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    cleo

    We keep hearing about the shortage of fresh water in Japan

    I refuse to believe Japan has a water shortage problem after the rainy season we've just gone through.

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  • 15

    cleo

    According to Wiki, Thirty to forty people die in Japan every year after having been stung, which makes the Japanese giant hornet the second most lethal animal in Japan after humans (bears kill zero to five people and venomous snakes kill five to ten people each year). The most dangerous wild animal in Japan.

    They are partial to honey bees (they rip off the head and legs and take the rest home to feed to their larvae) and can destroy a hive in less than three hours. European honey bees are particularly vulnerable. Japanese honey bees have a trick of ambushing the scout hornet, encasing it in a ball of up to 500 bees all beating their wings to heat up their own bodies and the inside of the ball, which rises to 47 degrees C. The high temperature and rising concentration of carbon dioxide inside the ball kills off the hornet. If the bees don't manage to kill the scout hornet, it releases pheromones that tell its pals where the hive is, and the bees are helpless against a concerted attack.

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    cleo

    How do SAHM moms then get to claim they are home "for the kids"?

    Kindy, the kid comes home around 2. Elementary school, the kid comes home anywhere between 1 and 5, depending on the day of the week, the season and the age of the kid. Companies expect their FT workers to be at their desks until 5 or 7, then there's the commute home. If you want to be home when the kids come home, then well, you have to be at home.

    I had the best of both worlds in being able to work from home, meaning I had an income, was able to contribute my bit to society, and be home for the kids. If I had to choose only one of those three benefits, it would be the last one.

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    cleo

    I'd say they chased her into the Ladies', into the toilet, into the loo, into the powder room, into the public conveniences. I don't think I would ever say restroom unless it came equipped with easy chairs, slippers, a TV and coffee on tap.

    And if it ain't got a tub, towels and body shampoo to hand, it definitely ain't a bathroom. if you want a short life with a nasty, painful end, come to my house and dare to treat my bathroom like a toilet.

    Gotta say I feel a bit sorry for this lady. Treated like a little princess in her cute little frilly aprons, put forward as Japan's pretty answer to Mme Curie, and when it turns out she/her team got it wrong (apparently), thrown to the lions. I'd expect the chasing up the escalator and into the loo antics from some of the private broadcasters, but NHK should have a bit more class. Those five reporters will have been dragged onto the carpet by now; bonuses cut and a sudden transfer to deepest darkest inaka, no doubt.

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    cleo

    Both Downton Abbey and Sherlock are British TV shows....

    ...and telling people in Japan that they can be seen on US TV is interesting and useful in what way? I would like JapanToday to tell us when these excellent programmes will be shown on Japanese TV.

    Posted in: 'Downton Abbey' to return for Season 5 on Jan 4; 'Sherlock' date up in the air

  • -1

    cleo

    Who cares what bass wrote.

    You were picking me up on my opinion of what bass wrote. if you don't care about it, why bring it up?

    Why don't you address what I wrote instead of dodging the question. You tell me how Obama's "plan" (and here I use the word in the loosest sense possible) is going to weed out the "people who have made no effort to uphold their own social obligations".

    I have no idea what Obama's plan entails, no real interest in the details since it's never going to affect me personally and it seems even the people who are fighting most fiercely over it aren't all that sure what it entails. But I find it interesting that American society appears to be made up, if posters on JT are to be believed, of fine, upstanding, tax-paying assets to society who create jobs and wealth on the one hand and deadbeats, crack moms, welfare scroungers, illegals, and all other manner of social parasites on the other, with absolutely nothing in between.

    its no less hypocritical for liberals who spend their lives bashing religion in general, and Christianity in particular, to suddenly seize on the words of Jesus to "back up" their grotesque socialist agenda.

    You misunderstand. I am not 'seizing on the words of Jesus' to 'back up' anything. I'm simply pointing out that the Bible bashers pick and choose only those bits of the Christian doctrine that suit their own selfish, self-centred, self-serving ideas. I've no time for organised religion, but a lot of what Jesus taught regarding morality was good stuff. What's grotesque is that it's the self-professed Christians who call his teachings a 'grotesque socialist agenda'. It's almost as if you think socialist is a dirty word.

    the Japanese health care system is broken beyond repair.

    No it isn't. I pay in a lot more than I get out, and that's fine; I'm lucky to be so healthy. And I know that if I do come down with some life-threatening illness, the cost of my care isn't going to throw my whole family into debt and bankruptcy. Like the NHS, the Japanese system has problems, it isn't perfect, but it beats the American 'every-man-for-himself-and-if-you-can't-pay-tough' system hands down.

