Turtledove: I am going to start from the South and go North. My focus is on kid-friendly places, so not mentioning all the Napa and Sonoma county wine tours and such. Some of these places are well known and some a little off the beaten path.
Monterey Bay Aquarium -- one of the best Aquariums in the country.
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is super fun in the summer. It's been around over 100 years and has some history to enjoy as well as plain fun. You can do beach/boardwalk or just do the boardwalk. We do at least one trip there a year and I still love it after many years. The weather is better in Santa Cruz (slightly less foggy and warmer temperatures than in the BA). There will be crowds.
Also, Big Sur and Carmel are beautiful. But doing the Central Coast may be a whole trip in itself.
Tech museum in San Jose fits perfectly within Silicon Valley. It has a bunch of interactive displays and can def. spend a few hours there and check out downtown San Jose (nothing spectacular there) or try the Winchester Mystery House.
If you go up the coast on Highway one, after Half Moon Bay you will get to Moss Beach and its haunted restaurant. You can sit on their outside deck and they will supply you with warm blankets as you sip hot chocolate or tea or whatever suits your fancy from the bar. BTW - the coast line from Santa Cruz (Highway 1) to SF is beautiful with lots of rugged and beautiful beaches to stop and explore and beautiful photo ops.
Berkeley - has a lot to do if you want to explore the east bay. Besides beautiful Tildon Park, there is the botanical gardens (much better than the botanical garden at GG park) the Berkeley Rose Garden and a quintessentially Berkeley park for kids called Adventure Playground near the Berkeley Pier. If you want to get a good "Bezerkley"/hippy vibe, take a walk down Telegraph Avenue near UC Berkeley.
There is a ton to do in SF -- some highlights are:
SF MOMA just reopened after a 3 year remodel and addition.
A must stop - if you are checking out Fisherman's wharf (and it's free) -- Musee Mecanique:
"We will take you on a journey from turn of the century hand cranked music boxes to modern video arcade games. This is a trip down memory lane. It is a chance to show your children or grandchildren what you did for fun when you were their age. Before video games at home, perhaps before television, perhaps what you remember sitting in your grandparent's parlor
For those of you who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, it is a chance to remember Playland at the Beach, Sutro Baths and the Cliff House. There is our own "Laffing Sal", "Susie the Can-Can Dancer" and the fascinating "Carnival." Other things have been brought in from around the world for your amusement."
There there is a ton of fun to be had at Golden Gate park- the Academy of Sciences and Aquarium, the De Young museum, Japanese Tea garden and Stowe Lake where you can rent paddle boats or canoes.
China town and Japan town are fun to visit.
For a nice hike in the city, I'd recommend Land's End. A beautiful walk on the beach can be had at Baker Beach - nice view of the GG bridge.
There is also a drive to the top of Twin Peaks lookout for an amazing view of the city and Bay Area.
Going North over the GG bridge is Muir Woods which has fairly easy hikes among amazing redwoods - highly recommend this and so close to SF. Parking can be a big issue and you may have to take the Muir Woods shuttle. I'd try to go on a weekday.
Close to Muir woods is Mt. Tam - going to top of Mt. Tamalpais gives you stunning views and there is a nice level loop-hike around the peak.
Other post have already talked about coastline in this area -- beautiful. Two more kid-friendly beaches are Muir beach and especially Stinson Beach both in West Marin.
Close to these areas are the towns of Marin which many have quaint downtown areas with local shops and restaurants. Recommend Sausalito, Mill Valley, Larkspur, San Anselmo, and Fairfax (for a hippy vibe). You can take a ferry from SF to Sausalito's cute downtown area.
Further north but inland from the coast is Russian river/Guerneville which is a big vacation area and home to another amazing forest - Armstrong Woods.
Other misc. idea is visiting the California Missions for some history -- I can think of a few - Missions Carmel (near Monterey), San Francisco, San Jose (in Fremont), San Rafael and Sonoma.
And finally, a few tips: if you are in the Bay Area, especially in SF, locals don't like San Francisco to be called "Frisco". Instead use "SF" or "The City". If you are in SF or near the coast, always bring a jacket/layers with you, just in case, no matter how warm the day may seem to be.
I am a native of Bay Area. Try Airbnb. You can get your own private place with a kitchen for the equivalent or less than the price of a hotel. And you get to experience a neighborhood and live like a local during your stay. If you write which cities you are interested in, can give further information on location and safety of neighborhoods and historic/coolness factor.
Tank Guy is dead. Are you kidding me? The Chinese leadership will execute anyone in China for blinking their eyes at the wrong moment, let alone someone who stood up to them and became a beacon of hope to a "terrified of their own shadow" populace.
The hysteria generated about the Tiananmen Square “massacre” was based on a fictitious narrative about what actually happened when the Chinese government finally cleared the square of protestors on June 4, 1989.
Why Filipina women might jump at the chance to marry any one other than a Filipino man: If you had any idea about Filipino culture, you would know this.
