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2017-05-19 04:23:16 PM  
This undated image shows Ken Baldwin with his daughter during her wedding

Seriously?

No one can find out what day his daughter was wed?

And if you like undated images:
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...shows up a lot in this article.
 
2017-05-19 04:59:36 PM  
It's odd that the profoundly broke state of California would spend hundreds of millions of dollars to put a net under the Golden Gate Bridge while assisted suicide is perfectly legal there.

/ Apparently, they just don't like freelancers
// If you close the best restaurant in town, people will just find another place to eat
 
2017-05-19 05:00:35 PM  

mama2tnt: This undated image shows Ken Baldwin with his daughter during her wedding

Seriously?

No one can find out what day his daughter was wed?

And if you like undated images:
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...shows up a lot in this article.


I must admit this angle wasn't my take-away from the article. I mean, yeah, I noticed but...
 
2017-05-19 05:12:03 PM  
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/sorry
//somewhat
///tripslashies
 
2017-05-19 05:22:57 PM  
I'm sure people who put a shotgun in their mouth and pull the trigger experience a millisecond or two of regret... I'm not sure why I'm supposed to give a f**k.
 
2017-05-19 05:25:35 PM  
In case anybody is wondering... something like 1-1.5% of jumpers survive the jump off the GGB.  Most of those who do survive land legs first and end up breaking them along with crushing some other bones and internal organs.
 
2017-05-19 05:27:38 PM  
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2017-05-19 05:29:49 PM  
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2017-05-19 05:30:40 PM  

bingethinker: I'm sure people who put a shotgun in their mouth and pull the trigger experience a millisecond or two of regret... I'm not sure why I'm supposed to give a f**k.


Because it's a good msg to get out there to people who may be thinking of killing themselves?

The original quote from the doc 'The Bridge' was this:  "I instantly realized that everything in my life that I'd thought was unfixable was totally fixable-except for having just jumped."

The All-Powerful Atheismo: In case anybody is wondering... something like 1-1.5% of jumpers survive the jump off the GGB.  Most of those who do survive land legs first and end up breaking them along with crushing some other bones and internal organs.


I had read somewhere that most people do survive the impact but drown because there bones are all broke and they can't swim.  :(
 
2017-05-19 05:30:59 PM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: In case anybody is wondering... something like 1-1.5% of jumpers survive the jump off the GGB.  Most of those who do survive land legs first and end up breaking them along with crushing some other bones and internal organs.


Not to mention the instant 75 MPH baywater enema.
 
2017-05-19 05:31:37 PM  
There's already a documentary about this.
The Bridge
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2017-05-19 05:32:00 PM  
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I regret something!!
 
2017-05-19 05:32:01 PM  
I've been to SFO a good 15-20 times and i have *never* managed to walk across.  I'll get about a third of the way across, and then feel the bridge jigling with the wind and car traffic zipping by at 40MPH and then realize, oh yeah, this is earthquake country.  and the little safety fence is only about 40" high.  it ain't shiat.  i look over the side and i get that terrible, awful, physical manifestation of terror in my stomach.  it's farking trippy!!!!!!1
 
2017-05-19 05:34:16 PM  
The time to recognize that your suicidal ideation is merely a dramatic cry for attention is before you pull the trigger, not after. Unfortunately, acting rashly should have consequences.

There are other people who have remarked on the absolute clarity and peace when they jumped, and the wrenching despair when they woke up. I hate how everyone focuses on only the regretful; the genuinely suicidal are just as shunned after an attempt as before.

Despite how iconic the Golden Gate is, if it becomes too difficult to kill one's self there then both the legit and the attention-seeking will move elsewhere. All a net does is move the problem around, and the world is way too big to prevent it.
 
2017-05-19 05:34:17 PM  
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2017-05-19 05:35:34 PM  

Il Douchey: It's odd that the profoundly broke state of California would spend hundreds of millions of dollars to put a net under the Golden Gate Bridge while assisted suicide is perfectly legal there.

