Sunday, January 31, 2016

Dream Job

The Government Is Hiring a Burning Man Manager, and the Position Is Hella Corporate
It's a desk job and it pays really well.

The Huffington Post  Priscilla Frank Arts Writer 01/27/2016 

David McNew via Getty Images 

Attention: Hippies, burners, dreamers and doers. Ahem, I mean, people with knowledge of land management concepts, skills in applying analytical and evaluative methods, and an understanding of FLPMA and other legislation.

Look alive, qualified individuals! Because the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management is hiring a project manager -- for Burning Man.

Yes, Burning Man, the radical, self-sufficient artist community on the edges of the universe -- or, more specifically, in Nevada.

The manager must, according to the BLM listing, be familiar with natural resource-related subject areas including, but not limited to, geohydrology, minerals, fire, recreation, wilderness, wildlife, watershed, riparian, fisheries, cultural resources and range management. (I'd add an extra emphasis on fire, and probably add flagrant nudity.) The manager must be ready to deal with regulations, manuals, policies and procedures and put just as much effort into fact finding and analysis as he or she would into bartering for one bottle of water in the dead, dry heat of summer.

And the pay is good. Like, really good -- $69,497 to $90,344 a year good. But, you may want to leave the sand goggles, glitter pasties and body paint at home, because this position worshipping the greater good of Burning Man ... looks hella corporate. 

While the Burners you so humbly serve are engaging in some light fire play, howling naked at the night sky and dipping into the orgy tent to see what's up, you'll be enjoying your daily dose of "prolonged hours of sitting at a desk and working on a computer in an office environment." From time to time, you might find yourself in a field setting, "working alone, in a group, in extremely remote and adverse situations." But mostly, office duty.

Priscilla Frank

Also, no drugs allowed. It's a federal job and federal employees can't use illegal drugs on or off duty. If hired, you'll be subject to random and suspicion-based testing. At least you'll finally see how cool that giant LOVE sculpture looks when you're not tripping out on psychedelics. 

If you love Burning Man as much as you love The Man, this is the job for you. See you at the playa! I mean, see you in Winnemucca, Nevada, which I'm sure is super cool too. 
photos below © NK Guy /TASCHEN 



An illustration from the Pottermore website reveals the magical school of Mahoutokoro, the Japanese version of Hogwarts. | © J.K. ROWLING/POTTERMORE LTD. ™ WARNER BROS. 

 ‘Harry Potter’ author reveals Japanese wizarding school

The Japan Times  by Tom Hanaway  STAFF WRITER  Jan 30, 2016 

The author of the “Harry Potter” series, J.K. Rowling, let muggles in on a big secret — there is a hidden wizarding school in Japan.

Rowling revealed the Japanese version of Hogwarts on her Pottermore website, along with schools in the U.S., Brazil and Africa. In the “Harry Potter” universe, there are 11 institutions worldwide where young wizards and witches learn how to use magic.

The Japanese school, named Mahoutokoro (place of the magic), is described as being located on a seemingly deserted volcanic island in Minami Iwo Jima. According to Rowling’s essay, Mahoutokoro is famous for its high academics and its strong record in Quidditch, a wizarding sport where players fly on brooms and score points.

The school also has some unique traits that distinguishes it from others, including magical robes that change colors depending on the wearer — pink for beginners; gold for expert students; and white for those who are practicing evil magic.

Rowling even alludes to Japan’s Self-Defense Forces by writing that Quidditch players have to careful when flying because of “planes from the muggle airbase on a neighboring island.”

The announcement is sure to please Japan’s large “Harry Potter” fan base, which includes the millions who have visited Universal Studios Japan theme park and its Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction. The first “Harry Potter” film, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” is one of the top grossing films in Japanese box office history.

The unveiling included new Twitter accounts and is most likely designed to whet appetites for the upcoming movie “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a film based in the “Harry Potter” universe and set in the U.S., with a script penned by Rowling herself. While the schools in Japan, Brazil and Africa all have backstories, the page for the American institution simply states “Coming soon…” meaning that fans may have to wait until the film’s release in November 2016 to see it for themselves.

The Ogasawara Islands, consisting of the Mukojima, Chichijima, and Hahajima island groups, are located far south of the Japanese home islands.

Sneak peek at Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 


Wolves on Wheels

The Night Wolves: Putin’s motorbiking militia of Luhansk

The Night Wolves are Russia’s largest and most notorious biker gang, fiercely loyal to Vladimir Putin, and say they are motivated by Christianity and patriotism. Their base in Luhansk, east Ukraine, resembles a set from Mad Max. Inside their stronghold, the Night Wolves open up about the families they left behind.

Watch it HERE


Meet the Night Wolves – Putin's Hell's Angels

The fiercely patriotic motorcycle gang is a key source of Russian soft power in former Soviet States

Alexander Zaldostanov (C), nicknamed "the Surgeon", leader of a group of Russian bikers called the Night Wolves, attends a rally of pro-Russian activists waving the Russian flag, in front of the local parliament building in Simferopol, Crimea 

The Night Wolves are Russia’s largest motorbike club, with over 5,000 members.
Fiercely patriotic, they believe that “wherever the Night Wolves are, that should be considered Russia”. 

On Saturday, the Night Wolves organised a mass ride from the northeast of Ukraine through the Russian speaking eastern regions to the Crimea. 

They wanted to hand out supplies to pro-Russian militia forces there. 

A member of the club's local chapter said: “We don’t want what happened in Kiev to happen here. Nazis and bandits have seized power there. And if we have to fight, we’ll fight with everything we can get our hands on.” 

The Night Wolves formed during Perestroika in1980s Russia as a counter-Soviet group idolising rock music and motorbikes.

Even today, they claim to reject all laws, written and unwritten, and all political or religious movements.
Vladimir Putin, then Russia's Prime Minister, with Alexander Zaldostanov, the leader of the Night Wolves, in 2010 (AFP/GETTY)
So it’s odd that Russian President Vladimir Putin has struck up an enduring friendship with the group’s leader, Alexander Zaldostanov, a man nicknamed ‘The Surgeon’.

Indeed, Mr Putin’s links to the group are considerable enough that he was accidentally put on a blacklist by Finnish authorities, banning him from entering the country.

Finnish authorities later said it had been a big mistake and they had ordered the banning order to be removed.

Mr Putin first met the bike group in 2009 – a stunt that his detractors viewed as another of his macho photo opportunities.

But Mr Putin’s links to the group seem sincere.

Mr Putin was once four hours late for a meeting with former Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych because he had been touring the Crimea with Mr Zaldostanov.

Last year, Mr Putin awarded Mr Zaldostanov with an Order of Honour for his “active work in the patriotic upbringing of the young”.

In return, Mr Zaldostanov has praised the President for his attempts to "restore Russia's greatness".
In 2011 a leather-clad Putin led a column of Night Wolves into the Russian city of Novorossiysk for a bike show.

The group’s rallies and rides have become an increasing show of Russian soft power in Eastern Europe.

Following feminist group Pussy Riot’s ‘punk prayer’ in a Moscow cathedral, the Night Wolves offered to guard Orthodox cathedrals against any further ‘hooliganism’.

The group’s political links have also led to clashes with rival motorbike groups.

One of their members was killed last November in a shoot-out with the Three Roads club.

The Three Roads’s leader, Yebgeny Vorobyev, said the shoot-out had begun over his group’s decision to end ties with the wolves in favour of a U.S. based club called the Bandidos.

He added that the Wolves had become too politicised.