cleo's past comments

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    cleo

    If you love someone, then you already accept them despite their flaws.

    If the first time you meet someone their flaws are so apparent (and despite your breath mints and deodorants, smokers do stink - you just don't notice it yourself because you're so used to it. BO and smoke smell very different) you feel you don't want to be in their company, you aren't going to date them and you aren't going to grow to love them. You have the order backwards.

    What really hurts is when someone you do love - a parent, a sibling - insists on smoking despite knowing the risks, and smokes themselves into an early grave. It's the height of self-centred selfishness.

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  • 1

    cleo

    Generally, informal language shouldn't be used in news articles

    I'd agree with you - generally. But this article is written throughout in an informal style, in fact it would be quite difficult to keep a deadpan face while writing about attending the funerals of people who haven't died or don't even exist, or uncles who die twice. In this instance, the use of rumbled fits very nicely.

    International news should be written in a non-regional manner. Same as they shouldn't use Americanisms in the news.

    As soon as you decide whether to use centre or center, theatre or theater, analyse or analyze, you're writing in a 'regional' manner. Can't be helped.

    By the way, that 'standard' dictionary on dictionary.com isn't standard at all, it's American. The 'standard' version gives rumble=to have or take part in a street fight between or among teenage gangs: in the British version, it points out (correctly) that that definition is US slang.

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  • 0

    cleo

    it's pretty hard to change the ways of thinking and measuring that you grew up with. They're solidly embedded. ......To change the system isn't a simple matter of just saying okay, from now on we'll be a metric country. People would raise hell and everybody would be totally confused and many would be feeling completely ripped off on purchases and amounts.

    You're right, it isn't a simple matter of just saying OK, from now on we'll be a metric country. But other countries have made the change without people raising hell or being totally confused or feeling ripped off. Why should Americans be less able to stay up to date than the rest of the world, especially if you don't want to be seen as that ignorant? (They didn't teach me millimetres and centimetres in school either, but so what....they didn't teach me lots of things I picked up later)

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  • 0

    cleo

    Haafu is simply a ridiculous term

    Most haafus seem to think it works....

    while Japanese can be both an ethnic description and a nationality American is only a nationality. It will be centuries before American will be considered an ethnic group

    ...then how is Amerasian any better than haafu?

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  • -1

    cleo

    Seen as family members? Just you two?

    Is English perhaps not your first language?

    The flags of Japan and the UK are seen as family members and officials gather for a ceremony = Family members and officials gather for a ceremony and (in the background) the flags of Japan and the UK are seen.

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    cleo

    I remember in 1982 JAL flight no 350 crashed on approach to Haneda Airport: the pilot had deliberately put two of the engines into reverse thrust. The first officer and flight engineer did what they could to regain control, and the plane touched down in shallow waters short of the runway. I remember the news footage of the time showed the plane sitting in the water with its front end sheared off. Of the 174 people on board, 24 died. The pilot was later found to have been suffering from a mental illness before the flight, and was judged not guilty by reason of insanity.

    But then you'd have to be insane by definition to deliberately crash a plane full of people.

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  • 1

    cleo

    Some people are beyond redemption. Those that you would never release are being sentenced TO DEATH behind bars, You support, therefore, the death penalty.

    Sorry Madverts, but it's ridiculous to state that not killing people is a death sentence.

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  • -2

    cleo

    They should ask women that have been married for 30 years.... for the top 10 clues to choosing the right guy.

    (1.) Gut feeling

    (2.) to (8.) See 1.

    (9.) Seriously, see (1.). If there's anything at all nagging in the back of your mind that you can't quite put your finger on, hold your horses.

    (10.) If your Dad thinks he's OK, he's probably OK.

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    cleo

    Number 9, definitely.

    Number 5 depends on how and when it's said. Most Japanese men make it sound false even if they mean it, because they're being きざ when they say it. Be more natural and tell the girl 好きだ, it sounds much more natural.

    Numbers 2 and 3, not only men. Take it as 'See ya around', whoever is saying it.

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  • 0

    cleo

    The question is simple. Do you or do you not support sentencing people to die in gaol? No possibility of ever getting out. Death.

    I've already said I don't support life without parole, aka lock 'em up and throw away the key. Keep the key on the hook, and have a look at them now and again. Life with parole doesn't have to mean everyone automatically gets out eventually, no matter how bad they are. Review all cases on a regular basis. Don't let out the ones who aren't fit to be let out.

    As for No possibility of ever getting out. Death you do realise that's what awaits us all, whether we commit crimes or not?

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  • 5

    cleo

    from experience I have euthanized a few kittens in my time here because there was no way to save them

    He didn't euthanise them. He buried them alive. It isn't a difference that's hard to understand.

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    cleo

    The question was a simple yes/no affair.

    The problem is that when it's a question of lives, a simple yes/no doesn't suffice.

    Going on about the 'mutilation of convicts' is cute, but disingenuous. You are the one who wants people 'out of the gene pool'. I suggested one way of doing that without killing. I do not 'advocate' it, I am not 'calling for' it, and I made no mention of 'worst cases'. Stay honest, Madverts.

