BURNILEAKS: The Lucifer Cover-Up

By now we are used to attempts from the Propaganda-meisters at BMorg to control every narrative relating to their event. This latest incident had us wondering, WHY? What are they trying to hide?

Thanks to Anonymous Burner for sharing this via Pastebin

Hello all,

Please read and do not respond to anything on social media. We want to keep names out of the media and not give any details out. It’s turning into a witch hunt, but the authorities and lawyers have been involved since the beginning, which has not been reported.
 
We wanted to update you on an incident that happened Monday evening post-event. At approximately 8 p.m., a male participant was struck by a Burning Man staff vehicle near 5:30 and K. The man was treated on the scene, transported to the on-site medical facility and airlifted to a Reno hospital. We’ve been told he is out of the intensive care unit and beginning his recovery.  
 
The incident has received some media coverage but at this time we are not issuing a public statement. There is an investigation underway and we are cooperating with the Pershing County Sheriff’s Office. We will share more information as it becomes available.
 
We ask you to please give thought before commenting on the incident on social media, as reporters may interpret what you say to be an official statement by Burning Man

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Really? Reporters may interpret comments on Facebook to be official statements from BMorg? Has that ever actually happened? In this case, there is no official statement from BMorg. We are forced to piece together what information we can about the incident from, yes, the dreaded “social media”. Which now includes leaks of internal BMorg memos.

Lucifer, the Lamplighters Staff Vehicle. Image: Pershing County Sheriff’s Department

Will the Org truly share more information as it comes available, like they promised? Based on past performance, this seems unlikely.

Anonymous Burner says:

The community deserves transparency. Even if this is found to be an accident, with Burning Man and potential staffers blameless, the silence, even if meant to insulate those involved from the spotlight as investigations occur, is concerning. It brings up the potential that other incidents were kept quiet in the past, or that incidents in the future could be kept quiet as well
The community should be in a position to know what happened in a timely manner when incidents like this occur so that they can understand event related risks (whether as volunteers, staff, patrons, or participants). They deserve to know so they can be more prepared to mitigate incidents on their own behalf, and to, if needed, demand accountability and action on the part of Burning Man, or other entities, to avoid such incidents in the future.

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The idea of a “witch hunt” is an interesting choice of words by the BMorg official. There has been none of that at Burners.Me; where do others discuss such things? I can’t find anything at Reddit, ePlaya, Burn.Life, or the official Burning Man Facebook group. So why are they thinking about witches?

Here’s what we know:

  • the driver was female, 35
  • she was the tear down lead of the Lamplighters and a Burning Man employee
  • she was driving a 1970 Ford flatbed truck, the Lamplighters truck, a BMorg staff vehicle
  • she ran over a tent on Monday night (after The Temple burn) around 8pm – just 10 minutes after last light.
  • the tent was at 5:30 & K, the 45 year old man inside was sleeping
  • the vehicle went around a coned barricade and onto a non-roadway portion of the festival.
  • the tent was dark colored and had no lights (tents have lights?) – which should not have been a problem if the truck had its headlights on and the driver was paying attention to where they were going
  • according to Pershing County Sheriff Jerry Allen, the headlights of the truck were off
  • the victim received crushing injuries, placing him in a critical condition for 3 days. He was in severe pain when treated by the medical personnel
  • the victim was airlifted to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada
  • the driver flagged down medical assistance and has been co-operating with authorities in the investigation
  • she did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and submitted to a test
  • there is an investigation but as far as we know, no charges have been filed

Last year the Lamplighters set up manager was badly injured at Burning Man, requiring facial plastic surgery.

So – why the cover-up? Allow me to speculate as to the real reason:

Perhaps it is because at the Radical Ritual’s peak moment, thousands of Burners were forced to witness a public human sacrifice. This was bad enough in itself; but then another person almost died after being crushed by Lucifer. Exactly what sort of energies are being invoked with all these temples, shrines, and rituals?

