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1  Economy / Economics / When I started driving. on: July 03, 2022, 03:06:10 PM
I've just had my 80th birthday, and I've been reflecting on some of the changes I've seen. When I started driving I could ask for 4 gallons of petrol ( there weren't any serve yourself pumps then), and I could give the attendant £1, and say keep the change. $ gallons today will cost over £36, and I have to serve myself. They keep saying inflation is low, but that doesn't seem low to me. Right now the producer price ines is up over 36%, and that is a more realistic indicator than the retail price index bandied about by the government.

It really does seem to be a way for the super-elite with their hereditary wealth to increase their asset value at the expense of the bulk of the population.
2  Other / Meta / Re: Enforce “grammarly ” like score minimum to post.. on: June 30, 2022, 10:35:06 AM
Grammerly is American, so it often contains errors and incorrect spelling for those of us who use the mother tongue. Please do not try to enforce a local language over correct English.
3  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: What is the future of bitcoin? Commodity, currency or smth else? on: June 14, 2022, 12:36:57 PM
The real future for Bitcoin will come when it is accepted as money under Roman law. Bitcoin is the only crypto that has the capability of becoming money. At the moment only gold and silver coins are classed as money under Roman law. The legal standing is important in trade for a vcariety of reasons. One of which is the fact that a vendor receiving "money" in a valid legal transaction cannot have the payment taken away from him if the purchaser has acquired the money illegally. This is not true of fiat, and there was a case recently of a thief who used a stolen credit card to purchase a lottery ticket which was a £million winner. They took the fiat away from him. This is not quite the same, but the concept is similar.
4  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: At what age did you start learning about bitcoin? on: June 05, 2022, 02:22:28 PM
I don't think age has anything to do with Bitcoin. Previous experience, and an open mind is far more relevant. I heard about Bitcoin in various discussions in a domain name trading forum, and Bitcoin Talk was the obvious place to find out about it. I've got a systems programming background, and this led me to argue about the structure of Bitcoin, and how my ideas would improve it. Smiley The senior members here were very patient with me, and explained why my ideas would damage Bitcoin, and I am grateful for their help. I've got an accounting/stock broking background as a computer analyst, and I was working for the stock exchange during the big bang. Eventually I came to understand the brilliance of the Bitcoin concept, and much of that is due to the members of this forum.

One bad aspect of my experience came from my time as an Ebay trader using PayPal, and the fraud and theft that was rife in both of those platforms made me reluctant to buy Bitcoin online. If I had been able to overcome that, no doubt I would own a few thousand more coins now. By the time I had decided to start mining, ASICs had become essential, and due to personal circumstances, I was reluctant to experiment with them. That was another mistake.

I understand how a virtual asset like Bitcoin can be a hard asset, and Bitcoin is the only crypto that has this attribute. I have tried to explain this to many people, but I have yet to find someone who really appreciates this. I use the analogy of a novel, which is another abstract concept with a hard value, and, as far as I know, I am the only person who does this. People still don't seem to understand the similarity though.

I believe that the most important thing to understand about Bitcoin is its place in the new emerging world order. Obviously you need to understand the basic mechanism of Bitcoin payments and security, but you also need to realise the political ramifications of an increasingly valuable assets that is outside the control of the ruling dynasties. These are about to undergo a very radical change. The dominant dynasty is the British crown, and the British Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are/were the heads of this. Unfortunately the Duke has dies, and the Queen is reducing her political activities. We don't know who will take control in her absence, and we don't know if the Crown will slip from is major position. The Rothschilds have been number 2, but there have been some major disagreements in the family. The Vatican is number 3, and it used to control the Knights Templar and the Knights Hospitaller, and they went on to form the British Empire when the Vatican tried to seize their fabulous wealth. The British Empire shifted into banking and recruited many other wealthy dynasties to form the ruling body that now controls Washington, Westminster, the EU and many other nations. We are now entering some exciting and turbulent times, and Bitcoin is one way that a few of us will be able to manage our wealth or savings.
5  Other / Meta / Re: Post funny/clever usernames here on: May 12, 2022, 06:58:47 PM
Flash Cunt is one of my alts here - https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=2101743
I haven't used to for a couple of years, and it only has 69 posts. Smiley
6  Other / Off-topic / Re: When is the right time to start an online casino? on: May 12, 2022, 06:52:40 PM
About 10 years ago.

