Frungy's past comments

  • -4

    Frungy

    FightingViking - Exactly correct. The initial report use the phrase "trace amounts". The human body contains "trace amounts" of gold, but no sane person would seriously view this as evidence that you had been munching down on bars of gold.

    Now that the cyanide has been found I'd say the case is much stronger, but they would still need to show that it was the murder weapon. It takes a lot more than a "trace amount" of cyanide to kill someone, although a lot depends on the compound used. The lethal dose varies widely depending on how it is administered and the chemical composition.

    From a medical standpoint what is bothering me about this case is that cyanide poisoning is usually very distinctive and easy to recognize.

    From a legal standpoint what bothers me is that they arrested her with only circumstantial evidence at that time. The physical evidence only came later. My understanding is that an arrest warrant should only be issued if there is sufficient evidence to secure a prosecution.

    Posted in: Police find cyanide at home of 'black widow' suspect

  • 7

    Frungy

    Yes. Forward at 1 second per second.

    Posted in: Do you think time travel will ever be possible?

  • -4

    Frungy

    One of the posters is suggesting that almonds take days to digest. Clearly that poster is to be ignored as they know nothing about digestion. Almonds digest in about 3 hours (depending on stomach acid concentration, how well they're chewed, etc, therefore "about").

    Anyone suggesting that almonds are impervious to stomach acid clearly is just trolling and needs to be ignored.

    Posted in: 'Black widow' with seven dead partners arrested

  • -2

    Frungy

    Stuart - that was the point I was trying to make. Traces of cyanide is not the same as enough cyanide to kill.

    Eaten almonds today? Well done, your blood now contains measurable traces of cyanide. Does that make the combo I clerk who sold you the almonds a murderer? No, that would be nuts!!

    And that's not even considering the possibility of contaminated food from China or somewhere.

    In a civilized country the police would have to show that she had access to cyanide and that it was the cause of death. Traces of cyanide... If I ran blood samples from a hundred Jt readers I'm sure I'd find traces of cyanide in 99 of you and 100 if I used specialized equipment like a mass spectrometer.

    Posted in: 'Black widow' with seven dead partners arrested

  • -7

    Frungy

    I am dubious about these charges. The cancer death certainly can't be attributed to her. The motorcycle death.. well, a 70+ year-old on a motorcycle is just asking for trouble. And a stroke? It is possible to induce one using certain medications, but unless she had a background in medicine I don't see how she'd know how to do it.

    And as for the traces of cyanide in the food... don't make me laugh. Apples contain "traces of cyanide", as do a dozen or more common foods most of us eat every week. Unless it was enough to kill that's not a case.

    Perhaps she just dates old men with health problems and lets nature take its course?

    Posted in: 'Black widow' with seven dead partners arrested

  • 1

    Frungy

    JeffLeeNov. 19, 2014 - 01:36PM JST Job insecurity is at an all time high. That's why people aren't spending.

    And is also why people don't want to have kids. Kids are expensive (and Abenomics is just adding to that expense), while companies try to cut costs, and whine about the shortage of human resources while refusing to give proper jobs to younger employees.

    All this adds up to a short-sighted economic model that guarantees that the birth rate will continue to fall.

    Posted in: Japan can't print people

  • 0

    Frungy

    scipantheistNov. 18, 2014 - 01:50AM JST And your statement displays a staggering lack of knowledge about what life in the US is like. As I said, 48th in press freedom. Peace and order at any cost is an excellent recipe for war.

    Being 48th in the world for press freedom is NOT something to boast about. You got beaten out by Ghana, Costa Rica and a dozen other third world countries where oppression is the norm. Well done USA, you're doing worse than third world countries... hardly a stellar achievement for a country that routinely tries to market itself as the best at everything.

    Posted in: Are you concerned at China’s growing might in security and economic issues in the Asia-Pacific region?

  • 2

    Frungy

    Voters in Okinawa have thrown a spanner into Japan’s relations with the United States

    ... erm, no. The Marines stationed at the bases in Okinawa have, for a long time, displayed poor discipline, with numerous cases of skipping out of base to go drinking at night, and a number of criminal offenses. Not to mention the idiocy of ruining a great tourist area by forbidding the public to access large parts of the island, loud and disruptive fly-bys and a thousand other things that made the islanders lives very uncomfortable.

    If anyone threw a spanner into the works then it was the Marines. Had they been good neighbours and exercised even the minimum amount of forethought and courtesy they wouldn't have had such a big problem.

