LFRAgain's past comments

  • 7

    LFRAgain

    Okay, here's the thing about the empty-koban "problem." Only a scant few years ago, perhaps 7 or 8, people were whinging and whining about how the police never left their koban to patrol the neighborhood, effectively signaling the demise of the cherished and respected "o-mawari-san" police officer who wandered the local neighborhood and knew its residents by name. After much hand-wringing and complaint, the NPA urged its officers to go on patrol more often in order to a) reconnect with the community, and b) help deter crime.

    Fast forward to now, and people have flipped on their original complaint, opting for a baffling "The police are never in their koban!" Let me guess: People want police in the koban and on patrol 24-7. Well, that costs money, and judging by negative public reaction to an additional sales tax increase, I don't see the funds for effectively doubling the number of police on duty at any given time coming from a public that, as the Skunan Post would tell it, are become petulant children.

    Mind you, this is coming from the Shukan Post, which has its mast head pasted right next to the definition of "sensationalist journalism" in the dictionary. But still, a case or two of hanky-panky on the job? Not exactly the earth-shattering revelation of pervasive moral decrepitude I was expecting based on the article’s title.

    Posted in: Hanky-panky in kobans leave police blushing

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    LFRAgain

    I honestly feel sometimes that there are those among the Japanese population, leaders ands otherwise, who would just as soon see Japan fade away and disappear altogther as a country, rather than allow foreigners to enter and potentially influence its culture. In other words, they'd rather Japan simply died than allow it to be polluted by "foreign barbarians." It's sad.

    But that's just what's going to happen unless Japan decides to tackle immigration head-on and implement realistic, not-so-common-sense approaches to not only allowing more skilled workers into Japan to ultimately become Japanese citizens, but also ensuring they are made to feel welcome once they do so, rather than this pervasive second-class status that is conferred upon them by default (unless, of course, they happen to be of Western European origin and fairer of skin).

    Posted in: Aging Japan struggles to make immigrants feel at home

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    LFRAgain

    Just to be clear, one does not possess an unfettered right to enter any country of his or her choosing. If a given country decides that allowing a non-citizen entrance would result in some sort of negative effect, however minor others may perceive that effect to be, that country is well within its rights to stop that non-citizen at the point of entry and say, "No."

    Posted in: 'Pick-up artist' Blanc banned from UK

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    LFRAgain

    This jerk's just racking up the wins, isn't he? Australia just banned him from entering their country too. And rightfully so. The guy's an asshat of epic proportion. I'm embarrassed to say he shares American citizenship, although I'm pretty confident the Swiss don't want to lay claim to the troll either.

    Posted in: 'Pick-up artist' Blanc banned from UK

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    LFRAgain

    That the governor is freaking out to this degree before a verdict has even been reached suggests that acquittal is all but certain, implying further that this is an open-and-shut-case of the police officer acting entirely appropriately. Even a casual observer can see that it isn't. An acquittal absolutely cannot be a forgone conclusion, and if the grand jury does indeed come back with a verdict that confirms the governor and police department's fears of violent blowback in just such a case, that strongly suggests something stinks to the high heavens in Fergeson. If the jury comes back with an acquittal, Governor Nixon has every right to expect all hell to break loose, because it rightfully will.

    Posted in: Missouri governor declares state of emergency ahead of ruling on Ferguson shooting

  • 0

    LFRAgain

    “We designed OS X and iOS with built-in security safeguards to help protect customers and warn them before installing potentially malicious software."

    Not too far from what Microsoft had been saying for years while Apple users trumpeted iOS's supposed invulnerability to malicious software attacks. That sound Apple users are hearing as iOS becomes more prolific is that of the other shoe dropping while malware creators set their aim squarely on the Apple product line. The majority of viruses introduced to a person's computer or device, either PC or iOS, are attributable almost exclusively to the user's failure to employ common sense. Clearly, Apple users don't corner the market on that commodity. :)

    Posted in: U.S. government warns about bug in Apple's iOS software

  • 0

    LFRAgain

    People still have a right to freedom of speech on the internet, thank you.

    No one here said you didn't, although you feeling compelled to point that out suggests my comments struck too close to home.

