Frungy's past comments

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    Frungy

    One cannot kill an idea with force. ISIS is just a reflection of a host of ideas native to the region. Kill those men and the idea will continue.

    A fraction of that spent on shopping malls and schools would get the job done, but that money wouldn't go to the US arms industry that owns the US government, so instead Iraqis die so that some rich people in the US can stay in power. It is disgusting.

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    jerseyboyAug. 30, 2014 - 07:35AM JST Wow, that's a pretty big range. Guess it is that way so the Chinese government can decide exactly what kind of a message they want to send to Japan right now.

    He's 70 years old. 15 years in prison is death. The death sentence would probably be quicker and less painful.

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    No toilet paper? Not a real problem.

    No clean drinking water? Big problem. And saying, "Just boil some water!" is fine until you realise that the gas tanks are unstable after the earthquake and there's nowhere near enough firewood.

    A small sheet of bleach tablets (light-weight and small) will probably be your most valuable possession in terms of you not dying. They keep for years and if you don't have bleach tablets/water purification tablets in your emergency kit then I recommend getting some ASAP.

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    And where are the people who just a few weeks ago were insisting that nothing needed to be done, that Ebola wasn't that contagious, and that we had nothing to worry about?

    ... yeah, I thought so.

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    JimizoAug. 29, 2014 - 02:57PM JST A fair point but you don't say what women should do in order to be safe. What are the options?

    The train isn't the only place that sexual harassment happens. It could happen in the workplace, in school, in the street.

    The options for a woman should be exactly the same as the options for a man. You shout for the police, and bystanders step in an restrain the culprit until they arrive.

    In fact this is what has happened in several cases recently (apart from shirtless guy who managed to wriggle free and escape), and it works well.

    The underlying problem is that all too often women and girls are so afraid that they don't scream, and that lets the culprit get away with it. Having a separate carriage for women just encourages this fear of men, it makes out that all of us are gropers and that she will get no assistance.

    Ban the women only carriages and put up signs telling women to shout and identify the culprit, and telling other commuters that it is okay to restrain the culprit until the police arrive. One sight of those signs and the knowledge that people can and will act should deter the gropers both in the trains and the workplace and the street, etc.

    Now that's a SOLUTION. Women-only cars? Just discrimination and sweeping the problem under the carpet.

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    SilvafanAug. 28, 2014 - 10:57PM JST Technically, repeating 4-5 words in the same order is plagiarism! It isn't a new idea. You probably never truly learned how to do it properly. You don't stop paraphrasing and summarizing because it is convenient.

    Actually Silvafan 4-5 word repeated in the same order would be regarded as plagiarism by some. However you seem to be draw the line where I do, that plagiarism requires that an idea be copied... BUT then you go on to spew this nonsense:

    Tessa, were you a scientist you'd understand that when you're conducting similar experiments it is just natural to cut and paste the same phrasing.

    Yeah, that is definitely plagiarism, so I would suggest taking a refresher course on Academic writing. If that is the norm then it will happen again.

    A standard procedure is NOT a new idea. It is a standard procedure, one that is performed by thousands of scientists around the world every day.

    And this is where you (and Tessa and the media in general) just don't understand what plagiarism really is. Obokata wasn't misrepresenting someone else's idea as her own, the portions of her thesis that people claim are plagiarised? They're STANDARD LABORATORY PROCEDURE!!!

    So I don't need a "refresher course on Academic writing", you're the one that needs it, and a healthy injection of common sense too.

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    Frungy

    One of the main arguments coming from this group is that women-only cars aren’t legally enforceable because it’s technically a gender-discriminatory practice. While that’s true, it’s one of those things we’re probably all better off quietly accepting – since, you know, men not being able to ride one particular train car at limited times during the day isn’t going to kill anybody.

    I'm sorry, but this is the worst possible argument. Someone yelling the n-word in your face won't kill you either... but it does contribute to a society where discrimination is tolerated. A major company like JR promoting gender discrimination is offensive, and the implication IS:

    that it somehow singles out all men as potential gropers/rapists

    I take offense at being stereotypes as a groper/rapist. I take offense at the idea that I cannot be trusted to stand in a train for 15 minutes and keep my hands to myself.

