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Golden Gate Bridge hits milestone in 2013 with 46 suicides
Chicago Tribune Reuters ^ | February 25, 2014 | Alex Dobuzinskis

Posted on 02/25/2014 8:05:27 PM PST by ConservativeStatement

(Reuters) - San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge marked a milestone in 2013 as 46 people leaped to their deaths in what appears to be the deadliest year for suicides at the California landmark, a watchdog group said on Tuesday.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Local News
KEYWORDS: goldengatebridge; suicides

1 posted on 02/25/2014 8:05:27 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

Liberalism leads to depression.


2 posted on 02/25/2014 8:08:31 PM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: ConservativeStatement

The Bay Area is a beautiful place, but for some reason the power of evil is strong there.


3 posted on 02/25/2014 8:12:00 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

And every single one of them was a banker with JP Morgan ...


4 posted on 02/25/2014 8:12:02 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: P-Marlowe

Having to deal with brain-dead liberals leads to depression


5 posted on 02/25/2014 8:12:08 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: ConservativeStatement

We need Bridge Control. Does San Francisco have a Bridge License. Do they realize that Bridges Kill People? Do they realize that 46 people would still be alive if this bridge had been taken down, a step that any sane person can see would be the prudent thing to do.


6 posted on 02/25/2014 8:13:40 PM PST by InterceptPoint
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To: ConservativeStatement

Obama nudges Clinton into second place, and Carter into third, for highest number of suicide jumpers from the Golden Gate Bridge during one of the years of their presidency.


7 posted on 02/25/2014 8:14:05 PM PST by Redmen4ever
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To: ConservativeStatement

I have always wanted to surf at Fort Point under the bridge. I might have to rethink that particular item on my bucket list.


8 posted on 02/25/2014 8:16:11 PM PST by CollegeRepublican
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To: ConservativeStatement

That is one every 8 days. There was a documentary made a few years ago where they just left a camera running pointed at the bridge. One guy who survived says he knew the instant he jumped that he had made a mistake. He asked God to save him.


9 posted on 02/25/2014 8:16:16 PM PST by willk (everyone)
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To: ConservativeStatement

last record was during the Jimmy Carter presidency—1977.


10 posted on 02/25/2014 8:16:18 PM PST by GOP Poet
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To: BenLurkin
The Bay Area is a beautiful place, but for some reason the power of evil is strong there.

i concur... there is so much i love about the city of San Francisco itself... the quirkiness--i do not mind... i can even appreciate... but there is such depravity--in various forms... such a bastion of that dark element in that city...

11 posted on 02/25/2014 8:18:53 PM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: BenLurkin

I saw a documentary about SF that showed an infestation of drug addicts, a lot of whom were transients. The places shown looked like real sh*tholes. That said, I bet the guys are really friendly . . . :-(


12 posted on 02/25/2014 8:22:31 PM PST by Dalberg-Acton
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To: InterceptPoint

Just be glad that the courts keep saying no every time another greedy plaintiff lawyer tries to sue the taxpayers who own the bridge.


13 posted on 02/25/2014 8:22:37 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Amen and Amen

after living here for 40 plus years I am now a native and can attest to the evil stench that accompanies the natural beauty of the area.

any area of this size that gives rise to the HELLS ANGELS and the BLACK PANTHERS...is acursed


14 posted on 02/25/2014 8:22:43 PM PST by MeshugeMikey (how many times has obie fundamentaly transformed obamacare now?)
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To: InterceptPoint

BAN ATTACK BRIDGES NOW!!


15 posted on 02/25/2014 8:23:23 PM PST by MeshugeMikey (how many times has obie fundamentaly transformed obamacare now?)
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To: ConservativeStatement
The numbers are i.6M per death.
If a net was constructed would
it5 really save a life. an how so?
Put the money to more constructive use
or save the tax payers the expense.
I am not Scrooge but enough is enough.
16 posted on 02/25/2014 8:23:29 PM PST by YOMO
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To: MeshugeMikey; BenLurkin

Turns out you need more than good food and a nice view to nourish the soul.


17 posted on 02/25/2014 8:24:29 PM PST by MrShoop
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To: ConservativeStatement

They should close the bridge. It obviously kills people.


19 posted on 02/25/2014 8:30:21 PM PST by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: MrShoop

Indeed!

amongst many of the so called churches here are those in which one would be hard pressed to FIND a Bible.

the Precursor to the UN......the League of Nations was in San Francisco.


20 posted on 02/25/2014 8:32:43 PM PST by MeshugeMikey (how many times has obie fundamentaly transformed obamacare now?)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Well look at the thing that reps them.

"Every morning I take a loooong hit off my meth pipe, and don't stop alll day"

21 posted on 02/25/2014 8:33:23 PM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

That’s it?


22 posted on 02/25/2014 8:34:05 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: willk

That documentary is called “The Bridge” and it is truly heartbreaking — the camera shows people jumping off the bridge, including one who survived.

I’ve stood on that bridge and cannot imagine what kind of mind-set would drive someone to jump off of it.

