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Posted in: U.S. ban on gay conversion therapy gains ground See in context

Oh gosh, Garypen. Many of the mass shootings were committed by people who were undergoing mental "treatment" and in any case, even the psych/pharma industry doesn't reckon they could do very much about it:

About 60 percent of mass shooters have a history of serious mental disorders and two-thirds had never been seen by a mental health professional, said Grant Duwe, director of research and evaluation for the Minnesota Department of Corrections, who has spent years studying mass public shootings. While that suggests a greater need for treatment, the one-third who did get help “carried out an attack anyway,” he said. “So, even getting mental health care is not the panacea people make it out to be.”

For instance, James Holmes, who killed 12 people in an Aurora, Colo., theater in 2012, had been treated by a psychiatrist and spoken of homicidal thoughts. But he was not reported to authorities because he voiced no concrete plan.

From this article:

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Posted in: U.S. ban on gay conversion therapy gains ground See in context

Let's face it, psych is totally incapable of doing anything for anybody. Whether it's gay conversion therapy or depression, using drugs, electric shock treatment or counseling. At best it offers sympathy.

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Posted in: Gov't unveils measures to prevent car crashes caused by elderly drivers See in context

It's not very little to do age and a lot to do with ATTENTION! Accidents are caused by drivers whose attention is  not on the road and other vehicles around them. I'm fed up with having to slam my brakes on because some silly (expletive) has parked on a blind corner on a road with a double yellow line. Those are usually young men and women.

Certainly, some old duffer who potters along at 20kph daydreaming of the highlights of his youth is very dangerous. Accidents are caused by drivers whose attention is elsewhere, young or old. It might be a better idea to test actual driving skills and ability to direct attention than simply memorising the highway code. Have compulsory driving test skills every five years, make oldies have them every year if it makes the "lawmakers" happy and remember that the vast majority of accidents are not caused by old people.

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Posted in: Once a backer of the BOJ's price target, Abe turns his back on Kuroda See in context

Great pic! Spot on! When Abe speaks, his eyes are open. When someone else speaks, he switches off. Strictly one way!

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Posted in: U.S. to send 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East, citing concerns over Iran See in context

The U.S.A. lost its credibility with 9/11 and the havoc they created in the Middle East. What's next? “Iran's got WMDs and we know where they are!”

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Posted in: Japan demands more proof from U.S. that Iran attacked tankers See in context

Well, there will be an election next year and Donald's handlers are probably thinking that a nice little war thousands of safe miles from home might do the ticket! After all, it worked for Georgie. Get things going now so that it will be well under way before election time. Shame so many people have to die though, isn't it! (Sarcasm)

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Posted in: Reverence for tradition threatens same-sex marriage in Japan See in context

Perhaps it's not just reverence for tradition . . .

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Posted in: Parenting book author says school system, overprotective parents killing kids' creativity See in context

Which is better? Giving people aid by dropping food parcels or teaching them how to make food?

The same could be applied to education. Which is better, giving young people data, facts, things to learn and remember or bringing out their ability to observe, evaluate and think for themselves?

I would go for the latter any time.

If you know how to till the ground, plant seeds and get a bumper crop, it will do you for lifetimes to come.

If someone gives you some sandwiches, one lunchtime and they're gone.

So, working on that analogy, I'd say that the ability to look at something and see through the bullsh*t is far, far more important than memorising a few stupid facts.

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Posted in: Parenting book author says school system, overprotective parents killing kids' creativity See in context

Agnes Chan got it right. The Japanese "education" system is designed to stifle any kind of individuality. There is no place in the curriculum for creative thought, discussion, expression and development of ideas. It produces a lot of robots. Luckily there are some dropouts.

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Posted in: Pentagon still struggling with child sex assaults by 13-year-old boy at Kadena base See in context

Once again, "help" is just what he doesn't need. Help implies sympathy and he really doesn't need that. Help also implies psychiatry/psychology/medication and he needs that even less. He needs to change his behaviour and change his attitude and drugs and counselling are not going to do that.

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Posted in: Pentagon still struggling with child sex assaults by 13-year-old boy at Kadena base See in context

He doesn't need "help," he just needs whatever it takes for him to learn that this is NOT OK!

I'd also be very curious about his parents and the way they brought him up. They are not without responsibility.

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Posted in: Illustrator shows different types of perverts encountered on Japanese trains See in context

with a suspicious whole in their shoe

A whole WHAT in their shoe?

The mind boggles!

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Posted in: Do you consider dress codes forcing women to wear high heels at work power harassment? See in context

Don't know about harrassment. It's a certain indicator of a person who can't think logically. WTF does it matter what kind of footwear a person wears? Is she going to operate the cash register with her toes?