    Finally though, and most importantly, it does nothing to solve the problem. It just sweeps it under the rug. It teaches women and girls that in order to be "safe" the only option is to segregate yourself away from men.

    The women-only train is the Japanese equivalent of a burqa. It doesn't solve a darned thing and it actually makes the situation worse, not better.

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    TessaAug. 28, 2014 - 08:54PM JST

    There's no evidence of malice in Obokata's publication. Some naive mistakes that should have been picked up in peer review, but nothing that deserves the outflowing of hatred and spite that I'm seeing here.

    Frungy, as a woman living and working in Japan, I want as much as anybody to believe that Obokata is being unfairly scapegoated. However, the evidence is truly damning. Do you know that she even plagiarised parts of her thesis!?

    Tessa, were you a scientist you'd understand that when you're conducting similar experiments it is just natural to cut and paste the same phrasing. Likewise if I use the same type of genetically engineered rat I do not feel inclined to take a picture of that particular rat. If that is plagiarism then the definition of plagiarism has become so broad that no academic can avoid it. We all have own own particular writing style, and I do NOT cross-check my two dozen or so published papers to see if I have used the same picture or phrasing before. I do not think it is necessary.

    The purpose of anti-plagiarism is to stop academics stealing ideas from each other without due acknowledgement, the purpose of anti-plagiarism is not to force academics to find a dozen different ways to say, "The solution was titrated with 5% hydrochloric acid". That's just idiocy.

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    Loki520Aug. 28, 2014 - 06:19PM JST It doesn't confirm any thing, except in your own mind. For every 1 sexual assault you think they are soft on, there are 250 success stories.... but you won't hear about them. Sure, even 1 is to damn many, but there is no indication that the military is "soft on sex crimes".

    Try the US Government's own congressional report that finds the US military is ignoring sexually motivated crimes.

    Posted in: U.S. Army retires general for not properly investigating sex assault in Japan

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    Frungy

    The buildings are large, gaudy eye-sores. I've never been inside one, but I'm sure Japan would look a lot nicer without them.

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    ... "failure to investigate"? That's such a weasel way to say that this Major General actively participated in covering up a crime. He was aware that a crime potentially occurred and instead of investigating decided to give the offender a free pass. That's what he did and busting him a rank just is NOT sufficient.

    He should have been charged as an accessory after the fact and court marshaled. That would have been justice.

    What happened here? It just confirms everything that people say about the US military being soft on sex crimes.

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    kaynideAug. 28, 2014 - 01:05PM JST @Frungy: Note that the Sir Alexander spent a further 3 years researching before shooting his mouth off/claiming that he found anything.

    No, he didn't. He published straight away. And he is acknowledged as one of the greatest scientists of this century. This is how science works. You find something interesting, you publish and see if others can replicate your findings.

    I would point out that someone recently found an error in Newton's calculations. Does that mean he shouldn't have published, or he is dishonest? No, he merely made a mistake.

    There's no evidence of malice in Obokata's publication. Some naive mistakes that should have been picked up in peer review, but nothing that deserves the outflowing of hatred and spite that I'm seeing here.

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    The fundamental problem here is that the media don't have a clue how real science works.

    There are literally a hundred thousand things that could have happened in that lab to change the results of the experiment. Yes, nobody can replicate Obokata's results, but when Sir Alexander Flemming discovered penicillin in 1928 he spent another 3 years researching it to try and figure out exactly what it was that he'd discovered, because it was an accidental discovery.

    Obokata's paper is flawed, but she definitely found SOMETHING that made IPS cells possible. It was probably an error, but the trick is to find that error and repeat it.

    And this is what the media doesn't seem to understand. They're focusing in on the trivial and missing the big picture.