/ Apparently, they just don't like freelancers
// If you close the best restaurant in town, people will just find another place to eat


Coast Guard helicopters, police boats, and assorted other important resources don't get diverted to a hospice when someone dies with the help of their doctor.  Also, that guy with end-stage ALS or terminal cancer throughout his bones isn't likely to ever say "I realized, at that moment, this is the stupidest thing I could have done. Everything could have changed."   Because people who seek assisted suicide have usually gone through weeks / months / years of doctor-supervised suffering before they get to that point.  They don't have a bad day at the office and say to themselves, "F this, I's goin' out, Suppa Man Stylz!"
 
2017-05-19 05:38:09 PM  

bingethinker: I'm sure people who put a shotgun in their mouth and pull the trigger experience a millisecond or two of regret... I'm not sure why I'm supposed to give a f**k.


Between binges?
 
2017-05-19 05:40:53 PM  
I'm just glad they were able to put the Golden Gate Bridge back where it belongs.

That Magneto is a real prick.
 
2017-05-19 05:41:58 PM  
And I thought, she smiled at me, she's going to ask me if I'm ok. I don't have to die today. I'm 19, and I don't have to die," said Kevin. "That's when she pulled out a camera and said 'Will you take my picture?' And I was crushed."

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2017-05-19 05:43:01 PM  

bingethinker: I'm sure people who put a shotgun in their mouth and pull the trigger experience a millisecond or two of regret... I'm not sure why I'm supposed to give a f**k.


Didn't read the article or you're a cold blooded prick?  He took a public  us to the bridge.

Sitting in the back row, he cried openly, not hiding his distress. "I actually had a pact with myself, this is something that many suicidal people do. If one person says 'Are you ok,' 'Is something wrong,' or 'Can I help you?' I was going to tell them everything and beg them to help me," said Kevin.

No one spoke to him. He spent 40 minutes on the bridge, tears still streaming down his face.
 
2017-05-19 05:43:08 PM  
I wonder if everyone that jumps and regrets it survives.  Maybe they fall differently, maybe they enter the water differently now wanting to survive.  Maybe the bridge is just a test.
 
2017-05-19 05:43:58 PM  

rickythepenguin: I've been to SFO a good 15-20 times and i have *never* managed to walk across.  I'll get about a third of the way across, and then feel the bridge jigling with the wind and car traffic zipping by at 40MPH and then realize, oh yeah, this is earthquake country.  and the little safety fence is only about 40" high.  it ain't shiat.  i look over the side and i get that terrible, awful, physical manifestation of terror in my stomach.  it's farking trippy!!!!!!1


I spent a few years living in SF and commuting to Marin, so I crossed the Golden Gate 10 times a week, most every week. I've also walked across it several times. I do sometimes feel "the call of the void" (that voice which says, "hey, it'd be really fun to throw your phone over the edge here!") though only for my phone and not for my person.

The first time I walked across it was years before I'd be living there. I was maybe in the first year of high school? Anyway, my friend and I linked arms and strode across chanting, "we're not weird, just a little bit crazy! One two three four five six seven eight!" repeating over and over, and at each exclamation point, we'd stop and do a little kick left, kick right, squat down, stand up thing.

In the years from when I lived there to recently, I've also gone with tourist friends and family where walking to even the south tower was too much for them. My mother-in-law in particular, and her sister. Neither wanted to go beyond where bridge-touches-land.
 
2017-05-19 05:47:21 PM  
The Coast Guard saved him on porpoise
 
2017-05-19 05:47:58 PM  

foxyshadis: your suicidal ideation is merely a dramatic cry for attention


Do you know how I can tell that you've never had a family member that (nor have you) suffered from severe depression?

Attention is among the last things that the sufferer wants.  Even from loved ones.
 
2017-05-19 05:50:35 PM  
Il Douchey: [derp]

Username checks out.
 
2017-05-19 05:52:34 PM  

IRQ12: bingethinker: I'm sure people who put a shotgun in their mouth and pull the trigger experience a millisecond or two of regret... I'm not sure why I'm supposed to give a f**k.

