Occult Evidence In Satya Yuga Fire [Updates]

[Update 12/15/16 1:49pm]
[Update 12/14/16 4:04pm]
[Update 12/14/16]

It seems my earlier post Resident of Oakland Firetrap Blames Burning Man Crowd has stirred up a lot of controversy on Facebook today. Some suggested that these people were not even Burners; see below for my response on that. We had trolls threatening violence and all kinds of SJW outrage because I dared to post something from breitbart.com – who wrote the headline about Burning Man.

The people have spoken, Trump is the President. Get used to it. Fake news is a psyop, it’s not working any more. Only a fool would automatically believe anything on CNN, and automatically disbelieve anything on Breitbart or Infowars. Everyone else has the Internet, 90% realize the media is lying to them. There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but we’re still there – Obama just sent even more troops. What, is Iraq threatening us? Or maybe it’s still full of oil. People on both the left and the right have outrageous opinions, that’s part of it. Fact check everything for yourself. Click the links here to go to original sources for all the information, and please do us the courtesy of reading our posts before you comment on them.

I have tried to provide the most comprehensive coverage on the Web of this terrible tragedy since I found out about it less than 8 hours after it happened. If anyone has done better, please let us know and we’ll link to it. We have brought you the facts from mainstream media outlets around the world and directly from eyewitnesses. Terry Gotham has shared his analysis and opinion, and so have I; we don’t have exactly the same opinions, but we are both bringing you the truth as best we can.

I have no idea what caused this fire, whose fault it was, if it was an accident or if it was something else. It seems like the place was not permitted for residents or all night music events.

One thing I do know a lot about is the occult, and I see many, many indicators of it here. We have eyewitnesses talking about “dark energy”, we have photographs of half-naked teenagers and children living in a temple to the god of destruction where they throw all-night dance parties. We have the builder of this temple talking about his family legacy of “Santaria and Palo Monte and killing” – and now 36 people are dead. Palo is “the world’s most powerful and feared form of black magic”, they are into grave robbing and using the remains of the dead in ceremonies.

Don’t take my word for it, read his posts and see for yourself. Much of the most relevant information has now been taken down from the Internet, but I managed to capture some of the black magick elements. I really think this needs to be fully investigated. I know the police are busy, I hope someone is looking into all aspects of this. I share the evidence I collected in case it might help.

Here’s the latest from the New York Times (today):

Investigators have not figured out how the fire erupted, but no evidence has suggested arson, they say. Scrutiny has centered on a possible electrical source. On Friday, officials ruled out an appliance that had seemed a likely culprit: a faulty refrigerator.

Jake Jacobitz, who did electrical work at the warehouse, told East Bay Times that all of the structure’s power came from a single line threaded through a wall. Electrical breakers blew out frequently, he said.

The authorities have warned we may never know for certain what caused the Dec. 2 blaze.

The owner: Chor Nar Siu Ng, the warehouse owner since 1988, has not been heard from.

Examining city records, The Times’s Julie Turkewitz learned that Ms. Ng owns a number of properties in Oakland and has been fined in the past for “nuisance or substandard or hazardous or injurious” conditions.

Several people who have stayed at the Ghost Ship said Ms. Ng had visited the warehouse, which was not permitted for residents. But it was unclear if she knew what was going on inside.

The master tenants: Derick Ion Almena and his wife, Micah Allison, who ran the Ghost Ship, have also avoided the public eye. Friends, associates and former tenants speaking in the news media have variously depicted the couple as misunderstood or manipulative.

In an anguished interview on “Today” last week, Mr. Almena was asked whether he should be held accountable. “Should I be held accountable?” he said. “I can barely stand here right now.”

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They also have analysis of how the layout of the “maze” was so deadly.

There is some discussion that this whole event was another crisis actor synthetic event. I don’t believe that to be the case, but I haven’t looked into it yet. I will, and if I find anything credible I will comment further. I have confirmation that people are really dead from channels other than the mainstream media (aka state-sponsored propaganda Fake News).

Here is video of an occult fire ritual going on inside the premises. The theme is Viva Muerta – “Living Dead”.

Below are screenshots I took on my phone as I was looking through the Facebook pages of Derick Ion, Micah Allison, and Satya Yuga collective. I wish I had saved more, I kept only the seriously creepy stuff. They are in no particular order.

This evidence needs to be considered.

They talk about the Phoenix, initiation into circles, his family legacy of Santaria and killing (black magick involving blood sacrifice), Shiva the God of Destruction, what people should write to the Child Protective Services agent about them, Burning Man, drugs…all kinds of stuff. If you have a bunch of Facebook friends who have a lot of this type of content on their wall, GFTO is my advice, FWIW.

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This kid is 17. Not sure if he is one of the minors who perished in the fire.

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“poisoning our community of witches”…”generations steeped in…Santaria and killing”

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This is one of his Burning Man rants. He talks about a coven of vampires, crimson as the lords sons tortured blood, the devil, and so on:

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[Update 12/14/16 8:15am]

It seems Micah Allison’s Facebook page is still up. She shared a post in which Derick describes their vision for ghost ship as a “fucking vanguard chalice temple hideout bomb shelter of the soul” and “the true crossroads of culture and revolution”. He also talks about the “black pyramid of death” and says “I am Derick Ion the baby killer”. Note the comments linking the stairs and his brother’s burnt body.

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“I am Derick Ion the Baby Killer”

This Paradox Pollack video filmed at Satya Yuga was pulled from the Internet, but is now back. They appear to be using drugs in front of children, and there is talk of growing marijuana – which could explain the unusual electrical setup at the site. When he says “the gods”, he points to the Altar of Skulls behind him. He talks about “the old days of Burning Man” at 6:30:

Sparkuhl shared their story of a violent/criminal run-in with Derick Almena that was reported to the police, apparently not the only such complaint:

Source: Facebook

Source: Facebook

The “Gom Jabbar” is from Frank Herbert’s Dune Series:

The Gom Jabbar, also known as “the high handed enemy”, was a meta-cyanide poisoned needle that sat upon a thimble, and could thus be attached to a person’s fingertip.

All the noble houses kept a Gom Jabbar of some sort, and used it to dispose of rivals and enemies…The gom jabbar test would be to determine whether an individual’s awareness was stronger than their instincts. If their awareness of the gom jabbar’s presence was strong enough, it would override their instincts to withdraw from the test, which usually involved great physical pain.

The origins of the device itself are not clear. Indeed, the origins of its name are also debatable. The first word, “Gom”, could stem from the ancient acronym “GOM”, which stood for “God’s Own Medicine”, and was often used in the context of a drug (particularly opium) or biological chemical on ancient Earth. The second part “Jabbar” comes clearly from the ancient Arabic word jabbār, meaning to use coercion to force something.

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“Particularly opium”. The needle used by the high houses.

 


Some of the mainstream media outlets have been speaking to family and friends of the couple, who personally confirm the dark and twisted picture painted by all the skulls and rants.

KRON4 News:

“Honestly, I don’t think he is capable of feeling any kind of remorse or guilt,” said Allison’s father, Michael Allison of Portland, Oregon. “I’ve never seen him ever really care about anyone else.”

He described the couple as users of methamphetamine, heroin and crack and said their three young children were taken away from them by social service authorities for several months beginning last year. The youngsters were found hungry, infested with lice and ill-clothed, he said.

Michael Allison recalled Almena and Micah overcome with laughter once when they told of a fire-breather accidentally setting himself on fire at one of their many parties at the building, which was widely known as the Ghost Ship.

Almena “surrounds himself with people who are going to treat him like he’s some sort of guru,” said Danielle Boudreaux, who said she was a friend of the couple for eight years. “He enjoyed having minions around to do his tasks for him and help build this great — he thinks he’s building this artistic empire.”

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SF Chronicle:

“Derick is manipulative, mean, scary,” said Shelley Mack, who in 2014 and 2015 rented one of the trailers that contributed to the end-to-end clutter of artists’ studios and living spaces in the warehouse. “He ran a death trap with bad wiring, fire danger, too much stuff everywhere, and then he threatened everybody who spoke up on anything.

“It was a horror house there, and he’s the reason for it.”

Almena and Allison met through mutual friends, spent time in the Los Angeles area and traveled the world together. After Allison became pregnant with the couple’s first child in the early 2000s, they moved to Mendocino County, where Almena ran a thriving marijuana farm in the Willits area until he got into some kind of dispute and left.

A May post on Allison’s Facebook page presumably describes the vision for the Ghost Ship. Photo: Screen Shoot, Facebook

A May post on Allison’s Facebook page presumably describes the vision for the Ghost Ship. Photo: Screen Shot, Facebook

Derick got run out of Mendocino,” said an artist who has been a friend of Allison’s since the 1990s. “He has a way of pissing people off.” The artist briefly lived at the Ghost Ship, but had a falling-out with the couple over business issues more than a year ago. Like many who ran afoul of the Almena circle, he doesn’t want to be named for fear of being hounded on social media, or worse.

“Derick can be a decent person and build community,” the artist said. “But his response to everything after a while is to yell and scream. He’s incredibly insecure. He doesn’t know how to run a business. He’s always seducing people with his talk, then abuses them and keeps their money and kicks them out.

“He attracts people who are weak. He checks them out first, people who are kind and weak, then goes about exploiting their desires and weaknesses. He’s a manipulator … very seductive, silver-tongued.”

He worried that Allison was dominated by Almena. “She has a soft spot for dark dudes … and Derick has a dark, dirty vibe about him,” the artist said.

A 47-year-old Sonoma County artist, who asked not to be identified out of fear of retribution from the couple’s supporters, said she considered Almena and Allison to be part of an upper tier of the alternative arts community that controls access to resources such as a place to live, simply by accumulating enough cash to get a lease on a building like the Ghost Ship.

Like many in this small creative community, she knew the couple only peripherally, having once applied to live in a warehouse space they created in San Francisco years ago. She formed a low opinion of them as profiteers who ran what amounted to a cult.

“This cult likes to siphon resources and then play power trips in the community,” she said. “They’re no different than the establishment that they’re fighting. In fact, they’re a little more voracious.”

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a number of [his friends] paint a picture of an arguably cult-y, charismatic manipulator with a “dark” side that may have grown darker in recent years. 

