cleo's past comments

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    cleo

    My gut is perfectly healthy.. I don't need indigestible fiber

    If eating a normal amount of fibre on a regular basis gives you bloating and gas, you do not have a healthy gut.

    Everyone needs fibre; according to the UK NHS, at least 18 grams a day. The Mayo Clinic suggests 30-38 grams for men, 21-25 grams for women, depending on age. The average western refined/processed/meat-heavy diet provides around 14 grams. If you have a diet that is very low in fibre and eat one meal with lots of fibre, that is likely to cause bloating; not because fibre is bad for you, but because your gut has become sluggish through lack of fibre. (and the purpose of fibre is not just to 'push things through', though that is important).

    http://www.nhs.uk/chq/pages/1141.aspx?categoryid=51

    http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/fiber/art-20043983

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    cleo

    Cricky I'm sorry your father died at such a young age. The fact that some people who lead apparently healthy lives die young for non-smoking-related reasons doesn't mean that smoking doesn't kill. My point is that if she hadn't been a heavy smoker, my mother would not have died of a smoking-related condition when she did. Similarly my father would not have died in his early sixties from a heart attack, after spending two decades a semi-invalid suffering repeated minor heart attacks. They might both still be alive today.

    Smoking was never cool, except in the adverts.

    Posted in: Smoke haters go after smokers with a vengeance

  • 3

    cleo

    Don't worry I will be dead soon (aparantly) then there will be one less person enjoying life

    My Mum used to excuse her smoking by saying 'It's my only pleasure'. She was dead at 50, heart failure complicated by respiratory problems. She never got to see any of her kids graduate from uni or get married, never saw any of her beautiful grandchildren or great-grandchildren.

    If that's your idea of 'enjoying life', knock herself out.

    it was ok when I started

    In that case you will be dead soon anyway from old age. It hasn't been 'ok' for a very, very long time. You're in your 80s or later?

    Posted in: Smoke haters go after smokers with a vengeance

  • 1

    cleo

    smoking is not quite the same as getting punched in face

    One more sign that smokers just don't get it.

    the problem is a lack of tolerance and common courtesy

    Yes it is. So please be tolerant of ordinary folks' desire to breathe clean air and not have their hair and clothes reeking of smoke stink, and have the common courtesy not to smoke.

    how about instead of a few seconds of stink

    It is not 'a few seconds of stink'. For someone with even mild asthma, second-hand smoke can mean days of agony and time off work. When you light up, do you check first that there are no asthmatics or people with other respiratory conditions in range of your smoke?

    And the smell lingers for hours. You don't notice it because you've cauterised your senses.

    Smokers always retort with 'it doesn't necessarily give you cancer' and 'lung cancer isn't always caused by smoke' as if that answered everything. You can inconvenience people as much as you like, so long as you don't actually kill them? And if you do kill them, just claim it might have been something else?

    .....or we can all be the same

    Yes, please do be the same as sensible people. Don't smoke.

    Posted in: Smoke haters go after smokers with a vengeance

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    cleo

    what sort of act concerning smoking do you regard as good manners?

    Not smoking.

    I don't see anything 'psychotic' about the deeds and attitudes described in the article. Deliberately and knowingly burning money, inhaling addictive and harmful substances into your body and contaminating with stinky toxic fumes the air around you that others must breathe - that's psychotic.

    Posted in: Smoke haters go after smokers with a vengeance

  • 0

    cleo

    The British film Death of a President is about an assassination where the president doesn't save the world and isn't played by Harrison Ford.

    And is the president in that film portrayed as a buffoon, and are his assassins portrayed as the good guys?

    Just the fact that it dealt with the death of a president had American politicians frothing at the mouth - I think it's despicable, I think it's absolutely outrageous. (Hillary Clinton) I find this shocking, I find it disturbing (Republican spokesman) an appalling way to treat the head of state of another country (Republicans Abroad magazine)

    The difference, of course, is that the people who didn't like Death of a President didn't start hacking computers and making death threats against Channel 4.

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    cleo

    The anti-gun lobbyists would have you think a tool for self-defense is not necessary in today's world

    Got this far in life without ever even touching a gun, for self-defence or any other reason. So yes, a gun is not necessary in today's modern, civilised world.

    Some parts of the world, though, think they're still back in the Wild West. Best to avoid those parts.

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    cleo

    I don't watch many kill-the-country's-leader films, but isn't there a bit of a difference between a comedy that portrays the leader as a buffoon and makes him the butt of a string of tasteless jokes, and an action film that portrays the leader as a fearless action man who defeats the Bad Guys through his powers of leadership, love of family and general Good-Guyness?

    The Harrison Ford one (can't remember the title) comes to mind - what national leader would object to being portrayed as Harrison Ford, defeating the bad guys and saving the Free World one-handed?

    I'm sure NK would not object to a film in which the Dear Leader defeats the running dogs of decadent capitalism and turns the world into a shining example of glorious communism filled with adoring citizens singing his praises.

    Doubt that you'd get Harrison Ford to play the lead, mind.

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    cleo

    So breaking the law is a good thing that you encourage?

    Selling wild animals to a (shortened) life of confinement where they are forced to do tricks for jaded tourists is a Bad Thing that should be actively discouraged.

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    cleo

    milk and cookies? It's a glass o'the hard stuff and a warm mince pie for Santa (it's cold out there), and a raw carrot for Rudolph.

    Posted in: Do you, or did you, encourage your young children to believe in Santa Claus?

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    cleo

    its a total scam

    scam a dishonest scheme; a fraud.