Because it's a good msg to get out there to people who may be thinking of killing themselves?

The original quote from the doc 'The Bridge' was this:  "I instantly realized that everything in my life that I'd thought was unfixable was totally fixable-except for having just jumped."

The All-Powerful Atheismo: In case anybody is wondering... something like 1-1.5% of jumpers survive the jump off the GGB.  Most of those who do survive land legs first and end up breaking them along with crushing some other bones and internal organs.

I had read somewhere that most people do survive the impact but drown because there bones are all broke and they can't swim.  :(


And drowning is super painful, not peaceful like so many people think.
 
2017-05-19 05:55:17 PM  
 
2017-05-19 05:56:38 PM  
I'm a little lost as to why they think strangers and random passers-by are going to engage them on their state of mind, and pin all hope of survival on it. There's myriad organizations that will do this gladly, but you just have to call. I get that living in a depressed haze impacts your decision making skills so I don't want to judge anyone, but it sounds like they never wanted to jump, they just decided if some miracle doesn't occur that was a sign to do it.
 
2017-05-19 06:00:45 PM  

Il Douchey: It's odd that the profoundly broke state of California would spend hundreds of millions of dollars to put a net under the Golden Gate Bridge while assisted suicide is perfectly legal there.

/ Apparently, they just don't like freelancers
// If you close the best restaurant in town, people will just find another place to eat


Assisted suicide and suicide are two different animals.

One allows you to go with grace and free from impending pain.  One is a rash decision based on clouded judgment.
 
2017-05-19 06:01:38 PM  

Norad: The All-Powerful Atheismo: In case anybody is wondering... something like 1-1.5% of jumpers survive the jump off the GGB.  Most of those who do survive land legs first and end up breaking them along with crushing some other bones and internal organs.

Not to mention the instant 75 MPH baywater enema.


Yeah that high pressure water stream can destroy internal organs.
 
2017-05-19 06:03:46 PM  
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2017-05-19 06:04:23 PM  
Warthog: Coast Guard helicopters, police boats, and assorted other important resources don't get diverted to a hospice when someone dies with the help of their doctor.

Well, burial at sea is also perfectly legal in California. A sign could let jumpers know that it's, you know, the deal.

Again, it seems the state gov't insists on selective meddling.  Such a magnificent state, just such poor management
 
2017-05-19 06:05:29 PM  

Rob4127: "Suicide by bridge is gruesome, and death is almost certain. People have survived the fall, but not many. You might survive if you hit the water feet first and come in at a slight angle.... [sfgate.com]


A brutal read.
 
2017-05-19 06:09:27 PM  

little big man: And I thought, she smiled at me, she's going to ask me if I'm ok. I don't have to die today. I'm 19, and I don't have to die," said Kevin. "That's when she pulled out a camera and said 'Will you take my picture?' And I was crushed."


& I'll bet you spree gunman have an even better internal monologue...
 
2017-05-19 06:09:43 PM  

rickythepenguin: I've been to SFO a good 15-20 times and i have *never* managed to walk across.  I'll get about a third of the way across, and then feel the bridge jigling with the wind and car traffic zipping by at 40MPH and then realize, oh yeah, this is earthquake country.  and the little safety fence is only about 40" high.  it ain't shiat.  i look over the side and i get that terrible, awful, physical manifestation of terror in my stomach.  it's farking trippy!!!!!!1


I used to work in a shipyard, building container and navy ships. The tallest one I've worked on was about 210', top of the radar mast to bottom of the hull, and our largest crane was just over 300' tall. I had no issues being on top of either one, but yeah, GG Bridge is trippy. I've walked across twice and love it, but it definitely gave me that feeling.
I'd still love to go to the top of the towers. Legally.
 
2017-05-19 06:09:49 PM  

foxyshadis: The time to recognize that your suicidal ideation is merely a dramatic cry for attention is before you pull the trigger, not after. Unfortunately, acting rashly should have consequences.

