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  • Surfing Net Is Top Pastime For Elderly

    02/02/2007 11:08:26 AM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 419+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-2-2007 | David Derbyshire
    Surfing net is top pastime for elderly By David Derbyshire, Consumer Affairs Editor Last Updated: 1:51am GMT 02/02/2007 Browsing the internet has overtaken DIY and gardening to become the favourite pastime of older people, according to a survey. The internet is named as one of the favourite pastimes of retired Britons The current generation of "silver surfers" spends an average of six hours online each week, research by the insurance company AXA found. Emailing and online chatting to friends and family was the favourite internet activity of the retired people surveyed, followed by researching information, booking holidays and shopping. Alison...
  • Study: Surfing Safer Than Soccer, Basketball

    01/03/2007 5:53:58 AM PST · by ShadowDancer · 35 replies · 527+ views
    ClickonDetroit ^ | January 2, 2007
    Study: Surfing Safer Than Soccer, Basketball Soccer, Basketball Players Harmed More Than SurfersPOSTED: 12:55 pm EST January 2, 2007 Surfing: Is it really safer than soccer? A new study says it is. While public perception may frame surfing as a dangerous sport, the new research begs to differ. In the first study of its kind, researchers have computed the rate of injury among competitive surfers and found they are less likely to be harmed than collegiate soccer or basketball players, according to a press release. "We found that competitive surfing has a relatively low risk of injury -- 6.6 significant...
  • Waiting for the Next Wave

    06/30/2006 8:24:00 AM PDT · by JSedreporter · 211+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 28, 2006 | Trevor Hayes
    It may be illegal for school children to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, Rep. Todd Akin, R-MO, dreads. Akin fears what he calls activist judges and their ability to legislate what the American people don’t want. He spoke to the 13th Eagle Forum Collegians Annual Leadership Summit about two bills he supports designed to rein in activist judges who legislate from the bench. The Pledge Protection Act of 2005 received a 247-173 House vote in 2005, but died in the Senate. In reaction to a 2003 decision by the 9th U.S....
  • Growing concern over Internet addiction

    05/19/2006 10:05:24 PM PDT · by LouAvul · 138 replies · 2,134+ views
    cnn ^ | 5/20/06
    For some, the Internet it has become an addiction, adversely affecting their lives and their family's lives. While not yet defined as a true addiction, many people are suffering the consequences of obsession with the online world, warns Dr. Diane M. Wieland, who treats patients with computer addiction in her practice in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. For some people, the Internet may promote addictive behaviors and pseudo-intimate interpersonal relationships, reports Wieland in the journal, Perspectives in Psychiatric Care. "Such cyberspace contacts may result in cyber disorders such as virtual relationships that evolve into online marital infidelity (cybersex) or online sexually compulsive behaviors,"...
  • AG (Alberto Gonzales) tells kids to respect copyright laws when surfing the Net

    03/30/2006 5:36:46 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 560+ views
    ap on San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 3/30/06 | Martha Mendoza - ap
    SAN JOSE – U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales brought a simple message to middle school students on Thursday: Don't steal. “I'm the top cop in the U.S. and I want you to know that if you illegally download a game or music or a video it's stealing, just as if you went into a store and stole blue jeans,” Gonzales told 7th and 8th graders at Windmill Springs School in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. The lesson culminated an unusual four-day lesson on intellectual property and copyright infringement during which the nation's top law enforcement official became a classroom...
  • Stop Trashing America !

    03/03/2006 6:02:02 AM PST · by genefromjersey · 3 replies · 361+ views
    The Morning Paper | 03/03/06 | vanity
    Stop Trashing Our Country ! One of the joys of being retired is having time to “surf the Web” : to travel in minutes to the most remote parts of the world, and to read what people are doing , saying, thinking. One of the sorrows of this virtual journey is to encounter fellow Americans who feel compelled to trash the reputation of their own country – usually while heaping praise on some two-bit leftist tyrant from another land. It’s one thing to do this “at home”. Some message boards are awash with such pronouncements ,but ,because of their highly...
  • Moose surfed on chunk of ice (Moose-alert: Norway)

