Article of the Day: Charles Pierre Baudelaire


Article of the Day:
Charles Pierre Baudelaire

Baudelaire was a 19th-century French poet and critic. The only volume of his poems published in his lifetime, Les Fleurs du mal, translated as The Flowers of Evil, was initially condemned as obscene. Later accepted as a masterpiece, the book is recognized for the brilliant phrasing, rhythm, and expressiveness of its lyrics. Baudelaire also translated many of Poe’s works, bringing them to the attention of the French public. What literary movement is he credited with helping develop? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

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Idiom of the Day: be a loud mouth


Idiom of the Day:
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Idiom of the Day: be a loud mouth


Idiom of the Day:
be a loud mouth

To have a tendency or habit of speaking incessantly, indiscreetly, and/or in a noisy, boastful manner. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: inhale


Word of the Day:
inhale

Definition: (verb) Draw in (air).
Synonyms: breathe in, inspire
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Word of the Day: inhale


Word of the Day:
inhale

Definition: (verb) Draw in (air).
Synonyms: breathe in, inspire
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Români: spuneți “NU” CORUPȚILOR!


Români: spuneți

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Bonfire: A NOVEL By KRYSTEN RITTER


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Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

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“The Jessica Jones star makes an auspicious literary debut with Bonfire, spinning a suspenseful, psychologically gripping story.”
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“Krysten Ritter made a name for herself by portraying some of the fiercest female characters in pop culture history. It should come as no surprise, then, that her debut novel carries that same level of strength and complexity on every single page… As Abby confronts her demons one by one, it becomes clear that she’s one hell of a complicated lady — and a protagonist that’s so damn appealing that it’s hard not to read the whole book in one sitting… Brilliant.”
POPSUGAR

“In this adroit debut the star of Marvel’s Jessica Jones proves her talents aren’t limited to acting… [Bonfire is] a thriller that delivers suspense, surprise and satisfaction.”
PEOPLE

“[Ritter brings an] unconventional, edgy approach to her engrossing suspense novel, Bonfire. Deliciously moody with a noirish undertone, Bonfire ignites a first-rate mystery resplendent with shadowy scenery, a tight plot and a lead character that is both fragile and strong… The melding of corporate corruption and the personal pollution that Abby endures elevates Bonfire, which blazes uncompromising storytelling and a believable, and shocking, finale. The exciting Bonfire shows that not only can you go home again, sometimes you must – to escape it and reconcile the past.”
ASSOCIATED PRESS

“An expertly plotted page-turner.”
MARIE CLAIRE

“Ritter has written a taut narrative that hinges around a satisfyingly lurid mystery. More than that, though, Ritter has given readers the kind of unforgettable narrator, full of quirks and bad habits and emotions, who is relatable in the best possible ways.”
NYLON

Bonfire is a stone-cold stunner—the writing is dazzling, the suspense is creeping, and the story of a woman returning home to face her past is brimming with emotion and truth. An extraordinary debut from a major talent.”
BLAKE CROUCH, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter

“A vicious years-old small-town scandal makes the perfect backdrop for this gritty, moody mystery that will have readers ripping through the pages at top speed. Bonfire ushers in a bold new voice to the suspense genre. I can’t wait to see what Ritter dreams up next.”
MARY KUBICA, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl

“Actress Ritter (Marvel’s Jessica Jones) makes a triumphant fiction debut with this pulse-pounding thriller featuring a sympathetic, broken lead character… Pitch-perfect.”
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“Ritter, lead actress on television’s Jessica Jones, is likely to attract readers with her name, but this strong, gritty debut is good enough to create its own fan following.”
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“[Bonfire is] a fast-paced thriller that… introduces a tough female lead who’s easy to root for.”
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New antibiotic family discovered in dirt – BBC News


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US scientists have discovered a new family of antibiotics in soil samples.

The natural compounds could be used to combat hard-to-treat infections, the team at Rockefeller University hopes.

Tests show the compounds, called malacidins, annihilate several bacterial diseases that have become resistant to most existing antibiotics, including the superbug MRSA.

Experts say the work, published in Nature Microbiology, offers fresh hope in the antibiotics arms race.

