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    This aerial photograph taken Wednesday, March 12, 2008, shows the Wesley Acres retirement home in Decatur, Ala. Prompted by complaints from a Jewish activist, the agency that owns the government-funded building is planning to alter its shape to disguise the Nazi symbol.

    DECATUR, Ala. - From the ground, the Wesley Acres Methodist retirement home looks like any other building. But fly over in an airplane, and the outline is unmistakable: It's one big swastika.

    Prompted by complaints from a Jewish activist, the agency that owns the government-funded building is planning to alter its shape to disguise the Nazi symbol. The move comes just a few years after a $1 million design modification meant to quiet similar complaints from a U.S. senator.

    "The difficulty is there are a limited number of options for fixing a building that has been there for some time," said Mike Giles, counsel for the Methodist Homes Corp. of Alabama and Northwest Florida. "We have to come up with a way to fix an appearance that we want solved and not hurt our residents."

    Wesley Acres provides government-subsidized housing for 117 low-income people ages 62 and above. Most have no reason to suspect their hallways take on a sinister shape.

    The one-story building, designed in the mid-1970s and completed in 1980, underwent a $1 million alteration in 2001 with funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development following complaints by Democratic Sen. Howell Heflin, who has since died. But the addition of two wings did little to hide the offensive shape, and in some ways accentuates it.

    Options for the new renovations include the addition of covered porches or other outdoor areas.

    The latest push to rid the landscape of the broken cross shape follows complaints from Avrahaum Segol, the same Israeli-American researcher who last fall helped publicize a swastika-shaped barracks at Naval Base Coronado in San Diego. The Navy said it would spend about $600,000 to alter the building, which opened in the 1960s, but the work has not yet been done.

    Segol calls the Alabama retirement home a "sister swastika" to the building in California and says they were both part of a tangled, government-funded conspiracy to honor Nazis.

    Segol claims the swastika shape of Wesley Acres in Decatur pays homage to the German scientists who came to nearby Huntsville after World War II and designed the rockets that put Americans on the moon.

    Methodist Homes' Giles said Segol's conspiracy claims are ridiculous. The building was originally designed to be much larger, he said, and cutbacks resulted in a shape that resembled the four-armed swastika used as the symbol of German Nazis during World War II.

    "It was certainly not intentional," Giles said.

    The shape of the retirement center is evident in satellite photos available on the Internet. But it is located in a residential section in a city with few tall buildings, and many in Decatur have no idea Wesley Acres resembles a swastika.

    Giles said any changes to the building must be relatively inexpensive since the agency lacks money for an elaborate solution. Planners are considering modifications, he said, "so that from the air it takes your eye away from what was originally there."
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    Dude, wasn't this in another thread years ago or maybe months ago? FAKE

    There is no fucking way that the initial plans were laid out and they all went, "great idea." No way. Out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by track 5 View Post
    Dude, wasn't this in another thread years ago or maybe months ago? FAKE

    There is no fucking way that the initial plans were laid out and they all went, "great idea." No way. Out.
    I think the one a few years ago was in California and was a military housing.
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    Yeah, I believe it was the Coronado one mentioned in the story - or was there another one in the Bay Area? Whereever it was, there's a thread on it somewhere here.

    I just find it hard to believe that noone noticed that in the blueprints.

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    Quote Originally Posted by track 5 View Post
    Dude, wasn't this in another thread years ago or maybe months ago? FAKE

    There is no fucking way that the initial plans were laid out and they all went, "great idea." No way. Out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod View Post
    What's Fake?
    Out of curiousity, I checked Snope. All they have to offer is a variation of the article you posted voivod. I can see what track5 is getting at, however. It's simply too simple to "photo-shop" in today's day and age. As billy pointed out, it is also mind-boggling to imagine no-one appeared to question the blueprints during construction.


    Yet there are more images turning up.

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    Maybe is was set up by Odessa?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickdfresh View Post
    Maybe is was set up by Odessa?
    Odd that you would mention that, Nick. I'm actually in the middle of re-reading Forsyth's "The Odessa File". Released in 1972, it still holds up. Of course, not quite as good as "Day Of The Jackal", yet what the hell.
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    Unless someone has been photoshopping Google Earth, its there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VanHalenRules View Post
    Unless someone has been photoshopping Google Earth, its there.

    34degrees 33'14.35"N
    86degrees 54'38.70"W
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    I can see what track5 is getting at, however. It's simply too simple to "photo-shop" in today's day and age.
    That's fine and dandy, but generally, it's a good idea to have some proof when one wants to call something out as fake...
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    All they have to do is add a long "stick" to the end, it will look like a pin wheel... problem solved
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    Freakin' activists. It isn't a "Nazi symbol," it's been around since at least the neolithic period. I don't imagine there are any gas chambers in there. Why make a big deal about it? The world can't make everybody happy all of the time. I wish some of these people realized that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vh resurrection View Post
    Freakin' activists. It isn't a "Nazi symbol," it's been around since at least the neolithic period. I don't imagine there are any gas chambers in there. Why make a big deal about it? The world can't make everybody happy all of the time. I wish some of these people realized that.
    Ha! they are bored & have nothing to do. It's apparent to me they are'nt VH fans. If they were, they'd be much more concerned with the state of the 07-08 VH tour and not worried about how a funny shaped building looks from google earth-cam
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