The Muck rises to the top .... Nouveau Illuminati Riche http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2733447/Silicon-Valley-tech-elites-ruining-Burning-Man-festival-luxury-camps-hired-help-private-chefs.htmlSilicon Valley tech elites accused of ruining the spirit of Burning Man
festival with luxury camps, hired help and private chefs By Alex Greig for MailOnline
San Francisco will likely resemble a ghost-town Monday morning, with empty Google buses and coffee grinders gone quiet in Starbucks as the city's tech community descends on the Nevada desert for the annual art, music and everything else festival, Burning Man.
The festival dates back to 1986 and is based on ideals of community and inclusion - but visiting the ad-hoc city that rises from the desert each year has become a status symbol for the tech elite.
The one-upmanship of San Francisco tech nouveau riche, with their luxury accommodations and chef-prepared meals, is at odds with the spirit of the festival, say some longtime 'burners.
Silicon Valley burners: (left to right) Facebook found Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Google's Sergey Brin have all attended Burning Man in the past. Each one is worth more than $30billion
A man who attends the festival annually with a group of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs told The New York Times that the camp they establish costs $25,000 per person - but not for the models who are flown in on private jets from New York.'We have the craziest chefs in the world and people who build yurts for us that have beds and air-conditioning. Yes, air-conditioning in the middle of the desert,
' he said.
Regular attendees haul camping gear or drive rented RVs to the desert and pay $300 to camp for 10 days, using portable toilets and freshening up with wet wipes.
And flying in the face of the festival's tenets of 'radical self-reliance,' and 'communal effort,' some camps come complete with 'sherpas,' [ SLAVES ] or hired help
. Glampers: (left to right) The Winklevoss twins, Larry Page of Google, and tech entrepreneur Elon Musk have all spent 10 luxurious days in Nevada's Black Rock Desert
According to The New York Times, there are up to 30 sherpas waiting on 12 attendees who fly in on private planes and are then driven to their camp in luxury RVs and fed meals prepared by teams of top chefs
.Sherpas handle the rest
- costumes, which are a big part of Burning Man life, drugs, and any other whim.
'The tech start-ups now go to Burning Man and eat drugs in search of the next greatest app,” Tyler Hansen, who worked as a sherpa, told The New York Times.'Burning Man is no longer a counterculture revolution. It’s now become a mirror of [illuminati] society.'
...This year's festival sold out within an hour.
After it moved from San Francisco's Baker Beach
, the inaugural Burning Man in Nevada drew some 80 people in 1990
. The first 1,000-plus crowd was in 1993
, and attendance doubled each of the next three years before reaching 23,000 in 1999. The crowd was capped at 50,000 under a five-year permit that expired in 2010.
On Monday, an expected 68,000 people will land in Black Rock City
- but not all of them will be there for the same reason.