    It would be a scam if they claimed all the proceeds went to prize money. They don't. Where the money goes, what the odds of winning are, are all in the public domain for anyone to check. It isn't even a partial scam. No one is forced or swindled into buying a single ticket.

    It's just a bit of year-end fun.

    Posted in: Life's a lottery

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    cleo

    who's actually getting the profit?

    http://www.takarakuji-official.jp/educate/about/proceeds/

    46.9% - prize money 40.2% - returned as profit to the local authorities selling the tickets, where it is used to finance public works 11.7% - expenses (printing, sales staff, etc.) 1.2% - PR on how the profits are used

    So you can look on it as a 'tax on the stupid', or you can see it as a voluntary contribution to public works with a bit of a dream attached.

    The chances of winning the top prize are calculated to be 1 in 10,000,000.

    The chances of winning back the price of your ticket are calculated to be 1 in 10.

    http://getnews.jp/archives/277051

    Posted in: Life's a lottery

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    cleo

    But no teacher in UK would refuse to stand up to sing and teach the kids not to, I think.

    I think you'd be wrong.

    The difference is that they would not be required to in the first place.

    There are some right-wingers in the UK who think God Save the Queen should be sung in schools, but the most they can do is 'ask' schools to do so; they cannot insist, and not singing is no offence.

    Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools

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    cleo

    You cannot criticize Abe on this

    Cannot?? Has he already started passing laws to ban dissent?

    Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools

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    cleo

    "We are well informed, but Japanese are not, so we have to teach them"

    Isn't it Abe who is saying that? Otherwise why would he need to try to persuade a skeptical public?

    So, I'm telling J public is well informed.

    Yes they are. And they are skeptical about Abe's intentions.

    your opinion is based on "J public is not well informed"

    No, my opinion is based on Like many Japanese people, I love Japan; and like them, I am very wary of stark nationalism.

    The Japanese population is not one body with but one thought; just because you have a certain opinion, it does not mean that every other Japanese person, or even most Japanese people, shares that opinion with you. I think it's rather insulting to the people of Japan for you to suggest that they do.

    Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools

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    cleo

    You say "J public is just not informed" or " They need to be taught"

    No, I never wrote that.

    You ignore J public sentiments that way "on all counts", and try to change the way Abe does, which is very insulting for J public.

    How do you imagine I am trying to change 'the way Abe does'? I'm merely giving my opinion in a public forum. No doubt you and Abe both think that is abominable.

    your family obviously does not represent the average Japanese sentiments toward Kimigayo. In my entire life I have never heard Japanese describe Kimigayo so negatively.

    As Jimizo says, you must move in very limited circles.

    Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools

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    cleo

    Are you talking about USA? In Japan, no school is "forcing kids to worship a flag and sing a rather dismal-sounding song every morning."

    No, I'm not talking abut the USA, I'm talking about Japan. As things stand the schools only do the raising the flag and singing the song thing at ceremonies, but obviously that isn't enough for Abe.

    Kimigayo is not dismal-sounding song for Japanese. Ask any Japanese.

    The greater part of my family is Japanese. I didn't need to ask them, they comment themselves (while watching the Olympics, etc.) that it sounds dismal.

    when Abe says "patriotism" in a country where no patriotism at all, it carries a different meanings

    A lot of people are very concerned that the meaning it carries is 'nationalism'.

    You should not criticize a nation raising a flag only a couple times a year as "forcing kids to worship a flag and sing a rather dismal-sounding song every morning."

    I'm not criticising a nation. I'm criticising the let's-go-back-to-the-glory-days-of-the-war dinosaurs who think forcing kids to be 'patriotic' by shoving mangled history down their throats as part of the school curriculum is in any way a good idea. It isn't.

    In addition, your suggestion that criticism of the ideas of one man (Abe) and/or his followers/keepers is in any way criticism of Japan as a whole (a country I happen to love very much) quite aptly illustrates how easy it is for some to take a nationalist stand and think they're being patriotic. You are very much mistaken, on all counts.

    It is painful situation.

    It's only painful if you confuse petty acts of tokenism as patriotic. Plenty of people are working hard every day to make Japan a better place - that's where you'll find patriotism.

    What zorken said.

    Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools

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    cleo

    Duh. Of course. It's Christmas! Why wouldn't you want your kids/grandkids to believe in Father Christmas?

    Posted in: Do you, or did you, encourage your young children to believe in Santa Claus?

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    cleo

    he would try to persuade a skeptical public of the need to revise Japan's pacifist constitution

    Who does he think he is? He's a public servant, his job is to carry out the will of the people, not tell them what to think.

    he wants reforms to education that would instill patriotism in schoolchildren

    The way to make children proud of their country is to build them a country worth being proud of. Not by making it the correct answer on a mark-sheet and forcing kids to worship a flag and sing a rather dismal-sounding song every morning.

    Schools should have nothing to do with 'patriotism'.

    Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools

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    cleo

    Why has nobody (yet) developed a robot seeking & destroy cockroaches when we are not at home ?

    They have, it's called a cat.

    London Underground mosquito (Culex pipiens f. molestus), and confused flour beetles (Tribolium confusum). The names of these bugs are probably worthy of their own article

    They certainly are!

    From wiki - The "confused" in the beetle's name is due to being confused with the red flour beetle

    • so shouldn't it be the confusing flour beetle? It's observers who are confused, not the beetle. He knows what he's doing (infesting stores of flour and grain).

    And the London Underground beetle assaulted Londoners sleeping in the Underground during the Blitz.......although first discovered in the London Underground system, has been found in underground systems around the world. Which probably means if they had had the Blitz in New York, it would have been called the Subway Beetle; and if Germany had won the war, it would have been called the U-Bahn Käfer.

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