Friday Morning Miscellany: October 31, 2014

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Published in: on October 31, 2014 at 3:59 am  Comments (8)  

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  1. . . . because of course nobody in the Sears organization looked at the thing before it was placed on sale, or while it was being sold.

    The story says that the ring was “listed by independent third-parties on Sears Marketplace.” At least from a quick look, Sears Marketplace looks like a place where, similar to Amazon or Ebay, people can independently sign up to sell items. It seems reasonable to me that Sears doesn’t individually review items sold by third parties until someone brings them to their attention.

  2. Is the “Chinese iPhone” item supposed to be a link to something?

  3. I don’t know if it’s the same for everybody, but the Chinese iPhone story isn’t a link in IE 8.

  4. It’s entirely possible to have marketed the ring as a Hindu/Buddhist/Native American “good luck symbol” and nobody would have given it a second thought from just reading the copy. According to Bill Mauldin’s autobiography, The Brass Ring, his old army outfit the 45th Infantry Division had a good number of Native Americans and their emblem was a swastika until association with the Third Reich led them to switch to a thunderbird design.

  5. “Not At All Intended To Be a Swastika”

    It most certainly is a swastika. That’s undeniable. What it wasn’t at all intended to be is a Nazi symbol.

    • It’s unmistakably and undeniably a Nazi swastika. The traditional Eastern (Indian, Buddhist, etc) swastika bends in the other direction.

      • I believe traditional Eastern religions have swastika in both directions.

  6. Somehow, WordPress simply removed the link to the Chinese iPhone story. I have no clue. But I’ve restored it, and I apologize for the inconvenience.


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