The news of this accident was first broken by Rolling Stone, and since then there has been discussion of the story in People, Reno Gazette Journal, KTVN, Las Vegas Review Journal; most of these miss the detail that this was one of the Org’s workers driving a staff vehicle. All of them miss the detail that the truck was called Lucifer. It takes the fire from El Diabla (the Devil), the cauldron there to “cook the souls” of ritual participants.

Just another coincidence? Let’s take a look at some more coincidences this year.

The 2017 theme was Radical Ritual.

This year we will erect a temple that will commemorate the Golden Spike. Circles surrounding circles will converge immediately beneath the Man. We will mark this space with an omphalos, a sculpture that will represent the navel of our world, its central hub and gathering place. Passing through the spine of Burning Man, this axis will continue upward, emerging high above the temple as a golden spire. Participants are invited to contribute to this shrine, and to the hundred niches that will penetrate the temple’s walls.

In alignment with this theme, earlier in the year Burners in San Francisco hosted a session about it being OK that Burning Man is a cult

What are cults? Burning Man? Anusara? Landmark? One Taste? Heaven’s Gate? Hasidism? Are corporations cults? Is medicine a cult?

On-Playa events this year included “Not A Cult Initiation” (celebrating the “Radical Witchual”), A Sex Cult, Witches and Warlocks Teatime (brought to you by Servants of the Secret Fire), Sacrificial Altar to Dionysos, A Heathen Perspective On Ritual Slaughter.

For the first time, instead of standing free The Man was placed inside a temple-like structure.

Image: SFGate

The Man installation was called The Temple of the Golden Spike, signifying the moment that kicks off the construction of Black Rock City.

The Cauldron To Cook Their Souls is called El Diabla (The Devil), and is lit in a magickal ceremony

There were 30 additional shrines connected to The Man Temple.

At the center of Black Rock City, 20 Shrines will inscribe a circle around the Man base, known this year as the Temple of the Golden Spike. Throughout the week, the space will be energized with processions and rituals, inviting the denizens of BRC to explore what we as a community consider sacrosanct.

In addition to the 20 Shrines at the Man Pavilion, there will be 10 Shrines in the city Plazas, five in the 4:30 plaza and five at 7:30From traditional spirit houses offering protection to playful rituals; from shrines celebrating nature, water, and geographic regions to the exploration of dualities: mortal/divine, virgin/bitch, death/rebirth; from places of quiet reflection to those of simple action; from the importance of touch to the power within our own hands, all Shrines invite participants to engage with the sacred and leave offerings: written, thought, spoken, sung or secret. In the spirit of the sentiment, We don’t burn something to destroy it, we burn it to protect it,when the Man burns on Saturday night, these Shrines and the offerings made unto them will burn with it.

This year “The” Temple, which burns on the final Sunday night of the event, was itself made from dead trees “rising again” – see Dead Sierra Nevada Trees Rise Again in Burning Man Temple in Black Rock Desert (LA Times).

Image: IB Times

There was a Native American medicine Radical Ritual, bringing embers from the Standing Rock protest sacred fire, which caused controversy due to drugs, alcohol, and “bad medicine”

There were quite a few death-related art installations this year which received financial grants from Burning Man, including:

The Pyramid of the Dead

The Phoenix Rising

Image: Reddit

The Shrine of La Santisima Muerte: the Lady of Shadows, the Sacred Death.

Image: Stephanie Deveau, via Facebook

La Santisima Muerte is the Patron Saint of drug-trafficking cartels.

Looking out from her Shrine, she rejects none, for all will come to her in the end. She represents the universality of death that generates a fundamental equality amongst all of human kind. Her Shrine is covered in symbols and imagery of our innovation and folly, our greatness of spirit and failures of character, our precious love and our violent hate

Violent hate, huh? Sounds like the sort of thing Satanists worship. I note that Derick Ion Almena, currently facing trial for the death of 36 people in an Oakland warehouse party last December, said “I come from a family lineage of Santaria and Palo Monte and killing”. This is basically the same death cult religion as Santa Muerte, with its roots in African voodoo coming to the New World via Caribbean slaves.