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    cleo

    why we should care about people who so obviously don't care about themselves, and certainly have made no effort to uphold their own social obligations?

    You should read more carefully. Bass didn't write that he didn't care about people who so obviously don't care about themselves, and certainly have made no effort to uphold their own social obligations, he wrote all-encompassingly and categorically, I don't care about others.

    Its so pitiful the way liberals turn to Jesus as an authority on those very few occasions when his teachings back up the particular socialist point they are trying to make. All the rest of the time they can't stop mocking anyone who takes the Bible seriously.

    You do realise the whole point is that these people who claim to take the Bible seriously are the very people who do no such thing?

    For every verse you find that makes it look like scrounging is just fine and dandy

    No one has produced any verse that makes it look like scrounging is just fine and dandy, so you're off on a straw man argument with that one. The preacher's focus was on giving, not taking.

    the Bible says "if anyone is unwilling to work, let him not eat"

    That's a quote from Paul in 2 Thessalonians, not from Jesus. Oops. The man himself, in the meantime, was too busy handing round the loaves and fishes to worry about whether any of the 5,000 were scroungers, deadbeats or social parasites. If he were alive today you'd ridicule him.

    What does that have to do with anything? I may as well ask you, aren't you from the UK?

    It has to do with the fact that bass tells us he refuses to live in a 'nanny state' country (=one with a decent health-care system) and refuses to 'embrace their entitlement system' - yet here he is living in Japan with its excellent public health-care system that he presumably subscribes to. Being from the UK, by the way, makes it extremely difficult for me to understand why Americans are so allergic to having a proper health-care system in place. Far from being a 'failed socialist health care policy', the NHS is something most Brits are understandably proud of. That's not to say it's perfect; there are lots of problems, but it certainly beats not being able to see a doctor until your condition is critical.

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    cleo

    And what relevance is it to JapanToday what PBS shows?

    I'd be more interested in knowing when NHK plans to run Series 2 of DA.

    Posted in: 'Downton Abbey' to return for Season 5 on Jan 4; 'Sherlock' date up in the air

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    cleo

    If you want to make an argument that the method of execution is inhumane and immoral, go right ahead. If you want to say the death penalty is vengeance served on a platter, go ahead.

    Both arguments have been made many times over, by people far more eloquent than me.

    But you do that to the families and the friends of the victim.

    Sorry, but nothing - nothing - is going to make things easier for those people. Adding more barbarity to the trauma they have already suffered serves no purpose except the empty, cancerous one of revenge.

    And you still haven't explained why it's OK for the state to traumatise its medical/prison/welfare staff to the extent that they suffer mental illness even to the point of suicide.

    for everyone who is against the death penalty, what would have been justice for Joseph Wood and those like him who are 100 % guilty of multiple murders?

    Lock them up.

    Posted in: Condemned man takes nearly 2 hours to die in botched execution in Arizona

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    cleo

    This bungled legal murder led to doctors and prison staff being forced to inflict barbarity over a period of two hours. It doesn't matter who or what their 'subject' was. They were forced to suffer.

    Some might say, 'Hey, they probably enjoyed it, why else would they choose to do that job?'

    Not so.

    New Jersey’s last executioner, who also served as an executioner for New York, committed suicide. So did New York’s prior executioner.

    Executioners and wardens in Mississippi and Alabama all attributed their mental and physical health problems to their involvement with lethal injection.

    In many states, the government offers psychological counseling to the execution team because of the psychological trauma of participating the execution of another human being.

    http://mtabolitionco.org/issues/secondary-trauma/

    Posted in: Condemned man takes nearly 2 hours to die in botched execution in Arizona

  • 4

    cleo

    In the proverbial nutshell.

    Yep, you got that right and proud of it.

    And are you able to square that with Jimizo's Jewish preacher? How?

    Eating a steak could get you life in prison or the death penalty....It was just an example.

    An example of what, a great big fat bucket of BS? Give us ONE example of anyone in California (or anywhere else in the US) getting in legal trouble for eating meat.

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  • 5

    cleo

    bass -

    I don't care about others

    In the proverbial nutshell.

    If I really want that kind of dependency lifestyle, I'd move to those countries and embrace their entitlement system wholeheartedly, but I don't.

    Didn't you tell us you live in Japan?

    but now we have a culture of vegan

    If that were true (and in the land of the Big Mac and massive steaks, I very much doubt it), what does it have to do with healthcare and welfare? Is anyone forcing you to forswear meat, omelettes and leather boots?

    Jimizo -

    I seem to remember a Jewish preacher much admired by many on the US right telling people to give all, yes, all, you have to the poor. A little hard to live by, but certainly a man who believed in wealth redistribution.

    lol I see heads exploding....... :-)

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  • 0

    cleo

    I say, why waste the money?

