Lazarus Parties, Heroin & the Continued Evolution of Harm Reduction

I’m taking a quick break from my series on the History of Addiction & Society because I’ve been tracking a disconcerting story for the last week. You may have seen it posted by one of your more conservative/pearl clutch-y friends this week, and if not, expect it before election day.

A smattering of local coverage, based around Toledo, Ohio, describes a Lazarus or “Narc” party. Heroin users will do heroin with other users, and in case one of the users overdoses, a sober person who isn’t using, administers Naloxone, or by its common retail name, Narcan. The implication is that because a user was standing by with Narcan, that’s the actual problem. The presence of the OD reversal substance is emboldening heroin users. To test their limits, or to even try using it in different ways, like shooting it, instead of just snorting or smoking it. Instead of preventing death, some are attempting to claim it’s making some people’s use more adventurous.

To research the work I release here on Burners.me, I maintain a quiet presence in a lot of different circles, so a lot of the time, I get to experience how mutually exclusive groups respond to stories. Today, I saw both a pool of researchers, doctors, law enforcement officials AND a group of ravers, talking about the same story, this “Lazarus Party” story. Oh yea, and in case you didn’t go to Sunday School, it’s called a Lazarus Party, because Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead as proof of his Jesus-ness. But, here’s the thing. Are there any actual, confirmed reports of recreational users calling them Lazarus Parties? No, of course there aren’t. But there “might” be, especially if you believe poorly sourced news & blowhards with agendas. Just in case you don’t believe me, ask a member of each political party their thoughts on FBI Director Comey & his investigation, and you’ll see how easily facts can be distorted or ignored to suit a pre-existing bias.

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Larry Clark – “Tulsa” (1971)

What was amazing about what I saw, was the same mixed field of ignorance, trolling and reason within two opposite populations of commenters. One was a thread where you saw users, scenesters, and sober party attendees, the other was  entirely by people with respectable, well paying jobs, in and around the substance use, abuse & control sectors. Having the same argument. It’s one thing when two of your hippie festival friends argue about the purpose of “Narc” parties, with the dude who has the Deep Mind Acid filter on his profile picture, correcting a burn out when it comes to how Naloxone is used. It’s quite another thing when an ER Coordinator makes the same correction to someone who works in a rehab program.  The two arguments raged all day. At the time of writing, the festie kid argument had died down, but the med/substance abuse professionals was still going back and forth, and did so long into the night. And you thought you took your job home with you.

The facts of the situation are slightly less terrifying. Because Fentanyl, Carfentanyl, U-47700, W-18 and an array of other substances are present in the recreational opiate supply, opiate users have begun to switch off dosing to ensure they’re not all high if someone OD’s. The reports elaborated that people were starting to do heroin in groups more, in response to the tidal wave of Fentanyl-exacerbated OD deaths currently plaguing North America. Of course, if more than 1 person is doing an illegal drug in a room, the media thinks it’s a party.

The inherent idiocy in this line of reasoning should be apparent to everyone who has watched fear mongering and confusion go hand in hand. Thankfully, every time I saw this discussion occur, the intelligent and sensible among those willing to comment rose to the occasion and reminded everyone involved that harm reduction and opiate usage patterns evolve with time. In this case, it looks like people are starting to understand the inherent dangers of their habit, and pivoting around them. Not because they want to do “more drugs” or have a party, but because they don’t want to die. This seems like a no-brainer, but it’s actually deeply subversive when it comes to the traditional line of reasoning that prohibitionists use.

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In both this case, and the example from last week, the idea that drugs take control of you, or that you can’t engage in rational thought while under the influence, was the central pylon in the argumentative infrastructure supporting the case that all drugs are bad and humans shouldn’t have the choice to consume substances, especially to excess. But the narrative that I heard from both elder ravers and MD’s who ran emergency rooms was just the opposite. These “Narc” parties are nothing more than opiate users understanding the conditions on the ground and attempting to prevent bad things from happen to people they care about. Which is the very definition of harm reduction. They know no one is going to stop doing heroin, even when it might be spiked or adulterated with a substance that could kill them.

This point was so well defended, that opiates don’t turn people into zombies, people actually started to understand individuals with physical addiction and a fear/aversion to withdrawal exist. They were looking out for each other, and will continue to do so. I got to see some excellent harm reduction advice dispensed by a forensic toxicologist, so I wanted to share it with y’all, in case this stuff was useful for you:

  • Don’t use alone. Use a buddy system, to have someone who can call 911 ( and give Narcan) in case you stop breathing.
  • Learn how to use Narcan if you plan on using street heroin.
  • Even if you know how to use Narcan, test your drugs.
  • Do the same for another addict.
  • Don’t inject at the same time. Stagger your injection times.