Neither Almena nor Allison appear to have been making a living in the arts, with Almena formerly practicing photography and describing himself lately as a “realms creator,” with the Ghost Ship space his primary piece of work, apparently begun in 2013. Allison apparently “danced, taught archery and ‘created art through everything she touched,'” according to one friend speaking to the Chronicle, but it does not appear she necessarily made any art. There is anecdotal evidence to suggest that the couple’s primary source of income was the rent they collected from subtenants in the space, which reportedly would range from $500 to $1000 per month…

…friend Zippy Lomax, a fellow photographer who says she was a great admirer of Almena’s work and has known him for twenty years, wrote this blog post earlier this week advocating for compassion. “Regardless what his track-record has been… he is still a human being, however lost we may have believed him to be,” she writes. “As a community, I believe we abandoned him long ago. We chose to stand disapprovingly at the edges, to judge his conduct from the sidelines, without daring to face the deeper issues that seeded his unfavorable demeanor.”

She and another friend of Almena and Allison’s who commented on that post speak vaguely of these “deeper issues” without being specific. Striking an angrier tone, a woman named Ariana writes, “I did my best in trying to save [Derick and Micah] from themselves, which was entirely what it was. Micah only wanted the help if Derick wanted the help and he was in complete denial that there was a even problem.” And she suggests that she was retaliated against by her former friends after some attempt to intervene in their lives. “I was not only blamed, I was threatened,” she says, “My family was threatened and he made up stories that people genuinely considered possible, he has done wrong by so many people, that is blunt truth. D had his swords out against the world, it was him vs everyone, even those who wanted to help.”

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A recent photo inside the Ghost Ship by Micah Allison, posted to Facebook.

…former tenant Shelly Mack [said] “He was always selling this bullshit spirituality. That’s his schtick.” Indeed the Ghost Ship space was decorated with an eclectic mix of objects from various spiritual traditions, including Balinese statues, Hindu swastikas, and painted skulls a la Dia de los Muertos. 

…what the hell did Almena mean when, this past summer, he posted to Facebook, “I am the thriller love child of Manson, Pol Pot and Hitler“? He was perhaps referring to past or recent drug use and mandatory drug testing by Child Protective Services when he wrote, “Addictions never admitted armed me as revolutionary… as long as i seek help and healing, have current registration, pay my insurance, piss in a cup twice weekly … i can proverbally (sic) get away with murder.”

It’s one of multiple “dark and erratic” updates he posted, according to Lomax, and maybe we can read between the lines here about what contributed to this growing darkness…Allison’s father, Almena’s father-in-law, spoke to the Associated Press on Monday and made mention of methamphetamine, crack, and heroin use by the couple. “Honestly, I don’t think he is capable of feeling any kind of remorse or guilt,” said Michael Allison of Portland, Oregon. “I’ve never seen him ever really care about anyone else.” Allison added, perhaps referring to Almena’s influence on his daughter, “[Almena] was able to cast a spell on someone in a weird way that I just do not understand”

…These character analyses are ultimately moot, however — no one is arguing that Almena set out to intentionally harm people, and that is the implication of much of this talk. Discussion of this being a “commune” or “cult” ring false too — these were just die-hard Burners with a clichéd fetish for Eastern religions and an adolescent attitude toward safety.


[Update 12/14/16 4:04pm]

The youngest victim so far was a choir boy who had toured the world and appeared on America’s Got Talent – and the son of a cop.

OAKLAND (KTVU) —  The youngest of the Ghost Ship Warehouse victims so far is being described as a 17 year old boy, the son of an Alameda County Sheriff’s deputy, who was also a gifted singer.

Draven McGill was junior at Ruth Asawa High School of the Arts or SOTA in San Francisco, where friends describe him as the kindest and gentlest person they knew.
Officials at Pacifica Boychoir Academy of Oakland recall McGill as a unique and special boy. He spent five years performing and touring with the prestigious choir and even appeared on the show “America’s Got Talent.”

Photos provided by the Academy show McGill as a young boy as well as more recent photos of the 17 year old while on tour with the group in Sydney Australia.

17-YO victim of Oakland warehouse fire was son of Alameda Co. deputy
On the SOTA campus, the mood was somber. “I literally had class with him on Friday. We were working on our tests together and I said, ‘You know, see you after class!’ And I wasn’t expecting that, you know, that would be the last time I saw him,” said classmate, Caden Nemoff.

Word of McGill’s death spread quickly Saturday night on social media, just one day after the deadly fire that broke out at a party inside a warehouse in Oakland. Authorities say they have pulled 36 bodies from the rubble so far.

“[Draven’s] someone who’s so caring and loving and there’s not a mean or hurtful thing that I can recall him saying…he was just so genuinely nice to everyone,” classmate Cole Sisser said.

“Thinking over it… it was precious time I spent with him and I’d sing next to him,” said Cristian Rivas.

Classmates say McGill mentioned the Ghost Ship party to one friend, explaining that he had received a text message “last minute” which revealed a location for the bash. The friend apparently didn’t feel right about the party for some reason but didn’t dissuade him and now he regrets it.

Grief counselors were on hand today at the tight knit school which serves only 650 students. “As we started to hear news about the possibility [of Draven’s death] over the weekend we actually started to prepare for that this morning, first thing,” said Bill Sanderson, Assistant Superintendent for the SF Unified School District.

Paradox Pollack, the other “artist” in the Precipice Prescience video filmed at Satya Yuga with Derick Ion/Almena, has videos of Burning Man operas from 96,97, and 98 on his YouTube channel. It shows that these people are very much connected to Burning Man, and have been for decades. Download them now before he pulls them too.

 

 

In the “Precipice Prescience” video, Derrick Ion and Paradox Pollock discussed “old Burning Man”. These 3 videos are old Burning Man, it is very much occult as I have been exposing in my Shadow History series. Part 5 has been recorded and is being edited this week.

Here is Paradox Pollack pitching the “everything is one” message.

He says he ran away from home when he was 14,  almost died in a fire, and got involved in an underground cult at a very early age. This gave him the ability to speak different languages and play different characters and assume their shapes, which led him into the circus. I’m not kidding, watch for yourself, that’s just the introduction.

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There is no technology more primal than fire, the first technology. Fire is the only one of the four elements that is made by combining others (earth and air).

The UK’s Daily Mail stories says that mind control and “blood rituals” were being done in Satya Yuga.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4010390/Inside-cultish-mind-control-world-Oakland-inferno-warehouse-organizer-tenants-tell-personal-charisma-threats-violence-rituals.html

Details of the sinister and sometimes cult-like atmosphere around the ‘artist’ who ran the Oakland warehouse can be revealed.
Derick Ion Almena was in charge of the illegal enclave, described variously as a collective or a commune, where 36 died in Friday night’s devastating fire.
He is facing a criminal investigation into the lead-up to the fire, which happened in a warehouse filled with junk and where Almena was raising his three children with his wife, Micah Allison.
Now details can be disclosed of the power Almena exercised over those who lived in the space he illegally rented to them, to the extent that one described him as ‘a cult leader’.
Almena, who appeared on NBC’s Today Show on Tuesday in a testy exchange with Matt Lauer in which he ranted about being ‘sorry’ but offered no explanations for the conditions in the warehouse, was accused of using threats of violence to get his way, and being able to flip from charming to threatening in a heartbeat.

He even attempted to take a restraining order out against a tenant who complained about conditions in the warehouse.
The tenant, Shelley Mack, fell out with him in an angry dispute over the unsafe and unsanitary conditions in the ‘commune’.
In return he went to court, documents show that he went to court, alleging that she was illegally squatting at Ghost Ship and had falsely accused him of stealing a car, and also that she ‘repeatedly called CPS [child protective services] on fake accusations’.
Mack told DailyMail.com it was a lie to discredit her and described the strange atmosphere in the venue.
Describing him as a ‘cult leader’ she said Almena threatened her several times and one of his followers pulled a gun on her.
‘It was a cult if you believed what Derick had to say, but I didn’t,’ she said.
‘But there were people who did believe him though. If you didn’t follow him then they would threaten your life, pull guns on you, turn your electricity off.
‘They would block you from the bathroom, call the police and lie and make up reasons for you to get arrested
‘I had one friend in there who was a diabetic and Derick stole his medicine and his truck and kicked him out and called the police.
‘If you didn’t show that you were willing to do whatever he wanted you to do, you were on the out.
 ‘If you didn’t buy in to the way things were run they ostracized you, kicked you out and kept your money and your things.
The Ghost Ship building is littered with statues sinister-looking painted skulls and other religious symbols from Western and Eastern traditions – items collected by Almena and his wife Micah Allison during their travels
‘They would make it incredibly difficult, I had to call the police to get an escort out of there.
‘Derick would say this is a collective, we are building this spiritual, creative world, you had to buy in to that.’

Satya Yuga is a reference to Hindu theology, which sees it as the golden age at the start of time.
There is no evidence Almena was himself practicing the Hindu religion, but he appears to have picked from elements of it in his ‘art’ and his father-in-law had previously told DailyMail.com that he spent lengthy periods in Bali, the majority Hindu Indonesian island.
He wanted you to believe the whole Satya Yuga philosophy, spiritual, lyrical. He was into all this spiritual Yugi, Yogi bulls***,’ she said.
‘It wasn’t a religion but it was a belief. He’d give these big speeches, on and on and on. It was all poetic, a lot of it didn’t make any sense.
‘He would speak in lyrics a lot of the time, he would say we’re a family, we care about each other and we’re living off this vibe in this wonderful, beautiful artistic thing.’
Mack, who lived in the warehouse for four months, leaving in February 2015, said Almena considered himself a Yogi – a person dedicated to yoga practice and the tantra traditions of Hinduism.
Mack said Almena had a close circle of people around him who followed his commands.
‘He provided the appearance of a positive vibe, there was the words and the music and the art. He gave these people a place to stay and a space for their art and their creativity,‘ she said.
We had meetings, he would have his own long dialogue or he would send out three or four pages of texts, stuff that was so bizarre you couldn’t understand half of what he was saying, it was like somebody being on drugs and talking to you.’
Mack says Almena’s wife Micah Allison was always by his side.
Don’t forget his wife, she was there co-signing everything,’ she said.
Allison is self-described as the group’s ‘Mother Superior’ and in a May 2014 Facebook post, she described the Ghost Ship as ‘the true crossroads of culture and revolution in Oakland.’
She added: ‘Within the walls of the most beautiful temple living tribute tied bound nailed erected and held together with love and blood. It is the center of the universe.’
Mack said a man called Max Ohr – nicknamed ‘Warlord’ – was Almena’s right-hand man and would regularly do the leader’s bidding.
She added: ‘Derick would tell him [Max] what to do and he’d do it, he had a devout group around him that still believes in him and is still lying for him.’
It’s believed Ohr, who escaped the blaze on Friday, was running the door for the rave that night.
The violent side of the Almena’s group has also been exposed in court papers and by the testimony of other tenants who lived under Almena’s rule and visitors to the warehouse.

