cleo's past comments

  • 1

    cleo

    He first set the tone with the media, picking on one after another.

    Their timidity was telling.

    Yes, he did set the tone, and the response of the media was telling, but not in the way I think you mean. In the first place, the 'media' in the room were made up of mainly cameramen - it's their job to record the news, not to get into altercation with it. And secondly, by letting him go on and on, pacing up and down, railing on about how the media should only take his picture when it suits him, they allowed him to show the viewers exactly what a small-minded, thuggish, ignorant little bigot he is. And that was before he even sat down and started his 'discussion' with Hashimoto.

    the kind of language Hashimoto used was beyond appalling for a mayor

    I would have preferred it if Hashimoto had maintained the high ground, but he was doing no more than matching the tubby one in tone. It was amusing when, after addressing Hashimoto as 'anta' and 'omae', tubby objected to himself being addressed as 'omae'. Hashimoto showed him up for an uncouth, uneducated, narrow-minded idiot.

    Posted in: Hashimoto, Zaitokukai chairman get into shouting match

  • 18

    cleo

    Sakurai is a real piece of work. I'm surprised Hashimoto let him go on as long as he did.

    Although the meeting was originally intended to be a civil discussion

    Not on Sakurai's part, it wasn't. He started off haranguing the press and then started laying into Hashimoto right away, addressing him as 'anta', 'omae' and 'kimi' - literally translated as 'you', but with very rough, loutish overtones. His whole language was impolite to say the least, he was obviously itching for a fight. You simply do not walk into a meeting with the mayor dressed in your shirt sleeves and start calling him 'anta'. And then berate him for not allowing fisticuffs. Twerp.

    Was the word 'racist', translated from Japanese literally?

    No. The words used were 差別, 国籍 and 民族 (discrimination, nationality, ethnic group). But then there's very little in Japanese that can be translated literally and retain the same feeling in English. Hashimoto basically told him to stop attacking folk on account of their nationality or ethnicity, and if he had a problem with the laws regarding the Korean special permanent resident system, to stand for government and try to get the law changed.

    Posted in: Hashimoto, Zaitokukai chairman get into shouting match

  • 3

    cleo

    Stop being weak and destroying my daughters future.

    If your daughter thinks her future involves being a corrupt politician in Japan's most corrupt political dinosaur party, maybe you should Have a Talk with Her.

    Posted in: Justice minister undone by cheap paper fan

  • 4

    cleo

    Sense - Well they didn't scare the life out of the poor thing, they injected it out of him. The dog died for nothing, and we learned - nothing.

    Posted in: U.S. to issue new Ebola care guidelines; watch lists to shrink

  • 3

    cleo

    Much as I like dogs, they do tend to enjoy spreading body fluids.

    I don't think that was turbotsat's point. The way dogs are so totally integrated into human society, we need to know if our Best Friend is capable of/likely to be a vector in the spread of disease. There has apparently been one rather lackadaisical study that showed that dogs that had eaten the raw flesh of infected animals could possibly carry the virus without showing symptoms, but it was not a very thorough or extensive study; it did not look into whether dogs could catch ebola simply by living in proximity with humans or whether they could pass on the disease by living with humans. Killing the nurse's dog (which was confined to her house) and immediately incinerating its body did nothing at all to help answer any of those important questions. And it upset a lot of people.

    Posted in: U.S. to issue new Ebola care guidelines; watch lists to shrink

  • 4

    cleo

    I was not aware that everyone had to hold the same opinions nowadays.

    No everyone doesn't have to hold the same opinion, but at least be responsible for the opinion you do hold. From the comfort of your computer, you are asking that hundreds of people continue to put their own lives in jeopardy working in very, very dangerous conditions, with very little prospect of success. And as the season progresses that very little prospect grows even less.

    Maybe you would like the job of informing the families of rescue workers when their loved ones fail to return, or return with permanently damaged health. Will you volunteer to go up on that mountain and search, in gale-force winds laden with volcanic gas, up to your thighs in rapidly hardening ash, and freezing temperatures? Never demand others do something you would not be prepared to do yourself.