There are other people who have remarked on the absolute clarity and peace when they jumped, and the wrenching despair when they woke up. I hate how everyone focuses on only the regretful; the genuinely suicidal are just as shunned after an attempt as before.

Despite how iconic the Golden Gate is, if it becomes too difficult to kill one's self there then both the legit and the attention-seeking will move elsewhere. All a net does is move the problem around, and the world is way too big to prevent it.


yes we get it, you're a libertarian
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2017-05-19 06:10:54 PM  
I read somewhere log ago that when church bells were ringing for the souls of the first 500 who jumped, number 501 jumped at that time.

/ 1600 and counting.
 
2017-05-19 06:12:43 PM  

HotWingConspiracy: I'm a little lost as to why they think strangers and random passers-by are going to engage them on their state of mind, and pin all hope of survival on it. There's myriad organizations that will do this gladly, but you just have to call. I get that living in a depressed haze impacts your decision making skills so I don't want to judge anyone, but it sounds like they never wanted to jump, they just decided if some miracle doesn't occur that was a sign to do it.


Because when you have decided to kill yourself, you enter into a strange place, what writer A. Alvarez called the "closed world of the suicide", and life takes on an almost magical quality, a mystical duality, in which you both desperately want to die and desperately want to be saved.

Very few human beings actually "want to die" except the terminally ill; but it is wrong to brush off suicide attempts as a mere "cry for help" or "attention whoring".

When you have reached that point, what you want is something, anything, that will convince you to hang on one more day. A stranger saying "hey, how's it going?" would have been enough for this guy.

 But if that thing does not appear, at the critical moment, you have not "decided to die," as the conceit is, your closed world has confirmed there is no point in continuing.

And if at that moment you're on a bridge or holding a shotgun, you never get to leave that closed world.
 
2017-05-19 06:15:34 PM  

FunkOut: And drowning is super painful


Also: terrifying
 
2017-05-19 06:16:06 PM  

FunkOut: IRQ12: bingethinker: I'm sure people who put a shotgun in their mouth and pull the trigger experience a millisecond or two of regret... I'm not sure why I'm supposed to give a f**k.

Because it's a good msg to get out there to people who may be thinking of killing themselves?

The original quote from the doc 'The Bridge' was this:  "I instantly realized that everything in my life that I'd thought was unfixable was totally fixable-except for having just jumped."

The All-Powerful Atheismo: In case anybody is wondering... something like 1-1.5% of jumpers survive the jump off the GGB.  Most of those who do survive land legs first and end up breaking them along with crushing some other bones and internal organs.

I had read somewhere that most people do survive the impact but drown because there bones are all broke and they can't swim.  :(

And drowning is super painful, not peaceful like so many people think.


As someone who almost did, it's what I would envision a hell to be if there were one.  :(

HotWingConspiracy: I'm a little lost as to why they think strangers and random passers-by are going to engage them on their state of mind, and pin all hope of survival on it. There's myriad organizations that will do this gladly, but you just have to call. I get that living in a depressed haze impacts your decision making skills so I don't want to judge anyone, but it sounds like they never wanted to jump, they just decided if some miracle doesn't occur that was a sign to do it.


I think the gist is that they want someone to reach out to them instead of the other way around, and in their hopeless state someone doing so could change their mind.  I don't think many of us really knows what it's like to be in the downward spiral of depression and isolation.  A lot of it doesn't make sense to the outside world but to the person it all makes perfect sense.
 
2017-05-19 06:16:45 PM  

SloppyFrenchKisser: I read somewhere log ago that when church bells were ringing for the souls of the first 500 who jumped, number 501 jumped at that time.

/ 1600 and counting.


She could definitely save me from suicide.
 
2017-05-19 06:17:31 PM  

albuquerquehalsey: yes we get it, you're a libertarian [ih1.redbubble.net image 800x533]


LMAO, libertarians petition and vote to expand free and low-cost mental health care? That's a new one.
 
