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(Metro)   Somebody notices swastikas that had been carved into a building's stonework sometime before 1939 and, of course, is outraged   (metro.co.uk) divider line 29
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2014-02-26 05:45:06 PM  
6 votes:
I'm outraged that morons can't tell the difference between a Nazi flag and a swastika.

Guess what, the Nazis had a lot of eagles too. America still uses eagles. The Nazis used skulls. Fashion still uses skulls. The Nazis use a swastika, though and suddenly it's the symbol of hate? No, fark you. It's the symbol of good luck, Thor's hammer, and Buddhism. And let's be honest, it probably worked for them because good luck was all that kept the Allies out of Berlin for as long as they were kept.
2014-02-26 11:35:09 PM  
4 votes:

wiredroach: Good thing we don't tolerate Fascist symbols here in Americ--oh.

 And let's not forget the original salute to the flag:


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2014-02-26 10:33:14 PM  
3 votes:
The main post office in Reno was built in the 1920s (or thereabouts), and has these incredibly heavy, sturdy metal tables inside along the walls. They're huge mothers, several hundred pounds apiece, great for giving people something they can sort their mail on without the risk of them leaning on it and breaking the damn thing, even if they weigh enough they should be in a hoveround.  The tables also have a rather distinctive trim:

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To my knowledge, nobody has lost their shiat over it yet, though every time I'm in there I see someone looking at the trim curiously.  That's about the extent of it though.
2014-02-26 08:27:56 PM  
3 votes:

25.media.tumblr.com


A National Guard Building in Okla that predates WWII.

2014-02-26 06:29:17 PM  
3 votes:
And don't get me started on the Navajos, or the State of Arizona for that matter:


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Though in fairness, considering the kinds of stuff that's being going on in Arizona lately, it's not an inappropriate state symbol.
2014-02-26 11:24:49 PM  
2 votes:
If you get upset about a non-Nazi swastika, you're helping to reinforce the idea that the symbol is for the exclusive use of Nazis. So you aren't just a silly pants-wetter, you're a tool supporting the Nazi brand.
2014-02-26 11:12:32 PM  
2 votes:

dali's perspective: And now I want to know why the swastikas are there.


There are both swastikas and sauvastikas there. The "limbs" point in different directions. I assume they were done for the dual religious symbolism and not for association with the nazis.
2014-02-26 11:01:47 PM  
2 votes:
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This is the floor at Ernst Cafe in New Orleans (had my wedding reception upstairs!).  The building was built in the 1850s and they have a poster on the wall explaining the floor.
2014-02-26 10:53:23 PM  
2 votes:
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2014-02-26 10:47:44 PM  
2 votes:
Looks exactly like what the swastika originally was: a symbol of good luck in the Hindu religion.
Pointed up and straight (like on that building) = good luck
Slanted over to the side = whole lotta buncha bad stuff.
2014-02-26 10:35:25 PM  
2 votes:
1907 Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD

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2014-02-26 10:34:37 PM  
2 votes:
Working at newspapers in various cities in Southern California we get to do these stories about every two years. It is about that often there is a new editor who gets a phone call and feels we need to explain why some old lamp posts, obscure part of a building, or other pre-WWII object has a swastika on it.  Heaven forbid these guys find Hindu or Apache artwork.

Every time it feels like a complete waste of newsprint.
2014-02-26 10:33:22 PM  
2 votes:
Good thing we don't tolerate Fascist symbols here in Americ--oh.

www.kevinalfredstrom.com
2014-02-27 06:52:44 AM  
1 votes:
upload.wikimedia.org

Entrance to the old Carlsberg breweries in Copenhagen, Denmark (where there are loads of swastikas decorating the buildings)
Until WWII they also used the swastika on the labels.
2014-02-27 01:38:24 AM  
1 votes:

kling_klang_bed: Looks exactly like what the swastika originally was: a symbol of good luck in the Hindu religion.
Pointed up and straight (like on that building) = good luck
Slanted over to the side = whole lotta buncha bad stuff.


True!

These:
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Do not equal this:
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2014-02-27 12:58:25 AM  
1 votes:
Oldiron_79:

Is it just me or do the NJ state troopers' uniforms looks suspiciously like Fascist Italian uniforms? Seriously look next time there is a Chris Christie press conference.

