cleo's past comments

  • 1

    cleo

    illegals have no class. They even attacked a motorist who was pro Trump.

    And you know the 'they' who attacked a motorist were illegals because ...?

    Posted in: Trump makes case to GOP insiders amid chaotic protest scene

  • 2

    cleo

    something those illegals would know nothing about.

    Where does it say anything in the article about 'illegals'?

    Posted in: Trump makes case to GOP insiders amid chaotic protest scene

  • 0

    cleo

    Then why would you give "figures" for "one particular year" yourself?

    I did not 'give figures' for one particular year. I described the locals' reaction to the mercury hitting 30 degrees at a time when, fresh from the sunny UK, anything over around 20 seemed summery to me, and over 25 was positively tropical. Compare that to now, many many years later, when I'm acclimatised and my local friends and I agree that 30 degrees in summer is no big deal (anymore).

    Posted in: Do you consider global warming just a theory or a proven fact?

  • 1

    cleo

    How does this grab you? A 2-month run in 1955

    You're completely missing the point. The figures for any one particular year do not mean anything. If you look at the overall trend, the summers are definitely hotter than they were.

    30 was a perfectly normal maximum

    And now it's a perfectly normal normal in summer, not a maximum at all. (I never said 30 degrees never used to happen; I said 30 degrees was a hot summer's day. Your figures show the maximum hovering around the 30 mark. Where has it hovered in recent years?)

    The Japan Meteorological Office since 1939 has defined a 'summer day' (夏日) as a day when the maximum temperature is over 25 degrees; 'a midsummer day' (真夏日) as a day when the maximum temperature is over 30 degrees; and an 'extremely hot day' (猛暑日) as a day when the maximum temperature exceeds 35 degrees.

    This page shows the number of summer, midsummer and extremely hot days each year from 1939 to 2015. (For Toyama - just happened to be the first page that popped up) Not only is the trend for there to be more of each category; it's also getting warmer earlier. In 1939 the earliest summer day was in May; in 4 years since 2009, the earliest summer day has been in March.

    http://www.jma-net.go.jp/toyama/data/data14.html

    Posted in: Do you consider global warming just a theory or a proven fact?

  • 1

    cleo

    you have substituted your original argument, which I addressed, because it was off the mark, with a different one

    Not at all. It's the same argument (=observation) rephrased to help understanding, and with visuals to boot. In the past, 30 degrees was a hot summer's day; now the norm is higher.

    Posted in: Do you consider global warming just a theory or a proven fact?

  • 4

    cleo

    A puppy walker: pet shop owner: vet: archeologist: diplomat: writer.

    I haven't become an adult yet. :-)

    Posted in: When you were a child, what profession did you aspire to? And did you actually join that profession when you became an adult?

  • 2

    cleo

    This isn't a pet shop, it's a cafe that has cats. I see nothing wrong in it being open all hours so long as the cats are the ones who get to decide whether they want to be there or not. If there's a cat-flap leading to a separate, quiet, darkened room where the cats can go whenever they like to get away from customers when they've had enough, I don't see a problem.

    My cat hangs out in the living room with us until quite late at night, and it's her choice; sometimes on my lap, sometimes on the back of the sofa, sometimes in her catbed. And sometimes she chooses to head on upstairs to sleep where it's quieter.

    Let the moggies choose, not the law (the law is there to keep pesky you mans in check). I hope the law isn't interpreted to mean that if the cafe owner so wishes it the cats must be on call to entertain customers till all hours.

    Posted in: Cat cafes now allowed to stay open until 10 p.m.

  • 0

    cleo

    I suppose 直接侵略及び間接侵略 does refer to invaders...missed that. (Raps self over knuckles)

    Posted in: U.S. Ospreys win Japanese hearts and minds with quake relief flights

  • 1

    cleo

    Sea level is uniform

    According to NASA, who I think probably have spent a bit more time and energy than either you or me studying this, sea levels are rising quickly but unevenly across the globe. http://www.space.com/30379-nasa-sea-level-rise-model-video.html#sthash.ip4cKDg3.dpuf

    I know you want to believe that water is flat, but it obviously isn't. If levels are rising unevenly, then it's obvious that sea level is not uniform.

    the islands are getting lower, the result of clearing coral to allow access to boats

    Links, please. I have found papers suggesting that coastal erosion in the Marshalls may be partly due to the construction of seawalls, and that dredging by the US military during WWII is having an impact on Tuvalu now, but no suggestion of any widespread clearing away of coral to make boat channels.

    as the great majority of us don't live in the South Pacific

    ...you're all right, jack?

    Posted in: Do you consider global warming just a theory or a proven fact?

