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Old 03-23-2016, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I truly can't believe how many people here have NO CLUE about risk analysis.


TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH, before you start worrying one little bit about being blown up on vacation. The former is exponentially more likely to kill you at a premature age than is a terrorist attach.




Number of annual deaths for leading causes of death:

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  • Heart disease: 611,105
  • Cancer: 584,881
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 149,205
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 130,557
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 128,978
  • Alzheimer's disease: 84,767
  • Diabetes: 75,578
  • Influenza and Pneumonia: 56,979
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 47,112
  • Intentional self-harm (suicide): 41,149
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Old 03-23-2016, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Western Washington
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I booked tickets to Europe yesterday. As the post immediately above mine illustrates, there are other risks that are far more relevant.
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Old 03-23-2016, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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i will be going to europe in july for two weeks and one of the things i will be doing in attending the beyonce concert at the stade de france. One of the locations of last year's attacks. Belgium is also on the list of places to visit while we are there and i may possibly go the beyonce concert in brussels (i realize i'm a stan). I'm not even entertaining the possibility of changing my plans, maybe it's because i live in the dc area and i was here for the 9/11 and sniper attacks, but i realize that you can't stop living your life or doing the things you enjoy because of the possibility that something bad can happen. I'm more worried that i will have people asking me to explain the elections, i'm not even sure how i'm going to handle that.
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Old 03-23-2016, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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This thread is making me want to go to Europe again. I went for the first time in November, and I can't wait to see more.

I have a friend like me--he didn't go to Europe until he was 51, and he's been back six times.
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Old 03-23-2016, 01:32 PM
 
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I'm still going to go. I love Europe and have been every year for the last three years. However, I think it's normal to be a little concerned when things like this happen. Knowing that I'm planning to visit the popular sites in Rome, I can't say that I'm not a little nervous. I realize that something could happen to anyone at any time. I was just curious about what other people think.
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Old 03-23-2016, 01:41 PM
 
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You have to go! I live in Western Germany. Cologne, where the new years rapes took place, is less than 45 minutes away. Belgium is also only 1 1/2 hour away. Of course everyone is scared at first, but do you really want isis to end your ,probably, holiday of a lifetime? I've been to the US last year, short time after the guy let the plane crash in the french alps. Me and my friend were really scared and wanted to cancel our trip. But we didnt! When i was in the plane i forgot about it and felt happy and was excited, even more than before. I was that amazed by the landscapes etc., that i forgot everything about the crash. And look, i also met a famous youtuber. These people were 34 out of millions. You'll never know whats to come. But please go and eat some good pizza. I am sure you wont regret it!
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Old 03-23-2016, 02:40 PM
 
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Just a suggestion, but if you really want to get an eyeopening, feel for Europe and their current challenges, perhaps you could pay a visit to Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, neighborhood.

Go there and eat a nice lunch of Middle east kabobs, Humus, fattoush, and babaghanoush. Relax, enjoy your meal observe and take note of your surroundings before you go back to your hotel and regular tourist attractions.

Might enhance your perspective.
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Old 03-23-2016, 03:16 PM
 
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Just a suggestion, but if you really want to get an eyeopening, feel for Europe and their current challenges, perhaps you could pay a visit to Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, neighborhood.

Go there and eat a nice lunch of Middle east kabobs, Humus, fattoush, and babaghanoush. Relax, enjoy your meal observe and take note of your surroundings before you go back to your hotel and regular tourist attractions.

Might enhance your perspective.


If you go to Molenbeek, take note: don't wear a yarmulke or Star of David. Don't wear a cross, either, for that matter.

The place is basically a sharia state unto itself, run by people who are just off the boat, care nothing for the country that hosts them, have no incentive to assimilate (they're given the power of the vote without even becoming naturalized citizens).

Probably the best advice is -- go, visit Europe, while it's still a free place. Sooner or later, much of Europe will be Islamized and its people enslaved by Sharia law.
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Old 03-23-2016, 03:31 PM
 
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Just a suggestion, but if you really want to get an eyeopening, feel for Europe and their current challenges, perhaps you could pay a visit to Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, neighborhood.

Go there and eat a nice lunch of Middle east kabobs, Humus, fattoush, and babaghanoush. Relax, enjoy your meal observe and take note of your surroundings before you go back to your hotel and regular tourist attractions.

Might enhance your perspective.

Enhance their perspective?? That is a sick joke. It will only make them want to go home to the US as soon as possible.
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Old 03-23-2016, 03:39 PM
 
Location: New York
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I get that Americans tend to be extremely risk-averse, but don't cancel your trip.
Your odds of encountering violence here in the United States are much higher than in most of Europe.

Italy is an amazing country. I lived there in 2007 and have been anxious to return ever since.
Make sure to get off the beaten (tourist) path and check out some of the small towns and villages. It's an amazing country.
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