These seem like no-brainers to most of us, but sometimes it’s easy to forget. Phillip Seymour Hoffman forgot. So did Prince. We live in an age where adulterants are far more dangerous than even some of the most problematic recreational drugs. And users are recognizing that, leading them to consume with others, and to learn how to reverse overdoses. That sounds like progress to me. Not something to be afraid of, and certainly not a reason to remove Narcan from the hands of those that consume opiates. Let the people save each other, since the powers that be don’t seem all that concerned about saving them.

The Halcyon Principle

Burning Man has gathered 100 of the leading thinkers in the Burner community at Occult Base Esalen, to try to come up with some ideas about increasing revenue Sustainable Creative Communities.

[Download their 70-page discussion paper here, thanks Dispatch]

Think you’re cool for buying Leonard Da Vinci tickets for triple the price? Are you on the Burner100 list? No? Well, you might have to up your Gifting game if you want to swing with the Big Playa Players. If you kiss the right asses they might even name a Principle after you.

Halcyon with his dad, Bob Weir. Image: BJ

Halcyon with his dad, Bob Weir. Image: BJ

Pink Jesus, aka John Halcyon Styn, raised the radical idea that what used to make the art at Burning Man so magical was that people created it for free to share with each other. So paying artists could be Commodification.

He was roundly shot down by the group, but after breakaway sessions they came back with the idea that not paying artists was excellent, and they could blame it on him: aka “The Halcyon Principle”.

Gifting is the answer the everything. Or my answer, at least. Over and over at the conference, I brought the conversation back to Gifting. While there is so much magic happening in the Burning Man movement, I think the core of it is in Gifting.
A) It teaches us to receive joy from giving joy.

B) It helps us to start seeing ourselves as having talents and art of our own to share.

Shifting people’s from self-identity from “consumer” to “creator” is world-changing.
I spoke up on the first day and questioned a line of thought by reminding people that, while I want to get artists paid, I am more passionate about making sure the art remains a gift. I said I was transformed by that first awareness that all this amazing stuff on the playa was created — not for financial reasons — but purely to blow my mind. It created an energetic surplus in me that made me want to give back to this place and community for the rest of my life. There was a quick rebuttal to what I said and I instantly regretted speaking up. Maybe I am too naive for this conversation I thought. I shouldn’t be here.

But the next day, someone approached me and thanked me for saying something. Then another. Then a breakout group told me that they had a long conversation about what they were calling “The Halcyon Principle” based on what I had said.

A surreal highlight of the week (that was already a highlight of my life) was having Maid Marian, CEO of Burning Man, write “Halcyon Principle” on the whiteboard during the final Symposium wrap-up.

It’s not about paying artists! We can just give them hugs! Remember the Halycon Principle!

Read the full article here.

I’m not knocking Halcyon, he makes some good points and he has been kind enough to write guest posts here. Forgive me for being cynical about groupthink and congruency between words and actions, but I’ve been writing about BMorg for almost 5 years now. The ratio keeps growing, in the wrong direction. More people at the off-site symposia and invite-only conferences, more TED talks and panel discussions, lots of people being flown all around the world for words; less visible actions promoting art or making the world a better place. Who cares about which gender Burners identify with, buy some kids a skate park or a library.

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This collective experiment in temporary community has owned Fly Ranch for half a year, and Burners are mobile and self-reliant even in harsh conditions. Especially the Top 100 of them. Yet somehow the future of Flysalen needed to be plotted in the acid-laced hot tubs of Esalen, rather than the oil drilling byproduct hot springs of Fly Ranch.

Image: Pinterest

Image: Pinterest


Being on the boards of both Esalen and the Burning Man Project, Chip Conley swings both ways. Image: Fest300

Being on the boards of both Esalen and the Burning Man Project, Chip Conley swings both ways. Image: Fest300

For $6.5 million They could have bought a lot, and done a lot. At Esalen it’s $900 for no accommodation or a sleeping bag and $1300 for a dormitory bunk bed; if a couple wants their own room it’s more than five grand. At these rates they might as well just have their symposium at Caravancicle or White Ocean. Was this a pay-to-plug-n-play deal, or did Halcyon and 99 others get comped? Where does your ticket money go?

