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But what about the good women?

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Powerful women get a bad press. If they’re not groping men’s bottoms in photo shoots, they are grabbing men’s penises because when you’re a star, they let you do it — you can do anything. This inappropriate behaviour gives famous women a bad rap. But what about the nice ones who don’t abuse their power? The women who actually respect men? I interviewed this rare breed to find out what makes them tick. I shared some of their responses with my Twitter followers. A woman called Claire, CEO, an ally of the male cause, was the first to contribute:

It seems that when a woman has a son, something unexpected happens. She realizes something quite profound:

“It wasn’t till I’d had my third son that I finally realized men are people, too,” one mother explains.

Owning a son or a husband really brings it home:

Heartwarming.

However, some women still struggle to make the leap, despite being surrounded by strong, independent men:

This leaves women with no sons in a difficult position:

They must rely on mere speculation that men have experiences and lives worth respecting. Can one really blame these women for adopting this entirely pragmatic stance? After all, woman is a rational creature, unlikely to be influenced by what cannot be proven.

Although many would argue clinical tests aren’t necessary, at least these women are making an effort. The cavewomen types won’t even try to get it:

This disappointing attitude is why we need good role models like Claire, CEO, who are prepared to show their softer side in public. She tells me that even before her son was born, she believed deep down that men are just as equal as women. As a young woman, she didn’t indulge in non-consensual penis grabbing even though, as she tells me, she had the opportunity and could have got away with it. How many other women would be so woke?

I asked Claire, CEO, about her childhood. She told me that her mother never beat her father, even though he was really annoying and whiny, constantly nagging about the cooking, cleaning, washing, and ironing. Indeed, she grew up surrounded by feisty men — her father, uncles, and brothers all had careers in their own right. However, Claire said it was one poignant moment that really changed her:

Another woman described a similar journey:

Safiya sums up just how random life can be:

<a href="https://twitter.com/SafiyaSherrin/status/922142133838012416" rel="nofollow">https://twitter.com/SafiyaSherrin/status/922142133838012416</a>

I’m confident that Claire, CEO, and the other powerful women I interviewed wouldn’t dream of degrading a colleague without asking him first. I met good women from across the political spectrum who respect men, even if they show it in different ways. Left wing women use their male friends and clever writing to prove how nice they are. Right wing women demonstrate their respect in other ways, such as telling men to smile and putting them on pedestals.

However, not all women are as quick to join the modern world. As Claire says:

Regardless of the time we are in, should women really need to have a son, see a male squirrel, or ride a male horse to learn how to respect men? Or do men deserve respect simply because, as Claire would say, they are so damn cute?

is a satirical Twitter account that exposes gender inequality in representation, parenting, education, and media portrayal, one fierce and hilarious tweet at a time. The results are funny, unsettling, and possibly revolutionary.

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“The National Park Service has proposed a ban on all sporting and recreational activity along the National Mall from 3rd to 17th Streets”

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Last week the Washington Post reported:

“The National Park Service said Thursday that it wants to permanently close the grounds of the Washington Monument to recreational activities and increase reservation fees for use of its 28 athletic fields on the Mall and in Rock Creek Park.”

A petition has been started Don’t Ban Sports & Recreation on the National Mall:

“There are few things more uniquely American than playing a recreational sport in the shadow of the Washington Monument or the National Capitol Building.

Unfortunately, the National Park Service (NPS) has proposed a ban on all sporting and recreational activity along the National Mall from 3rd to 17th Streets. The ban includes eliminating currently permitted softball fields around the Washington Monument grounds and the first-come, first-served policy on the plots from 3rd-14th Streets. The proposed policy is an extreme position and massive change from long standing practice.

Among the NPS-cited concerns, their primary reason offered thus far for the total ban is the perceived impact sports and recreation might have on the recently installed grass turf.

