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Bureau of Land Management Gets Cozy With Burning Man Festival

Tuesday, 07 July 2015 08:10 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Until quite recently I have not kept up with “Burning Man” hoopla. Burning Man could have been a generic in competition with Preparation H or the sequel to “Wicker Man” for all I knew. But once the Bureau of Land Management demanded it build VIP boxes in the middle of Black Rock Desert, it was time to start paying attention.

Burning Man is a week–long bacchanal that began in 1986 on a San Francisco beach when a derelict fell into a fire pit. Now it’s moved to Nevada and climaxes with the burning of a 40–foot tall wooden effigy.

Getting a head count from the initial festival is impossible, but we do know 63,613 attended last year. Attending in 2015 will cost $390 for the ticket and according to Australia’s Herald Sun it “entitles you to almost nothing. In fact, the fine print states you voluntarily assume the risk of property loss, serious injury or death.”

Black Rock Desert is a barren tabletop as devoid of plant life as a BLM bureaucrat is of mercy. Temperatures range from over 100 degrees in daylight to near freezing at night. Wind has been known to gust to 70 mph, which comes in handy if you want to sandblast an ill–advised tattoo.

Organizers suggest coming over–prepared. But photos indicate attendees appear to be preparing to meet Mel Gibson and the Feral Kid. Dress is Road Warrior chic, without the propane explosions.

The Sun estimates “participants” spring for another $1,000 to cover food, water, shelter, sun block, and “gifts” that appear to be mandatory.

The reporter writes glowingly about the “sense of community, open sharing of knowledge, actual communication instead of virtual, the joy of collective achievement and the simple abundance of love, compassion and empathy.” This is how soft–headed leftists view a cultural petri dish that depends for its survival on the effort and protection of others, leaving them free to wander around the “orgy house.”

Burning Man makes the usual obeisance to “sustainability.” Wood used to build the effigy comes from clinically depressed trees in Oregon that were going to commit suicide anyway. Yet that isn’t enough for Gaia hardliners.

Wikipedia reports hypocritical busybodies at the Sierra Club criticized Burning Man for “the hundreds of thousands of plastic water bottles that end up in landfills and a derivative “Cooling Man” said the festival generated 27,000 tons of carbon dioxide.

That provided inspiration the following festival that showcased a 99–foot tall oil derrick. It used 900 gallons of jet fuel, combined with another 2,000 gallons of liquid propane to blast a mushroom cloud 300 feet into the desert air.

Future fun for these Obama voters is now endangered by the big government they enthusiastically support. As part of this year’s negotiation for the festival permit, BLM is demanding organizers build what the government calls a “VIP compound” or the “Blue Pit.”

For almost 25 years BLM rangers have observed the event using the same facilities festivalgoers use. If the rangers required something more upscale, say a flush toilet, it was only 10 miles away in the town of Gerlach.

But for some reason that’s not good enough this year. And I think the three letters V. I. P. hold the explanation.

BLM extortion is very specific as to what’s expected. The Reno Gazette–Journal reports, “The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is asking Burning Man organizers to build a separate compound with amenities such as flushing toilets, washers and dryers, and 24-hour access to ice cream for government officials staying in Black Rock City.”

Organizers are also expected to provide the ice cream, too.

This is the equivalent of the Prince George’s County, Md., police demanding Dan Snyder provide a fully furnished luxury box for use during Redskins games.

Burning Man estimates this will add at least $1 million to permit costs, bringing the total to $5 million. This is because not only do they have to build the VIP area, they also have to remove all trace of it after the event closes. Leaving the desert pristine so the Gila monsters won’t be inconvenienced.

This close to the beginning of the event the BLM has all the leverage. A little delay here, some paper shuffling there and Burning Man doesn’t get a permit in time for this year’s event. Unless the “Money Pit,” excuse me, “Blue Pit” is fast–tracked.

Event supporters protest that Burning Man is about “self–reliance,” but what would anyone in the Obama administration know about that?

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher (for the League of American Voters), and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

© Copyright 2015 Michael Shannon.


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I have not kept up with “Burning Man” hoopla. But once the Bureau of Land Management demanded it build VIP boxes in the middle of Black Rock Desert, it was time to start paying attention.
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