cleo's past comments

  • 1

    cleo

    It is about maturity and if 17 can't be mature enough ......

    Maturity also includes the maturity to decide whether or not you want to see something you know you are likely to be revolted/scared/upset/disgusted by. TV channels issue warnings of graphic content, so that viewers have the choice to avoid seeing things they don't want to see. Kids stuck in a classroom don't have that choice.

    Posted in: 2 school girls hyperventilate while being shown IS documentary

  • 0

    cleo

    neither acceptable nor unacceptable levels are calculated at ground level. if you disagree with that then perhaps you should complain to your local scientific community and explain why they are wrong.

    The 'scientific community' can make its own rules. If I'm lying on a beach, I want to know that the sand isn't going to give me cancer or worse. If kids are making sandcastles, their parents need to know the sand is safe and that neither the sandcastles nor the kids are going to start glowing in the dark.

    Posted in: Tainted water leaking into sea from roof of Fukushima plant

  • 3

    cleo

    And I presume that you were measuring the radiation at the regular height of 1 m off the ground?

    People enjoying the beach do so one meter up in the air?

    Posted in: Tainted water leaking into sea from roof of Fukushima plant

  • 3

    cleo

    The rich guy could well lose all his money in a financial crash or due to poor financial management. The hottie will be old, grey and wrinkled one day.

    The first is a possibility. The second is a certainty.

    Better to base the choice on something not so ephemeral as either cash or looks.

    Posted in: Magazine asks women if they’d rather date an ugly millionaire or unemployed hottie

  • 2

    cleo

    'The alternative - presumably an elected president - would be appalling.'

    What could possibly be more appalling than a clan of inbred 'elite' brought up to think they're better than the people they supposedly represent? A clan who apparently are deemed to 'deserve' their job (even when they don't even fill the shoes intended for them until they're well past retirement age, and spend most of their lives instead filling time and living off taxes) simply on account of who their Mum is.

    I don't think politics should be brought into it, though. No more money wasted on elections. Have a lottery once every five or ten years, to choose a pensioner from the general public to represent us.

    Posted in: Prince William to arrive in Japan on Thursday

  • 0

    cleo

    Thank you Allistair - I wasn't actually looking for an example of a typical "grumpy Brit" pompous rant, but thank you for providing one - as I was saying, they are always entertaining.

    And there we have just what Allistair was describing. So anyone who doesn't subscribe 100% to the 'America is wonderful' arrogance is grumpy and pompous? As Allistair points out higher up the thread, most Americans we come across in real life are quite reasonable, nice people. It seems to be the Internet that brings all the 'the world is ours to rule as we see fit' loonies out in force. They aren't at all entertaining. Colour me as grumpy as you like.

    Posted in: How come Japan has never demanded an official apology from any U.S. government for the dropping of atomic bombs on two of its cities? In fact, why don't Japanese hate America for dropping the bombs?

  • 18

    cleo

    If they're worried about the prefecture’s international academic standing, mebbees they should look at how other places achieve high academic standards. (Hint: it isn't by forcing Saturday classes on jaded kids and teachers).

    Posted in: Kagoshima schools to resume Saturday classes once a month

  • 1

    cleo

    if you have to ask, you haven't been paying attention

    This isn't a uniquely Japanese thing, it's more a Mars/Venus thing. I've made more or less the same point umpteen times to Mr cleo. He still doesn't get it, of course.

    cockroaches don't have the unforgivable vices of moving the bog seat or crawling into the house pissed

    True, dat. And the cat makes short work of the roaches anyway.

    Posted in: Those unspoken Japanese words

  • 0

    cleo

    The phrase play fast and loose isn't limited to Shakespeare, it's a quite common expression often used in modern English.

    I have never heard anyone speak these terms in the manner written by the article

    It isn't speech that's the problem, it's the inability of some people to write/spell correctly.

    Posted in: Why do so many native English speakers (mainly Americans) wrongly use "loose" instead of "lose?"

  • 5

    cleo

    Why on earth would Oklahoma make anyone laugh? Or Gunma?

    Posted in: The top 10 rural regions of Japan that Tokyo residents would like to move to

  • 0

    cleo

    Those who blame their own mistakes on the 'inconsistencies' of the English language are simply making excuses for their own failure to get to grips with their native tongue. Every natural language has irregular grammar/spelling. Live with it.

    But whoever supposed Americans were 'native English speakers' ??? (ducks)

    Posted in: Why do so many native English speakers (mainly Americans) wrongly use "loose" instead of "lose?"