Context:

The total ban is antithetical to the purpose of the Mall. Through the inception of the National Mall dating back to the L’Enfant plan of 1791 and the redesign by the McMillan Commission of 1901, a main intention of the Mall is to serve area citizens and the city by providing open recreation space.

The National Mall represents the vast majority of open grass space in the city and is often cited as a contributing factor to the city’s frequent ranking as a best place to live or fittest communities.

The NPS over the past 2 years has already successfully managed preservation of the newly installed turf along the Mall by resting sections when necessary and working with local stakeholders.

At its peak recreational sports typically use portions of the Mall merely 4 workdays a week during a 3-4-hour early evening time frame and light use of some weekends. This small time frame represents, at most, a moderate use of the Mall but has an over-sized impact on creating a foundation of well being for the city. Even those who do not regularly participate in the games, tourist and local residents alike, will often stop to watch the activity and reflect positively on the games and at times, join in themselves.

The NPS ban would dampen the vibrancy of the City by directly restricting access of tens of thousands of area residents and touching a much larger number of people through its negative impact on health and wellness and the local economy.

Exacerbated by an existing shortage of available play space throughout the city, the NPS ban would further stress the existing limited resources of the city and restrict groups like Congressional Softball, Senate Softball, House Softball, Flag Football, Soccer, Rugby, Ultimate Frisbee, Bocce, Kickball and others that have become a DC institution and part of the fabric of the city.

While maintenance of the turf is certainly a worthy priority we do not believe it should be put above the recreational, health and economic needs and interests of area citizens. This uniquely Washington DC, and indeed American, Institution must preserved.

Our Position:
Access to 3rd to 17th streets should remain open for sports and recreation as it is vital to the vibrancy and health of the city.

We seek a dialogue with the National Park Service and other stakeholders to solve this impasse of access to the open space between 3rd-17th Streets. We are ready to collaborate with the NPS to establish best practices that balance the need for recreation and the integrity of the Mall turf.

Please help us maintain access and recreation on the National Mall by signing this petition and spreading the word.

You can get more information and learn about ways you can help at www.YesMallBall.com

– A Coalition of stakeholders, concerned citizens and players on the National Mall”

Sign the petition here.

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This map shows how unified bike trails could look across our region

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The Capital Trails Coalition (CTC) has been working with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy on a network map to illustrate its vision of a robust multi-use trail network throughout the Washington region. 

The developing trails system—depicted here as of August 2017 and comprising approximately 676 miles of trails—consists of popular, established trails like the Capital Crescent Trail and hundreds of miles of planned trails that will provide greater connectivity and access to trails across the region. The CTC network will evolve over time as trails are added or removed, and as communities refine their local networks.

CTC released the map in September, and while it’s a work in progress that will continue to evolve, it lays out an exciting vision of what our region’s trail network could be.

Trails system as of August 2017. Image by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and Capital Trails Coalition used with permission.

Here are a few observations:

It would be transformative for Prince George’s County and eastern access to DC

While there are several long bike highways connecting Montgomery County and Northern Virginia to DC, there are basically none in Prince George’s County besides the Anacostia Tributary Trail System and Anacostia River Trail, which aren’t nearly as far-reaching.

The CTC network would correct this imbalance. It calls for completing the Washington, Baltimore, and Annapolis Trail to Bowie and the Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail to Upper Marlboro. Plans exist to extend both trails further but CTC’s footprint includes only the DC metropolitan area.

Additional radial trails would feed into the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail, Suitland Parkway Trail, Marvin Gaye Trail, and Anacostia Tributary Trail System, with circumferential links forming a large grid over the county’s western half.

With a network like this, many Prince Georgians would, for the first time, have access to a safe, convenient space for active travel–whether for transportation or recreation.

Trail mileage in Prince George’s County would more than double under the planned network.  Image by Capital Trails Coalition used with permission.

It would connect trail-rich but isolated suburbs to the regional network

There are a few places like Bowie, Maryland and Burke, Virginia that already have decent off-street trail networks, but because they don’t connect to other places, they’re used mostly for recreation and local trips. By connecting them to the CTC network, these existing trails would become not just places to take an evening walk, but access points to a region-wide transportation system.