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    cleo

    Madverts -

    You don't support life in prison yet you claim it is a necessary evil.

    I suppose folk who advocate the death penalty have a tendency to talk in absolutes. It is not a contradiction to say that while life in prison is not a Good Thing, it is still better than the alternatives.

    you singled out the US for criticism?

    Where is Utah again?

    you can't decide if you support life in prison without possibility of parole as it will mean admitting you support a death sentence.

    I do not support extremes or absolutes, which both the death penalty and life without parole are. That doesn't mean that keeping very bad people in prison until they die of natural causes should be ruled out; nothing much else can be done with them, unless you insist on staying in the Kill'em Club in the company of the likes of China, Saudi Arabia, Iran and North Korea.

    But you support mutilating people by emasculation for "the worst cases".

    Just pointing our that taking people 'out of the gene pool' doesn't necessarily mean killing them. Interesting that you should consider neutering a fate worse than death. Never owned a male dog or cat? They're much happier, healthier and longer-lived without their bits.

    Alpha - The duh was in response to your admitting not all crimes carry (or should carry) the death penalty. Bit of a no brainer, unless you're a real bloodthirsty extremist. Crimes such as fishing from horseback (1), owning a set of the Encyclopaedia Britannica (2), driving in a housecoat while female (3), or selling a duckling dyed blue (4) do not carry the death penalty, nor should they in most people's eyes, I should imagine. Although the penalty for jumping off a building is death. Right enough - them NY buildings is high. (5)

    (1)http://www.dumblaws.com/laws/united-states/utah

    (2) http://www.dumblaws.com/laws/united-states/texas

    (3)http://www.dumblaws.com/laws/united-states/california

    (4)http://www.dumblaws.com/laws/united-states/kentucky

    (5)http://www.dumblaws.com/laws/united-states/new-york

    Not sure what your relgious beliefs are, but it does say in the Bible ....

    Atheist, so sorry, waving the bible around doesn't help. If you're so sure God will exact his revenge in the end, why not just leave it up to him? Killing in God's name sounds over-the-top hubristic to me... Matthew 7:1-3.

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  • -1

    cleo

    Not all crimes should get the death penalty.

    duh....

    so with child rapists and killers you support one day releasing them? Mass murderers? Terrorists?

    Support releasing people who pose a danger to the public? Not at all. But by all means retain the means to review cases every so often. If the review board deems them to be still a danger, lock the cell door again for a few more years.

    Most European prisons aren't any different.

    And that makes it OK? I don't think so. But at least Europe doesn't execute people.

    Prison is supposed to be a punishment.

    The loss of freedom is the punishment. I have never heard of anywhere with a proper legal system having AIDS and anal rape on the books as legitimate punishments for any crime.

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    cleo

    It isn't up to the school board to punish him, apart from, as smitty says, firing him and taking away his teaching license. He has clearly demonstrated that he is not fit to teach. Make sure he never has any influence over young minds, ever again.

    This is a police matter - charge him to the fullest extent the law allows, and once the police have finished with him let the parents of the traumatised boys file their lawsuits.

    What a nasty, sick little .... words fail me.

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  • 1

    cleo

    I don't see why convicts shouldn't be removed from the gene pool.

    If the gene pool is a concern, you could neuter the worst cases.....

    Supporting that IMO means.....

    I just said that I don't 'support' it.....

    in an incredibly barbaric place

    Why does the supposedly most advanced nation on earth have such a barbaric place, and why would you use the fact of the existence of that barbaric place to justify the barbaric practice of putting people down? Why not work to make those barbaric places a bit less barbaric?

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  • -1

    cleo

    I say that for economic reasons, not for some fire and brimstone reasons.

    Do you support life in prison without parole Cleo?

    As in, support it = I think it's a Good Thing?

    No, I don't think life in prison without parole is a Good Thing. But if the only alternatives are killing people in cold blood or letting potentially dangerous people back out onto the streets, it's probably a necessary evil.

    And way preferable to finding out after an execution that oops, you got the wrong person.

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  • 2

    cleo

    I'm not so sure the state should be killing people.

    I'm absolutely sure the state should not be killing people.

    It's barbaric.

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  • 2

    cleo

    There is no reason to imagine your teeth will 'decay anyway' if you look after them properly. (Though when my parents were young, they and many of their generation did have all their teeth pulled 'because dentures are easier to keep clean') This lady is (or feels she is) carrying a genetic time-bomb. I would not trade places with her, for all her money and hot husband.

    It's no light decision that she has taken. I hope she continues to feel she has made the right decisions, and that she does escape the fate of her mother and other female relatives.

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  • 1

    cleo

    Crusades in history were all wrong but that time period was full of brutality.

    And now isn't?

    Current Islamists causing and wishing harm on innocent people are just evil.

    Current anybody causing and wishing harm on innocent people is just evil. Whether it's a man with a beard and a vest full of explosives in a crowded market, or a pimply youth with a joystick guiding and firing a drone at a private house from miles away. Or anyone cheering on either of them.

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