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Scientists in China conduct 'successful' head transplant on rat

Scientists in China claim to have conducted a successful head transplant on a rat.

Controversial surgeon Sergio Canavero and colleague Xiaoping Ren attached the head of a smaller rat onto a larger one while maintaining the brain activity of the donor.

A third rat was used to keep up blood pressure on the rats being operated on, which otherwise would have been catastrophic and killed the animals.

The experiment was repeated on a number of other rats. Most only survived for around 36 hours after the procedure.

But it was hailed as a success by Dr Canavero because its goal was to avoid major blood loss.

Images of the rats appear to show the donor’s front paws and head stitched to the upper neck of the recipient rat.

Dr Canavero has previously conducted a similar experiment on a dog, in which its spinal cord was severed, but it is unknown how long it survived for.

Last year, he claimed to have successfully carried out a head transplant on a monkey, which survived for 20 hours before being euthanised for ethical reasons.

Despite the poor survival rate of the rats, Dr Canavero maintained the experiment was a crucial step forward towards head transplants on humans.

But other neurosurgeons have disputed this claim. Responding to the dog experiment, neuroscientist at Case Western Reserve University Jerry Silver told the New Scientist: “These papers do not support moving forward in humans.”

Dr Canavero has announced he and Dr Xiaoping will attempt to carry out the first head transplant later this year in Harbin, China.

He first announced his intention to carry out the procedure in 2013 and has been encouraged by his latest success.

A Russian man with the degenerative Werdnig-Hoffman's disease named Valery Spiridonov was going to undergo the procedure but Dr Canavero has now said a Chinese citizen will undergo the process.

In a statement, Dr Canavero said a “high number of volunteers from all over the world came forward”.

He added: “The final decision is only made immediately prior to the operation, as it also depends on the body donor, who has to be compatible with the receiver in many ways.”

Other scientists have strongly criticised the plan.

"I would not wish this on anyone," said Dr Hunt Batjer, the president of the American Association for Neurological Surgeons, in 2015. "I would not allow anyone to do it to me as there are a lot of things worse than death."

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Khmer Rouge terror in Cambodia

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Anime Fans Angry Over BBC’s ‘Young Sex For Sale in Japan’ Documentary

The BBC's documentary about Japan's sexualisation of minors has turned heads in the anime and manga communities.

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The BBC’s Young Sex For Sale in Japan documentary has raised the ire of many anime fans, with them criticising presenter Stacey Dooley for allegedly being ignorant of Japanese culture.

The documentary, which is available to view on BBC iPlayer for those in the UK, sees Dooley travelling to Tokyo in order to explore Japan’s attitudes to underage sex, and the sexualised portrayal of young girls in anime and manga. Along with investigating the incredibly creepy, real-world fascination with young girls in the country that involves adult men paying to spend time talking to them in specialised bars, Dooley also places a spotlight upon ‘lolicon’, a sub-genre of anime/manga dedicated to erotic art featuring prepubescent girls.

During the documentary Dooley talked to manga translator Dan Kanemitsu, who defended artists’ rights to create and sell art depicting prepubescent girls. During their conversation, Dooley picked up a book depicting a child-like character involved in a sexual act with an adult men. “Child pornography, at least by the broader definition of what is most offensive about it, is the fact that children are involved”, Kanemitsu argued. “So there’s a lot of debate about this, because on one hand there’s a child been harmed, and on the other hand there’s the depiction of a child being harmed [in anime/manga], and there’s a big difference between the two.”

“No actual child was harmed when they made this publication, I totally accept that, they are two separate things,” Dooley replied. “But do you worry that these images encourage and perhaps normalise child abuse?” Kanemitsu then argued that some people want to look at these images because it “plays out a fantasy separate from real life” and that it’s a “good venting mechanism.” He later added that “children need protecting” but that “lines of ink on paper do not”.

The idea that lolicon anime and manga is actually providing some kind of service to pedophiles is disturbing, even if those who support the sale of such works believe that it would infringe upon “free speech” to prohibit them from appearing on store shelves. When Dooley expressed to Kanemitsu that she feared that it “encouraged and normalised real-life child abuse,” he replied: “If you start saying creations of the mind can influence peoples’ behaviour, and those creations should be held responsible as opposed to the people who are actually doing them, that is thought policing.”

