There’s a place out in Zone 6 where if you drive just as the moon rises you’ll run into a man walking in just a pair of shorts. His flesh looks pristine save for a tattoo along his back. The more you look at it the more it shifts and changes. If you roll down your window to talk to him he won’t respond; just keep walking before stopping and just staring at your car once you pass him. Never ask him if he needs a ride.
Sometimes the sand under your feet will shift as if you’ve stepped into a hole yet if you look down you find you’re walking on pavement. You brush it off as nothing but start watching your feet a little more closely.
It’s last call in Lucky’s bar and you notice someone in a hood walks in. They never order but you know they’re waiting for someone. No one ever goes over to talk to them but there’s whispers that they work for the Phoenix Witch. If you go talk to them people start to forget you exist; never talk to the hooded figure.
At the edge of the badlands there’s a gas station that lays abandoned. Everyone knows you don’t spend the night there but they never explain why. The pumps always ding as you fill up your ride and there’s a bucket where you drop bottle caps in place of carbons. The pumps never run dry.
In Zone 4 there’s a mailbox with a small placard just asking for a single battery donation. No one decorated it and the blue paint has been all but buffeted away by the sandstorms. If you put a battery in you wake up the next morning with a flower in your hair. No one knows where they come from or how they get to you. There’s whispers that if you eat the flower it will save you from being ghosted. Those that have eaten the flowers are never heard from again.
If you run the obsidian road while singing The Black Parade there’s a chance you’ll see a glowing neon form in the distance. It never grows closer no matter how much you run towards or away from it. Never blink before it disappears because if you do you’ll find out just what, or who, it really is.
In Zone 5 there’s an old church covered in graffiti, but only on the outside, no one goes in and everyone knows not to try. Looking into the windows gives you an uneasy feeling. Murder Babies dare each other to spend a night inside for their initiation; those that do return with colored hair and ghosts behind their eyes. They never talk but if you pry you’ll find out just why they look the way they do.
In Zone 3 there’s an abandoned food truck with blacked out windows and a small window where you can get your food. There’s no menu but if you slip carbons through the crack in the passengers side window you’ll hear a clang and there will be something waiting for you at pickup. If you take too long in grabbing it you’ll find yourself covered in bites and scratches; no one ever knows where they come from.
The Speciality Equipment Market Association (SEMA) in Las Vegas is regarded worldwide as the leading trade show for customization and tuning. At this year’s SEMA show from November 3-6 2015, BMW presents a selection of distinctively sports-oriented performance parts to the trade fair audience. Trade fair visitors will see a BMW M Performance modified BMW M4 Coupé as well as the first BMW M Performance Parts for the new BMW M2 Coupé.
What is more, the new “M Performance” inscription in dynamic technical design is to be seen on selected parts. The inscription reflects the increased flair of BMW M Performance as well as underscoring the functional orientation of all BMW M Performance Parts. Evidence of this is also to be seen in the new, extremely sporty parts and components with which BMW has fitted the demonstration vehicle. The new inscription will initially appear on the BMW M Performance Parts for the models BMW M2 Coupé and BMW M4 Coupé, but in future it will be used for the entire BMW M Performance product portfolio.
Canada has the world’s third-largest oil reserve, and it’s worth hundreds of billions of dollars. Nearly all of that crude is contained in Alberta’s oil sands. Getting the oil from underground and into your car requires an extraordinary mining effort that has significant effects on the environment and is expensive.
In a world concerned about climate change and in which oil prices have plummeted, the oil sands industry faces an uncertain future.
Environmental activists have celebrated a few victories recently. Last month, President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have transported oil sands crude from land-locked Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast, giving producers access to the world market.
Another victory for environmentalists came when Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced that her government will limit carbon emissions from the oil sands business at 100 million tons a year. That could put a damper on the industry’s projected growth and prevent Alberta from taking full advantage of its huge oil reserve. That is, unless companies can figure out how to develop the resource and prevent carbon pollution. Shell believes it has a solution.