Frungy's past comments

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    Wc626May. 28, 2015 - 11:12PM JST You're friggn' wiggin' out. Big time! Don't you know IS hates the West?? USA included? Frungy, we could go back n' forth but for what. You value whatever it is you value. & I -yes I, value freedom, capitalism, democracy, prosperity- the american way.

    I value truth, human rights and basic decency.

    Oh yes, and your list needs some modifiers: "freedom" (but only for Americans) "capitalism" (but if it looks like the U.S. economy is in danger we'll resort to war to shore up the failure that is U.S. capitalism) "democracy" (but again, only for Americans - the U.S. has no problem putting puppet governments in place in other countries despite the will of the people) "prosperity" (again, only for Americans - the U.S. will bomb a country back to the stone age for no particular reason) "the American Way" - what does this even mean? It seems increasingly to mean racism, religious intolerance, warmongering, hatred and hypocrisy.

    Posted in: Against IS, airstrikes may not suffice

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    Wc626May. 28, 2015 - 09:23PM JST The air strikes are not intended to kill children. Are you kidding? They're meant to target IS combatants, you know "smoke em' outta their holes" & blast their convoys.

    Of course when civilians, especially children, are killed by US air strikes it is terrible. Not peachy at all. Imo it is "diabolical" when you deliberately burn someone to death in a cage. I'm clearly expressing regret about the unfortunate loss of life (child- as you've mentioned) by US air strikes. I don't see any hypocrisy.

    ... so they fly half way around the world to pick a fight with people who have done precisely nothing to the U.S. (these aren't Al-Qaeda or anything, they're a completely different set of people).

    Then they target a city FULL of civilians ... and somehow it isn't their fault? They didn't do it on purpose?

    And you can't see the hypocrisy?

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    Wc626May. 28, 2015 - 10:01PM JST The main difference is that the US doesn't intentionally air strike or drone "innocents" in the ME.

    Actually there's a ton of evidence showing that the U.S. does PRECISELY this, striking at wedding parties with dozens of innocent civilians (women and children included) on the suspicion that maybe, possibly, there's one terrorist down there somewhere.

    So much for that argument.

    Has the US ever intentionally targeted "innocents" on a mass scale? -yeah, but that was a different time and place.

    What, you mean last week? Yesterday? 3 hours ago? I don't think you can't see the hypocrisy, I think you're choosing not to see it.

    Posted in: Against IS, airstrikes may not suffice

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    Wc626May. 28, 2015 - 09:32AM JST What about all the brutal beheadings, kidnapped girls as young as 12 and mass killings of iraqi border guards? Or how about the Jordanian Pilot burned to death in a cage. That sits well with you though huh-

    Oh, so your opinion is that it is diabolical when you burn someone to death in a cage, but when a bomb burns a child to death in a house it is just peachy?

    The level of hypocrisy is simply staggering.

    Posted in: Against IS, airstrikes may not suffice

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    There are success stories — most recently in Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit

    Tikrit wasn't a success story. The Iraqi forces outnumbered IS troops but more than 2:1, had air superiority AND it still took a full month to capture the city. A MONTH!

    Oh and Tikrit is now mostly a ruin.

    More than 700 civilians were killed, and 28,000 civilians lost their homes. About a thousand IS troops were killed and about half as many U.S. allied troops.

    Crunching the numbers quickly that means that the U.S. killed almost as many civilians as they did IS troops. If the U.S. narrative is true then they killed people who's only crime was having their city conquered by the IS. If the IS narrative is true then a sizeable portion of those 28,000 displaced people will join the IS.

    So that's a success is it? I wonder what they'd consider a failure. No matter how you look at Tikrit, whether as a military or humanitarian action it was a complete and utter disaster.

    Posted in: Against IS, airstrikes may not suffice

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    I wouldn't have argued this as a freedom of speech issue, but rather one of freedom of religion. The Emperor's role in the national anthem is strongly tied to the Shinto notion of the Emperor as a God-in-waiting, and therefore while not overtly religious the song has a strong religious element.

    Many national anthems have the same problem, for example, "God save the Queen", and the U.S. national anthem's final verse (you know, the one you can never remember and just hum along with hoping no-one will notice) makes several religious references.

    I think they would have had a much stronger case arguing that being forced to sing, stand or take any action that overtly honored a religion that was not their own amounted to religious coercion.

    Posted in: Teachers awarded compensation for being forced to sing national anthem

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    StrangerlandMay. 26, 2015 - 05:04PM JST Unfortunately it's not as cut and dry as that. Japanese people generally want to work for Japanese companies. The highest quality graduates go to work for the big companies. Your overall premise is correct, but the problem is in the pool of candidates you are working with - if you are a smaller company without a well-known name, you won't get a great pool of candidates, even when offering better working conditions.