  • 3

    cleo

    Argue back and forth all you want, it all comes down to this - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YCGMqp6kBE

    Posted in: Vaccines: The best way to persuade parents is the worst for kids

  • 3

    cleo

    It doesn't feel 'strange', but it doesn't exactly feel like 'home', either, in the same way that Japan no longer feels like 'abroad'; it's 'home'. Where the heart is, an' all that.

    Posted in: For those of you who have lived abroad a long time, does it feel strange when you go back home?

  • 4

    cleo

    IF someone works for a typical company that has weekends and holidays off

    That is a rather large IF. I know of many 'typical' companies that expect people to come in at the weekend to 'make up' for national holidays, not to mention weekends not being counted if they are part of a 'business trip'. Also local workers expected to come in on weekends a business tripper from Head Office is in town.

    Having 5-day weekends when most of the country is on holiday is not a good way to boost leisure spending. Let people have their five day (or longer) holiday when it suits them, not when it happens to fit the calendar and travel is a nightmare.

    Posted in: Japan eyes compulsory 5 days' paid holiday a year

  • 2

    cleo

    Given the choice, I choose not to live in any city - I'm not one for glass, concrete and exhaust fumes. But if I had to live in a city, I suppose a Tokyo address would do - so long as it was a 'suburb' like one of the Ogasawara Islands.

    Posted in: If you could live in any city in the world, other than where you live now, which one would you choose and why?

  • 2

    cleo

    You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others

    But you can. That's free speech. What you cannot do is preach turn the other cheek while punching someone who says something you don't like.

    he said a reaction of some sort was to be expected.

    The correct response to satire you don't like is to treat it with disdain - ignore it. All but a handful of people ignored Charlie Hebdo's satire - they didn't buy the rag. In fact so many people didn't buy it that it was about to go under.

    Posted in: Pope on Charlie Hebdo: There are limits to free expression

  • 0

    cleo

    fxgai

    What the graph on the page you linked to shows is that more than half of all elderly households (with 2 or more people, singles don't seem to be included) have savings of less than 15 million yen, and two-thirds have less than the average 23 million. Just a quarter have savings in excess of 30 million yen.

    The page also shows a shortfall between average income and expenditure of nearly 50 thousand a month. If the average oldie makes up that difference from his average savings, the pot runs out in approximately 25 years. Looks like the oldies had better not look forward to a long old age.

    Posted in: Gov't to use sales tax hike revenue to expand welfare spending

  • 0

    cleo

    I will not put the kids in "private" high school, to avoid Juku stupidity. I've read that private high schools in Japan focus too much on passing Toudai entrance test, their students have very little general education

    It depends an awful lot on the school. Some of my friends sent their kids to private schools that, when they told me about them, sounded horrendous. My own son opted to go to a private school after watching his older sister go the public route, and he had a great time. He didn't go to juku. The school certainly did focus on academic work, but not to the detriment of everything else; the students were encouraged to engage in volunteer work and to develop non-academic interests outside of school, and he left school a well-rounded individual.

    If you're going to uproot the whole family to resettle overseas so that junior can start secondary education there, I can see the point in that; but I don't see that it's necessary, and I certainly would not send a 12-year-old off on his tod.

    I have a friend who used to teach in an International school. For the cost, I don't think I would recommend it.

    Posted in: Entrance exams: How parents ruin their kids' chances with misguided 'support'

  • -2

    cleo

    To be fair, most of the cats appear to be in good shape, and they're obviously very friendly around people, which they wouldn't be if they were abused at all. There was a shot of a kitty with a bandage on its leg, which presumably indicates that someone in the temple had taken the trouble to treat a wound.

    A few of the moggies begging from visitors appeared to be a bit moth-eaten, perhaps indicating they needed a little more attention. And another thing that bothered me was that none of the males appear to be neutered, promising a population explosion come spring, preceded by lots of cat fights and more cats needing wounds to be bandaged.

    And I wondered what the visitors were so gleefully feeding to the cats. Not all human food is good for cats.

    I'm glad I don't have to go to a temple to get my cat fix.

    Posted in: Buddhist monks cultivate cat haven at Fukui Prefecture’s 'Kitty Temple'

  • -2

    cleo

    That does not look like a happy cat. Maybe the owner should put the smartphone away and spend a bit more time interacting with the cat, then the cat would have no need for a collar tracking its movements.

    Posted in: Social networking for animals

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