Tax the wealthy. Problem solved.

I still don't want a sucide barrier on the Golden Gate bridge

http://www.bridgerail.org/pdf/BRF_MarinCor_DataRel07d.pdf - Marin County Coroner’s Office Releases Ten-Year Study on Golden Gate Bridge Suicides


They want to put a barrier around the bridge to keep people from jumping. I'd rather keep it's architecture pure. If people want to jump then let them jump.
Permalink son of parnas 
July 31st, 2007 1:10pm
Nah, add it.  Architecture is rarely pure, it's often modified to fit the requirements of whoever's paying.  In this case, the original design had a different railing, so what's the most pure?
Permalink Send private email Ward 
July 31st, 2007 1:16pm
Do they already have emergency phones on the bridge for the suicide-inclined?
Permalink Full name 
July 31st, 2007 1:17pm
"I'd rather keep it's architecture pure"

Are you f*cking stupid. You would let people die for some aesthetic principle?
Permalink Cheers 
July 31st, 2007 1:18pm
Yeah.  What the fuck is up with not wrapping buildings in 4 feet thick of Tempurpedic (TM)(R) brand memory foam?  People are DYING from collisions with buildings!
Permalink Send private email muppet 
July 31st, 2007 1:19pm
That building ran right out in front of me!
Permalink Daffy Duck 
July 31st, 2007 1:25pm
> Are you f*cking stupid.

You know the answer to that already.


> You would let people die for some aesthetic principle?

I am not letting them do anything. They are doing. Just like for drugs, cigs, booze, and nascar. You can't seriously be saying people don't have responsibility for their own actions?
Permalink son of parnas 
July 31st, 2007 1:28pm
Normally, yes, but not if they're mentally ill. Which is probably what you meant.
Permalink Full name 
July 31st, 2007 1:32pm
As if there could be anything more aesthetic than suicide. By  the hard thud on grey, steely water, nonetheless.
Permalink heartsheep 
July 31st, 2007 1:34pm
I say, they want to jump, the sharks need to eat anyway.  Or is San Francisco such a perfect place that this is really their biggest problem?  No hungry to feed, homeless to shelter, no crime that could use additional policing?  Because if it is, I think I want to move there.  If it isn't so perfect, then I'll just assume they're as fucked up as the rest of the country.
Permalink Send private email Clay Dowling 
July 31st, 2007 1:34pm
Jumping is only allowed on alternate Thursdays.
Please take a number to reserve your spot.
Permalink Sign on the bridge 
July 31st, 2007 1:40pm
Why make it harder?  Make it hard enough, and it'll make sense to blow themselves up, maybe taking part of the bridge out at the same time.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
July 31st, 2007 1:48pm
'Rail the bridge! Let them eat lead.'

Heh.

Unless their jumping is causing major problems for the people needing to cross that bridge as intended, why bother?

I don't think it is as if you will prevent suicide by fencing off a bridge. You'll only prevent suicide by jumping off that particular bridge.
Permalink Send private email JoC 
July 31st, 2007 1:56pm
What costs more?  Maintaining a crew to rescue the suicide jumpers, or putting up the barrier?  Let's not pretend anyone gives a shit.  It is always about money.
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
July 31st, 2007 1:58pm
Maybe they should just add a water slide to the bridge, with a sign advising would-be suiciders (is that even a word?) to take a moment to go down the slide and re-think the whole idea of killing themselves.

(And of course, at the bottom of the water slide would be a stealth rescue boat, waiting to whisk away the aforementioned would-be suicider to the nearest mental health facility.)
Permalink Full name 
July 31st, 2007 1:59pm
Now, now, if that were true, we could just stop maintaing the rescue crew and forget about installing a railing.
Permalink Send private email JoC 
July 31st, 2007 1:59pm
There's like 4 or 5 bridges over the Potomac river.  Two of the major bridges is on highway 495, or as we usually call it "The Beltway" -- one north of the city, one south.

One time, like 4 years ago now, a guy stood on the middle of the southern bridge, and tried to decide for HOURS if he should jump or not.  The police stopped traffic, but couldn't get him because he "might jump".  Eventually rush-hour came, and he still hadn't jumped.

By the time he finally DID jump, I believe everybody waiting in traffic had a moment of "Well!  About TIME!", before they were properly sad that a man had died.

Point being -- it's not the suicide itself that's inconvenient, it's all that waffling around trying to decide.  If they make if sufficiently difficult to jump off the Golden Gate, maybe people will quit trying to jump off the Golden Gate.  Which would be a good thing -- let them find a lesser bridge to stop traffic on.

Or they might not jump at all.  That would be very good too.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
July 31st, 2007 2:03pm
>>> Are you f*cking stupid.
>>
>>You know the answer to that already.

And the answer is ... YES!
Permalink Cheers 
July 31st, 2007 2:08pm
not just a waterslide, a Suicide Theme Park. with all sorts of attractions. an ambulance rollercoaster ride, a house of crying family members. maybe a shooting gallery, a knife thrower and various fire swallowers.

audience participation encouraged.
Permalink heartsheep 
July 31st, 2007 2:13pm
> And the answer is ... YES!

Does the thumping driving shrieking voice in your head feel better now?
Permalink son of parnas 
July 31st, 2007 2:14pm
>not just a waterslide, a Suicide Theme Park.

As the Brits like to say, heartsheep, "Brilliant!" "Absolutely brilliant!"
Permalink Full name 
July 31st, 2007 2:21pm
But you don't get a lot of repeat business.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
July 31st, 2007 2:26pm
Nor refreshment sales.
Permalink Send private email xampl 
July 31st, 2007 7:49pm
eh, no costly safety inspections for the rides either.
Permalink heartsheep 
July 31st, 2007 8:07pm
In our relentless drive towards efficiency and world best practice we now introduce the:

*Self-service Electric Chair*

Press button and wait for service.
No loitering.
Permalink trollop 
July 31st, 2007 10:27pm
I bet they have those in Japan.
Permalink son of parnas 
August 1st, 2007 10:50am

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