Frungy's past comments

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    Frungy

    slumdogFeb. 01, 2015 - 10:06AM JST Well, anything is possible, which is probably why the police were quoted as saying the driver 'might' not have applied the brakes.

    And I was just pointing out one possibility.

    Also, since there has been no precipitation in Takamatsu since Tuesday, the possibility of an ice patch is less likely.

    Route 11 runs close to the coastline in Takamatsu, and near Ryokuchi park there are 4 bridges that run over the river delta. Spray from the river, a diesel spill from a fuel truck, both of these are possible sources of ice. No precipitation is necessary.

    Not to mention that fact that the police were on the scene shortly after the accident and would have conceivably noticed had there been icy conditions on the road and would have made notice of that in their reports.

    Absence of proof is not proof of absence. Black ice is hard to spot. And they don't mention everything in the newspaper report. And exactly what time did they arrive?

    In short Slumdog, you don't have a point.

    Posted in: 5 young men and women killed in Takamatsu car crash

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    Frungy

    Burning BushFeb. 01, 2015 - 07:00AM JST

    Some hospitals make a huge profit on these transplants and doctors also get a hefty bonus.

    No, they don't, or at least not in Japan. Japanese hospital fees are regulated centrally by the government and these sort of operations are incredibly expensive, require very sophisticated equipment (which is very expensive to maintain and isn't used very every day). The surgeons also spend hours on these operations, and there isn't one surgeon, but rather a full team of surgeons working together, each one on their area of speciality such as the nerve connections, the vascular system, and so forth. Not to mention the supporting personnel involved in rushing through the lab work, transporting the organs, and all the thousand other details. One tiny slip and someone dies.

    Once you total up all the costs associated with these operations, the cost of other procedures cancelled or rescheduled, the cost of flying in the various specialists at virtually zero notice, the overtime for lab personnel and other costs these procedures normally have to be subsidised by local government, research funding, or other external sources.

    And that's before you even factor in the extended post-operative care, which because of the way that Japanese medical insurance works, always ends up being a net loss for the hospital.

    They are definitely NOT major sources of profit in Japan.

    That needs to stop because there's a huge conflict of interest of the doctor/hospital that judges whether a child is clinically dead is the same one that financially gains from the organ transplants.

    There is no profit in these procedures in Japan. Perhaps there is in other countries, but I know for a fact that it isn't this way in Japan. Most community hospitals are struggling to make ends meet, and the national government is slashing budgets.

    It's also noteworthy that there countless documented cases of children who have been declared clinically dead only to recover later.

    Clinically dead just means that respiration and circulation have stopped. Drowning, cardiac arrest, some poisons, hypothermia and about 3 dozen other things can cause someone to be clinically dead for a period of time. It isn't the same as dead. Many, if not most, patients will recover completely.

    Therefore the statement that children who are clinically dead have recovered is true, but also completely misleading and irrelevant.

    It is like saying, "There are countless documented cases of people with heart attacks recovering!!!" ... to which people listening would look at you like you're and idiot and say, "And so?".

    Clinically dead is not the same as brain dead. There is a huge difference, and until you learn that difference I'd ask you to please keep your opinions to yourself, because your ignorance is killing people.

    Posted in: Parents explain why they donated organs of dead 4-year-old daughter

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    Frungy

    Police said there were no tire marks on the road indicating the 21-year-old driver might not have applied the brakes.

    It was -4 degrees in Takamatsu on Saturday at around 3am. It is possible that they just hit a patch of ice. Lots of young drivers lack winter driving experience and think that just because there's no obvious snow and no obvious ice that it must be safe. It isn't. Black ice is a real killer.

    Posted in: 5 young men and women killed in Takamatsu car crash

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    Frungy

    Alex EinzJan. 30, 2015 - 04:11PM JST Farmboy,Frungy they are safer only because they drive less, those stats are bogus. If you check driving stats for 3-18 year old you will find them safest by your logic... but thats just cause they dont drive. Over 60 should be tested yearly, at their expense to prove they are fit to drive, over 70 twice a year and over 80 shouldnt drive at all. At their expense because driving is not a right but a priviledge and a dangerous one.

    Actually those statistics are per 1000 kms drived. Driving experience counts for a lot.

    Of course this is a big problem with the modern generation, you've been convinced that youthful talent trumps elderly experience. It doesn't. Take a trip down to Okinawa and go insult some 60 year old karate instructor and no matter how many one-handed push-ups you can do he'll make you cry for your mommy. Likewise elderly drivers may react a little more slowly, but they react correctly, while some young driver can rush to the wrong decision a lot faster.

    And as for dementia being a problem? Don't make me laugh. I'm a lot more worried about sleep-deprived salarymen who can barely keep their eyes open and keep nodding off at the wheel.

    Posted in: Police discuss measures to reduce accidents caused by drivers going wrong way

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    Frungy

    kikokikoJan. 30, 2015 - 09:45AM JST My grandfather stopped driving when he was 65 because he was afraid of car accidents. Japanese can have driver license when they are over 20. Japan also have to decide the age to stop driving.