  • 7

    cleo

    He was quoted as saying he did it because he wanted to release his stress from work.

    And when all the stray cats are gone, and he's still stressed? Watch out for your kids.

    I wonder how stressed he would find it to have boiling water poured over him, and then have his head bashed in. Sick waste of space.

    Posted in: Man arrested on suspicion of killing 10 stray cats

  • -3

    cleo

    Well, the JSDF better stop giving aid during these disasters too. Since, you know, their primary purpose is to defend the country against invaders

    According to the Self-Defence Law, the primary purpose of the SDF is to protect the peace and independence of the country (わが国の平和と独立を守る). No explicit mention of invaders. Lots of mentions of disaster relief - the word 災害 appears 54 times.

    http://law.e-gov.go.jp/htmldata/S29/S29HO165.html

    Posted in: U.S. Ospreys win Japanese hearts and minds with quake relief flights

  • 2

    cleo

    wipeout

    Of course there have always been hot days in summer. But there are now more hotter days.

    Try this, to see the rise in temperature: copy-paste the temperatures for Tokyo 1875 to 2013 shown on this page http://www.data.jma.go.jp/obd/stats/etrn/view/monthly_s3_en.php?block_no=47662&view=2 into an Excel spreadsheet, and make a graph for July, August and September. While there are plenty of ups and downs year to year, the overall trend is UP. If you can't see it, add an approximate value line; it goes markedly UP.

    sangetsu93

    Yes, really. He didn't say that what he said was erroneous; the BBC said what he said is quoted erroneously as demonstration that the Earth's temperature is not rising. From the excerpt you quote, he does not say that the temperature is not rising. to the contrary, he says clearly that the trend is positive.

    Since the record set in 1998, there has been no increase, as per Dr Jones

    See, erroneous quoting, like that. He did not say there has been no increase.

    sea level rise for the past 80 years has been 9 inches, certainly not 12 inches in 30 years

    According to the NY Times, in the South Pacific it is about a foot over the past 30 years, faster than elsewhere

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/12/02/world/The-Marshall-Islands-Are-Disappearing.html?_r=1

    The Science report you mention appears to refer to global sea level rise, not sea level rise in the South Pacific. Remember, sea level rise is not uniform?

    http://science.sciencemag.org/content/320/5873/212

    Posted in: Do you consider global warming just a theory or a proven fact?

  • 2

    cleo

    I daresay the world is more than 134 years old.

    I daresay it is. But the time we're interested in is the last hundred years or so during which there have been drastic and rapid changes. Flora and fauna can adapt to gradual changes over time, over centuries or millennia. The rapid changes we are experiencing now, over the space of a few decades, are something different.

    I guess you aren't aware that the world was warmer in medieval times than now (back when Greenland was still green)

    Greenland was not 'green' in 'medieval times'. Eric the Red (who was a murderer as well as a liar) named the land Greenland to encourage people to settle there, but the only green land was along the coast - same as today. It was thousands of years ago that Greenland was actually green, with forests and stuff and no ice.

    Rising sea levels do not usually effect reef islands, as if the sea level rises, coral reef growth rises too

    Oh dear. Sea levels in the South Pacific have risen about a foot in the past 30 years. Given optimum conditions, coral can grow at a rate of 0.2 to 25mm a year, but conditions are rarely optimal. Outbreaks of crown-of-thorns starfish and coral disease in the Marshals have also inhibited growth.

    Listen to the interview yourself, it is not "erroneous"

    I read the interview. In it Dr Jones explains the difference between statistically-significant and statistically-insignificant warming, and in response to a direct question he says, 'I'm 100% confident that the climate has warmed... - there's evidence that most of the warming since the 1950s is due to human activity.'

    If he didn't think people were quoting him erroneously, why in 2011 did he allow the BBC to state that it was erroneous?

    Posted in: Do you consider global warming just a theory or a proven fact?

  • 3

    cleo

    How has it affected where you live in Japan?

    Climate change in Japan? Where to start?

    In my first summer here, the locals were exclaiming how hot it was when the thermometer hit 30 degrees. These days, 30 degrees in summer is a pleasant, balmy day; temperatures in excess of 35 degrees are no longer unusual.

    The torrential rain that fell in east Japan in autumn last year - two months' worth of rain in as many days - was a more intense repeat of the torrential rains that affected Hiroshima the year before. Autumn rains are not unusual of course, but both these events were likely greatly intensified by global climate change. I have never experienced Deluge-level rain before in my life.

    The so-called "monsterous" el nino will do little to nuthing in ur parts

    Whether or not el nino affects 'ur parts' has nothing to do with its overall effect, any more than snow in winter 'proves global warming is a myth'.

