:09:28 AM »
I've been experimenting with a wide range of CMS - probably about half of the ones in the Softaculous installer, and many of them are quite stunning for free software. I use responsive templates for static sites to help with domain name sales, but I don't bother to test them in all browsers, and that may be a mistake.

I'm using a combination for the new dog training site that I'm working on with Helana. I uses Mate from Uldeck for the landing page - this is a Bootstrap 4 based template with a parallax background, and I use B2Evolutionfor the blog, forum and articles. I felt that this gave me the best options for including affiliate advertising, and a simplified structure for joint development and maintenance.

The site is still embryonic, so I shouldn't really be posting links yet, but if you are interested, this is the home page.

Introduce yourself / Re: Little Mouse here
« on: October 07, 2018, 09:47:43 AM »
I've started too many sites with the potential for guests and members to make posts, and they are being hit by the link spammers. So called health products seem to be the major ones, but I'm getting social contacts, financial advice, and casinos as well. Interestingly the old favourites from the porn sites don't seem to be as common at the moment.

Most of the restrictions are there toreduce the amount of work I have to do to get rid of the spammers. I can increase the editing window time if members think it would be useful.

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