Philippe Lewis said that he rented the Ghost Ship for an event on January 3, 2015, but that Almena demanded extra money for the space.
When he refused to pay more, he says Almena became violent and stole his sound system ‘hiding it in the space.’
During the incident, it was claimed, Almena locked individuals into the converted warehouse and held them captive.
In a petition for a restraining order filed with the Alameda Superior Court, Lewis alleged that Almena threatened him.
‘I’m going to get my gun,’ he allegedly told Lewis, who had seen a box of new bullets while in the property.
He also claims he was attacked, sustained a dislocated shoulder and was kicked in the head by Almena’s henchmen – who assaulted Lewis on their leader’s orders.
He also says claims he saw evidence of a gun and bows and crossbow weapons on the property.
A friend of Lewis’, who asked not to be named, told DailyMail.com: ‘Philippe doesn’t want to have to deal with Almena any more than he has to, they are a violent group. He’s trying to protect his family right now.’
Another man who was at the party for the same dispute wrote in court documents that: ‘I was robbed of my iPhone & Philippe’s property at Derrick’s (sic) direction & beaten by his staff.’
Speaking to DailyMail.com, the man who asked not to be named, said: ‘I was at a party with a friend who had set up an event. I had never been there before.
‘There was an argument over money and Almena tried to beat my friend up and I videoed it on my phone. Almena ordered his people to attack me. They beat me up as well. I called the police but nothing was done.
‘It was very sinister and I spent a lot of time telling people not to go back there.

The man claims Almena made threats after the incident and that’s why he filed a restraining order, which ultimately wasn’t granted.
‘I showed up in court but it didn’t work out,’ he said.

Danielle Boudreaux, who has known Almena and his wife Allison for eight years, said Almena was charismatic and easily influenced those around him.
But she said she saw a ‘change’ in him due to drug use.
‘I knew Derick very well. The drugs made a big change in him. He was always this polar opposite person. One hand could be charming, making you feel you have great ideas, very able to persuade people in that way. There was always this dark vicious side underneath. That was never not present.
‘He was like a cult leader, he has that sort of charisma, draws people in.’
Almena promoted himself as a spiritual man and says on social media he’s a ‘student of the shadows’.
He purported to worship the Hindu gods Shiva and Kali.
In Hinduism our present time is Kali Yuga – ruled over by Kali, the demon who is the source of all evil.

Kali wears a garland of skulls and a skirt of dismembered arms, holds a sword in one hand and a severed head in the other.
The group’s Facebook page – presumably with Almena’s input – displays a drawing of Kali as its profile picture.
‘An unprecedented fusion of earth home bomb bunker helter skelter spelunker shelters and indonesian straw huts rolling into valleys and down alleys,’ is how Satya Yuga describes itself on the social media site.
In fact it was a warehouse near the railtracks, stuffed with junk and violating safety codes.
The Ghost Ship building is also littered with statues of Shiva and Kali and sinister looking painted skulls and other religious symbols from Western and Eastern traditions – items collected by Almena and his wife Micah Allison during their travels.
Shiva – the destroyer – is often depicted with four arms and a serpent around his neck.
The imagery raises questions over exactly what was happening in the building.
In a document seen by DailyMail.com in which Mack logged her grievances as a tenant at the time, she records a complaint about a fellow tenant called Lisa – a woman she says was close to Almena – saying she carried out ‘blood rituals’ in the warehouse.
She wrote: ‘Lisa is complaining about the TV but I’m not coming to you complaining when she is dripping blood in the sitting room after coming back from one of her rituals?’

Blood rituals and animal sacrifice can be used in Hinduism, which Hindus see as a way of honoring the Gods, but it is unclear if this was what ‘Lisa’ was doing. Mack declined to expand on her complaint.

Almena’s response to the fire has included language which suggested he saw himself as a father-figure.
‘They’re my children. They’re my friends, they’re my family, they’re my loves, they’re my future. What else do I have to say,’ he told San Francisco’s KGO-TV.

Investigators said they have told the fire and sheriff’s departments to treat the area as ‘a potential crime scene’. Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said Monday her office has just started its probe and has not yet determined whether a crime even occurred.

Source: Daily Mail

 



[Update 12/15/16 1:49pm]

Performer Morgan Sorne has contacted me via Facebook objecting to the use of the word “occult” in relation to their “Viva Muerta” (“Living Dead”) performance:

Morgan Sorne:

…are you serious? Were you there? Those women are Butoh dancers. The theme of the night was to honor the dead. Just because it was named viva muerta doesn’t mean that it was in any way an occult ritual. The only reason I am entertaining this dialogue is because you stand to do some good with your reach and influence. Those people are artists. Derick’s rants were designed to instigate and scare people. You are buying into his joke by reacting as you have in making the post. You are out of your depth and need to do some deeper investigating. I would encourage you to do some reading on the subjects, and if you are truly a burner you are missing a huge point regarding the nature of what the burn represents for people. Do you truly understand what the occult is? I know Derick and his family. He has three beautiful children who are suffering because of the tragedy and those wounds are deepened by posts like the one you made here. If you want a reading list start with books like Man and His Symbols by Carl Jung, Flash of the Spirit by Robert Farris Thompson and Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell. Watch Dance of Darkness on YouTube regarding the origins of Butoh in Japan. I don’t know what point you are trying to make with me but I am astounded that you would even try to counter with any argument as you were. Not. There. You are embarrassing yourself. The best thing you could do is to apologize to the public for the post and take it down.

He is talking about two women doing ritual fire dancing with multiple naked flames on their head, inside the junk-filled sprinkler-free premises that burned down killing 36 people. Watch the video, here it is again, you didn’t have to be there to see that this looks pretty dangerous – and quite spooky.

What is Butoh? The New York Times headline says “Dance of Darkness”:

BUTOH IS NOT FOR THE FRAIL. THE AVANT-garde dance form that today is Japan’s most startling cultural export does not aim to charm. Instead, it sets out to assault the senses. The hallmarks of this theater of protest include full body paint (white or dark or gold), near or complete nudity, shaved heads, grotesque costumes, clawed hands, rolled-up eyes and mouths opened in silent screams.

[Source: New York Times]

Nothing occult about the Dance of Darkness and clawed hands and grotesque masks in silent screams, is there? What other dance would one do, in a temple to Shiva the god of destruction?

We’ve discussed Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey mythology and its links to Esalen and the Stanford Research Institute.

Here is the preceding dialog with this DJ, some of which I already posted. They admitted that they did not organize the fire dance performance as part of their act – so how can they claim to know what meaning was in the ritual? They dodge the question about who did direct it (and fund it, assuming artists were getting paid for their art in this collective). Perhaps they are cognizant of the significant liability issues surrounding this disaster, the performance was more than a year ago so nobody is suggeting Morgan Sorne had any responsibility for it. But, occult is occult: you can’t convince me that doing the dance of darkness in front of a bunch of skulls and “alters” to the god of destruction is not an occult ritual. Sorry buddy.

Morgan
I am deeply hurt and offended by the way in which my performance from 2012 at a day of the dead showcase has been used in your post. This video has been abused and misused so many times since the tragic fire. I would appreciate it if you did not share it as a part of whatever agenda you have. To better inform you, the performance was an impromptu collaboration with the artists in that community. I wrote an opera called house of stone which was intended to be an experiential performance where audience and artists could collaborate with me. In no way was this an occult performance. A lot of people in this west coast community have used fire in their art. I personally don’t like it when people use sacred objects from other cultures (as many artists tend to do) as it wasn’t theirs to use in the first place, but I always have an open mind and heart even when the contribution is on the dark side. Without light there is no dark. Without dark there is no light. Artists explore all aspects of the human condition, light and dark with the intention of better understanding the self. Its often misinterpreted and misunderstood but the hope is that we can have an open mind to such dialogues. Your post doesn’t help that dialogue. It feeds a media frenzy. It feeds fear. I would encourage you to better research your source material.
Burners.Me
was your performance called “Viva Muerta”? Who provided the fire dancers?


Morgan

The event was called viva muerta – to honor day of the dead. There was a full line up of Bay Area bands and I was on tour passing through. Those were two belly dancers in the community who asked if they could join me on stage for a song and I always say yes when dancers ask me to join a performance

Tues 08:11

Burners.Me
So the Temple of Shiva provided their own dancers to Shiva.

Day of the dead is “Dia de los Muertos” , not “Viva Muerta”


[Update 12/15/16]

This is from the SF Chronicle, last week:

There is no easy way to untangle the story of Micah Allison from that of Derick Ion Almena — the wife and husband behind the Oakland warehouse art collective that burned down last week in the deadliest fire in the city’s history.

To their friends, that’s because the 17-year bond between “true soulmates” is impossible to break. To Allison’s father, Michael Allison, it’s because spending years under Almena’s dominating and unpredictable personality has corrupted the daughter he loved.

In posts on Facebook, Michael Allison said “my beautiful, sweet daughter” was “a good person at one time.” But he told The Chronicle this weekend that Almena isolated her from her family and friends with the manipulative arrogance that many say he displayed in running the Ghost Ship warehouse where 36 people died in a fire Dec. 2.

“I never liked Derick, and suspected drug use,” Michael Allison said. “But I didn’t know the extent of it. And I thought, like everyone did, that once the kids came along, they would step up and start being responsible.”

He added that he and his daughter, who is now 40, “had many long, hard talks about Derick. But she convinced me that things were looking up, and they would have a stable home and business, and the shenanigans would end.”

 

Neither Micah Allison nor Almena has been available for comment. Allison doted on her husband and their three children on social media, and Almena posted on Facebook before the fire that he had been drug-free for eight months. And in an August 2013 post lashing out at people he believed were attacking his “virtue,” Almena scoffed at the suggestion that he dominated Allison.

“I have been married to Micah since the moment eye (sic) saw her,” he wrote. “Never a woman in between. 14 years and 3 children that my aggressive violent angry abusive tender humbled honored thankful delicate hands did cradle from womb.”

Michael Allison said that when the couple told him of their plans for the art collective that became the Ghost Ship warehouse, he was optimistic for them.

But although friends and other artists in the alternative arts community described the Ghost Ship as a creative hodgepodge of antiques, Balinese statues and makeshift wood structures, Danielle Boudreaux, a former friend of the couple’s, said the warehouse looked that way only for parties and events.

