Our Demon-Haunted Current Year
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From the New York Times news section:

Amazon Quietly Tweaks Logo Some Say Resembled Hitler’s Mustache
The app icon, which shows a blue patch above Amazon’s signature smile-shaped arrow, was given smoother edges and a folded corner after claims that it bore a resemblance to the German dictator.

And from the Washington Post news section:

As CPAC dismisses claims that its stage resembled a Nazi insignia, Hyatt calls hate symbols ‘abhorrent’

Here’s a picture:

By Jaclyn Peiser
March 1, 2021 at 2:49 a.m. PST

For four days at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Orlando, speakers at the Conservative Political Action Conference shared a number of contentious views, from echoing false claims about election fraud to undermining the seriousness of a pandemic that has killed more than 512,000 Americans.

But some critics also took aim at a seemingly more mundane detail: the shape of the conference stage.

Images of the CPAC stage went viral this weekend as many noted a resemblance to the Odal or Othala Rune, a symbol emblazoned on some Nazi uniforms. The Anti-Defamation League has classified the insignia as a hate symbol that has been adopted by modern day white supremacists.

CPAC’s organizers vehemently denied any link between the stage design and the Nazi symbology, calling the criticism “outrageous and slanderous.”

“We have a long standing commitment to the Jewish community,” Matt Schlapp, chair of the American Conservative Union, said on Saturday in a tweet. “Cancel culture extremists must address antisemitism within their own ranks. CPAC proudly stands with our Jewish allies, including those speaking from this stage.”

As the controversy continued on Sunday, Hyatt Hotels said in a statement that it had addressed the concerns with the conference and denounced any use of hate symbols.

“We take the concern raised about the prospect of symbols of hate being included in the stage design at CPAC 2021 very seriously as all such symbols are abhorrent and unequivocally counter to our values as a company,” said Hyatt, which had faced pointed criticism for hosting the event.

The hotel noted it allowed the event to continue after organizers “told us that any resemblance to a symbol of hate is unintentional.”

The blowback comes after CPAC organizers disinvited a scheduled speaker, social media figure Young Pharaoh, after liberal media watchdog Media Matters for America reported he had made antisemitic comments on Twitter. Pharaoh tweeted that Judaism is a “complete lie” and “made up for political gain,” and said Jews are “thieving.”

Not surprisingly, the Post failed to include a photo of Mr. Young Pharaoh.

Also not surprisingly, the firm that designed the stage, Design Foundry, is very liberal and has ties to the Democratic Party.

The larger point is that as science recedes along with the repute of the kind of people who invented science, white men, we are increasingly living in an age of superstition haunted by white male demons.

[Comment at Unz.com]

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