I made quite a bit as an affiliate promoting casinos - Minimal setup fees, and no risk other than domain and server costs.
7  Other / Off-topic / Re: Would you buy a used car? on: May 12, 2022, 06:49:19 PM
I bought a 1988 Volvo 740 saloon about a month ago. I paid less than scrap value for it, and it had a 10 month test certificate on it. Of course it has some minor problems, but I'm fixing those.740s have become classics, so it will probably increase in value over the next few years. It has a massive bonnet on it, so it is really easy to work on the engine, and there are loads of youtube videos about them on the net. I'm really enjoying driving it, especially when I can see new cars on the backs of recovery vehicles, because you need thousand of pounds worth of electronic equipment to diagnose any faults in the car.
8  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: I Taught my Octogenarian and Septuagenarian Parents about Bitcoin on: May 08, 2022, 02:07:57 PM
I'm 80 in June. Why are you guys surprised that older people can embrace the concept of Bitcoin? Many of us have enquiring minds, and are prepared to look at new concepts with an open attitude. This is why many older people have a better understanding of the 'rona scam and vaccination mania, and don't just accept government and pharma' propaganda.
9  Other / Meta / Re: Extended Ranks Proposal on: March 03, 2022, 12:01:44 PM
My comment was serious. Obviously it would be optional  and many members have a Bitcoin address in their profiles or signatures, so privacy is not really an issue.
10  Other / Meta / Re: Extended Ranks Proposal on: March 02, 2022, 03:37:50 PM
This is a Bitcoin forum. I think it would be useful to know how many members actually believe in Bitcoin. Maybe a badge for all members who hold more than a certain level of Bitcoin. Perhaps 0.1 would be useful at its current value.
11  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Russia cut off from Swift is fantastic opportunity for bitcoin on: February 25, 2022, 04:02:43 PM
It is a bigger opportunity for the Chinese bankers to push their Asian payment system.What is more interesting is the switch to Euros from the dollar. There are 3 major world powers at the moment - Russia, China and the City of London. America and the EU are both puppets of the City of London, so one has to wonder why they are switching to the Euro. I guess they are going to use war to replace the  declining income from pseudo-vaccines, and run up US debt to collapse the dollar.
12  Other / Meta / Re: Nostalgia: Your first post in this forum on: February 25, 2022, 03:53:47 PM
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1296812.msg13306837#msg13306837

That was my first post here, and I commented on my plans to become a digital nomad. That was 7 years ago, and I still have 8 garages full of stuff that I need to clear. I've got a larger van now, and I'm starting a serious conversion on it. I want to have a nice comfortable lifestyle when I hit my 80th birthday in June. There are lot of interesting new challenges for the future - Bitcoin over LoRa is just one I want to explore. Bitcoin in a changing world power structure is another. I hop that Bitcoin Talk will be an interesting forum to help me explore these and other topics over the next challenging years.
13  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Basically do something to improve this forum on: February 25, 2022, 03:40:46 PM
I've had some problems with the fit to talk English data base, and I haven't had time to look into them. I'm considering deleting the old site, and starting again to help non-english speaking people to maximise their use of Bitcoin.
14  Other / Serious discussion / Re: Chargeback claims against Amazon for the theft of returned items. on: February 25, 2022, 03:36:45 PM
I applied to Visa for a refund, and they granted it subject to a 30 day appeal by Amazon. Amazon didn't contact me or Visa, so I got all my money back. I own the domain Blags.com and I put Drupal on the site, and I was going to have a go at Amazon in a report on it. I didn't appreciate being accused of trying to defraud them. However, they haven't deleted my account, and I'm wondering if I should walk away from it. I really have got a lot on at the moment, and I want to become a full time digital nomad. Amazon referrals seem to be a major income source for many people, and I'm wondering if I should compromise my morality by becoming an affiliate.
15  Other / Serious discussion / Re: Five best nuts that works for anti- aging on: February 20, 2022, 04:36:31 PM
The best nuts to help you to stay young are in your scrotum. An active sex live keeps you healthy.
16  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Stealth Variant of Omicron, Covid 19 Third Wave. on: February 20, 2022, 04:31:40 PM
Omicron is the vaccine that big pharma should have developed. If the government could only leave it alone, then we can all get immunity and get on with our lives.
17  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Argument against vaccines quite flawed on: February 05, 2022, 07:03:46 PM
The covid injections are not vaccines,the are just a course of pharma products with limited effectiveness.
The vaccines are a great way to prevent some infections,but are dangerous  when you are already infected.
The damage done to the reputation of true vaccines is unforgivable.
18  Other / Politics & Society / Re: A vaccine buffet. on: January 30, 2022, 06:31:48 PM
You have left out Omicron. This is nature's vaccine,and it is the most effective. It is also the safest.
19  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Busking to promote Bitcoin on: January 28, 2022, 04:15:10 PM
I'm a bit premature, my b/d is not until June 20th this year. People seem to understate their ages until they get into their 70s, then they don't seem to be able to wait until they hit the major milestones. Apologies for slipping into this bad practice.

80 is a bit of a milestone in the UK, as you get some extra tax advantages and benefits.
20  Other / Off-topic / Re: Muisc Networking:Finding a new market for your music on: January 28, 2022, 12:54:44 PM
What's happened to steel bands? I used to enjoy those years ago in the London parks, they were amateur buskers with home made oil drum instruments. I've just looked on you tube, and they seem to be using chromed manufactured instruments, and they seem to have lost the vibrancy and energy of the buskers.
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