The cozy relationship the extreme Far Left Progressives of San Francisco’s Burning Man Organization enjoyed with the Federal Government under Obama doesn’t seem to be playing out quite the same way under President Trump.
This year we had threats of a concrete wall being built to concentrate the Burners, the horrific idea of trash dumpsters at the exit gates, and private mercenary armies conducting drug searches – while on the other hand, Burning Man asked for a population increase from 80,000 to 100,000. See BMorg Outraged at $10m Bill For $42m New Revenues.
No extra $40 million for you! The growth has been denied, but the private security doing drug searches is still on the table – maybe for this year, maybe 2020.
The federal agency may, however, hire a private security firm this year to conduct drug screenings. Or, it might wait until 2020, according to BLM spokesman Rudy Evenson.
As for the growth of the event, the population cap will remain at 80,000 people …
“The BLM and cooperating agencies could not support the event growing. The city of Reno, Nevada Department of Transportation, Nevada Highway Patrol as well as the Bureau of Land Management could not support the growth particularly because there are other events going on during Labor Day,” said Evenson.
One third of BLM law enforcement officers nationwide are required to patrol the event at the current size, but one half would be required if it grew to 100,000. Transportation agencies also want to find ways to alleviate the congestion on area roads before the BLM allows any growth of the event, Evenson said…
In an effort to make the event safer and more secure, the BLM plans to hire a private security firm to “screen” Burners for drugs and weapons prior to entering the event, according to the report.
No statement yet at the BJ, but some more detail was posted in the comments to this post:
Alternative D has been selected: The event will occur with no population growth during the ten year period. This means that a total of 80,000 people will be allowed onsite until at least 2028.
In the final EIS the BLM has updated many facets of the mitigations. Listed below are some of the most contentious ones.
NAT-2 Dumpsters: This mitigation has been completely removed from the EIS. Yay.
PHS-1 Private Security at Gate: They are still requiring private security. However the contracting will be done through the BLM, not BRC. This security force will report “banned or illegal contraband” directly to law enforcement. Federal agency contracting out private security to conduct their unconstitutional searches.
PHS-3 The Wall Around BRC: The requirement has been shortened. It now just reads, “BRC will be required to implement physical perimeter barriers and controls to reduce the risk of unauthorized entry to the Event.”
PHS-4 Building Inspections: This one was loosened up a bit, fortunately. Now structures over 10 feet must only be inspected if they are for lodging and aren’t tents, RV’s, or motorhomes. Also, the inspection will be done by BRC staff, not “Nevada-certified building inspectors.”
VIS-1 Lighting: They’re letting us point our lights towards the sky. However, the BLM is going to monitor us to make sure we don’t spew too many photons.
Look for updates to this post as the story unfolds.
Seems like some lucrative private security contracts will be going the way of long-time BMorg personnel
Private searches offer an interesting loophole for the government to get around the Fourth Amendment, as discussed in this 2017 Yale Law journal article:
Under the private search doctrine, once a private party has conducted an initial search independent of the government, the government may repeat that search, even if doing so would otherwise violate the Fourth Amendment. The private party’s search renders the subsequent government “search” not a search in the constitutional sense.
Currently Burning Man has a peak ticketed population of 70,000 and is allowed 10,000 staff and volunteers. They have missed out on 300,000 tickets over the next ten years, which is potentially more than half a billion dollars. I predict VIP ticket prices will increase above $2000 before the end of this period – in the past I have predicted that for 2020. We’re getting very close already: with vehicle pass, handling fees and taxes, this year’s VIP ticket is $1703.50.
The last post got too big so I’m continuing the research over here. A lot is happening in the collective online investigation into Hollywood pedophilia whistleblower Isaac Kappy’s sudden death.
We will be adding to this post as more information comes in. I want to try to separate the facts from speculation as much as possible. I will be talking about this story on YouTube this week.
Q = 17, IK = 9 11
Some Anons zoomed in on the photo Tom Hanks posted of a glove “roadkill on Historic Route 66”. Centered in the V-shaped shadow made by his elbow is a bottle cap with the letter P on it. Cap P = Kappy
The story took an interesting turn this week when @truthofaflower appeared on the scene. This was her first Periscope, as the lady who looked after the dogs of Isaac’s roommate. She broadcast in front of the wooden closet where Kappy filmed his last Periscope.