    01/31/2006 5:52:25 AM PST · by Kurt_Hectic · 30 replies · 1,179+ views
    www.aftenposten.no ^ | 31 Jan 2006, 14:03 | Aftenposten English Web Desk
    A fully grown moose was spotted surfing down a rain-swollen river in Norway early this week, riding on a large chunk of ice. A sharp rise in temperatures, along with heavy rain, has pried loose lots of ice along local lakes and rivers in north-central Norway the past few days. It's not clear whether the moose got caught on ice that suddenly became mobile, or whether he grabbed his chance for a wild ride down the Namsen River. Whatever, Kjell Grannes happened to be watching the river and ice action from his kitchen window near Overhalla on Monday when the...
  • Surfer pronounced dead at Carlsbad beach

    12/22/2005 2:44:24 PM PST · by Steven W. · 9 replies · 376+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 12/22/05 | Angelica Martinez and Debbi Farr Baker
    CARLSBAD – A surfer was pronounced dead after he was pulled from the water by three fellow surfers who found him floating unconscious just after noon today, state lifeguards said. State lifeguards were called for help by three males surfing near Tamarack Avenue and Carlsbad Boulevard. The group was riding 6-to-8-foot waves in heavy fog and limited visibility, said Karl Tallman, a state lifeguard supervisor. They pulled the unconscious surfer, who was face down and still leashed to his surfboard, onto their boards in attempts to pull him into safety. But they kept getting slammed by breaking waves and needed...
  • California Prepares For Monster Surf

    12/21/2005 4:36:05 AM PST · by lemura · 37 replies · 1,044+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 12/21/2005
    SAN DIEGO -- Lifeguards Tuesday prepared for waves up to 18 feet that are expected to arrive Wednesday. "We've increased our staff a little in anticipation of the high surf and we're doing a bit of predeployment in the rescue-prone areas," said San Diego Lifeguard Lt. Greg Buchanan. Eight lifeguards will be on duty at daybreak Wednesday, and a special unit will be in place at Sunset Cliffs, he said.
  • Wave of despair hits surf world

    12/09/2005 9:13:58 AM PST · by minus_273 · 80 replies · 1,909+ views
    bbc ^ | 12/9/05 | bbc
    he sport of surfing is in turmoil after the world's largest producer of the foam blocks used to make surfboards closed down, citing over-regulation. Polyurethane foam "blanks" produced by California-based Gordon Clark are used to make many of the world's surfboards. Mr Clark, who helped invent the modern all-foam surfboard, says environmental regulations forced him out of business. Fears of a global foam shortage have led to a sharp rise in board prices as surfers snap up already depleted stock. Mr Clark, known as "Grubby" among surfers, revolutionised the sport in 1958 when he and fellow pioneer Hobie Alter coated...
  • Closure of Calif. surfboard foam company wipes out industry

    12/08/2005 9:48:16 PM PST · by Don@VB · 33 replies · 1,499+ views
    Associated Press/ San Jose Mecury ^ | 12/8/05 | Gillian Flaccus
    Closure of Calif. surfboard foam company wipes out industry GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press (this contains excerpts) SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. - For more than 40 years, everyone from casual weekend waveriders to top competitive surfers has shared one thing: Customized boards that began as nondescript foam blocks mass-produced by one Southern California company. Clark Foam, an icon in California surf culture, enjoyed a virtual monopoly on the blocks that have been shaped and hand-painted by everyone from backyard do-it-yourselfers to design shops that churn out thousands of handcrafted boards each year. That's why the company's sudden closure this week has the...
  • EPA State of CA shut down surfings largest supplier of foam (98% of surfboard foam industry)

    12/07/2005 1:17:11 PM PST · by Hammerhead · 68 replies · 1,624+ views
    EPA and California do it again.
  • Key California maker of surfboard blanks shuts doors (due to enviros)

    12/06/2005 10:37:05 PM PST · by BurbankKarl · 79 replies · 1,629+ views
    Tuscaloosa News AP wire ^ | 12/6/05 | writer
    LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. - Clark Foam, which held a virtual monopoly on the manufacture of blank forms used to create the world's surfboards, has closed its doors because it has violated pollution and safety regulations and would need millions of dollars to comply in the future, its owner said. The company, a pioneer in the design and production of polyester boards, announced Monday that it was closing immediately. That left surf shops and board manufacturers scrambling. "They've been the lifeblood of the surfboard manufacturing business for 40 years" and produced perhaps 90 percent of the polyester foam blanks, said Chris...
  • Surfer Arrested Off Shore Of Galveston As Rita Approaches [Dude!]

