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The Broken Hut
Working my way up to a full-size building
Crooked cross as dangerous as ley lines. 
28th-Sep-2007 02:06 pm
I really deplore magical thinking:
The U.S. Navy has decided to spend as much as $600,000 for landscaping and architectural modifications to obscure the fact that one its building complexes looks like a swastika from the air.

The four L-shaped buildings, constructed in the late 1960s, are part of the amphibious base at Coronado and serve as barracks for Seabees.

From the ground and from inside nearby buildings, the controversial shape cannot be seen. Nor are there any civilian or military landing patterns that provide such a view to airline passengers.

But once people began looking at satellite images from Google Earth, they started commenting about on blogs and websites about how much the buildings resembled the symbol used by the Nazis.
I wonder how many people I would have to kill before my symbol is seen as inherently "evil". I haven't decided what my symbol will be yet - I can't quite decide between the circle or the square.
29th-Sep-2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
Anonymous Coward
Just remember that the Swastika itself has a long and noble history before the Nazis decided to appropriate it for their own ends.
I've had invites to Hindu weddings with loads of the things as trim around the edges.

One would suggest that the Navy has better things to spend public money on, but don't let that stand in the way of a good outrage story!
30th-Sep-2007 12:32 am (UTC)

Well, that was sort of my point. You take a thousands of years-old symbol with a great deal of symbolism to do with reincarnation, the sun, happiness, etc. and then use it for a bit of death and destruction. Hey presto!

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