The Tomb of Nahtaivel

Ancient stories tell of the Leviathan [backwards: Nathaivel], believed to be a great beast, a demon or one of the Four Princes of Hell. We believe that this branch of lore represents the individual struggle between right and wrong, physically manifested in the real world. Sometimes facing personal problems can feel like you’re battling a great beast. This temple is about the external and internal forces that bring people together to create the world in which we all participate whether it be good or evil.

OK, a Tomb of the Princes of Hell, a temple about creating a world of evil. Nothing Satanic about that or anything.

And we saw the return of “rowing skeletons zoetrope”, aka Charon

Image: Peter Ruprecht

A gigantic 30′ spinning wheel with posed human skeletons mounted on its inner edge, Charon is fully powered by a minimum of 12 people working in unison. Participants are invited to pull a series of 6 ropes which cause the wheel to rotate progressively faster. When the rope pullers are coordinated enough to get the wheel spinning at the correct speed, a strobe is activated, revealing the skeletons’ animation. The animation tells the story of Charon, the mythological gondolier and ferryman of Hades who carried the souls of the recently departed across the river Styx, the last right of passage on the way to the afterlife.

River Styx, skeletons, Hades, the underworld…nothing to see here, move along.

Then we had Múcaro, a giant, Bohemian Grove-like owl. Apparently somebody fell off it and was seriously injured.

Cremation of Care, the effigy burn ritual at Bohemian Grove

At the peak moment of Burning Man 2017, tens of thousands of horrified Burners witnessed a real life human sacrifice as Aaron Joel Mitchell, 41, got up from where he was sitting and ran into the fire, evading multiple Sandmen trying to stop him. He was airlifted to California, where he was pronounced dead at 6:30am the next day.

People that hung out with him reported that he was on LSD for over 3 days, of his own choosing. They also reported that it was a pre-meditated action. He talked about it, and wouldn’t change his mind.

[Source: Burn.Life, comments]

Despite the tragedy, the show must go on. Burning Man’s fire priestess Crimson Rose harrumphed to the media “we have a ritual to complete”. Did she mean “the” Temple burn on Sunday night, or something else? Regardless, there was even more horrific disaster to come.

After Burning Man officially ended and the sun went down on Monday night, Lucifer claimed another victim. Quite literally: the staff vehicle used by the Lamplighters to spread the fire from El Diabla (“the cauldron to cook their souls”) is named Lucifer. It nearly killed someone, running over their tent and sending them to the Intensive Care Unit for at least 3 days with critical crushing injuries.

In summary, we have rituals and shrines dedicated to death, in a pentagram, lit by the fire of the Devil from a truck named Lucifer. And people die or get seriously injured – is this really surprising? You get what you pray for.

Maybe instead of worrying about people discussing things on social media (which has never killed anyone), They should reconsider the use of occult black magick rituals. Just a suggestion…

 

 

Dear Burning Man…

This video highlights the cultural appropriation issues, showing how some Burners really just don’t give a shit if some First Nations people are deeply offended by their antics.

Read the comments at Facebook…people are pretty upset about this. I’m not sure BMorg can take their usual approach of issuing a statement saying “we’ve listened to all of your concerns and we take them seriously”, then proceeding to do nothing whatsoever.

See also:

We Will Shut Down The Roads To Burning Man – Alarm at Cultural Appropriation

Dear White People, Standing Rock Is Not Burning Man

Standing Rock Coming To Black Rock

“We Will Shut Down The Roads To Burning Man” – Alarm at Cultural Appropriation

BMorg were very proud that Standing Rock Water Protectors were attending this year, staying at the Red Lightning Camp. There was a big vision to unite the world’s tribes in the world’s biggest drum circle.

From Standing Rock to Black Rock – Unite with us as One Global Family for what may become the world’s largest synchronized drum circle. Hundreds of locations will Unify and tune into a live drum circle prayer broadcast from Red Lighting located at the heart of the Burning Man playa and amplified by the Mayan Warrior. Indigenous Wisdom Keepers will be at the center of this prayer leading the drum circle and uniting the world into one global heartbeat.

