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Re: Games casualties Posted by: Admin
Date Posted: May 28, 2017, 10:54am
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This was really made part of the Olympics.

You don't need a medal ceremony for this lot - just a white van, maybe going to Area 51 for one its famed dissection investigation into aliens

These photos of synchronized swimmers’ faces will totally make your day

School accused of war crime Posted by: Admin
Date Posted: May 26, 2017, 7:44pm
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Don't worry...

Just 'Education at Work'

Girl, 11, accuses school of war crime in feedback form - BBC News

Immigrants find Scotland 'unattractive' Posted by: Admin
Date Posted: May 26, 2017, 7:21pm
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Relax, I've no intention of starting or allowing political stuff - this is purely for the lack of reality in a headline I saw:

Election 2017: Davidson says immigrants find Scotland 'unattractive' - BBC News

The real reason I picked on this today was following my 6 mile walk to our nearby big shopping centre (in Parkhead and Tollcross).

Purely by chance, I came home shaking my head and wondering what country I lived in

Discounting conversation I had while I was out (necessarily in English and Glaswegian) not ONE conversation I had overhead during that walk had been in English

This included couples walking along the road who I overheard as I passed them...

People walking along in a trance as they shouted into their mobile phones...

And people yelling into their car phones (yes, I know we don't really have these as such, but they have to be using 'hands free' setups  - apart from breaking the law and holding their phone) since the hot day meant most of them had their windows down.

I'm always ticked off by days like, and how postwar stigma (and something more serious) meant I didn't have Polish as a second language.

I really would love to be listening to these folk as they clearly assume those around them can't understand them.

But, going back to the headline...

I beg to disagree with the postulate...

And contend the opposite, based on actually living among them, that Scotland is attractive to immigrants.

Dammit, open your eyes woman!

We have runs of Polish food shops in some streets here, Polish beauty salons, Polish opticians - and the local supermarket now even have Polish shelves stocked with tasty branded goodies from 'back home'. I can even take you to parked cars registered in Poland.

Not as many, but I could also take you to Somali enclaves just along the road too.

Re: Dunkirk little ship for £1 Posted by: Admin
Date Posted: May 26, 2017, 6:57pm
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Skylark still going

THE organisation behind the restoration of a former Loch Lomond cruise boat which took part in the Dunkirk evacuations in 1940 is holding an open day this weekend to tell the ship’s story.

The Skylark IX Recovery Trust’s event is on Saturday, May 27 from 12-3.30pm at the Denny Tank Museum in Dumbarton.

The event will include demonstrations of Second World War hair and make-up, music from the era, a WW2 Jeep and Skylark memorabilia.

The annual Dunkirk Parade in memory of the evacuation – codenamed Operation Dynamo – is on May 28, from the Co-op car park in Balloch and marching to Jamestown Parish Church for a service at 11am.

Skylark open day to be held this Saturday

Derelict Arrol Johnson factory seems to be danger Posted by: Admin
Date Posted: May 26, 2017, 12:07am
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The Heathhall factory building was once the Arrol Johnson factory...

Secret Scotland - Arrol Johnson Factory

Now derelcit and so dangerous, correction, so attractive for kids to play in, that police now are making constant patrol to keep them out:
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Regular police patrols are taking place to try to stop children sneaking into a derelict factory.

A council community safety team is also carrying out checks around the clock at the Interfloor site at Heathhall.

It comes after a meeting of Dumfries and Galloway's local resilience partnership group at the weekend.

It warned young people who were still entering the building despite repeated warnings that it was an "extremely dangerous playground".

The resilience partnership is made up of bodies including Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Services, Dumfries and Galloway Council, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and the NHS.

It agreed that patrols of the perimeter of the building should be carried out "day and night".

Police patrols in place at derelict Heathhall factory site - BBC News

There could be an argument for leaving the place alone, letting the kids roam free, and Darwin plus natural selection will do the rest

La Pasionaria on the Clyde Posted by: Admin
Date Posted: May 23, 2017, 8:46am
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I can't recall where this came up, but I do recall it being mentioned somewhere, and my surprise at never having been aware of it.

The statue La Pasionaria is located by the Clyde Walkway, just the the west of The Clutha bar and the corner where the the Carrick used to sink.

That's Clyde Street behind, and the corner with Jamaica Street is just to the left (west).