    You're mistaken.

    I'm constantly besieged with requests for information about how to write a "foreign" resume, how to get into an "international" company, and how to pass the licensing examinations in foreign countries.

    Most of these are from female students.

    Smart young Japanese women realise that their chances of getting promoted in Japanese organizations are precisely zero, no matter how hard they work or how clever they are. So they want to get in at ground-floor in an international organization, angling to get transferred out of Japan for a few years to get international experience and a fair shot at promotion in a less misogynistic country.

    The young men have also realized that their best chance at not getting yanked around for decades on part-time wages or temporary contracts is to find an international company. They're also aware that in an international company if they get messed around they can just leave and find another job, with their experience viewed as a positive. With a Japanese company they'll be branded as quitters and won't be able to be re-employed.

    The bottom line is that young Japanese people are thoroughly disenchanted with the idiotic and medieval approach Japanese business takes - and all that's keeping most of them with Japanese companies is simply risk-aversion and the lousy English education they get.

    Offer them a chance to work for a reasonably stable "international" (Gaijin-run) company for decent wages and sane working hours and you'll be on a first-name basis with the Yamato delivery guy as the resumes roll in 24/7. And I'm not joking, younger Japanese people spread the word about good companies online, and word of good companies spreads incredibly fast.

    Posted in: Abenomics and Japanese youth: How are they faring?

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    Bank error in your favour - collect 48,000yen!!

    ... but more seriously, I've had this sort of thing happen to me more times than I can count. I think I owe X, so I hand that over and I get given back more than I anticipated. 99% of the time when I query the apparent error I'm told "service" (as in a discount) - admittedly a 50% discount is a lot more than I've ever received, but getting back the "wrong" change is so common in Japan that I think that treating it as a theft is a bit extreme.

    Wouldn't it have been more polite to simply go to the woman's house, explain the error and ask for the incorrect change to be returned? If she refused then the police could be contacted.

    Posted in: Woman arrested for pocketing change given to her by mistake

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    young people are shielded by ... deflation in food and clothes prices

    ... deflation in food and clothing prices? What idiot wrote that? ... oh, "Noritoshi Furuichi, a celebrity sociologist"

    Another one of Japan's infamous celebrities, who have zero connection with reality.

    his calls to move on from the trauma and guilt of World War II

    What trauma and guilt? Most young Japanese people I know view war as abhorrent, but don't feel any trauma over WW2, nor any specific guilt. They just feel that war is a bad idea... and since they're the ones who would be sent off to die gloriously (i.e. screaming in pain) for Abe's personal profit I completely agree with them.

    Posted in: Abenomics and Japanese youth: How are they faring?

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    “A strong wind blew the drone out of my control.”

    So how many frisbees, remote controlled helicopters, baseballs, tennis balls and other similarly harmless objects have fallen on the tracks over the years?

    And how many have caused train accidents? Yup, none.

    Honestly this isn't an issue.

    Posted in: Drone falls onto elevated train tracks in Hokkaido

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    how to get gimelimMay. 25, 2015 - 01:59PM JST No science exist, so far, (because science is always transitional) to back up any fear-mongering against GMO.

    So after criticising everyone roundly as "illiterati" and "idiots" you then proceed to sum up with the statement that there is no science to back up fear-mongering against GMO.

    There is plenty of science. From abnormal biochemistry in pregnant mothers eating GMO foods to serious health problems in pigs fed on GMO foods, to mention just two peer-reviewed papers.

    So who are the illiterati here? Those who refuse to read and acknowledge the evidence or those who maintain a healthy skepticism based on ample data that contradicts the safety claims of GMO food providers?

    Finally, anyone who reverts directly to personal attacks on anyone who doesn't share their position clearly has a terribly weak argument and shouldn't be taken seriously.

    Posted in: If you don't want your food genetically modified, tell nature to stop it.

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    The bottom line is that despite their politics independent reports show that IS are providing peace and prosperity to the areas under their control - admittedly at the high cost of Sharia law and all that comes with it - but there are no rebels fighting against them, nor much discontent, and the majority of civilian business owners seem happy.

    I don't expect much resistance from other governments in the area, and the IS is set to increase in size and power, and will find allies amongst other governments relatively soon - and with that more sophisticated arms.

    The U.S. may actually have to fight a real war against someone armed with more than slingshots - which is probably why they're already running scared.