    Japanese people can get a normal driving license when they are 18.

    As for your grandfather's CHOICE, it was his choice. Elderly drivers are actually statistically safer than young drivers.

    Posted in: Police discuss measures to reduce accidents caused by drivers going wrong way

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    Frungy

    Eliminated all traces of blood cancers in 40% to 90% of patients who had no remaining options.

    If the patients had no remaining options then fine, use these drugs. This has always been an option.

    However once a drug is licensed it cannot be licensed in a special category called, "Hail Mary pass drug" or "Absolute last option".

    Keep these drugs in the "experimental, unlicensed, limited distribution" category until they're safe enough for the general use that licensing would allow.

    Posted in: Safety concerns cloud early promise of powerful new cancer drugs

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    Frungy

    Yes, if simple for the pleasure of seeing the mass of law suits that Japanese government would have to suddenly defend itself against when it produces warning posters with blonde-haired foreign looking people doing bad things, when we all know that the vast majority of offenders are Japanese.

    Posted in: 20 prefectural and local assemblies in Japan have urged the Japanese government to make hate speech illegal. Do you think hate speech should be illegal?

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    Frungy

    Let's step back for a moment and look at this article's starting premise. First they take all traffic accidents in Japan, then they narrow that to only those on expressways, then they narrow that to only those caused by going the wrong way. And of that TINY number they declare that a 10% rise is a big problem?

    ... come on people, that's just ridiculous. There are probably only a couple of dozen accidents like this a year, and a 10% rise would be maybe 2 or 3 more than usual. That isn't a crisis.

    I can't give statistics to back this up since when I looked at the accident statistics there is no category for "going the wrong way", and certainly no category for "going the wrong way on an expressway". The smallest category they did record statistics for contained 53 accidents (nationwide), so I think we can be fairly confident that it is less than this number.

    And this is what really gets my goat about modern reporting. There are no sources cited here, the statistics have no context and there isn't every any evidence provided that it is elderly drivers responsible, which makes this entire article badly concealed propaganda against the aged.

    This isn't reporting, it is misinformation. And it is this type of article that will soon result in the free press being firmly muzzled, because they seem to show no responsibility for what they write.

    Posted in: Police discuss measures to reduce accidents caused by drivers going wrong way

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    Frungy

    slumdogJan. 29, 2015 - 04:44PM JST True, which is why I wrote "Not quite true" and not "Not true". You gave the impression that the police had no methods for dealing with fatigued driving and that is not the case.

    Actually that's just what you read. I wrote that "Of course no police force in the world tests for sleepiness after a car crash, and the driver is so hyped up on adrenaline after the crash that it masks the effects for quite some time.", which is something quite different from what you read and then promptly misunderstood, misinterpreted and misrepresented.

    Thank you for your input.

    No thanks for yours.

    Posted in: Fujitsu unveils drowsiness sensor for drivers

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    Frungy

    That's not a test slumdog, that's investigation. There is a difference.

    Posted in: Fujitsu unveils drowsiness sensor for drivers

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    Frungy

    TahoochiJan. 29, 2015 - 01:02AM JST Hate to play devil's advocate, but a vibration or music playing on the cell phone will not wake me up when chewing gum, opening the windows, and loud music doesn't do the trick... and do I really need a machine to tell me that I'm sleepy?

    If you're a professional driver or someone operating heavy machinery, then yes. Even if you're just a regular driver you shouldn't be driving impaired.

    What most people don't understand is that driving while sleepy is identical to drunk driving in terms of its effects on the nervous system. Slower reaction times, making the wrong call in stressful situations, etc.

    Of course no police force in the world tests for sleepiness after a car crash, and the driver is so hyped up on adrenaline after the crash that it masks the effects for quite some time.

    So the idea hear Tahoochi is NOT for the application to wake you up if you've fallen asleep while driving, but rather to get you to pull over at a rest stop and take a nap BEFORE you fall asleep at the wheel.

    Posted in: Fujitsu unveils drowsiness sensor for drivers

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    Frungy

    Since most of the Japanese working population get less than 6 hours of sleep a night I forsee some amusing results from this device.

    See: Chua, Eric Chern-Pin, et al. "Heart rate variability can be used to estimate sleepiness-related decrements in psychomotor vigilance during total sleep deprivation." Sleep 35.3 (2012): 325.

    Posted in: Fujitsu unveils drowsiness sensor for drivers

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    Frungy

    StrangerlandJan. 28, 2015 - 11:34AM JST

    Bull. You're trying to disassociate the actions of ISIS Muslims from all other Muslims, which is completely ridiculous.

    No, trying to define all Muslims according to the actions of ISIS is ridiculous. Or do you believe that all Christians are defined by the actions of the Westboro Baptist Church?

    Judging all Christians on the basis of about 40 people (number of members in the Westboro Baptist Church) would be utterly ridiculous.