The idea may have backfired, with reports that some of the Water Protectors (indigenous leaders) were deeply offended by the drug abuse and cultural appropriation they witnessed: so much so that they have threatened to shut Burning Man down.

[Source: Facebook]

Here’s the link for the interview. There is quite a bit more discussion in the Burning Man Update at Digital Smoke Signals

This is the video (Part 1, Part 2) where Myron Dewey of Digital Smoke Signals first shared his overall impressions of Burning Man, saying that people should not bring children there and that the experience was perhaps similar to what his ancestors felt going to Washington DC for the first time.

BMorg has previously asked people not to wear headdresses and war bonnets, but they are not banned as they are at many festivals.

 

Powwows.com has more specifics:

People across Indian country found themselves raising their eyebrows and scratching their heads as a viral Facebook video began making its way through pow wow circles everywhere.

Image: powwows.com

Unless you live under a rock you’ve probably heard that there was a “powwow” held at the Burning Man festival hosted by none other than Standing Rock’s own attorney Chase Iron Eyes and his drum group…

In the video, Chase begins to explain his intentions with a comment that didn’t sit well with some Natives.

“We are all Indigenous, we need to transcend, and one way to do that is through the drum.”

Here’s that Facebook post. Apparently there is a satire video of this going around, anyone got a link for it?

Chase Iron Eyes explained himself

He spoke in his defense:

“Couple few things about Burning Man:

  1. I was not paid to go to Burning Man
  2. No one sold ceremony. [Please. BMorg sold Radical Ritual ceremony for up to $1200 a ticket- Ed.]
  3. I don’t do drugs or alcohol.
  4. We didn’t sing “going to a powwow.” That was a clever edit. Indigenous people came to share in good faith.
  5. I, along with others, went there to share the message of Water Protectors, to elevate this struggle, their current criminalization, into other platforms, and to share our truths.

 

Some facts and now some thoughts I hope you share with your network about my statements that “all are Indigenous.”

Everyone is Indigenous. All descend from the sacred waters, the land, the cosmos. Everyone has been subjected to the same forces of separation, abstraction, division. Spirit separated from mind, heart from intellect, being separated from relationships with food source, from relations with the waters, the star nations, from covenants with the sacred sites. All anyone has to do is go back far enough and there is a time when you were connected to the sacred.

Colonial forces asserted “dominion” over Mother Earth, over the older beings, the animals, the winged, and so forth. These forces declared themselves “superior”, instituted currency, the logic & institutions of capital, private property, the nation state, extraction. They are the purveyors of patriarchy, pop culture, of cool, of fashion, of beauty, of advertising and so forth. They are now the sources of this separation, fear, hate & division, from which we seek a liberation.

To liberate the spirit, to transcend the limits of body, language & perceived differences of race, religion is to take part in a great awakening, one which is evolving, which will compel us to civilize ourselves with divine order, to unite ourselves with the universe. Then our institutions of law, economy, energy, media, education and so for can reflect humanity’s pursuit of liberation and that of Mother Earth’s, more importantly because we will be morally and spiritually authorized to create that reality. We won’t let vampires destroy our planet.

Cultural appropriation is wrong, yes. Original Nations have survived genocide, slavery, holocaust, and an ongoing genocide, an ongoing deliberate attempt to undermine our dignity, liberation & self determination. For foreigners to prance around in a headdress is wrong. I have lived my life confronting objectification when I first learned of it at 19 years old from the Association of American Indian Psychology. I will continue to confront it and I thank those who fight that fight. Natives confronted people at Burning Man in teachable moments.

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Whimn.com.au had some other examples of cultural appropriation by supermodels and fashion designers:

The tribal elders want these ladies banned from Burning Man. YMMV.
Huffington Post had some further thoughts.