Most of the time, garbage, broken glass, nails, rotting food, cat feces and leftover glow sticks littered the warehouse’s concrete floors, where the couple’s children would run around barefoot, Boudreaux said.

She said that when she first met the couple in 2010, Allison was the sweet woman her father remembers. It was at a memorial for a mutual friend, and even though the two women didn’t know each other, when Boudreaux broke down in tears, Allison embraced her.

But Allison was changing by the time she and Almena moved to the Oakland warehouse in late 2013, Boudreaux said. Allison told her Almena wouldn’t let her call her mother, she said. At a dinner party in front of their kids, Boudreaux said, she watched him berate her and call her “every name in the book.”

Boudreaux suspected the couple were using drugs, and she and Allison’s family persuaded Allison to check into a rehab program last year. Within a few weeks, she says, Almena got her to leave it.

The couple’s children went to school with Boudreaux’s, but were chronically absent and infested with lice, she said. Boudreaux alerted Allison’s parents, who called Child Protective Services. Authorities briefly took the children in 2015, but Almena and Allison got them back.

Friends of the couple said these allegations are far from the truth. Isa Shisha, an artist who frequently performed at the Ghost Ship, said Almena and Allison were “true soulmates,” and Allison was a “badass mama who fiercely protects her family.”

“They have the family most of us dream of having,” Shisha said.

On Facebook, Allison asked her friends to write the judge involved in their CPS case and help her family from being “condemned on base of speculation and slander.” Both Boudreaux and Michael Allison say Micah never forgave them.

“Right when she went to rehab, she wrote me this long letter thanking me for getting her out,” Boudreaux said. “Then he went down there and pulled her out, and a few days later, she wrote me the exact opposite letter, asking me how I could dare plot against her husband. She is so loyal to him, to her own detriment. She is beyond having any personality of her own.”

Boudreaux continued, “When she was very young, she had aspirations of being a dancer, but the whole time we were friends, she never did anything like that. Neither of them worked the entire time I (knew) them, except to build stages for parties. When they got the Ghost Ship, everything changed. It all became about his dream.”

Allison’s father said he’s “holding out hope for her still.” But he and his daughter, he concedes, don’t talk anymore.

“She hates me for telling the truth about her life, and about Derick,” he said.

“This darkness, I don’t see any light at the end of it.”

[Source: SF Chronicle]

Resident of Oakland Firetrap Blames Burning Man Crowd

Breitbart News brings a first hand report of the history of the Satya Yuga collective that appears to have rented the property as a warehouse, yet somehow for at least 2 years had as many as 20 residents plus children and pets. Only one of the tenants perished in the blaze, resident genius computer expert and homeless Harvard graduate Peter Wadsworth. The other 35 dead were there for the rave all night underground EDM event.

The “Ghost Ship,” the warehouse and artists’ colony where 36 people lost their lives in the Oakland fire last Friday night, was “a serious attempt to bring the Black Oakland culture back into the art scene,” former resident Alexander Doré told Breitbart News.
However, that vision was overrun by what Doré referred to as the “Burning Man crowd.

“We called it ‘the space,’” Doré said. He described himself as a close acquaintance of Derick Ion Almena, the man known as the leader of the community, and one of his wife Mika’s close friends.

We didn’t even give it a name. It was meant to be private. None of it was for sale,” Doré said. “[Almena] wanted me to be a partner and I was brought over to the space by some local musicians and a lady who lived there because I was the third bass player in Sly and the Family Stone,” a well-known American band from San Francisco that was very popular from the 1960s through the 1980s.

Of the owner of the building, Oakland landlord Chor Ng, Doré said: “He should have applied for the permits.” The building was found to lack sprinklers and fire alarms, and the city’s efforts to inspect the premises were unsuccessful — though critics charge that local officials were lax in their duty to enforce fire codes.

“Ending up at this warehouse was part of my, I don’t want to say ‘downfall,’ but I got lost,” Doré said. He later left the community.

“I decided to say goodbye to Derick because I felt there was too much dark energy there due to the people living there,” he said, including youth that he claimed were into drugs, and who took advantage of Almena’s comparatively reasonable — although allegedly illegal — living accommodations in an area where skyrocketing rents have pushed traditional residents out.

Doré explained to Breitbart News that the vision behind “the space” was to revitalize and harness the Bay Area’s seemingly lost African-American culture.

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What to some is perceived as a “serious attempt to bring the Black Oakland culture back into the art scene”, is seen by others as the classic gentrification model. The (mostly white) artists get sent in to drive the black families out of the neighborhoods. Black artists might get invited in to create the appearance of integration; maybe you find another Basquiat. Usually the ones that make it don’t stick around in the same neighborhoods they grew up in.

I’ve seen it happen over the last 20 years in the Tenderloin, SOMA, the Mission, Hayes Valley, Oakland, and in downtown LA. I’ve heard about it happening in places like Dallas and Houston too. First they send in the crack, and ruin the inner city neighborhoods, driving property values down and spreading poverty. Foreclosures boom, and buildings end up in the hands of the banks. Then, the artists come in, usually following the drugs and not caring about run-down buildings because they can paint them. They get away with more street art because the neighborhood is otherwise decrepit. Get enough artists together in one area and it can be marketed as a “colony”. Then the gays come in. They do all the houses up and make the neighborhood flourish with their higher disposable incomes and on-trend tastes. They don’t mind that the area is unsafe for children, since generally they don’t have them. Then the hipsters come, also without children. And then the rich yuppies. By then, the neighborhood has become safe for children again: private school children. Most of the people who built the community can no longer afford to live there and are no longer wanted. Then  comes the foreign money, looking for a blue chip home for their offshore investments. By this point the mortgages have been pooled and collateralized and synthesized and repackaged into bond and share offerings. The jobs left are service jobs, and if there is any art left is in high end galleries.

I’m sorry if anyone finds that description offensive, but it happens time and time again with such consistency that it cannot be coincidence. It is either a biological wiring, something in the DNA of humanity; or it is a long-term plan of social engineering – so successful that it keeps being repeated, regardless of the consequences. Hollywood itself began as one of these occult artists colonies. Qui bono? Follow the money. When an Oakland townhouse goes from $100,000 to $1 million, imagine what that does if you own 20-story buildings and entire city blocks.

My information is that the rent to be part of the Fruitvale Satya Yuga collective was $5,000 per month and the residents were paying $750 per month – which would be $15,000 per month if all 20 paid the same. If anyone can confirm or correct this please comment. The money clearly was not reinvested in safety, but it does indicate the potential real estate profits lurking darkly in the background of this and other tragic fires.

One resident, who had a fire extinguisher in hand and discarded it for a cat carrier, described the space as “amazing”, “beautiful”, and “family oriented”. YMMV.

Kelber woke up to hearing someone screaming “fire” and grabbed a fire extinguisher. She opened her gate and looked down the hallway and saw 15-foot flames, “a giant fireball.” 

She then tossed the fire extinguisher, realizing it wasn’t going to do her any good, and tried to grab her cat carrier from a loft area.

“I was almost knocked unconscious by the smoke,” she said. Then the power went out. The smoke pushed her window open, which let in air that fueled the fire.

She grabbed her cat and ran out. “The fire trucks still weren’t here so I went racing around the corner screaming ‘fire,’ carrying my cat.” 

Kelber and Frito said that they thought 22 or 23 people lived in the building, which was 10,000 square feet.

“It was one of the most amazing, beautiful spaces,” Kelber said.

She said somebody was always working on a different project, or cooking something.

“It was one of the most amazing, family-oriented spaces,” she said. “That’s why it was created.”

The idea that it is acceptable to have all night dance parties in family oriented spaces is not widely shared throughout the rest of the world. Even in Melbourne, arguably the world capital of warehouse parties, the “artists” would not try something like this. The police and family protection services would be there in a heartbeat. So why would it be socially acceptable in the San Francisco Bay Area?

This is an example of why the propaganda that “kids at Burning Man are fine” is dangerous. The argument goes like this: “All these smart billionaires go to Burning Man, and people take their kids to Burning Man, therefore it is smart to have all night dance parties around children”. This is a logical fallacy, a non sequitur.

I don’t see too many billionaires bringing their young children to Burning Man, why is that?

There is a great deal to be said for the good old-fashioned family unit. One man, one woman, and the biological children generated by mixing their genes together. Bringing the children up with good values, in an environment of love, promoting honesty and kindness. This model has taken humanity this far, why do we need to attack it? To go back to the Dark Ages? I am all for including other lifestyles, but surely nobody thinks it is OK that children lived in this place surrounded by skulls and occult imagery.

This music video was filmed at the Ghost Ship warehouse. It is full of occult symbolism and mind control visual techniques. The name “ROCChilds” seems like an almagamation of Rockefeller and Rothschild, as well as a nod to Illuminati rapper Jay-Z’s record label ROC-A-Fella records.

The song is not bad, with some impressive guitar work at the end. But the imagery is very concerning, in light of the holocaust that subsequently occurred at this temple to Shiva.

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Crypto-landlord Derick Ion Almena and his partner Micah Allison make a cameo in the video

Safety First: The Reality of Housing, Parties, and Legality in the Scene

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Alright, listen Burners, while the facts continue to filter out about the disaster of Ghost Ship, the Oakland warehouse space that was reduced to ashes over the weekend, the swirling commentary, tidal wave of thinkpieces & classism masquerading as concern has (once again) missed the forest for the trees. The arguments about the responsibility of the owner, the problems with having parties at underground venues, and the nature of the community at the center of the tragedy are all aggressively useless. People can talk about “what parties should be” until the K-heads wake up, but there are realities that have forced event spaces to be the way they are for decades now. Those realities involve dollar signs, not lifestyle or philosophical choices. And, as someone that has actually made a “need a fire extinguisher to save an event from burning down” hand-off at 5 am at an underground warehouse, I hope you’ll trust that this isn’t going to be your standard anti-capitalist or anti-club rant.

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BREAKING: Oakland Rave Turns Deadly, 34+ Dead or Missing After Fire [Updates]

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An horrific tragedy happened last night at 1305 31st Avenue in Fruitvale, the home of Satya Yuga Collective who seem to be into shamanism, magic, and manifestation. Just under 100 people were present at an event for Golden Donna “100% Silk/Not Not Fun” at an underground “rave cave”. At least 9 people are dead, with more than 25 missing and unaccounted for. 55 firefighters were on the scene battling the blaze. The cause of the fire is still unknown. There were no sprinklers in the building and firefighters saw no evidence that smoke detectors were activated. Our thoughts and prayers go to the victims of this disaster and their friends and families.