Drug-resistant diseases are one of the biggest threats to global health.

They kill around 700,000 people a year, and new treatments are urgently needed.

Drugs from dirt

Soil is teeming with millions of different micro-organisms that produce lots of potentially therapeutic compounds, including new antibiotics.

Dr Sean Brady’s team at New York’s Rockefeller University has been busy unearthing them.

They used a gene sequencing technique to analyse more than 1,000 soil samples taken from across the US.

When they discovered malacidins in many of the samples, they had a hunch it was an important find.

They tested the compound on rats that they had given MRSA and it eliminated the infection in skin wounds.

The researchers are now working to improve the drug’s effectiveness in the hope that it can be developed into a real treatment for people.

Dr Brady said: “It is impossible to say when, or even if, an early stage antibiotic discovery like the malacidins will proceed to the clinic.

“It is a long, arduous road from the initial discovery of an antibiotic to a clinically used entity.”

Prof Colin Garner, from Antibiotic Research UK, said finding new antibiotics to treat gram-positive infections like MRSA was good news, but would not address the most pressing need.

“Our concern are the so called gram-negative bacteria which are difficult to treat and where resistance is on the increase,” he said.

“Gram-negative bacteria cause pneumonia, blood and urinary tract infections as skin infections. We need new antibiotics to treat this class.”

Watch “Love Story – Originally sung by Andy Williams (with Lyrics) [HD]” on YouTube


Andy Williams – Love Story Lyrics

Where do I begin
To tell the story
Of how great a love can be
The sweet love story
That is older than the sea
That sings the truth about the love she brings to me
Where do I start

With the first hello
She gave the meaning
To this empty world of mine
That never did
Another love another time
She came into my life
And made the living fine
She fills my heart

She fills my heart
With very special things
With angel songs
With wild imaginings
She fills my soul
With so much love
That anywhere I go
I’m never lonely
With her along who could be lonely
I reach for her hand
It’s always there

How long does it last
Can love be measured by the hours in a day
I have no answers now
But this much I can say
I know I’ll need her till the stars all away
And she’ll be there…
How long does it last
Can love be measured by the hours in a day
I have no answers now
But this much I can say
I know I’ll need her till the stars all burn away
And she’ll be there…

“The path isnt a straight line; its a spiral. You continually come back to things you thought you understood and see deeper truths.” ~ Barry H. Gillespie


“The path isnt a straight line; its a spiral. You continually come back to things you thought you understood and see deeper truths.” ~ Barry H. Gillespie

Louis Janmot (French, 1814-1892) Fleur des Champs” (“Flowers of the Field”) (detail) 1845


Louis Janmot (French, 1814-1892) Fleur des Champs” (“Flowers of the Field”) (detail) 1845

Today’s Holiday: Shrove Tuesday


Today’s Holiday:
Shrove Tuesday

There are a number of names in the West for the last day before the long fast of Lent. The French call it Mardi Gras (meaning “Fat Tuesday”), because it was traditionally a time to use up all the milk, butter, and eggs left in the kitchen. These ingredients often went into pancakes, which is why the English call it Pancake Day. The name “Shrove Tuesday” is derived from the Christian custom of confessing sins and being “shriven” (i.e., absolved) just before Lent. No matter what its name, the day before Ash Wednesday has long been a time for excessive eating and merrymaking. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Sarojini Naidu (1879)


Today’s Birthday:
Sarojini Naidu (1879)

Known as “the Nightingale of India,” Naidu was an Indian child prodigy who began writing poetry as a young girl. She went on to pursue politics and became the first Indian woman to serve as president of the Indian National Congress and the first female governor of Uttar Pradesh. She enjoyed a close relationship with Mohandas Gandhi, and her participation in passive disobedience campaigns landed her in jail on multiple occasions. How is Naidu’s birthday celebrated in India? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Nashville Sit-Ins Begin (1960)


This Day in History:
Nashville Sit-Ins Begin (1960)

Just before it became first major Southern US city to begin integrating public spaces, Nashville was the scene of a months-long peaceful protest at the lunch counters of the city’s department stores. Scores of African-American college students calmly occupied seats at the counters while employees refused to serve them. Some protesters were assaulted or jailed. That May, the counters were desegregated. The protesters’ code of conduct became a model for other demonstrations. What did it say? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Charles Dickens


