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  • 'Burning Man for the 1%': the desert party for the tech elite, with Eric Schmidt in a top hat

    05/03/2016 6:42:56 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies ^ | 5/2/2016 | Nellie Bowles
    A red Ferrari with the top down swerved past on the winding dirt road, heading to what looked like a small Mars encampment. Helicopters landed on the side of the road and greeters darted across. At a farmers’ market with overflowing baskets full of raspberries, watermelons, and focaccia, I asked for a mango, and the farmer started cutting it in half for me: “That’ll be $7.” This weekend, outside Las Vegas, a group of Burning Man veterans put on a festival called Further Future, now in its second year. Across 49 acres of Native American land over three days, with...
  • Burning Man considers legal action against Quizno's

    09/13/2015 5:00:46 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 53 replies
    WND and Reno Gazette-Journal ^ | 12 Sep 15 | Staff
    The toasted sandwich company published a parody video, “Out of the Maze and into the Playa,” on YouTube earlier this week, a day after the weeklong utopian arts celebration in Northern Nevada’s Black Rock Desert concluded on Monday. The plot sends the characters of the “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” a not-so-well reviewed science fiction thriller to be released later this month, to Burning Man as a test of character. “Welcome to Burning Man. The world outside is hanging on by a very thin, non-GMO, cruelty-free, organic hemp thread. Beyond this tent flap lies the beginning of your new lives...
  • FBI testing 'intelligence collecting' technology at the Burning Man event in Nevada

    09/08/2015 7:29:08 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 38 replies ^ | 09/07/2015 | Jon E. Dougherty
    ( The FBI will send undercover agents to the annual Burning Man festival in Nevada to test new “intelligence collecting” technology aimed at combating “terrorist activities,” something the agency has admitted it has done since 2010. In response to a Freedom of Information Act request in 2012, the FBI said its Special Events Management unit has been maintaining files on attendees of the alternative lifestyle festival, who are known as “burners,” in an attempt to “aid in the prevention of terrorist activities and intelligence collection.” However, much of the FBI’s 16-page response to the FOIA request is heavily redacted, the...
  • A psychedelic send-off for 'the godfather of LSD': Susan Sarandon at Burning Man

    09/06/2015 11:58:44 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | September 6, 2015 | Kelly Mclaughlin and Mia De Graaf
    Susan Sarandon led a very belated funeral procession for her dear friend, the 'godfather of LSD' Timothy Leary, at Burning Man on Saturday. Clutching his ashes on the march into a makeshift church, the 67-year-old actress - who was wearing a bridal gown - said she had wanted to lay Leary to rest where he would be surrounded by revelers who had taken the psychedelic drug to honor his memory. 'I think he'd be so happy,' Sarandon said of Leary, who died and was cremated in 1996. 'I think he would have loved the chaos. He would have loved it....
  • Burners BEWARE! Burning Man site has become infested with huge desert-resistant biting bugs

    08/20/2015 8:42:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 31 replies ^ | 8/20/2015 | Zoe Szathmary
    The Black Rock Desert, Nevada, site for this year's Burning Man has been inundated with biting bugs, it emerged this week. Several photos uploaded to Twitter this week showed swarms of bugs, both on the ground and in the air. User @khloestarr shared one such photograph, writing: 'Bugs on the playa this year. Not normal. Shouldn't a dust storm knock them out? Like Burningman [sic] wasn't gross enough.' On Tuesday, a blog post on the page for Voices of Burning Man reported on the insects' presence.
  • Psychic Capital: Tech and Silicon Valley Turn to Mystics for Advice

    07/19/2015 1:36:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Wednesday, Jul 15 2015 | Jeremy Lybarger
    The names of the tech workers in this story have been changed.Ten thousand miles from Silicon Valley, in a room near the Black Sea, Yegor Karpenchekov dreams of money. At night, while the rest of Odessa sleeps and cocaine smugglers drift in and out of the port under cover of darkness, Yegor logs onto FaceTime and talks to a 70-year-old woman in San Francisco. Her name is Sally Faubion, and five months ago she recruited Yegor from the freelancer marketplace UpWork to code her apps. She believes "divine intervention" brought them together; for Yegor, it was likely $20 per hour...
  • 'Israel's Burning Man' festival damages archaeological site

