LFRAgain's past comments

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    LFRAgain

    Here's a scenario here for you. Two kids on a bike, they take an illegal turn, on purpose, suddenly they are going up the ramp onto the expressway, not on purpose. There is a car coming, they panic, veer out of its way, and continue up the ramp onto the expressway, where they run into a car and get killed.

    That's the point I've been trying to make. This scenario simply could not happen because there is a physical barrier to entering the expressway that these boys would have had to stop for, or at the very least slow down dramatically for, then walk or ride their bike very slowly and diagonally across a lane but one car-width wide, maneuver that bike around the physical barrier, right their bike, and head onto the expressway. These toll gates aren't located well into the expressway. They are anywhere from 200 meters to half a kilometer away from the open lanes of the freeway and involve long onramps that give drivers plenty of opportunities to see the multiple "YOU'RE GOING THE WRONG WAY" signs all along the offramp to prevent just the kind of scenario you're proposing.

    What you're suggesting is that these boys found themselves suddenly falling off a cliff to their deaths after breaking the lock on a gate varying their way that had signs all over it reading, "DO NOT ENTER."

    In your scenario, even an illegal turn would not have resulted in these boys suddenly and accidentally finding themselves on an expressway. There's no way it could have happened the way you suggest. Zero chance.

    Do you really thing mob mentality and North Korean mentality is a good thing?

    As dramatic as rhetoric like this sounds, I'll chose to ignore it simply because it's absurd in the context of this discussion. These kids aren't on trial. They're dead. And on all probably because they chose to do something abysmally stupid. That's not indicative of some lesser quality of humanity. It's an expression of our capacity to learn from observation and not make similar mistakes ourselves.

    You seem to think that the impetus to preserve the principle of innocence before proven guilt is an all-or-nothing thing that necessarily requires the suspension of all application of rational thinking and common sense. I would respectfully disagree.

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    LFRAgain

    “I’ll take jobs back from China, I’ll take jobs back from Japan,”

    Apples and oranges. Sure, a number of manufacturing jobs were outsourced to China, so maybe he could somehow convince American companies and their stockholders to accept that bringing these jobs home will result in smaller profit and dividends.

    But what about Japan? Virtually zero jobs have ever been outsourced to Japan.

    Maybe he's paying lip service to the loss of U.S. competitiveness in the consumer electronics industry, but that speaks again to convincing U.S. businesses, and by extension U.S. consumers who shrilly demand, "More for less! More for less!" that the U.S. economy cannot have it's cake and eat it as well. Something has to give, and in the case of U.S. economics, U.S.-based jobs have taken the hit, to everyone's detriment.

    Trump's an ass.

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    LFRAgain

    Strangerland,

    The evidence you seem to be missing is that by virtue of physically being on the expressway at all, these two teens by default had to have been there knowingly and willingly. There is simply no way they could have "accidentally" ended up on the expressway, particularly the Chugoku-do, without bypassing a number of safeguards that make accidentally entering the expressway, correctly or otherwise, virtually impossible.

    And if they were on the expressway, they had to have made a conscious decision to drive the wrong way somewhere along the way.

    Feeling compassion for these two is admirable, and it is certainly important to presume innocence in most things, but when you combine the facts of the issue, including what is only a logical and rational conclusion that they entered the expressway knowingly, with the very real possibility that these two could have killed innocent people, room for empathy becomes considerably limited. I'm sorry they died, but I feel more sympathy for the people they left behind, to be entirely honest.

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    LFRAgain

    Which seriously befuddled the heck out of me.

    And rightly so. I wasn't too sure about what he meant either.

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    LFRAgain

    The economic benefits of legally recognizing same-sex marriages have been explored and written about elsewhere and by people far more in the know than me, but at the end of the day, this is where modern information age-based societies are headed, like it or not.

    Me? I like it just fine. Things like this make it easier for my homosexual friends to experience the kinds of equality and happiness that dominant heterosexual culture has not only taken for granted, but also actively worked to perpetuate to the detriment of anyone who doesn't fall into line with what is perceived as "right" or "natural."

    I'm not going to let the cynicism demonstrated in this thread diminish the significance of a major Japanese company spearheading Japanese society moving towards more commonsense policies when it comes to the definition of marriage and family. Kudos to KDDI for this.

    I don't see it as a progress when they are still prejudice on foreigners who actually have permanent residency here.

    You don't see it as progress because it doesn't benefit you as a foreigner? How arrogant and egocentric. Foreign rights, while certainly important, absolutely don't take precedence over those of native Japanese. Nor should they.

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    LFRAgain

    All we know is the facts: two kids on a motorcycle went the wrong way up an expressway, got into an accident, and died.