The 2014 Afterburn report claims a total of 896 paid employees. Obviously at least 90% of them didn’t get invited to the Esalen symposium. There are about 100 year-round staff on the Burning Man web site, wonder what percentage of them got to attend?  The last payroll figure we have for the Burning Man Project is for 2014, $7,485,059 (plus another $3,441,179 in contractors). So one week of the Burning Man Project’s time is around $150k of salaries. For $150k I will give them a vision, I’m sure it will be better and easier to implement than whatever the Burner100 came up with.

Image: Esalen.org

[Source: Esalen.org]


Conclusion

100 people had a bunch of ideas and told each other how great they were…for a whole frikking week. Were there hugsies involved? Some form of Orange cordial, perhaps?

I got in the tubs twice. Most people were in there as much as possible. I spent much more time standing on the cliffs looking out at the jagged coast

Sounds productive. Vision 3.0. Coming soon.

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A camel is a horse designed by a committee

 

Hypernormalisation

A fascinating new documentary created for the BBC iPlayer video platform features some great footage of a young John Perry Barlow. It traces the last 40 years of history through a counter-cultural lens.

“You were so much a part of the system that it was impossible to see beyond it…the fakeness was hypernormal”

The Big Picture

 

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Image: This is Lancashire

Black Rock City was designed by Rod Garrett, a member of the Beat Generation. His apprentice Andrew Johnstone from American Steel took over Rod’s role when he passed away, becoming Design Steward of the Man. He designs The Man Base every year with Larry Harvey.

His side project is to address the $20 billion a  year in the US ($100 billion worldwide) being spent wasted removing graffiti. Give the kids paintbrushes, and save on aerosol cans; give them permission, and turn them into artists. This is art literally transforming peoples’ lives.

An amazing project, Mr Johnstone deserves to be commended. This seems to be exactly the type of thing that the Burning Man Project was granted a tax exemption for. Andrew has a @burningman.org address, he’s definitely an insider. So why haven’t we heard anything about this at burningman.org? Why no glowing stories in the BJ?

Perhaps it is because the last thing anyone would want to do with at-risk teenagers is bring them to Burning Man, and expose them to the world’s biggest market of temptation, where everything is free including sex, drugs, and EDM.

Or perhaps the project doesn’t need support, since the Tides Foundation is behind it. Tides is a notorious George Soros front, with further financial muscle from the Rockefeller, Ford, and Heinz Foundations.

 

 

BREAKING: Burning Man In Latest WikiLeaks Data Dump [Update]

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[Update 11/26/16]
If you only follow the mainstream media, you might not be aware that over the last few months hundreds of thousands of emails have been released via Wikileaks, exposing all sorts of corruption and impropriety. After leaks about Clinton campaign chief John Podesta, the food-obsessed Podesta tweeted about Julian Assange’s diet.

Then Canadian bombshell Pamela Anderson showed up at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London with vegan food and a strange book.

The leak victims, who do not want things like what they said to Goldman Sachs for $675,000 exposed to the public, have accused the Wikileaks founder of being a pedophile and a Russian spy, as well as threatening him with murder.

[Update: Redditors have traced the origins of the pedophile plot to SF]

WikiLeaks sent out some cryptic file hashtags, suggesting a big dump was imminent.

Now nobody knows what happened to Julian; he is missing and feared dead. Ecuador cut off his Internet access temporarily, probably because now that the Internet’s addressing system is controlled by a tax-exempt Silicon Valley company, they can remove entire countries from the Net anytime they choose.

It appears those contingency plans include Burning Man.

WikiLeaks is now wide open to the world.

One of the files is called burning-man-paul-addis-message-2008.txt. It relates to Burning Man character the late Paul Addis, who burned The Man early on the night of a lunar eclipse and was charged with felony arson. There have long been Internet rumors, dismissed by some as conspiracy theories, that BMorg pressed hard for this to be prosecuted as a felony rather than a misdemeanor. You can read more about the case in our stories Monday is the New Saturday and Getting the Last Word: A Year After His Death, A Burner Speaks His Mind.