Filipino men stereotypes
Certainly, the stereotypes below do not apply to all Filipino men. However, the occurrences of these situations which I am about to discuss are so frequent to an extent justifying an entry in my Filipino Stereotypes. Here we go:
1. Filipino men are usually very unfaithful; many might argue that all men from all nationalities do cheat, but the rate at which I encounter stories about broken Filipino families stories is just ridiculous.
2. A great number of Filipino men suffer from gambling and drinking problems.
3. An alarmingly huge number of Filipino men are simply unfit to be good fathers or good husbands. A typically Filipino house is financed by the women… women are the bread earners whereas men are usually immersed in their destructive hobbies of drugs, alcoholism, gambling and adultery.
Honestly conversations like this are very depressing. I can't understand how humanity fell so far in so little time. I deserve better opponents than this. People who can actually think about a subject before pulling something out da ass.
I can relate. I'd rather not see the rantings of a Manosphere Mouthpiece on Pat.net.
"The manosphere (portmanteau of man and blogosphere) or androsphere (from Ancient Greek: ἀνήρ, anēr, genitive ἀνδρός, andros, "man") is a name given to a loose and informal network of blogs, forums and websites, with internet commentators focussing on issues relating to men and masculinity, as a male counterpart to feminism or in opposition to it. Many of these are men's spaces. Their content is varied, and includes Men Going Their Own Way (MGTOW), men's rights issues, fathers' rights movement activists, and male victims of abuse, self-improvement, bodybuilding, antifeminism, seduction community commentary for pick-up artists.
The manosphere has its own distinct jargon. Manosphere websites commonly use red pill and blue pill imagery as an analogy; accepting the manosphere's ideology is equated with "taking the red pill", and "blue pill" refers to those who disagree with their philosophy. The terms "alpha male" and "beta male" are also commonly used.
Notable examples of manosphere sites reportedly include the Red Pill Room, A Voice for Men and Roosh V's website Return Of Kings as well as his personal blog and forum. Reddit is a popular gathering place for manosphere supporters, and there are several forums on the site that are geared toward its ideas. One of these, the Red Pill subreddit, has over 100,000 subscribers."
Welcome to the Manosphere: A Brief Guide to the Controversial Men's Rights Movement
Men's Rights Movement (mrm): A loose-knit network of groups and activists (MRAs) who believe men are an oppressed class.
Red pill: In the classic sci-fi film The Matrix, the hero must choose between swallowing a blue pill, which will allow him to remain in a pleasant illusory world, or a red pill, which will open his eyes to the reality in which he is enslaved. In men's rights parlance, "red pillers" realize that men, not women, are oppressed.
The trend in bikes, as in cars, is higher and higher horsepower ratings. This requires larger, heavier engines.
Because they are catering to men. The whole infrastructure caters to men, but you don't see it. Why would a woman get on a too big, too heavy, too fast and therefore dangerous (for her) motorcycle? And then drive it on roads with SUV's, pick up trucks and 18 wheelers? Most women do not do it because the risks outweigh the rewards. (this is the place in the post where you insert an insult, like calling someone stupid, willfully ignorant, asinine, etc. I just want you to know I could do the same but I will not stoop down to your lowliness. )
If we painted Turbines and Transformers Mimi Eisenhower Pink, would that help?
Doubtfully. It's not about the color. Most women have no idea what turbines and transformers really even do, let alone be able to maintain it. It is likely (theorizing here) in a woman-built (or women only) society use of the heavy industrial items would be on a much smaller scale if used at all. There would be a smaller number of engineers and an even smaller number of women to do any type of heavy physical labor so it'd all have to be scaled way back. Large cities like the ones we have now would not be able to exist -- it'd likely be smaller communities, with smaller needs. Just like you say above, people, not technology would be more important, so family, extended family and community would raise in importance.
You have nothing to compare to since a solely women-created infrastructure doesn't exist. The main point is for you to bitch about women not doing the "dirty, dangerous jobs". These industries and projects were not built with the concept that women were going to maintain them.
Motorcycles, for the large part, are built for the scale of men. Women are only 14% of total motorcycle riders and this is a peak number and includes little scooters and motocross bikes. There are very few motorcycles an average sized women can touch their feet on the ground while holding up the bike. And most women can not handle the weight of a motorcycle if it starts to tip, which range in weight from 300 - 1000 lbs., with most in the 500 lb range. There is of course the exceptionally strong, tall and risk-taking women. http://www.revzilla.com/common-tread/number-of-women-riders-hits-all-time-high. So you get a incredibly fun sport and efficient mode of transportation that is mainly built for men and enjoyed by men because MEN are building things for MEN, not for women.
This is a man's world. Don't you realize this? Our society is entirely built by men, for men. Why is this not enough for you?
Why do men do all the awful, dangerous, dirty jobs in society
There are no female firefighters, police, airline pilots/co-pilots, trash haulers, iron/steel workers, drivers, refinery/chemical plant operators/techs,
You've forgotten that men built all the all the things that require dirty, dangerous jobs in society. Men built castles, cathedrals, then skyscrapers. Men built industrial plants, huge dams, monumental bridges. Men built them for men to maintain. If women had built society, they would not have built to the current scale. We wouldn't have skyscraping phallus' poking into the sky. Women would build to the scale they could maintain which would have been lower to the ground, mostly like much more in harmony with nature.
