Tony W.'s past comments

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    Tony W.

    Schizophrenic. Most are harmless except sometimes to themselves, and the stress that any chronically ill member puts on the family. But really, in this situation where a patient with his predilections is allowed out into the community by the mental health authorities with such terrible consequence, the authority concerned as a body, or the psychiatrist who signed him off as suitable to be out, should be liable for prosecution by the relatives of the victims. That would put a brake on these incidences. Nothing like the fear of prosecution to make a professional cautious! Doctors can be prosecuted if a patient dies needlessly under their care; psychiatrists are doctors, so what's the difference? Of course Mental Health Acts may have to be amended so that it is easier for mental health professionals to make the hard decisions.

    Posted in: Man sentenced to death for killing 5 neighbors on Awaji Island

  • 5

    Tony W.

    Surely radiation is easily detectable, and if the Chinese authorities are only acting on "fears" then they're not doing their job and are acting for political rather than public health reasons.

    Posted in: Chinese shops pull Japanese food items from shelves over safety fears

  • -2

    Tony W.

    The causative factors do need to be particularly carefully investigated here due to the age of the assailant. It could be he's just an evil-tempered little pillock, or that the library official was too heavy-handed, but there again it might be child psychosis, in which case treatment as well as punishment will be needed.

    Posted in: 17-year-old student arrested for attacking school staff member

  • 3

    Tony W.

    Look at the Aussie PM he stuck to President Trump right up the kiber.

    John-San, we don't know that. No details have been released, even here. Good on him if he did though, but I rather doubt it was anything very confrontational and it doesn't sound like Turnbull anyway.

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  • 1

    Tony W.

    Surely the most appropriate source to reimburse passengers for not being allowed to enter the USA is their travel insurance. But I'll bet that the insurance companies would try to reject the claims on the basis that they didn't fit in any of their categories!

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  • 0

    Tony W.

    "Anyway, the people going to be offended are the ones who WANT to watch porn, but get all that mosaic instead..."

    Muzac?

    Posted in: Winter Games bosses look to remove APA books, porn from TV in its hotel rooms

  • 1

    Tony W.

    As an internet organisation Yahoo's been going downhill for the last couple of years at least. Their refusal to ban the marketing of ivory only adds another reason to drop any ties with them.

    Posted in: Yahoo Japan defies calls to rethink ivory sales

  • -3

    Tony W.

    Tillerson is two-faced. How can he express concern about the growing threat of China and North Korea and at the same time deny two mature regional countries like South Korea and Japan the right to defend themselves by having a nuclear capability as a deterrent?

    Posted in: Tillerson differs with Trump on Japan, S Korea having nuclear capability

  • 0

    Tony W.

    Well over the top, even if understandable and a good example of one-trial learning. Even at my very strict London secondary school in the '50's, no master would have got away with that!

    Posted in: Teacher grabs 3 students by their collars, causing them to faint

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    Tony W.

    Are there no organisations, even voluntary ones, in Japan that can be contacted by people in despair? It is not enough to just have these either, there needs to be public campaigns to advertise that they are there to help, and seemingly in Japan, also to stress that it is OK to ask them for help. In the UK there are "The Samaritans", In Victoria, Australia, there is "Beyond Blue", an organisation set up by an ex-State Premier who himself suffers from depression. This second one is particularly well advertised at intervals to remind the public that it is there. It is done to get depressed people, and men in particular, to not suffer in silence. It also makes it clear that family members, friends, and workplace colleagues can watch out for the symptoms in others, and can offer help and point sufferers in the direction of those who can help. Clearly this is one way of approaching he problem that Japan could usefully adop.

    Posted in: Body of suicide jumper hurled by train into woman on platform

  • 5

    Tony W.

    JR East said the driver had finished his Friday shift at 9 p.m. and began his Saturday shift at 4:50 a.m. The driver said he only got about five hours of sleep on Friday.

    This is very poor and indeed dangerous shift patterning on the part of the railway company. It is they who are to blame.

    Posted in: Train driver says he can't remember overrunning platform by 220 meters

  • 1

    Tony W.

    "If he did not fall in love with her, he might not have killed her. Love makes people insane".

    Love, Shopenhauer? More like either a one night stand for a ratbag to which she objected, and he couldn't handle being rejected. A pathetically insecure male ego bruised, and his psychopathic personality comes to the fore. Hope they catch him and lock him away for life.

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    Tony W.

    The point seems to be missed by Nostromo. If Austrian Antarctic waters have been declared a whale sanctuary, then the Japanese have no business whaling there. Anything the SS does to them short of physical harm to the Japanese crew gets my vote.

    Posted in: Sea Shepherd finds Japanese whaler 'hiding behind iceberg'

  • -2

    Tony W.

    It is not unreasonable for Asian democratic countries to shoulder more of the cost of area defence: it is also quite reasonable that they should be encouraged to develop their own defence capabilities, including nuclear strike defence, to make them more independent of the USA and their sometimes undesirable and self-interest motivated influence. Given the presence of China and North Korea, both with nuclear capability, it's better if other countries can stand on their own two feet and in their own interests, on the matter of defence, hopefully in an inter-nation coordinated manner.

    Posted in: On final trip, U.S. defense secretary looks to reassure Asia allies

  • 8

    Tony W.

    Of course they could avoid unnecessary deaths of personnel and save money by not having their troops there in the first place. It's not their arena

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  • 3

    Tony W.

    Actually in Australia we do have incidents where vehicles crash going the wrong way along a freeway or dual carriageway at speed, but all sorts of people are to blame, not just old people. They more often occur on country roads and involve drivers of smaller vehicles becoming fatigued, or young drivers drunk or off their faces on drugs, sometimes killing or injuring their car load of friends and people in the vehicle collided with. Heavy vehicle caused accidents are rare these days because, as has been mentioned above, there are now strict regulations and often fitted recording devices measuring distances travelled and stops.

    Posted in: 79-year-old truck driver, going wrong way, killed in expressway crash

  • -1

    Tony W.

    Surely there has to be a cut-off point in the time lapse after one quake between one quake and another for the second to be called an aftershock? I refer readers to this Wikipedia article which attempts to make sense of it:-

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aftershock

    But does it succeed? It seems comical that a shock can be re-labelled a fore shock if the next one is bigger! The whole classification system as described seems to be an attempt to use statistical association to classify individual shocks in a cluster and predict what will happen next. By all means use locational patterning to identify the fault area, and chronological clustering for prediction within that area, but as they occur surely just simply treat each shock as an individual earthquake,

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  • 1

    Tony W.

    It'll be good experience for the military if they do have to use their arms - prepare them for any trouble in their own region.

    Posted in: Japan OKs rescue missions for SDF in South Sudan

  • 0

    Tony W.

    Unshakeable allies? That remains to be seen with Trump now in the US driving seat!

    Posted in: Abe congratulates Trump; calls U.S., Japan 'unshakeable allies'

  • -1

    Tony W.

    My wager is he will pop up again in Raqqa or Afghanistan. Better there than here, just keep him there and revoke his passport, we don't need these kind of folks in our society.

    Papigiulio is right, cancel his passport and don't let him back in, ever. That should be the standard response of all countries.

    Posted in: Kurdish officials deport Japanese journalist over IS links

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