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Suggested improvements / New image hosting site for members
« on: September 16, 2018, 03:53:31 PM »
I've created an image hosting site for members of the Fit to Talk project.
It needs a bit of customising, but when I've done that, you will be able to post your travel pictures, and discuss them here on the boards. When you have joined, you will be part of a group called "fitters". At the moment I've only loaded one image, but this is the gallery index page.
https://mobileimg.com/mypictures/

Let me know what you trhink of the idea.

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When a US treasury matures, the US government just send you the money. Some of the treasuries are not being renewed, and the released money is being invested elsewhere. Russia nnd China have tripled their investment in gold over the last couple of years, and yet the price hasn't risen. This would seem to indicate a manipulated market, and at some time the lid will have to blow off.

I believe that the same thing is happening with Bitcoin, but on a much reduced scale. The supply of "real" Bitcoin is very limited and small (by world standards), and this leaves the way open for massive price rises.

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Global political discussions / The Antonov 225 lands inOakland California
« on: September 16, 2018, 07:43:36 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iovbnl8VGj4

The AN225 was manufactured in the Ukrain by the state owned Antonov State Company, and it is the world's largest cargo aircraft. It is frequenty chartered to send aid to disaster zones and for famine relief, and it has been pretty busy recently. It is good to see that sometimes humanitarian aid can rise above petty political squabbling.

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General Discussion / Now BMW introduces the riderless motorcycle
« on: September 13, 2018, 07:14:32 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUYmTYQxpiQ

There has been a lot of recent publicity about driverless cars. Now BMW has introduced the riderless 'bike. I'm having some difficulty in understanding a use for this, apart from the experimental research aspect of course.  For me, riding a motor cycle is a pleasant experience as well as an efficient means of transport. Sending a motor cycle off on its own doesn't seem to have any practical purpose, and if I'm sitting on one, then I want to have complete control.

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Global political discussions / Will the IMF SDRs be the new global currency?
« on: September 11, 2018, 03:16:22 PM »
The IMF ( International Monetary Fund ) is the only central bank without debt problems, and they have already created SDRs ( Special Drawing Rights ). It is likely that as the local central banks collapse, the SDRs will become the International trading currency. There will still be local currencies such as the dollar, but the US will no longer be able to create these, but will have to obtain them from the IMF. The IMF has created two SDRs - oSDR, or the official SDR, and the mSDR, the market SDR. These can be traded between nations, and also are available to the globalist organisations such as NATO. It is a move towards a single global currency, and will be followed by other globalist power grabs, such as universal taxation.

That is the plan anyway. Will it happen, or is it possible to avoid being forced down this path?

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Country specific news and discussion / Kingston Black English apples
« on: September 11, 2018, 02:33:11 PM »
The Kingston Black is one of the old varieties of English apples. Its sharp bittersweet taste made it perfect for the manufacture of cider, and this is how it achieved its alternative name of Taunto Black. Taunton is a rural town in the county of Somerset, and is at the centre of the traditional cider making region. Regrettably England was forced to burn many traditional apple orchards when the UK joined the European Union. One result of this is that much of the modern cider is derived from French apple pap, rather than the superior old English varieties. Kingston Black is such a perfectr apple though, that many trees have survived, and are being used by small local breweries such as Barrow Hill.

Historic note - Some of the original cider presses had lead frames, and the acid apple juice made a toxix liquid as it flowed over the lead frames in the presses. This could lead to brain damage and other illnesses amongst the cider drinkers. One reason that the rich didn't suffere from this was the social habit of visiting spa baths. The weightlessness of floating in the water, coupled with the drinking of the spa water released to toxins in the body via urine. Although this also resulted in the loss of beneficial minerals as well as the toxins, these minerals were replaced by the spa water.

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Country specific news and discussion / Why were bagpipes invented
« on: September 10, 2018, 03:21:11 PM »
Scotland is a country in its own right, and it has a proud warrior history. It may not surprise you that the bagpipes were invented as a weapon of war. The intention was to instill fear into the opposing army, and it probably worked. Their warriors were know as "The women from hell" as the kilted army entered the fray accompanied by the wail of the bagpipes.