    06/18/2015 10:55:39 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 5 replies
    HaAretz ^ | 28 May 2015 | Roy Arad
    <p>Last weekend’s Midburn festival, the Israeli version of the Burning Man event in the United States, apparently violated one of Burning Man’s 10 principles: “Leave no trace.”</p>
  • 3 Student-Designed Pavilions from DS10 to be Built at Burning Man

    04/27/2015 1:43:50 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    Arch Daily ^ | 4-27-2015
    Three students from Diploma Studio 10 (DS10) at the University of Westminster have received grants to see their designs realized at this year’s Burning Man festival. The projects - The Infinity Tree, Reflection, and Bismuth Bivouac - are temporary pavilions that will provide respite for festival-goers, each with a unique experiential quality to captivate the masses. Drawing upon the 2015 Burning Man theme “Carnival of Mirrors,” the three pavilions will explore the illusory and enchanting qualities of old-fashioned carnival culture while serving as functional spaces of rest and shelter from the Black Rock Desert sun. These and other installations will make up a...
  • CPAC: For Conservatives, It’s Burning Man Meets the Super Bowl

    02/24/2015 6:13:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Newsweek ^ | February 24, 2015 | Matthew Cooper
    It’s an industry trade show like Comic-Con, but also a feel-good festival à la Burning Man. It’s got Super Bowlesque hoopla, and for activists on the right, the annual meeting is the get-together in Washington. Thousands of conservatives will gather Wednesday for the weeklong Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where presidential hopefuls Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and others will try to woo their base in the lead-up to 2016. The event, long held at Washington’s Omni Shoreham Hotel, was moved by organizers to the recently built Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland—a Democratic stronghold,...
  • Raver from music festival TomorrowWorld found naked in the woods

    10/11/2014 1:28:38 PM PDT · by redreno · 9 replies ^ | 10/10/2014 | By Joel Christie
    A man in Georgia last week stumbled across what he now calls 'the best hunting story of my life'. Out looking for deer in the woods near his home in Chattahoochee Hills, Casey Sanders said he heard a shout before seeing a naked young man stranded by a creek. Shocked and suspicious, Sanders announced that he was armed and started filming the bizarre encounter, which took place on October 2. He soon figured out the confused twenty-something had attended the electronic dance festival TomorrowWorld, which was set on a 500-acre property not far away, but had finished four days earlier.
  • Grover Norquist — yes, that Grover Norquist — makes ‘new friends’ at Burning Man

    08/30/2014 7:21:01 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 32 replies ^ | August 30, 2014 | Twitchy Staff
    The GOP just keeps getting weirder.
  • These Parents Brought Their Kids To Burning Man - To 'See A World Without Money'

    08/22/2014 11:38:42 AM PDT · by BlopAndStop · 25 replies
    Business Insider - The Bold Italic ^ | August 22, 2014 | Rhea St. Julien
    Is Burning Man a huge art installation, a social experiment, or simply a giant rave? The people who get behind the first two concepts are the ones who believe strongly in bringing their children to the Burn. They pack up their Suburbans, slather on sunscreen, and outfit their kids in tiny wildebeest costumes. “This will always be a family-friendly event,” Burning Man employee Jim Graham stated on NPR recently. Based on their principle of radical inclusion, Burning Man officials “enthusiastically welcome children of all ages to Black Rock City.” Since the festival is an experiment in freedom and creative expression,...
  • Man commits suicide by leaping into giant bonfire at Burning Man-style festival in Utah

    07/14/2014 7:25:02 AM PDT · by redreno · 105 replies ^ | 07/14/2014 | BY Philip Caulfield
    A man killed himself at Burning Man-style arts festival by leaping into a towering burning art structure in front of hundreds of horrified onlookers, authorities and witnesses said. On Monday, scores of "burners" - who commune in the Nevada desert every August for Burning Man -were mourning the doomed festivalgoer after he dove into the flames during a moonlit bonfire ritual at the Element 11 fest near Salt Lake City late Saturday.