This neighborhood trail in Bowie, MD would get more use if it connected to a complete regional network Image by Google Maps.

It would serve almost every major activity center in the region

The CTC map reflects one of its major trail criteria: connectivity to activity centers like transit stations, parks, and shopping areas. (You can read more about the CTC’s network inclusion criteria here and here.) The map shows new trails to existing centers like Fairfax and National Harbor, but also to areas of planned growth like Suitland Metro, Westphalia, and Addison Road Metro.

It is the result of a coordinated effort by the Capital Trails Coalition and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Together, they defined the network, compiled and reviewed 70 planning documents (all proposed trails already appear in some kind of municipal plan), and gathered and refined separate GIS data from the six municipalities within CTC’s footprint.

These efforts will not only benefit this project, but can provide guidance for future projects. The CTC is one of eight trail networks the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is working on nationwide as model projects to catalyze the development of more trail networks. The tools, templates, and best practices developed for these projects can simplify the process for others.

You can sign up for updates from the Capital Trails Coalition here. Special thanks to Kelly Pack from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy for providing information for this post.

Top image: Anacostia River Trail & Kingman Island. Image by Caroline Angelo used with permission.

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“On top of the 500-bottle wine inventory are some of the best craft beers”

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35 Sutton Square, SW courtesy Cordial

From a press release:

“Cordial Craft Wine, Beer, & Spirits, one of DC’s most beloved retailers, has opened its second location at 35 Sutton Square, SW at the new Wharf development in the city’s Southwest Waterfront. The 525 square-foot space features floor-to-ceiling custom millwork showcasing Cordial’s off-the-beaten-booze-path stock. Founder Eric Rohleder and his team source unique local products, independent imports, and specialties from boutique distributors and smaller, lesser-known producers to expand your palate.

“Our team is passionate to help small producers of craft wine, beers, and spirits come to market. And more passionate to help our amazing customers find the exact bottle(s) they want, no matter their preference or price point,” says Rohleder, owner.

Cordial supports a range of wines from less commercial, everyday sippers to funky natural wines, to fine, aged grand cru Burgundies and culty California wines. The shop carries biodynamic Rhone Rangers, traditional Barolos and Brunellos, and funky Southwest French wines. On top of the 500-bottle wine inventory are some of the best craft beers from the DC-Maryland-Virginia area, California, and everywhere in between. The range of spirits includes local and craft product from the DMV’s booming distillery scene, to South Carolina’s heirloom grain renaissance, to grain-to-glass Single Malt Scotches.

Expect open bottles to try and taste on the daily. Weekly tasting events are listed on the website, www.cordinalwine.com.

Rohleder is excited for the opportunity, as a small business owner, to provide Southwest DC with an exceptional, curated, craft retail experience. Even with all the other openings at the Wharf, Cordial is the only retail option in the area for wine, beer and spirits.

Cordial is open Monday-Sunday, 10am-9pm, with a knowledgeable staff that is enthused to share what’s in stock and to answer any and all questions. Cheers!

Cordial Grand Opening Tasting at The Wharf
Thursday, November 16, 2017
4-8pm

Meet the team, taste some delicious pours from local producers and importers, and discover some unique holiday pairings and gifts.
Receive 10% holiday discount for any purchase!”

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Supra, DC’s “first Georgian restaurant” opens Tuesday!

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From a press release:

“Co-owners Jonathan and Laura Nelms announce the November 7 opening of D.C.’s first Georgian restaurant, Supra, at 1205 11th Street, NW. Chef Malkhaz Maisashvili, who brings over 25 years of experience as a chef in some of Georgia’s most acclaimed restaurants and at the Embassy of Georgia here in Washington, will serve his take on the country’s most beloved regional dishes.

Check out the full menu here.

