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"Burning Man" festival may be getting too big

BowtieGuy

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Over the years, there have been quite a few threads posted here on LPF, related to the annual Burning Man festival, and today, this interesting article from NPR caught my attention.

The 2019 Burning Man is scheduled for Sunday, August 25 through Monday, September 2.

https://www.npr.org/2019/07/14/737708644/federal-clampdown-on-burning-man-imperils-festivals-free-spirit-ethos-say-burner

A preliminary report from the BLM called for new regulations, including an attendance cap, mandatory security screenings and a concrete barrier to encircle the perimeter. Federal officials have since eased those controls for now, except for the population cap.


 



BowtieGuy

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I agree, especially after reading that article and learning what imposible and insane things that the BLM is proposing (vehicle barriers, searches, etc.).

I'll bet the government would let them gather in any numbers that they wanted, if they could charge a large admission fee (tax).

I'm sure there are issues that need to be dealt with, such as trash, with so many people gathering in one spot, with no amenities, but as usual, it seems like the gov. is going to try to over regulate to keep us safe from ourselves.
 

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Huh. The Woodstock festival in 1969 had five times as many attendees. I guess it would be a problem today by these standards.
 

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I saw something about that a while ago. I understand the trash problem. Barriers though? You're in the middle of BFE. No need for barriers.
 

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the event morphed. the people changed. now people are getting hurt and drugged. it's not what it once was. it kind of sucks. it was a place where you could go and really just let it out without having to worry about that kind of crap. society has encroached it's MOOP
 







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