Quote of the Day:
Charles Dickens

That was a memorable day to me, for it made great changes in me. But, it is the same with any life. Imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: Fat Tax


Article of the Day:
Fat Tax

A fat tax, also known as “Twinkie tax,” “junk food tax,” and “snack tax,” is a tax on calorie-dense, nutrient-poor foods. The concept was pioneered in the early 1980s by Kelly D. Brownell, PhD, who proposed that revenue from such a tax be used to subsidize more healthful foods and fund nutrition campaigns. Proponents believe that the increased cost of junk food might also deter buyers and thereby curb consumption. Where have fat taxes been introduced? More..: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: lost in translation


Idiom of the Day:
lost in translation

Of a word or words, having lost or lacking the full subtlety of meaning or significance when translated from the original language to another, especially when done literally. (Usually formulated as “be/get lost in translation.”) Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: enamor


Word of the Day:
enamor

Definition: (verb) To inspire with love.
Synonyms: bewitch, captivate, charm, entrance, enchant, beguile, capture, fascinate, catch
Usage: The vacationers were enamored with the charming island and extended their trip so that they could spend more time there.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Gospel of the Day (Mark 8:14-21)


Gospel of the Day (Mark 8:14-21)

The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat.
He enjoined them, “Watch out, guard against the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.”
They concluded among themselves that it was because they had no bread.
When he became aware of this he said to them, “Why do you conclude that it is because you have no bread? Do you not yet understand or comprehend? Are your hearts hardened?
Do you have eyes and not see, ears and not hear? And do you not remember,
when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many wicker baskets full of fragments you picked up?” They answered him, “Twelve.”
When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many full baskets of fragments did you pick up? They answered (him), “Seven.”
He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”
http://www.vaticannews.va/en/word-of-the-day/2018/02/13.html

Baltimore police guilty of robbing citizens


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How Google Maps Leads Women Seeking Abortions Astray


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How Google Maps Leads Women Seeking Abortions Astray

Robin Marty
Today 12:57pm
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If you’re searching for abortion care, be careful using Google Maps—you might end up at a crisis pregnancy center instead of a legit clinic. These facilities, where staff pressures clients to “choose life,” have been gaming results at the local level using keywords and the maps function. Gizmodo and Damn Joan have partnered to investigate; read what it’s like to visit a crisis pregnancy center on their site, and read about what happens when you search for abortion care in Google Maps below.

If you are pregnant and looking for an abortion clinic in Jackson, Mississippi, you might initially think you are in luck. A quick trip to Google on your phone and typing in, “Where can I get an abortion near me?” brings up a Google map with eight different pins, all located within 10 miles of your location.

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It’s once you click on the map itself and see the list—including their names, distances from you and customer reviews—that you learn that your real choices are far, far fewer. Your first result is Birthright of Jackson, a local crisis pregnancy center [CPC] that doesn’t do terminations. The third result is Center for Pregnancy Choices, which is the same story. The fourth result is CPC Fondren, yet another crisis pregnancy center. The fifth is Dr. Beverly McMillan, a former abortion provider turned anti-abortion activist, and whose late husband was a frequent protester on the sidewalks in front Jackson Women’s Health Organization—the only actual place in the listings (or in the state itself) where a person can actually obtain a legal abortion. That’s better than usual, said Derenda Hancock, a clinic escort for JWHO. “In the past JWHO was at the bottom of the list, like eight CPC’s and then us,” she said. “Nice to know the only abortion clinic in the state has made it to the top five!”

Gaming the system
Google has a complicated relationship with crisis pregnancy centers. In 2014, NARAL Pro-Choice America pressured Google to stop accepting advertising for the entities—which are often religiously affiliated, do not always have licensed medical staff on site and never provide abortions or refer patients to clinics that do—saying that the advertisements violated Google’s service terms against “misleading, inaccurate and deceitful ads.”