Jason Boss, a “Torah Keeper” has funded Isaac Kappy and Vegan Mikey to the tune of around $20,000, and had helped Kappy out with “a lot” of Bitcoin ($17,000) before he traveled to Australia (according to one report, and confirmed as likely by a close source, Eliahi Priest paid for the flight):
Here is Eliahi Priest’s eulogy for Kappy, in which he clearly states “I know who killed Isaac Kappy”. He appears to think “Q” killed him:
Eliahi’s Instagram posts immediately before Kappy’s death are eyebrow-raising. Expendable spies? Large quantities of gold and diamonds?
1195 carats is worth between$1-$10 million, depending on the color of the diamonds. Diamonds are a way to move large amounts of money around the world undetected, as they won’t trigger metal detectors and a small bag can be worth a fortune.
One thing that most people don’t understand about gold is that it is phenomenally heavy. All the gold that has ever been mined in the history of humanity would fill an Olympic size swimming pool. Here are some pictures of gold bullion:
The bars pictured look at least 10 kg. A single gold bar of that weight is currently worth more than $400,000. Assuming that they are stacked 4 high in the 3 chests shown, it would be 180 bars= $73.9 million. A sliver under 2 tons of gold.
Eliahi’s social media in the 2 weeks leading up to Kappy’s death is mostly dark. Seemingly out of nowhere in May 12 he appears with massive amounts of gold bars and diamonds. Kappy was involved in some sort of diamond deal with Priest (whose family are jewelers), and purchased about $17,000 of Bitcoin before he went to Australia to meet the man who claims responsibility for hacking the Australian government on his Twitter page. Note the chess header:
Kappy’s phone number was (323)283-3537. He also used Signal, Telegram, Instagram. He had a computer which was “wiped clean” except for his email access and bank account password, and an iPad (or possibly tablet laptop) that he took with him.
Jason Boss took “Junkie Mikey” in and was paying his bills and what he thought was for his kids’ school, when it turned out it was for “the needle”.
Thanks to Monkey Savant for capturing this video from Jason Boss:
He reveals that he was abused by his father. Kayla said his father was Jewish and a “minister” – strange that she would not say Rabbi.
Kappy is in the red, Jason and his wife are in the gray.
This video has a quick summary of social media connections. Many of them are being deleted.
There are a number of questions. I will try to compile them here, and update if any get answered.
Who ID’d the body?
Why has nobody been able to obtain a police report yet?
Is there an autopsy report, death certificate, toxicology report, funeral notice, obituary?
If Kappy had money, why did he not pay rent?
Why did MDS let him stay with her if he did not tidy his mess or contribute to the house?
Did “Mommy” kick him out?
How did Kayla get into his computer?
How did Kayla get printouts of his bank records? Wells Fargo has two-factor authentication.
Why was Kappy in Arizona?
Did he realize he was right next to an Arizona Army National Guard base?
What did he do between the tire blow out, the last time he was seen in his Telegram group, sunrise (5:22am) and his alleged suicide (7:25am)?
Why did the police rule it a suicide in about 1 hour, when he had made a video saying he was not suicidal and indicating he was under duress?
Why did police not come to his house to look at his computer and other effects?
Why was there damage to the walls of the house in 3 different locations?
Why is the media not asking any questions about a Hollywood star suddenly dying in a small town? Shouldn’t the town have been crawling with media?
If Kayla and her boyfriend gave Kappy a book about how to disappear without a trace, why would she mention that?
Why do the two women not seem more remorseful or grieved after the loss of their friend?
Why did Michelle say she was going to get $3 million and pay her place off, turn it into Camp Kappy, and give some of the money to the parents – out of the royalties from Kappy’s Album?
Why did Eliahi Priest burn sage and post an exclusive track from Kappy within hours of the news of his death, and only post a eulogy days later? Shouldn’t you grieve for your friend first and think about promoting his album second?
Why did Tom Hanks post gloves abandoned in the desert on Historic Route 66 (I-40 where Kappy died is also the Historic Route 66) 40 days and nights before the death? Why did he post a red scarf with 1977 (the year Kappy was born)?
Why did Kayla mention twice that this is a chess game?
Where is the CCTV video of Kappy checking in at the Days Inn?
Some body language analysis of Kappy’s last video. 113,000 views, 2,773 comments:
[Update May 20 2019 9:00pm]
Great job Ghostcrab for speaking to the worker who checked Kappy in at the Days Inn. Kappy was twitching his head. After 7:11 am he was leaving for home and saw Kappy walking around the outside of the hotel. He was in bed for much of the night, “apparently came back out on some occasions”, went back to the room and then apparently went back out again. Buying cigarettes from the truck stop?
