cleo's past comments

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    cleo

    I wrote before that 'Given the circumstances, he (the policeman) may have reacted in the only way possible.' After having seen the video, I take that back.

    The police car drove up, the boy went down almost immediately. There was no attempt to talk to him from a distance calling on him to drop the 'weapon'. If I were the parent of that boy I think I would want the policeman's head on a platter.

    If the policemen though the boy had a real gun and was acting in a dangerous manner, why did they drive right up to him?

    Posted in: 12-year-old boy with fake gun dies after shot by Ohio officer

  • 0

    cleo

    This is long held Japan's culture. Japan is simply doing what it has been doing for centuries.

    Japan has been selling live dolphins for profit to aquaria and seaworlds for centuries??

    Posted in: Rare albino dolphin captured in Japan's 'Cove'

  • 5

    cleo

    Maybe Morishita is trying to baffle us with 'science'. Give yourself a quota that is roughly double the average of what you actually took in the last two years, claim it's a reduction and proof that you're abiding by the ICJ's ruling (which several pro-whalers here on JT gleefully pointed out asserted that catches were too small to achieve the stated 'scientific' research goals), then fire up the harpoons and ready the soy sauce while people are trying to extricate themselves from the fiendishly cloying non-logic.

    The very fact that Japan is striving to find a way to make the hunt 'scientific' is in itself proof that the 'scientific research' is a means, not an end. No such hunt by definition can be 'for the purpose of scientific research'. Everyone knows it's for the purpose of killing whales, and the 'research' is nothing but a thin and tattered cover that hides nothing. Even the court knows the emperor has no clothes.

    Posted in: New whaling plan will prove hunt is for scientific purposes: negotiator

  • -4

    cleo

    I wouldn't go as far as falseflagsteve and ban telly altogether, but seriously folks, you're complaining about what's on the box on New Year's Eve? You really have nothing better to do then than watch telly? And that stuff you're not interested in in the first place?

    Can't say I'm keen on Kohaku Uta Gassen either, but so what. For them that like it, fine. I don't have to watch it, there's plenty of other stuff to do (that I'd rather do) on the last night of the year that's way more fun than staring at the box (which isn't really a box these days, more an envelope? plank? tile? giant tablet?...funny how these expressions stick).

    Posted in: NHK announces lineup for 'Kohaku Uta Gassen' on New Year's Eve

  • 2

    cleo

    English not cool enough for your Mick?

    When the Stones started, everyone was into regional/working class accents thanks to the Beatles. Mick's natural posh London accent had no street cred in them days. So yeah, his English wasn't cool enough at the time, and I suppose it became habit. I thought he went more for Mockney than faux American?

    As for why an accent isn't as distinguishable when they sing (allowing for Bertie's exceptions, which aren't), it's something to do with the way the music/melody forces the words into certain forms. Or so I've been told.

    Posted in: Why isn't a person's accent as clearly distinguishable when they sing as when they speak?

  • -1

    cleo

    bass, the link you gave is not 'a 15-minute tape', it's nearly 2 hours of crackly radio communication, with as far as I can make out nothing about the Brown incident until 12.06 when there is a call for 'help with crowd control' on Canfield Drive - after Brown was already dead. No mention before that as far as I can make out of any reports of a convenience store robbery or any description of anyone the police might be looking for.

    Try again.

    Posted in: Grand jury decides not to indict police officer in Ferguson shooting

  • 0

    cleo

    there is a audio tape on YouTube and you can clearly hear Wilson heard about the robbery

    Do you have a link? I cannot find any tape on Youtube of Wilson being advised of the robbery.

    Posted in: Grand jury decides not to indict police officer in Ferguson shooting

  • -2

    cleo

    The kid didn't have a lethal weapon. It was a toy gun. But, how well would you react if you were faced with a similar situation.

    I'm not criticising what the policeman did at all. Given the circumstances, he may have reacted in the only way possible.

    Also, what type of area was the police responding to? Was it an area that was known for higher crime rates.

    Yes, it was America. Well known for gun crime.

    for those who do manage to keep them secured, and follow proper procedures, why should we have to adhere to your beliefs and not be able to own one?

    Because having a society where it isn't totally unthinkable that a child might have a gun in a public park leads to children getting shot dead and policemen doing their duty having to live the rest of their lives knowing they killed a child.

    ...and we have the endless guns vs drink whine again. Alcohol has a myriad of legitimate, beneficial uses; in addition to recreation, it's used in cooking, has religious uses, acts as a disinfectant and/or cleanser; it's a fuel, forms the basis of perfumes and some vegetable essences. The only use a gun has is to intimidate and kill. So yes, it's perfectly reasonable to bring up alcohol every time yet another kid gets shot and killed in America - if you're a gun fanatic. For normal people, no.

    Posted in: 12-year-old boy with fake gun dies after shot by Ohio officer

  • 1

    cleo

    This child might have been saved if the toy wasn't deliberately altered or if all toy guns are sold only in International Orange plastics.

    Or if he hadn't lived in a society where anyone might seriously consider a child waving a toy gun around might, just might, be in possession of a real gun. A society in which it is all too easy for a child to get his hands on a real gun and use it to wreak havoc on himself or others.

    Sadly again all the wisdom is too late

    Sadly there is no wisdom when having a society awash with lethal weapons that anyone can get their hands on is seen as some kind of 'freedom' to be protected at all costs, even when those costs include the deaths of thousands of children every year.

    http://www.msnbc.com/the-last-word/the-toll-gun-violence-children

    Posted in: 12-year-old boy with fake gun dies after shot by Ohio officer

  • -1

    cleo

    Not so much of the old there, young lucabrasi! ;)

    Posted in: What are some of the weirdest names you've heard or read about people giving their children?