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Anti-abortion pregnancy centers were purchasing advertising on Google in order to insert links to their own clinics as top results based on keyword searches for terms involving abortion. The ads would be marked with a small “ad” next to them to show that they were paid results, but otherwise looked like organic results. They also often used ambiguous phrases like “Think you are pregnant? Get answers,” or “Considering abortion?” to lead people to click on them and draw them away from abortion providers and to their anti-abortion pregnancy centers instead. According to NARAL’s research, using the search engine to find “abortion clinics” led users to a crisis pregnancy center about 79 percent of the time, creating mass confusion considering the CPC’s often deliberate use of names similar to existing abortion clinics. Google agreed to remove the ads, but that just left CPC’s looking for an alternative way to promote themselves online and reach out to their “abortion-vulnerable” clients, as they refer to pregnant people seeking terminations.

Enter the Google Maps function, an increasingly popular way for internet searchers to discover goods, services, and other nearby necessities. With business and non-profit listings that can be created by anyone and a public ratings system open to all, this partially crowd-sourced list of results should offer the best variety of options when it comes to searching for anything local.

But when it comes to abortion clinics, it simply doesn’t work. To test, I entered “Where can I get an abortion?” into the Google and then clicked on the map to view all of its results within five miles of my home in Minneapolis. The first was an ad for Planned Parenthood. The second—which was both the closest and the highest ranking result—was “Abortion Advice,” listed as a “Women’s Health Clinic,” and which on its website offers a “Free Pre-Termination appointment,” all implying either it offers or at least refers for legal abortion care.

I am by no means alone, either. I contacted 20 people in cities and states across the U.S. to ask them to go to Google, either on desktop or on their phones, enter “Where can I get an abortion near me?” and then click on the resulting map to see what happens in their locations. In all but two (Little Rock, Arkansas and Queens, New York) crisis pregnancy centers were offered up as abortion clinic options whenever that sentence was entered.

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“Like playing Whack-a-Mole”
Under normal circumstances, a system that relies mostly on user input should be an accurate way to draw results on Google Maps. After all, there is no advantage to a steakhouse trying to convince someone looking specifically for vegetarian food to come eat at their restaurant—all you would get are bad reviews and lower sales numbers.

But crisis pregnancy centers don’t have a financial dependence on their “customers.” Because their patient base relies primarily on those who are intending to go to abortion clinics to end their pregnancies, it is essential for them to insert themselves into those clinic searches in order to find targets. CPCs that aren’t already in the system are using “add a missing place” to insert their own listings to the pool. Google itself offers a number of practices to improve a listing’s rankings in the results, such as entering extensive business info, full contact info, photos, and responding to reviews—as well as using their Google My Business suite of tools to maintain their profiles.

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A pregnant person looking for an abortion clinic is most likely going to turn on the computer, open up Google, type in “Where can I get an abortion?” and see a long list of results on the page, some far more relevant than others. The Maps section offers a simple way to sort through all of the information—how far away a clinic is, when it is open, and how highly it is rated by others who have used it—all in one easy glance.

However, because of mostly unmonitored and unlimited user intervention, not every result is actually an abortion clinic, and many are actually trying to decieve potential patients into believing they are. Some categorize themselves as “Women’s Health Centers,” something that some abortion clinics do as well, making them impossible to separate from actual medical abortion providers. Others more truthfully list themselves as “Pregnancy Centers” but the category designation is small and easily overlooked, and with names like “Choices” and “Women’s Care” it becomes increasingly hard to tell them apart. The star rating system offers another way to create a more visible CPC and a less visible abortion clinic, with abortion opponents offering two and one star reviews for local abortion providers, and writing three and four star reviews for the pregnancy care centers, often while deliberately avoiding mentioning abortion is not included in their services.

The ability for individuals to manipulate results can actually create a crisis for abortion access in some areas of the country. Toledo, Ohio is home to the last remaining clinic in Western Ohio, but searching “Where can I get an abortion near me?” in Google and bringing up the resulting map of that area brings three results—and only the third one is Capital Care Network, the actual abortion clinic. What is even more difficult for those who are seeking a termination is that according to Kristin Hady, the escort coordinator at the clinic, someone keeps editing the clinic details to say that the clinic has been closed.

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“We often have to go and edit the Google listing that the clinic is open, as well, because it seems they will submit that the clinic has closed for good,” said Hady. “Depending on what browser clients use to view Capital Care and in which devices, they are still sometimes told it is closed for good. It is very confusing and kind of like playing Whack-a-Mole.”