    09/23/2005 4:31:47 PM PDT · by mr. mojo risin · 118 replies · 2,337+ views
    WKMG ^ | 9-23-05 | WKMG
    A surfer off the shore of Galveston, Texas, was arrested Friday for not adhering to evacuation orders and surfing the large waves created by an approaching Hurricane Rita, according to a Local 6 News report. The man, who was not identified, was taken into custody by police after coming out of the surf. Police said he was apparently not taking Rita seriously, attempting to surf off the shore of Galveston. Mandatory evacuations have been in effect along the Texas and Louisiana coast. Friday, Rita remained a Category 4 storm, aiming its 135-mph winds at the Beaumont and Port Arthur area...
  • New IE plug-in aims to speed Web searches

    07/13/2005 6:05:29 AM PDT · by Mike Bates · 15 replies · 466+ views
    CNet News.com ^ | 7/13/2005 | Elinor Mills
    A free plug-in released Wednesday for Internet Explorer allows users to mouse over Web search listings for an instant view of the content rather than having to wait for the full page to download. The software, created by San Francisco-based Browster, uses patented "pre-fetching" instant page rendering that serves up a copy of the Web page in milliseconds in a new window on top of the original search page. Users can click on links and information in that new window and download data from that Web site. They can exit by moving the mouse back to the main search site...
  • Liberal Bias at Google

    06/04/2005 3:46:19 PM PDT · by HallowThisGround · 6 replies · 382+ views
    Opinion Times ^ | 5/13/05 | Jim Pfaff
    RightMarch.com documents liberal bias of which it has been the victim in ads it attempted to place with search engine Google.com. It turns out that Democrat groups which are advertising in opposition to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay are allowed to run their ads, but with RightMarch.com attempted to run ads in opposition to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, they were denied because, "Google policy does not permit ad text that advocates against an individual, group or organization." This is all well documented here. Fascinating example of liberal control of some parts of the internet (and Google is no small...
  • Dale Velzy, surf pioneer who popularized the sport in California, dies at 77

    05/30/2005 12:40:56 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 12 replies · 480+ views
    wfrv.com ^ | 05/30/2005 | Associated Press
    Dale Velzy, surf pioneer who popularized the sport in California, dies at 77 Monday May 30, 2005 MISSION VIEJO, Calif. (AP) Master surfboard designer Dale Velzy, who helped popularize surfing along the California coast and at one time was the world's largest maker of surfboards, has died. He was 77.Velzy died Thursday of lung cancer at the Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo, hospital administrative supervisor Brian Noakes said Monday.``Velzy's lasting legacy is the billion-dollar surf industry,'' said Sam George, global editor for Surfer Magazine. ``He created the archetype and everyone has followed it: Get the hottest guys...
  • A City Crowd Goes Surfin', Surfin' N.Y.C.

    05/29/2005 5:43:40 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 9 replies · 735+ views
    NYT ^ | May 29,2005 | Jim Rutenberg
    At first, Stacey Akerson did not know what they were - those oblong, shrouded objects that she first began spotting a couple of years ago, affixed to the tops of cars on the streets of Brooklyn. "You always wondered, what's that up there, covered up?" she said.
  • British surfer beats shark attack in feeding frenzy

    05/26/2005 6:16:17 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 40 replies · 1,328+ views
    London Times ^ | 5/26/05 | Fred Bridgland
    A BRITISH surfer who fought off a shark attack yesterday on South Africa’s coast is recovering with more than one hundred stitches to wounds on his hips, buttocks and arms. Jay Catherall, 32, a wildlife photographer from Worcester, was knocked from his board at Wackey Point, an outstanding but remote surfing spot near the mouth of the Kei River, north of East London, a city on the Indian Ocean coast. “Jay had just completed a ride on a huge barrel wave and was beginning to paddle in when I saw him give the shark warning symbol, an upturned hand to...
  • Surf's still up; Gidget's still great reading