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    Illyas - GMO food is not "just as safe as non-GMO food" in the same way that a vitamin tablet is not as safe as eating fruit. I could give you a thousand similar examples where things seemed safe and were marketed to the public as "proven safe by scientists" - but later proved not to be.

    Do some reading - note that these are published sources in reputable scientific journals. The consensus is by no means "clear".

    Dona, A., & Arvanitoyannis, I. S. (2009). Health risks of genetically modified foods. Critical reviews in food science and nutrition, 49(2), 164-175.

    Paparini, A., & Romano-Spica, V. (2004). Public health issues related with the consumption of food obtained from genetically modified organisms. Biotechnology annual review, 10, 85-122.

    Nordlee, J. A., Taylor, S. L., Townsend, J. A., Thomas, L. A., & Bush, R. K. (1996). Identification of a Brazil-nut allergen in transgenic soybeans. New England Journal of Medicine, 334(11), 688-692.

    Frewer, L. J., Miles, S., & Marsh, R. (2002). The media and genetically modified foods: evidence in support of social amplification of risk. Risk analysis, 22(4), 701-711.

    Ewen, S. W., & Pusztai, A. (1999). Health risks of genetically modified foods. The Lancet, 354(9179), 684.

    Note that some of these articles are in top-tier journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet, and have been peer-reviewed according to the highest possible standards. You cannot dismiss these opinions as "fringe" theories - these are as main-line as science gets and there clearly is NO consensus.

    Posted in: If you don't want your food genetically modified, tell nature to stop it.

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    gaijinpapaMay. 25, 2015 - 12:20AM JST Why does everyone keep talking as if its a Christian thing. Japan has never been Christian but still doesn't have gay marriage.

    Actually Japan DID have something like gay marriage up until late Edo era - although it was more similar to adopting the person into the family rather than marriage.

    The same "adult adoption" loophole existed in Japanese law up until less than a decade ago, and conferred similar tax benefits, rights and privileges as marriage.

    So it's got nothing to do with Leviticus, or Paul or priests.

    Yes, it really does. Wherever poisonous and false interpretations of "Christianity" spread you see this homophobia and hatred. And it isn't even real Christianity, which is actually pretty simple and accepting.

    No country has had gay marriage.

    Ireland, Argentina, Brazil, France, Iceland, Canada, Denmark, Luxemborg, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Uruguay, Spain, Sweden, Scotland, England, Wales....

    All these countries legally allow equal marriages to LGBT individuals.

    Posted in: Ireland says big 'Yes' to gay marriage in world first

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    jeff198527May. 24, 2015 - 10:30PM JST Pearl Harbor wasn't cowardly, Frungy. Japan just couldn't just sit back and let itself be attacked.

    With all due respect I disagree. The conventions of war at that time required a declaration of war BEFORE an attack. To that extent it was cowardly to attack without observing the conventions.

    However the U.S. didn't declare war in Iraq, or Pakistan, and this is a pattern of cowardice that stretches back a long way, for example the Vietnamese War was never declared either.

    So I really guess that leaves those whining about the attack on Pearl Habour in a difficult position. If they continue whining about how cowardly and unfair it was to attack without declaring war then they have to come face-to-face with the fact that Japan did it ONCE, but the U.S. has been a coward for nearly half a century over half a dozen "wars".

    Posted in: 7 decades on, Pearl Harbor kin seek new ID tests and closure

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    itsonlyrocknrollMay. 24, 2015 - 05:40PM JST Hi Frungy I don't think this 'research fellow' opinion is of value, no intended disrespect to Swaminathan Aiya ,for the very reasons you have stated, my comment about credentials highlights this. I have carried out duties in various research assistant roles and without being rude or disrespectful some economists and scientists possess the vanity and egos of celebrity. I am used to writing reports maybe I taking to much for granted?

    Not at all. Perhaps you misunderstood me, but I'm mostly irritated at the tendency for newspapers to publish articles from people who know jack about the subject matter and give these invalid opinions undue weight in the minds of the public.

    Someone can't give a medical opinion without a medical license, but newspapers side-step the issue crying "Freedom of the Press!!" while they spread disinformation. They do more damage than they do good. And seriously it is such an easy issue to fix, simply require newspapers to consult with a recognised expert in the area before publishing.

    A considerable amount of additional research needs to be carried out into a link between genetically modified foods with foreign proteins and food allergies.

    I completely agree.

    I have thumbed you up on both your comments because I value your replies, a tutor once told me, it is better to be 'called out' than ignored.

    And I so agree here! I don't mind being called out. Feel free to do it anytime - provided you have a valid argument I'll read and respond.

