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(LA Times)   San Francisco officials are considering a giant net to deter people from jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. Rejected ideas include: ninjas, drunk Mel Gibson, a cardboard life-size replica of the bridge, and cats with lasers   (latimes.com) divider line 102
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2014-06-25 08:54:53 AM
Wouldn't it be cheaper to have the pedestrian path caged instead of a net where a person would be able to crawl out of and rejump? Or have a droid that can cut through the net.

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2014-06-25 09:05:59 AM
How about a giant trampoline instead? No one is depressed on a trampoline.
 
2014-06-25 09:10:26 AM
Yes, because they then can't just jump off the nets.
cdn.abclocal.go.com If people want to kill themselves they will. Stop ruining the iconic look of the bridge with these stupid nets.
 
2014-06-25 09:52:08 AM

Walker: Yes, because they then can't just jump off the nets.


Maybe we can breed spiders to weave the nets. Either they won't jump at all because of the spiders, or when they do jump they'll stick to the web.
 
2014-06-25 10:42:27 AM
Ban bridges!
 
2014-06-25 10:43:04 AM
If they haven't done it by now, it's not happening.
 
2014-06-25 10:44:33 AM

Sybarite: How about a giant trampoline instead? No one is depressed on a trampoline.


Plus a giant trampoline is WAY funnier than a giant net. If they could somehow manufacture a stealth trampoline it would be even better/funnier.
 
2014-06-25 10:45:38 AM
Most failed suicide attempts do not result in immediate "correction" attempts. The current proposal is designed to be essentially invisible from the bridge path.

I would prefer an actual cage over the Presidio and other land areas, though. Shouldn't be able to inflict their suffering on some poor guy in the parking lot.
 
2014-06-25 10:46:59 AM
Why bother?  The current will sweep them out to sea anyway -- it's not like you have to scrape the remains off a train track.
 
2014-06-25 10:47:02 AM

Walker: Yes, because they then can't just jump off the nets.


then there should be another net 20 feet below that net and another below that until you get all the way to the water.
 
2014-06-25 10:48:16 AM
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2014-06-25 10:49:05 AM

Walker: Yes, because they then can't just jump off the nets.
 If people want to kill themselves they will. Stop ruining the iconic look of the bridge with these stupid nets.


In about 80-90% of interviews with people who've survived bridge-jump suicide attempts the person says that the second they leap they wished they hadn't done it.

And I don't care how the bridge looks if it saves lives.
 
2014-06-25 10:49:30 AM
We could do something about the terrible state of the nations mental health care...

/or cover everything with nets, I guess.
/that works too.
 
2014-06-25 10:50:43 AM
They should have sharp shooters standing by to kill the jumpers before they are able to jump.
 
2014-06-25 10:51:12 AM
If people want to end their lives, they will.  If there are nets on the Golden Gate they will just find an alternative method.

The only thing the net is going to catch is going to be drama queens.
 
2014-06-25 10:51:42 AM

way south: We could do something about the terrible state of the nations mental health care...

/or cover everything with nets, I guess.
/that works too.



Mental health?  Problem solved:

i.imgur.com
 
2014-06-25 10:52:43 AM
Add a diving board

Reverse psychology people
 
2014-06-25 10:53:14 AM

Cold_Sassy: If there are nets on the Golden Gate they will just find an alternative method.


You mean:

ww2.hdnux.com
 
2014-06-25 10:53:15 AM
wow it must be so awesome to be  so self centered and calloused that you can not have empathy for others.   I wish I was like that.
 
2014-06-25 10:53:23 AM

Walker: Yes, because they then can't just jump off the nets.
[cdn.abclocal.go.com image 850x478] If people want to kill themselves they will. Stop ruining the iconic look of the bridge with these stupid nets.


That is much better looking than an earlier proposal which would have added (essentially) more fencing.

I could also see myself jumping on that on purpose 'cause it looks fun. I mean, I am soooooo sad about ...... stuff ... right now.

/Whee!
 
2014-06-25 10:54:10 AM
Women with knockers in t-shirts who are afraid to lift them. Suicide rates will plummet.
 
2014-06-25 10:54:19 AM
Walker: [cdn.abclocal.go.com image 850x478]

At least it's less visually intrusive than the anti-jumper barrier on the Bloor Viaduct.

/can't believe they actually have a name for that thing
 
2014-06-25 10:54:55 AM

Headso: Walker: Yes, because they then can't just jump off the nets.

then there should be another net 20 feet below that net and another below that until you get all the way to the water.


Shiat, with that idea they could start selling tickets as a tourist attraction.
 