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    turbotsatAug. 27, 2014 - 11:41AM JST So you harp "30 feet", "30 feet", "30 feet", til a full quote surrounding the "30 feet" shows Baden's not saying what you said he was, now you don't want it anymore?

    Scroll back through this discussion since clearly your memory is playing up. I offered concrete reasons why it was not a close-range shooting. Baden backed this up in his interpretation of the autopsy. I speculated that it was about 30 feet (10 meters), which Baden agrees is possible.

    YOUR theory was that it was a close-range shooting during an assault, which Baden categorically denies.

    So here's the score turbotsat, since you're clearly not paying attention. My theory has multiple points of agreement from the expert, your theory has been blown out of the water.

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    SuperLib - Let's follow that thought for a second. About 3 000 people died in 9/11. Number of homicides in the USA per year about 16 000. Therefore "the vast majority of terrorism is US citizens killing US citizens" (to paraphrase your comment).

    As for your statement that the "vast majority" of terrorism is Muslims killing other Muslims... you couldn't be more wrong. The US military (which has the ABSOLUTE lowest figures) admits to 66 000 civilian deaths during the Iraq war. The number of terrorist deaths in Iraq? Well, 2009 was a very bad year and the total was under 1000 (751 to be precise). At that rate for terrorists to kill more Muslims than the US they'd need to keep killing for the next 66 years to just break even with the LOWEST estimates.

    In short, you're mistaken.

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    Isn't it what they aren't doing (studying, sleeping, socialising) rather than what they are doing (playing on their cellphone) that is the real variable here?

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    HonestDictatorAug. 27, 2014 - 07:57AM JST If we start with the historical blame game Frungy, it all squarely falls on the old European nations and their colonial expansion for the glory of ye olde empires. Without that, there would be no US, no Canada, etc...

    Osama bin Laden was alive during the Afghan wars and participated. He was around for the betrayal of his people and it was undoubtedly one of the factors that motivated the 9/11 attacks. This isn't ancient history, the US's pattern of betrayal and manipulation is alive and well in the minds of many Afghans, and thanks to the latest round of drone bombings it is alive and well in the minds of a new generation.

    We're dealing with the now, the current. Unless you really do want to be held responsible for the decisions of people that are mostly dead and made decisions for your country before you were even born. The more Islamists are recruiting youths that obviously didn't live 50 years ago.

    And this is where you're completely and utterly mistaken. Many of the people from the Afghan war are still alive. A whole generation of Iraqis and Afghans terrorised by the US as recently as 2014 are alive (no thanks to the USA). Your attempt to portray this as ancient history that is dead and buried is in error. The latest events are part of a continuous thread of murder from more than 50 years ago to today.

    You can't simply say, "Yesterday is history, so we'll start again fresh today"... and then expect nobody to link the dots when you do the same thing today that you did yesterday. The Muslims do have a point when they say that the US has a pattern of killing Muslims. I don't support their response, but I also don't see how the US left them much option.

    In another bout of convenient national amnesia the US seems to have forgotten the events of 9/11 2001 took place in the middle of the US repeatedly attempting to invade and conquer a sovereign Islamic country with the US attempting it from 1990 to 2003. I'd say that after 10 years of the US attacking Iraq on their home ground and killing an estimated 100 000 Iraqi civilians in the Gulf War in 1990/91 alone the 9/11 attacks seem... well, less outrageous.

    I don't support the 9/11 attacks, but I also categorically condemn the actions of the US and its allies that lead up to those attacks.

    And that's what you don't seem to grasp here HD, that the US government is responsible. It threw the first punch, it then kept on pummeling these countries and then when the bullied kid hit back it tried to pretend it was the victim, while sitting on top of a pile of more than 200 000 Muslim corpses.

    This makes the US and its allies look pretty darned evil, and it in no small way contributes to WHY we are seeing these kids sympathising with the Muslims, because the Muslims have a point that the US and their allies are completely unwilling to admit because it would reveal just how monstrous they've been.