    Posted in: Search operation on Mt Ontake suspended until next spring

  • 4

    cleo

    How treacherous are the conditions up there right now, surely it isnt that cold yet?

    They are very treacherous. The cold is probably the least of their problems - as Himajin has mentioned, near gale-force winds, heavy rain, snow, severe gales. Not to mention the thick layer of ash that has been turned into treacherous, sticky clay, described as a "bottomless swamp" into which personnel sink in places up to the waist or even up to the chest. Add to that the danger from volcanic gas, snow/ash avalanches, and I'm surprised they've stuck at it so long. I feel for the families of those not yet found, but I see no point in risking hundreds more lives in order to try (and likely fail, given the conditions) to retrieve a few more bodies.

    I hope and pray none of you are ever have to be in the situations these poor families are facing.

    So do I. But what you are asking is for the families of the more than 1,900 Self-Defense Force troops, firefighters and police who have been part of the rescue attempt to be put in that very same situation. To say that they are 'not exactly trying their hardest' shames you.

    Posted in: Search operation on Mt Ontake suspended until next spring

  • 3

    cleo

    Does anyone know which university he attended?

    Nihon Bunka University in Hachijoji

    Posted in: Univ student stabs woman to death because he 'wanted to kill someone'

  • 2

    cleo

    shonanbb - If it was stuff I liked, I'd find room for it. If it wasn't and I wanted/needed the memory, I'd chuck it. And after the roasting Bono has gone through, I don't think the other nine bands are going to bother, do you?

    Posted in: Bono apologises for free U2 album on iTunes accounts

  • 6

    cleo

    If Japan has nuclear weapons, every other country in the region, especially the Koreas and China, will feel they need them, too

    North Korea and China already have nuclear weapons.

    Posted in: Should Japan have its own nuclear weapons as a deterrent against security threats or should it rely on the U.S. nuclear umbrella?

  • 4

    cleo

    I don't see what all the fuss is about. Somebody gives you something for free, if you like it you keep it and use it, if you don't like it you chuck it, no harm done.

    It takes up 'valuable iPhone storage space'? The smallest iPhone has what, 16GB of memory? The album is a bit over 100MB. If an extra 100MB messes up your iPhone, maybe you should buy a bigger, better model - they go up to 128GB.

    Thank you Bono for my free album. I appreciate it.

    Posted in: Bono apologises for free U2 album on iTunes accounts

  • 1

    cleo

    Hours are too log if a back sleeping room is needed. Try sending people home once in a while to get a life.

    How would they get to work in time to get ready for the first train, if they have to be there before the stations are open?

    Posted in: Nobody at subway station in Tokyo for first train after two staff oversleep

  • -1

    cleo

    I've known some weird six-year-olds in my time, but none that looked anything like that. Why not make it look more like an ordinary little boy or little girl?

    If they can make it look less scary-roboty and google-eyed, and get it to speak English (proper English) the grandkids will have one. Or one each.

    Posted in: Toymaker unveils tiny talking, singing humanoid

  • -2

    cleo

    numerous autopsies contradict eye-witness testimony?

    In what way?

    if you call the kid that was a towering figure a NON-menace, fine

    How do you 'tower' from 100 ft away?

    we weren't in Wilson's shoes

    We weren't in Brown's flip-flops either, but I don't see you busting a gut trying to put yourself there. But you're totally unbiased, right?

    Posted in: Nearly 20 arrested in Missouri protest over shootings

  • -3

    cleo

    Back at you, Wilson IS guilty, Wilson SHOT Brown in cold Blood, the Grand Jury needs to be called in..oops, they might NOT indict Wilson??? The Jury system is rigged.

    I've never said Wilson is guilty; I've said he deserves his day in court, i.e. his chance to tell the judge and jury what happened, why he shot Brown (this fact is not in dispute). I've also never said anything about any Grand Jury. I've never said anything about the jury system being rigged.

    I NEVER said, Wilson was NOT guilty

    You have said several times that 'Brown brought his death on himself'. If that's true, aren't you basically saying that Wilson is innocent? That it was all Brown's fault?

    I'm tired of hearing one-sided opinionated stories about Brown

    The only story is that an unarmed Brown was shot down in the street by a police officer. This is not a one-sided opinionated story, it is the one basic fact that is not in dispute.