Upon leaving the playa where there is no cell service, we arrived back in civilization to see social media on fire with the conversation about cultural appropriation. There was much ugliness and ridicule, as is common on social media, but for those genuinely interested in understanding what happened the information is available. Yes the issue of cultural appropriation was with us at Burning Man as it is with us outside of Burning Man. It is being addressed and all the conversations are part of that healing when people conduct themselves with respect.

Many have entitled themselves to say what is a “real Indian”, what is a “real ceremony”, what is a “real prayer”, what is a “real culture”, and each is welcome to their opinions. We all have a choice to be guided by a desire for healing and come from a place of love, or allow ourselves to fall into the division, anger, and hatred that is also part of humanity’s cultural heritage. Burning Man is a microcosm of humanity. It is important to remember that there is a deep wound and the anger about cultural appropriation needs to be heard if it is to be healed. Any path forward to unity will have to account for and include letting go of the wounds of the past. How do we reconcile?

It’s not just cultural appropriation; apparently there is a problem with gender dynamics and too many beautiful people as well.

Paris Hilton made an effort to be culturally appropriate while looking fabulous

So Indian head-dresses are a cultural faux pas…what about Viking Horns?

Image: NY Post

Burning Man Live Stream Raided By Pirates then Shut Down By YouTube Copyright Strikes

Wondering what happened to the Burning Man live stream? Take this as unconfirmed, the source is burningman.org – hardly reliable.

But it does check out. The stream is down, and the pirate sites are up. Can you watch a stream live on this platform? Maybe somebody wants to spend the money and find out. Not me…Burning Man is over.

Source: burningman.org

It’s highly ironic that Google, basically the owners of Burning Man, got their own stream shut down by their stupid strike system which is the bane of the YouTube truther community.

I note they’re selling supplements on ePlaya now, just like Alex Jones. Nice. Who doesn’t need some primal growth male enhancement with their burn?

 

When you click the link you get to this:

The stream was up when The Man burned Saturday night. Perhaps they took it down because of the tragic suicide/accident. Or perhaps the shrewd beancounters of Decommodification LLC have started doing deals with LiveNation for streaming rights.

This comes after mysterious goings-on in the last couple of weeks with the official live audio stream as well as the live video stream.

 

BREAKING: Man Burns When Man Burns [Updates]

[Update 9/5/17 0:45am PST]

There’s a Reddit thread with more eyewtiness accounts.

He had a history of trying to self-harm while on psychedelics (allegedly: friend of a friend saying)

[Source: Reddit]

[Update 9/4/17 11:43pm PST]

There was a chain-link fence surrounding the Temple when they burned it on Sunday night. The new normal?

From the RGJ:

More than 600 volunteers and staff ringed the perimeter of the Temple, backed up by a hastily installed metal security fence. The fence and additional security were new conditions sought by the federal land manager, said Burning Man co-founder Crimson Rose. 

 

…Rose said federal Bureau of Land Management officials wanted Burning Man to call off the Temple burn, the ceremonial finish to the weeklong festival of 70,000 people in the Nevada desert. She said the government wanted 350 extra security guards. Burning Man found nearly double that number.

 

“We are showing the government we can step forward,” Rose said as she joined with other perimeter guards. “It is a testament to our spirit. We have a ritual to complete”

 

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The show must go on, says the High Priestess. It’s a Radical Ritual of death and rebirth, so why let more death stop it?

An eyewitness account from a friend of Christina Duncan was posted on the official Burning Man Facebook page

