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8/31    more from the dude who prematurely burned down The Man
        http://pigdog.org/auto/burningman/shortfeature/3052.html
        http://www.pigdog.org/authors/cs.html
        It must be weird spending your life trying to emulate
        an author.
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Reverend CyberSatan, aka Paul Addis, was brought up on charges of arson for allegedly setting fire to The Man at Burning Man early Tuesday morning. The Man, which is basically a large pile of wood and other flammable material designed to be burned to the ground this coming Saturday night, caught fire in the early hours of Tuesday morning. When The Man is burned this coming Saturday night, it will mark the culmination of the week long festival. However, if you burn it on a Tuesday, the powers-that-be call it arson. When I got up Tuesday morning the first piece of e-mail I opened said "Someone just torched the man during the lunar eclipse." There were pictures, but at first I figured it was a hoax. Every year someone tells their friends "I'm going to sneak over to the Man early in the week and set him on fire. To which most people assure their drunken friend "No, that would not be cool." Maybe someone decided that "radical self-expression" actually MEANS "radical self-expression." Or maybe they were just protesting against ritual and repetition. Feel free to engage in radical self-expression, but please obey these 87 pages of guidelines and rules, OR ELSE! I still can't figure out how you can count setting fire to a FIRE as "arson". If I was having a bonfire on the beach and I had all of my wood piled up, and then someone came by and set it on fire before I was ready, I'd be irritated. I'd consider the interloper a party-pooper and a killjoy, but I'd stop short of calling them an arsonist. I mean, get a grip already, IT'S A PILE OF WOOD THAT'S SUPPOSED TO BE SET ON FIRE. The person SET FIRE TO SOMETHING DESIGNED TO BE SET ON FIRE. There seem to be a lot of burners in the news saying "Waaa! Someone call the cops and protect my independent, free-spirited community's mindless rituals!" Some people experienced in the fine art of hyperbole have even called the fire-setter a "terrorist", which in today's political climate apparently means "anyone doing anything I don't like." On the flip side, there were some people out there on Tuesday night, gathered around the Man, chanting "Let it burn.
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OK, so, only one little bio thing: Reverend Cybersatan is seriously INSANE. It's NUTSO, like the crazy laugh of someone who has seen the Void of All Purpose and has come back and is no longer afraid of any human dangers. I'm serious -- it's blood-chilling and strangely warming at the same time.