Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Signs of Infinite Mercy Show Up Cayuga-Seneca Trail

A more truthful headline for this "fake news" story — Signs of hate show up Cayuga-Seneca Trail.

The difference between the Buddhist swastika symbol and the Nazi swastika symbol, the former pictured above, should be well known to any educated person, yet from the article we learn that "Heather... May, who chairs Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Theatre Department, said she has no doubt the Nazi signs are in response to President-elect Donald Trump," and "said the appearance of the symbols and Trump’s election are no coincidence, pointing to some members of Trump’s 'advisory circle' as evidence," "includ[ing] Breitbart News Network executive Steve Bannon," whose outfit, she fails to explain, is about as pro-Israel as it gets.

Two hypotheses: either the graffiti comes from a supporter of the nearby Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies (unlikely), or it comes from some isolated teenager so disconnected to any ideology that he does not even know the proper way to draw a Nazi symbol (likely). Or, it would be another hoax (very likely). Yet, our state's high taxes have to pay for something, and "Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed state police to create a new Hate Crimes Unit to investigate and offer assistance to other police agencies looking into potential hate crimes," and "[a]s far as May is concerned, the Nazi graffiti qualifies."

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