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Here is the leak in full:

https://file.wikileaks.org/file/burning-man-paul-addis-message-2008.txt

>Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2008 15:30:21 -0700
>Subject: [staff-announce] 2007 Arson Outcome
>
>By now most of you have probably heard the news that the perpetrator
>of the arson at the 2007 Burning Man event has plead guilty to the
>crime of second degree arson and has been sentenced to 12-48 months in
>jail, and ordered to pay restitution of $25,000 in damages to the
>Burning Man Organization.  Often times the news media doesn't always
>give the full backstory, so we're sending additional information to
>our staff because we believe that all of you who were affected by the
>arson have a right to know the full story.  Plus, every one of us is a
>representative of the Project, and we sometimes find ourselves being
>asked questions within the community about the organization's position
>on issues like this one.  In fact, some members of the staff have
>already asked a few questions about Burning Man's role in the arson,
>so we're going to address them here.  Please note that this email is
>being sent to staff only, and staff policies prevent cutting and
>pasting work emails to other online forums.  But, feel free to
>communicate the information contained in this email should others in
>the community inquire about the Organization's take on the outcome.
>
>Q: What was the Burning Man Organization's role in the prosecution of
>the defendant?
>
>A: The defendant was arrested by the Pershing County Sheriff's Office
>and faced charges in Nevada for First Degree Arson, Destruction of
>Property and Illegal Fireworks. The prosecutor had a choice to bring a
>full-blown trial and seek the maximum penalties for all of these
>charges, or to accept a plea-bargain for a reduced crime with a lesser
>sentence.  The prosecutor advised the Burning Man Organization that he
>believed a plea-bargain would be the best choice for all parties
>involved--the state, the defendant and the victim.  In the interests
>of justice and fairness, the Burning Man Organization agreed with the
>prosecutor that a lesser charge and a lighter sentence would be better
>for everyone, including the defendant.
>
>
>Q: What would have happened if the defendant had demanded a trial
>instead of plea-bargaining?
>
>A: The defendant could have been sentenced to nine years in jail for
>first-degree arson.
>
>
>Q: Could Burning Man have refused to press charges or refused to turn
>over receipts to the prosecution?
>
>A: Part of putting on the Burning Man event means maintaining good
>relations with Pershing County so that we can continue to have the
>Burning Man event on BLM land within that county.  Good relations
>means cooperating with criminal prosecutions.  Refusing to press
>charges for a felony arson that threatened human life would not bode
>well with the government and law enforcement agencies in Nevada that
>support our event.  Nor would it bode well with the participants and
>staff who could have been seriously injured or killed by this crime.
>Plus, if the Organization had not submitted receipts the prosecution
>would have subpoenaed them anyway.  Finally, there was enough evidence
>against the defendant for the County to prosecute without Burning Man
>pressing charges.
>
>
>Q: How did the Organization compute the restitution costs?
>
>A: Once the prosecutor requested the information, the Accounting
>Department compiled documentation of the following costs: lumber,
>hardware, burlap, wax, fabric, neon, labor, fuel, meals, delivery
>charges and heavy equipment use.  Because some receipts were not
>available, the Organization relied on the costs for the first build as
>evidence of what the costs of the second build were.  Of all the
>receipts that were available the total came to a little over $30,000.
>Based on the evidence submitted by the prosecution, as well as the
>good points raised by the defendant's counsel, the Court felt that
>$25,000 was a fair and reasonable amount.
>
>
>Q: What about the cost of the artwork under the Pavilion that was
>never exhibited due to the crime?
>
>A: The total cost of the art grants and the wages of the staff who
>worked so hard to get the projects on playa came to an additional
>$42,000 in documented costs.  However, criminal restitution only
>covers materials that were actually lost.  To recover these additional
>costs would require bringing a civil suit for destruction of property.
>
>
>Q: Is the Burning Man Organization going to pursue a civil suit
>against the defendant for the additional costs that were not recovered
>in the criminal sentencing?
>
>A: No.  The Organization feels that the defendant's plea bargain is a
>fair and just outcome for all parties involved.
>
>
>Q: So, how does the Organization feel about the sentence?
>
>A: An organization does not have feelings, of course - only the
>individual people within it do.  Like all of you, and the rest of the
>community, the staff and the board were diversely affected by the
>premature burn, and each of us has our own human response to the
>outcome.  Not one of us can speak for what everyone around here feels
>now that this chapter of our history ends, but we can say that we're
>uniformly glad to have this crime behind us, and we're looking forward
>to burning the Man together in 2008.
>
>
>Ray Allen
>Executive Project Manager
>Black Rock City, LLC
>1900 Third Street
>San Francisco, CA 94158-2502
>(415) 865-3800 x137
>ray@burningman.com
>
>"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming
>attractions."--Albert Einstein
>_______________________________________________
>staff-announce mailing list
>staff-announce@burningman.com
in an earlier prank, Addis hung some balls on the Man

in an earlier prank, Addis hung some balls on the Man

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Addis did a Hunter S Thompson inspired one-man stage show

Stuart Mangrum, Paul Addis, Josh Babcock and Scott Beale in 1998

Burning Man’s original propaganda minister Stuart Mangrum, Paul Addis, Josh Babcock and Scott Beale in 1998


[Update 10/19/16 3:33pm]

ZeroHedge was confused about this leak.

