Rain delays start of Burning Man 2014

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      According to the official Twitter feed of Burning Man, the start of the week-long desert festival has been delayed due to unseasonably wet weather.

      The event, which sees 50,000 people trek into the middle of Nevada's Black Rock Desert to practice "radical self-reliance" and "radical self-expression" while assembling massive art projects, burning a giant man-shaped effigy, and—let's be honest—do a bunch of drugs and have sex with near-strangers, has been held annually since 1989.

      Neil Girling

      Burning Man has faced criticism from various outlets lately, particularly a story in the New York Times, which focused on newly wealthy tech entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley, who spend upwards of $2,000,000 on amenities to play hippie in the desert.

      Attendees of this year's event are being encouraged to stay in Reno until the rains subside; cars that have made it to the entrance of the festival are being turned back.

      For updated traffic and event info, check out @BurningMan.


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      Aug 25, 2014 at 11:58am

      These people have no respect for the desert and should be sent back home expeditiously.

      Cartman's Revenge

      Aug 25, 2014 at 1:48pm


      Shhhh. Don't disturb the flow of faux hippies to the desert. FEMA's final solution mustn't be thwarted.


      Aug 25, 2014 at 1:52pm

      For people who have not attended burning man, its sad to see or read such judgment. People work very hard to uphold the integrity of the beautiful dessert. The idea of sex and drugs being the only thing of interest at burning man is clearly the idea of very closed minded people who are to afraid to be themselves. This is a terrible article and I truly hope know one pays to close of attention to it.


      Aug 25, 2014 at 3:57pm

      The haters who don't get it, never will. Enough said.


      Aug 25, 2014 at 4:51pm

      I prayed, beseeched the Gods, did a rain dance and Viola, it worked!


      Aug 25, 2014 at 5:34pm

      Absolutely! One need only take note of the author of this article. Miranda Nelson is a first rate hater, especially when it comes to people using firearms to protect themselves.

      Doug Campbell

      Aug 25, 2014 at 11:10pm

      Always so much easier to judge than to describe, learn from, accept, and embrace what makes us individual and unique. Search for the common ground of humanity we all stand on, then celebrate the differences that allow us to write our own stories and be who we are. That's the spirit of Burning Man, and if you don't agree, simply align and direct your energies elsewhere.


      Aug 25, 2014 at 11:16pm

      Eat swamp Melvin.

      James Blatchford

      Aug 26, 2014 at 10:39am

      "You see, the whole thing is...if you have a festival with all the stops pulled out, kids running around naked, fucking in the bushes...And, doing every damned thing they're inclined to do....."

      Local resident - Isle of Wight Festival 1970
      From: "Message of Love"

      Gerald Warlord

      Aug 26, 2014 at 11:22am

      Good! Maybe this will hinder IONS's bogus "research" they were trying to conduct there.