Frungy's past comments

  • -5

    Frungy

    JoeBigs Mar. 19, 2015 - 10:08PM JST ISIS is ... . ISIS follows ...

    I keep seeing this "IS" or "ISIS" is/follows/does/etc. You do realise that what you're writing is similar to saying, "Japanese people..." or "Americans....", don't you?

    ISIS controls an area roughly the size of Iraq, with a huge civilian population that the media almost entirely ignores, because it doesn't suit the story they want to tell.

    Posted in: Japan confirms 3 nationals among 19 killed in Tunisia museum attack

  • -3

    Frungy

    JapanGalMar. 19, 2015 - 07:50AM JST How low can people become to be over joyed at this attack and wish for more? It really does not make any sense at all.

    It makes about as much sense as people in the U.S. cheering over a dozen civilians being killed by a drone strike in Afghanistan in order to kill one suspected terrorist.

    The bottom line here is that the U.S. managed to take a single terrorist strike (9/11) and turn it into a global war that has claimed a thousand times as many victims.

    The U.S. is directly responsible for destabilising Syria and creating the conditions necessary for the IS to flourish, and is directly responsible for this entire mess. And this isn't a recent phenomenon, this has been building for at least 4 decades, thanks to U.S. foreign policy.

    The war on terror has failed... and failed ... and failed... and failed again, because it is the wrong solution and just creates an endless cycle of civilian victims who's family or friends take up arms to avenge them on both sides.

    The time really is well overdue for sane people to sit down and negotiate a solution, however unsatisfactory it might be it can't be worse than the current situation.

    Posted in: Japan confirms 3 nationals among 19 killed in Tunisia museum attack

  • 18

    Frungy

    And what percentage of students just said, "I don't enjoy studying"?

    Posted in: 58.4% of high school seniors say they don't like studying English

  • 7

    Frungy

    I wonder if the Japanese public would be so keen on things if the situation was reversed and a foreign woman had eaten a Japanese guy... no, they'd be calling for the death penalty.

    And this is the real issue here, the xenophobia and sexism underlying the double standard.

    Posted in: 'Paris Cannibal' Sagawa reminisces over his grisly crime

  • 5

    Frungy

    Japan has revised accounting rules to allow utilities to spread the write-offs for reactor closures over 10 years and to pass on some of the cost to ratepayers.

    ... so these companies have been coining it for the last 40 years, knowing full well that these reactors have a limited safe lifespan in a country with regular small earthquakes (and a few big ones every year) and now they want the taxpayer to pay for their poor financial planning?

    There's only one solution for this sort of financial mismanagement, make the companies bear the cost, or else they'll keep doing it and every time they'll turn to the government with crocodile tears saying, "Oh, sorry, we were too busy cashing our fat paychecks to remember to leave some money aside for decommissioning this extremely dangerous, potentially explosive power plant!"

    Force nuclear power companies to include an allowance every year in their budget for decommissioning these plants after 30 years of operation. Then we'll begin to get a real picture of how "cheap" nuclear power plants really are... because the currently nuclear power is vastly under-reporting the real costs.

    Posted in: Two utilities set to scrap five aging nuclear reactors

  • -4

    Frungy

    "the girl had been on the 4th floor speaking with after-school club members when she suddenly left the room "

    ... bullied.

    Nobody //suddenly// leaves the room after speaking to people unless they said something to make her leave.

    Posted in: 14-year-old apparently jumps from 4th floor of school building

  • -2

    Frungy

    ... so they arrest the kids, but what about the adult buyers? Aren't they focusing on the wrong people here? These kids wouldn't be selling if there weren't buyers out there, and frankly I'm far more worried about someone prepared to buy the services of an underage prostitute.

    And you'll probably find that most of the girls "soliciting" are just putting their profiles up to see if men out there think they're pretty enough to make an offer. I doubt whether more than a small percentage would actually go through with the transaction, so one has to wonder whether this can legitimately be called "soliciting" rather than simply "teenagers wondering if they're pretty in the age of the internet".

