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rajneeshpuram

from intentional community, cults posted in history by pete_nice

From 1981 to 1985, the followers of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh built and lived in the city of Rajneeshpuram on the 64,000+ acres of the Big Muddy Ranch near the small town of Antelope, OR.

This became the subject of the 8-hour documentary, Wild Wild West. While the Rajneeshees religious practice and beliefs are generally glossed over, the film delves into (sometimes staggering) detail about the power dynamics between the community and the surrounding city, county, state, and federal governments, and eventually themselves.

Highlights include the first bio-attack in American history, mass transport of homeless people and blendered beavers.

Two thumbs up.

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bradshaw funeral home

from the replacements posted in music by pete_nice

"The family made sure his sleeves were rolled up so everyone could see his tattoos."

So begins Trouble Boys, the fascinatingly thorough chronicle of The Replacements by Bob Mehr.

Bob Stinson, original lead guitarist for The Replacements, had his funeral service at this location (then called McDivitt-Hauge Funeral Home) on February 22, 1995.

Bob had died at the age of 35 not of overdose or suicide, but of organ failure.

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lake oahe

from indigenous rights, environmental movement posted in history by pete_nice

The fourth largest reservoir by volume in the United States, Lake Oahe, is the product of the Oahe Dam on the Missouri River.

Native American culture runs deep in these parts: the western part of the lake is split into the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation and the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. The legendary Sioux leader, Sitting Bull, may be buried at two possible sites near the lake.

In the 1960s, the US Army Corps of Engineers initiated 5 dams that flooded 200,000 acres of the habitable land in this area. As of 2015, the poverty rate is still associated with the history of this event.

In 2016, the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) made repeated attempts to cross Lake Oahe to bring crude oil from the Bakken oil fields in the northwestern corner of North Dakota to the oil refinery at Pakota, Illinois.

Many Bothans died to bring you this information.

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la silla observatory

from exoplanets, space exploration posted in technology by pete_nice

Located 600 km (373 miles) north of Santiago, in the superlatively arid Atacama Desert, is La Silla Observatory.

Spanish for The Saddle, La Silla is so-named for the geological contours of its mountaintop perch. The European Space Agency (ESO) owns and operates the multiple telescopes at the location, and they've been responsible for making numerous discoveries.

Among the recent discoveries is the TRAPPIST-1 system, located 39.6 light-years away in the Aquarius constellation. Named for the telescope located at La Silla that originally revealed it, the TRAPPIST-1 system contains 7 rocky exoplanets, with at least 3 of those in the "habitable zone" (containing liquid water).

Download your travel poster at nasa.gov

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the walled off hotel

from banksy posted in art and design by pete_nice

Tom Waits also contributed to the player piano at The Walled Off Hotel with an instrumental version of "Innocent When You Dream."

Hear the song and see the interior with captivating artwork here.

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