    But this is typical of the US all over the world. There was recently footage of an Osprey spraying a massive dust-cloud across a highway in Aussie that could have cause fatalities if the drivers hadn't reacted so well. It wasn't like this wasn't a known issue either, but they just chose to ignore everyone else and do what was best for them.

    And this nonsense about Okinawa being strategically important? Give it a break. Guam, the Philippines, or a half dozen uninhabited Japanese islands would be equally strategically important.

    The bottom line is that the Okinawa base is a thinly veiled R&R facility for stressed out Marines looking to blow off steam, and that makes it a hell for normal people trying to get on with their lives when 200 pounds of stressed out room-temperature IQ is barging around your town yelling, "Who won the war?!!" whenever they're called out for being rude.

    Posted in: Okinawa vote a blow to Japan-U.S. ties, say analysts

  • -3

    Frungy

    scipantheistNov. 17, 2014 - 01:43PM JST Yes, non-democracies can never be trusted to be peaceful: Xi might wake up in a foul mood one day and start WW3 because there are no safeguards over there.

    ... the irony of this statement is staggering considering that the USA (supposedly a democracy) is currently at "war" in three different countries right now, while China is at war in... oh, none.

    And how did the USA (supposedly the greatest of democracies) end up in this state? A complete lack of those vaunted "safeguards" that you're so proud of.

    It also displays a lack of understanding of Chinese politics. The Chinese socio-political contract is that they maintain peace and order, at any cost. Now yes, this results in human rights abuses and crackdowns - but not any worse than you'd see in the USA where the SWAT team can break down your door and drag you away for happening to google "pressure cooker" (because who doesn't like some slow-cooked pork) and "nails" (because you're fixing your fence).

    Posted in: Are you concerned at China’s growing might in security and economic issues in the Asia-Pacific region?

  • 0

    Frungy

    LFRAgainNov. 17, 2014 - 06:26PM JST That's exactly what I took from the article. Not sure where you missed it. :)

    The author is talking about systems failing, about the limits of the seals, the rangers and the systems that support them.

    I was talking about the tendency towards simple answers to complex problems.

    Related ideas, but not the same.

    Posted in: The U.S. military is good, but nobody is THAT good

  • 0

    Frungy

    I think the author of this article misses the key point. One man (Obama) cannot directly supervise the activities of a world-wide empire like the USA.

    The problem isn't that the systems are inefficient (although I don't deny this). The problem is in the medieval thinking that a King/CEO/President or any other single human has the ability to micromanage a global concern.

    But the public want simple answers, even when they are untrue. And that way nothing gets solved or improved.

    Posted in: The U.S. military is good, but nobody is THAT good

  • -6

    Frungy

    I'm more concerned about the USA's jealous response to China's growth than I am about China if it is left alone. Ironically the USA drove most of China's growth by giving it preferred trading status. Now it is threatened by that same growth.

    Posted in: Are you concerned at China’s growing might in security and economic issues in the Asia-Pacific region?

  • 2

    Frungy

    The EU has so much butter that it pays farmers to limit their production and actually dumps thousands of tons of butter when there is over production. Just send some of that delicious "Kerry Gold" my way!!

    As for alternatives. I've taken to collecting lard from the Sunday roast. I wouldn't touch margarine if they were giving it away free... Actually that's a lie. An igloo made of margarine would make a fun talking point... Auntie summer.

    Posted in: Seasonal celebrations threatened by nationwide butter shortage

  • -6

    Frungy

    All that I see happening is that the pitcher will be aiming for the batter's face, the basemen will be giving a few good kicks as the runner tries to slide into base, and these kids will come up with a hundred other ways to hurt each other while playing.

    Even kids that DON'T hate each other will make a strategic foul to hurt a strong opposing player. These kids already hate each other, so the referees better outnumber the players 2:1.

    Posted in: Police round up teen gang members, make them form sports team

  • -1

    Frungy

    lucabrasiNov. 14, 2014 - 05:50PM JST No wish to pick a fight, but I do have a point.

    Honestly, you don't.

    Look at the quote again:

    For Rahanim and the school group, simply having menus in English helped them determine whether foods such as fish were acceptable.

    This isn't a case of:

    Seafood restaurants serve all kinds of stuff that isn't actually fish. If I order a "seafood platter" i reckon I can count on getting a bit of shrimp or lobster in there.