[Update 12/6/16 7:34am]

Today has a video interview with Derick Ion Almena. He admits that there were multiple people living on the site, including his children. He tries to paint himself as a hero of the arts, lured into this situation.

He says “I didn’t do anything ever in my life that would lead me up to this moment”…see below for some of the comments he has made in the past.

 

 


[Update 12/5/16 12:10pm]

The founder of the artists collective has made a public statement today (Monday). He has also taken down/made private his Facebook page.

“In my previous Facebook post, I had no idea there was a loss of life,” Almena’s statement to NBC Bay Area read. “This tragic event consumes me every moment. My heart is broken. My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends who have suffered the loss of loved ones.”…

According to a KGO-TV report, Almena and partner Micah Allison were seen at 10:45 p.m. Sunday in the Oakland Marriott City Center. Almena and Allison had checked into the hotel without using their names, and KGO reporter Lilian Kim and a camera person saw no sign of the pair’s three children.

[Source: San Jose Mercury News]

One of the videos I shared below which showed Derrick Ion at the property has been made private, did anyone get a copy?

Spare a thought for the horror of the firefighters and others who have to sift through this rubble identifiying bodies.

Work halted shortly after midnight Monday at the warehouse known as the Ghost Ship” because the building became unstable. According to Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Melinda Drayton, the front wall began to lean inward, creating a dangerous situation. 

“We will not put our firefighters in harm’s way, and we won’t put Alameda County Sheriff deputies in a precarious position,” Drayton said.

Work was expected to resume between noon and 2 p.m. Monday, Drayton said.

Police announced that a 12-hour power outage would affect the area of the warehouse, due to a large crane being brought in to assist the recovery effort. An estimated 50 to 500 customers would be affected, police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said. A team of city officials would contact residents in the area to check on whether they need additional resources to cope with the outage, she added.

City officials called for patience amid the slow progress and called for support from those awaiting answers.
“It’s really important to give the firefighters everything they need. This is very emotional and taxing work, not only physically but emotionally,” councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan said. “They deserve a lot of credit and support from that.”

The schoolmates of one of the juvenile victims are all in mourning:

On Monday administrators from Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, a prestigious public arts school in San Francisco, confirmed the 17-year-old victim was one of their own. The school did not release the victim’s name, but said he was in 11th grade.

The San Francisco Chronicle on Monday identified the student as Draven McGill.

“This is an incredibly unsettling and sad event – for the Asawa SOTA community, and especially for the victim’s family,” Principal Barnaby Payne wrote in a news release sent out by the school. “As sad as we are today, I know that how we react in challenging times is what defines us as a community. As parents, teachers, children, students, brothers, sisters, and friends, we share in the heartbreak of his family and will embrace them and each other as Asawa SOTA family. We must rise to this occasion and rally around each other with love, compassion and support.”

The school provided counseling for students and faculty Monday morning…

Weather conditions could pose a possible threat to the timely recovery of victims and evidence. According to the National Weather Service, dry but chilly conditions early this week are expected to yield to storm systems that could bring from one to three inches of rain to the region. Chances of rain could be highest Wednesday evening through Friday morning, followed by slight chances of rain Saturday night into Sunday morning.

[Source: San Jose Mercury News]

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms might seem an unusual addition to an event in which none of the three seem to be a major factor. Technically they are the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and they have a unique Fire Research Laboratory in Maryland for criminal arson.

 

Image: NBC Los Angeles

Image: NBC Los Angeles

 

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Image: NBC News

Geri Ungurean has done some occult analysis of the “Hell House”:shiva-hell-house-best

I knew that if I dug deep enough, I would find Satan at the heart of the tragic fire which took the lives of dozens of people in Oakland, CA.

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words.  What I will show you about the “Warehouse” in Oakland will express more than I could ever write.

As you will see, Shiva – the god of destruction in Hinduism, was greatly revered by the lost souls who gathered and even lived at the warehouse.

One of the pictures of the “Oakland Ghost Ship” as it was called, clearly shows a woman in a ritualistic dance, with fire above her.  There were no smoke alarms nor was there a sprinkler system in place at this satanic gathering house. One could speculate that the inferno began during one of these dances.

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Read the full story here.

This angle really needs to be investigated by the police, there are many signs of intense interest in the occult on these peoples’ Facebook pages. They have the same statue as CERN in Switzerland, where a couple of months ago there was a Satanic ceremony: a ritual sacrifice to Shiva , the god of destruction. In this religion, Shiva the Destroyer ends the Kali Yuga, the age of suffering, to herald in Satya Yuga, the golden age in a fiery cataclysm:

“Kali” is the reigning lord of Kali Yuga and his nemesis is Sri Kalki, the tenth and final Avatar of Lord Vishnu. According to the Vishnu Purana, Kali is a negative manifestation working towards the cause of ‘the end’ or rather towards eventual rejuvenation of the universe.[15] Kali also serves as an antagonistic force in the Kalki Purana. It is said that towards the end of this yuga, Kalki will return riding on a white horse to do battle with Kali and his dark forces. The world will suffer a fiery cataclysm that will destroy all evil, and a new age (the next Satya Yuga of the following Mahayuga), will begin.

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There was a skull painted over the entrance, and they called it Ghost Ship and their collective Satya Yuga. It’s very hard to see this as just a coincidence, especially when they keep talking about all the “Alters” around – as you can see in this video by RichieFromBoston which builds upon Geri’s work.

“Unofficial Burners” recently held their own occult fire ritual about the birth of a new golden age. On the recent once-in-a-lifetime Super Moon, the ex-military group staged a multi-day-and-night occult ritual in front of the obelisk at the National Mall in Washington DC. It was about the phoenix and the Temple of Rebirth, an egg hatching a new age under the theme “Returning Home”…presumably they were expecting this to be a grand magickal celebration of Clinton’s victory, commencing as it did 32 days after the election – at 11:11 on 11/11.

Not saying that all these geographically separate rituals are directly connected to each other, but on an occult level they definitely are. Dabble with the dark gods and sacrifice and fire magick, you can expect death and destruction and mayhem as the result.

Image: burningman.org

Image: burningman.org

 

 


[Update 12/5/16 7:55am]

The death toll is now at 36, with parts of the building still unable to be searched. Only 35-40% has been searched.

Derick Ion said “I can proverbally get away with murder” several months ago. He, his wife and kids were not present at the property when the fire occurred.

Although some Burners have been saying on Facebook that “nobody lived there”, one of the residents said she escaped with her cat. Authorities believe the fire began at the rear of the building on the lower floor.

[Source: some good coverage at the San Jose Mercury Newsalso here and here.]

There were multiple minors killed in the fire. A criminal investigation has begun with Federal involvement:

Sgt. Ray Kelly, a spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, said the majority of the victims were in their 20s and 30s, but that some were teenagers.

Kelly said the district attorney’s office has sent a team of criminal investigators to work alongside the sheriff’s arson task force and the Oakland Police Department. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has also sent representatives to help in the investigation, providing resources, forensics and laboratory work.

The investigators are working to uncover any potential criminal activity that may have led to the blaze.

[Source: LA Times]

The East Bay Express says Burning Man artists are worried that a crackdown on underground collectives that don’t live up to building code will hurt the arts community.  Sorry, but no art is worth 36 lives. You can’t host commercial events in places without fire exits and sprinklers, no matter how broke you are.

Some Burners are butt-hurt that the mainstream media described this all-night underground event with a lineup of DJs playing electronic dance music as a “rave”. Apparently glowsticks are offensive to them, and if there’s no glowsticks it can’t be a rave:

Let me explain something, and i’ll make it as simple as possible. This was not a rave, or an empty headed dance party, not a place people came to consume. This was a show, part of a vital and important underground world. The stakes are different and the connection level is intense. You want to talk families? These are chosen families. People with very little in common with the family they are born to, or choose to make their lives based on shared interest and values.

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Hmmm, wonder if those “shared interests and values” include LSD, meth, and ketamine?

People love to think of the bay area as a hotbed of creativity, but with a few very rare and notable exceptions our aboveboard venues are very conservative and trend risk averse to keep the doors open. Staying open is a daily battle. So when you talk of true innovation, it’s far more likely to happen at a place like Ghost Ship than a place like the Fox Theater

…these are our spaces, these are havens. These are the places where we make our culture happen and they matter. It’s a welcoming place to the marginalized, the oppressed, the freaks, the dorks, the last ones picked, those that don’t fit in anywhere and don’t have a whole lot of interest in complying.

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Silicon Valley is internationally renowned as a world center for innovation, but which specific inventions came out of the Oakland warehouse arts scene is a mystery to me. It seems that the creative talent of the Bay Area can work just fine when building codes are enforced. Even the freaks, the dorks, and the last ones picked deserve safety. Nobody deserves to die at a rave intellectual dance party, and “leave the junk-filled death traps the way they are and throw more dance parties” is not a solution.


[Update 12/4/16 9:05pm]

33 bodies have been found. 70% of the venue is yet to be searched. [Source: ABC]

Mayor Libby Schaaf suggested that there were juveniles found among the dead. Victims have been found in every section of the building.


 

[Update 12/4/16 1:54pm]

Beware of fundraisers relating to this event. This person Jonathan Lee Riches was caught trolling people on Derick Ion’s Facebook page and soliciting donations. Thanks Matt for the tip.


[Update 12/4/16 12:37pm]

Eyewitness account from Bob Mulé

 

Official death toll now at 30 [Source: CBS]

Source: Facebook

Source: Facebook


[Update 12/3/16 5:23pm]

They are now saying as many as 40 people were killed. 24 bodies have been recovered from the hellish scene [Source: LA Times].

The building was inspected just over 2 weeks ago, and ruled illegally unsafe. There had been multiple complaints. [Source: East Bay Express]

The owner of the warehouse was Chor Ng. [Source: East Bay Express]

The building was assessed at $86,000 – can you believe there is any building like that in the entire Bay Area? [Source: SF Chronicle]

NOTE: this fire has nothing to do with the Ghost Ship Halloween parties. It seems the Satya Yuga were calling themselves “the Oakland Ghost Ship”.

Notice he said “ceremony”. Different from “underground rave” or “Halloween party”. There is certainly a lot of occult imagery on the proprietors’ Facebook pages.

The owner of the business hosting the event has made a stunning comment on Facebook.

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Understandably, the community is not impressed with this response. Selected comments at the end of this article. I’m disappointed that I have some amazing mutual friends with this guy.


[Update 12/3/16 7:46pm]

 

This list is from CBS:

Here is a list of names from the Oakland police of those who are believe to be missing from calls by family and friends.