Many anime and manga fans agree with Kanemitsu’s argument and have strongly criticised the documentary, with Girls und Panzer artist Takeshi Nogami claimed that he had a three-hour interview with Dooley that was cut from the final edit. In a series of tweets translated by Twitter user @walterinsect, Nogami reportedly claimed that Dooley had said: “All human beings are naturally innocent and have no dirty desires, and reading media depicting erotic, pedophilic, and gore contents will affect them to be corrupted”, with her allegedly adding: “My desire is to put all pedophiles and ones who produce pedophilic media into jail”.

Though these comments definitely seem at odds with the way Dooley presents her argument during the documentary, many have taken Nohami’s words verbatim and have condemned Dooley for apparently enforcing the UK’s views onto Japanese culture. The topic was also angrily debated by YouTuber The Anime Man, with his video garnering over 100,000 views:

Many including The Anime Man have raised the point that Dooley’s comments aren’t dissimilar from the argument against violent video games. Over the years, many people from parents to politicians have argued that video games such as Grand Theft Auto could have a real-world impact, and that underage children and teens playing these games could mimic their violence in reality.

However, comparing Dooley’s argument against the one espoused by critics of violent video games undermines the core reasoning behind her disapproval of lolicon — that men lusting over prepubescent girls is already catered to in Japan, and further normalisation of it through media is not helping those fighting against it. During the documentary, Dooley interviews a photographer who takes “erotic” photographs of young girls, with him stating that the youngest girl he has had on his set was just 6 years old. She also visits a café in which men can book private chats with literal high school girls, where the men are freely allowed to discuss topics of a sexual nature with them. These are completely legal activities in Japan, despite it putting these young girls in mental and physical danger.

In practically every country throughout the world it is acknowledged that engaging in violence will lead to you being punished by law. However, such is Japan’s lax attitude to the sexualisation of minors that the country’s laws arguably encourage complicity with pedophiles, and the continued prevalence of lolicon anime/manga helps propagate the idea that, as long as someone isn’t engaging in sexual activity with a minor, it’s all fair game.

Sexualised photos of children under the age of consent is legal if their genitalia or buttocks aren’t exposed, and young girls can be paid by companies to stand on the streets and attract men into buying their products. This means that artwork depicting the sexual abuse of minors, while ostensibly “victimless” as a result of no child being directly harmed, is still contributing to beliefs that are harmful to children in wider society.

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Once Islamist terrorists have understood that arson is the only weapon they ever need to destroy Europe, they will easily achieve their goal. Forest fires and fires in apartment buildings are easy to initiate and extremely time consuming to investigate. Which would give arsonists the opportunity to act again and again. Time to dispose of investments in urban real estate.

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With lynchings on the rise, mob justice still rules in Indonesia

While the international community is calling on Indonesia to the spare lives of convicted drug traffickers from being executed, petty criminals are being lynched to death by mobs taking the law into their own hands in the country.

Recently, incidents of motorcycle robberies on the streets of greater Jakarta have increased – along with the deadly mob violence associated with it.

Last month in Pondok Aren, South Tangerang – on the outskirts of Jakarta – a group of people caught a robber in action. They burned him to death. Three of the victim’s accomplices managed to run away. Police were absent when the killing, which happened past midnight, took place.

In another incident in Pasar Minggu, Jakarta, a robber was caught trying to snatch a motorcyclist’s bag. The robber was beaten to death. The mob didn’t set him on fire, but someone from the crowd did suggest it. Like the South Tangerang incident, three of the robbers ran away and police were not present.

Death toll of mob justice

Mob justice is one of the most prominent forms of violence in Indonesia. Sana Jaffrey wrote that mob violence is a daily phenomena that happens all over Indonesia.

According to data from the National Violence Monitoring System that Jaffrey helped set up, 20% of victims of violence that were killed, badly hurt or permanently crippled are victims of mob justice. In 2014, there were nearly 4300 incidences of mob justice. Three hundred people were killed.

This kind of violence happens more in urban areas, despite cities having more law enforcers. Around 80% of the crimes that trigger mob justice can be solved in the proper legal system. Petty theft is one of the main triggers for lynching. Incidences of mob violence reflect the weakness of Indonesia’s legal system in solving petty crimes.

Police failure in protecting citizens

Whenever there is mob justice, there are people who feel unsafe. Motorcycle robbery and mugging in the streets are widespread problems in Indonesia, especially in big cities.

However, the government provides very little protection to ensure its citizens feel protected from petty crimes or communal conflicts.

