Follow Peter Mel throughout the premier big wave contest, the Mavericks Invitational.
Big wave surfers are different. Different from the average surfer. What they seek is a feeling few, if any, of us who call ourselves surfers will ever know.
And they risk life and limb chasing it. But they’re not crazy. If anything, they’re the complete opposite. Big wave surfers are calculated risk takers. And with so much at stake, they should be. Theirs is a world few outside of their big wave bretheren understand, and their perspective on life, living, winning and losing and surfing is as unique as the waves they ride.
Kohut’s final speech, “Reflections on Empathy”, was given at the 1981 Self Psychology conference in Berkeley, California. He was aware he was dying, and at the conclusion of his speech he announced his final farewell. This is a Lifespan Learning Institute video.
Heinz Kohut (3 May 1913, Vienna - 8 October 1981, Chicago) was an Austrian-born American psychoanalyst best known for his development of Self psychology, an influential school of thought within psychodynamic/psychoanalytic theory which helped transform the modern practice of analytic and dynamic treatment approaches.
I have been reading an excellent book on Kohut - amazon.com
and here is a link to the paper:
Hobie Alter, whose innovations helped thousands of people go surfing and sailing, died in California on Saturday at age 80. In the 1950s, Alter helped perfect a foam-core surfboard that revolutionized the sport. A decade later, his iconic Hobie Cat catamaran design opened the world of sailing to a wider audience.
Alter died after a long fight with cancer, according to the . Reflecting his legacy in two sports, his name is included in both the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame and the National Sailing Hall of Fame.
By Ted Rall
March 20, 2014, 6:00 a.m.
As a news junkie and student of the human condition, it takes a lot to make my blood come to a full boil. It takes even more to make me sympathize with wealthy corporations. Hand it to Gov. Jerry Brown — he managed to pull off both feats with the news that he diverted more than $350 million from California’s share of the 2012 national mortgage settlement with the banking industry to reduce the state’s 2013 budget deficit.
Now that California is enjoying a budget surplus, a coalition of homeownership advocates and religious organizations has filed suit against the state to force Brown to restore the money.
SACRAMENTO — California’s two giant automobile clubs proposed legislation Tuesday that would give car owners more control over computer and Internet data streaming from their vehicles.
About 1 in 5 new cars already collect and transmit to manufacturers data about engine performance, safe or unsafe driving maneuvers, cellphone or entertainment system usage and location. By 2025, every passenger auto is expected to be a “connected car” that’s in constant contact with the Internet and even with nearby cars.
“Our cars are quickly becoming mobile computers,” said bill author Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel). “While this technology provides several important benefits to consumers, it is imperative that there are basic safeguards in place to ensure consumers can decide who has access to their data” and what information should remain private.
Now, much of the data is available only to carmakers and dealers, but the auto clubs are pushing for greater access for them and for independent mechanics, but only with the specific authorization of the vehicle owner.
The nightmare began in 1983 when a 39-year-old mother called the police department in Manhattan Beach, California and accused a teacher at the McMartin Preschool, Raymond Buckey, of molesting her two and a half-year old son.
The accusation soon led to reports that hundreds of children had been abused at the prominent preschool, and set in motion one of the longest and most expensive child molestation cases in U.S. history. It also fed a national panic about child sex abuse, satanic rituals and child pornography that enmeshed dozens of day care centers across the country.
Look at that classic shape. That storm is all over California today, but I post this as a little heads up for the good people east of California. Imaged from Wunderground at about 06;30am PST.
A cache of 19th century gold coins uncovered by a California couple on their daily walk could end up selling for more than $10 million, making it the greatest buried treasure ever unearthed in the United States, experts said.
Donald Kagin, president of Kagin’s Inc., a numismatic firm that specializes in U.S. gold coins, announced the discovery Tuesday. The company is representing the couple, who wish to remain anonymous.
Identified by the firm only as “John and Mary”, the couple told Kagin they couldn’t believe they had made such a big discovery and were grateful for it. They unearthed the coins after noticing an old can sticking out of the dirt on a section of their property, the firm said.
“I thought any second an old miner with a mule was going to appear,” John said in an interview posted on the company’s website.
The coins were authenticated, graded and certified by Professional Coin Grading Service in Irvine, Kagin said.
Kagin said in a statement that eight of the rusty cans were filled with more than 1,400 rare and perfectly preserved U.S. gold coins dating from 1847 to 1894. Kagin said the coins have a face value of more than $28,000 but could sell for more than $10 million.
Shooters armed with assault rifles and some knowledge of electrical utilities have prompted new worries on the vulnerability of California’s vast power grid.
A 2013 attack on an electric substation near San Jose that nearly knocked out Silicon Valley’s power supply was initially downplayed as vandalism by Pacific Gas & Electric Co., the facility’s owner. Gunfire from semiautomatic weapons did extensive damage to 17 transformers that sent grid operators scrambling to avoid a blackout.
But this week, a former top power regulator offered a far more ominous interpretation: The attack was terrorism, he said, and if circumstances had been just a little different, it could have been disastrous.
Jon Wellinghoff, who was chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission when the shooting took place, said that attack was clearly executed by well-trained individuals seeking to do significant damage to the area, and he fears it was a test run for an even larger assault.
Obviously this person was seriously disturbed but I don’t see that the cops had any choice.
CANYON COUNTRY (cbsla.com) — Sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a man who charged at innocent people with a spear Thursday night in Canyon Country.
The shooting happened around 8:20 p.m. at Soledad Canyon Road and Shangri-La Drive.
“Patrol deputies from Santa Clarita Station were flagged down by citizens who reported a man was in the area, running in and out of traffic, holding a spear, and waving it at passersby on the road,” Dep. Crystal Hernandez said.
Deputies located the suspect standing on a center median, holding a metal spear and behaving strangely.
Witness Priscilla Garcia said the suspect appeared to be taunting deputies and tried to break her windshield.