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Posted in: Abe discusses Iran situation with Trump ahead of Tehran visit See in context

Can't he make up his OWN mind about anything?

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Posted in: Outrage at acquittals in rape cases sparks calls to fix Japanese law See in context

I wonder then if Noriyuki Yamaguchi's case will be reevaluated. This creep clearly raped the woman, but because of his ties with Abe, the matter was hushed up and he got away with it, proving that it isn't what you know, but who you know:

The case drew wide public attention partly because Yamaguchi was a high-profile journalist known for his close ties with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He has written two books on the inner workings of the Abe administration.

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Posted in: Abbott device helps in cutting blood sugar in type 2 diabetics: study See in context

Type 2 diabetes being largely caused by industrially manufactured "food" it's usually quite easy to deal with by simply not consuming it. No carbs. No fizzy drinks. You lose weight, feel much better and diabetes is handled. As a general rule of thumb, don't eat anything that you cannot immediately see what's gone into it.

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Posted in: Pilot vertigo likely cause of F-35A jet crash See in context

Japan is deploying F-35As, each of which costs more than 10 billion yen ($92 million), to replace its aging F-4 fighters.

And our Abe, sucking up to Trump, recently agreed to buy 105 (one hundred and five) of them!

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Posted in: Woody Allen to shoot next movie in Spain, with Christoph Waltz See in context

Interesting, isn't it, how tastes differ? I can't find anything funny in Woody Allen's movies. I don't know if Annie Hall was one of his good ones or not, but I couldn't watch it to the end.

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Posted in: Rubber part falls from chopper onto school in Okinawa: U.S. Marines See in context

"As much as I disliked his flip-flopping around as a politician, I am not going to speak ill of the dead."

Isn't saying "flip-flopping around as a politician" speaking ill of the dead, then?

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Posted in: Recent murder cases in Japan draw attention to recluses living with aging parents See in context

People need to be in communication. They also need a purpose in life. Cut these things off and people go insane. With the TV on all the time during waking hours and kids introspectively hammering away at cell phone games, this is going to become more and more of a problem.

Time to dump the TV and get more live communication.

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Posted in: Renault delays decision on Fiat Chrysler merger proposal See in context

No one wants to tie up with Nissan. Look what happens if you do!

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Posted in: Japan to ban free plastic bags at stores to fight marine pollution See in context

Ecology, the environment and what we can do to maintain it are vital subjects and should be in the school curriculum in place of some of the useless inapplicable data kids are given to memorise.

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Posted in: 4 injured after 80-year-old man backs car into them in Osaka See in context

Whether a driver is dangerous or not has very little to do with age. It has a LOT to do with attention - being there - being aware of your surroundings.

People driving along in a dream are dangerous, whether they are 20 or 90.

I'm fed up with having to slam my brakes on turning a corner because some idiot has decided to block the road on a blind corner to take a cell phone call! I've seen plenty of people do that - never an older person!

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Posted in: Parkland school shooting documentary by Japanese filmmaker shown at NY film festival See in context

I wonder if the film covers the complete ineptitude of mental health "professionals" who had given Cruz thousands of hours of counseling and "treatment." The mental health industry is no more effective in treating this kind of person than televangelism.

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Posted in: Ex-top farm ministry official says Kawasaki attack prompted his murder of son See in context

Something really needs to be done to address this ever increasing problem and to supply counseling for these people

The problem is that many of them have had counselling and psychiatric "treatment," but it is not effective. Most of the mass murderers in the States also have had or were in the middle of mental "treatment" at the time they went on a rampage.

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Posted in: Pentagon tells White House to stop politicizing military after USS John McCain incident See in context

I still can't believe this is the President.

Well, he is and the great American public voted him in!

Doesn't say much for the great American public, does it? The same people who voted in the Bushmeister - TWICE and who still allow him, Cheney and Rice to walk around free!

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Posted in: Japan to buy 105 F-35 U.S. stealth warplanes: Trump See in context

What's he going to buy them with?

This is utterly insane.

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Posted in: Trump breaks with Abe; says he's not bothered by N Korean missile tests See in context

"Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is hosting the president on four-day state visit full of pageantry"

And this is just more pageantry, isn't it?

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Posted in: Australian mother reflects on 'lunchbox shame' she felt from her son’s Tokyo preschool teacher See in context

The teacher was right. I'm sure the teacher didn't expect the Aussie mummy to create a work of art. Her criticism was that a vegemite sandwich, cheese stick and a banana is not a nutritious lunch.

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Posted in: McDonald's Japan ordered to pay ¥21 mil over improper labeling See in context

100% beef! The whole cow! Lips to tail. All of it, including the cow's last meal. It's minced so that you can't see what's gone into it. The plastic box the stuff comes in is more nutritious than what they call the "burger."

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