    So do I. Hunting parties obviously haven't provided a solution so far, and have been a waste of time and money. Not to mention the inhumaneness of killing healthy animals (some are left in traps for days, and the hunters don't exactly seem to be what one might call sharp-shooters) and the we-hear-it-every-year reports of the intrepid hunters shooting each other instead of the deer.

    Shoot them and be done with it and use the meat if you can.

    But shooting them isn't 'done with it'. The bodies have to be disposed of, they cannot be just left to rot in the woods, and people do not want to eat the meat. Attempts at marketing the stuff still leave 95% needing to be buried.

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    cleo

    I'm still waiting for you to dazzle me with your brilliant solution to the problem of exploding deer population and rapidly shrinking number of licensed hunters.

    The 'rapidly shrinking number of licensed hunters' is not a problem. The fewer gun nutters wandering around getting their jollies from shooting the place up, the better. Remember these are not 'well-trained and responsible hunters', they are a rabble of old men looking for an excuse to fire a lethal weapon.

    The problem with the 'exploding' deer population could be handled humanely by seeding the places they live with feed laced with contraceptives. Not as much 'fun' maybe as a shoot-'em-up, but probably a lot cheaper than paying for ammunition and the power shovels needed to bury the bodies that no one wants to eat, not to mention a lot cheaper than the billions of yen-worth of veggies and trees that are lost. And it would also result in fewer old codgers being accidentally shot by their mates.

    Bertie - apart from the venison dog treats that my local pet shop had a great deal of trouble selling, the only 'genuine' use of deer meat in Japanese cuisine I've ever come across is shika-nabe, also known as momiji-nabe. It's certainly not common, and most Japanese people would pull the same face at the prospect of eating bambi as they would at the prospect of eating whale, only more so.

    Posted in: Deer hunter shot and killed by fellow hunter

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    cleo

    Fighting -

    Shame on you for teaching your dog to swear! tee hee

    My previous dog taught me to swear when I bought her a beautiful 'water bed' - it had a sponge interior, covered in plastic, and a little cap for pouring cold water into. It was lovely and cool, until she chewed the cap off and we had water and bits of mangled sponge all over the bedroom floor.

    Ice-non is great, but make sure you don't give it to a chewer! No way my Shiba is getting one. Just as well he's acclimatised.

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    cleo

    I guess it just goes to show the intelligence levels of the people playing pachinko

    Well, if a person thinks 5 hours sitting in a noisy, smoke-filled environment mesmerised while little silver balls fall and jiggle in front of them, in the 'company' of a hundred other zombies doing the same, is five hours that couldn't have been better spent doing virtually anything else bar poking his own eyes out with an index finger, I guess you have right there an indication of that person's intelligence.

    Posted in: Woman arrested after 5-month-old son dies in car while she plays pachinko

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    cleo

    what about all the passerby who for sure must have heard and seen the child.

    If the child was asleep, and then unconscious, there would be no sound. A 5-month old lying flat in a baby seat would not be visible from outside unless a person were right up near the car and looking in at the window. Don't blame passers-by. This is 100% the fault of the stupid, worthless so-called mother.

    Who leaves a baby unattended for six hours in a comfortable, air-conditioned room, never mind in a sealed car in a carpark in the middle of summer?

    Posted in: Woman arrested after 5-month-old son dies in car while she plays pachinko

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    cleo

    Anyone who would " go traipsing through the woods shooting at anything and everything that moves" as you said, would clearly NOT be a well-trained hunter, but rather a knucklehead city-slicker.

    I don't think many of these knuckleheads are city-slickers; the street view of the address of the knucklehead who did the shooting looks pretty rural to me.

    Posted in: Deer hunter shot and killed by fellow hunter

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    cleo

    It seems it's off topic to discuss why these trigger-happy old blokes were up in the mountains taking pot shots at deer and each other, or what happens to what they kill. So, back on topic. Guns don't kill people, stupid old men wandering around the mountains with loaded guns, poor eyesight and poorer judgement looking for something to kill, kill people. And deer. And Lord only knows what else.

    Posted in: Deer hunter shot and killed by fellow hunter

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    cleo

    I have had it on a couple of occasions

    And you have lived in Japan for how many years? Eating something on a couple of occasions does not make it commonly used in Japanese cuisine. By that token, crumpets, Christmas pudding and blackberry crumble are all common in Japanese cuisine, cos I've eaten them in Japan on more than a couple of occasions.

    Posted in: Deer hunter shot and killed by fellow hunter

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