  • Alana Kane
  • Alex Ghassen
  • Alex Vega
  • Amanda Kershaw
  • Ara Jo
  • Ben Runnels A/K/A Charlie Prowler
  • Cash Askew
  • Chelsea Faith (Dolan)
  • David Cline
  • Donna Kellogg
  • Edmind Lapine
  • Eliott Rattle
  • Griffin Sean Madden
  • hanna Hennikka Ruax
  • Ivania L. Chavarria Gonzalez
  • Jason Adrian McCarty
  • Jennifer Kiyomi Tanouye
  • Joey Matlock a/k/a Casio
  • Justin/Feral Fritz/Pines
  • Madison Machado
  • Michela Gregory
  • Naomi Riches
  • Nex/Chase Iuguolo/Wittenauer
  • Nicholas Walrath
  • Nick Gomez-Hall
  • Nicole “Denalda” R Siegrist
  • Peter Wadsworth
  • Travis Hough
  • Viktor Kastro

There were two reported to be treated at a local hospitals.

  • Samuel Maxwell
  • Tobi/Geyl Chase

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Derick Ion’s Facebook page and his wife Micah Allison’s are deeply disturbing, full of occult symbols and lengthy rants. It appears that the party-loving couple had their kids taken away by Child Protective Services several years ago. They were in a hotel room when this disaster happened. Now they are supposedly on the run:

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They are Burners. A couple of the rants were targeted at Burning Man. See below.

 

 


Original story:

The first responders from @OaklandFireLive were there at 11:27. Half an hour later, the fire was out of control and all units were ordered to be evacuated

An eyewitness report:

It was too hot, too much smoke, I had to get out of there,’ Bob Mule, a photographer and artist who lives at the building and suffered minor burns, told the Times. 

‘I literally felt my skin peeling and my lungs being suffocated by smoke. I couldn’t get the fire extinguisher to work.’ 

Mule was able to make it out of the building that was engulfed in a matter of minutes.  

It’s unclear how the fire started, as it’s believed an artists’ collective that is adjacent to the warehouse was also engulfed in flames. Arson investigators will be called to the scene, officials said.  

[Source: Daily Mail]

The fire inspector has asked that people post the names of those known to be safe or missing at this Facebook thread. The police have asked for missing people’s photos and identifying features. Piercings, tattoos, clothing they were wearing, weight, birthday, hair color etc. There are more than 20 people listed here as missing, if you know any of them please try to get in touch and share their information on Facebook.

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Only about half a dozen are confirmed to be OK. Someone posted the list from the hospital:

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These people are in the hospital

These people are still missing

These people are still missing

The list on the Facebook thread of missing people has more names. Many of the people seem to have pseudonyms, which complicates the search.

The “live/work collective space” seems like one of these Burner warehouse packed full of “stuff”. Their Facebook page describes the space as “An unprecedented fusion of earth home bomb bunker helter skelter spelunker shelters and indonesian straw huts rolling into valleys and down alleys”

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Image: Google Streetview

Satya Yuga’s profile pic and other Facebook posts on Derrick Ion and his wife and children’s pages (yes, there were children living in this raver collective) suggest occult interests in dark magick and death:

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Further coverage:

Daily Mail

San Jose Mercury News

East Bay Times

Russia Today

TMZ

Vice

4Chan


Event Details:

Golden Donna (100% SILK/ CGI Records/ Not Not Fun)
Golden Donna is the electronic outlet of Madison, Wisconsin’s Joel Shanahan. The project draws on genres ranging from psych to house music to create layered tracks built on powerful, danceable rhythms and bass lines and intricate, headphone-worthy synth composition.
“As Golden Donna, Madison, Wisc.’s Joel Shanahan makes synth-based instrumentals that slide from psychedelic workouts into the kind of soaring pop that evokes 1980s movie soundtracks.” —Marc Masters, Pitchfork
http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/14875-machete-bathtub/
“In truth, it all comes off more as a composition than a track, the song’s six-minute run landing on a number of different musical sections, each with their own distinctive moods and melodic hooks.” —Glenn Jackson, XLR8R, on “Empty Charm Vessel”
http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2014/02/empty-charm-vessel
http://www.soundcloud.com/goldendonna

Cherushii (100% SILK / Run The Length Of Your Wildness)
Cherushii is Chelsea Faith, an electronic musician based in San Francisco, California. Her passion for dance music history is evident in her work, which takes cues from Detroit techno, Chicago house, and classic rave sounds. A multi-instrumentalist since childhood, Chelsea began experimenting with electronics as a teenager, which lead to playing live techno and house at underground raves in the 2000s. She has been working as a live performer, producer, DJ, and remixer for over a decade, using her gear savvy and innate musicianship to create lush, retro-futurist productions. Cherushii signed with LA-based dance music tastemakers 100% Silk in 2013, and released her second 12″ for the label “Far Away So Close” in November 2015.
http://www.soundcloud.com/cherushii

Nackt (100% SILK /Outpost/ Rare Form/ AYLI)
Nackt is a DJ, Producer, Lover, and Gentleman. As a co-founder of the Outpost, Rare Form and Deep East parties, he is committed to bringing excellent talent to Oakland and San Francisco.
Excited by the techno-influenced house and garage revival happening in the UK bass scene, Nackt plays techno, funky deep house, and forward-thinking bass music from across the globe… Nackt’s original productions and remixes have appeared on labels like 100% Silk, Chillin Music, Popgang, Don’t Say Techno, and 3AM Devices.
http://nacktmusic.com/

Russell E. L. Butler//Black Jeans (Opal Tapes/ Jacktone Records/ Intersection)
Russell Butler is an experimental artist and DJ based in Oakland, California. Originally from Bermuda, Russell has developed a process of improvisation that draws from a rich cultural of history rooted in their island and the black, queer diaspora.
“Oakland synth artist Russell E.L. Butler used to record heavy acid jams with a punk aesthetic under the name Black Jeans…He’s since delved further inside his machines, exploring a variety of techno expressions.” – The Fader
http://soundcloud.com/russellelbutler
http://www.thefader.com/2016/05/31/russell-butler-without-fear

OBSIDIAN BLADE (Oakland no-rave)
pomo post club from the oakland underground crafted for the purpose of facilitating ecstatic camaraderie and cyberdelic transcendence
https://soundcloud.com/obsidian-blade

PIANO RAIN (AJA VISION)
Rooted in Denver and flowered in Oakland, Aja Archuleta spins webs of sound and rhythm in a study of memory and the processing of trauma through our right to dance.
https://soundcloud.com/ajavision

R △ D △ Я
“RADAR is wired for innerspace sonics and mind to mind transmissions. RADAR is bent like light through water as it reaches us through time and space. RADAR hears us, sends us back to ourselves. RADAR has conjured who we’re becoming within ourselves together: RADAR programs synths and percussion sounds to the echoes of what we’ve become by the time RADAR’s heard us. RADAR is playing the warehouse rave on the space station. RADAR could be Jon Hrabko of Oakland, CA. RADAR could be electronics, corrosion, flavor crystals in permanent shadow.”
https://soundcloud.com/j0n-1/sets/r-d-ya_ya-3-m-1-x-3

Live Visuals provided by
VISUAL AIDS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzZHJJge4PU

featuring Brook Munchhausen‘s “VIDEO CUBE”

**RAVE CAVE HAIR AND NAIL SALON PROVIDING CUSTOM LOOKS**

SECRET EAST OAKLAND LOCATION
ANNOUNCED DAY OF SHOW.
$10 before 11PM
$15 after

 


Comments from Derick Ion’s public Facebook page:

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A couple of his rants were Burning Man related:

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FIRST… let me say ive said this all before… and now i will say it again…
And again and again…. because it cracks me the fuck up to see every year an endless line of hungry ghosts desperately getting in line for the ultimate ritualistic right of passage …. that they have been seeking thier entire lives….. So good to see that they have found it…… and remember…… we are not there with you.
WE ARE SATYA YUGA.
maybe you do not know what we do… it’s not … looking cool or participating in the very construct that has robbed BURNING MAN… run off the truly talented community that spent a generation plus… building a village free from the bullshit corporate wasteful ridiculously enormous ego driven mockery of participation.
I AM…. that barnacle of old stone and ancient wood and bones woven together with the family songs and cultural offerings tenderly stitched intimate upon the backside of never forever and no where now.
Not the present nightmare gaining momentum as I slip into honest dreams… it attempts to murder me with the horrific shouting of vomiting madness.
The pre recorded fabricated endless loop of a constant loving arrival … self importance systematically designed like video games for pathetic lonely 30 year olds… the childish tantrum for attention … as big money industry chains a monkey and drunk bum to the ableton serato virtual scratch live pro auto tune native mouth LIP SYNCED AS AGREED ARRANGEMENT … INVITATION TO ENDLESS IMPOSSIBLE SLOT MACHINES DRIPPING TREASURES GOLD HONEY ENDLESSLY COMING DONKEY KONG ALL NITE LONG MAINLINED DIRECT FED 25,000 WATTS ORGASMIC WADS OF POWER SUPREME…. FULL VISIONARY ASSAULT. LIKE GIANT MATRIX BRAND STEROIDAL TROPICAL FRUIT FLAVOR SHERBERT ICE CREAM EDIBLE UNDERWEAR BEING ATTACKED AND LICKED AND SUCKED ON ALL SIDES TO GET TO THE THE DELICIOUS CHEWY NECTAR OF IMMORALITIES CENTER STAGE… RED CARPET RUNWAY.. TO BE HERALDED AS DIVINE BEAUTY . THEN… LIGHT AS A SACRED NATIVE AMERICAN EAGLES FEATHER WITH DIGNITY… EAR-WING WORN COSMIC TANTRIC ALL WHITE PRAYER-FORMERS WITH PLATINUM GOLD TRIM SHIPIBO G STRINGS… LIFTED ME TOGETHER IN COMMUNAL ORGASM … SAMPLED AND LOOPED ME WITH JUST THE RIGHT FLANGIE DELAY THEN AUTO TUNED A REALTIME REMIX …. ALL OF US … THE ENTIRE 70,000 BROTHERS AND SISTERS INTERTWINED IN SACRED COMMUNAL HARMONY.. LIKE A VILLAGE… A small little village… that the devil had just visited and made us… forced to drink wine… he put his finger pointy and red … into the table… and when he pulled it out… wine as crimson as the lords sons tortured blood… sprang fourth like a fountain… of life… of forget… of passion and recklessness… we did it for jesus and spoke not of it ever again. BUT THE FUCKING BLOOM SERIES WAS THERE AND THEY ONLY FILMED THE REALLY NASTY PARTS AND BROADCASTED IT LIKE PIRATE WHALE KILLERS SEDUCING THE NEXT VICTIM WITH THE SAD YET JOYFUL SONGS OF BABY WHALES…(engineered at expressions audio arts school in emmeryville ca.) CRYSTAL CLEAR INTO EVERY DERANGED CROTCHLESS DRY HUMPER PLAYA PERVERTS EAR… IN SONIC FORCE SO LOW IN MISERABLE ATTEMPT TO REPLACE NATURAL RHYTHM… TIPPER $$Xryllix NASTY DUB STEP SY TRANCE NECROMANCE DRIVEN AS TURNCOAT ASSASSINS SELF PROMOTING MANAGER PAID TO ARRANGE THE PATHETIC FACADE OF RECKLESS AND WILD MIDDLE AGED DANGEROUS MASTER BACKER FAT ASS BUSTED BALI CROTCH BLOWN OUT FROM FUCKIN THREE BITCHES IN DESSERT POSITION … AS AGREED IN THE SIGNED CONTRACTS UNDER ALTERNATIVE GIFTING BUY IN PERCENTAGE VARIABLE OPTIONS OF SUBMISSIONS AND PERMISSIONS TO SELF AMEND THE TRADE FOR SERVICES AGAINST A SUBSTANTIAL MONETARY DEBT… DEPENDING OF COURSE ON EXISTING BENEFICIAL TO CIRCLE CONDITIONS…. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MAINSTAGE OR THAT DIRTY LITTLE CLUB IN THE MISSION. IT AINT LOVE OR LUCK ANYMORE… ITS BUSINESS … BOTH SIDES FUCKING TO THE MIDDLE FOR THAT LOVING MUTUALLY EARNED GIFT OF POSITION. CUP CAKE CHEESE AND CRACKER TONY BENNETT FRANK SINATRA DEAN MARTIN… CROONER.. OUT DATED VINTAGE OBSOLETE MOB BITCHES. DIFFERENT DAY… UPGRADED EXTERNAL MONKEY FINGER SPLICED ASS SIDE OF MULE FUELED INSTANT PARTY TOOL… JUST ADD APATHY… BURNING MAN AND CLEVER STERILITY… PRE PACKAGED WITH SHELF LIFE ADVERTISED…. DEEJAY… CULTURE KILLER. FACEBOOK BILLIONAIRE RENTAL ART CAR CRUISING THE STRIP NAME BRAND HOUSEHOLD FAMOUS DOOLAB HEADLINER SOUNDTRACK AS LURE CLAIMS THIS FLY BY NITE ILLUSION OF PRETTY LIGHTS DECREPIT ROLLING COVEN OF VAMPIRES… TO BE COOL… … HUNTING WITH A SOUNDTRACK… SACRIFICIAL PIT… AIR CON DOME.. SECRET SOCIAL VIP MIXERS … GUARDED… BY BLACK-WATER ARMED MERCENARY SECURITY INSTIGATE AS CHAIN OF COMMAND MATTER OF FACT K-HOLE ROLLED BIG TITTY RAVER GIRL SEDATED STERILITY PENETRATED AND GAPED THEN WET WIPED BY PERSONAL ASSISTANTS AND PAID CATERED EXECUTIVE ELITE . SOOOOO SENSITIVE SEXY FUNNY AWKWARDLY ATTRACTIVE HONEST AND QUIRKY THE LITTLE ANIMALS IT KILLS WITH “HERTZ” AND DATE RAPED SLIPPED INTO SIPPED DRINK BURNING MAN AS EPIDEMIC PROPORTIONS ghb 2cb ketamine lsd bath salt aderol legal speed doctor roberts studio 54 vitamin b eedie sedgewickes 1960 and velvet undergrounds nyc it will never be… only this… like a rerun of gomer pile. Wurlitzer crank organ… preloaded with spools of paper thin commands as holes… empty space ,,, organ music… if you can even call it that… that shit packed prosaic D.J. CRAP… THAT MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOUR “WINNING” ALL OF THE TIME. im sorry… and i apologize ahead of time for fucking being horrified by your pack mentality mindless regurgitation of nothing. great party.. real loud. real big. wow. what a waste of the fruits of desolation and struggle… that place commands reverence… not arrogance … not sing falsely as zombies thru a function one and little man with a laptop… void of truth and ability… broadcasting as a tonal weapon that kills real breathed nervous poetry and turkish banjos puppet shows prayers lovers confessions and gentle lessons that i as your GUEST … was treated as a man and father … like a dog. fed heaping potent sonic and pathetic portions of disrespect. throwing yourselves into perpetual celebrations of self glorification. where was your families blue grass salsa samba klezmer congo polka rumba punk ska buto blues dub funk jazz junk card trick pottery kungfu carnival gospel devotional tantric day of silence for all souls past…. PEPE… THE OPERA… WITH TOTALLY LIVE ORCHESTRAS AND THROAT SINGERS…. LOST LOVES THAT LISTEN FOR THAT GENUINE SONG… WITH FUCKING WORDS… LIKE SPELLS… DONNY HATHAWAY LAHSA celia eartha billy cave jim murphy iggy smiths bauhaus war curtis fela eekamouse agustus tubby miles dexter roshan coltrane souixse smith frankie elliot ben bob perry sade nina paul pena chet flea anthony sonic portis clash floyd moody zepplin janis oconnor reed marvin niel petty dylan cash extra action idiot flesh crash worship beyond race hamza lila yard dogs breakfast alix sun eenor tommy pagan sunru moondoggie xeno cooper austin ali akbar ravi shankar manu chow mandril palmerie cachao santamaria marlena shaw X vega hagen Howie bonno mike d beastie biggie curt saul williams harper fishbone Prince elliot also green screaming j barretto earl fatha hines carlos……
awe fuck. you got the point.
PEACE. Derick Ion

Micah Allison was safely in a hotel room with her kids the night 33 people died in the fire in their “home”

 

 

“Dear White People, Standing Rock Is Not Burning Man”

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It seems that the idea of “using The Ten Principles of Burning Man to make the world a better place” is not yet embraced by everyone else in the world.

screenshot-2016-12-01-01-35-18There has been a barrage of press this week about complaints that Burners are trying to turn the Dakota Pipeline protest at Standing Rock into Burning Man.

Some of the headlines:

The Independent (UK): Standing Rock: North Dakota access pipeline demonstrators say white people are ‘treating protest like Burning Man’

SF Chronicle: Standing Rock Activists Asking White People Not To Treat The Protest Like Burning Man

Daily Caller: White Hippes Descend on Standing Rock Protest, Treat It Like Burning Man

Papermag: White People Are Reportedly Treating the #NODAPL Protests Like Burning Man

Washington Times: Complaints Grow Over Whites Turning Dakota Access protest into hippie festival

Yes, the demonstrators have a new thing to protest about: Burners. The colonial subjects do not want to have a transformational experience from the colonists, they are quite happy with the culture that they already have – an ancient one sacred to them, principles that their people have risked their lives for centuries to defend.

GQ says:

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Opponents of the nearly-completed Dakota Access Pipeline have been confronted with some harrowing stuff during their ongoing occupation of Standing Rock Indian Reservation: pepper spraystrip searchesrubber bulletswater cannons, and now, as the calendar rolls over into December, plunging temperatures and the prospect of snow. It’s a volatile, dangerous situation, and the continued integrity of the demonstration will depend heavily on the exercise of restraint, sound judgment, and common sense. Unfortunately, your college roommate who was way too into Dave Matthews Band is apparently out there doing his best to fuck everything up. From the Independent:

People demonstrating at North Dakota’s Access Pipeline protest have expressed frustration at white demonstrators who are reportedly turning up to “colonise” the camp.

Concerns have been raised by protestors on social media, who claim that people are arriving at the Standing Rock demonstration for the “cultural experience” and treating it like Burning Man festival.

Yes, apparently some Johnny-come-lately Caucasian protesters have been comparing the protests to Burning Man, using donations to buy fluoride-free water, and—the cardinal sin of white people everywhere—playing their guitars around campfires. My fellow white people: do not do this shit! Standing Rock is not the place for you to embark on a meaningful spiritual journey to find yourself. 

If they are so inclined, it’s great for people to show their support for the tribe’s efforts to protect its water supply and preserve their traditional tribal burial grounds. But while it sounds there are plenty of non-tribal protestors in attendance who are doing things correctly, others need to learn some dang manners. 

Nobody wants to hear your songs with your guitar or drum around the fire” is an evergreen reminder, to be honest, but it especially applies to anyone who treats Standing Rock like it’s a friend of a friend’s housewarming party that they can crash.

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This is particularly amusing because BMorg have been boasting about how they have teams on the scene, including [former] Social Alchemist/House Bard Bear Kittay. If “playing guitars around campfires” was a middle name, it would be his…

 

As a rule we don’t share personal Facebook posts here, but in this case Bear was happy for his take on Standing Rock to be published on Medium, who bring us Bear Kittay From The Bismarck Airport Leaving Standing Rock (on a private plane, perhaps?):

Photo by Bear Kittay. Note their Principle “No Children in Potentially Dangerous Situations”, something the Org really needs to consider

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“Real, immediate dialogue. That is what we need. How can we create an environment where an indigenous person, gypsetter, and rust belter will be imbued with a sense of peership?

My experience of the microcosm of a cauldron that Standing Rock, in my brief visit there, has left me with much to ponder and digest. So many layers simultaneously coexisting.

Deep ancestral distrust, how can we begin to address the underlying fears and victimization?

On my journey to North Dakota I read “Quiet Thunder: The Wisdom of Crazy Horse” (thanks Michael Costuros) and was astounded to revisit, in chilling detail, the magnitude of the atrocities committed by the United States upon the Lakota Nation.

For all the focus we put on the inequities of the wider world, it struck me so deeply to look here into the history of our own land, and demystify the historical injustices, that were not from some far off historic time. For indeed, there is a through line that, very immediately connects the vile, systemic campaign against the Native Americans to the current moment of Standing Rock today.

I have tried to balance and remain agnostic from the many conspiracy theories that are in sprinkled around the Internet and spoken as if they are high truth. I believe this world is complex and that oversimplification can lead to the worst in human behavior.

So, can someone please give me an explanation as to why all of the major media companies are refusing to cover standing rock in earnest? It has all the telltale signs of conspiratorial activity, with huge corporate interests conspiring to suppress public outrage through misinformation and, even, fake news. If any of you that are reading this are deeply connected in the mainstream media, please use your influence to send field reporters.

