cleo's past comments

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    cleo

    If you want to stop dolphin hunting in Taiji you find new business to them.

    The obvious natural resource is the sea; dolphin-watching tours, swim-with-wild-dolphins programmes. It's been successful in other parts of Japan, no reason it wouldn't be successful in Wakayama.

    In addition to keeping the cove free of blood, whale/dolphin tourism has the added advantage that it benefits a wider range of people; hotels, minshuku, restaurants, boat operators, equipment rental operations, tour guides, souvenir shops, etc., etc., not just the people who take and sell the meat/animals.

    Posted in: Taiji mayor says dolphin hunt will still go on

  • -4

    cleo

    Am I the only one who sees a Noddy car?

    http://www.flipkart.com/noddy-race-cars/p/itmda5w9yyfp2udb

    Posted in: Mazda unveils new Roadster

  • 1

    cleo

    According to Asahi Shimbiun, Nakao lives alone and started keeping the dogs (medium-sized mongrels) 9 years ago because he 'was lonely'.

    At his age, one dog might be pushing it - how does he manage to exercise 6 grown dogs?

    Answer - he doesn't. Hence the lack of control he has over them.

    the dogs only got out because they slipped through the door when he was opening the front entrance upon arriving home.

    No, they only got out because you let them out when you opened the door upon arriving home after leaving them home alone for who knows how long. They were probably stir-crazy, hence their desire to escape.

    Apparently relatives are looking for new homes for the dogs, but it's very, very difficult to find anyone willing to take on a dog with a history of biting. They'll probably end up being put down, because one old man couldn't be bothered/didn't have the know-how/physical stamina to look after them properly.

    Posted in: Dogs bite 2 pedestrians; owner arrested for negligence

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    cleo

    You don't seem to understand how mouse models work.

    Of course I do.

    You genetically engineer a mouse to develop an illness or condition it wouldn't normally develop, then you give it massive amounts of whatever it is you hope will cure the condition the mouse wouldn't normally have in the first place.

    If the mouse gets better, you take it as 'proof' of the efficacy of whatever it is you're trying to sell, and start putting together a marketing plan

    If the mouse doesn't get better, you shrug your shoulders and say that well, mice aren't men and it still might work in people even if it doesn't work in mice, and start putting together a marketing plan.

    Posted in: Japan's whaling science under the microscope

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    cleo

    let's say Johnny just says, "Screw it!" and leaves, as the article suggests he's going to (or has). The movie cannot be made without him

    ...so wouldn't he be hit with a huge breach of contract suit ? It isn't just his film, even if he is the star. Lots of folk depending on it.

    It sounds like Depp is going through a bad patch -ignoring quarantine laws, answering back to 'entertainment websites', arguing on set.... is it all getting too much for him? A nervous breakdown in the offing? Some other kind of meltdown?

    Posted in: Depp storms off 'Pirates' set in pursuit of wife

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    cleo

    I believe there surely is a meaningful substance” in whales’ bodies, he said, noting they live long lives and continue to carry out complex navigation in old age.

    Witchdoctors in primitive societies used to believe that eating the flesh of dead enemies (or friends) imbued the eater with the strength/wisdom/magical powers of the victim. It was mumbo jumbo then and it's mumbo jumbo now. You don't emulate an animal's properties by eating it, you emulate it by copying its lifestyle.

    How many Olympic sprinters up their performance by eating cheetah meat?

    tests on mice revealed consuming balenine—a substance found in whale meat—mitigated the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease.

    Mice don't naturally get Alzheimer's, so any 'treatment' that 'mitigates' the effects of Alzheimer's in mice is immediately suspect.

    While mice are opportunistic omnivores and will occasionally eat animal-based food, they don't eat whales. The effect of whale meat on the mouse body (or brain) is no indication of its effect on the human body or brain.

    Posted in: Japan's whaling science under the microscope

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    cleo

    that sort of reads like "we still hunt the same way but don't kill them, just take them"....

    He's saying they don't kill the ones they sell to the aquariums to do tricks for dead fish. Bit of a no-brainer

    “the government will take measures to avoid any ramifications on exhibitions in aquariums.” (translation) = We're still going to get our captive dolphins, by fair means or foul. Most likely foul, it's easier.

