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fort harrison hotel

from scientology posted in history by tacopolis

Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones wrote the lyrics to "Satisfaction" by the pool at the Fort Harrison Hotel.

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fort harrison hotel

from scientology posted in history by tacopolis

The Fort Harrison Hotel serves as the flagship building of the "Flag Land Base," the spiritual home of the Church of Scientology. The 11-story hotel has over 220 rooms, was opened in 1926, and was purchased by the Church in 1975 when it was in a state of disrepair. Today, the hotel accommodates many of the high profile members of the organization when visiting the area.

Notably, Scientologist member Lisa McPherson was kept captive in Room 174 for 17 days after having a psychotic episode. The religion eschews any sort of conventional psychiatric therapy, in favor of their own version of treatment. McPherson died of a pulmonary embolism en route to a hospital on December 5, 1995. The incident has become a rallying cry for many anti-Scientology groups.

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trementina base

from scientology posted in history by tacopolis

Located in the New Mexico desert about an hour east of Las Vegas (the New Mexico one) is the Trementina Base of Scientology. The base features a large complex built into the side of a mountain.

The complex houses a vault that stores L. Ron Hubbard's writings etched onto titanium plates and his audio lectures on nickel records. Also at the location is a large-scale symbol of two interlocking circles carved into the desert floor.

The purpose of the symbol is unknown, but it's trademarked by the Church of Scientific Technology (CST) and also located at the Creston Ranch, CA location (both properties owned by CST).

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tesla gigafactory

from electric vehicles, elon musk posted in technology by tacopolis

The Tesla Gigafactory, located in the Nevada desert east of Reno/Sparks, will be larger than all of the other lithium-ion battery factories combined.

Using geothermal, wind and solar energy, the Gigafactory will "be energy self-sufficient."

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blue origin launch site

from space travel, new space posted in technology by tacopolis

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is in the rocket game as well. His company, Blue Origin, has a launch site in west Texas near the town of Van Horn.

Specializing in VTVL (Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing) technology, the team has been making advances in suborbital rocketry (video here).

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