    There's no seafood platter here. This is a case of her wanting to know if "foods such as FISH" (caps added for emphasis) are acceptable. Fish is acceptable to all major Muslim sects.

    Surely it's basic manners to let people know what they're eating?

    By that logic the presence of English menus is an issue of manners, not religion, and because there are many foreign visitors to Japan every year it should have been implemented already.

    I don't mind at all if you want to say it is just good manners. Where it gets my goat is when people lie about their religion to justify their demands (reasonable or unreasonable). And this is clearly a lie.

    Whether the fish is hake, tuna or blowfish isn't relevant to their religious requirements. It may be necessary information for allergy reasons, for personal reasons, etc, but it is NOT a religious requirement.

    And this is my point. That trying to lie to people about what your religion requires is fundamentally dishonest, and I've seen a number of Muslims take the "Islam requires it" argument... until I went and talked to their Imam and the Imam said, "What? No way!".

    Posted in: Japan tries to tap growing Muslim tourist market

  • -6

    Frungy

    @Frungy No, it's nothing to do with Judaism. There exists a significantly large population of Muslims who regard sea creatures other than actual fish as haram.

    I'd provide a link, but I'm between classes and I don't have time : )

    You're referring to the Hanafi sect.

    However again you're attempting a straw man argument. The person was specifically referring to FISH. You admit that FISH are universally acceptable to Muslims, so you don't have a point.

    Posted in: Japan tries to tap growing Muslim tourist market

  • -4

    Frungy

    Lucabrasi - I think you're confusing "kosher" (no shrimp or other scavengers) with "Halal" (all sea creatures are ok).

    Pandabelle - Straw man. The person specifically said it was the fish she was concerned about. If she'd said it was the ingredients in general you'd have a good point. But it was the fish.

    Posted in: Japan tries to tap growing Muslim tourist market

  • -1

    Frungy

    I'm all for religious tolerance and it is just good business sense to provide extra facilities, like prayer rooms, if the extra income from attracting these guests outweighs the associated costs (plus a generous profit).

    However some Muslims like to really push their luck and take advantage of people's ignorance of their religion. For example:

    For Rahanim and the school group, simply having menus in English helped them determine whether foods such as fish were acceptable.

    Anyone who knows Islamic food laws should hear flashing red lights and sirens on reading this. ALL fish are acceptable. The only real borderline cases are crocodile (it lives on land sometimes and has fangs), otter (it lives on land sometimes) and turtle (again, it can live on land). But all animals that live exclusively in the sea are Halal.

    Therefore this reason for wanting English menus to see if the fish are Halal is a clear and undeniable example of a Muslim falsely using their religion as an excuse for getting something they want.

    And do you know what the punishment is for lying in Islam?

    “Death for the man who indulges in story-telling in order to make some people laugh and for that he relies on falsehood. There is death for him, there is destruction for him.” (Tirmidi)

    Posted in: Japan tries to tap growing Muslim tourist market

  • 2

    Frungy

    Of the 141, 72 had a non-Japanese parent and a foreign passport, leading authorities to assume that they probably had moved overseas, NTV reported.

    ... but another way of reading this statistic might be that while "half" children are only a very small percentage of the population they make up more than 50% of missing children.

    So what we could be looking at here is a disproportionately high rate of "half" children being abducted, killed, abused, or other horrors...

    And the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare wants to just handwave this and say, "Oh, they're probably overseas". It is ridiculously easy to check this. It is only 72 names. Get a spreadsheet of all the immigration records for the last 10 years, and simply use the "find" function for their names. That'll tell you when they last left and/or entered Japan. And these records are digitised, so any 10-year-old with basic computer skills could solve this problem that has the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare so baffled.

    Posted in: Whereabouts of 141 children nationwide unknown

  • 3

    Frungy

    ... wow, the J-cops truly have no idea, do they? Their actions are clearly illegal and there's a massive amount of case law from the 1970's to back this up.

    Last time the cops tried invading campuses the academics decided they'd had enough and launched a constitutional challenge, under the somewhat ambiguous line in the Japanese constitution, "Academic freedom is guaranteed".

    The academics were successful and the judges ordered the police off campuses and out of academic affairs in (for Japanese legal decisions) very strong language.

    Now they're trying the same thing again? And these are the people who are supposed to UPHOLD the law?

    Posted in: Riot police raid Kyoto University after 3 activists arrested

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