The 30th annual week long counterculture celebration known as Burning Man – named for the large effigy burned near the end of the festival – is underway in the Black Rock Desert 90 miles north of Reno, NV.
Famous for art, music, dust storms and communal living, the event will draw 70,000 attendees bringing in an estimated $30 million in revenue.
Mixing that many free spirits together with alcohol and drugs tends to result in a few accidents. Medical staff treat several thousand visitors each year, such as the six participants injured Monday night when a structure in a theme camp collapsed.
Some famous attendees include Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, actor Will Smith and many more. Possibly the unlikeliest burner is tax crusader Grover Norquist.
"What they're doing is, people come together, voluntarily, and create a city. They show up, disappear. Nobody tells anybody else what to do. They don't have a bunch of laws," Norquist said.
A typical cattle rustling event involves only a few head, maybe a trailer full, tops. So how does a New Zealand dairy farmer lose 500 cows? That’s one of the questions police have, but the farmer is too embarrassed to talk to the media.
“He’s absolutely gobsmacked and deeply embarrassed,” says neighbor Willy Leferink. “If you had three-quarters of a million dollars go missing you wouldn’t want to talk about it either.” The first hint the cows were missing came when the farmer noticed the herd – once numbering 1,300 – weren’t eating as much feed as earlier. The thieves may have trouble fencing the stolen cows because New Zealand requires electronic ID tags.
New York drought
Upstate New York is in the midst of a drought affecting two dozen rural counties.
The National Drought Monitor also shows a continuation of drought across the Western United States, and in an area encompassing the Central Atlantic States.
Lightning kills 19 cattle
Nineteen cows are dead in east Texas after lightning struck the tree they were standing underneath during a storm.