cleo's past comments

  • 1

    cleo

    Sheeple, the silent majority. In America we do not have this problem, and we're better for it. Politics in Japan is a cesspool compared to the innovative process americans experience.

    lol The only difference I see is that one set of lemmings proceeds in a quiet, orderly maner to jump off the cliff with a modicum of decorum, while the other set Yee-hahs and waves their stripey flags behind them as they take a running jump over the edge.

    The result is the same.

    Except that the leader chosen by the noisy, raucous lemmings has his/her finger on The Button, and that's scary.

    Posted in: Clinton promises steady hand in dangerous world

  • 1

    cleo

    They chanted, "USA, USA, USA." They even waved lots of American flags.

    Uh-Hmm . . . but when Trump supporters do this kind of activity -all of a sudden it's considered "hate" or "racism."

    It isn't 'hate' or 'racism'. (Can you find a single example of anyone saying that chanting "USA, USA, USA" and/or waving American flags is either hate or racism?

    Didn't think so.

    What it is considered, whichever side is doing it, is mindless. Jimizo's word is moron, that works too.

    Then folk come here and call the Japanese 'sheeple'. Pots and kettles.

    Posted in: Clinton promises steady hand in dangerous world

  • -1

    cleo

    I have no doubt Clinton will steadily make the world more dangerous should she become president.

    You could be right. With Trump on the other hand, it would be not so much steadily as precipitously.

    Posted in: Clinton promises steady hand in dangerous world

  • 1

    cleo

    are you referring to when you get off the Narita express and have to produce your passport or ID ?

    There was a time when everyone going into Narita had to produce ID. If you were in a car, the security people would look in the boot. Interestingly, they would often ask only the driver (Japanese) for ID, check the faces of everyone else in the car, and wave us through. They stopped doing all that a while ago, now I think it's just a quick Hello and on your way.

    The last time I was asked to show ID going into Narita Airport by train was a couple of years ago when there was some big meeting coming up - G7, or G20, or some such and the place was crawling with police and security.

    Posted in: Getting stopped by police in Japan – how often does it happen (and why?)

  • 3

    cleo

    Been here 40 plus years, never been stopped by police, only time anyone ever asked for ID is going into Narita Airport when there were long lines of everyone producing ID.

    Posted in: Getting stopped by police in Japan – how often does it happen (and why?)

  • 1

    cleo

    It wouldn't be to unreasonable to give yor speech (whether Dem or Rep) in front of a couple US flags

    Why a couple? Surely one is enough?

    Posted in: Rift between Sanders' loyalists, Democratic brass lingers

  • 1

    cleo

    did you notice that after days of criticism on social media, the democrats finally put a Stars and Stripes on the stage last night

    I've never understood the apparent American desire to plaster the flag all over the place. What's the matter, if you can't see the Stars and Stripes are you not sure what country you're in?

    No chanting USA? Makes me wonder where their loyalty lies.

    Mindless chanting is a sign of loyalty?? Alluss thought it was a sign of mindlessness.

    Hopefully once the convention is over things will quieten down a bit and JT can get back to being JAPAN Today instead of its present reincarnation as an outpost of American Politics Ad Nauseum Today.

    If it weren't that I'd miss the summer hols I've been looking forward to all year, I could almost wish for November to be over and done with already.

    Posted in: Rift between Sanders' loyalists, Democratic brass lingers

  • 0

    cleo

    how will they do it in Tokyo? Will team names be in kanji, katakana, romaji or English?

    Judging from this video I found on Youtube, the team names in the 1964 Games were in English.

    Which kinda goes against the IOC guidelines of 'alphabetical order in the local language' - but how do you put kanji/kana in alphabetical order?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7sK2szyQno

    Posted in: NBC fails in bid to change order of teams in opening ceremony

  • 3

    cleo

    The McDonalds generation is starting to catch up.

    If life expectancy were falling, I might agree with that. But the article says that the figures for last year marked records for both Japanese women and men, with a rise of 0.22 year for women and a gain of 0.29 year for men from the previous year.

    So it isn't that Japanese people are not living as long; it's that life expectancy in some other countries has risen a little faster than in Japan. I don't see how that is anything but a good thing, for the people in those countries, at least. It's no detriment to Japan, except perhaps a little galling to the 'Japan first' nationalists.

    According to the UN world Population Prospects 2015 list, HK is top with 86.58 years for women, 80.91 for men, followed by Japan at 86,49 and 80.00. The UK is 28th (82.39 and 78.45) and the US is 43rd (81.25 and 76.47).