[Update May 21 2019 7:12am]
Thomas from Cicada 3301 has given an interview to The Phoenix Enigma about Isaac Kappy.
The latest Cicada video has prophesies relating to Judas (1:18)
I have edited the Coconino County EMS traffic to cut out gaps and obviously unrelated calls. I can’t guarantee that everything still in there is related to Kappy, as the scanner is for the entire County.
The first announcement of the accident says it is at the I-40 Eastbound. Then he corrects it to Westbound. In fact, it was Eastbound.
August 5, 2018 – Alex Jones/infowars gets de-platformed from Apple, youtube, facebook, twitter and associated app stores. http://archive.li/coBhr
August 6, 2018 – AnOpenSecret claims Isaac Kappy is a fraud. http://archive.li/ILF82 Furthermore AnOpenSecret claims that Kappy had both a patreon and youtube account neither of which were true. (Kappy did set up a Patreon sometime in late July and it was up for about an hour but then he took it down after people objected to it and he then told people not to send donations) http://archive.li/RZnYy
August 8, 2018 – Media Matters publishes an article about DoughnutGate and names Isaac Kappy, Lift the Veil and Michael Whalen. – http://archive.li/urKh0
August 11, 2018 – Kam Hoffman aka ‘Exploring Reality’ reappears on youtube with a video titled ‘Isaac Kappy and nathan shill or real? pizza gate?’ in which he attacks Issac Kappy and Lift the Veil as shills and possibly satanists. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpP4NzPNWk0YouTube
August 26, 2018 – Blayne Douglas sends out a periscope video from the hospital saying that he wants to leave $75,000 to Michael Whalen and Isaac Kappy because he is dying from meningitis and will soon be put into an induced coma. He also says he wants to give Kappy power of attorney over his estate. He claims to own a house in Ireland but he actually lives in Iowa. During the video Blayne is very insistent that people make Kappy take the money because ‘without the money there is no winning’. This was 100% staged and fake. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGdkS7qi3kAYouTube
September 4, 2018 – CDAN Blind Item #3 First mention of Voodoo ‘scam.’ (Note: Enty from CDAN is a good friend of Gabe Hoffman from AnOpenSecret) – http://archive.li/Z3N47
September 4, 2018 – Jason Boss makes a video stating he has gotten involved with Michael Whalen. Boss states he already knows Mikey very well now and considers him a friend and has helped him as much as he possibly can. Talks Mikey up for the first 7 minutes or so then plays a call he says he made to Portland PD @10:00. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKUOHfq5sNAYouTube
September 12, 2018 – Kam Hoffman aka Exploring Reality broadcasts an interview with Voodoo Doughnut Recordings artist Devin Millar titled ‘Devin Millar from Voo doo doughnut recordings thinks Vegan Mikey is a liar’ (Very important!! ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2fOq2nBtMIYouTube
October 2, 2018 – Random Rants of Ryan announces he is working with Kam Hoffman in video titled ‘Dropping BombShells Tonight W/ Exploring Reality’ (reminder Devan Miller of Voodoo Recordings worked with Kam Hoffman to debunk Michael) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uBUYR0a8UcYouTube
October 5, 2018 – Ryan posts video ‘Setting Up Interview With Vegan Mikey…’ Ryan claims to be working with LtV to set up an interview with Mikey but it never happened. This is a theme that becomes very apparent throughout this entire saga: none of the people who work so diligently to discredit LtV, Kappy and Mikey not once bother to reach out and attempt to get to the bottom of things. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3qGIkocsHUYouTube
October 10, 2018 – CDAN posts Blind Item #17 implying Issac Kappy was hit with a cease and desist letter from Seth Green and Clare Grant. (Kappy emphatically stated to me that he received no such letter) – http://archive.li/C4jMQ
October 13, 2018 – Titus Frost sets up forum to clear the air between LtV, Kappy, The Last American Vagabond. After bashing LtV, Kappy and Mikey for almost two weeks straight with no real evidence Ryan does not show up to clear the air. ‘#STWT Show 63 – #PedoGate is now # DramaGate – Kappy, LTV and TLAV Discussion #Shitstorm’ https://youtu.be/sGHXZx41zFo?t=3802YouTube
November 5, 2018 – CDAN posts Blind Item #9 about Issac Kappy being kicked of Twitter and returning on a new account. – http://archive.li/MK1Hg
December 7, 2018 – Random Rants of Ryan livestreams a video ‘Santa Claus came early this year’ hinting that certain youtubers (presumably Lift the Veil) are going to have a very bad Christmas and get coal in their stockings. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTmJ3P3nliwYouTube
