cleo's past comments

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    cleo

    If the Antarctic hunt is non-research (which it is) and thus illegal (which it has been declared to be) then there is no reason to consider the North Pacific hunt to be any different.

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  • 4

    cleo

    Admittedly, the majority of victims were the elderly, but they are the ones that should know better cos they have been dealing with a Japanese summer for over half a century.

    Japanese summers are getting hotter. The figures are here - http://www.data.jma.go.jp/obd/stats/etrn/view/monthly_s3.php?prec_no=44&block_no=47662&year=&month=&day=&view=a2

    Just looking at rows of figures doesn't tell you very much, but copy-paste the figures for July and August into a spreadsheet, use them to make a graph from say 1980 to the present day, add a trend line for each month and you see quite clearly that summer is hotter than it used to be.

    When I first came to Japan people would ooh and aah if the temperature hit 30 degrees. Nowadays 30 degrees feels relatively cool.

    Posted in: Heatwave kills 15; more than 8,000 hospitalised

  • 0

    cleo

    Brits are the absolute last people to talk about that issue

    Fear not bass, the UKIP crowd have me just as bemused.

    I am from a border state and it's crazy and deplorable that we have an open border like this that anyone can just waltz in.

    Isn't it because your ancestor at some point just waltzed in (disposin' of a few pesky injuns along the way) that you can now claim to be from that border state?

    knowing full well how dangerous the journey is

    You know what the fatality rate was among the early pioneers? Yet still they sailed their ships across the Atlantic.

    I don't mind, however, be prepared to pay $3 for an apple

    That's what I mean. Either you turn a blind eye to 'illegal' immigration for the sake of dirt-cheap food, or you clean up your act and pay your way.

    Posted in: Obama pressures Republicans on border issue

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    cleo

    The nation just endured 27 hours of those clown on TV over the weekend. What does it take to get away from them?

    1). Find the Off button on the remote.

    2). Press it.

    3). Get a life away from the box.

    In an emergency, skip 1). and 2). and execute 3). immediately.

    Posted in: SMAP announces dome tour of Japan

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    cleo

    It'll be nice when it's finished.

    Posted in: Transformed

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    cleo

    there is double standards on immigration enforcement policy on the agricultural industry

    Not only in the agricultural industry. I love how modern-day Americans are so scornful of 'illegals'. Every American who isn't a full-bloodied Native American is there now because their ancestors made the trip without the OK of the original residents (killing thousands of the locals in the process, whether intentionally or through disease), or they had their official paperwork done by someone who did, in accordance with laws put in place by a formerly rebel/terrorist government.

    As for agriculture: maybe the fruit-picking jobs need to be better paid so that 'real' legal unemployed Americans will be willing to do them. An added bonus would be that we would no longer have folk on JT crowing how ridiculously expensive agricultural produce is here and how cheap it is 'back home'.

    Posted in: Obama pressures Republicans on border issue

  • 0

    cleo

    toshiko - I commented on what you wrote, not on what you think I thought you wrote. I even quoted the relevant part so that there would be no confusion.

    Posted in: Japan must eliminate misogyny in workforce: UNDP chief

  • -1

    cleo

    H3LL NO.

    Posted in: Do you support the restart of nuclear reactors in Japan?

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    cleo

    toshiko, you said it must be difficult to train men to change diapers. I said it is not. Where in that dialogue is there any mention of men working in day care centres? Sil is a father. He does what a father needs to do, and that includes keeping his babies clean. He doesn't work in any day care centre.

    Posted in: Japan must eliminate misogyny in workforce: UNDP chief

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    cleo

    perhaps because I have friends who are SAHM

    With the scorn you so generously heap on SAHM? I doubt you'd choose them as your friends. And vice versa.

    and they tell me what they do during the day?

    And if I were doing something unusual or interesting like going out for lunch, I'd probably talk about it. But staying at home and doing ordinary stuff - what's there to talk about?