2014-06-25 10:55:06 AM
AREN'T

/i get excited when i think about knockers breathing in all that salt air.
 
2014-06-25 10:55:20 AM
What, no trampoline?
 
2014-06-25 10:55:46 AM
Just station Spiderman there.  He'll rescue people jumping.

Once.

/everyone gets one
 
2014-06-25 10:56:13 AM

Cold_Sassy: If people want to end their lives, they will.  If there are nets on the Golden Gate they will just find an alternative method.


Nah, suicide attempts are usually impulsive (at least according to my most trusted information source, Cracked). People can totally be inconvenienced into staying alive. This has been confirmed in other places where interventions like bridge nets have been put into place.
 
2014-06-25 10:56:32 AM

GregInIndy: Walker: Yes, because they then can't just jump off the nets.
 If people want to kill themselves they will. Stop ruining the iconic look of the bridge with these stupid nets.

In about 80-90% of interviews with people who've survived bridge-jump suicide attempts the person says that the second they leap they wished they hadn't done it.

And I don't care how the bridge looks if it saves lives.




Wish they hadn't failed at suicide or wish they hadn't jumped from a bridge?

/It's not like we can poll the success stories to see if they were satisfied with their bridge jumping experience.
/we can do lots of things to "save lives", but most of those things end up making everyone else unhappy.
 
2014-06-25 10:57:49 AM

Mister Buttons: Headso: Walker: Yes, because they then can't just jump off the nets.

then there should be another net 20 feet below that net and another below that until you get all the way to the water.

Shiat, with that idea they could start selling tickets as a tourist attraction.


The Q*bert nets?
 
2014-06-25 10:58:21 AM
Just set up a trebuchet in the Presidio parking lot, and not worry about the bridge.
 
2014-06-25 11:00:12 AM

Sybarite: How about a giant trampoline instead? No one is depressed on a trampoline.


I am, because now that I'm older, I pee myself when I jump on a trampoline. Thanks for reminding me.
I think I'll go jump off the Golden Gate bridge now.

crackwhore: wow it must be so awesome to be  so self centered and calloused that you can not have empathy for others.   I wish I was like that.


That's just the crack talking. Man up there.
 
2014-06-25 11:01:28 AM
www.mediocreminds.com
 
2014-06-25 11:03:51 AM
I think it's extremely unwise to discount the contributions of cats with lasers. A Kzin with lasers would be freakin' amazing.
 
2014-06-25 11:05:35 AM

GregInIndy: Walker: Yes, because they then can't just jump off the nets.
 If people want to kill themselves they will. Stop ruining the iconic look of the bridge with these stupid nets.

In about 80-90% of interviews with people who've survived bridge-jump suicide attempts the person says that the second they leap they wished they hadn't done it.

And I don't care how the bridge looks if it saves lives.


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2014-06-25 11:05:41 AM

jshine: Why bother?  The current will sweep them out to sea anyway -- it's not like you have to scrape the remains off a train track.


A lot of people don't walk far enough and unintentionally jump into a parking lot. (The ocean is not far past the lot so you have to look directly down to realize you're not over it already.)
 
2014-06-25 11:06:56 AM

way south: We could do something about the terrible state of the nations mental health care...

/or cover everything with nets, I guess.
/that works too.


I have no proof but my guess is that we can't solve the problem by simply cranking out more pills, psychologists, and group therapy sessions. It seems like a structural problem that goes to the heart of our society in the US. Most treatments would simply be a bandaid that keeps miserable people alive but miserable. Since I don't have a solution, maybe the bandaid approach is the best we can realistically do but I doubt it will work as well as many think.
 
2014-06-25 11:08:18 AM

Crass and Jaded Mother Farker: GregInIndy: Walker: Yes, because they then can't just jump off the nets.
 If people want to kill themselves they will. Stop ruining the iconic look of the bridge with these stupid nets.

In about 80-90% of interviews with people who've survived bridge-jump suicide attempts the person says that the second they leap they wished they hadn't done it.

And I don't care how the bridge looks if it saves lives.


It's more survivor bias I think.

It's not like we can ask the dead if they regretted it.
 
2014-06-25 11:10:12 AM

Skirl Hutsenreiter: jshine: Why bother?  The current will sweep them out to sea anyway -- it's not like you have to scrape the remains off a train track.

A lot of people don't walk far enough and unintentionally jump into a parking lot. (The ocean is not far past the lot so you have to look directly down to realize you're not over it already.)


Fair enough -- I can see nets over the parking lot then.  That would be very dangerous to pedestrians below the bridge!
 
2014-06-25 11:11:50 AM
They should put up wicked painful spikes. If you're going to jump, it's going to be an awful gory death. That should stop most of them.
 