    Posted in: If you don't want your food genetically modified, tell nature to stop it.

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    BertieWoosterMay. 24, 2015 - 04:51PM JST

    This is NOT my opinion, but, in answer to questions about the Christian view of homosexuality, the Bible is quite specific on the subject. There are many more quotes, but here are two:

    Leviticus 18:22: "You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination."

    Leviticus 20:13 "If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them."

    Any so-called Christian who relies on the old testament laws is a hypocrite if they're wearing poly-cotton, or if their clothes don't have tassels on all four corners, or if they drive anywhere on Sunday, or if they eat seafood, etc., etc., etc.

    Anyway, Jesus was pretty clear he considered of people who said one thing and did another: " But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in." (Matthew 23:13).

    Or to put it simply, they're not Christians in Jesus' opinion. And that's pretty much the ONLY opinion in the bible that matters.

    Posted in: Ireland says big 'Yes' to gay marriage in world first

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    BossuMay. 24, 2015 - 08:06PM JST All this and everything that followed, just so Tojo could continue chasing Chiang Kai Shek in China.

    Have you ever paused to consider why 100 ships were in Pearl Habour? That was about half the U.S. Naval force all massed at the port closest to Japan.

    Roosevelt himself went on record in 1940 saying, "...affairs had reached such a state that the United States would become involved in a war with Japan...".

    The bottom line is that the U.S. had massed half their fleet in Pearl Habour as a clear prelude to war against Japan.

    And yes, it was cowardly of the Japanese to launch a sneak attack, but it is also incredibly dishonest of the U.S. to claim that they in no way provoked the attack. The intention of the U.S. to engage in war against Japan was clear to even the blindest observer.

    Posted in: 7 decades on, Pearl Harbor kin seek new ID tests and closure

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    Christopher GlenMay. 24, 2015 - 03:16PM JST Christianity takes a "love the sinner, hate the sin" approach to the issue.

    No, it doesn't. Otherwise you wouldn't have so-called "Christian" ministers and politicians equating being gay with child abuse, or claiming that giving PERSON equal rights would somehow undermine their rights, or that somehow gay people were responsible for Hurrican Katrina, and other idiocy that definitely ISN't about what they do, but rather their very existence.

    Unless you're claiming these people aren't Christians? In which case stand up and say so in public.

    Oh, and none of the apostles have anything bad to say about homosexuality. It is all in Paul (aka Saul) who never even MET Jesus and who's inclusion in the new testament is a complete mystery since it seems to contradict Jesus' teachings at every turn.

    Posted in: Ireland says big 'Yes' to gay marriage in world first

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    itsonlyrocknrollMay. 24, 2015 - 01:34PM JST Frungy for the record and to avoid any future confusion my capacity for or to hate an object, person or profession can be measured Infinitesimally after all the author is a research fellow bearing an opinion.

    A research fellow who clearly hasn't done any research.

    I can polish off a full set of what some might consider impressive credentials, all of which amounts to diddly squat in life tapestry of how one takes scientists and there views and opinions outside the confines to perceived fields of expertise. My life experiences, taking into account I am yet to reach 30, both in professional and private life draw me to the conclusion that boasting or waving a set of competed exam papers in debating any subject indicates a closed mind. Experience is constantly understated over fast-tracking.

    So in other words you're saying that you listen to him because he's a research fellow, but at the same time you dismiss qualifications and titles.

    ... contradiction much?

    Posted in: If you don't want your food genetically modified, tell nature to stop it.

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    itsonlyrocknrollMay. 24, 2015 - 12:15PM JST

    Science has decisively found that these foods have no negative impact on health

    Well junior has sprouted a matching set of cauliflower ears, However nature has a knack of punishing scientists decisiveness.

    Save your hating for the reporters.

    Scientists actually are still debating the issue. Go to Google Scholar and type in the words "GMO Food Safety" and you'll see that the top dozen articles are mostly about how to properly assess the safety of GMO foods, and the results are decided mixed depending on how the word "safe" is being used. Do they mean non-toxic? Do they mean safe for everyone (in which case peanuts would be out!)? Do they mean about as safe as most of the stuff on the market now?

    The reporter has made a completely unsupported and frankly untrue statement and is just expecting you to swallow it because... ummm... he assumes you're an idiot who will believe whatever you're told?

    The reporter in question has a masters degree in economics, which makes him in no way qualified to make pronouncements on what all of "science" says.

    So don't hate on science. Hate on the reporters who are reporting on issues WAY outside their area of expertise without even the simple courtesy of a reference or a brief literature review.

    Posted in: If you don't want your food genetically modified, tell nature to stop it.

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