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Hmmm, yes it does.  And let's compare that to my current state of residence - California and their somewhat equivalent police agency: CHP.

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Hmm, we're a bit on the gay side - that's for sure.
2014-02-27 12:39:08 AM  
1 votes:
2014-02-27 12:37:09 AM  
1 votes:

OnlyM3: wiredroach
2014-02-26 10:33:22 PM


Good thing we don't tolerate Fascist symbols here in Americ--oh.

Yes, jfk was a big supporter / admirer of nazi germany.


His dad was
2014-02-27 12:12:15 AM  
1 votes:

wiredroach: Good thing we don't tolerate Fascist symbols here in Americ--oh.


Fasces.
2014-02-27 12:10:55 AM  
1 votes:

GhostfacedFiddlah: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: If you get upset about a non-Nazi swastika, you're helping to reinforce the idea that the symbol is for the exclusive use of Nazis. So you aren't just a silly pants-wetter, you're a tool supporting the Nazi brand.

You know, as I've gotten older, my ratio of swastika-as-Nazi-symbol to swastika-as-spiritual-symbol exposure has decreased.  I'm not sure if I'm just paying more attention to the latter or maybe pop culture has dropped their use of Nazi villains in the past twenty years or what, but the net effect is my brain has started to interpret it as a non-Nazi symbol first.

I think there's a good chance we're taking it back.  PMFL.



I hope you're right. Bastards did enough damage without the rest of us ruining anything else for ourselves just because they touched it.
2014-02-26 11:57:05 PM  
1 votes:

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: If you get upset about a non-Nazi swastika, you're helping to reinforce the idea that the symbol is for the exclusive use of Nazis. So you aren't just a silly pants-wetter, you're a tool supporting the Nazi brand.


You know, as I've gotten older, my ratio of swastika-as-Nazi-symbol to swastika-as-spiritual-symbol exposure has decreased.  I'm not sure if I'm just paying more attention to the latter or maybe pop culture has dropped their use of Nazi villains in the past twenty years or what, but the net effect is my brain has started to interpret it as a non-Nazi symbol first.

I think there's a good chance we're taking it back.  PMFL.
2014-02-26 11:13:33 PM  
1 votes:

gnosis301: They also ruined the Chaplin 'stache.


For years I've tried to convince a few Jewish friends to grow one for Movember to "take it back". No takers so far. I'd love to see that happen, but as an Irish Canadian (raised Catholic) Atheist, I'm not sure I could get away with leading the charge.
2014-02-26 11:06:55 PM  
1 votes:
They also ruined the Chaplin 'stache.
2014-02-26 10:48:52 PM  
1 votes:

TV's Vinnie: [th03.deviantart.net image 850x637]


There's a swastika in that picture?

/brb, bunk needs, um, cleaning...
2014-02-26 10:46:33 PM  
1 votes:

JerkStore: I almost bought a house built in 1859, a big, gorgeous Victorian that needed a ton of work. The entire front porch was this elaborate mosaic tile setup, and a few of those little tiles had tiny backwards Swastikas on them. It was probably the original floor, and it was simply beautiful, but I was kind of uncomfortable with having to explain to everyone who came over that it was actually an ancient symbol that the Nazis had taken and corrupted (and inverted). Even with that knowledge, I can see how seeing the symbol is unsettling, although in the case of the article I think it's stupid to change them and I wouldn't have removed them from the floor of that house had I bought it, either.


I loathe weak people that worry so much about the opinions of others..
2014-02-26 10:42:00 PM  
1 votes:
Are people actually getting stupider? I mean, we all joke about it, but it seems as if it's actually happening.
2014-02-26 10:36:39 PM  
1 votes:
You would think that with widespread use of Google that someone may have looked it up to self educate.
2014-02-26 10:34:46 PM  
1 votes:
The terrorists Nazis have won.
2014-02-26 06:24:38 PM  
1 votes:
The Nazis wore uniforms, my local police wear uniforms.  Please explain why our police are dressed like Nazis?!  And don't get me started on the mailman!!!
 
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