Ed Opperman, former private investigator and host of The Opperman Report, cleared it up. He was interviewing a WikiLeaks contributor for his Friday show. He asked him about this leak:

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Tune in to Ed’s show Friday 5pm PST to hear more about the WikiLeaks.

The Burning Man information in WikiLeaks may have been available for years, but AFAIK it has never been covered by alt- or official- or social- media before. This leak is brand new to our community. Is Assange a Burner?

The email is from anthropologist-attorney Ray Allen, who first attended Burning Man for Hellco and became the organization’s in-house legal counsel in 2004. He is giving secret “talking points” to their mailing list of employees and volunteer insiders. They specifically ask anyone reading it to not cut and paste anything from it online, but to use the information (conveniently presented in Q & A format) to answer any questions from Burners. Sorry BMorg, Wikileaks over-rode that.

There are some interesting comments in the leak, for those who have followed the details of this case.

  • “an organization does not have feelings” – a rare glimpse behind the curtain, revelaing the true feelings of this organization. It is heartless and Satanic, a corporation of many faces and few masters. It will live forever without paying tax, and can never go to jail. You voluntarily assume the risk of serious injury or death with your money . And it always wants more of your money. It doesn’t care about your feelings, it doesn’t care about the Ten Principles, it just doesn’t care. About anything or anyone.
  • “heavy equipment use” is ironic when they are the ones with the heavy equipment. So this is an internal charge.
  • “meals”? “fuel”? This should be about the cost of the things that were damaged. This item shows that they were trying to pile on everything they could think of to make the costs higher.
  • they say that the prosecution would have subpoena’d the receipts from them anyway. This is speculation, there is no guarantee that this was true. Even if it were, the prosecution may well have asked for receipts revelant to the crime like “timber” and “labor”, and not the “cost of the first build” expenses like “meals” and “fuel”. The choice to pile everything on seems quite clearly to be on the side of the Org, not Pershing County.
  • there was another $42,000 of potential damages that they couldn’t sue for because there was no actual damage. Umm, what?
  • the email to staff gives wording to make it sound like BMorg were being gracious by not pursuing an additional civil suit. In fact, for them to be plaintiffs in a civil suit would be a different beast entirely. They would have to commit to the legal costs, in the hope that they would win, and that the defendant would then be able to pay. It is quite likely that a trial would have cost a lot more than the damages, particularly given what BMorg likes to spend on lawyers. In the criminal case, the prosecution would have to convince the jury that he did it (everybody knew he did it), and a judge whether the appropriate punishment was a felony or a misdemeanor. In the civil case, BMorg as plaintiff would have to justify every one of these costs. And the defendant would have had the right to subpoena information from them, too.
  • They mention a few times the participants and staff that could have been killed or seriously injured by this crime. The perpetrator deliberately did it at a time of the event when few people were around, and the fire would be immediately seen and extinguished. Tuesday nights in 2007 were not like Tuesday nights in 2016. I was there, and in bed, because there was not very much even open in Black Rock City. Playing to fears of “the tragedy that could have been” is “war on terror”-style propaganda. In fact, nobody was harmed in any way by this Cacophonist prank, that got Burning Man media coverage all around the world – it would be easy to emphasize this, too. Meanwhile many participants are killed or seriously injured at Burning Man, every year. And, tragically, the consequence of this discordian action, hailed by many in the Burning Man community as heroic, was the ruining of this man’s life which ended with a messy suicide.

[Update 11/26/16] PIZZAGATE

6 weeks after this post first appeared, Julian Assange is still missing, presumed dead: silenced over PizzaGate. Whoever is in charge of WikiLeaks communications now is Tweeting “please stop asking for proof of life” – not a good sign.

The weekend before the 2016 Presidential Election, WikiLeaks said (via 4Chan“unless Hillary Clinton steps down immediately we are going to release the big one”. The Clinton team then came out and said “if anything big comes from WikiLeaks in the next few days, it’s probably fake”.

And then PizzaGate broke, not released by the formal WikiLeaks or Anonymous twitter channels…instead appearing practically overnight as a combination of meticulously compiled evidence on 4Chan and Reddit, archived in anticipation of content changes – which did immediately happen, as mysterious Beltway pizza parlors scrambled to remove FBI-classified pedophile symbols from their logos and privatize Instagram and Twitter accounts showing children in highly suspicious situations.