There was some talk about putting up nets to catch the jumpers but there were arguments about the aesthetics of the nets and the whole thing was dropped several years ago.

According to the documentary, there’s been an average one jump/month since the bridge opened.


23 posted on 02/25/2014 8:44:07 PM PST by Bon of Babble (Don't want to brag...but I can still fit into the earrings I wore in high school!!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Not much of a “watch dog” group if they let 46 people fling themselves off the thing!

(To the 46: RIP)


24 posted on 02/25/2014 8:46:21 PM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: ConservativeStatement
46 people leaped to their deaths... a watchdog group said

Maybe they should be watching the bridge and not the morning papers.

25 posted on 02/25/2014 8:51:31 PM PST by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I’d be afraid there would be kids daring each other to jump knowing they now have a net.


26 posted on 02/25/2014 8:56:09 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: willk
One guy who survived says he knew the instant he jumped that he had made a mistake. He asked God to save him.

Reminds me of Paul's Case by Willa Cather, about a young man who ends up jumping from a bridge in front of a train.

When the right moment came, he jumped. As he fell, the folly of his haste occurred to him with merciless clearness, the vastness of what he had left undone.

27 posted on 02/25/2014 8:59:41 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: Dalberg-Acton
That must be the Tenderloin District. I saw a show about it on Discovery channel or A &E. It was full of garbage, drug addicts and bums. The cops would arrest the same people over and over again but the judge just let them back out.
28 posted on 02/25/2014 9:01:36 PM PST by peeps36 (I'm Not A Racist, I Hate Douchebags of All Colors)
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To: dr_lew

The suicide, as she is falling
Illuminated by the moon
Regrets her act, and finds appalling
The fact she will be dead so soon.


29 posted on 02/25/2014 9:02:26 PM PST by thecodont
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To: MeshugeMikey

The Mission was named “Dolores” by the Spanish padres — “tears”.


30 posted on 02/25/2014 9:21:08 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: peeps36; Dalberg-Acton

I did most of the pre retrofit sampling for the west side of the bridge (I’ve done probably the majority of it for the bay area freeways).

That involved a lot of trekking around beneath all the structures. When I was a noob out here, that stuff was quite the eye opener. I had literally seen areas with garbage 3 feet deep, with rats drinking from puddles in broad daylight, in which a human form rose from beneath the sea of garbage and shambled off.

You don’t lean against freeway columns in the city, people back up against them to take a dump and splatter them. I saw one area which stayed dry with a surface of fine dust the consistency of talcum powder. The rat tracks in that dust were so thick there were no clear patches in it, they all overlapped, for an area of over an acre. When the sun went down that place must have looked like a scene from Ben.

Some of the homeless are nasty mean, and others are STARK raving lunatics. I saw people who could, I s*** you not, be a walk on cast member of the walking dead without makeup...

You run into the occasional one that seems sane, but just decided to drop out of functional society. I could never for the life of me figure out why they just didn’t go live off the countryside or hermit up in the hills, I myself would live in just about any environment except a city if I were destitute.


31 posted on 02/25/2014 9:23:04 PM PST by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: thecodont

There was a recent case of an older man, though only in his fifties I believe, who was an accomplished film director ... I forget his name. I also forget which bridge he jumped off, even though I looked it all up in Google Maps at the time. LA or SF.

The striking thing was that he was still very fit, and was seen to stop and put on climbing shoes, then without hesitation, scale the tall fence and leap from the top. Maybe he had just learned he was dying or something.


32 posted on 02/25/2014 9:27:53 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: thecodont
Darkly beautiful. I never knew the artist was Edward Gorey. Thank you for that introduction. How darkly he saw.
33 posted on 02/25/2014 9:39:14 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: afraidfortherepublic

hmmm a very interesting choice !

Thank you.


34 posted on 02/25/2014 9:43:13 PM PST by MeshugeMikey (how many times has obie fundamentaly transformed obamacare now?)
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To: Axenolith
You run into the occasional one that seems sane, but just decided to drop out of functional society. I could never for the life of me figure out why they just didn’t go live off the countryside or hermit up in the hills, I myself would live in just about any environment except a city if I were destitute.

Familiarity, perhaps, but also there's an abundance of shelter in the city. I believe there was, at some time a few years ago, an entire complex, or "hive" of homeless people ensconced in the NYC subway tunnels. IIRC, the matter became a public scandal and they were flushed out.

Back in the day, I used to take a bus out of the Port Authority Terminal on the West Side to go back up to college. One time, as we left the terminal, I observed some cops standing over an inert form across the Avenue there. No flashing lights. A five second episode of THE NAKED CITY.

35 posted on 02/25/2014 9:44:22 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: dr_lew
That was Tony Scott.
36 posted on 02/26/2014 12:51:01 AM PST by TheMole
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To: ConservativeStatement

Why not just build a kiosk before you get to the bridge, it looks like an oversize porta potty.
Its clearly marked as a voluntary self terminator.

(Yeah I know Bender will show up)

Its free, you have multiple choices.
You can either allow or deny having your organs harvested as well.


37 posted on 02/26/2014 12:55:35 AM PST by Spartan302
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