2014-06-25 11:12:28 AM
I watched a documentary about people who jump off the GG bridge. One guy came back over and over again, kept looking over the side, paced back and forth, finally jumped. Another guy lived, and said that he was sorry he'd done it. The weird thing is, they have cameras all over the place, and whoever is watching, they can tell which people walking on the bridge are considering jumping, just by the way they act. And they zoom the cameras in on them and watch. Most of the movie was just from security camera footage. It was really interesting, but creepy as fark too.
 
2014-06-25 11:15:23 AM

GregInIndy: Walker: Yes, because they then can't just jump off the nets.
 If people want to kill themselves they will. Stop ruining the iconic look of the bridge with these stupid nets.

In about 80-90% of interviews with people who've survived bridge-jump suicide attempts the person says that the second they leap they wished they hadn't done it.

And I don't care how the bridge looks if it saves lives.


I read it phrased as something like "as soon as I jumped it became perfectly clear to me that every single one of my problems had an easy solution. Except one."
 
2014-06-25 11:15:33 AM

GregInIndy: And I don't care how the bridge looks if it saves lives.


In that case, they should just put up a 15ft plywood wall on each side. Problem solved for a for thousand $.
 
2014-06-25 11:16:53 AM
GregInIndy:

In about 80-90% of interviews with people who've survived bridge-jump suicide attempts the person says that the second they leap they wished they hadn't done it.

And I don't care how the bridge looks if it saves lives.


It's called buyers remorse.  It happens with all kinds of transactions.  Don't be a dipshiat, if you make the bridge a non-suicide destination you won't be stopping one single suicide.  And I don't care that you don't care because nobody cares.  You approve of this solution because it appeals to your emotions but had zero, absolutely zero affect in reality other than to waste taxpayers money.  So you must be a democrat.
 
2014-06-25 11:17:38 AM
Maybe they should just block the bridge to pedestrian traffic.  Cost?  Nearly $0.00.
 
2014-06-25 11:21:32 AM

EngineerAU: way south: We could do something about the terrible state of the nations mental health care...

/or cover everything with nets, I guess.
/that works too.

I have no proof but my guess is that we can't solve the problem by simply cranking out more pills, psychologists, and group therapy sessions. It seems like a structural problem that goes to the heart of our society in the US. Most treatments would simply be a bandaid that keeps miserable people alive but miserable. Since I don't have a solution, maybe the bandaid approach is the best we can realistically do but I doubt it will work as well as many think.




More people means more unique problems and more media makes it seem like those problems are bigger and more relevant than they really are.

Ultimately fixing the mental health system means more people will avoid doing regrettable things by getting help. We get better at fixing their problems as we deal with them openly and honestly, and the chance for individual happiness increases along with the advancement of our skills.
...But we still live in a system that prides itself on freedom, which means some will abuse their privileges.

Ruining our ideals to fix a problem by the wrong methods almost always backfires. Because what will happen is the creation of a more restrictive and less beautiful world that throws another layer of paint over the problems it's ignoring.

/which leads to depression.
/which leads to more regrettable actions.
 
2014-06-25 11:24:01 AM
Small spikes five feet below deck. You jump, you bleed to death in a painful way that will be clearly visible to anyone on the water.
 
2014-06-25 11:25:12 AM

Cold_Sassy: Maybe they should just block the bridge to pedestrian traffic.  Cost?  Nearly $0.00.


Sometimes the movies are right in that people tend to jump after midnight.  Anyone determined enough can get past a pedestrian block.  Hell, a drunk redneck probably can. I know one that chained the bumpers of 3 police cars together at a July 4th celebration. And the area was blocked to anyone not a police officer or not licensed to operate fireworks.
 
2014-06-25 11:25:35 AM

trappedspirit: It's called buyers remorse. It happens with all kinds of transactions. Don't be a dipshiat, if you make the bridge a non-suicide destination you won't be stopping one single suicide. And I don't care that you don't care because nobody cares. You approve of this solution because it appeals to your emotions but had zero, absolutely zero affect in reality other than to waste taxpayers money. So you must be a democrat.

Citation needed.

EngineerAU: It seems like a structural problem that goes to the heart of our society in the US..

I think it is too. The way we live is not good for our mental health. And it's just getting worse.
 
2014-06-25 11:26:29 AM

SpdrJay: They should have sharp shooters standing by to kill the jumpers before they are able to jump.


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/concurrrrrrrs
 
2014-06-25 11:29:15 AM

Jaden Smith First of His Name: It's not like we can ask the dead if they regretted it.


We can, just not Jerry.
 
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