As demonstrators filled the National Mall on Saturday for the Women’s March on Washington, Metro rail clocked its second-highest daily ridership level ever, with 1,001,613 trips, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority reported.
The only day to draw more riders to the system was Jan. 20, 2009, the day of former President Barack Obama’s first inauguration, when the system saw 1.12 million trips.
Saturday’s ridership also far outpaced the numbers for President Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday, which drew 570,557 passenger trips, according to WMATA.
WMATA General Manager and CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld praised employees for their work over the weekend.
“We can all feel proud of providing safe, reliable service for large numbers of riders over two consecutive days on a world stage,” he wrote.
He added that Metro, which has faced a series of safety and reliability challenges, “demonstrated to the region and riders from across the nation that we are capable of delivering world-class service.”
The Metro ridership numbers are one barometer by which to measure event crowd sizes — a contentious topic as Trump and his aides push back against media reports about how much smaller the crowd was for Trump’s inauguration than for Obama’s inauguration in 2009. He dispatched his press secretary, Sean Spicer, to the White House briefing room on Saturday evening to complain about coverage — a move that also led to a series of false claims by Spicer.
And Trump expressed divergent views on participants in the Women’s March on Sunday.
He first wrote on Twitter: “Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn’t these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly.”
He later followed up with another Twitter post: “Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don’t always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views.”
The Women’s March on Washington was one of many such protests that took place in cities across the U.S. and the world.
i figure that BLI is pretty tolerant when it comes to binary trans people. the issue comes up when someone doesn’t want to identify as either male or female. it has nothing to do with religion, of course, nor with ““biology””– chromosomes or genitals or whatever– it’s just that BLI believes that it’s too confusing for citizens to have more than two set genders floating around. bad for productivity. BLI already divides everything into a binary, all black-and-white, so gender has to be as well.
gender EXPRESSION isn’t really policed or anything, if you’re dmab and you wanna wear a dress BLI doesn’t care. they only get involved once it’s a question of gender IDENTITY, of pronouns and legal names and markers on documents.
if you get cleared by your BLI physician, the company is more than happy to provide you with hormone therapy through their Gender Reassignment Program. it’s just another set of pills, after all. any surgeries are optional, but still covered if wanted. but to get access to any of these, you have to identify as either male or female, and you have to exhibit “strong enough” dysphoria (evaluated by an appointed professional).
anyone trying to assert that they don’t want either of the two gender markers to be used is obviously misguided. that’s a problem. that’s inconvenient. they get assessed, and if they are found to exhibit dysphoria, then they are prescribed a mandatory transition to the opposite gender. if they are not found to exhibit enough dysphoria, then they are sent away and continue to be marked as their assigned gender.
in contrast, gender’s seen as a lot more fluid once you get out of BLI’s clutches. some joys get out there knowing they’re trans, but some, it never occurs to them until they’ve spent some time in the desert. they’re able to explore themselves more once they’re out of that cage, and settle on what they think suits them best. overall, though, labels and such aren’t so important. lots of joys don’t settle things any further than a set of pronouns.
I’d love it if Ash started becoming more aware of his attraction to Misty, enough that it’s no longer subconscious but conscious. It becomes so self-evident to point that Ash is dismayed he no longer can hide behind the guise of cluelessness. Instead of Ash doing his usual “Huh, Misty looks different..” it starts becoming more like “Hey, Misty looks kind of cute- WHAT AM I SAYING?”
Ash becomes annoyed with himself for even entertaining the possibility he may like a combative and outspoken girl like Misty. It starts messing with his performance in battles. That’s absolutely unacceptable to Ash and he resolves to fix his problem. He’s going to try to prove to himself that Misty isn’t worth liking by riling her up.
But things go the opposite when Ash attempts to antagonize her. The conversations, though combative, start with verbal dominance but unknowingly turn into lame flirting cringe-fests. Each phone call ends with a really big smile on Ash’s face. But that all melts away after Ash horrifically realizes what happened: he still likes Misty. Ash reverts to being frustrated and comically cries to Pikachu. Nothing is going to change.
Getting right into the second mix of 2017 we have a Manchester based producer making his own lane in the house and techno scene with his own mixture of minimal, acidic, deep house tunes. Jimc, whose also been releasing tunes on Charmin Records a label spearheaded by Florian who blessed us with volume 16 early last year. Jimc brings somewhat of a deeper, melodic, old school flavor with this set that’s bare killer, no filler. get locked in.
Tracklist 1. Black Jazz Consortium - Free your Mind 2. BM & BM Sound Machine - Take3 (Glenn Underground Remix) 3. Afrodyssey Orchestra - Fela (M. Caporale Remix) 4. Blackman - Muestra Me 5. Melchior Sultana - Healer 6. Sandboards - Nothing but a freak 7. Palms Trax - Nervous Sex Traffic 8. Move D - Anne Will 9. MadderModes - Mental Space 10. Stojche - Radical Measure 11. Baaz - Yourz 12. Dorisburg - Uncertainly 13. Mr. G - Toi Toi 14. Jupiter Jax - Outer States
Fuck. Fuck fuck fuck. I cannot wait for my top surgery to happen. I have this fantasy? sort of thing in my head where I just slide a t-shirt over my head and I’m good to go. I would be able to walk around without a shirt without feeling dysphoric. I would be able to look in the mirror shirtless and be comfortable with what I see. I can’t fucking wait until those days.