As I thought back at that first mention, it is really position to be best noticed from the walkway rather then the road behind, but I still should have at least noticed it, if not paid attention. It's perfectly visible from the street, but from the back, so that's my excuse

Just a snap, but at least it corrects the omission:

Re: Soviet propaganda alive and well in 2016 Scotland Posted by: Admin
Date Posted: May 23, 2017, 8:19am
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Oh the fun

I did hint that watching that nice Mr Putin's personal comic news service that he opened recently would be worthwhile (just watching, not reading) and it seems I was right, but this was such an obvious thing, I don't say that in any way that claims some sort of credit for being 'clever'.

This item was seen not too long ago:

Russian media claims Scots back US ‘anti-Russia project’ - The Scotsman

And it's not really the article that is worthy of any attention, but the side splitting hysterical fits of laughter one may suffer from looking at the comments after it, as the utter looney fringe of the Unionists and Separatists, as always, hijack a Scotsman comment thread in order to have a go at insulting one another.

It's priceless, and almost worth the trip to hospital to have your ribs taped up after cracking a few with laughter at their antics

Men's Sheds Posted by: Admin
Date Posted: May 23, 2017, 8:00am
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Men's Sheds - as opposed to sheds men have - are a thing.

I won't say exactly where, but there is one of these in my part of the east end, in a large windowless corner at the bottom of a tenement, and opposite a pub on the other corner.

I used to wonder what it was - as it has (or had) a sodium street light bolted over the door that seemed to be lit 24/7.

It sprouted a Men's Shed a while ago - until then, there had been nothing but a blank panel over the door.

And the door looked like the entrance to a men's hostel (and I do mean the sort of place alcoholics crash out in).

Occasionally, I saw groups of men smoking at the door - and I'm afraid I'd have crossed the road to pass them.

Then I saw this article recently...

Shed heaven: The workshops turning men's lives around - BBC News

Those look completely different!

Pity 'mine' doesn't have a window (I need a tiny drone )

  Re: Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment Posted by: Admin
Date Posted: May 22, 2017, 8:37pm
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We have an earlier reference to the Tizard Mission here:

The Tizard Mission - an Anglo-American Alliance - SeSco

But what there was hint at back then was the involvement of MAEE in that mission, now revealed in this article:
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A VISIT to the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment at RAF Helensburgh in 1940 by Sir Henry Tizard was a prelude to what is said by historians to be the most important secret mission of World War Two.

A team of six headed by Sir Henry went to America with a black box of secrets. With him were two of the world’s experts in radar, Dr Robert Watson-Watt and 24 year-old genius Edward Taffy Bowen.

Tizard was a former military pilot and chair of the Aeronautical Research Council, and previously headed a Government air defence committee to explore the possibility of a death ray.

He enlisted Watson-Watt, who did not favour the concept but instead developed radar as a way of detecting approaching enemy aircraft, and was responsible for the chain of radar stations that played such an important role during the Battle of Britain.

The Tizard Mission took secret documents to the USA for safe keeping following the fall of France and possible invasion. The contents were to be shared with the Americans.

Tizard invited Watson-Watt and Bowen to form part of the delegation because of his earlier work with the two scientists. Bowen was made personally responsible for the box during its journey to Washington.

Retired Merseyside newspaper editor Robin Bird — author of two books about MAEE — tells me: “Now it can be revealed that Sir Henry, Watson-Watt and Bowen were at RAF Helensburgh shortly before the Tizard Mission.


Eye on Millig: The top-secret mission that began at RAF Helensburgh

Re: Swastika in field near Aviemore Posted by: FordPerfect
Date Posted: May 22, 2017, 8:35pm
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BeeB have precis to great extent to be PC    

Re: Swastika in field near Aviemore Posted by: Admin
Date Posted: May 22, 2017, 6:35pm
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Different account of response  from organiser from BBC...

'Outrage' at Shetland disco swastika - BBC News

I wonder if The Sun, or the BBC is likely to be more accurate?

Re: Swastika in field near Aviemore Posted by: Admin
Date Posted: May 22, 2017, 1:45pm
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Not sure about organiser's response.

Denies knowledge or participation, but also doesn't care about the incident which happened, as they say "On his watch".

Lots of free publicity.

I'd avoid him and his disco based on his attitude.

And I'm one who thinks we need to wind down the swastika hysteria - but this was a deliberate stunt to get attraction, which is why I'd react.