    But ISIS is 8 MILLION people. That's a fair number to generalize from. That's the key difference that you cannot seem to grasp, possibly because it doesn't agree with your personal bias.

    Posted in: In support of Goto

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    Frungy

    slumdogJan. 28, 2015 - 05:16AM JST

    So you are telling me that ISIS is not Muslim?

    No, what I am telling you is by using the term 'the Muslims', the posters was lumping all Muslims in with ISIS. Doing so is not only incorrect, but also is racist.

    ISIS may be Islam, but not all of Islam is ISIS. Get it?

    Bull. You're trying to disassociate the actions of ISIS Muslims from all other Muslims, which is completely ridiculous. If someone chooses to share a label (and I'm not imposing this label on them, they freely choose to adopt it), then they share responsibility for the actions of the group. It is the flip side of the right to freedom of association.

    The actions of 8 million Muslims living in IS are a sufficiently large sample size to make general statements about Islam in general.

    Also your assertion that Muslims are all of the same race reveals your racism, in this case correctly labelled racism.

    Amazing that in 2015 I still have to explain such a thing.

    Amazing that in 2015 you still cannot understand that Muslims are a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-racial group of people who all choose to adopt the same religious label, and thereby adopt responsibility for the actions of any large group of Muslims anywhere.

    Truly your racism knows no bounds. Or perhaps you're just trying to shore up your battered ego because you couldn't understand that a paragraph can be only one sentence long.

    Either way I'm done with you. As every you're completely and totally incorrect in every way possible.

    Posted in: In support of Goto

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    Frungy

    slumdogJan. 27, 2015 - 07:46PM JST

    now let's see if the Muslims respect other religions, or if they permanently solve the "Should we respect Islam" question by disrespecting the request from these religious leaders and thus absolve all of us from ever having to show any respect for Islam.
    

    To be more accurate, Goto is being held captive by ISIS, not 'the Muslims'.

    A completely valid point. Of course an organisation entitled "Islamic State" has nothing to do with Muslims. ... oh, wait, it completely does. Guess you're mistaken as usual.

    Posted in: In support of Goto

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    Frungy

    Well done! ... now let's see if the Muslims respect other religions, or if they permanently solve the "Should we respect Islam" question by disrespecting the request from these religious leaders and thus absolve all of us from ever having to show any respect for Islam.

    Because either all religions are worthy of respect or none are.

    Posted in: In support of Goto

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    Frungy

    Slumdog - It is both a sentence and a separate paragraph. I was correct. You statement that it is not a paragraph because it is a single sentence is incorrect.

    Posted in: Two children killed after train hits car in Aomori

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    Frungy

    paulinusaJan. 27, 2015 - 08:25AM JST Considering that the Chinese consume 120 million tons a year and import a miniscule 160 tons from Japan tells you that high prices alone aren't the only cause. The last two paragraphs indicate that China, for whatever reason, is resisting any increase in importation.

    Or these statistics could equally be read to reflect the fact that the opinions expressed in the article are not representative of the vast majority of Chinese consumers, who either cannot afford Japanese rice or don't care.

    Since these people are buying small quantities online, which are then shipped through the mail system it is highly unlikely that there is a concerted effort by the Chinese government to resist Japanese rice.

    Posted in: Japanese rice: the new, safe luxury food in China

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    Frungy

    According to witnesses, at the time of the accident, the railway crossing gate began lowering, forcing the car to stop in the middle of the tracks.

    This paragraph is really badly phrased. If read literally it means that the gates closed as the train came towards the car, forcing car to stop and get hit.This would have left no time for the mother to react. It would also indicate a mechanical failure in the system as there is supposed to be a fairly considerable delay between the gates closing and the train reaching that point.

    Now it may be a bad translation, but this is the only information we have on the accident.

    It all rotates around what is meant by "at the time of the accident".

    But those people who are deliberately ignoring what is written in the article and operating under the assumption that the mother was suicidal have absolutely nothing to back up their assumptions.

    Posted in: Two children killed after train hits car in Aomori

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    Frungy

    Thank you to all those posters who informed me how Japanese rail crossings work. I am well aware of how they work, I drive through two every day.

    I have personally seen one malfunctioning. The warning alarm did not go off, the lights did not flash and the booms just came down, narrowly missing the car in front of me. It was fixed by the time I got home that night, but it was pretty disconcerting. And yes, these are rare, I've only seen it once in over a decade of driving through 2 railway crossings every day (about 1 in 10 000 times more or less).

    It does happen. These are mechanical devices and they can malfunction.

    The fact that most of you can't grasp that mechanical devices can malfunction, and instead choose to believe that a woman would kill her children is frankly depressing beyond words.

    Or you'd rather believe she couldn't put her foot down and ram a barrier? Again, your faith in machinery seems absolute while your faith in humanity is depressingly low.

    Or perhaps you've all just drunk the JR cool-aid where nothing is EVER JR's fault, not the lack of barriers in crowded stations or when trains have accidents or when equipment malfunctions.

    Posted in: Two children killed after train hits car in Aomori

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