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The U.S. Navy will spend as much as $600,000 to modify the appearance of a barracks complex that resembles a swastika from the air, officials said.
.....aerial photos made available on Google Earth in recent years revealed the buildings' shape to a wide audience of computer users.
Online commentators remarked widely about the buildings' resemblance to the symbol used by the Nazis.
Originally posted by Icarus Rising
My bad. I did a cursory search of BAN and didn't see the story. I knew there were past threads on the subject, though, and wanted to bring the angle of internet forums effecting change .
The swastika (from Sanskrit svástika स्वास्तिक ) is an equilateral cross with its arms bent at right angles, in either right-facing (卐) or left-facing (卍) forms. The term is derived from Sanskrit svasti, meaning well-being. The Thai greeting sawasdee is from the same root and carries the same implication.
Archaeological evidence of swastika-shaped ornaments dates from the Neolithic period. It has long been widely-used in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Hindus often decorate the swastika with a dot in each quadrant. In India, it is common enough to be a part of several Devanagari fonts. It is also a symbol in the modern Unicode and is often imprinted on religious texts, marriage invitations, and decorations. It is used to mark religious flags in Jainism and Buddhist temples in Asia.
In 1920, the right-facing swastika was appropriated as a Nazi symbol, and since then has become a controversial motif. In the Western world, this usage is the most familiar.
The symbol occurs in other Asian, European, African and Native American cultures – sometimes as a geometrical motif and sometimes as a religious symbol. Source: en.wikipedia.org...
I wonder how exactly they plan on masking that shape.
The Navy approved the spending for changes to the four L-shaped buildings' walkways, landscaping and rooftop solar panels