Indonesian police only provide patchy and partial protection for citizens. If the public and the media paid a lot of attention to motorcycle robberies and mugging, the police would act. But police involvement does not ensure criminal suspects have their day in court – police have reportedly said they had shot dead seven motorcycle robbers in Jakarta and surrounding areas.

Why people lynch

Lynching is a social punishment that is much harsher than any crime being committed. Victims of lynching, like those mentioned above, are usually murdered by beating or burning.

The people who caught the robbers could have handed them over to police officers without hurting them. Or, if they had hit the suspects, they could still have handed them over alive. So why do people choose the most extreme action when there are more lenient alternatives?

There are some common factors. First, when police are not present, there is no deterrence in the forming of a mob. Under this situation, if one of the crowd members ordered an extreme action, the rest can be moved to kill without much thought.

Second, there is an overwhelming public acceptance of mob justice. The mother whose son was burnt to death said she was “ikhlas” (or unconditionally accepting) of her son’s fate. The wife of the Pasar Minggu mugger expressed the same. It is clear that many Indonesians feel mob justice is legitimate even towards the people they care for.

Lynching of robbers and muggers can be reduced if there is a deterrence factor. The public also needs to be educated to reduce any acceptance towards the lynching of criminal suspects.

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Herbolab is a scam. They purchased 1:200 tongkat ali extract from Sumatra Pasak Bumi when they set up shop, and then the owner, Fran Sanchez Oria, switched to a cheap substitute to maximize his profits. But he continues to claim that he sells a 1:200 tongkat ali extract, made famous as a testosterone booster by the Medan, Indonesia company Sumatra Pasak Bumi. Fran Sanchez Oria even fakes lab certificates, trying to convince buyers. But what he sells certainly isn't 1:200 extract, and may not even be tongkat ali at all. Many scammers with absolutely no access to rare tongkat ali just sell tribulus terrestris powder.

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Eurycoma longifolia increases sexual motivation in sexually naive male rats

Abstract

The aim of this study is to provide evidence on the aphrodisiac property of Eurycoma longifolia Jack. An electric grid was used as an obstruction in the electrical copulation cage in order to determine how much an aversive stimulus the sexually naive male rat for both the treated with E. longifolia Jack and control groups were willing to overcome to reach the estrous receptive female in the goal cage. The intensity of the grid current was maintained at 0.12 mA and this was the intensity in which the male rats in the control group failed to crossover to reach the goal cage. Results showed that E. longifolia Jack continued to enhance and also maintain a high level of both the total number of successful crossovers, mountings, intromissions and ejaculations during the 9–12 th week observation period. In conclusion, these results further enhanced and strenghtened the aphrodisiac property of E. longifolia Jack.

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Cambodian necrophiliac who attempted sex act on corpse a day after the funeral arrested after falling asleep in the COFFIN

A man who tried to have sex with a corpse after digging into the grave was arrested when he fell asleep in the coffin, police in Cambodia confirmed today.

The 47-year-old man, named as Chin Chean, was caught when villagers saw his foot sticking out of the grave and told the family of the teenage girl whose body lay in the coffin.

Chin Chean told police that he started digging up the coffin at 10pm, the day after he had attended the funeral of the 17-year-old girl.

The Cambodia Daily reported that after digging down through the earth he reached the coffin and managed to open it.

He then admitted to police that he had tried to have sex with the body but because the coffin was too small he was not able to do so.

Then, he admitted, he fell asleep on top of the body.

'Villagers saw Mr Chean's foot by the grave at about 6am and told the deceased's family,' said police chief Keo Vutha of the Prey Poun community 103 miles south east of the capital, Phnom Penh.

'We don't know at this stage whether he knew the victim when she was alive,' said Mr Vutha.

But he said that Chin Chean was known to take drugs and commit unusual acts, such as running around the local pagoda naked.

'We are going to send Mr Chean to the district police for questioning before we sent him to court,' said a police spokesman.

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The Spanish masturbation expert Fran Sanchez Oria argues: "Masturbating for great sexual health… can increase your testosterone levels, specially when combined with ejaculation edging. I could probably make another post just on this, but in a nutshell if you masturbate until you are close to climax then stop, and repeat several times, your testosterone levels will build up significantly." Caught with his pants down, Fran Sanchez Oria (subsequently removed the page, but a printscreen is here and here.

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Dutch paedophile jailed in Cambodia after years of abusing children

The conviction finally ended years of impunity for the child abuser, who once ran an orphanage in the impoverished Southeast Asian country.