    The drive hunt “is a sustainable fishing (method) = Waddaya mean, dolphins are not fish? They live in the water, don't they?

    under appropriate control by… the government = We get kickbacks.

    with scientific foundations = And we still haven't worked out that trying to justify cruelty and bloodbaths in the name of 'science' just makes us look dishonest and stupid.

    and is being carried out carefully so that dolphins are not hurt = The aquariums pay more for pretty, live dolphins with all their fins -and their heads - attached.

    Posted in: Japanese aquariums vote to stop getting dolphins from Taiji hunt

  • -4

    cleo

    There are laws regulating the humane means by which animals for food can be slaughtered.

    Not in Japan.

    And you think that's something to brag about?

    Posted in: Japanese aquariums still rely on controversial dolphin hunt

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    cleo

    The westners enjoy watching the pig or cow being stabbed and budgeoned to death in a sea of blood?

    In the context of Taiji, you said 'children enjoy watching dolphins'. The dolphins in Taiji are stabbed and bludgeoned to death in a sea of blood. There in no abattoir in the West where pigs or cows are stabbed and bludgeoned to death. There are laws regulating the humane means by which animals for food can be slaughtered. Though as a vegetarian and animal-lover, nothing would please me more than to see every slaughterhouse in the world put out of business.

    You do much less. (speak for all Japanese people)

    I never claimed to, tina. I just pointed out that you don't.

    Posted in: Japanese aquariums still rely on controversial dolphin hunt

  • -4

    cleo

    Taichi people are making a living on dolphine, and Japanese children enjoy watching dolphine. It's hardly unnecessary.

    The children enjoy watching the dolphins in Taiji being stabbed and bludgeoned to death in a sea of blood? Seriously?

    Japanese don't love dolphine as much as they do.

    This summer I shall be swimming with wild dolphins in the sea off Chichijima. Every other single person in the boat and in the sea, enjoying just being with the dolphins, will likely be Japanese. You do not speak for all Japanese people.

    They are probably maintaining the family business they inherited from their parents.

    Then maybe it's time they stood on their own two feet, evolved and got proper jobs, like all the other folk who inherited other traditional-but-no-longer-relevant-in-the-modern-world family businesses?

    Posted in: Japanese aquariums still rely on controversial dolphin hunt

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    cleo

    Poor translation work here.

    lye = They're talking about the froth on top of the grounds. The froth (scum) that forms when cooking some veggies is called あく(aku) in Japanese; the translator has looked up あくin the dictionary and opted for the first entry, without cross-checking.

    To make a 2-cup serving of coffee, .... Measure out two cups of good quality ground coffee

    Yegads, that's an awful lot of coffee! From the video, it's clear they mean 2 large measuring spoons.

    Posted in: How to make the perfect cup of drip coffee

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    cleo

    it appears, 'food is taught as a compulsory part of the curriculum'... Food and nutrition teaching throughout the UK...

    That's good then.... :-)

    But that's part of the national curriculum, which is taught in state schools. Academies and private schools don't have to teach the school curriculum, it seems. And I'm pretty sure the schools Jamie went to for School Dinners, where kids didn't know what different veggies were and parents were pushing hamburgers through the school railings, were state schools. Which leaves me wondering what the schools are actually teaching the kids, and how it's changed from when I was at school.

    Posted in: Chef Jamie Oliver urges compulsory food lessons worldwide

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    cleo

    my opinion is based on experience of family life in the UK and Japan

    So is mine....maybe a bit earlier than yours? I understand where you're coming from, and I think I too have a healthy distrust of politicians and big business getting into people's lives. But I don't see how or why that should prevent schools teaching kids about nutrition, any more than it should prevent them teaching them about anything else. Leaving it all up to parents would mean that the kids of educated parents would do OK, and the kids of less educated parents would fall by the wayside.

    Posted in: Chef Jamie Oliver urges compulsory food lessons worldwide

  • -3

    cleo

    You as a parent are best placed to decide all aspects of your children's education.

    Only because I have had a decent education myself. My own parents both left school as soon as they were old enough to (both had widowed, working-class mothers and younger siblings to support) and frankly knew very little about health and nutrition. They both died young, basically because of the very lack of knowledge Jamie is getting steamed up about. If I relied on what my parents were able to teach me about nutrition, I probably wouldn't be here now and if I were I would likely be toothless and diabetic, and struggling with gout and hypertension.

    As you say, my kids know the difference. Jamie is saying that many more don't, and he wants them to.

