Friday, May 7, 2021

‘Suicide Machine’ a Big Draw at ‘Funeral Show’ in Amsterdam

*Admit it. Your first thought was probably some people are crazy as hell. I’m not being totally transparent because “some people” wasn’t my actual thought. But hey, who am I? On with the story.

Sarco, a machine that allows people to kill themselves with the press of a button drew quite a crowd at the funeral show in Amsterdam last April. I can only hope it was just because people were curious to see how something like this works…just for curiosity sake.

I’m still grappling with the fact that Funeral Shows happen. Are they a thing? I really don’t know. But we’re talking about Amsterdam; where they are a thing.

But Sarco, short for sarcophagus, the 3D-printed machine invented by Australian euthanasia activist Philip Nitschke and Dutch designer Alexander Bannink, is controversial — even in Amsterdam. The machine comes with a detachable coffin, mounted on a stand that contains a nitrogen canister.

Nitschke, who was dubbed “Dr. Death” due to his efforts to legalize euthanasia, speaks about it as if it just another gadget.

“The person who wants to die presses the button and the capsule is filled with nitrogen. He or she will feel a bit dizzy but will then rapidly lose consciousness and die,” Nitschke explained to the Associated Foreign Press.

“The Sarco,” he continues, “is a device to provide people with a death when they wish to die.”

With the growing rate of teen suicides today, all I can say is I pray this machine doesn’t make it to America.

Article continues at EURThisNthat.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. The SARCO It is a complete fantasy, a pretty photoshop job and a badly made mock-up. It is yet another device Nitschke is using to promote membership of Exit, his website and sales of the Peaceful Pill Handbook.

    He used exactly the same tactic when he promoted the Destiny Machine, another figment of his wild imagination.

    Just look at the practicalities. Starting with the blindingly obvious. A 3D printer capable of printing such a beast would need to be the size of a small truck, would not fit into most houses and would be prohibitively expensive. If it is argued that it can be built in smaller pieces and then assembled, the quantity of pieces and the complexity of assembly are way beyond the abilities of the majority of those vulnerable people who are looking to choose an early exit.

    Don’t even start me on the technicalities of the computer, power supply, gas valves, etc., etc.

    It is complete nonsense. This does not in any way invalidate questions when it comes to euthanasia, but one should definitely question Nitschke’s continual exploitation of the vulnerable.

    Whatever Nitschke’s initial motives, all probably positive, he has since become a charlatan and con artist.

    Don’t just believe what his PR puts out. Nitschke needs proper journalistic investigation to expose him for what he is.

  2. Wow Paul. Thanks for weighing in, although I must say, “Fantasy” is the last word I’d use when it comes to anything that deals with killing yourself. Sounds like YOU have been following this man for a while. What first struck your interest in him?

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