SIEM REAP: A Dutch paedophile has been jailed in Cambodia for five years for sexually abusing children over a decade, after several police probes failed to stop his predatory crimes.

Sebastian Reuyl, 44, was sentenced at Siem Reap provincial court, a court prosecutor told AFP Friday (Feb 17).

The conviction finally ended years of impunity for the child abuser, who once ran an orphanage in the impoverished Southeast Asian country.

Reuyl, who was sentenced Tuesday, was investigated by Cambodian police several times over allegations of grooming and abuse of minors but for years escaped conviction, according to APLE, a Cambodia-based watchdog that assisted with his arrest.

He was first convicted of abuse in the Netherlands in 2004 when he molested a 12-year-old boy while working as a sailing instructor.

He was jailed for a year and banned from working with children. But he fled to Cambodia, where he was found running an orphanage in Siem Reap 2009.

APLE said he was arrested by Cambodian police for allegedly abusing five children but released while awaiting trial, allowing him to reconnect with victims - some of whom later reversed their complaints in court.

Judges ultimately threw out the case citing a lack of evidence.

Reuyl stayed in Siem Reap, a popular stop on Cambodia's tourist circuit, and groomed children by inviting them to his room to play video games.

He was detained again in 2013 but set free after a judge dropped abuse charges.

Reuyl was arrested for a third and final time in 2016 and convicted for "indecent acts against a minor" and child pornography against two victims.

"This is one of many cases in which the offenders won't stop abusing until they get caught," said APLE program director Vando Khoem.

In a statement the group hit out at "the absence of effective mechanisms... to prevent children from repeat victimisation by known sex offenders."

Impoverished Cambodia is a notorious hub for foreign paedophiles, with weak and corrupt law enforcement helping insulate offenders from arrest. The country launched a drive to shed its reputation as a child sex hub in 2003 and has since prosecuted dozens of foreigners for sex crimes, but significant lapses in policing remain.

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It is the secret dream of every Swedish or German woman to marry a black men, or at least have sex with a black man. Every smart young African man should migrate to Europe. Free money, nice house, good sex!

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Marriages or Legal Prostitution in Saudi Arabia?

Muharram Mirror

Dr.Mazhar Naqvi
A fanatic viewer does not consider the blogger as a historian and heritage management expert.He describes him as Shia and Kafir. Despite clarification that only those who deny Allah and Holy Prophet as his messenger can be dubbed as kafirs, he goes ahead with his own interpretation.Amusingly, he considers Jahangir as a true believer and alleges that Shias raise objection over a womaniser and drunkard Emperor while they themselves enjoy the privilege of Muta. He even went on stating once that Shias resort to Swapping of their wives with a sarcastic remark "Teri Meri,Meri Teri,Ha,Ha,Ha,Ha.

It is clear from all his replies that he is an ardent admirer of Saudi Arabia and out of his ignorance feels that Salafis /Wahabis/Saudis are devout Muslims.To make the fanatic understand as to how Grand Muftis of Saudi Arabia have legitimized prostitution through their unique fatwas and how many types of marriages are being performed in so called holy kingdom, the blogger decided to reveal the true face of Saudi Salafis.While my fanatic friend did not support his accusation with any fact ,figure or evidence, the blogger is replying to his allegations as under :

1- Misyar is a temporary relationship between men and women for sexual pleasure. In this relationship the woman relinquishes all her rights that are available to her in an Islamic marriage. It is claimed that 60 Salafi scholars, including Saudi Grand Mufti Shaikh Abdulaziz al-Shaikh endorsed Misyar relationship between men and women in their fatawas.

2-Arab News reported on October 12, 2014 that MISYAR IS A WIDESPREAD SOCIAL REALITY IN SAUDI SALAFI SOCIETY as 7 out of 10 marriages in Saudi Arabia are based on Misyar.

