So I saw the orange glow around this image as a thumbnail last week and I thought, "Oh, kewl, something about Burning Man," either before or after I recently commented about its autonomy and the event. My mistake was not only because I've seen soooooo many flaming mutant vehicles at Burning Man (very weak representation on both Google and DuckDuckGo for some reason), but the rioter's flaming van (not a mutant vehicle but a police van apparent in full size) it is externally in nice shiny shape at the moment in that photo, much like Satan's Calliope (musical fire no less!) which would appear on the playa every year, or this Rabid Transit which appeared since I was last there a dozen years ago, along with countless other mutant vehicles, playthings of DIY artists and/or millionaires, with or without fire, and with or without possible occult ties of which after 10 years I saw no proof, though I wasn't fully 'woke' I was certainly woke to much truth.
I expect that van released copious amounts of toxic fumes before becoming a seriously burned out shell with smashed windows which is typically more of what you see in riot photos. I'm also familiar with burned out vehicles at Burning Man from the accidental fire in an RV to our annual Gigsville center Carbeque (first with a sedan until the bottom melted out, next year with a BBQ grill over a hatchback (I still have one of the bullet holes from it, longer story), and then for several years patching up an old VW van aka "Hippie Repellent" - all stripped of the plastics, interiors, fuels, etc, before burning).
Burning Man was not just all fun and games. Burning Man includes Democrats from the coastal cities and Republicans from the heartland alike and it was wonderful to see the political awareness and creative and usually satirical activism was perpetually on the rise, especially with George Bush ramping up the wars, etc etc etc. (I wish I could share all the epic activist stuff from the 2000s I remember.) In 2007 there was a beautiful and large steel "TRUTH" sign made of identical steel beams as in the World Trade Center and they intended to test the thermite theory, then were cancelled for some reason "to protect the environment" or "safety" or some political reason(s), despite taking all the necessary precautions. Danger is in Burning Man's culture, along with freedom and responsibility - without the nanny police state, though they always extort the tax payers again and show up whether we want them or not. (Burning Man already has our own volunteer community self-regulated Rangers who are trained to deescalate situations, provide medical treatment, help people, and call the po-po only in emergencies. Not just anyone can be one, especially not thugs or irresponsible folks.)
Which brings me around to the intentionally daft police violence and inaction within our paradoxical socially engineered repulsion and dependency for authoritarianism and "safety". Most of the world is NOT rioting but the news would make you believe otherwise. Much of the world already knows the police are NOT their friends. Much of the world does NOT buy into the American enterTRAINnment propaganda that is perpetually propping up authority, accountability, police, CIA, FBI, justice, fairness, and the legal way - as if it were real or true.
The medium is the message and the corporate media fear porn is telling you that chaos reigns and the authorities must have greater power and money to return order - so if you if you have faith in the corporatocracy, you haven't just bought into their message, you are among the owned sheeple dependent on their "benevolent security".
I don't know exactly how we're all going to get through this or how to best resist and reject the Machiavellian authority's "new normal", but one thing I'm certain of... all the propaganda, spin, manipulation, lies, and limited options offered by the government and media are just flaming mutant vehicles of bullshit for you to swallow at your own risk - and we need to call it out LOUDLY when we see it to wake as many others up as possible.