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Golf balls: 'Humanity's signature litter' (Now Golf Is Going to Kill Us All)
CNN.com ^ | 11/10/09 | Christina Macfarlane

Posted on 11/10/2009 8:44:58 AM PST by Reaganesque

London, England (CNN) -- Research teams at the Danish Golf Union have discovered it takes between 100 to 1,000 years for a golf ball to decompose naturally. A startling fact when it is also estimated 300 million balls are lost or discarded in the United States alone, every year. It seems the simple plastic golf ball is increasingly becoming a major litter problem.

The scale of the dilemma was underlined recently in Scotland, where scientists -- who scoured the watery depths in a submarine hoping to discover evidence of the prehistoric Loch Ness monster -- were surprised to find hundreds of thousands of golf balls lining the bed of the loch.

It is thought tourists and locals have used the loch as an alternative driving range for many years. The footage shot by underwater robotics team SeaTrepid, can be seen below.

With an increasing number of golf balls discarded each year, the Danish Golf Association devised a number of tests to determine the environmental impact of golf balls on their surroundings...

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


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: balls; econuts; golf; litter
Yet another thing in our lives that the environuts claim will kill us all. This is long past the "getting old" stage. And these people wonder why everyone else is beginning to take them less and less seriously.
1 posted on 11/10/2009 8:45:00 AM PST by Reaganesque
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To: Reaganesque

I’m clean and green. When I go searching for a lost ball I always find more in the woods than I’ve lost. My storage bins in the garage prove it. When Pelosi, Waxman, et. al. impose a golfball cap and trade law I’ll be golden.


2 posted on 11/10/2009 8:49:12 AM PST by joeystoy
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To: Reaganesque
Is there a marine biologist in the house?


3 posted on 11/10/2009 8:49:14 AM PST by Dewey Revoltnow
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To: Reaganesque

300 million golf balls lost each year, that sounds about right for me.


4 posted on 11/10/2009 8:49:26 AM PST by Newtoidaho (Liberals are nothing more than drooling buffoons. Spread the word.)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

Gee, I never ‘discard’ my golf balls intentionally...


5 posted on 11/10/2009 8:49:26 AM PST by Yo-Yo (Joe Wilson speaks for me.)
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To: Reaganesque

For ONCE, I’d like to see the equivalent of the LEFT solution applied to those on the right. Instead of banning golf balls, we should setup a Department of Golf and pour billions into making sure every golfer had access to free or greatly discounted golf instruction so there would be fewer lost golf balls. I know I’d be all for this solution, as I tend to spray my drives in every direction.


6 posted on 11/10/2009 8:49:32 AM PST by SengirV
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To: Dewey Revoltnow

You beat me to it! Picture and all!


7 posted on 11/10/2009 8:51:29 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him" - Job 13:15)
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To: Reaganesque

They gotta be joking ...

or just testing our gullibility.


8 posted on 11/10/2009 8:52:26 AM PST by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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To: Reaganesque
Assign every golfer a team of Secret Service caddies who can find every shank into the woods and kick it back down the fairway.
9 posted on 11/10/2009 8:52:40 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Any similarity between V and the Obama admin is just that of Obama and any other totalitarian regime)
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To: Reaganesque

Obama’s blueprint—Stalin: Man of Steel

You want to see where this will all lead?

View this video from the web on Stalin. You won’t be able to take your eyes away.My wish would be that you would pass this on to others. As many as you can. The similarities to Obama are mind blowing

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-9118985704353138889#


10 posted on 11/10/2009 8:54:34 AM PST by GilGil
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To: Reaganesque

This looks like a move toward taxing all golfers for environmental pollution. When will the madness end?
SHEESH!

For every golf ball that I lose, I find two. I give all the “found balls” to Junior Golf here in Florida. What the kids do with the balls is their problem. My conscious is clear. /s


11 posted on 11/10/2009 8:54:57 AM PST by BatGuano (You don't think I'd go into combat with loose change in my pocket, do ya?)
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To: Dewey Revoltnow

The entire clip here.

12 posted on 11/10/2009 8:55:47 AM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Reaganesque

13 posted on 11/10/2009 8:56:24 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Hope....Change...Food Stamps!)
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To: Reaganesque
It was found that during decomposition, the golf balls dissolved to release a high quantity of heavy metals. Dangerous levels of zinc were found in the synthetic rubber filling used in solid core golf balls.