Several other formats of fake marriages in Saudi Arabia are :
(a) URFA - In this relationship, there are no official contracts signed and also does not give women any rights whatsoever. She is kept as along as the man wishes to use her for sex.
(b) MESYAF ( Summer holiday marriage) - It is a tourism marriage practised by Saudis and other Salafis in the world who go on summer vacation to countries, like Yamen, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and other countries. They take advantage of poor Muslim families by fake marriages with young, rather very young girls between the ages of 9 to 16 years in collusion with local middlemen and agents who are paid for these notorious services.
(c) FRIEND MARRIAGE - In this marriage, the bride does not go out of her house. The male goes to her house in the night or meets with her in a hotel and have sex with her.Then.she goes back to her home.There is no provision of legal maintenance from man.In most of the cases the woman demands a certain amount and gets it in advance.
(e) MISFAR - (Foreign study and Business Trip marriage)It is a deceptive marriage contracted by a Salafi for sexual gratification so that a woman may cohabit with him for the period he is visiting a foreign country. These women are formally divorced after a short period that ranges from a week to a month. It is natural that most of these women who fall victim to this kind of fake marriage come from deprived backgrounds, and have very little say in the matter. Many Fatawa by Saudi Scholars in this context are available on officialwebsites like Bin Baaz.

Most alarming in this context is the Fatwa by Shaikh Adil Al-Kalbani, the Imam of the Grand Mosque of Makka issued on July 16, 2010. This Fatwa was published on www.al-arabiya.net. Sheikh issued this fatwa after receiving an email from an overseas Saudi male student studying in the ‘West’. The Saudi student, who is married and living with his wife, claims that he is worried about controlling his desires when he sees ‘Western’ females wearing seductive semi-naked clothes that arouse him.He asks the Sheikh it is OK to marry one of those women in a ‘Misfar’ marriage,

Sheikh posted on his own website his fatwa that permits Saudis marrying Western women with the intention of divorcing them when they are finished with them without the pre-knowledge of the women of their deceitful plan. Meaning, the Imam has given green light to Saudi overseas students and travelling businessmen to use women as disposable containers to relieve themselves sexually.

Saudi Newspaper Ash-Sharq on February 03, 2011, devoted its main page to launch a scathing and virulent attack on Saudis who travel abroad and indulge in obscene (sex) parties, night clubs and prowl in sex tourism countries around the Globe. The paper also published several pictures, videos and films showing Saudis dancing in obscene parties.

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Most European women have gang rape fantasies, because their vaginas are so big that there is space for two or more dicks.

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How Americans Die Abroad

I recently traveled to Egypt and before departing was met with expressions of surprise from friends who thought the place too dangerous to visit. Images of the downed Metrojet plane in November surely informed their opinion. But a review of the U.S. State Department’s registry of American deaths abroad reveals that the horror of the Metrojet bombing obscures reality: It turns out Egyptian drivers are responsible for far more American fatalities than Egyptian terrorists.

Curious about this disconnect, I dug deeper into the registry. It features almost 13 years of data and comprises over 10,000 deaths from non-natural causes. The registry is updated every six months, and includes only those deaths reported to the State Department. All the same, it is an extraordinary record of where Americans go, and of the dire consequences faced by some of those who travel. What it also reveals the relative rarity of deaths abroad. On average, over the last 13 years, only 827 Americans died of unnatural causes while abroad each year. When you consider the significant number of Americans who travel abroad, more than 68 million Americans in 2014, nearly all returned home.

While there is always the danger of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, the most common causes of death to Americans in Egypt—based on the 69 Americans in the registry who died there over the past 13 years—are auto accidents (18 deaths) and bus accidents (11 deaths). Terrorist action (3 deaths) figures beneath drownings (6 deaths) and suicides (5 deaths). After observing the mayhem of Cairo’s traffic, the relative danger of auto accidents seemed obvious.

What is more startling and curious, when looking at American deaths around the world, is how prosaic the cause generally is. If you want to stay alive on vacation, the most important thing you can probably do is to buckle-up. As in Egypt, vehicle accidents kill the most Americans abroad overall. Out of 10,545 deaths abroad between October 2012 and June 2015, cars were responsible for 2,181 deaths, and vehicles, more generally (cars, motorcycles, buses, bicycles, etc.), were responsible for a total of 3,104 deaths or 29% of all deaths. If you include train accidents (43 deaths), air accidents (343 deaths), and maritime accidents (121 deaths) one third of American deaths abroad were due to a mode of transportation. To put this in perspective, the Institute for Highway Safety reports that there were 32,675 deaths in motor vehicle accidents in the United States in 2014, while the State Department has records for only 159 auto accident fatalities in its most recent 12-month period. At home, motor accidents are the fourth leading cause of death, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control report (pdf here).

Foreign travel is exciting and illuminating; however, it is not without other risks. You should avoid places that are lawless and where drug wars are raging. And please be careful in the water; beaches are one of the biggest specific dangers to American travelers.