    Posted in: Chef Jamie Oliver urges compulsory food lessons worldwide

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    cleo

    Funny how people are quite happy to have the guvmint decide what their children should be taught is good literature, or science (apart from the 'Intelligent Design is a science' crowd) or spelling, but when it comes to good food, for some reason they assume Big Agriculture is going to be writing the curriculum. Commercial TV hasn't ousted Shakespeare from the textbooks; conversely, teaching kids about classical music in the classroom hasn't stopped people listening to modern music if that's their thing. So what's the problem with teaching kids about food? Why suddenly is it the guvmint is deciding what our kids should eat? How much tyranny is there in giving kids the facts so that they can make an informed choice about what they are going to put in their bodies?

    the kids told him they still wanted to eat the nuggets was priceless! They had more sense than he did.

    I remembered watching Jamie's School Dinners, and that isn't the response to chicken nuggets that I remembered. It was the kids who were coming out with icky, eww, gross, and when the nuggets were cooked the kids chose unadulterated chicken legs instead.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKSoiDtdi9s

    Posted in: Chef Jamie Oliver urges compulsory food lessons worldwide

  • -4

    cleo

    Marry someone whose parents live in the countryside. Go and visit them.

    Better still, save on travelling expenses by being the folk who live in the countryside. Let people come and visit you, they usually bring gifts.

    Walk the dog every morning down a leafy path where snakes and lizards scuttle out of your way, pheasants and ducks take to the air just before the dog can get to them, resident preying mantises keep the nasties on the blackberries in the garden to a minimum, toads and frogs perform the same service with (most of) the aphids on the allotment and the garden is sometimes visited by a nighttime visitor that is never seen but leaves a scent that gets the dog all excited and waggly-tailed.

    Giving a cat a home keeps the wildlife out of the futon, unless you consider a cat to be wildlife, of course.

    Wildlife. Definitely not overrated. (What's happened to the quote thing? It wants to quote the whole post.)

    Posted in: What is the best way for humans, especially city dwellers, to learn about wildlife without encroaching on their habitat or putting them in zoos, aquariums, etc?

  • -2

    cleo

    With all the stuff freely available on the Internet, it's been quite a while since I last bought a recipe book. But what Jamie does on telly, and the stuff on his website, doesn't normally demand much beyond what's available in the local supermarket, apart from frozen puff pastry (the tiny little pillows of dough they sell here for a diamond apiece don't really count) and a few other bits and bobs. Reasonable substitutes can be found for most things. Though I did find his 30-minute meals worked out to be relatively expensive, which rather defeated the point of 'something quick and easy'.

    And his colourful salads are mainly what inspired me to grow my own salad leaves and different-coloured tomatoes.

    Japanese is about as great as you can get, mostly vegetables, small protein portions, and metabolism friendly miso

    It depends which way you go for your Japanese. Veggies, yes; but the high sodium levels in soy sauce, miso, the ubiquitous pickles and dried fish are not good news. Neither is the amount of sugar often used in seasoning. And don't get me started again on polished-to-death white rice.

    Posted in: Chef Jamie Oliver urges compulsory food lessons worldwide

  • 0

    cleo

    the economy of Okinawa is based on having that base.

    And it has the weakest economy in the whole of Japan. It would seem lots of bases taking up prime land, disrupting traffic and creating noise (and other?) pollution = a strong economy is an economic theory that has been proven not to work. Maybe it's time to try basing the economy on something else?

    Posted in: Thousands rally against U.S. military base on Okinawa

  • -2

    cleo

    He could just settle for making lotso money churning out his (very enjoyable and informative) cooking programmes, but instead he's driven to make the world a better place one well-balanced, healthy meal at a time. He's seen the beauty of good food, and wants others to see it, too.

    You rock, Jamie.

    Posted in: Chef Jamie Oliver urges compulsory food lessons worldwide

  • -6

    cleo

    Surely you agree that they are capable of building nukes since they are more intelligent than us

    What on earth is intelligent about creating weapons of mass destruction?

    I am dead against hunting of any kind, but don't see how 'they're more intelligent than us' is any kind of argument. If it were a valid argument, logically it would be OK for the 50 % of the human population that has an IQ in excess of 100 to kill off the 50% with an IQ in double digits - after all, they're not as intelligent....

    Just leave the darn marine mammals alone in the sea, where they belong.

    Posted in: Japanese aquariums still rely on controversial dolphin hunt

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