Re: Swastika in field near Aviemore Posted by: FordPerfect
Date Posted: May 22, 2017, 12:50pm
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Offshore Scotland      are we about to return to Avemore  

Sickened Shetland islanders hit out after Nazi swastika flag unfurled at charity disco in vile stunt

  Re: St Peter's Seminary Posted by: Admin
Date Posted: May 21, 2017, 2:00pm
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It looks as any remaining uncertainty about the future of the St Peter's site has finally been laid to rest, with this opening section of an article from helensburgh Heritage setting the scene for things to come:
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WITH major funding now in place, construction works will begin at St Peter's at Cardross later this year.

Instead of attempting to turn back time and restore the building to its former glory, the NVA approach will accept the loss and ruination that has happened over the last 30 years as an important part of its story.

They will consolidate much of the building in its current state to create an intentional modernist ruin. The former chapel will be partially restored as a multi-functional events space, and the original ziggurat roof light which stood above the altar will be reinstated.

Path networks will be re-established in the woodland and we will begin to grow native and exotic plant species to gradually bring the landscape back to life.

St Peter's funding now in place

While it's a pity that the place was effectively written-off by changes in the church's operation so soon after its completion, meaning that all the problems the design brought with it were never addressed, it's also fortunate the place was built like a tank, and of concrete (so I can refer to the usual brick 'convenience' ) so it survived, structurally at least, until it could be saved as a relic of the time.

I still rue the fact of being a dimbot in the days I passed through the area on an almost weekly basis, yet was then unaware that it was a place worthy of a visit.

Now I'm never anywhere close,

But I suspect it will be rather like the frustrating Cunningar Loop was for about 5 or more years after I found out how to access it, and it was fenced off by security until recently, and I would actually have had to break in just for a look during those years.

Re: Improved fish supper 20% Hebridean Sea Salt Posted by: Admin
Date Posted: May 18, 2017, 4:41pm
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Saw that one earlier...

Was going to post a suggestion that we would see the brand seeking EU protection for the stuff, to stop businesses outside the area selling their salt as 'Hebridean'

Improved fish supper 20% Hebridean Sea Salt Posted by: FordPerfect
Date Posted: May 18, 2017, 3:12pm
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More than 80% of Hebridean Sea Salt product 'imported' - BBC News

Well - the saline water may have been offshore Scottish the week prior to extraction in Holland or wherever  

Re: Swastika in field near Aviemore Posted by: Admin
Date Posted: May 18, 2017, 11:59am
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They keep telling is the silly suing cases have been ended.

Says it all?
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cityboy1964, Macclesfield, United Kingdom, 3 days ago

I think we should Sue the Judges for been utter fools and making a joke of the system

You don't get compensation (unless your plan was a 50-50 split with the other guy!) for something like that - you go and ask your bosses to separate you at your work!

So, if anything, he should have receive £30,000  or more for having to work beside that 'thing', it the bosses didn't agree to keep them apart.

Your head is clearly not working properly somewhere if you choose to have that done.

Incidentally, I find I am offended by the symbology and colours of Glasgow's buses these days.

Where to I apply for my millions?

After all, I have been subject to extreme mental cruelty by this for many years

Re: Swastika in field near Aviemore Posted by: FordPerfect
Date Posted: May 18, 2017, 10:43am
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Routine Wiki warning for DM  (Mail) applicable.


No graphics  ,  just the compo story

Tube driver wins £3,000 for colleague who had swastika | Daily Mail Online

Re: Polymer fiver - That was quick Posted by: Admin
Date Posted: May 14, 2017, 8:22pm
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Do you think these people sit up all night, staring at the new fiver, and desperately try to find something they can whine about in public, in the hope of getting their 'Five minutes of fame'?

It's really getting a bit tired now, and as I said previously, how about we do the same with the old fivers, with the same level of micro-analysis and lack of tolerance and understanding, and see how 'perfect' they are when the same level of hate is shown towards them.

People's Energy gamble Posted by: Admin
Date Posted: May 11, 2017, 9:30am
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I refrained from mentioning this lot last year when they first appeared, but now that they have gained traction in the real world, it might be time to start watching.

Even after close to a year since first reading about this idea I can't come to a decision if 'Mad' or 'Genius'.

Or if they will 'Crash and Burn' or 'Soar like an eagle'.

For every negative/positive thought I have, I can come up with positive/negative counterthoughts.

I do think they will have to be EXTREMELY lucky to survive, and at this point tend to side with financial advisors who have issued cautious warning over their business.

But I've also watched crazy ideas gain enough like mined followers to survive, even if the signs were originally that they were going to sink, and they just struggled, but lived.