Saturday of Burning Man, everyone in our group was pretty fed up with the desert and ready to be home with our families and pets. Then we went to the burn. We spun conclave in the middle of the great circle, looking out at the sea of people and art cars with their neon lights and bumping music. It was a rush unlike any other. Afterward we settled in to watch The Man go up in flames. We cheered as the biggest effigy to date produced an impressive fire works show and serious explosions. Laughing and joking, all of us talked about how we had earlier been ready to leave but after performing and watching The Man burn, maybe we ought to discuss coming next year after all. Then suddenly people were yelling. A man was barreling through the crowd right toward our fire group. Nick was on his feet and running after the guy, the perimeter people called at him to sit down so he pulled a baseball slide and tried to trip the runner, barely missing. The guy darted at the perimeter, a relatively tall man looking very in shape, he dodged the sandmen rushing him with incredible speed and agility. He was determined and bigger and faster than anyone chasing him. As he bolted to the fire, I kept thinking he wasn’t really going to make it. No way. But then he was running into the fire, the sandmen couldn’t follow him any more. The fire was hot as hell from where we were sitting so I can’t imagine being that close to it. He ran back out of the fire, circled back a bit and ran right into the middle and laid down (or tripped backward maybe). None of the firemen could go after him until a piece of the effigy fell, then they rushed into the fire and pulled him out and loaded him into an ambulance. I can’t even describe the emotions. I was crying, gasping for breath, saying “Oh my god, please no” over and over again, feeling a panic attack clenching my throat in a steel grip. We didn’t want to look but we couldn’t stop watching. I saw my friends crying as well, shoulders shaking, hands covering their faces, partners trying to comfort their loved ones while barely keep it together themselves. I couldn’t take it anymore. We asked the perimeter guards if we could leave and they graciously let us stand up and rush away. Nobody got to run around the fire that night. Instead we muscled our way through the crowd, sometimes hearing people ask if someone had run through the fire as we rushed out sobbing. Most people were too far back to know what happened and were partying and having the time of their lives. It was so disturbing to have just witnessed someone lay down in a massive fire then leave to see that the world went on like nothing had happened. Once back at camp, we had lengthy discussions about the happening. We wondered what the guy had taken, he was obviously neck deep in some sort of intense psychedelic experience. We wondered if he was already suicidal and chose that moment to end his human contract or if he was just so fucked up that he actually thought he could do it and live, driven by feelings of godliness. There was a lot of anger. If the man was suicidal, why did he have to do that to us? Was it necessary to imprint that horrifying scene into our minds for our entire lives? We expressed how lucky we were to have our tribe, to be confident that if one of us ever reached that point we would for sure wrestle the person to the cops or a med station even if it meant clubbing then upside the head and tying them up. Because really, who the fuck are this guy’s friends? Then there is the perimeter itself. It’s weak. The sandmen are spaced too far apart and aren’t big enough and strong enough to take on all types of potential runners. I know burners are about handling business themselves but damn, hire a trained security team of big beef cake meatheads in top notch health. It has happened before, multiple people run every year, some have even made it. And what about telling the crowd not to help? I get it to some extent, but several people in our group could have tackled that guy and restrained him until help arrived momentarily. Or at least slowed him enough for the sandmen to get into position to catch him. Maybe we are somewhat in the wrong for not trying anyway. A man’s life was on the line and everyone followed orders instead of doing the right thing. Why were the sandmen chasing him in circles instead of blocking the fire and creating a barrier? By doing that, they left the fire wide open for him to run into. This man tried THREE times to break perimeter. Three. Why aren’t people who do that escorted to safety and monitored and maybe even banned from burns in general? Now I am not blaming any one person directly. Someone that sets that sort of intention and makes such a decision is clearly at fault for the consequences of their actions. However, could the safety precautions being modified and strengthened? Ab-so-fucking-lutely. And they should be. Not only for the mentally unstable runners, but for the sake of the thousands of witnesses who are traumatized by such an event. Nobody go burnier than thou on me and defend Burning Man, especially if you didn’t see what we were forced to see. These sorts of events bring an already misunderstood event like Burning Man under the microscope scrutiny of police and government organizations who already disagree with people who live as freely as burners do together. What could possibly be more important than protecting the sacred oasis that is Burning Man and regionals, the only places that so many of us feel safe being who we truly are? I’m trying to sort through this. I don’t want to be dwelling on this and circling around it, talking about it, reading articles and looking at pictures of the guy of Aaron Mitchell and wondering what he was like and what made him snap but I am and it just won’t stop. I saw some of the most amazing art in the world, danced at incredible sound stages with fire sculptures breathing flames and towering speaker stacks throwing bass across the the playa. I got to see what can happen when creative people want to build something amazing to uplift those in their burn community, when people just want to make others happy and taken care of while encouraging them to become more self reliant. The Ten Principles really are the guidelines for building a truly free and sustainable community, I really believe that. I am in awe always over the potential and motivation of true burners. But…just to the forefront of all that wonder and magic is Aaron Mitchell, laying down in unfathomably hot blaze, the man who probably just took too strong of drugs and thought he could survive fire, the stranger who died and left a scar on our hearts forever. Honestly, that is burn life. It won’t always be fun, sometimes it’s incredibly hard and you’re forced to evaluate parts of the human experience that aren’t comfortable and it happens in between the moments of love and elation and connection that we all crave. I’m learning from this, I’m growing as a person and am reminded of how incredibly lucky I am to be alive and deeply loved. Thanks for reading. Hug your loved ones. If you need help, don’t be afraid to seek it out. If you think someone needs help, reach out and offer them some. I will abuse the cliche again and say that we truly have to be the change we wish to see in the world.