    04/23/2014 7:40:21 AM PDT · by bkopto · 68 replies
    Politix ^ | 4/23/2014 | Dain Fitzgerald
    Some folks involved with the annual Burning Man festival plan on staging a counter-standoff to the one currently taken up by Bundy in his ongoing challenge to the feds over grazing rights. The video below posted by progressive activist Sean Shealy details the plan for a month-long shindig to be held after the official Burning Man proceedings that will take place directly across from Bundy Ranch. The "anything goes" action promises hundreds of bands, as many as 50,000 revelers, "total freedom," and of course full nudity. "You're free to let it all hang out right there, just like Bundy's cattle,"...
  • Bundyfest!: Burning Man guy to hold month-long music fest across from Cliven Bundy’s Ranch

    04/21/2014 6:14:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    Death and Taxes blog ^ | April 21, 2014 | Robyn Pennacchia
    There are very few things in the world that have the power to make me roll my eyes as hard as Burning Man. I’m a lefty, but I’m also a curmudgeon with precious little patience for whimsy, specifically like, white-people-with-dreads-and-furry-boots-doing-fire-dancing whimsy. Particularly if it involves techno. It’s fine for other people, but not if they want to talk to me about it, as I find there is a lot of crossover between Burning Man types and people who will tell you the same story over and over again in the same conversation. However, I have to give my full-throated support...
  • Burning Man Gone: 38K Tickets Sold in 44 Minutes

    03/01/2014 2:10:58 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, Mar 1, 2014 | Chris Roberts
    The popular counter-cultural event in the Nevada Desert burned through its 38,000 tickets in 44 minutes this week, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal. The $380 tickets went on sale on Wednesday with little issue, the newspaper reported. They are being relisted online at places like StubHub for up to $1,545. If you missed the Burning boat, fear not: Another 1,000 tickets will go onsale on Aug. 6. A record-breaking 68,000 people went to the playa last year.
  • Burning Man festival -- should kids be there?

    09/06/2013 12:09:15 AM PDT · by WilliamIII · 20 replies
    McClatchy News Service ^ | Sep 3 2013 | Ed Fletche
    Reno -- With camps named Slutgarden, Spanky’s Wine Bar and Homomojitos, the annual countercultural festival Burning Man offers a wide assortment of adult experiences. But a modest yet passionate group of parents — many from Northern California — also argue that the temporary city in the desert can be a transformative learning laboratory for children.
  • Study shows how Burning Man’s unique culture alters your emotional regulation

    08/08/2013 3:43:27 PM PDT · by redreno · 25 replies ^ | August 6, 2013 | Eric W. Dolan
    No need for psychedelic substances: The cultural milieu at the week-long annual art festival known as Burning Man is enough to alter your mind. Research published in the scientific journal Frontiers in Emotion Science in July found that an individual’s social and cultural environment influenced how they controlled their emotional responses
  • Fear of fire Sparks' policies toward fire art aren't cool, say members of Controlled Burn

    08/01/2013 12:11:32 PM PDT · by redreno · 8 replies ^ | 08.01.13. | By Kyril (Ky) Plaskon
    They wear black. They're illuminated by city street lights. Their pupils shrink, focused on the mesmerizing flame at their fingertips. They do not speak, but suddenly crack fuel-covered burning whips, swing blazing canes and fire balls on chains. Tracers of firelight linger in the smoky air. Sparks fly and bounce on the asphalt. Orange-blue stripes of ignited fuel on the ground stroke their dancing feet. Among the battery of fuel cans, extinguishers and heat a member of the clan stands intensely watching and holding an outstretched blanket like an unmanned cape, ready to smother any flame that might catch hold....
  • Tax movies, strip clubs, gyms? That’s Nevada legislator’s proposal

    05/09/2013 9:23:10 AM PDT · by redreno · 24 replies ^ | 05/09/2013 | By Anjeanette Damon (contact) Anjeanette Damon
    The Legislature’s attempt to craft an entertainment tax in 2003 read a little bit like the children’s story of the hen who couldn’t persuade her barnyard animal friends to help her gather and grow grain for the winter. Lawmakers then considered a proposal by the Nevada Taxpayers Association to tax admissions to nearly every form of entertainment and recreation. But when it came time to write the bill, a common refrain was sounded by many targeted for the tax. “Not I!” said the movie theaters. “Not I!” said the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. “Not I!” said the baseball parks, bowling...
  • Nevada State Legislature poised to take regulation of Burning Man away from state and local cops

    03/31/2013 11:03:51 PM PDT · by huac · 14 replies
    Boing Boing ^ | 04/01/2013 | Cory Doctorow
    "...and the county's conservative lawmakers have been passing silly-season unconstitutionalities, like a law prohibiting a man from being naked in the presence of a child..."
  • Legislative leaders light a fire on taxing Burning Man