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English historical notes / Who is Mr Tambo?
« on: September 10, 2018, 03:14:47 PM »
Mr Tambo is the end man in a minstrel troupe, and he would usually be playing a tambourine.

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I see that silver is being used to pay for food in Venezuela, and Maduro has introduced a gold backed note for payments. In Victorian times, Britain used a silver three pence piece, and I think it was 98% silver. At today's silver price, the coin is worth about 1, and they are selling on Ebay for around 1.50. That sounds like a useful coin if fiat Sterling drops dramatically. The UK also has gold soverigns and Brittanias for higher value transactions. The Britannia is worth around 1,000.

Many other countries used to use gold and silver coins, and they are still being minted in a number of them. Will we start to see these coins being used alongside the new crypto-currencies as fiat money starts to be brought down by the bankers?

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Not just the Caribbean / Eating papaya seeds
« on: August 25, 2018, 10:19:27 AM »
I enjoy eating the flesh of the papaya fruit, but I usually scrape out the seeds and throw them away. I've just been watching some videos about the seeds, and it seems that they are a good healthy supplement to one's diet. The seeds are a bit bitter, so I'm thinking of trying this "recipe".

Wash the seeds under running water, and leave them for several days to sun dry. Crush them by pacing them in a plastic bag, and then rolling a wooden rolling pin over them. Tip them into a glass jar, and add some honey to them. Stir them up, and enjoy a spoonful every day.

This isn't quite the suggested way to eat them, but it seems to be a convenient method to me. What do you think of the idea?

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Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies / Thursday will be interesting.
« on: August 21, 2018, 08:38:31 AM »
With the latest ETF decision being announced, and Bitmex closing for maintenance the day before, I'm expecting some fireworks. Who wants to guess if the price of bitcoin will go up or will it go down?

The Proshares ETF decision is their last chance to get approval, and the mood at the moment seems to be to reject these applications. The Proshares ETF is a paper futures based contract, and is not backed by actual blockchain transactions.

Bitmex closures always create turbulence, and volatility when they reopen. The timing seems suspicious to me, and it smacks of price manipulation. The whales still seem to be on the hunt for cheap Bitcoins for investment and speculation.

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Threads about the Internet / Which help desk is the best?
« on: August 18, 2018, 04:49:17 PM »
I seem to have 3 different help desk and ticketing systems that I started. Can you guys give me some advice, and tell me which one you think is the best -

The ignore ban appeal ticket system

The BuyAny .com knowledgebase and ticket system

The Baronets domain management contact centre

They are all in abit of an embryonic state, and I need to decide which one is the best to expand and use.

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English historical notes / The plural of octopus
« on: August 17, 2018, 02:45:24 PM »
We all know that an octopus has eight tentacles, but supposethere are eight of the animals - what is the plural? The standard English plural is octopuses ( sometimes misspelt as octopusses ), but the word is derived from the Greek word oktṓpous, and thus the plural should be octopodes. This usage is pretty rare, and the assumption that it is of Latin origin is far more common. In this case the plural isassumed to be octopi. However, if the word had come from the Latin, it would be derived from octopes (eight footed), and the plural should be octopedes.

Isn't English fun! So after all that, I would suggest that you use the common form of octopuses,rather than any of the affectations.

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I like Carl from The Moon, and in this video he discusses the current price, and the probability of a breakout, but in which direction?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeJkOzOcVGI

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Practice threads / Immigration and emigration
« on: August 10, 2018, 05:11:55 PM »
There seems to be a certain amount of confusion about these two words, and I often see people saying things such as " I want to immigrate to America". So lets clarify the situation.

Immigration is the act of moving to another country, so the new arrival is an immigrant. Emigration is the act of leaving your country to live in another, and as you go you become an emigrant. So if you leave the US to move to England, then as you leave the US, you are an emigrant emigrating to England. Upon arrival in England, you become an American immigrant.

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