    I'm not saying that its a good idea for girls to do this, just that treating it like a crime would be a lot like treating every punch-up between teenage boys like assault, it would be a huge over-reaction.

    Posted in: Parents should carefully monitor how their children use smartphones.

  • -2

    Frungy

    Probably much milder than the stuff the salaryman sitting on the train next to them was reading publicly.

    Honestly this isn't a big deal. The teacher deserves a reprimand and a firm reminder to not store porn on the computer he uses for work, but that's it.

    ... unless of course it was underage porn, in which case he needs to be arrested, but that's a criminal matter.

    Posted in: Teacher accidentally shows porn to students

  • -4

    Frungy

    I think people are missing the bigger picture here. Yes, these sites are easy to attack, but the entire idea here is simply to inform Japanese people that they're now on the IS's radar and they're now targets, and to create fear.

    The purpose of terrorism is to create terror, and articles like this one just help the terrorists to achieve their objective. How many of us would have known about this if JT didn't report on it?

    Now of course there's a flipside to that argument, that it is better to have clear reporting of the issue than rumours of IS cyberterrorists being inflated, but this article isn't trying to calm people down and say, "Look, its just a tiny website, don't over-react", instead the article links it in people's minds to beheadings in the first paragraph and in the second paragraph talks about " a series of similar attacks", while only listing two similarly minor inconveniences.

    I think people need to copy the British here, "Keep Calm and Carry On".. and the media need to act more responsibly. The objective here is not for the media to do the terrorist's job for them by ramping up the fear level.

    Posted in: Japanese tourism site hit by pro-IS hackers

  • -2

    Frungy

    And the police officers and prosecutors? Will charges be bought against them? Because if they've done this once then EVERY SINGLE case they've sent for prosecution is open to question. They could be responsible for ruining hundreds of lives. Someone who forces a confession doesn't do it once, they do it hundreds of times.

    Time to start reviewing all their cases and releasing anyone solely convicted on a confession with no physical evidence.

    Maybe then the Judges will stop accepting confessions and demand physical proof.

    Posted in: Toyama man awarded damages after being cleared of rape charges

  • -7

    Frungy

    1glennMar. 10, 2015 - 06:18PM JST In fairness, the terror bombing in Asia started with Japanese bombing of Chinese civilian areas.... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BombingofChongqing

    So you're putting U.S. morality on the same level as the Japanese Imperial Government and the Nazis... and this doesn't seem like a bad place to be?

    Posted in: WWII firebombings of Japanese cities largely ignored

  • -7

    Frungy

    Wow, clearly some people here need a refresher course on Japanese history. During the WW2 period, and for a while before it, Japan was NOT a democracy.

    You're all stating the Japanese civilians deserved to be killed because their government decided to go to commit an act of war. That twisted logic might apply the U.S.A. because the U.S. is a democracy so the people are responsible for the actions of their government. I reject this logic though because it would also justify 9/11 and give about three dozen countries a justification to kill U.S. citizens, and that's insane.

    But Japan wasn't a democracy. Citizens had no voice. Therefore the logic that "Japan started it so we can kill innocent women and children" is insane.

    Posted in: WWII firebombings of Japanese cities largely ignored

  • -9

    Frungy

    SentimentsMar. 10, 2015 - 12:25PM JST I think the firebombing was a strategic move to try to break the spirit of the Japanese war-cabinet and thus save US lives. In the end it worked and the war ended.

    Honestly? Post 9/11 you're honestly going to try and argue that terrorism and the slaughter of innocent civilians is okay if it protects YOUR people?

    The hypocrisy of this position is so immense and glaring that I simply cannot imagine how anyone could type it.

    Posted in: WWII firebombings of Japanese cities largely ignored

  • -5

    Frungy

    sensei258Mar. 08, 2015 - 07:09AM JST @ Ah_so - You're right about the Guiness. I tried it once because of all the hype, didn't like it.