But then the question becomes one of long-term prospects, and even more of survival.

I suspect we may see this sort of attraction disappear "the firm would give 75% of profits back to customers".

75% of nothing is... nothing. Remember that is 75% of PROFITS, not TURNOVER.

And will the customers be called on to share in 75% of losses?

East Lothian couple set up own power company - BBC News

Re: Nessie has left the room Posted by: Admin
Date Posted: May 10, 2017, 5:35pm
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Quick... shove this video of a duck swimming past a boat and say it's Nessie.

If we say it fast wnough, nobody will notice!

Video: Does this prove the Loch Ness monster is real? - The Scotsman

As a commenter noted...

"Just in time for the tourist season starting".

Re: Games casualties Posted by: Admin
Date Posted: May 8, 2017, 3:35pm
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CONFIRMATION of one of my early predictions (although it was not in question since every such event has failed to deliver the 'legacy' of 'activity levels').

In the third year after the Shames were foist on Glasgow, but not even three full years from their happening.

There NEVER was even a chance that this fallacy - used only to justify spending on the Shames - would have came to pass, as noted here:
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Scotland has failed to build on the legacy of the Commonwealth Games with greater levels of participation in sport and volunteering, MSPs have found.

There are still too many barriers, including a lack of time, to people getting involved in sport, according to Holyrood’s health and sport committee.

And women are less likely than men to get involved in sport, a survey has found.

Achieving an “active legacy” through increased levels of sporting activity across Scotland was a key driver in Scotland’s bid to host the 2014 Games.

But the report today paints “a mixed picture” on active legacy outcomes from the Games being achieved but says that no previous major sporting event has resulted in an active legacy and that the Scottish Government was unlikely to meet this target.

Glasgow Games legacy being lost as activity levels flatline - The Scotsman

Not even three years and the great 'Legacy' is already being proven to have been a fabrication - and there was me being generous and suggesting 10 years would have been a fair period to allow before blowing it out of the water,

I've no idea what may, or more likely, may not be happening in the great shed labelled the Emirates Arena across from Celtic Park at Parkhead, but the great sea of car parks around it lie empty whenever I pass, I see single figures of people wander nearby, and no apparent activity there.

There's a cafe in Springfield Road, I've never seen it open.

Beside it, a health centre or clinic and dispensing clinic, and even a dentist.

I've never seen any of these open either.

The place is huge and must cost a fortune to staff, heat and ventilate, and presumably pay rates to the council - unless it got a 'rates holiday' as part of the Shames deal.

  Re: Clyde Hovercraft Posted by: Admin
Date Posted: May 7, 2017, 8:21pm
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Clyde hovercraft - 2017!

7th May photo - Zak photos at pbase.com

Sample from set...

Re: Argyle Street of the 1960s Posted by: Admin
Date Posted: May 6, 2017, 5:41pm
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I suppose I'll have to include this one too...

The view west to match the eastern one above:

More - Edinburgh & Glasgow, 1958-60 | Flickr

Argyle Street, Glasgow, 19 April 1960

Argyle Street of the 1960s Posted by: Admin
Date Posted: May 6, 2017, 5:37pm
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I was fairly gobsmacked to come across this pic.

Although I managed to collect one or two books with early pics of Glasgow, they generally 'run out of steam' by the time of the war, and although the publisher is complete in their written account of many of the scenes, by giving descriptions of the changes seen in later years, there are seldom any pics of the later scenes described.

I have never seen this view looking towards Lewis's and the St Enoch Hotel, visible OVER and behind low level buildings on Argyle Street, and of course (neglecting the fact of St Enoch being demolished now) now impossible due to the much taller building that replace the little Arnott Simpsons store seen.

Hope you like it too

Argyle Street, Glasgow, 19 April 1960

Re: Polymer fiver - That was quick Posted by: Admin
Date Posted: May 6, 2017, 3:56pm
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Can I add vegetarian/vegan loonies to my collection?

(Note I did not say vegetarians or vegans!)

Apparently they are writing 'Health Warnings' on fivers now - I wonder if any animal products are used in ballpoint plastics, or the ink? THAT would be ironic

Anyway, enjoy:

A Very Precise Calculation of Exactly How Many Cows Are Being Murdered to Make the New Fivers - VICE

Seriously, if anything was going to make me look with contempt, or perhaps pity, at vegetarians or vegans, then this over-reaction regarding the 'tallow fiver' would be it.
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So while it's estimated that 2.6 million cattle are slaughtered each year for human consumption in the UK, there are nearly 100,000 signatures so far on a petition to save just one cow from being ritualistically murdered and fed into Britain's Royal Mint machines.

