A Line Is Drawn in the Desert
At Burning Man, the Tech Elite One-Up One Another
By NICK BILTON AUG. 20, 2014; The New York Times
“…If you have never been to Burning Man, your perception is likely this: a white-hot desert filled with 50,000 stoned, half-naked hippies doing sun salutations while techno music thumps through the air.
“A few years ago, this assumption would have been mostly correct. But now things are a little different. Over the last two years, Burning Man, which this year runs from Aug. 25 to Sept. 1, has been the annual getaway for a new crop of millionaire and billionaire technology moguls, many of whom are one-upping one another in a secret game of I-can-spend-more-money-than-you-can and, some say, ruining it for everyone else…”
I asked my friend, Rainbow, about this phenomenon, since he’s been attending since the mid-90s. Here’s what he had to say:
“Man, we were just, like, tripping off these guys. The Facebook cat–starts with a Z–he had obviously coke all over his face, and he’s running around yelling, ‘We’re the one percent, motherfuckers! You all can suck it!’ He started peeing on my friend T-Bone, then asked, ‘How do you like me now?!’ My dog’s all chill, so he’s just like, ‘I do not like this. This is not cool and you’ve got to chill, bro.’
“Let’s see, then there was some guy walking around in just a suit and tie. No fucking pants or nothing! Can you believe that shit? Someone told me they had sold him some fake E earlier. I don’t know if he was high on other shit or just a natural douchebag. He was chilling with some guy who was a big shot banker. He was trying to take people’s tents and shit. He messed with the wrong guy who got in his face and was like, ‘If you don’t go back to your spot, we’re gonna’ burn you.’ Then the guy sat down and cried for about half an hour. I really felt bad for him, you know?”
Colorado ad campaign tests new message to prevent teen marijuana use
That’s heavy, man.
Breaking news on Huffpost; 6.30.2014
“Supreme Court Delivers Blow To Unions”
I’m too busy to thoroughly read the item, but what kind of “blow” is being described? Is it good Columbian or cheap powder cut with baking soda? Did they all participate in the drop-off? Roberts doesn’t seem like the guy to be trusted by either party. On the other hand, unions generally relate to labor and jobs, so maybe something else is being described. That raises some even more interesting questions.
Disgraced ‘sheriff of the year’ who traded meth for sex gets 15 months in prison
“The tables have turned on…Once nationally lauded for his anti-drug crusades, the former sheriff admitted to a drug problem and was sentenced to 15 months in prison for repeated probation violations in a meth-for-sex case, the Denver Post reported.
“The 71-year-old, a one-time national sheriff of the year, missed 36 urine tests and tested positive for methamphetamine or alcohol 10 times in more than two years of probation, his probation officer told reporters…”
My curiosity is piqued concerning the well-known sex-for-drugs link: do methheads (or crackheads or junkies) get into it in the sack? Or do they just kind of phone it in?
World Cup ticket purchase leads to arrest of Mexican drug lord
“Brazliian [sic] authorities arrested a long-sought suspected Mexican drug lord as he attempted to board a domestic flight from Rio de Janiero to Fortaleza, Brazil, where Mexico faced Brazil on Tuesday.
“…bought a ticket to the match under his real name…”
After the apprehension was complete, one zealous cop yelled, “Gooooooaaaaaalllllll!”