Getting a foreign wife to worship you does not make you a red pill man. You are still a slave, a "battery" as the movie you quote so often demonstrated. Nothing changes. Now you just have a more subservient female to lord over, just as the powers that be lord over you. Getting some foreign women who is more subjugated by the inequalities and injustice of the Western economic and political paradigm, is like getting a band-aid for a severed artery. In the movie, did Neo get a foreign-born wife? No, he wanted Trinity, a kick-ass, tougher than most men, American woman. And the two of them together changed and saved the world. To further the analogy - your role is more like Cypher - just put me back in the matrix, and make me someone important.
Rent control is absolutely a factor in rents rising. Look at the chart - rent is basically horizontal until 1979 where is starts its steeper ascent. Advertised rental rates do not accurately reflect actual rental rates because some pay very low due to rent control and some pay very high rates. Rent control limits movement and inventory. Owners keep their property off the rental market rather than get a tenant in that will be next to impossible to evict. In SF if the tenant lives there over 5 years and pulls a disability card you may as well not even try to evict, or be willing to buy them their next house, that is how much it will cost you to buy them out, if you are lucky. Much safer to keep empty or use as a vacation rental only.
Goodness Gracious! That article was long! While the first 3/4 is very informative, the last 1/4 shows the writer's bias toward defending the tech takeover in SF.
As the article states, rent control forces the mom and pop landlords to subsidize 75% of the rental population in SF, while the unfortunate remaining 25% have to pay astronomical rent. This also decreases rental supply, as the rent-controlled tenants are unwilling and often unable to move since they will then have to pay market rates, leaving few available units. Couple it with Airbnb and you've got zero vacancy rates and people paying to live in someone's closet.
This school is such a scam. They accept anyone who wants to go to art school, regardless of an inkling of artistic talent, and charge incredibly high tuition for an art degree. Among many of their egregious practices they also heavily recruit international students, especially from Asia. The parents of these college age Asian kids pay huge amounts of tuition out of pocket hoping their kid will be able to turn it into a green card and eventually emigrate the rest of the family to the USA.
"One way the school includes more students is through heavy international recruitment practices. Academy of Art has offices in Taipei, Taiwan; Bangkok, Thailand; Seoul, South Korea; and a representative in India. University Facebook pages and the school’s website advertise in at least four different languages, listing dates for meetups and information sessions.
According to the same former employee, international students serve as a huge source of revenue for the school. “The thing that’s great about international students is not only are they full ride, but they have to take ESL classes, which are in addition to whatever their unit loads are,” the employee said. “So not only do they nail them for the unit loads, but they take an additional three or five classes of ESL, which are full tuition price courses.”
International students tend to represent a significantly more affluent segment of the population than the overall student body. “Money wasn’t an issue for a lot of the international kids,” recalls Esch, the former student advisor. “They had to pay cash up front and didn’t get government loans.”
Drought and the Great Depression causes hundreds of angry farmers to converge on the town of England, Arkansas, demanding that the Red Cross give them the assistance that had been promised to feed the starving members of their community.
I would argue that you've got it backwards and the USSR proves it. An employee of a big successful company or even a government knows there's someone at the helm, has faith that the company will remain profitable or in the case of the government remain effective, and the roads and bridges will be completed to which he can point with pride to something he helped create. A man goes to work every day building his 401k, paying off a mortgage, and looking forward to retirement. It may be a grind sometimes but it's a productive grind with direction.
This presupposes humans are externally directed and motivated versus internally directed and motivated. This is true in our current society most people are programmed to respond to external stimulus, be it punishment or reward. Our school systems do not teach children to create, but to follow. It's important that the schools would need to be revamped to foster children's self-governance and self-reliance.
I agree the USSR was a terrible model. It failed for good reason-- see Animal Farm.
A collective by definition doesn't have any aim, and if someone steps up and takes charge of some goal, (like a skyscraper) the minority is still going to be "slaves" to someone else's vision. Furthermore those who don't share this vision are likely to abandon the project and go farming instead. Also those who are originally on board will possibly become disillusioned at some point, face a critical decision to press on or give up, and have absolutely NO assurances that it will ever be completed or that the original plan is even viable. Finally there are those who are just plain lazy and will figure out ways to leech off the entire company.
This happened to an extent with the Occupy movement. Without sufficient leadership, vision and goals, it seemed to suffer from some of the things you mention and to fizzle out. There needs to be a council/leaders to guide others. No sociopaths/psychopaths would be allowed. Capitalism rewards psychopaths and places them in the top positions of leadership and power. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/13/opinion/sunday/fables-of-wealth.html , http://thehustle.co/your-ceo-is-probably-a-psychopath. Qualifications for council leadership are those who have a record of selflessly working for the good of others/humanity. Checks would need to put in place to throw out anyone vying for power or control.
My guess is that you're proposing a system of "Communism lite" that addresses NONE of the systemic deficits of communism original.
I don't have the nuts and bolts figured out for an entire global economy, who does? Possibilities: A 10% taxation across the board is an option, or if you don't want to pay, you give your time and energy to maintain essential services and to maintain and build infrastructure for the common good.