    Don't think that you supposedly wanting to see this woman hired somehow absolves you of your particular brand of sexism, particularly when you appear to believe institutionalized misogyny and gender descrimination robbing of person of her legal and moral right to earn a livelihood can all be boiled down to something so whimsical and carefree as a "game." Being barred from employment for the reasons given by the TV network isn't a "game" in any sense of the word. Just as your, "Who doesn't want to work with a hostess/porn star? Har! Har! (wink! wink! belch!)" jibe scarcely hides your entirely unrealistic, but no less obvious, belief that hiring a hostess or porn star will somehow magically translate into an increased chance that you'll get lucky with him or her. That kind of sexism isn't a game. It's sad and pathetic, is what it is.

    Posted in: Your history is not appropriate to work as an announcer, a position that requires a person of integrity.

  • 0

    LFRAgain

    Jimizo,

    How about the boys/starved cockatoos who work as hosts?

    What about them? NTV might indeed not hire them for the same professed reasons, but as you point out, the hypocrisy at work is clearly apparent. Besides, those boys aren't exactly being exploited, to be honest.

    (Thanks for the correction. NTV it is indeed.)

    Posted in: Your history is not appropriate to work as an announcer, a position that requires a person of integrity.

  • 4

    LFRAgain

    Austerity never works

    Worked pretty darned well for Germany. And Ireland isn't doing too shabbily right now because of it either. It's all in how you package and implement it. Austerity can work in the right formulation.

    Posted in: Abe adviser calls for stimulus after 'shocking' GDP

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    LFRAgain

    Facebook last month reported its quarterly profit nearly doubled . . . but saw its stock pounded after outlining a plan to invest heavily in the future instead of revelling in short-term riches.

    . . . And THAT'S the problem with American Capitalism™ in a nutshell: Investor obsession with short-term rewards and no concern for building a solid foundation that will provide long-term security. Selfish, stupid, and ultimetely bad for the American economy, not to mention the world's.

    Posted in: Facebook preparing new website for office use: Financial Times

  • 0

    LFRAgain

    Excellent article. Couldn't have written it better myself.

    Frungy,

    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.

    That's exactly what I took from the article. Not sure where you missed it. :)

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

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    LFRAgain

    The amount of sexist, misogynistic crap flying around this thread only eight posts in is staggering.

    Hostess does not automatically translate to porn actress or prostitute, no matter how much some of the more . . . emotionally immature . . . among us may wish were so. And a woman working in a hostess bar most certainly isn't automatically daft. Any more than the men here who seem to be quite familiar with the kind of superficial small-talk that is part and parcel of a hostess' job are necessarily sad, lovelorn losers who perpetuate rampant sexism in Japan with every visit to the local hostess club.

    There are a significant number of young women throughout Japan who work in snack bars and hostess bars in order to simply support themselves. Not because they want to or because it struck them as a wonderful career choice, but rather because, in lieu of getting married and having babies, that's what society both implicitly and explicitly encourages women to do fo the benefit of the men at the helm of Japan, Inc. This is the reality for women in Japan simply for not being fortunate enough to have been born with a penis, and thus earning a self-presumed right to partake in shameless and open objectification of women free of criticism.

    That NHK would refuse to employ this woman for working in an industry that even a cursory glance at NHK entertainment expence reports would reveal to be very popular destinations not only for NHK executives, but also rank-and-file male workers, speaks volumes about how far this country has to go before it rectifies the gender inequality that is rife at every strata of society.

    Posted in: Your history is not appropriate to work as an announcer, a position that requires a person of integrity.

  • 2

    LFRAgain

    Magnus Roe,

    Swift's new album bombing is probably a coincidence

    The word you seemed to have missed in the article was, "boomed," rather than, "bombed." Swift's latest album is selling quite well in its physical format, which is the entire point of mentioning it in the article.

    Posted in: Spotify defends payout norms after Taylor Swift withdraws music

  • 0

    LFRAgain

    “If she cheats on me, we’re braking up...

    Editor, I believe the word you're looking for is "breaking", not "braking."