“White Hat” elements of the US Intelligence Community have claimed responsibility for the leaks:

Here is an excellent and comprehensive overview of the evidence:

Titus Frost is doing an excellent job of researching this story, please support him and follow his site for the latest updates.

More information on PizzaGate is available here.

How could this be related to Burning Man?

The Burning Man-related comment refers to PizzaPAC and PizzaPacket:

Podesta e-mail with HRC pizza logo (Design provided by James Alefantis) says to donate to “PizzaPAC.com” registered to one JZ Drizin;

Itchie gross is friends with the Drizin family, but I don’t believe Joel Zev Drizin has a facebook account. The person Podesta said to donate the money in the comet ping pong pizza email was @JZDRIZIN. His latest Retweet was from @PIZZAPACKET.
If you type JZDRIZIN into google you will find this linkhttp://vin.place/vin/jz-drizin.18395059.html
When searching his number you will gethttp://www.tzachlist.com/search/?t=2&location=Florida&page=12He goes by Zev Drizin, Zalmi Drizin, but mostly Joel Zev Drizin which explains his twitter handle.
http://www.breakout.today/the-stories/2016/2/2/sheida This article mentions Joel Zev Drizin and this lady who worked for him. Sheida Jafari worked for pizza packet and in this article it mentions work they did at the burning man occult festival if that’s what you want to call it.
Burning man was brought up in Wikileaks as well.

The linked story connects one of the peripheral pizza ping pong players to the theme camp IDEATE, which is heavily populated with people with ties to Washington DC and the Progressive power structure [full disclosure: I camped with them once about 5 years ago and didn’t notice any suspicious behavior, there were no children in the camp].

We have been sounding the alarm on children at Burning Man for some time – and we’re not the only ones with concerns about how this community where sex, drugs, and nudity are all abundant and free seems custom-made for pedophiles.

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Pedophiles have been intercepted planning hunting expeditions to Burning Man. In 2013 Colorado police arrested a pedophile who had been plotting to take a child from Burning Man. In 2015 there was an arrest for kidnapping at Burning Man.

This year a false alarm Amber Alert prevented people from leaving the event for more than 8 hours, as a missing teenage girl was located with an older man. There was a previous Amber Alert in 2012.

There was also another incident this year when a man was caught trying to kidnap a small boy.

 

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In 2015 this “ironic prank” pedophile van on its way to Burning Man caused alarm in Sacramento:

Burning Man is the largest ritualized occult festival in the Western World. It is very philosophically aligned with Aleister Crowley, his disciple Timothy Leary, and “spirit cooking” witch Marina Abramovic.

The annual Burning Man event is based on the concept of the Temporary Autonomous Zone, created by Hakim Bey – aka Peter Lamborn Wilson. These are “Pirate Utopias” where people can do whatever they want and the regular rules of the outside world don’t apply. Google’s CEO thinks there need to be more of these special legal zones, like Burning Man:

Hakim Bey’s Wikipedia page says that he is a contributor to NAMBLA, the National American Man-Boy Love Association. Another public endorser of NAMBLA was Beat poet Allen Ginsberg. Fellow Beat William S Burroughs was also a pedophile, and Beat members such as Neal Cassady and Gregory Corso were recruited into this network when they were handsome-but-naughty young teenagers. The Beats had a huge influence on Burning Man and on San Francisco. They spawned the Merry Pranksters, which Burning Man’s Cacophony Society openly modeled themselves on. Prankster Stewart Brand has called Burning Man the complete fulfillment of everything they ever tried to do with the Acid Tests. Burning Man’s city design was created by Rod Garrett, who was part of the SF Beat scene since the Sixties. Son-of-a-beat Daniel Pinchbeck is one of the more publicly prominent and vocal members of the Burner scene.

Burning Man started next to SF’s Presidio military base, as did the Church of Satan. Later it moved to another military zone, the Lovelock Gunnery Range in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada. Temple of Set founder Michael Aquino was running psychological operations at the Presidio at the time that Burning Man kicked off. The early founders of Burning Man used to spend a lot of time exploring the underground tunnels and bunkers there, which are riddled with Satanic, Nazi, and LSD-related images and paraphernalia.

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I get into Burning Man’s ties to Satanism, the Presidio and the occult in much more detail in my series Silicon Valley’s Secret Weapon – the Shadow History of Burners. Part 5 is ready to record and will be released soon.