    A far better solution would be to sit down with some moderate Imams, start with an round of mutual apologies and then look at ways to move forward. Because until the US and its allies come down from that mountain of skulls, which is approaching the half a million mark, and actually admit that they're part of the problem then there can be nothing in the future but more violence.

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    turbotsatAug. 27, 2014 - 05:18AM JST I've never said Baden meant "he was shot at 1 to 2 feet!!", or that he didn't say "30 feet".

    No, what you're doing is taking a couple of minutes out of the whole interview, a point where Baden is taking about the significance of ONE factor in his calculations, namely powder residue, and trying to pretend that it is everything that Baden said, and that this snippet, where Baden is clearly just talking about powder residue, represents Baden's conclusions. It doesn't.

    Baden said a lot of other stuff too, like that there was no evidence of an assault, disproving the officer's statement.

    But trying to misrepresent Baden talking about the powder residue as if it represents Baden's only factor in calculating shooting distance? That is just ridiculous.

    It seems to be fairly typical of what reporting in the U.S. though, like that clip of the little boy being interviewed after a gang shooting, which was edited to show the little African-American boy saying he wanted a gun, implying that he wanted to be a gangster... and they edited out that he wanted a gun because he was going to be a police officer.

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    turbotsatAug. 27, 2014 - 01:37AM JST Multiple articles and multiple sources have the same quote from Baden, not just "the reporter" you think is "pulling the 1 or 2 feet away thing straight out of his posterior."

    Listen to the video. "At least" Did you miss those two words? He's establishing the minimum possible distance at which there would be no gunshot residue. He is NOT saying that the shooting took place at that distance. What you're looking at there is an expert attempting to explain to laypeople ONE factor in his calculations.

    There's also the lack of through-and-throughs, the spacing of the bullets, the amount they deviated, etc.

    I am absolutely stunned that anyone could take that recording and say, "Ah hah! So he was shot at 1 to 2 feet!!". It is an expert explaining the minimum distance required for there to be no powder residue. It is completely irrelevant on its own... apart from establishing that you are mistaken.

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    HonestDictatorAug. 27, 2014 - 12:56AM JST I'm sure in your world Frungy the Islamists will stop being able to "recruit" when the US and allied nations just "leave", but the Islamists have their own propaganda that they've been continuously spreading that goes beyond "the west is killing innocent muslims!" In case you don't understand, simply put, they will always find an excuse to continue their bloodshed ideology.

    Wake up call HD, the US and allied nations have been killing innocent Muslims for the last 50 years. Now I realise that US education in geo-politics extends only as far south as Texas and some textbooks in the US actually also acknowledge that Canada exists (in a "There be Maple syrup" way), but some of us here actually had a REAL education.

    In Afghanistan the US set up the Afghans against the Soviets.. and then pulled out and left them high and dry, with the result being hundreds of thousands of dead Afghan civilians. The US gave Israel freaking nuclear weapons and other high-tech equipment that is in no small way responsible for the one-sided genocide that Israel is committing against Palestine, again hundreds of thousands of Muslims dead. Oh, and let's not forget the latest installment, invading Iraq and killing hundreds of thousands of civilians, and then moving on to Pakistan to rack up a more modest (only a few tens of thousands) of dead Muslims there too.

    The Muslims have a valid point!!

    And this is why the US and its allies come off looking like such donkey's rear ends, because they try to pretend that none of this is real, that none of it happened and that clearly the ONLY bad people are the Islamic fundamentalists. For goodness sakes, would it kill you to admit that the US government and its allies have been as bad, if not worse, than the terrorists, and the the US government actually started the whole thing about 50 years ago?

    Because only through mutual understanding, by taking a moment and stepping back and saying, "Yes, part of this is on us", is there ANY hope for a resolution to all this bloodshed. Of course the US is phenomenally bad about admitting responsibility for anything, it lies and lies and lies and lies, and it just never ends, and it never solves anything, in fact it just makes the whole world a worse place.

    ... and then you expect global citizens to swallow US lies? That just isn't going to happen, no matter how many newspapers the US buys up and fills with pro-US propaganda. Some of us still have functioning brains.

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