Dec 20, 2018 – Random Rants of Ryan does a livestreams called ‘Santa Clause Came Early For Vegan Mikey’ where he intimates that Mikey is going to have a bad Christmas. How would he know that? (I asked Mikey about this and he said that it was because he was getting evicted but how would Ryan know that unless he talked to Jason Boss?) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMluhejuW_0YouTube
March 27, 2019 – Boss posts ‘ Isaac Kappy Comes At Me – Blood Diamonds???’ Boss goes through a text exchange with Isaac Kappy after Kappy accuses him of being a Mossad shill. It’s not the first time that this claim has been made by people. Boss refers to Kappy as a junkie, claims to talk to Fiona Barnett for ‘hours on the phone’ and that she is as legitimate as it gets. He also claims to have filed charges with the police – presumably in The Dalles where Michael was staying – against Michael Whalen for the alleged drug paraphernalia. He also mentions that Kappy deposited $17,000 worth of bitcoin with him before he left for Australia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXjZ8zZR4H8YouTube
May 2, 2019 – Boss posts ‘ The Curse of @VeganMikey Michael Whalen’ A video in which he goes over an alleged bill for the property that leased in his wife’s name for Michael Whalen. There is no address, letterhead or any other information. Much like the two drug paraphernalia videos this could have been created by anyone with a word processor. In this video he alleges that he is out $26,000 dollars. He calls Kappy a ‘junkie psyop.’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQxHz1r8E40YouTube
May 13, 2019 – Date that Isaac Kappy died.
May 15, 2019 – Boss begins posting videos on his youtube channel alleging that Isaac Kappy was murdered, blames other youtubers for it, and claims that the letter posted on Isaac Kappy’s Instagram was not written by him. What a swell guy! It’s totally not like he has been involved in shady shit before! Yeah, snopes is shit. Doesn’t change the fact that he rallies support for Sidethorn and Conspiracy Granny to go hassle the family members of the victims of a church that got shot up. This guy is psyop central.
In case anyone hasn’t been paying attention to this guy it’s also weird that he proudly hosts and encourages videos of Brenton Tarrant on his video hosting site 153news.net. I’m all for free speech but when a shady fucker like this guy is the only one loudly and proudly hosting stuff like this with literally zero blowback you have to ask yourself: is this really about free speech or is it about identifying people who believe in it? Oh, did I mention he wants your personal information so he can ‘vet’ you before you can post videos on his site? Weird. Go ahead and try to sign up. Maybe things have changed in the last couple months but I doubt it. His buddy Todd D. Bennett is an interesting character as well. Some of you should look into that guy and his trips to Israel and the children’s charities.
I don’t expect anyone to watch every video listed in this timeline. That’s not the point of this. I am merely sourcing the information that I used to come to my conclusions. If you read all through all of that you will notice that the two main players responsible for ‘debunking’ the voodoo doughnuts accusers are: Jason Boss and Blayne Douglas (who I haven’t even gotten into yet). At least those were the two that provided the setup and the debunking. One promised the moon and the other pulled the rug out from under it. Convenient huh? I haven’t gotten into the the other people,aside from Ryan, who used their voice and position of ‘authority on the matter’ to reinforce the narrative yet but I will soon enough. Until then, there’s this for you to chew on.
The closest town? Bethlehem. It’s almost like someone is trying to paste Biblical elements into this narrative. Judas, Noah, Archangel Michael, Bethlehem…is this the Illuminati trying to usher in the End Times?
The medicine the two ladies were pushing to fight against parasites from Iran in the video is Ivermectin.
The largest shareholder is John Paulson, who made his fortune betting against subprime mortgages in the 2008 Global Financial Crisis.
Ivermectin is actually pretty widely available, including in the US
Phoenix Enigma has driven past the site both West and East bound and filmed HD evidence that the accident happened on I-40 Eastbound. So why did the officer get this wrong on the scene?
Could be related, could be note, but there was a VICE journalist raid of the owner of 8 Chan’s house. VICE was started by Canadians (intelligence?) 8 chan is the home of #QAnon, Isaac Kappy was a big QAnon supporter and seemed to suggest he betrayed QAnon.
Thanks to Nathan from @lifttheveil for providing further information about the Bitcoin transactions Kappy did before going to Australia. He sold 1.58 BTC to Jason Boss via this address.