 

All my love.

 

[Source: Facebook]

[Update 9/4/17 9:27pm PST]

There’s video. WARNING. This is intense. The Man had burned but the Temple of The Man was still standing.

[Update 9/12/17 11:26am PST]

A lot of censorship is being generated around this post. Thomson-Reuters gave me a takedown request for the photos, which we complied with, but that wasn’t good enough. They also objected to the screenshot of the Drudge Report headlines which incorporated one of their images. How far does this go: embedding a YouTube video, which may contain some of their photos? Linking to a Facebook discussion where somebody else posted the photos? At what point does non-profit, educational Fair Use become a consideration to MainStream Media #fakenews conglomerates? Remember, these are the people who brought us the 9/11 conspiracy and WMDs in Iraq, while profiting enormously. One wonders why free blog sites about Burning Man are so important to them.

We have shown already some of the Org’s attempts to shut down any discussion of this incident on social media, which has been backed by what appears to be co-ordinated troll attacks. Looks like there is an effort to take down all the related videos too. It would be nice to think they were doing this to prevent copycats and further sacrifices, but I suspect there are other motivations at work.

 

[Update 9/3/17 2:36pm PST] The man has been named as (Aaron) Joel Mitchell, 41

 

 

 


In a scene reminiscent of 2014’s tragic suicide at the Element11 regional in Utah, a man has run straight into the fire after the main event of Burning Man.

From the Las Vegas Review Journal:

About 10:30 p.m. Saturday, the man broke through safety perimeters at the Northern Nevada festival and ran straight into a fire, Burning Man officials said in a statement. Black Rock City firefighters entered the flames to rescue the festival-goer.

 

The man was treated on the scene before being transported to an on-site medical facility, officials said. He was later airlifted to a burn treatment center…

 

The man’s condition as of Sunday morning was unknown.

 

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Here’s the official statement from BMorg:

At approximately 10:30 p.m. Saturday evening, a male participant at the annual Burning Man event in Northern Nevada broke through a safety perimeter and ran into a fire. Black Rock City fire personnel rescued him from the fire.

 

The individual was treated on scene, transported to the on-site medical facility and airlifted to a burn treatment center.

 

We will share more information as it becomes available.

There has now been confirmation that the man is dead, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones. In 2005, a man intentionally ran into the fire and survived. He went on to try to sue Burning Man for his stupidity, unsuccessfully.

As well as the 2014 Utah fire death, there were deaths by drowning at Regional events at Transformus 2015 (North Carolina) and Lakes of Fire 2016 (Michigan).