Can Google stop the abuse?
According to Google Communications Manager Liz Davidoff, Google Maps results are algorithm-based and not impacted by ad sales or keywords in listings. “We don’t share more information on how local rankings work to minimize people gaming the system,” Davidoff said via email. If a user discovers an issue with a listing she said they can report it by clicking “send feedback” and then “report a problem” from desktop maps, but that route only works if you are on Google Maps itself, not a map created after doing a search in the Google browser. Even if it were more accessible, it is unclear how many patients would be inclined to report having been misled while still in the midst of trying to obtain an actual abortion.

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After being presented with the results from the searches, Google agreed to investigate why the CPCs are being included in the abortion search queries. “We’re looking into the issues you’ve flagged,” Davidoff said in a statement. “We strive for business results that are relevant, accurate and help users find what they’re looking for.” But until Google can close their loopholes, abortion opponents will continue to manipulate and game the search results algorithm system. And it is the people struggling to find a place to easily and legally end a pregnancy who remain the ultimate losers.

Robin Marty is a freelance writer focused on abortion legislation, clinic access, and anti-abortion movement history. Her articles have appeared in Cosmopolitan.com, Rolling Stone, Politico, Ms. Magazine and other publications.

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Quote of the day: John Quincy Adams


Quote of the day:
John Quincy Adams

Among the sentiments of most powerful operation upon the human heart, and most highly honorable to the human character, are those of veneration for our forefathers, and of love for our posterity. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: meager


Word of the Day:
meager

Definition: (adjective) Deficient in amount or quality or extent.
Synonyms: scrimpy, stingy
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Quote of the Day: Jerome K. Jerome


Quote of the Day:
Jerome K. Jerome

Let us have done with vain regrets and longings for the days that never will be ours again. Our work lies in front, not behind us; and “Forward!” is our motto. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Platanus occidentalis – Wikipedia


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platanus_occidentalis

Platanus occidentalis

Platanus occidentalis, also known as American sycamore, American planetree, occidental plane, and buttonwood, is one of the species of Platanus native to North America. It is usually called sycamore in North America, a name which can refer to other types of tree in other parts of the world. The name is derived from the Greek word πλάτανος (platanos), meaning flat, and the Latin word occidentalis meaning “of the west”, and “sycamore” is derived from the ancient Greek συκόμορος (sūkomoros) meaning “fig-mulberry”.

American sycamore
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A young American sycamore
Scientific classificatione
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Proteales
Family: Platanaceae
Genus: Platanus
Species: P. occidentalis
Binomial name
Platanus occidentalis
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Generalized natural range of Platanus occidentalis

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Distribution

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Pests and diseases

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In popular culture

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Beggar with a Staff in His Right Hand Goya (Francisco de Goya y Lucientes)


Beggar with a Staff in His Right Hand Goya (Francisco de Goya y Lucientes)

Beggar with a Staff in His Right Hand Goya (Francisco de Goya y Lucientes)

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What the hell happened to us? 😰

What the hell happened to us?

William Randolph Hearst Memorial State Beach


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Randolph_Hearst_Memorial_State_Beach?wprov=sfla1

William Randolph Hearst Memorial State Beach is located near the historic townof San Simeon alongCalifornia State Route 1, inSan Luis Obispo County, California, United States. It is named for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst (1863–1951), whose family is closely associated with the area.

Pier at Hearst State Beach

History

William Randolph Hearst memorial State Beach is located in northern San Simeon, California directly below Historic Hearst Castlein San Luis Obispo county.William Randolph HearstState Beach or as it is locally known “The Cove” was once home to the Hearst Family newspaper empire, and was the hub of Trade and shipping in the area. Before the 1800s the land was known to be inhabited by the Chumash.However the known written history of this beach begins way back in the mid-1830s when mission San Miguel was built, and by the early 1850s a small Portuguese whaling village had been built on the peninsula jetting out into the sea. Over the course of ten years, the small village managed to hunt down some three hundred and seventy whales though records of what type of whales was not kept it is assumed the majority of the whales were gray and humpbacks as these are the whales that are commonly spotted in the area. This village was short lived, because only ten years after it was built a severe drought caused the town to move to find fresh water. George Hearst Bought nearly fifty thousand Acres establishing the ground work for Williams Empire. The Hearst Family owned all the land as far as the eye could see from their castle until the early 1950s when the family donated a huge section of land to the state and sold miles of shore line to be used for public use. If you visit the beach today the pier George Hearst build in the 1800s no longer exists, but a new on was built in the 1900s just a few hundred yards down the beach that now stands in its place. now the beach is a California state beach.

