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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 23
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2014-06-25 10:49:05 AM  
6 votes:

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  
5 votes:
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 09:10:26 AM  
3 votes:
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 11:45:01 AM  
2 votes:
Or maybe we should stop setting up vulnerable people for failure, shaming them when they can't afford a master's degree, further shaming them when they can't handle the 60+ hour workweek NOT having a master's degree damns them to, and then making them feel even WORSE for hating themselves because they can't hack it in a race designed to benefit people born at the finish line.
2014-06-25 11:16:53 AM  
2 votes:
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.
2014-06-26 12:09:53 PM  
1 votes:

cwolf20: Stoker: Bullshiat!
The bridge is public property, and taxes maintain it. DO NOT take away my scenic path to death!

What do ya want a bloody death at the local park in front of children? Let me jump.

With that argument, the city will annoy you by spending the same amount of tax money to fund a new reality show called "Jumpers and the people they avoid taking with them"


Tonight on CBS: Jumpers and the people they are running from.
As you know, the State of California has allowed folks to use the Golden Gate Bridge to commit suicide legally in exchange for their participation in this broadcast.
Tonight we look at a young man who is in desperation of the future he sees. "I was well educated, and I understand the Constitution and Bill of Rights. But this isn't America following that Primary Law. Corporations rule and everyone is a slave to money. I just want to leave it all."

More after these important messages from our sponsors...
2014-06-25 08:25:35 PM  
1 votes:

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.


Well, I don't care if it saves a thousand lives a year if it makes an iconic bridge look absolutely hideous.  And if it looks anything like the picture earlier in the thread, that's exactly what it would do.

I'm sorry, an iconic bridge is FAR more important than people who WANT to kill themselves.  Want to spend $76 million to prevent suicide?  Spend it on public mental health care.  It'll do FAR more good than destroying the architectural integrity of the farking Golden Gate Bridge.  Did you see that bit about Toronto, and the Bloor Viaduct?  People stopped jumping off the bridge as often - but there was ZERO reduction in suicide in Toronto.  It didn't work to stop any suicides, but it destroyed a beautiful piece of architecture.
2014-06-25 02:55:55 PM  
1 votes:
What we really need to do is clone this guy.  One of the few cops I'd really like to buy a beer.

http://thetamnews.org/2013/02/to-protect-and-serve-suicide-preventio n- through-the-eyes-of-sergeant-kevin-briggs/

thetamnews.org
2014-06-25 11:45:00 AM  
1 votes:

cryinoutloud: 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.


That would be The Bridge.
2014-06-25 11:38:16 AM  
1 votes:
A very unsettling documentary:

forbesavenue.com
2014-06-25 11:25:35 AM  
1 votes:

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 11:17:38 AM  
1 votes:
Maybe they should just block the bridge to pedestrian traffic.  Cost?  Nearly $0.00.
2014-06-25 11:11:50 AM  
1 votes:
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 11:05:41 AM  
1 votes:

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 10:56:13 AM  
1 votes:

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 10:54:55 AM  
1 votes:

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 10:53:15 AM  
1 votes:
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 10:51:42 AM  
1 votes:

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 10:46:59 AM  
1 votes:
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 10:45:38 AM  
1 votes:
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 10:42:27 AM  
1 votes:
Ban bridges!
2014-06-25 09:52:08 AM  
1 votes:

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 08:54:53 AM  
1 votes:
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.

starwarsvisualizer.ff0000.com
 
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