Supra’s menu celebrates the full range of Georgian food – from heritage and rustic recipes to more refined dishes – with a modern interpretation by Chef Maisashvili. The menu is reflective of the culinary influences, from the Mediterranean and the Silk Road, that shape Georgian cuisine. Indigenous Georgian ingredients like walnuts and pomegranate permeate all sections of the menu from food to cocktails, alongside fresh herbs and unusual spices such as dried marigold petals and blue fenugreek, creating a flavor palate that is bold yet accessible.

Small plates include vegetable paté-like pkhali made of spinach, green beans, or beets minced with walnuts and Georgian spices; gebjalia, a fresh cheese with mint served with tomato; house-made kupati sausages with pomegranate and fried pickles; grilled quail makvalshi with a savory blackberry sauce; and a variety of khinkali soup dumplings. Traditional Georgian breads, including several types of the iconic stuffed breads called khachapuri, will come out of the kitchen, which features a traditional toné oven. Guests can also expect larger communal dishes such as whole grilled branzino with pomegranate sauce; chanakhi lamb with seasonal vegetables; and the rich, garlicky chicken dish, chkmeruli.

After visiting many Georgian wineries, Jonathan and Laura look forward to introducing guests to wines from a culture believed to be the world’s oldest, dating back some 8,000 years. Supra will be offering some of the country’s most sophisticated and unique wines from renowned labels such as Orgo and Pheasant’s Tears as well as smaller, family-owned operations like Naotari.

Cocktails are inspired by the liqueurs and flavors of the region. The “Chacha Sour” features Georgian brandy, lemon juice, egg whites, and Angostura bitters. The seasonal “Grow a Pear” incorporates Georgian sparkling Bagrationi wine with fresh pear, pear liqueur, and Angostura bitters.

The 136-seat space, designed by 2Scale Interiors, will follow suit with nods to traditional Georgian culture (wooly Georgian “papakhi” hats and “supra” tablecloths) alongside displays of modern art from Tbilisi (White Studio), Moscow (Petrovka Art Studio), and D.C. (Schwa Design). Georgian street artist Gagosh will be traveling to Washington in the coming months to create a mural on the brick wall of the bar.

Jonathan has long been fascinated with Georgia, beginning with a teenage friendship with a Georgian exchange student, who inspired him to embark on his own exchange year in the then-Soviet Union through the American Field Service. It was during this time that he had his first exposure to Georgian food and wine, a cultural passion that he channeled into a legal career focused on high-risk business transactions in Russia, Georgia, Central Asia, and the rest of the former Soviet Union. A fluent Russian speaker, he frequently travels to the region and lived, together with his wife Laura and their daughters, for three years in Moscow, where they observed the overwhelming popularity of Georgian restaurants among expats and locals alike.

Open for dinner service, with lunch and brunch to follow, Supra’s initial operating hours are Sunday-Wednesday 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., and on Thursday-Saturday 5:00 p.m. to midnight. Reservations can be made by calling (202) 789-1205 and through Reserve, online, in the coming weeks.”

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Some Days I Feel I Need to ‘Curl Up in a Ball’

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hadn’t even been in office for two months when he told the Independent Journal Review that he “didn’t want this job.” His wife, he said, “told me I’m supposed to do this.” So instead of retiring to his ranch in Texas, he went to work for a man he’d later (allegedly) call a “fucking moron.”

Tillerson has never been good at hiding his discontent as secretary of State. Early on, he reportedly ordered State Department staffers to avoid eye contact with him. Fellow administration officials perceive him as as either “inaccessible” or “grumpy” and rumors of his impending resignation began before he even made it through half a year in office. All of this was before Trump began to “publicly castrate” him, as Senator Bob Corker said, and before Tillerson had to hold a press conference to grovel to the “smart” President Trump.

So it comes as little surprise then that Tillerson would joke about being so miserable that he wants to “curl up in a ball.” The only surprise is that he let a camera catch him doing it on Thursday. The press conference explaining this one should be fun.

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