2017-05-19 06:18:24 PM  
Also, the sad guy who has reached the point of wanting to jump off of a bridge  isn't likely to say "Well, I really wanted to end myself, unbearable pain, just need to get out, but oh they put this net here; ahh forget it, I'll just live"
 
2017-05-19 06:18:24 PM  
ive jumped off a 60+ ft quarry multiple times. Scary fun. Does it become suicidal when u add a few hundred feet ? Asking for me
 
2017-05-19 06:18:30 PM  
This is actually quite a common story among jumpers who survived.  Basically, so you're depressed and decide to kill yourself.  You go jump off a building and whamo! Your body pumps up the adrenaline...aaand, you're no longer depressed.  And in that moment of clarity you think "Wait, what did I just do?".
 
2017-05-19 06:21:19 PM  
Ask me two years ago about stuff like this, I'd probably say they had it coming. Now... You don't need to get professional help if you don't want you, now. But, before making that final decision, just talk to a friend, have a few beers with him or her, have a few laughs.
 
2017-05-19 06:21:58 PM  
The road deck is way too low to be jumping from...

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2017-05-19 06:23:26 PM  

foxyshadis: The time to recognize that your suicidal ideation is merely a dramatic cry for attention is before you pull the trigger, not after. Unfortunately, acting rashly should have consequences.



There are other people who have remarked on the absolute clarity and peace when they jumped, and the wrenching despair when they woke up. I hate how everyone focuses on only the regretful; the genuinely suicidal are just as shunned after an attempt as before.

Despite how iconic the Golden Gate is, if it becomes too difficult to kill one's self there then both the legit and the attention-seeking will move elsewhere. All a net does is move the problem around, and the world is way too big to prevent it.


The time to recognize that your post is stupid is before you click "Add Comment," not after. Unfortunately, acting rashly should have consequences.

There are other people who have remarked on the absolute clarity and peace when they posted, and the wrenching despair when they realized how farking stupid they were.  I hate how everyone focuses on only the regretful; the genuinely stupid are just as shunned after a postas before.

Despite how iconic Fark.com is, if it becomes too difficult to post there then both the stupid and the attention-seeking will move elsewhere. All a preview button does is move the problem around, and the world is way too big to prevent it.

You should look up that peace of mind and clarity thing.  It's amazingly common, it's one of the biggest warning signs a suicide attempt is imminent.  The regret part is an instinct, a survival instinct.  You make those two separate groups -- turns out those are the same people that first had clarity and now have their survival instinct kick in.  Take a suicidal person and dunk their head in water.  They're going to drown, so they won't care, they'll be happy, right?  No.  In that moment, they will fight back and want to live.  It's an instinct.  It's a dickhead very short term solution that will make them hate you and the problem will return in a few days.
 
2017-05-19 06:23:55 PM  

mama2tnt: This undated image shows Ken Baldwin with his daughter during her wedding

Seriously?

No one can find out what day his daughter was wed?

And if you like undated images:
This undated image shows
This undated image shows
This undated image shows
This undated image shows
This undated image shows
This undated image shows

...shows up a lot in this article.


My local paper used to go to great lengths to either provide a date or make sure the picture was an "undated image" for even the most trivial of things.  Considering they also ended news stories mid-sentence on a regular basis, this particular fixation was a little strange.

I don't know if they still do it because I woke up one day and realized I just don't give a damn what goes on around here, so I stopped subscribing.
 
2017-05-19 06:28:41 PM  

Il Douchey: Also, the sad guy who has reached the point of wanting to jump off of a bridge  isn't likely to say "Well, I really wanted to end myself, unbearable pain, just need to get out, but oh they put this net here; ahh forget it, I'll just live"


Well no shiat.  What he'll say is:  Well, I really wanted to end myself, unbearable pain, just need to get out, but I can't think of an easy way to off myself.  I don't own a gun.  I could swallow some drain-o or stab myself to death but for some reason these more difficult ways of offing myself make me less likely to want to off myself.  I don't want to be a vegetable or have tons of pain.  Fark.  Now what?

Turns out if you make suicide easier, people are more likely to do it.  Your mind = blown.
 
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