    03/26/2013 5:05:35 PM PDT · by redreno · 27 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Friday, March 8, 2013 | 2 a.m. | By Anjeanette Damon (contact)
    Each year, Burning Man draws 60,000 people to the Black Rock Desert north of Reno to participate in a weeklong counterculture art festival. Admittance to the bohemia isn’t free, though. You need to buy a $380 ticket. Now, some Democratic legislative leaders are looking at the ticket proceeds and wondering why the state doesn’t get a cut. “It’s how many people and they pay how much?” Senate Majority Leader Mo Denis, D-Las Vegas, said. “I definitely think we ought to look at that.” Here’s some quick math: 60,000 tickets sold at $380 a pop equals $22.8 million. Apply the state’s...
  • BLM declares Burning Man Second Amendment-free zone(NV)

    08/31/2012 6:50:38 PM PDT · by marktwain · 31 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 31 August, 2012 | David Codrea
    The Bureau of Land Management has declared the Burning Man “radical self-expression/self-reliance" community “experiment” in northern Nevada’s Black Rock Desert a temporary weapons-free zone, GunLeaders Blog reported today. Citing a Department of the Interior “Notice of Temporary Closure and Temporary Restrictions of Specific Uses on Public Lands in Pershing County, NV” appearing in the Federal Register Volume 77, Number 157 (Tuesday, August 14, 2012), the edict mandates “temporary closures and temporary restrictions will be in effect from August 13, 2012 to September 17, 2012. Proclaiming its authority under 43 CFR 8364.1., and issued by Gene Seidlitz, District Manager, Winnemucca District,...
  • Feds approve larger crowd for Burning Man

    06/16/2012 8:07:28 AM PDT · by redreno · 14 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Wednesday, June 13, 2012 | 10 a.m. | The Associated Press
    Ten thousand more people are expected to be on hand in the Nevada desert for this year's Burning Man festival after federal officials increased the event's attendance cap. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management issued a special recreation permit to the nonprofit behind Burning Man, San Francisco-based Black Rock City LLC, that allows 60,900 people to attend the arts festival, up from 50,000 last year. Officials announced the increase on Tuesday.
  • The main-street Republican values of ... Burning Man?

    05/04/2012 6:00:15 PM PDT · by redreno · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/03/2012 | by Suzy Khimm
    Go to Burning Man, and you’ll find everything from a thunderdome battle between a couple in tiger-striped bodypaint to a man dressed as a gigantic blueberry muffin on wheels. But underneath it all, says the festival’s co-founder, Larry Harvey, is “old-fashioned capitalism.”
  • Burning Man Appeals Probation over Crowd Size

    04/21/2012 11:00:19 AM PDT · by redreno · 7 replies ^ | 4/21/2012 | Associated Press
    Organizers of the Burning Man festival are challenging the federal government's decision to place them on probation for exceeding the crowd cap last year.
  • 1 hot ticket: Burning Man 'fiasco' pits us v. them on dark side of the desert playa in Nevada

    02/25/2012 9:13:40 AM PST · by redreno · 14 replies · 2+ views
    AP ^ | 02/25/2012 | SCOTT SONNER and CRISTINA SILVA
    RENO, Nev. - The biggest prior threats to Burning Man's annual regeneration in the Black Rock Desert were U.S. land use laws, undercover cops and the media-perpetuated perception that the largest outdoor arts festival in North America is really just an excuse to get naked and do drugs. But that was before the teeth-gnashing "ticket fiasco." Two decades after the free spirits moved their party from San Francisco's Baker Beach to a dried up ancient lake bed 120 miles north of Reno, the annual pilgrimage with its drum circles, decorated art cars, guerilla theatrics and colorful theme camps has become...
  • Independent reporting of Occupy Wall Street

    10/09/2011 6:03:49 PM PDT · by redreno · 22 replies
    Errata Security ^ | 10/9/2012 | Robert David Graham
    I was unhappy with the poor journalistic coverage of the #OccupyWallStreet protests, so I went to Wall Street myself to see what’s going on, and report on it. It’s the quality of the coverage, not the amount that's the problem. It’s been on the nightly news every night for the past week, but there has been little “serious” reporting.
  • At Burning Man, Air-Conditioning, RVs Make Inroads