    Try it again in Ireland, preferably near Cork (for my money the best in Ireland). Outside of Ireland it just isn't the same. I think its something in the water (or rather the lack of something in the water outside of Ireland).

    Posted in: 'Jump into Ireland' at Ireland Festival 2015

  • -2

    Frungy

    Best - London - Not the fastest, but always honest and courteous.

    Worst - Nigeria - I remember getting into one once and I noticed the meter was ticking over at about 10 times faster than the advertised rate.... and that's if you're lucky enough to find one with a meter.

    Posted in: In your experience, which city’s taxi drivers are among the best and the worst in the world?

  • -1

    Frungy

    Prosecute the pimps, let the girl go - preferably straight to a hospital for STD screening and then into counseling.

    Posted in: 2 men arrested for using 14-year-old girl to work as prostitute

  • -1

    Frungy

    I'm more worried about pedo, perverted J-cops knowing my locations (or my children's locations) than I am about graffiti artists.

    In February a pedo J-cop in Gunma used confidential data contained in patrol contact cards to try and kidnap a 10-year-old girl.

    Until the courts agree to SEVERE penalties for the misuse of confidential data (and I'm thinking of sentences along the lines of 10+ years in prison) I don't think that the J-cops should have access to any more data than they already have.

    Posted in: Use of GPS to track suspect ruled legal by Osaka court

  • -4

    Frungy

    lostrune2Mar. 05, 2015 - 07:19PM JST What, ya gonna wait till someone pulls a sword to the hostages' heads before sending in the SEALs? They're 1000 km away! By that time, the hostages would be dead, leaving no point to the exercise. How imminent is your imminent that the hostages could still be saved? The rescuers are not around the corner.

    This is completely off topic. The discussion isn't about sending in SEALs to rescue hostages.

    The discussion is about whether you can kill someone because his mom says it sounds kindof like him, and without an trial, and without any idea that he's currently doing anything wrong or has done anything wrong in the past.

    The simple answer is, "no".

    If you send in the SEALs and they find him at a cafe having a doughnut they do not get to shoot him for no reason. If they find him standing over someone with a sword that's "imminent danger" and they're free to fire away.

    However, ISIS issuing a hostage threat doesn't mean it is okay to kill some British citizen who is linked to the group by the testimony of his mom that the he sounds kindof like a terrorist. I mean seriously, I am astounded that anyone can even think like this. For all we know his mom could be a raving loon.

    Posted in: 'Jihadi John' won't have the same impact unmasked

  • -2

    Frungy

    I just invite the NHK guy into my place, show him that there is no television. Inevitably they point at my huge computer monitor and I invite them to inspect it and show them that there it is not set up to receive television, nor is there any connection equipment for receiving television, nor do I ever have any intention of using it in that manner.

    I had one very persistent young NHK guy last year who tried to argue that I could watch NHK online, so therefore I had to pay fees. At that point I just rolled my eyes and pointed out that by that logic he should be travelling around the world harassing everyone who uses youtube in case they accidently watched some NHK content.

    I actually have been much happier since I stopped watching TV. I don't think I've had to watch an advertisement in years, apart from the Superbowl ones, and then its just for novelty value.

    Posted in: Don’t want to pay your NHK TV license fee? Beat Takeshi agrees with you

  • -4

    Frungy

    lostrune2Mar. 04, 2015 - 06:10PM JST That's fine. I'm sure the hostages' families understand.

    "Imminent danger" was the topic lostrune, specifically as it applied to when there was a clear and present danger to someone and it was okay to shoot first and ask questions later.

    An organisation like ISIS issuing a deadline doesn't entitle you to wade into an area and start shooting everyone in sight, and was what the poster was trying to argue, that someone somewhere else in an organisation issuing a deadline entitles you to shoot anyone you think might, maybe, possibly, perhaps be in some way affiliated to that organisation.

    Posted in: 'Jihadi John' won't have the same impact unmasked

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