LFRAgain's past comments

  • -1

    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

  • 6

    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

  • 2

    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

  • 3

    LFRAgain

    Some prisoners in. . . center have launched a protest against what they consider the religiously offensive use of female guards to move them around the U.S. base in Cuba . . .

    Tough cookies, boys. Time you learned to deal with the fact that you're, well, prisoners, and your religion-justified asshat sexism is just that.

    Posted in: Guantanamo prisoners protest over women guards

  • 7

    LFRAgain

    Wow. Simply wow. What an utter d-bag. How can anyone take this asshat seriously? I never thought I'd say this, but Hashimoto is actually the good guy in all this.

    Posted in: Hashimoto, Zaitokukai chairman get into shouting match

  • 0

    LFRAgain

    darnname,

    what the hell is imminent domain

    Well, the actual correct term is eminent domain. My miss. So much for auto-complete. Regardless, it's defined simply as the power of the state, municipality, or private person or corporation to take private property in exchange for fair and just compensation when public demand clearly requires the use of said property.

    In the case of daycare centers in a society that that long since stopped being a throwback to patriarchal economic models where the wife stayed home as the child-rearer and the husband worked as the breadwinner, the simple reality is that modern Information Age families can scarcely survive on a single income. Women have to work now too, and someone has to help take care of the kids. Enter the daycare center.

    No amount of wistful pining for the "good old days" will change this. Japan needs more people working to pay into a social welfare system that society – especially retirees and soon-to-be-retirees demand. Since there aren't enough able bodied men to fill that role, it's going to have be women. And if the population is ever going to simply break even -- never mind grow, for Pete's sake -- then the families where women now have to work to simultaneously bolster the economy and make ends meet at home will need a better social support structure to allow them to work and have children at the same time.

    Again, pontificating about the virtues of children being raised in the home by mom or immediate family members is entirely moot given how the current real world actually functions. Honestly, I just want to slap the stupid out of people who still keep going on and on about how “mom should stay home and raise the kids,” as if it were really an option anymore when the choice becomes one of whether or not the mortgage can be paid and food can be put on the table.

    Posted in: New daycare centers held up by residents opposing noisy kids

  • 7

    LFRAgain

    It goes without saying that the most likely culprits are retirees, since they tend to be home during the daylight operating hours of a daycare. Which begs the question of how utterly daft and myopic must these grumpy old fools be? It goes without saying that children are the very lifeblood of any society, but what these selfish asshats have failed to realize is that without children to bolster Japan's shriking population and shrinking tax base, the social pension checks that these bitter old fools count on for their retirement would simply dry up.

    These pissy nuisances should be uprooted immediately from their overinflated positions of self-importance in said neighboorhoods via imminent domain and public policy judgements and removed to a distant mountaintop to enjoy all the silence they can handle.

    Posted in: New daycare centers held up by residents opposing noisy kids

  • 14

    LFRAgain

    [T]eachers noticed bruises and burns on his arm and notified a child welfare center. Welfare center staff visited the family in July; however, they found nothing out of the ordinary

    Let me guess... Child welfare checks are carried out the same way police raids of criminal behavior at companies are: With a warning well beforehand. "We'll be by next week." No wonder nothing was found out of the ordinary. Idiots.

    Child welfare workers in Japan are pitifully inept when it comes to safeguarding the welbeing of children. If the teachers noticed the bruises and burns, that should have been more than enough motivation for the welfare official officials to be more aggressive in their investigation. It's simply inexcusable that a fellow classmate would have to be the one to discover this child in desperate need.

    Posted in: Parents arrested for chaining 8-year-old son inside house

  • 0

    LFRAgain

    If one stays polite and sober as an accountant, what is the point of drinking?

    Nothing wrong with getting drunk and having fun. Not sure why doing so would also have to mean sexually harassing women around you.

    Posted in: The ugly truth of 'gokon,' Japan’s group blind dates

  • 3

    LFRAgain

    As defined on Wiki, "Cultural appropriation is most commonly used to denote the use by cultural outsiders of a minority, oppressed culture's symbols or other cultural elements."