    If only "facts" existed in such a sanitized vacuum. It's more like:

    Two teens on a motorcycle, one a construction worker, the other an unidentified company employee, somehow gained access to the oncoming traffic lane of an 80kph stretch of a highly restricted expressway they were not licensed to drive upon, rode in the wrong direction long enough for another motorist to notice and call the police, then slammed head-on into another oncoming vehicle, causing their bike to explode into flames and throwing the boys to a death caused by blunt force trauma usually associated with high-speed collisions of this nature.

    Those are the facts. That posters marvel at the very obvious lack of good judgement displayed by these two teens isn't indicative of any sort of Internet-borne empathy deficit or downward spiral of humanity. Rather, it's people reading what's been reported, weighing the salient facts against personal experience and what they already know to be true (i.e., one can't get onto the wrong side of the Chugoku Expressway without really, really making an effort to do so), and then making an educated guess.

    There has been no evidence shown whatsoever that says these two definitively went the wrong way up the expressway, or didn't.

    Are you being serious here? They slammed head-on into a car traveling the correct direction. Yeah, the evidence not only exists, but is also pretty compelling.

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    LFRAgain

    M3M3M3,

    There is also a parking area close to Shiso, so maybe they were able to sneek in there and then get on the expressway?

    That's certainly a possibility. Many parking areas do offer smaller-scale toll gates that lead to local communities located near the expressway that are small enough to not warrant a full offramp. Whatever the case, getting onto the Chogoku from the wrong direction took some work and the chances of it being accidental are very slim.

    What baffles me is why these two decided to just continue to speed down this stretch fast enough for their bike to burst into flames upon impact. The Chugkoku is a well enough travelled expressway at most times of the day or night that they must have had multiple opportunities to think, "Hey, maybe we should do something to keep from getting killed." Reducing their speed, keeping to the shoulder, umm... stopping and turning around? Death wish much?

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    LFRAgain

    But quite often where there is a single large toll gate on the expressway, the next 4 or 5 following exits will have no exit gates.

    Anything is possible, I suppose. But I've used the Chugoku Expressway for the better part of 13 years, and I've yet to see an exit that didn't end with a toll gate of some sort. Also, as far as crossing over is concerned, there's a concrete barrier between the opposing lanes along the entire length of the Chugoku, with intermittent crossover points reserved for emergency vehicles that are blocked by a metal gate, bar, or chain. If these two were looking for one of these crossover points, they would have had to travel for 10 minutes or more to find one. That's a lot of opportunities to die.

    it would be nice to see police crack down on bosozoku and other idiots who ride like these kids do (and are SUPER easy to find doing so).

    AMEN! And it's not like these fools are hard to find. The police seem to lack any will to address the issue with any seriousness.

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    LFRAgain

    Just as Yubaru points out, access to Japan's freeways system is notoriously restricted, even to people who actually want to use it; There simply is no way to avoid the toll gates. That these two managed to get onto the wrong side of the freeway suggests some very willful defiance of copious signage, warning lights, and formidable physical barriers.

    Or they got onto the freeway the correct way and somewhere along the way decided to see what it was like to just turn the bike around and drive against traffic.

    Either way, there's little doubt they made a conscious decision to do something that ultimately ended up with them dead.

    We'll never know what motivated them to do something so decidedly stupid, but make no mistake that this kind of bad judgement is most certainly not typical for the average teenager.

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    LFRAgain

    Good. Freedom without the responsible exercise thereof isn't freedom. It's anarchy.

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    LFRAgain

    Maria,

    But a doctor has no right to determine the fate of, and effectively sentencing a person to a mental institution without a proper judicial process taking place.

    It's not as if some psychiatrist just randomly walks into the jail and hands a defendant a "get out of jail free because I said you're insane" card. The doctor is court appointed. Which means he's assigned to assess a defendant's mental fitness to stand trail based on procedures outlined in the very judicial process you fear is being bypassed.

    hello?...haven't you ever heard of pleading insanity?

    No. One cannot plead "insanity," largely by virtue of the very definition of the word.

    But one can plead temporary insanity.

    This is not, however, the same thing as what you seem to be worried is happening here, namely, someone accused of a horrific crime bypassing the judial system by simply being declared insane. For one thing, it's not that easy to be declared insane. It required considerable assessment by trained, objective professionals. For another thing, a review of this woman's mental state was court ordered, as occurs in all cases where the defendant's state of mind appears from all outward indicators, well, insane.

    In this case and any other that is similar, the doctor(s) coducting the assessment are court-sanctioned, and the subsequent delaration of being unfit is court approved. No bypassing if the judicial process is at work here. On the contrary, this is precisely how the judicial system is supposed to work; judges, police, attorneys, and society, by virtue of implicit consent to the system, are a part of this carefully constructed process, and nobody -- nobody -- is being hoodwinked here.