One of the Honorarium art installations this year was “The Pyramid of the Dead”   dedicated to celebrating death: “Death is a part of life as much as life is a part of Death, and we invite you to celebrate this relationship with us”

A couple of days ago RT ran a story “Beware of Fire: Deaths at Burning Man”. There seem to be far more deaths at this event than any other festival, including much larger ones. Of course, it’s just a coincidence that it’s an occult ritual burning a wooden effigy inside a pentagram celebrating death and rebirth, surrounded by Pyramids and Temples for the Dead, lit from a fire kept burning in a magic soul-cooking cauldron called El Diabla. There are many other large scale public occult rituals that go on without such deaths…oh wait. Sorry, my mistake. There are no other such rituals.

[Images from YourEDM removed at the request of Thomson Reuters]

[Update 3/9/17 5:44pm PST]

Some links to counseling information from BMorg. Many Burners are seriously traumatized about witnessing such an horrific event during the peak moment of the party:

Emotional support teams have been made available to participants and staff. For people on playa, the Zendo Project is providing peer counseling at their space at 5:15 & A. Support staff from our Emergency Services Department’s Crisis Intervention Team are stationed at 3:00 & C, 9:00 & C, and 5:30 & Esplanade. Please seek them out.

 

If you are not on playa and are feeling the need to talk to someone, don’t wait. You can reach 24/7 crisis and suicide hotlines at 1-800-273-8255 or 775-784-8090. You can also text LISTEN to 839863.

 

Now is a time for closeness, contact and community. Trauma needs processing. Promote calls, hugs, self-care, check-ins, and sleep. We have found this article helpful for understanding how trauma affects us: “A New Normal: Ten Things I’ve Learned About Trauma”.

 

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Some eyewitness accounts have shown up already on social media:

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Source: Official Burning Man Facebook Page

The official Burning Man Facebook group is censoring reports and photos of the tragedy:

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There were originally comments on the BMorg official posting, these have been disabled too.

More as it comes in. BMorg said the Temple burn will continue as scheduled tonight…the show must go on.

[Update 9/3/17 6:23pm PST]

The Reno Gazette-Journal has more information about Joel Mitchell:

Update 4:45 p.m. Sunday: The mother of Aaron Joel Mitchell confirmed that her son was the man who died after running into flames at Burning Man on Saturday night…

 

Joel grew up in McAlester, Oklahoma but was living in Switzerland. 

 

“He’s 41, but they are always your baby,” said Johnnye Mitchell. “He was loving and a nice person…Joel liked hiking and outdoors, running.”

 

Mitchell said she saw her son on Aug. 1 before he headed to Oregon to go to an Eclipse festival.  She knew he was planning to go to Burning Man with friends and it was his first time to the annual festival. 

 

She said he is married but does not have any children. His wife is from Switzerland. He was working in construction.

 

“He was in great spirits when we saw him…We are just in shock, total shock,” she said. “We can’t believe this happened.”

 

…The Burning Man organization canceled scheduled burns through noon Sunday but will proceed with the scheduled Temple burn at 8 p.m.

 

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There is an investigation into his death. So far it is not known where he was camping.

 

 [Update 9/3/17 7:44pm PST]

The RGJ has some further details from the Sheriff:

The Pershing County Sheriff said Sunday night that the initial rescue efforts were hampered due to a portion of “the Man” falling at the time rescuers were attempting to retrieve Mitchell from the debris. 

 

“Rescuers had to leave him to allow the structure to fall and provide for rescuer safety before they could go back into the flames to extract Aaron from the debris,”…

 

It remains unclear whether Mitchell was trying to run into the fire or tripped and fell into it while trying to avoid security staff

 

One safety ranger who witnessed the incident teared up as she told her campmates early Sunday morning how she tried but failed to stop the man. 

 

Rangers who work the event are told in advance to look out for three kinds of people likely to rush toward the fire: people trying to get attention, people who are on drugs or intoxicated and don’t understand the danger, and the suicidal

 

Photo: Reno Gazette Journal

 

 

[Source: Reno Gazette Journal]

 

Joel was airlifted to the UC Davis Medical Center specialist burn unit, where he was pronounced dead

Some of the MSM coverage of the tragedy:

CNN

 

SFGate

 

The Guardian

 

The Sun

 

The Daily Mail

 

New York Post

 

Vulture

 

VICE

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