Does anyone have a copy of Kappy’s final Instagram – the one he did from the car? This is one of the most important pieces of missing information, along with the police report.
Two hero teenagers tried to stop the tragic death of a Hollywood celebrity in a small town in the middle of nowhere. Why aren’t these kids posting on social media and doing interviews on TMZ? A lot of mainstream media mentions of this case around the world, but where are all the reporters looking into it? Surely the one thing that would open a suicide investigation is if the subject said on video right before “I am definitely not suicidal and I am in big trouble, I fear for my life”.
[Update May 22 2019 6:21pm]
A lot of these social media posts are getting rapidly scrubbed. An army of anons are archiving everything.
Robert_QSentMe has bombshell news: the FBI have opened an investigation into Kappy’s death.
Lift the Veil had an interesting interview today with occultist de-occultist The Phoenix Enigma, who claims to have met the driver of the truck that ran Kappy over “like a box of kittens”.
Do we really need Burning Man to be bigger? Longer lines at the Gate, Exodus and Porta-potties, more traffic on the way in…for what? Sure, it is tens of millions more dollars for the Org, but it’s not like they are using all that money to do anything of significance for the community. A few thousand gets handed out here and there, while millions get spent annually on internationally self-aggrandizement.
More people will be harder on the environment and the local community, that’s a simple fact.
So what’s in it for Burners?
Easier to get tickets if there are more of them – well the Org are saying ticket prices will have to increase $265, 62%. Demand is likely to still outstrip supply, the shitshow that is the ticket sale will just get bigger (and shittier).
More gifting? Great, it you can keep convincing new people to be participants and not tourists/consumers. Otherwise, it just means everyone will need to bring more gifts. Way more.
More hot chicks? Well, there’s something to be said for that!
BMorg recently posted at their blog “Fact Checking BLM”
Here is a local response, “reviewing Burning Man’s fact checking BLM”
Burning Man’s “Fact Checking BLM” is short on fact checking and long on opinion replete with unsupported allegations, overstatements, and misstatements lacking in factual support. However BRC continues with its use of hyperbole right from the start of their rapidly crafted response. BRC relies heavily on volunteer labor to support and then credits erroneously that (BRC) pays for EVERYTHING. Reviewing the Draft EIS there is no supporting the statement. “Fact Checking BLM” is rife with complaints of increasing BRC’s costs, while ignoring the cost to the Communities that are adversely impacted or “volunteered” to clean up after Burning Man. Ignoring the Anti-Environmental impacts of the party or “this thing we have in the desert” using copious amounts of fossil fuels for visual indulgences and creature comforts not including the “…, increased greenhouse gas emissions from hundreds of flatbed trucks transporting large, heavy loads, and increased fuel consumption” to create a Brigadoon on the Playa. BRC seems to be oblivious of its vulnerability to acts of Domestic Terrorism and the detrimental effect to the importation of illegal drugs and newly created criminals in the County where the event is held, both unwilling to address and unable to confront these issues. BRC’s only identified effort for crime reduction has been stated as “having a Radio Station and Newspaper” is clearly ineffective. As is a plastic “trash fence” to insure security from the numerous media covered Mass casualty tragedies that can act as inspiration for both Domestic and International Terrorists either group or Lone Wolf.
Last week’s Lovelock public hearing on the Bureau of Land Management’s Draft EIS for Burning Man’s ten year Special Recreation Permit attracted plenty of local interest. The comment deadline is April 29 with the Final EIS expected this summer before the event starts August 25.
The Lovelock audience was quiet compared to the reportedly raucous, standing-room only crowd at the Sparks Nugget the night before. Some local leaders,however, later shared strong opinions of the BLM’s Draft EIS, proposed mitigations and five alternative plans for the event.
In a rare agreement with festival organizers, Pershing County Sheriff Jerry Allen told the Lovelock crowd that the BLM’s proposed security searches of all vehicles for illegal drugs and firearms might not provide the required probable cause and therefore could be unconstitutional.
Pershing County Commission Chairman Larry Rackley, who is not a fan of the festival, later said he agreed with Sheriff Allen’s assessment of blanket searches of all vehicles entering the event.
“As far as entry searches, I agree with Jerry that this is going a bit far,” Rackley said in an email.
Rackley also opposes the proposal for trash dumpsters and heavy concrete barriers on the playa due to the impacts on an aging county road. He also opposes Alternative A that would allow the festival to grow from 80,000 to 100,000 participants as proposed by event organizers.