    05/14/2005 8:41:36 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 6 replies · 653+ views
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | 5/7/05 | DEANNE STILLMAN
    Out of Malibu, Calif., came one of the most influential literary works of modern times. And this spring,48 years after it was published, the whole town is reading it. I refer to the novella "Gidget," which Malibu recently picked for its "One City One Book" program. Laugh if you must, then ask yourself the following questions: Did "The Great Gatsby" change the world? How many people decided to move or quit their jobs after reading "Moby-Dick"? "Gidget," on the other hand, altered the course of American history, drawing legions to California beaches, spawning a lineage of movie and TV spinoffs...
  • Bush-Cheney '04 Launches New Television Advertisement: "Windsurfing"

    09/22/2004 1:08:33 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 19 replies · 1,468+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | September 22, 2004
    ARLINGTON, VA -- Today, Bush-Cheney '04 announced the release of the campaign's newest television advertisement, "Windsurfing."  The ad highlights John Kerry's tendency to go whichever way the wind blows on the most important issues facing our nation, including the War on Terror, education reform and health care.  The ad will rotate in on national cable and in select local markets.Script For "Windsurfing" President Bush: I'm George W. Bush and I approve this message.Voice Over: In which direction would John Kerry lead? Kerry voted for the Iraq war, opposed it, supported it, and now opposes it again. He bragged about...
  • Vanity: Any other surfers out there?

    02/08/2004 2:24:13 PM PST · by zoso82t · 19 replies · 194+ views
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    Are there any other wave riders out there in FReeperland? I live in southern RI and surf year-round. Most people don't associate surfing with the Northeast, but we get some very good waves as long as you don't mind the cold weather.
  • Shark attack victim back on board

    01/11/2004 10:48:28 AM PST · by Bobby777 · 15 replies · 143+ views
    CNN.Com / U.S. ^ | Sunday, January 11, 2004 Posted: 12:48 PM EST (1748 GMT) | Associated Press
    <p>KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) -- Teen surfer Bethany Hamilton returned to competition Saturday, just 10 weeks after losing her left arm in a shark attack.</p> <p>Hamilton, 13, placed fifth in her age group in the Open Women Division of a National Scholastic Surfing Association meet at Banyans.</p>
  • Let's Have Some Conservation From The Conservatives

    06/06/2003 11:08:57 PM PDT · by 38special · 8 replies · 198+ views
    "Making Waves" Surfrider.org ^ | April 2003 | Mark J. Spalding
    Surfrider Foundation is a non-partisan organization. This is why it is hard to address what seems to be a growing estrangement between our mission at Surfrider Foundation and the Grand Old Party. Surfrider Foundation is made up of members, volunteers, staff, and directors on our board who are registered Democrats and registered Republicans. Heck, we even have a few Greens and others in the mix. But, this isn’t about our Party registration, it’s about our respect for the environment; and the environment itself is non-partisan. So, we cannot stand by and watch the current Administration dismantle or weaken laws designed...
  • The NORTH Will Rise Again, Let's Hope

    12/23/2002 8:26:11 PM PST · by Coleus · 17 replies · 289+ views
    The Newark Star Ledger ^ | 12.19.02 | Paul Mulshine
    <p>Many of Trent Lott's defenders have been saying he's not a racist.</p> <p>Of course he's a racist -- if by "racist" you mean someone who believes the government should act differently toward each individual citizen based on that citizen's skin color.</p>
  • Sexism 'rife' in cyberspace

    12/11/2002 10:51:50 AM PST · by MadIvan · 22 replies · 212+ views
    BBC News ^ | December 11, 2002 | BBC News
    The battle between the sexes is being carried over to cyberspace, research shows. A survey conducted by search engine AltaVista found that male chauvinism is alive and well on the internet, with 80% of men claiming to be better surfers than their female partners. Men are also far more likely to be backseat drivers, interfering while their partners surf the web. And just as road rage is often the preserve of the male of the species so too net rage seems more likely to happen to men. Gender stereotypes Battle of sexes online 80% of men claim to be better...