Thank you to Seth BuntingElana Meta Jaroff and the many others who are on the front lines of this conflict vigilantly documenting and broadcasting the scene. Your work is making real impact, your courage is real.

This isn’t going to be one of those Facebook posts where I prescribe eloquent solutions or pruned emotional reflections — I’m sleep deprived, exasperated and very much in process.

If you’re reading this, I implore you to create conversation with those who may challenge you, trigger you, who you may easily judge, and subconsciously look down upon… get off of the Internet and receive the incredible gift of human connection outside of our affinity bubbles.

This is what the world needs. This is what our hearts need. This is but one facet in the many layers of Standing Rock as a metaphor for the front lines of our nation and indeed our world, in transition.

In love, and to the ongoing ceremony and prayer in our Greater Circle. Aho

And PS — it’s COLD AS HELL out there. Please consider the comfort of your warm home when making a donation to support the Water Protectors: http://www.ocetisakowincamp.org/

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I wondered if this “camp ocetisakowin” had anything to do with the Dakota Pipeline, or if it was some plug-n-play that BMorg had set up so they could fly execs in via their new airline. At first glance it looked like an anagram of “white ocean“…Turns out it’s the traditional name of the Sioux People and one of the largest camps up there. Among other things they’re seeking:

The sacred fire must be kept burning until it is guaranteed the water is protected for future generations.  One of our greatest needs for the winter will be wood.  It warms our lodges, cooks our food, heats the stones for our sweats. 

Tipis, winter liners, and poles

Yurts or other winter worthy structures

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Ask for yurts and help to keep the sacred fire burning and don’t be surprised if Burners show up! Perhaps they should’ve asked for ShiftPods…they could blast the pipeline away with that stadium-grade Funktion1 system.

Actually, the Daily Mail features “Burning Man-style” aerial photos…I see multiple Shift Pods. Where’s the DJ booth?

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To be fair to Bear, the Standing Rock protestors were complaining about people treating it like Burning Man before he showed up:

Burbank Airport is a popular hub for General Aviation

Burbank Airport in Los Angeles is a popular hub for General Aviation, but an unusual departure location for an SF resident on a commercial flight

Tracing this story to its roots, it seems like the complaints about Burners started two weeks earlier, on November 14.

GQ quotes The Independent who plagiarize quote without attribution Counter Current News who quote Alicia Smith on Facebook.

Standing Rock has reportedly been overrun with white demonstrators trying to soak up the ‘cultural experience’

Demonstrators at North Dakota’s Pipeline protest have spoken out about the amount of white people who have turned up to “colonise” the camp.

The concerns have been raised by protestors in a series of tweets and Facebook posts. According to them, people have turned up to the Standing Rock demonstration to soak up the “cultural experience”, and are treating the camp like it is “Burning Man” festival or “The Rainbow Gathering”.

“They are coming in, taking food, clothing… and occupying space without any desire to participate in camp maintenance and without respect of tribal protocols,” said protestor Alicia Smith on Facebook. “I even witnessed several wandering in and out of camps comparing it to festivals. Waiting with big smiles expectantly for us to give them a necklace or an ‘indian’ name while our camp leader was speaking.”

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If you read our post Making Sense of the Non-Census (or did the Creepy Census) you will have encountered the term “2 Spirit”. I wondered what that was, now I know: someone who travels to sacred Indian land to scream at the Elders.

Burners Without Borders has been involved since at least October 28.

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There seems to be a battle going on of “which nerds should be the ones to collect donations to [*cough*] pass on to the protestors”. BWB director Chris Breedlove asked “where does this money go?” on Bear’s Facebook post asking for donations to ThriveAction.org , which redirects to thrivemarket.com, which says that the distribution really gets done by UpToUs.Net – which is a “coming soon” 1-page web site four months after raising $41,104 of their $75,000 goal for a “caravan to the DNC” . They have partnered with All It Takes, created by Divergent actress Shailene Woodley and her mom to send poor kids to training camps. It’s about 100% of their annual budget. Where does the money go? It’s complicated…

While I share Breedlove’s concerns and his intentions sound noble, it turns out Burners Without Borders are promoting their own preferred charity, in partnership with Patricia Arquette.
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Isn’t this exactly the kind of thing Burners Without Borders is supposed to be doing? The Burning Man Project has $7.5 million cash (at least, it did at the end of 2015). Why can’t they spare $80k for this project, if it’s so worthy? Why can’t they redistribute $1 from each of our tickets for this? Why are they promoting Patricia Arquette, who a couple of months ago was hating on Burning Man?

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Why does Burning Man with many millions have to wait for Patricia Arquette to raise tens of thousands before they can help the Sioux tribe in North Dakota? The tribe’s potty requirements presumably tick the Ten Principle boxes of “Immediacy”, “Civic Responsibility”, and (dare I say it) “Radical Self Expression”…meanwhile the existing portapotties are freezing up.

Perhaps They want to ameliorate the concerns Hollywood quasi-celebrities have about Burning Man’s environmental values by partnering with them on a composting toilets project. Whether such projects get funded enough and completed in time is not as important as the “optics”. Someone semi-famous who went to Burning Man once is making something happen, somewhere, somehow, coming soon. Woo-hoo! We’re saving the world with Larry’s Ten Principles, and OPM!

So far this “fund by Becca Dakini” has raised $30k of their $85k goal. I guess if there’s one thing Burning Man is good at, it’s managing dumps in remote locations…

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In this case it’s not just Burners Without Borders and Burning Man raising money for toilets. It’s also people (and networks) from Do Lab, Symbiosis, Lucidity, their brand consultants, and “others” from the “global festival community”. Colonize turns out to be an apt word, since their “focus is on village building”:

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Protector’s Alliance is a unified platform and partnership effort of aligned organizations, skilled workers, producers and individuals from the global festival community. We are working to support front line environmental crisis and social justice conflicts. We gather accurate information about the needs of an action, manage a database and resource bank of our community’s assets, deploy and distribute resources effectively with a focus on “village building”. We support on the front lines with effective aid, skills, labor, infrastructure and tools, through an agile approach to fulfilling the emergent needs of actions. We are committed to working as allies, building pathways for inter-cultural cooperation, with cultural sensitivity training and education for our partners and affiliates to ensure appropriateness of our conduct towards nurturing respectful relationships and empowering peoples of place. Individuals and Organizations that are part of this alliance include the communities and networks of Burners Without Borders, Burning Man, Do LaB Inc, UPLIFT, Lucidity Festivals, Keyframe-Entertainment, ReInhabiting the Village, Take Root Productions and others
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Deploy and distribute resources effectively? Who’s counting that? Are they planning to build their villages on tribal land? And who are these unnamed “others” collecting all the databases? What happens to the data? Is it shared with the “Burning Nerds” or “Burning Man Earth” teams?
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Composting toilets might not be “fulfilling the emergent needs of actions” if the protest gets shut down next week like the Governor has ordered:

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On Tuesday, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department indicated that it would block delivery of food, medicine and other supplies to protesters who defy orders to leave the Oceti Sakowin camp. Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Monday ordered mandatory evacuation of the camp because of a predicted strong winter storm. 

 

The first blow to the camp’s security was an announcement last week that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would shut an area to the public that includes the main camp. The corps said its decision was based on growing violence between police and protesters and the onset of cold weather.  

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Burner General Wesley Clark‘s son is leading 2000 unarmed Veterans up there to make a human shield. Frozen or not, shit’s about to get real. The Veterans group have raised nearly a million bucks on their GoFundMe. Like the Haiti earthquake, Standing Rock seems like a goldmine for all the helpers. How much of the money leaves the hands of the white folks non-indigenous groups and flows into the hands of the tribes is an open question. I didn’t notice any Indians amongst all these various fundraising entities.
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A search for “Standing Rock” on GoFundMe turns up thousands of fundraisers.
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All of these are still open, which begs the question “which will close first, the protests or the fundraisers?” Back in the day, people used to pay their own costs to protest for things they believe in.
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Another BWB-backed group called Red Lightning are setting up a real Burner-style camp there. You can send donations directly to them:
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Reality Sandwich, a site founded by Daniel Pinchbeck, today published a lengthy feature by Tamra Lucid “From Burning Man to Standing Rock”

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But now, 300 indigenous nations are there in Cannonball, North Dakota, protecting the water. Among them the Yaqui, Bianca’s tribe.

But Bianca has another tribe, too — she’s a Burner. Burners have been getting a bad reputation at Standing Rock because of some who treat it like just another festival. Burners who freeload, you know, tourists, or colonists. People who play guitar at campfire when they shouldn’t. People who explain when they should be listening. But they aren’t the only Burners at Standing Rock.

…I witnessed festival families showing up at Standing Rock.  Fortunately, many burners came in service to the indigenous, while unfortunately others came to “have an experience” to showcase on social media.  The later is what became most evident and publicized and provides our community with an opportunity to grow and become culturally aware of how we show up in the world.  It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for those of us who have not grown up with tribal people to interact, and to garner a more real understanding of what it means to interact with tribal people. Go and sit quietly in the different councils (preferably giving the primary seats to the Natives), go and engage with the gathered nations by asking one simple question, “How can I be in service to you today?”  

 

If you’re unsure of how to do this or nervous you will step on toes, connect with https://www.protectorsalliance.org

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In fact there are more than 500 tribes there from around the world. My people are there too, although our way of protest is a little different from kumbaya, kombucha, and fluoride-free water…here’s Kereama Te Ua from my hometown of Wellington at Standing Rock doing a haka, the Maori war dance..

You may have seen this sort of thing before in sporting events with the New Zealand national team, or in the movie Invictus with Morgan Freeman. I can guarantee that you haven’t seen a haka like this, though. This is the real deal, he’s not messing around. It’s significant that he doesn’t rise from his knee. If he does, it’s to fight. These people are not to be trifled with, they ate the brains of their enemies on the battlefield to take their power.
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It remains to be seen whether these more traditional forms of protest will be more effective than thousands of GoFundMes for unemployed/trust-fund Burners looking for a transformational experience and promising that “100% of the money” goes to the Indians. We wish everyone involved a peaceful and successful protest. It’s a global village now. Mess with the tribes and you mess with all the tribes.
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[Update 5/12/16 7:27am]

Chris Breedlove from Burners Without Borders has commented on this story on our Facebook page. Predictably, instead of addressing any of the issues we raised, he tried to spin it and place the blame here.
BMorg can do no wrong! It is only Burners.Me that does wrong. BMorg good! Burners.Me bad!
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