“I do not agree with the concrete barriers because of the weight, in and out, on the road,” Rackley said in the email. “Burning Man of course does not contribute to road maintenance or repair. I do not agree with expansion of the population for the same reason. BRC (Black Rock City) does not pay their way and takes advantage of Pershing County.”
Rackley also criticized a BRC official who said law enforcement contributes to the trash.
“In the BRC response to this by Marnee Benson, she spoke about the loss of business to others who pick up the burner trash and included the statement that law enforcement contributed to the trash,” he said. “Really? And then they (BRC) wonder why people feel the way they do about them. She often speaks on items or makes statements to make others look bad and Burning Man look like they are better than others.”
Lovelock resident and longtime Burning Man critic David Skelton said he spoke up at the Lovelock hearing. Contrary to an earlier news report, he estimated the crowd at about 90 people. He decided to share his concerns after feedback from a Burning Man participant.
“I spoke due to the efforts of a Burner that I had talked with at the meeting that felt our local issues should be heard,” Skelton said in an email.
Skelton said he supports the BLM’s proposal for dumpsters on the playa and “concrete barriers-terrorist-vehicle-barriers” surrounding the event perimeter. And, he “ABSOLUTELY” supports the agency’s proposal to search all incoming vehicles for illegal drugs and firearms.
As for the BLM’s five alternative plans for the event, Skelton said he supports “E then B.” Plan E would deny the Special Recreation Permit. Plan B would cap the event at 50,000 participants.
“Burning Man costs Pershing County per the Draft EIS. There is no economic benefit,” he said. “Burning Man has created by their own actions a hostile relationship with Pershing County resulting in the current condition. If Burning Man left, there would be no adverse effect (for Pershing County). Instead, there would be a cost savings benefit.”
Alternative A would allow the event to grow to 100,000 participants by 2022. Alternative C would move the event to the north but it would stay in Pershing County and attendance would climb to 100,00 people. Alternative D would maintain the current population at 80,000 participants.
The BLM document confirms Sheriff Allen’s ongoing assertion that the festival impacts public safety throughout the region. If BLM allows the festival to grow, public safety services could be stretched beyond capacity especially when there’s a major emergency such as a large wildfire.
“First responder resources, including fire, emergency medical services and law enforcement, are drawn down during the event as personnel from across northern Nevada support the event,” states the Draft EIS. “Communities across northern Nevada are left with reduced emergency services staff, particularly in Pershing County.”
In the BLM analysis of Alternative A, the proposed festival population of 100,000 participants “would require an increase in law enforcement to approximately 50 percent of all BLM law enforcement nationwide reducing the BLM’s ability to execute other agency missions.”
“Additionally, this increase would negatively affect public health and safety in Pershing County as a whole due to a drawdown on first responders available to the remainder of the county.”
The BLM outlined environmental concerns with an expanded population including increased debris left on the playa despite intensive annual cleanup efforts by BRC after the festival.
“An event population of 100,000 would likely expose the public and environment to solid waste. Despite being based on Leave No Trace Principles, a time series analysis from 2006 through 2018 (Hall and Rorex 2018) for the City Grid indicates that there is a trend of increasing debris and litter left behind each year of the event.”
The BLM document reveals other public health concerns on the dark side of Burning Man.
“The ‘gifting culture’ of the event results in participants accepting items from other participants, potentially ingesting substances unknown to them,” states the Draft EIS. “Participants who believe they are ingesting one substance, only to find out they have ingested something completely different, could overdose. Foods, such as dried apricots and breath mints laced with illicit substances, have been located at the event. In addition, law enforcement responds to combative or assaultive subject calls due to illegal controlled substance abuse.”
BRC claims the BLM’s proposed mitigations threaten the festival’s future and would force tickets prices to increase by about $286. The “main” ticket price for this year’s event was $425. BRC asked Burners to send comments to BLM “if you fundamentally oppose this draconian response by the BLM to a peaceful, responsible, recreational steward of public lands.”
“If you feel strongly that concrete or plastic barriers at the fence line would impact your experience at the Burning Man event, that Leave No Trace is an important principle for you and the culture to continue to embody, or that new search and seizure operations by BLM’s private security company would be problematic, leading to increased wait times, traffic and civil rights violations, we strongly encourage you to formally submit a comment to BLM.”
One proposed solution to helping the local community bear the year-round social, environmental, and budgetary costs of a 30% larger Black Rock City is to enforce the existing room tax for motels and camgrounds on people staying in motorhomes.