    Posted in: Nearly 20 arrested in Missouri protest over shootings

  • 0

    cleo

    Try reading it right, please.

    I'm trying to understand how you're reading it. So abuse of his position as a police officer is a more dire offence than shooting an unarmed person down in cold blood in the street?

    There are ALWAYS two sides to every story

    No one would think so from reading your posts. All we get is 'Brown was a thug, Brown stole some cigars, Brown attacked the officer'. No attempt from you to turn the same critical eye on the distance Wilson was from his car, the distance Brown was from Wilson or the number of shots fired, in two separate bursts.

    Posted in: Nearly 20 arrested in Missouri protest over shootings

  • -2

    cleo

    if he's guilty of shooting Brown in cold blood, then he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of course

    I thought the whole point of a trial was to determine whether the defendant was guilty or not. You think only guilty people should go to trial? Whether Wilson shot Brown in murderous cold blood or in justifiable self-defence, he deserves his day in court.

    abuse of color of authority

    I have no idea what that means. Do you ever proof-read? Or even think about what you write before you write it?

    I think the ignorance comes into play when people discredit one side of argument and twist it to suit their narrative

    You mean like you have done all the way with this case? It's really quite funny to watch you so passionately accusing others of what you do yourself.

    An attack that was prompted by Brown thuggin' his way through a liqueur store snagging a box of cigars, let's not forget that. (Yet, we don't know what happen, so no need to speculate.)

    Jaywalking. He was stopped for jaywalking by a uniformed man in a car with a gun. Public servants are not supposed to eff and blind at members of the public even if they are jaywalking, and common sense would say certainly not in a society where you never know who might be a dangerous cigar-thievin' criminal with an arsenal concealed about his person and just lookin' fer a fight.

    Posted in: Nearly 20 arrested in Missouri protest over shootings

  • 0

    cleo

    Actually, it all depends on the situation and circumstances of the attack

    --which is why I asked you to describe a situation in which you think it would be justifiable. I'll note that you were not able to give any examples, yet you still insist that Brown deserved to die and that Wilson was justified in shooting him.

    How do you pummel someone from 100ft away? Did he have telescoping fists, or something?

    The same back to you, you weren't there as well. You don't know, none of us do

    What?? None of us know what, how you pummel someone from 100 ft away? (Hint: you don't). Whether he had telescoping fists?? Are you serious?

    If I'm a cop and I tell you to stand down and your charging me and I have good enough reason that you could very well inflict bodily injury....

    You still haven't explained how an unarmed person can inflict bodily injury from 100ft away.

    Posted in: Nearly 20 arrested in Missouri protest over shootings

  • 1

    cleo

    Is there anyone on this site that has been able to stop the payment for whatever reason? I think that is the hardest thing to do if not impossible.

    When broadcasting switched over from analogue to digital, we did several months with no TV. I phoned NHK and told them we had no TV, and a very nice, polite lady sent a form for us to fill in and send back. The fees we had paid in were refunded, backdated to the day analogue stopped, no problem. If you have no TV, no means of receiving broadcasts, you don't pay. There's nothing impossible about it at all.

    (We now have a nice flat-screen and we're happy to pay the fee.)

    Posted in: Tokyo court rules that hotels must pay NHK fees according to the number of rooms with TVs

  • 0

    cleo

    the people here that deny that Brown was really a delinquent are probably denying the facts

    The facts are that juvenile delinquency (whether Brown was a delinquent or not) does not warrant summary execution.

    But he had his girth and that was more than enough to pummel someone.

    How do you pummel someone from 100ft away? Did he have telescoping fists, or something?

    Or are you saying that any young man of greater than average body mass should be considered 'armed with his girth' and 'put down'? Like a mad dog?

    if the officer had no choice and none of us were there or in his shoes, he may have had enough justifacation to put him down. We just don't know yet

    Please, describe one situation in which a police officer would have 'no choice' but to shoot dead an unarmed teenager (even one with 'girth') running away from a jaywalking 'crime' scene? What possible justification could there be?

    Posted in: Nearly 20 arrested in Missouri protest over shootings

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