    09/05/2011 10:07:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    wsj ^ | SEPTEMBER 3, 2011 | STU WOO and JUSTIN SCHECK
    BLACK ROCK CITY, Nev.—The giant Burning Man art festival, in its official manifesto, calls on attendees to exhibit "radical self-reliance" as they camp and frolic on the dry lakebed here for a week every year. Burning Man's mantra is so compelling that some 50,000 participants have gathered in this rustic setting for the 25th annual rite. But some bourgeois Burners are calling upon more than spiritual vibes to tap their inner self. They've got hired help. ... Elsewhere on the desert grounds, Burners wear bikini tops, leather chaps, stilts, goggles—and sometimes nothing at all. They rely on canned food for...
  • The Burning Season ( another thread about Burning Man )

    08/28/2011 11:25:35 AM PDT · by redreno · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 27, 2011 | By LAWRENCE DOWNES
    Burning Man, the arts festival and experimental community that blooms once a year for a week on a dry desert lakebed outside Gerlach, Nev., starts Monday.
  • WNC News & Notes: Scenes of Burning Man — without the dust

    08/28/2011 8:49:22 AM PDT · by redreno · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Nevada Appeal ^ | August 28, 2011 | Nevada Appeal Staff Report
    Northern Nevada will host one of the largest and most innovative art and cultural events in the nation this week, yet most local residents have never experienced the weeklong Burning Man Festival. Western Nevada College offers a fascinating glimpse into the Burning Man culture of self-expression and self-reliance through a photography exhibit that portrays the art, costumes and energy of the event. “The Culture of Burning Man,” showing through Oct. 15, is made possible by the Black Rock Arts Foundation, and is curated by local artist Maria Partridge.
  • Leadership Lessons From Burning Man

    08/26/2011 12:18:09 PM PDT · by redreno · 13 replies
    FastCompany ^ | Aug 25, 2011 | BY E.B. Boyd
    It’s easy to dismiss Burning Man as nothing more than a bizarre hippie love-fest that takes place deep in the Nevada desert every year the week before Labor Day. But doing so misses the fact that it’s an amazingly successful enterprise--and, as such, has a thing or two to teach about how to inspire creative people and create a great product. Since it first began 25 years ago, Burning Man has grown larger every year (if you ignore the slight dip in recession-scarred 2009). It’s grown so much that this year, for the first time ever, the organization had to...
  • Any other FReepers attending Burning Man next week?

    08/25/2011 4:32:19 PM PDT · by varyouga · 40 replies
    vanity ^ | 8-25-11 | vanity
    Are any other FReepers attending the Burning Man festival next week? I'm going with some other patriots to explore and spread our Founding Fathers' message of true freedom through limited government. We haven't named our camp yet since this is the first year. I'd love to hear your advice too. Freepmail me if you are interested in joining forces out there. -V
  • Thousands in public cash goes on ‘artwork’ that will be burned at US hippy festival

    08/15/2011 10:28:49 AM PDT · by redreno · 9 replies
    dailymail ^ | 14th August 2011 | Ben Haugh
    Thousands of euro of Irish taxpayers’ money has been spent building a wooden ‘temple’ that will be ceremonially burnt to the ground at a hippy festival in America next month. As the nation faces yet another austerity budget, the Irish Mail on Sunday can reveal that €9,000 has been given towards building the Temple Of Transition – a giant timber structure that will be torched at the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert next month.
  • Burning Man tickets sell out for the first time

    07/26/2011 11:17:22 AM PDT · by redreno · 36 replies · 1+ views
    San Franciso Bay Guardian ^ | 07.25.11 - 10:52 am | Steven T. Jones
    For the first time in the event's 25-year history, tickets to Burning Man have sold out. With more than a month left to go before the gates to Black Rock City open at midnight on Aug. 28, burners have already started a mad scramble for spare tickets through various message boards and online networks.
  • A Sign? Man Bursts Into Flames at San Francisco Sex Shop

    04/18/2011 10:43:12 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 45 replies
    Aol News ^ | April 15, 2011 | David Lohr
    For seven years, Roger Huang, a pastor who runs a rescue mission in San Francisco's Tenderloin district, has been trying to shut down the sex shops there. This week he may have seen a sign that his efforts are working. On Wednesday, a man burst into flames while inside one of those porn shops, police said.
  • Man ‘Engulfed In Flames’ At San Francisco Porn Shop

    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) — A man was hospitalized Wednesday evening with life-threatening, third-degree burns after catching fire inside a San Francisco porn store, authorities told CBS 5. The fire occurred at an adult arcade at Sixth and Mission streets just after 6 p.m. Police officers across the street from the porn shop saw a man run out the front door of the store “engulfed in flames,” an SFPD spokesman said.
  • Man ‘Engulfed In Flames’ At San Francisco Porn Shop