The Cove

Activities

William Randolph Hearst memorial State Beach is a quiet place with an abundance of wildlife and nature that can be easily viewed. Hearst Memorial State Beach gives visitors the opportunity to hike, swim, fish and beachcomb. A popular beach spot, this protected cove also offers visitors pier fishing as well as kayak fishing, but there is no large boat launch from the beach. Fishing licenses are not required when fishing from the pier but limits are enforced. The beach has a variety of outdoor activities including, kayaking, kayak surfing, paddle boarding, slack lining, hiking, fishing, andswimming. though kayak surfing is becoming more popular along the beach the water is mostly shore break and therefore it is difficult to surf on a normal surfboard. Located on the beach is a small kayak shop, Sea For Yourself Kayak Outfitter, shop which provides kayak, paddle board, bike, and other beach gear rentals. The most popular is the kayak tour, nearly every day around ten a group of people can be seen launching through the waves and embarking on a two and a half hour tour led by local business owner, Cubby, who has spent nearly ten years exploring and researching the cove and its history. The beach has more than initially meets the eye. Sights Include caves underground, beaches, arches, and an abundance of wildlife. different types of wildlife that can be seen in the cove over a year include but are not limited too, Gray whales, Humpback Whales,Bottle nose dolphins, sea lions, harbor seals, elephant seals, otters, and northern fur seals. fishing from both the pier and by boat is also popular and common fish that are targeted here include but are not limited too rock fishincluding Ling cod, cabezon, vermilion rock fish, and gopher cod. Other fishes include halibut, thresher sharks, smelt, surf perch, and the occasional sting ray. There is also a peninsula that jets out into the ocean which is still Hearst property today, they do allow visitors to hike the path all the way out to the ocean. Just above the beach in the upper parking lot, there is a discovery center which provides information about the history and the local wildlife. Picnic tables, barbecue grills and restrooms are available.This day use area offers 24 picnic sites, 150 parking spaces, restrooms, water faucets, barbecue grill stands and easy beach access. Recreational activities include picnicking, swimming, fishing, boating, kayaking and sunbathing. including the kayak and boogie board concession in operation with equipment for rent everyday from ten till four thirty. The beach is day use only there is no camping or bonfires are allowed, and the gates will be closed just after the sun down.

The Beach today

Today William Randolph Hearst Memorial State Beach is a quiet beach that has an abundance of wildlife and nature that can be easily viewed. On any given day you can expect to see people kayaking or paddle boarding on the calm waters of the cove, or fishing the kelp beds. the beach is divided into two sections from the parking lot down to the water is all state owned and maintained beach, but the other half of the beach all the way to the peninsula is private property still owned by the Hearst family today. although it is private property the Hearst Family still allows anyone to come and enjoy the beach. The mission is still standing today along with the Hearst warehouse, and Sebastian which is now a small grill serving all grass-fed Hearst beef, but used to serve as a small general store in the 1800s. There are also two newer buildings on a small kayak rental shop, and the other a small nature and historic museum or discovery center. another common thing to do at the beach is to hike the point. San Simeon point which is still Hearst property today is covered in trees, and has small trails that go out along its edges to its point where on a clear day you can see the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse tower which was built in the 1870s and is still in operation today

Climate

San Simeon has a mild climate, but fluctuates day to day. During the summer the temperatures could be in the nineties, or as low as the fifties on any given day. During the winter the weather is usually mild with temperature hovering between the low forties and high sixties. On average San Simeon sees only around twenty inches of rain a year. Most days start with a layer of fog that burns off by mid morning. once the fog has burned off the historic Hearst castle can be see on top of the water.

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