    Posted in: Men list top four reasons why they dumped their past girlfriends

  • 5

    LFRAgain

    “I’m not willing to stand here and let my civil rights be violated when it’s not science-based,” she said Wednesday evening.

    She's, uhh, got a pretty darned good point here. If there is no scientific basis for the quarantine, then why enforce it? Just to make the public "feel" better? That's simply stupid and only serves to perpetuate misinformation about how the disease is actually transmitted and spread.

    Also, it bears noting that Ms. Hickox volunteered for Doctors Without Borders in an ebola hotspot. That's about as far from selfish as a human being can get. On the contrary, the folks who are bleating about her so-called selfishness for not allowing them to indulge and wallow in a clear ignorance about the pathology of ebola, an ignorance born from placing a bit too much emotional investment into AMC's the Walking Dead, are the ones being patently selfish here.

    Posted in: Nurse defies Ebola quarantine in U.S.; rides bike

  • 7

    LFRAgain

    Japangal,

    Personally, I found the books trite, boring and very difficult to get through after many tries.

    Considering you misuse the word "trite" to describe a work that for all intents and purposes created the genre of the modern fantasy novel, perhaps the problem doesn't lay with the books so much as the reader. Just sayin'.... :-)

    Posted in: Cost of making 'Hobbit' movies up to $745 million

  • 0

    LFRAgain

    eliminating them won't solve anything in the bigger picture of things

    Oh, I think the parents of the dead children would beg to differ.

    Posted in: 3 teens fight for life after U.S. school shooting

  • -2

    LFRAgain

    Damn the parents in this country for not properly watching their children in public. This child should not have been running around free in a parking structure, much less down a ramp where cars are expected to drive. The boy was 3 years old, for crying out loud. Why weren't they keeping him close? This child's death is entirely on the parents. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.

    This speaks to the larger problem of pedestians throughout Japan placing the onus of responsibility for their own personal safety on everyone else around them but themselves. Stepping into crosswalks without checking to see if the roadway is clear, walking in the middle of streets clearly meant for automobiles, dashing out from between parked cars to cross where there is no pedestrian crossing -- this insanity happens daily, and Japanese road laws still foolishly adopt the attitude that the driving of a car, motorbike, or bicycle bears the majority of responsibility for any resultant tragedy. Meanwhile, some poor guy who was probably just heading home after a day of shopping will now see his life melt away with nary an avenue for recourse due to the unfathomably piss-poor protective instincts of a dead 3-year-old's parents.

    Posted in: 3-year-old boy dies after being hit by car in Chiba

  • 4

    LFRAgain

    Way too much money for this. Much better spent preserving the environment as they all preach.

    The money spent on filming doesn't just magically vanish into the pockets of “what a waste" faeries. It goes back into the local economy and into the pockets of real people with real families. Your environmental soapbox is poorly positioned here.

    With that, I agree with some posters here that what Jackson has done with The Hobbit amounts to little more than mental masturbation just because he can. I'm sorry to say I fell asleep halfway through the first film -- and I'm an avid fan of the books, as well as the LotR films. The second film wasn't as boring and tedious, but not by much.

    The problem is that Jackson is trying way too hard to take source material that is essentially a bedtime story, and recast it as a top-heavy, steroid-pumped Epic of Gilgamesh for 17-year-olds teen boys. It's none of those things.

    Chris Tolkien is has probably locked himself off in a secluded tower of his mansion in France just to avoid devolving into a paroxysm of rage at what Jackson's done to his childhood memories, not that I can feel too much sympathy considering the first Hobbit movie alone garnered some US$6 billion alone in payouts directly to the Tolkien estate. It also doesn't help that Chris T. is more than a bit of a pretentious prat.

    That still doesn't excuse Jackson for diluting the inherent quality of The Hobbit as it was originally written.

    In any event, the films have gotten an entirely new generation of people to read the original books. That's always a good thing, IMO.

    Posted in: Cost of making 'Hobbit' movies up to $745 million

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    LFRAgain

    Mothers in U.S. work because they need the money. That is not the case in Japan.

    Wow. Haven't been at the street level of Japan's battered economy in a while, have you?

    Posted in: Top court rules in favor of pregnant woman who was demoted

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