    You may as well say the Kumamoto earthquake didn't happen because you didn't feel it in America or wherever you are.

    Posted in: Do you consider global warming just a theory or a proven fact?

  • 2

    cleo

    There has been no statistical increase in temperatures

    In the past 134 years, the hottest 10 years have occurred since 1998. 2015 was the hottest year on record.

    http://climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/global-temperature/

    so says Dr Phil Jones of the IPCC and the Climate Research Unit

    Climate warming since 1995 is now statistically significant, according to Phil Jones.....Professor Jones' previous comment, from a BBC interview in Febuary 2010, is routinely quoted - erroneously - as demonstration that the Earth's surface temperature is not rising.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-13719510

    Sea level increase has not accelerated. My tide gauge at my seaside home is unchanged since my family bought the home 50 years ago

    According to NASA, who are looking at a bit more than your personal tide gauge, sea levels are rising quickly but unevenly across the globe. Is your tide gauge on the western coast of the USA? Sea levels there are stable or dropping.

    http://www.space.com/30379-nasa-sea-level-rise-model-video.html

    Drowning of low-lying islands? Wrong.

    The people of the Marshall Islands and other low-lying islands might be forgiven for not believing you as the waves wash their homes into the sea.

    http://walrus.wr.usgs.gov/climate-change/lowLat.html

    Posted in: Do you consider global warming just a theory or a proven fact?

  • 2

    cleo

    Wc626 - At last, I thought, he sees sense...until I got to that last sentence.

    All in all, billions of dollars of damage and some 100 million people facing food and water shortages sounds pretty "monstrous" to me. Just because it wasn't particularly noticeable where you were doesn't mean it didn't happen.

    (Hint: global warming isn't what happens to the weather in one small part of the planet. The fact that it's called global is a bit of a giveaway.)

    Posted in: Do you consider global warming just a theory or a proven fact?

  • 5

    cleo

    If JT hadn't put that 'just' in the question, I would have voted 'A theory' without hesitation. In the same way that evolution is a theory. But the nuance (=lack of understanding of what a theory is) means I'm still looking for the 'None of the above' button.

    What happened to the "Monster" El Nino?

    According to Climate Central -

    From crippling drought in southern Africa to a record number of February tornadoes in the U.S. Southeast

    those wide-ranging impacts will continue to be felt for weeks and months to come — good news for those in California, who need El Niño-fueled rains, but bad news for the many areas, like Indonesia, which is suffering from deep drought, food and water shortages, and wildfires.

    Already this year, El Niño-related weather has cost billions of dollars in damage and left some 100 million people facing food and water shortages.

    http://www.climatecentral.org/news/monster-el-nino-transforms-worlds-weather-20138

    Who were wrong?

    Posted in: Do you consider global warming just a theory or a proven fact?

  • 1

    cleo

    Mary - I've never been able to find parsnips in the shops, but if you've got space to place a deep planter, you can grow your own from seed (available online). I've got some just sprouting as I write.

    I like real smoked salmon. And since I’m not vegetarian, who cares?

    Err, the salmon? Vegetarian readers who might like to try tomato sushi and are intrigued rather than put off talk of multi-day marinating processes?

    Posted in: Can parsnip 'rice' sushi hold its own against the real deal?

  • 0

    cleo

    Tony Blair apologised for the Irish Famine, and David Cameron apologised for Bloody Sunday.

    I think that kinda proves my point, doesn't it?

    Apologising for something you're not responsible for is empty grandstanding, something politicians (especially the more political ones) do a lot of.

    Posted in: Kishida says Japan told U.S. it won't seek apology for atomic bombings

  • 0

    cleo

    If Japan had possessed the technological capacity to have created an H-bomb, wouldn't they have used it?

    Yes, they would have, without a doubt.

    That doesn't change the fact that the people who were on the receiving end (or who would have been on the receiving end, if the tables had been turned) were not the same people who were planning, making and dropping the bombs. They were civilians who were on the side they were on simply because they happened to have been born in the country they were born in.

    If Japan had possessed the technological capacity to have created an H-bomb, and if they had used it, and had still lost the war, what would be the attitude of Americans towards Japan? That it was a war crime, is what.

    I don't see however how Obama can give an apology for Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He didn't do it. He wasn't even alive when it happened. He cannot apologise; he can only say that it was a horrible thing to happen and that it must never, ever be allowed to happen again. And that those who, from the comfort of their computers in their safe little homes that have never been bombed, smirk that it was a Good Thing, Justified, and Useful, should shut their cake holes and count their blessings. They're probably the same jerks that yee-haw as they watch videos of drones taking down little children.

    Posted in: Kishida says Japan told U.S. it won't seek apology for atomic bombings

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