    I would agree with this definition. As such, Japanese are by no means a minority in any sense of the word, and most certainly are not oppressed, being the third largest economy in the world.

    There's nothing wrong with these images whatsoever. Anyone looking to take offense desperately needs to cut back on their caffeine intake.

    Posted in: Miranda Kerr’s photo shoot for Vogue Japan stirs up controversy

  • 10

    LFRAgain

    Hopefully, if all this is true, this sick pup will get locked up, and spend many years in jail being 'approached from behind'.

    Again with the "prison rape is an appropriate form of justice" comments? Rape isn't a punchline.

    Posted in: 37-year-old man arrested for kidnapping 12-year-old boy in Chiba

  • 2

    LFRAgain

    Find me a man, who is polite, when he gets drunk.

    One of the first symptoms of being drunk is to lose objective view of oneself and surroundings.

    I've been the designated sober driver for nights out with friends, and I can say without reservation that the men I count as friends are polite and courteous to women even when drunk. This effort to paint most men as closet sexual predators simply waiting for alcohol to set them free is absurd. I'm not sure who you guys hang around with, but you might want to consider getting a new group of friends.

    Posted in: The ugly truth of 'gokon,' Japan’s group blind dates

  • 0

    LFRAgain

    @Scott Ryan,

    Do you think America has ever saved up trillions of dollars over the last 20 years? Or do you think they 100% never saved up anything, because of the way the $ works?

    I'm not sure I understand your question. What savings are you referring to specifically?

    Posted in: U.S. assault, gunfight leave 23 militants dead in Pakistan

  • 1

    LFRAgain

    I guess it all depends on how much the glasses bring to the table in terms of increased productivity. I wear contact lenses specifically because I don't like having to correct my eyesight with bulky glasses. But the Sony glasses, like Google Glass, aren't seeking to convince people to return to eyeglass-based corrective lenses. They are pitching their products as additional tools in the modern drive to be even more connected to information than ever.

    It's a natural progression really: We started with desktop computers where our access was limited to how soon we could get back to our desk. Then we miniaturized with laptops, then ultrabooks, and now the ubiquitous smartphone. Access to information is only as far away as arm's length. So, what would be better than having it right in front of our eyes, literally, hands-free, ready to go?

    There's a market for these things, and it's only a matter of time before this kind of tech gets further miniaturized into something far less clunky and more easily concealed, like contact lenses or more permanent optical implants.

    Posted in: Sony develops 'SmartEyeglass'

  • 1

    LFRAgain

    Stranger,

    Sadly, you're more correct than not. Even worse is that the money that's being spent isn't even ours. It's most likely China's.

    Posted in: U.S. assault, gunfight leave 23 militants dead in Pakistan

  • 3

    LFRAgain

    When I was younger, that was the way to get the girls. To be able to handle a few drinks and remain courteous and polite.

    It still is the way to get the girls. Or at least a girl that you have a reasonable chance of being happy with. Mutual respect is the operative concept here.

    Posted in: The ugly truth of 'gokon,' Japan’s group blind dates

  • 0

    LFRAgain

    Can it be that all of you men commenting above me have never been done wrong by a woman or experienced bad/inappropriate women?

    I've never had my drinks spiked, been felt up without consent, openly commented about with other women while I was standing there but as if I wasn't present about how endowed I might be or how proficient I might be in bed with my (physical feature/appendage here). Oh, and I've never been raped.

    So, that list you want.... What exactly do you mean by, “Done wrong” that suggests anything even remotely on par with the organized, predatory sexual harassment and date rape that occurs at some gocon?

    And I'll ignore your very thinly veiled suggestion that women who attend gocon are asking for the predation and harassment by simply being there, because, hey, when you look at how they dress, they’re practically begging for it, right?

    Posted in: The ugly truth of 'gokon,' Japan’s group blind dates

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