So now this zinc is part of the environment of earth. That's horrible.

Where'd the zinc come from in the first place? Pluto?

14 posted on 11/10/2009 8:57:55 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Newtoidaho

And me...lol.


15 posted on 11/10/2009 8:58:43 AM PST by Reaganesque ("And thou shalt do it with all humility, trusting in me, reviling not against revilers.")
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To: Reaganesque
Environmentally safe golf balls. Coming soon to a pro-shop near you!

Wait ... they're already here!

16 posted on 11/10/2009 8:58:52 AM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: Reaganesque
"...estimated 300 million balls are lost or discarded in the United States..."

I do not like foreigners referencing anything American-related, and by inference acting as if they have an interest or stake in my country. They do not.

Foreigners need to butt out of our business. We do not need their assistance, be it environmental-related, golf ball-related, etc.

17 posted on 11/10/2009 8:59:09 AM PST by I Buried My Guns (Buy Lots Of Ammo Today)
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To: SengirV

SHHHHH!!! THEY’LL HEAR YOU!!


18 posted on 11/10/2009 9:00:27 AM PST by Reaganesque ("And thou shalt do it with all humility, trusting in me, reviling not against revilers.")
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To: Newtoidaho

They are not lost. They can be found in and around golf courses. I know children that go out and get them and sell them to golfers as extras.

I’d say, the golf ball is the most recycled object ever invented. It can be used by a long list of people for its original intent.


19 posted on 11/10/2009 9:00:53 AM PST by edcoil (If I had 1 cent for every dollar the government saved, Bill Gates and I would be friends.)
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To: Reaganesque

“Personal freedom begins when you tell Old Mrs. Grundy to go to Hell.” -Lazarus Long


20 posted on 11/10/2009 9:02:39 AM PST by 50sDad (The Left cannot understand life is not in a test tube. Raise taxes, & jobs go away.)
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To: Libloather

Bump


21 posted on 11/10/2009 9:07:38 AM PST by AT7Saluki (No cejar, no ceder)
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To: 50sDad

Thanks! I needed a new tagline!


22 posted on 11/10/2009 9:13:38 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed (“Personal freedom begins when you tell Old Mrs. Grundy to go to Hell.” -Lazarus Long)
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To: Reaganesque
The Left would have us sitting in caves, huddled together for warmth, eating mushrooms and berries.
23 posted on 11/10/2009 9:15:58 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Reaganesque

I bet Bill Clinton would be delighted to be appointed “Golf Czar”. Oh wait, is OJ available?


24 posted on 11/10/2009 9:15:58 AM PST by T Minus Four
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To: Reaganesque
Maybe there's something to this.

In T.S. Eliot's poem about the end of the world, The Rock, he wrote:

And the wind shall say Here were decent godless people. Their only monument the asphalt road. And a thousand lost golf balls.

25 posted on 11/10/2009 9:22:06 AM PST by Martin Tell (ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it)
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To: Reaganesque
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26 posted on 11/10/2009 9:29:00 AM PST by SiVisPacemParaBellum (Peace through superior firepower!)
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To: GilGil

Stalin killed about 25 million of his fellow countrymen. I wouldn’t compare Obama with Stalin, no balls, and no strategic thinking going on upstairs. He doesn’t have the stomach for killing people, for instilling abject fear in his opponents.

If Rush Limbaugh gets assassinated, then you can start to worry. Same with Glenn Beck.


27 posted on 11/10/2009 9:33:09 AM PST by RinaseaofDs
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To: Reaganesque


Fore!
28 posted on 11/10/2009 9:42:13 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Liberty Valance
Reminds me of this joke:

A man walked into a bar with his pet monkey. The bartender said, "You can't bring that monkey in here!" The man said, "Don't worry, he won't cause any trouble."

Within seconds the monkey jumped on the pool table and swallowed the cue ball. The bartender yelled, "Hey, he just ate my cue ball. No one can play pool anymore! Get out!"

The man left but came back one week later with his monkey. He apologized to the bartender and promised no more trouble. The bartender let him and the monkey stay.

Later that night, the monkey walked over to a bowl of grapes, put one in his butt, and then ate it. The bartender said, "That's disgusting! Why did he do that!"

The man said, "Since he swallowed the cue ball, he sizes everything up before he eats it."