    With the exception of Afghanistan, Haiti, Yemen and Papua New Guinea, the bottom rankings (154-201) are dominated by African countries, which fact strikes me as more worthy of concern than one prosperous Asian country edging slightly ahead of another prosperous Asian country that is itself still improving.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_life_expectancy

    Posted in: Japanese women lose world's top spot in life expectancy

  • 0

    cleo

    At least one decision indicating it isn't all about the money. Plus a bit of respect for the local language. Good.

    Why the one-hour delay? Don't American TVs have a recording function?

    Posted in: NBC fails in bid to change order of teams in opening ceremony

  • 3

    cleo

    Gets a bit lonely at times....Occasionally I have to force myself to put on some clothes and get outside

    This is why I consider critters an essential working-from-home element. You gotta get up and take the dog out at least once a day, maybe talk to a neighbour or two while you're out, often even put on some clothes first.

    Posted in: How stressful is your workplace and how do you cope with it?

  • 5

    cleo

    Sometimes the work itself can be a bit stressful, especially when there's lots of it and a tight deadline. But the workplace is fine. I work from home; no boss, free access to the snack basket, unlimited cuppas, my choice of background music, the critters to provide light relief. And zero commuting stress. I can recommend it. Beats going to work.

    Posted in: How stressful is your workplace and how do you cope with it?

  • 0

    cleo

    Eye of the beholder, Chaos. :-)

    The last really cute one I saw was on a toddler.

    Posted in: Rip-off circumcision clinics shine harsh light on medical ethics

  • 7

    cleo

    All women know ....

    You're on very shaky ground when you claim that every member of any arbitrary group (all women?? really? No.) share any kind of opinion.

    Can't say I've ever noticed any difference in satisfaction. And the last thing I would describe a working willy as is 'cute'. Cute it most definitely is not, with or without.

    Posted in: Rip-off circumcision clinics shine harsh light on medical ethics

  • 5

    cleo

    No picture of this one??

    http://news.tbs.co.jp/newseye/tbs_newseye2829923.html

    Maybe it's the angle or perspective or something, but it does't seem all that high...pretty spectacular, though.

    Posted in: Volcano in Kyushu erupts with 5,000-meter plume

  • 7

    cleo

    The Guardian is now reporting 'at least 15 dead, another 45 injured' with '20 of the injured in serious condition'. Horrendous.

    Posted in: 19 dead, 25 injured in knife attack at Kanagawa facility for disabled

  • 3

    cleo

    The translator here is attempting as well to stir the pot.....Groups of whales are more commonly referred to as "pods", and counting them individually would be "444 individual whales".

    I'm never slow to slap an incompetent translator up the back of the head, but in this case I think no more than a light rap across the knuckles is called for. You're correct that it should be a pod of whales not a group, but once it's thus established that we're talking about whales, there is no need to labour the point by calling the members of the pod 'individual whales'; a simple 'individuals' is all that's needed. 'Individual whales' is unnecessary repetition. I don't think that there is any subliminal implication that the whales are human.

    Posted in: Japan captures 115 whales in northwestern Pacific in May-July

  • 0

    cleo

    saisho wa gu

    I thought it was Ikariya Chosuke and the Drifters who started that. They were certainly doing it back in the very early 80s.

    Posted in: The simple beauty of Japan’s 'rock-paper-scissors' culture

  • 5

    cleo

    What is the current population of whales in the northern pacific

    They say that's one of the things they're 'researching'.

    and how does their killing of more than one-hundred whales every year effect the over all population?

    Umm, well, we killed over a hundred and there were still some left, so we reckon the population is 'over a hundred' as of spring 2016. We'll go again next year to research whether there are still 'over a hundred' as of spring 2017, and that will tell us that we can safely research some more. And we'll kill some babies and/or pregnant females to confirm that the whales are actually reproducing.

    Posted in: Japan captures 115 whales in northwestern Pacific in May-July

  • 13

    cleo

    The headline is wrong. No whales were 'captured': 115 animals were brutally killed using exploding harpoons and either finished off with rifle bullets when the whales have been dragged closer to the boat, or left to drown in their own blood. Then they were summarily butchered and all but the 'tasty' bits thrown overboard.

    The 'research' lie has been blown out of the water so often and so completely, it's a painful embarrassment.

    Shame on the bloody 'researchers'.

    Posted in: Japan captures 115 whales in northwestern Pacific in May-July

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