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Think the nation’s capital is a stuffy place? This is a scene from the Saturday’s second annual Wiener 500 Dachshund Dash for Charity, a most delightful fundraiser organized by OnTap Magazine, in which adorable hotdog-like dogs race across a very short green just blocks from the White House.
The event, which gets even better by featuring some weenie dogs festooned in costumes, benefits the Washington Humane Society, financially — emotionally, it’s good for us all.
Here are some more photos, along those lines:
— Lisa M. Maatz (@LisaMaatz) September 23, 2013
— Michael Katz (@KatzM) September 21, 2013
The GW Hatchet reports that a dog named Pumpkin won the event.
According to new figures released by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) the total amount of bitumen emulsion – a mixture of tar sands heavy crude and water – released on Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.’s (CNRL) Cold Lake Site is now more than 1.5 million litres, or the equivalent to more than 9,600 barrels of oil.
The reported amount has grown from an initially estimated 4,450 litres or 28 cubic metres in late June, according the AER’s website.
The figures, made public by the AER, are reported to the regulator from CNRL, prompting onlookers to raise concerns about industry self-reporting.
Bob Curran from the Alberta Energy Regulator says that it is normal for companies to report spill volumes and rates in incidents like these. Although, he adds, “these aren’t numbers that we’re saying we’ve 100 per cent verified but these are numbers that are being reported to us. I think there’s an important caveat on that.”
The seepage, which reportedly began in early 2013, although wasn’t officially reported to the public until late May, is occurring on sites where CNRL uses High Pressure Cyclic Steam Stimulation (HPCSS) to recover bitumen from deep reservoirs. The process uses a combination of high pressures and temperatures to fracture the rock surrounding bitumen deposits. Super hot steam melts and pressurizes the bitumen, allowing it to surface up a wellbore.
Currently, on at least 4 CNRL sites, pressurized bitumen is leaking to the surface through uncontrolled fissures in the ground. Both the AER and CNRL are unable to explain the cause of the spill or say when it might stop.
The AER didn't immediately announce the incidents to the public. The AER's Bob Curran told Postmedia News, “The first three incidents were quite small compared to this last one. There were no public impacts, there were negligible environmental impacts. No real trigger to put out a news release.”
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Crystal Lameman, member of the Beaver Lake Cree Nation whose territory includes the Cold Lake spill site, says she's frustrated with the AER's tendency to minimize the incident and its impact.
"The mere fact that they are the ones that determine what is minimal when it doesn’t directly impact them – that concerns me. I’ll be the judge of what is deemed minimal when toxic water is spilling out on the land in our traditional territory. So just because it may at that time have not affected a human being, it affects those beings that cannot speak for themselves and those beings that we have the constitutionally protected right to fish and hunt. But if they’re drinking toxic water and breathing toxic air how can they guarantee to us that those animals are in their purest form?" she said.
"I have a real issue with the way that they determine what is minimal, what is of concern, what is a lot, what is a little. That concerns me because thus far, since they’ve changed their name from the ERCB to the AER, I’ve seen nothing but a bad track record in the way they report, in the way they provide comment, the lack of expediting information to local First Nations people. What I’ve found is that we’re often the last ones to find out about these spills."
The released caused the death of 2 beavers, 49 birds, 105 amphibians, and 46 small mammals, the AER reports. Clean up and containment efforts are still ongoing and the early stages of a subsurface investigation are underway.
The AER and Alberta’s Energy and Sustainable Resource Development have launched provincial investigations and recently Environment Canada announced a federal investigation is also being undertaken.
But here’s the most important question: Who cares? Seriously, who are you working out for? If the answer is anyone other than yourself, we need to have a little chat.
Full disclosure: I’ve had some nasty body dysmorphia in my life. When I first started out acting in New York and L.A., I thought having a killer body was everything, and I had no idea when enough was enough. I was nailing magazine covers and product endorsements, but even with a gorgeous boyfriend who told me I was beautiful every day, I never felt like I was good enough when I looked in the mirror. It took a lot of growing up and letting go, casting off the people who brought me down and made me doubt myself. It finally got better when I began surrounding myself with love and support from friends who cared about the real me.
For the first time, the body on the outside was as strong as the heart on the inside.
Ask a guy why he joined a gym, and the answer will often be, “I want to get hot!” Well, friends, it’s my pleasure to break it to you: You already are! If there is one thing I learned in the long journey to being happy with my looks, it’s that the outside should always be the physical manifestation of how you feel inside.
I’ve been asked repeatedly to write about fitness and why it means so much to me, but I really had no idea where to begin. Do I tell you about which weights are best? What you should be eating? The yummiest protein? No, none of that matters until you look at yourself in the mirror and realize that the only person you need to worry about impressing with your body is yourself. Don’t worry, there are plenty of websites with lots of tips and videos about getting that beach body you’re looking for, but first things first: Let’s figure out why we’re going to sweat.
Each week RuPaul tells her ladies on Drag Race that they’d better remember who really comes first, because “if you don’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?” Amen, Ru. Amen.
Listen, body image, like that gorgeous muscle boy you stare at each time you go to the bar, is nothing but a mess of confusion. Every ad in every magazine shows us glistening pecs and rippling six-packs that lead us to believe that we’re not worth squat unless we can grate cheese on our stomachs. We are being told that if we don’t match this prepackaged ideal, we’re something “less-than.”
What you are is a gorgeous man who is already sexy just because you’ve embraced who you are. Working out, eating right, and keeping your body and brain healthy make the wrapping on the present firm and desirable, but it’s the man inside that matters.
Just remember that there will always be some guy younger and fitter than you, but he doesn’t have your heart. That’s the sexiest muscle you’ve got!
Joey Prusak — the Minnesota Dairy Queen manager whose good deed for a blind customer went viral last week — received a phone call he’ll likely never forget.
Just got off the phone with @WarrenBuffett, what a great phone call that was! Thank you sir for calling me!
— joey prusak (@JoeyPrusak) September 19, 2013
Billionaire Warren Buffett, who owns Dairy Queen, called up the 19-year-old on Thursday to thank him for giving a visually-impaired man money from his own pocket. The man had unknowingly dropped $20 and a woman swiped it.
“He called and thanked me for being a role model for all the other employees and people in general,” Prusak told the Associated Press.
Buffett also invited the teen to the 2014 Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in Omaha, Neb., so that he can meet him, Dairy Queen spokesman Dean Peters told ABCNews.com. In the meantime, Peters said Dairy Queen is still working to figure out a way to reward Prusak for his act of kindness.
“Here’s somebody that did something good for someone else and no one asked him to do it,” Peters told ABC. “It strikes a chord in a lot of people.”
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