Most common causes of death (October 2002-June 2015)

Cause of Death Reported Number of American Deaths Abroad

Traffic accidents 3,104

Homicide 2,000

Suicide 1,461

Drowning 1,320

“Other accidents” 1,294

Drowning

One under-appreciated cause of death abroad is drowning. The registry records 1,320 drownings, including many examples of multiple drownings. Costa Rica, perceived as a peaceful place that offers just the right amount of adrenaline, has had 101 American drownings since the registry first began in October 2002. Mexico has had the most, with 355 drownings. However, the number of American visitors to Mexico is the greatest of any country, with 25.9 million Americans visiting in 2014 (2014 was a year in which an unusually large number of Americans traveled abroad, providing a conservative perspective on the relative impact of any deaths). That same year, Costa Rica had only 937,000 visitors, a mere fraction of Mexico’s tourism numbers. On a per visitor basis, Costa Rica’s waters are more dangerous than Mexico’s. These drowning deaths highlight the fact that Costa Rica has no law requiring lifeguards on its beaches, and even those beaches with guards are often under-protected.

American deaths by drowning

Number of Drownings Reported American visitors in 2014*

Mexico 355 25,900,000

Costa Rica 101 862,000

The Bahamas 83 1,108,000

Dominican Republic 47 2,700,000

Jamaica 46 1,385,000

*Data obtained from US Department of Commerce, National Travel and Tourism Office, July 2015

Suicide

Suicide is also under-recognized as a cause of death for Americans abroad. The Department of State has records of 1,461 suicides, which amounts to over 100 American suicides abroad per year. Mexico is the most common country for American suicides (250 since 2002), reflecting the frequency with which Americans visit. María Elena Medina Mora, head of Mexico’s National Psychiatric Institute, has linked the drug war to an increase in suicides, a rate which has tripled in the past 30 years according to the Mexican Ministry of Health. Has this cheapening and coarsening of life in Mexico rippled out to visitors, too? The registry indicates that Germany had 100 American suicides, but Thailand, with far few American visitors, has a comparatively shocking number: 87 suicides.

American suicides abroad

American Suicides Reported American visitors in 2014*

Mexico 250 25,900,000

Germany 100 1,878,000

Thailand 87 339,000

Korea 71 523,000

Japan 59 800,000

*Data obtained from US Department of Commerce, National Travel and Tourism Office, July 2015

Switzerland, with its 22 suicides, is a special case as it highlights the emergence of suicide-travel. Of the Swiss suicides, 9 took place in the small town of Pfaffikon (population 11,390). Dignitas, a society that undertakes assisted-suicide, has a house in Pfaffikon where guests are interviewed on film immediately prior to being offered a lethal dose of Pentobarbital. (We cannot tell from the Department of State records if the Pfaffikon suicides were as a result of Dignitas.)

Most common places to die

The most recent 12-month period (July 2014 to June 2015) in the database confirms that Mexico remains the most popular place to visit, and the most common place for Americans to die (228). Thailand, however, emerged in second place with 35 U.S. deaths. Of those, however, 12 were due to suicide and 10 were specifically due to motorcycles. Of the 11 deaths in Switzerland during that period, all but one were attributed to suicide. Of the 31 deaths in Costa Rica, 17 were due to drowning. In the Philippines, there were 12 reported homicides of the 29 deaths, making murder the most common cause of death with vehicle accidents a close second with 10. The Dominican Republic had 28 deaths, of which 10 were due to drowning. These drownings included a horrifying multiple drowning where four family members (three of whom were American) died when a young pharmacist from Philadelphia, Kajal Patel, was caught in a current, and her new husband and two of his family members jumped in the waters off Punta Cana to save her.

Countries with most American deaths 2014-15

American Deaths

July 2014- June 2015 American visitors in 2014*

Mexico 228 25,900,000

Thailand 35 339,000

Costa Rica 31 862,000

The Philippines 29 708,000

Dominican Republic 28 2,700,000

*Data obtained from US Department of Commerce, National Travel and Tourism Office, July 2015

Drugs

Drug-related travel inevitably deserves a category of its own. Although Mexico and Costa Rica saw more drug-related deaths, Cambodia and Thailand were in the top five for American deaths. Cambodia, in particular, stands out. It saw 21 American drug deaths since 2002, while receiving only scant American visitors (191,000 in 2014). The Pnomh Penh Post reports that drug overdose is a very common cause of death among foreigners, reflecting the country’s past (the heroin trade began in the nearby Golden Triangle), easy access to illicit substances, and Cambodia’s modest health care infrastructure.