    A mentally healthy person can kill another person, and then hire a doctor to say he isn't mentally fit to stand trial, and effectively get away with murder.

    Again, see my comments above. A defendant cannot "hire" a doctor to declare him or her insane. That's absolutely not how the system works.

    Honestly, I'm a bit confused by some of the language you're using here. Are you under some sort of impression that declaring a defendant mentally unfit for trial is in some way a new or recent development? If so, please look up the name "John Hinkley Junior."

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    LFRAgain

    Mirai,

    It sounds like you're far more interested in extracting some sort of eye-for-an-eye pound of flesh than in seeing any actual justice or social good done here. That you so casually dimiss the recommendation of a medically trained professional speaks volumes and only reinforces my belief that the courts did the right thing here, if for no other reason than to shield those who can't protect themselves from the pitchfork-and-torches mob mentality of "outraged" citizens like yourself

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    LFRAgain

    Mirai,

    Absolutely appalling how lenient this justice system is.

    Reread the article. She is being institutionalized in a psychiatric facility, quite likely for the rest of her natural life. She's been removed from society and placed somewhere where she can harm no one, and will almost certainly never experience freedom again. What, pray tell, beyond this should be done on behalf of the victims that would seem equitable for you? Public flogging? Hobbling? Or how about just kill this insane woman outright? Perhaps a good old fashioned drawing-and-quartering in a public square is what's called for?

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    LFRAgain

    Joke of the day .. killer set free

    She wasn't set free. She's being sent to a psychiatric institution for what will likely be the remainder of her life. These facilities are a long, long way from Club Med by any definition.

    It also bears noting that being found "unfit" to stand trial is the equivalent of being found insane. Holding someone who is insane to the same standards (and punishents) we expect as a matter of course for people who are of sound mind to make rational, concious choices to commit crimes is completely and utterly barbaric, full stop.

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    LFRAgain

    Hmmm...downtown is usually South and uptown usually North....so it depends on where you start.

    Makes perfect sense. It's a common convention to refer to places or locations that lie north relative to some central location as "up" and those lying to the south as "down." People say "Up north in Canada" for a reason. They don't say, "down north." People call Australia the land "down under," not the land "up over." I drive up to Colorado from New Mexico and I most certainly don't drive up to Mexico from New Mexico.

    What I'm curious about is the laughable prospects that Delta will ever be allowed to take one of those coveted domestic flight slots mentioned in the article. When it comes to Japanese protectionism of local markets, a combination of "cold day" and "hell" seems to me the best description of Delta's chances that their bid will be accepted.

    Sure, I'm willing to entertain the possibility that Skymark owners will give Delta's bid a glance, however cursory. But I certainly won't hold my breath waiting for them to leave the herd and give Delta a foothold in a closely protected market.

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    LFRAgain

    ...I don't think that's how warning shots are supposed to work.

    Heh! Fair point.

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    LFRAgain

    This is a good story to end the day on. Thanks for being a decent human being, Kazuki Kurino.

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    LFRAgain

    And female footballers wouldn't resort so low as do underhanded tricks like what Jara did to Cavani in the recent Copa America that led to his suspension:

    NO KIDDING!! The amount of juvenile behavior that is exhibited by so many pro male footballers, even ones supposedly at the top of their game, is astounding. The sheer volume of flopping, whinging, and blatantly puerile behavior displayed by these so-called professionals runs counter to any definition of sportsmanship I ever grew up with.

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    LFRAgain

    Police quoted a store employee as saying he heard a scream coming from near the toilet at around 2 p.m.

    And that didn't raise any alarms? I mean, presumably, this information came to light after the police were brought in to help find this missing girl. So, what precisely did the story employee think was the significance of a scream coming from the restrooms in the middle of the afternoon?

    I'm very, very glad that this girl was found relatively unscathed, but for Pete's sake, her trauma could have been considerably minimized, or prevented altogether if people weren't so damned head-down, not-my-problem when it comes to matters that don't directly concern them, including the abduction of an 11-year-old child in the middle of the afternoon preceded by a scream for help. This isn't an indictment of Japan, but of people in general. A society is only as safe and as strong as the people who choose to actively participate in it.

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    LFRAgain

    “I think Sepp had the mindset that ... he needed to be congratulated 10 times over for it... Doing the right thing doesn’t earn you a pat on the back."

    Spot-on. By virtue of expecting some sort of pat on the back, it suggests strongly that Sepp himself doesn't actually believe in equality, but rather wants to be seen as doing something to quiet the irritating calls for action from players and fans alike. Image over substance does little to address the underlying issues.

    Bravo to the fans, coaches, and players who have made this Women's World Cup one to remember. Well played, one and all.

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