    04/14/2011 6:29:06 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 55 replies ^ | April 13, 2011 9:34 PM | Staff
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) — A man was hospitalized Wednesday evening with life-threatening, third-degree burns after catching fire inside a San Francisco porn store, authorities told CBS 5. The fire occurred at an adult arcade at Sixth and Mission streets just after 6 p.m. Police officers across the street from the porn shop saw a man run out the front door of the store “engulfed in flames,” an SFPD spokesman said. Some firefighters who happened to be about a block away at the time were immediately summoned and extinguished the flames. Arson investigators said it was not exactly clear how...
  • Man ‘Engulfed In Flames’ At San Francisco Porn Shop

    04/14/2011 7:55:36 AM PDT · by null and void · 88 replies
    SeeBS ^ | 4/12/11
    A man was hospitalized Wednesday evening with life-threatening, third-degree burns after catching fire inside a San Francisco porn store, authorities told CBS 5. The fire occurred at an adult arcade at Sixth and Mission streets just after 6 p.m. Police officers across the street from the porn shop saw a man run out the front door of the store “engulfed in flames,” an SFPD spokesman said. Some firefighters who happened to be about a block away at the time were immediately summoned and extinguished the flames. Arson investigators said it was not exactly clear how the man caught fire. Police...
  • Chinese Artist Debuts 'Burning Man Obama'...

    11/11/2009 12:17:32 PM PST · by EvilAgenda · 51 replies · 2,401+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 11-11-2009 | Some Chinaman
    To some (like the man from Communist China who created the thing) this may represent Obama the trailblazer ... To others a great representation of Obama as Satan.
  • Dust storm causes some to leave Burning Man early

    08/31/2008 5:15:35 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 6 replies · 232+ views
    ABC News ^ | August 30, 2008 | MARTIN GRIFFITH
    A dust storm chased away some participants from the counterculture Burning Man festival before its traditional climax Saturday night on the northern Nevada desert, authorities said. [snip] "We are in (a) total whiteout," he wrote by e-mail. "A similar cold front caused a major dust event on Monday. The rest of the event has been relatively dust-free."
  • Burning Man fire, take two, at cathedral?

    10/30/2007 5:44:27 PM PDT · by Baladas · 9 replies · 85+ views
    The Examiner ^ | Oct 30, 2007 | Tamara Barak Aparton
    When San Francisco performance artist Paul Addis was arrested two months ago for prematurely setting Burning Man’s iconic wooden structure ablaze, some mused that Addis may have been trying to simply shake things up at the 21-year-old festival of radical self-expression. But as Addis, 35, remains behind bars in San Francisco after being nabbed Sunday night for the alleged attempted arson of The City’s historic Grace Cathedral, investigators, “burners” and churchgoers were hard-pressed to come up with a possible motive. Grace Cathedral spokesperson Brent Andrew said members of the Episcopal congregation had no idea why a man with no known...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Alleged Burning Man arsonist accused of trying to burn Grace Cathedral

    10/29/2007 12:37:42 PM PDT · by SmithL · 28 replies · 324+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/29/7 | Jaxon Van Derbeken
    SAN FRANCISCO - The man accused of setting the Burning Man on fire four days early has been arrested for allegedly planning to set Grace Cathedral ablaze, San Francisco police said today. Paul David Addis, 35, was arrested on the cathedral steps at 11:40 p.m. Sunday by police who said they had been tipped that someone intended to set fire to the Episcopal church, police spokesman Sgt. Steve Mannina said. Addis was wearing an old ammunition belt that carried small explosives, Mannina said. He was booked on suspicion of attempted arson, possession of an incendiary substance, possession of explosives and...
  • Burning Man Vs Burning Pride In America (Hippies Vs Patriots Alert)

    09/06/2007 10:28:38 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 9 replies · 1,009+ views ^ | 09/07/2007 | Melanie Morgan
    Let the '60s refugees and their rainbow-haired progeny roll in the mud and do in their Burning Man. The grown-ups of the world are setting fire to our patriotic spirit, winning freedom for oppressed Iraqis and killing a lot of Muslim extremists who would be more than happy to take them out into the desert night, douse them with gasoline and burn them alive, exactly what they did to Iraqi children whose parents supported reconciliation in Iraq. Please join the Fight For Victory caravan. Come to Washington, D.C., on Sept. 15 for the Gathering of Eagles and Eagles Up! push-back...
  • Hate and Intolerance at 'Burning Man'