    Did you enjoy the English leeches and being the foreign pet?

    How sad you see your 'friends' in that light.

    Posted in: Japan must eliminate misogyny in workforce: UNDP chief

  • 4

    cleo

    The TV news said that the 15-year-old was living alone in the apartment. No explanation of how or why.

    Posted in: 16-year-old girl arrested for beheading classmate in Sasebo

  • 1

    cleo

    1,000 monkeys, not 100

    Ten times worse. :(

    Posted in: Fukushima monkeys show possible effects of radiation, study says

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    cleo

    Cool. I love how the drivers drive so slowly past the deer. I love how the deer feel secure enough to wander about in Yuman territory.

    I love those little white bottoms with their waggly tails.

    Posted in: Nara’s deer take over one of city’s streets

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    cleo

    I think this is the article Educator60 bookmarked -

    http://www.nature.com/srep/2014/140724/srep05793/full/srep05793.html#results

    So, they killed nearly 100 monkeys in order to come up with a list of maybes and might bes?

    Do these so-called scientists have nothing better to spend their time on? Was this just a grant-gathering exercise?

    Posted in: Fukushima monkeys show possible effects of radiation, study says

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    cleo

    I was writing about Japanese men since this is Japanese work place topic. I did not write about your relative.

    Mm, yes you did. My sil is Japanese.

    Posted in: Japan must eliminate misogyny in workforce: UNDP chief

  • 0

    cleo

    it must be difficult to train men to change diapers

    Not if my son-in-law is anything to go by, it isn't.

    Posted in: Japan must eliminate misogyny in workforce: UNDP chief

  • -1

    cleo

    Moms in my area do lunch and coffee in cafes. Bbqs at home but always outside. I get invited over but only by those that have lived abroad or very close friends. Play dates are outside of the house for the most part.

    tmarie, could it be that you see the mums doing lunch in the cafes because, well, they're in the cafe in public view, but you don't see the mums doing lunch in each other's homes because that's behind closed doors and you're not there? Same with play dates.....and you don't get invited to the indoor events because (1) you're working and not available for lunch and (2) when you are invited in you're wrinkling your nose at the clutter...?

    When the kids were little and I wasn't working, it was common practice for the Mums and tinies to gather in the local park to play when the weather was fine, and in someone's home when the weather was bad. When the kids were a bit bigger and off at kindy and school during the day, we would gather in someone's home for casual English lessons, with coffee and cakes and occasionally lunch, and the very occasional lunch out if it was someone's birthday. From the outside, none of that would have been visible apart from the birthday lunches in restaurants, so how do you know what Mums are doing when you are at work?

    Posted in: Japan must eliminate misogyny in workforce: UNDP chief

  • 1

    cleo

    A country does not 'have to have the death penalty'.

    Posted in: If a country has to have the death penalty, what is the most humane way of carrying it out?

  • 0

    cleo

    We keep hearing about the shortage of fresh water in Japan

    I refuse to believe Japan has a water shortage problem after the rainy season we've just gone through.

    Posted in: Keeping cool

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    cleo

    According to Wiki, Thirty to forty people die in Japan every year after having been stung, which makes the Japanese giant hornet the second most lethal animal in Japan after humans (bears kill zero to five people and venomous snakes kill five to ten people each year). The most dangerous wild animal in Japan.

    They are partial to honey bees (they rip off the head and legs and take the rest home to feed to their larvae) and can destroy a hive in less than three hours. European honey bees are particularly vulnerable. Japanese honey bees have a trick of ambushing the scout hornet, encasing it in a ball of up to 500 bees all beating their wings to heat up their own bodies and the inside of the ball, which rises to 47 degrees C. The high temperature and rising concentration of carbon dioxide inside the ball kills off the hornet. If the bees don't manage to kill the scout hornet, it releases pheromones that tell its pals where the hive is, and the bees are helpless against a concerted attack.

    Posted in: Man dies after being stung by wasps

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