American drug deaths abroad

Drug-related Deaths Reported American visitors in 2014*

Mexico 59 25,900,000

Costa Rica 23 862,000

Cambodia 21 191,000**

Thailand 20 339,000

Germany 16 1,878,000

*Data obtained from US Department of Commerce, National Travel and Tourism Office, July 2015

**Data obtained from the Cambodia Ministry of Tourism

Murder

Mexico leads in this area – reflecting the large number of American visitors but also, the consequences of the drug war. These homicides are more common in places like Tijuana and Nuevo Laredo where gang and drug activity are at their most intense. Not included in the homicide number were the executions of 16 Americans in Ciudad Juarez, the home of the Juarez Cartel a major player in the drug war. What is also notable about the homicides of Americans is how many of them also occur in Honduras and Haiti. These two countries receive only a modest number of American visitors each year (so low, that the numbers of inbound American visitors go unacknowledged) and yet their baseline crime rates are so high (Honduras has one of the highest murder rates in the world, so the State Department warns against visiting the country) that American lives are at risk, even if they are not targeted specifically.

Americans murdered abroad

Homicides Reported American visitors in 2014*

Mexico 843 25,900,000

Philippines 110 708,000

Dominican Republic 91 2,700,000

Honduras 91 Unavailable

Haiti 89 Unavailable

*Data obtained from US Department of Commerce, National Travel and Tourism Office, July 2015 Deadliest places

Of those countries that have a significant number of inbound American visitors, the country with the highest rate of un-natural death by American travelers is Thailand. There have been 348 un-natural deaths since October 2002, but relatively few Americans visit the country. Vietnam, Costa Rica and the Philippines each have substantial American deaths relative to the number of visitors, three to four times more than Mexico, when adjusted for volume.

Highest rate of un-natural death by popular destinations for Americans

Number of American Deaths Reported since October 2002 American visitors in 2014* American Deaths Reported Annually/1,000,000 visitors

Thailand 348 339,000 80.5

Vietnam 106 246,000 33.8

Costa Rica 339 862,000 30.8

Philippines 259 708,000 28.7

Australia 153 431,000 27.8

*Data obtained from US Department of Commerce, National Travel and Tourism Office, July 2015

Thailand is a special case, however, as the number of American deaths when adjusted for the volume of American visitors, is more than twice that of Vietnam and about 9 times greater than that of Mexico. Suicide is very common in Thailand, with some 87 of the 348, or about 25% of deaths since 2002 being self-induced. Motorcycles take many casualties (76 deaths), as do cars (35 deaths). The Tsunami in December 2004, a random disaster, took at least 22 American lives, while drugs took a further 20 lives. Thailand’s attractions mask an environment that can be dangerous and chaotic.

Deaths in Thailand

Cause of Death American Deaths Reported Since 10/2002

Suicide 87

Vehicle Accident - Motorcycle 76

Other Accident 38

Vehicle Accident - Auto 35

Homicide 26

Disaster 22

Drowning 20

Drug-Related 20

Other Causes of Death 24

Total 348

Popular places

A traveler who wants to make it home alive will have excellent odds almost anywhere, but especially at any of the five top countries visited by Americans. Canada, with its scant 189 deaths in almost 13 years, would be the safest choice. Mexico and the Dominican Republic are less safe, but not substantially so. They are safer, still, if you happen to be a strong and careful swimmer.

Most popular destinations for Americans

American visitors in 2014* Number American Deaths Reported from Oct. 2002 to June 2015 American Deaths Reported Annually/1,000,000 visitors

Mexico 25,900,000 2,931 8.87

Canada 11,500,000 189 1.29

United Kingdom 2,800,000 113 3.16

Dominican Republic 2,700,000 271 7.87

France 2,100,000 107 4.00

*Data obtained from US Department of Commerce, July 24, 2015

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Science is slowly getting to know what erectile dysfunction actually is. It's not a lack of sexual interest, nothing wrong with penile tissue. Erections are a vascular event. And erectile dysfunction is a weakness of vasodilation in the penile blood supply. Botox injections into the penis solve the problem elegantly. Muscles exposed to Botox can't contract. That makes for easy erections, and an enlarged penis at all times.

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