    09/05/2007 8:43:31 AM PDT · by connell · 5 replies · 383+ views ^ | Christopher Cook
    I was intrigued by the headline of an article from Monday's Washington Times: 'Burning Man' gets religion. It starts out with a look at the feelings and experiences of a Muslim man who attends Burning Man. Interesting enough, so I kept reading. The first page of the article is rather innocuous; it merely talks about what Burning Man is, about the mostly "spiritual but not religious" people who attend, and about how out-of-place Muslim convert Jack Fertig is there. All fair and true enough. But then, it gets to the meat of the article for me. First, let me say...
  • Burning Man Fest-Goers Disillusioned

    08/31/2007 8:02:25 AM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies · 398+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 8/31/7 | MARCUS WOHLSEN, Associated Press Writer
    SAN FRANCISCO, (AP) -- After the signature effigy of the Burning Man festival went up in flames four days ahead of schedule, festival-goers vowed to rebuild the 40-foot icon by Saturday's planned climax. But not everyone was disappointed by Tuesday's incineration. The alleged torching of the wood-and-neon figure by a San Francisco performance artist has cast light on the disillusionment of many who feel the annual celebration of radical self-expression has lost touch with its spontaneous, subversive roots. "People have been trying to set that thing on fire for years," said Hugh D'Andrade, a San Francisco artist who attended the...
  • Burning Man torched early; artist held

    08/28/2007 9:19:31 PM PDT · by WackySam · 58 replies · 1,629+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 8-28-07 | By LISA LEFF, Associated Press Write
    SAN FRANCISCO - Burning Man became Burnt Man four days early on Tuesday, and a San Francisco performance artist was arrested on suspicion of igniting the signature figure of the counterculture festival in the remote Nevada desert. The early morning fire scorched about 85 percent of the structure, Burning Man spokeswoman Andie Grace said. Event engineers decided it would be best to dismantle it and rebuild a less elaborate version, accomplishing in two days what normally takes weeks so the figure would be finished in time for Saturday night's scheduled burning, she said. The approximately 40-foot-tall wood and neon structure...
  • Burning Man's icon goes up in flames, 4 days prematurely

    08/28/2007 12:04:34 PM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies · 595+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/28/7 | Joe Garofoli
    BLACK ROCK DESERT, NEV. - A San Francisco man was arrested on felony arson charges today after the 40-foot-tall "Man" statue whose torching is the annual highlight of the Burning Man festival in Nevada went up in flames four days early, authorities said. Paul Addis, 35, of San Francisco, was booked into the Pershing County Jail in Nevada on the arson charge and misdemeanor possession of fireworks, Sheriff Ron Skinner said.Festival organizers, meanwhile, pondered the smoldering remains of the Man and promised to rebuild the big guy in time for Saturday's regularly scheduled burn in the Black Rock Desert north...
  • Burning Man Tries to Cope with Cash [festival rakes in $10M]

    08/19/2007 6:54:27 PM PDT · by TFFKAMM · 63 replies · 2,213+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/19/07 | Justin Berton
    Inside the Alamo Square apartment of Larry Harvey, the co-founder and impresario of Burning Man, there is a wooden statuette of Ganesh, the Hindu deity known for his patronage of arts and science. The expensive artifact was part of a splurge Harvey allowed himself three years ago, when he finally was able to redecorate his rental apartment and turn it from the paper-infested swamp he'd lived in for the past 22 years to the elegant bachelor pad it is today, adorned with Far Eastern decor and inhabited by a man who, by his own definition, has done well for himself....
  • Osama bin Laden Found at Burning Man

    09/04/2006 9:50:50 AM PDT · by rockbobster · 13 replies · 537+ views ^ | 09-04-06 |
    Bin Laden found - at Burning Man! Black Rock City, NV - Despite a half decade of being sought for the 9/11 hijack bombings, Osama Bin Laden is still at large. Recent sightings of Bin Laden in this Nevada festival indicate he is much closer than anyone thought. "This is proposterous", fumed representative Nancy Pelosi. (D-CA) "We have spent billions of dollars in pursuit of this man, and here he is literally in our backyards." MORE