  • 0

    cleo

    How would you write "Shite" in kanji?

    志手

    Posted in: What are some of the weirdest names you've heard or read about people giving their children?

  • 2

    cleo

    Dr. Moreau would have been proud of him.

    Posted in: Surrogate sushi: Japan uses biotech for bluefin tuna

  • -1

    cleo

    prompt freezing when food is approaching the "danger zone" helps somewhat

    Better still to plan your harvests so that you can freeze food at its best. Making up dishes and freezing those can be a great help later in the year. Very little need go to waste. The critters deal with a fair bit of the veggie trimmings we don't eat, and what nobody eats gets composted.

    Growing your own (even only a little) helps prevent waste. Knowing the effort that has gone into putting something on your plate makes it much more precious and not-to-be-wasted. You don't get that feeling with stuff from the supermarket that has cost you only money.

    I'm a born miser, and very, very rarely let anything go so bad it has to be chucked.

    Posted in: Americans urged to stop wasting food

  • -1

    cleo

    could the supermarkets and other shops stop displaying the price excluding tax in big bold fonts and just display the amount customers end up paying?

    I think it's more honest for the supermarkets to add the tax at the end. That way you're likely to end up paying less tax, and you're made aware of exactly how much extra you're paying in tax. The politicians don't like that, they'd rather people just accept the higher prices.

    If an item has a pretax price of say 180 yen the tax-included price is 180x1.08=194.4 yen. Price tickets don't have decimal points, and the price is much more likely to go up to 195 yen than down to 194 yen.

    If you buy ten of the same 180 yen item at the new tax-included price of 195 yen, you pay 1950 yen.

    If you buy ten of the item at the pretax price, then add 8% tax at the till, 1800x1.08=1944 yen.

    Posted in: Gov't to reduce sales tax on food, other items in April 2017

  • -1

    cleo

    Think of it like a word document. You create version one of your document. You then make a bunch of edits, and save it as version two of your document. Then you open up version of your document, and make different changes, and re-save. This becomes version three of your document.

    And then Word crashes and all your documents fry and turn to gobbledegook.... :-) And what happens if Word doesn't crash, and the Universal Hard Disk gets full of Word documents?

    If every change in the past sends you off into a new Version 2 future, isn't that basically the same as saying time travel isn't possible, since the only way you can use it is by shooting yourself in the foot and getting spun off to some new V2 future? So you still couldn't go back to the Future V1 where you started and tell anyone about your time machine, and essentially as far as they're concerned it never happened.

    Scary thought - what if someone did come back and get rid of all the really nasty dictators, warlords and psychopathic leaders, and the world we live in now, with Hitler, Pol Pot, Osama Bin Laden, Dubya, Blair, Assad, Saddam, Kim and all the other toe rags, is the new improved Version 2? What kind of place must Version 1 be?

    Posted in: Do you think time travel will ever be possible?

  • 0

    cleo

    I wasn't aware the wine was expensive

    My local booze outlet was taking 'discount' orders at ¥2000 a bottle, which is not the kind of price I would want to pay for stuff that's no more than 'drinkable'. If that's how people want to spend their money that's up to them, but I'm happy with 4 or 5 bottles of plonk for the same price.

    The funniest thing was a few years ago when a local shop (which has since not surprisingly gone out of business) was selling 'Vintage Beaujolais Nouveau' at ¥3,500 a bottle.

    Posted in: Corks pop around the world as Beaujolais Nouveau arrives

  • 1

    cleo

    If it were possible to travel back in time, and people in the future found out-will find out-have found out how to do it, then they would do-will do-have already done it. And at some point someone will follow-is following-has followed the rules of Sod's Law, creating an anomaly by killing his own great-grandfather before he met his great-grandmother, or altering the whole flow of history/evolution by stepping on some vital bug back in the mists of prehistory, and the world as we know it would pop out of existence. Or we would wake up one morning to find we had all evolved into rodents instead of apes. That hasn't happened, which means it isn't going to happen (cos if it were going to happen, it would have already happened). Or it could mean that time travel was-is-will be-has always been-will have been limited to forward travel, into the future one-way only, in which case we will know-knew-have known-will have known nothing about it. But seeing the way the world is going, who in their right mind would want to go forward in time, with no prospect of being able to return? Shades of HG Wells and the Morlocks.

    In short, No. And No thanks.

    Posted in: Do you think time travel will ever be possible?

  • -1

    cleo

    Please go enlist, be sent there and comment from that perspective, then you can relate

    Sorry, but I relate from the other end; I can see how the people of Okinawa (island and/or prefecture) are not happy with the bases and the people who run/operate them. If your time in Okinawa was spent as one of a group of people there under duress, who'd rather be somewhere else and who the locals would rather not have taking up huge chunks of prime land, I can see how you developed a rather jaundiced view of the place.

    I don't need to be sent to Okinawa; given the chance I'd spend most of my summer leisure time there, I love it.

    Posted in: Okinawa vote a blow to Japan-U.S. ties, say analysts

  • -1

    cleo

    Im curious where you can go in Okinawa and never see a gaijin? The island is only 60 miles long

    The island? Okinawa is made up of lots n lots of islands. From Haterumajima in the south to Yoronto in the north is over 570 km.

    Yubaru said he didn't see military types, not that he didn't see gaijin. I spent my summer hols in Okinawa this year (Ishigaki, well away from the bases) and didn't see a single military type. Not many gaijin at all, in fact.

    Posted in: Okinawa vote a blow to Japan-U.S. ties, say analysts

  • -1

    cleo

    The voice is very annoying. I'll stick with Roomba. (what terrible mess?)

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