29 posted on 11/10/2009 9:47:36 AM PST by Reaganesque ("And thou shalt do it with all humility, trusting in me, reviling not against revilers.")
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To: Reaganesque
Every golf ball shall have a serial number registered to the person who buys it.

A limit of 5 golf balls can be purchased per year and only 1 golf ball can be purchased per month. Buyers name, address, SS#, and handicap shall be recorded at the time of purchase and be forwarded to a federal data base to catch offenders.

Each golfer shall have a GOLO card in their possession at all times, no purchases will be allowed without a GOLO card.

All golf balls shall be stored in a bank vault when not in play. Only a single golf ball shall be in your possession at one time. You loose one, you go to your bank to get another ball.

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This done for the for the women and children.

30 posted on 11/10/2009 10:00:05 AM PST by TYVets (Let's Roll!!! The leadership of the GOP has no spine and no guts, but we conservatives do)
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To: TYVets

I can see a future headline: “Golf Increases in Popularity: Women and Minorities Hit Hardest.”


31 posted on 11/10/2009 10:02:59 AM PST by Reaganesque ("And thou shalt do it with all humility, trusting in me, reviling not against revilers.")
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To: TYVets

I can see a future headline: “Golf Increases in Popularity: Women and Minorities Hit Hardest.”


32 posted on 11/10/2009 10:03:04 AM PST by Reaganesque ("And thou shalt do it with all humility, trusting in me, reviling not against revilers.")
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To: GilGil

Nice job of spamming the threads, bud.


33 posted on 11/10/2009 10:07:02 AM PST by metesky (My retirement fund is holding steady @ $.05 a can.)
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To: dead

“Where’d the zinc come from in the first place?”

Ya wanna know where zinc comes from, eh? Google or Dogpile search with the terms “Al Gore” And “zinc.”


34 posted on 11/10/2009 11:13:12 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Yo-Yo

You would think with the amount of golf Obama plays, he would be designated our offender-in-chief.

(Oops, I’m sorry....that would be racist of me to say....I’m sure he’s the perfect golfer and never loses a ball unlike all those other evil golf ball polluters.)


35 posted on 11/10/2009 1:54:45 PM PST by BelleAl
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To: Reaganesque

Tiger’s fault.


36 posted on 11/10/2009 1:58:45 PM PST by socal_parrot (I hate to say I told you so, but...)
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To: metesky

Your point is?


37 posted on 11/10/2009 3:11:12 PM PST by GilGil
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To: RinaseaofDs

As I said, we are not at getting people killed yet but the similarities are chilling. Whereas Obama is not killing millions, he is terririzing millions by making them unemployed and weakening them. There is absolutely no job creation and that only serves to weaken the masses.

Stalin took over the country when there was only one party rule as there is in today’s Congress.

Stalin was more afraid of his people, and did everything he could to subjugate them just as Obama is doing today.

Stalin was not Russian but Georgian as Obama is not really of the American culture.

Stalin set out to remake the entire country as Obama is.

Stalin hated his military and was running not having any idea what he was doing.

etc.


38 posted on 11/10/2009 3:18:27 PM PST by GilGil
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To: Reaganesque

How could you start a thread about golf balls without pinging me?

Signed,

Balata


39 posted on 11/10/2009 3:27:03 PM PST by Balata
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To: Reaganesque

TIGER WOODS IS EVIL!


40 posted on 11/10/2009 5:19:30 PM PST by dr_who
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To: Balata

Um...sorry! PING! ;-)


41 posted on 11/10/2009 7:11:24 PM PST by Reaganesque ("And thou shalt do it with all humility, trusting in me, reviling not against revilers.")
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To: Reaganesque

Thanks! That’s more like it. LOL!


42 posted on 11/10/2009 9:07:36 PM PST by Balata
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To: Reaganesque
Where's Al Gore when we really need to be saved from an actual problem? This golf ball situation is out of control. Why I just stumbled across three of them last weekend when raking the leaves. We need to ban water hazards, restrict the distribution of golf balls and establish a department in Washington to regulate the entire golf ball industry.

Earth is in the balance. If we continue as we are, the sheer weight of the golf balls will surely tilt Earth off its axis and accelerate global warming. And with global warming will become warmer weather more conducive for golf and the problems will only accelerate from there.

Al Gore, come save us!

43 posted on 11/11/2009 2:27:04 AM PST by SamAdams76 (I am 47 days away from outliving Lefty Frizzell)
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