Here are some e-petitions that revolve around the same theme – the value of animal life – that currently have less signatures at the time of writing:

– Shutting down the UK's domestic ivory trade has 71,416 signatures.
– Increasing the maximum sentence for animal cruelty charges has 51,473 signatures.
– Ending the badger cull has 63,461 signatures.

£5 note received from customer

Re: Polymer fiver - That was quick Posted by: Admin
Date Posted: May 5, 2017, 11:41pm
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Well THIS will be fun!

For the folk who still relish the joy of refusing Scottish banknotes and say that are not 'real' money...

PRINT and CARRY the following if visiting England.

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SCOTTISH banks' paper £5 notes are not being withdrawn from circulation - as preparations are made to phase out their Bank of England equivalents.

The Bank of England's paper fivers will cease to be legal tender from Friday, meaning that shops can refuse to accept them - though banks should still exchange them for the new polymer versions.

The decision to move to polymer notes was taken because they are cleaner, safer and stronger than paper notes. Polymer notes provide enhanced counterfeit resilience and increase the quality of notes in circulation.

A spokesman for the Committee of Scottish Clearing Bankers, which represents Bank of Scotland, Clydesdale Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland, said previously: "The paper Scottish fivers are not being withdrawn from circulation, they are just not being reissued.

"They don't have a withdrawal date as such similar to the English £5 notes."

The Bank of England's polymer fiver entered circulation in September and since then it has been circulating in tandem with the paper note.

Retailers have been accepting the paper £5 notes - although the polymer notes have been in circulation - but can start to refuse them by Saturday.

The Bank of England website states: "All Bank of England notes retain their face value for all time.

"If your bank, building society or Post Office is not willing to accept these notes they can be exchanged with the Bank of England in London by post or in person."

The old paper £5 notes, once withdrawn from circulation are already being recycled using a composting treatment, similar to the treatment of food waste.

Scottish paper fivers still valid as Bank of England version is withdrawn

Re: Nessie has left the room Posted by: FordPerfect
Date Posted: May 2, 2017, 4:11pm
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Routine Wiki warning for  DM  (Mail)  

Tourist takes first snap of Loch Ness Monster in months | Daily Mail Online

Re: Games casualties Posted by: Admin
Date Posted: April 29, 2017, 10:43am
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I haven't seen anyone post pictures of the unfinished Sochi this years, showing the decaying and unused buildings and streets that were never finished before the 2014 Olympic circus left after the Winter Games.

That said, the former winter Olympic venues have probably fallen apart - the last pics (I think were mentioned previously, somewhere above) showed the rotting facilities, abandoned and not maintained.

Seeing the slightly comical F1 annual visit that the nice Mr Putin has (presumably) paid F1 to bribe it to keep coming to Sochi every year reminded about it

The commenters haven't had their State backhander though, as they 'forget' not to keep mentioning that this one F1 visit is only even held on this track, and that nobody else goes there to use it - even all the support races that usually travel to the same tracks as the other global F1 events stay in the beds for Sochi and don't make the trip.

The commentary is also presumably provided by the State...

As the F1 camera copter sweeps over the surrounding area and its beaches (and the place does look rather nice in the Sun) the commentary team make quite a few mentions of how this is a popular holiday resort and attract some 3 million each year...

As the accompanying pics show deserted sandy beaches, and roads packed with so many cars... there's about 50 metres between each of them.

Re: Swastika in field near Aviemore Posted by: Admin
Date Posted: April 25, 2017, 6:54pm
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While there are places where the Nazi swastika is and remains a problem...

I think in countries like the UK it really is time to wind down the sheer hysteria that allegedly arises - or should I say is drummed up by the press and media for the sake of some clickbait and ad revenue.

Better today to embrace it here as the Hindu symbol it started life as - and still is!

Rather than falling into the rut of 'OH GOD A NAZI SWASTIKA - WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE!"

Make the stories (if they have to be in the media at all) be of intrigue about how the popular symbol of good luck etc is being revived and spread, and stop making/reinforcing the Nazi connection.

If the neo-Nazis find their message is not being spread, and indeed, being converted to one of luck and peace, and they are being openly mocked for their attempts to spread it as as a Nazi symbol, and that aspect is being ignore - they're more likely to give it up as they begin to look even more stupid.

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