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Google News Has Russian Army Invading Savannah, GA

timothy posted about 6 years ago | from the sounds-like-an-eddie-izzard-sketch dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 413

theodp writes "If you checked out Google-wannabe Cuil, you learned that mapping search results to relevant images isn't a trivial task. But even Big Dog Google isn't immune to embarrassing graphics gaffes. Readers of Google News were shown that Russian troops are thrusting into the outskirts of Savannah, Georgia, thanks to the Google Maps graphic accompanying a story about Russian incursions into Georgia — the nation-state in the Caucasus, not the Caucasian-pride-ridden state in the southern US. Yahoo! Answers also had some fun with the GA-Georgia mix-up — 'I live in georegia but i dont see rusia no where not even sound but they says theres tanks should i be worrie' (Google cache) — before a spoilsport deleted the question."

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aha! (4, Funny)

jacquesm (154384) | about 6 years ago | (#24540173)

Now I understand where all those references to WWIII are coming from, the Russians are invading Georgia :)

Re:aha! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24540181)

Mandingo invaded your mother's hairy culito last night.

Re:aha! (2, Funny)

jacquesm (154384) | about 6 years ago | (#24540193)

more power to the necrophiliacs in this world...

Re:aha! (0)

mobby_6kl (668092) | about 6 years ago | (#24540333)

Yeah, and they've already taken Vienna [imageshack.us] (the real one). Looks like the Iron Curtain will cover most of Europe again.

Re:aha! (4, Funny)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about 6 years ago | (#24540369)

No, just thrusting into some skirts or other.
To paraphrase Carlin:

"Our counter-thrust must be to prick holes in the stiff front erected by the Russians leaders.
We must keep mounting an offensive to penetrate any crack in their defenses.
Let's get on them.
Let's ram through a stiff response so it will be hard for them to get it up.
It'll be hard on us, but we can't lick them by being soft!"

A local radio station was having fun (3, Interesting)

Shivetya (243324) | about 6 years ago | (#24540197)

with the Georgia invasion and some local power outages caused by storms. Unfortunately since its not exactly relevant to Americans it seems that we can make light of such a situation. Needless to say they were talking to some people and lead a few along the lines that Georgia had just shot down two Russian planes and while the power was out in lots of places (it wasn't) they were still on the air "for now".

Got to love Russia's timing on the invasion. I guess we could have expected it from the Chinese if it were hosted elsewhere. Time will tell if the Olympics changes how the Chinese treat their neighbors all in the name of obtaining trust based respect on the world stage or if they use the fact that after the Olympics end they can just whack Taiwan or hit Tibet harder.

Re:A local radio station was having fun (3, Informative)

IgnoramusMaximus (692000) | about 6 years ago | (#24540347)

Got to love Russia's timing on the invasion.

Err... it was actually the Georgians deciding to "reclaim" South Ossetia. The Russians are mounting an counter offensive. But one would never expect USians to ever bother with details like this. They would just mess up their neat White Hat / Black Hat world.

Re:A local radio station was having fun (5, Informative)

andb52 (854780) | about 6 years ago | (#24540503)

You are only partially correct. Georgia did start an offensive in South Ossetia against the independence movement there. However, Russia has most definitely gone beyond any peacekeeping role that it claimed. The Russians have bombed the Georgian town of Gori, which is well outside of the combat zone. If anything, it seems that Russia is using the Georgian attacks on South Ossetia as a pretense to invade the entire country. This has gone well beyond anything the Russians should be doing, regardless of what Georgia did in the first place. It is, as the Georgian president has put it, an act of war. Oh, and if you won't take this American's word for it, try the BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7551595.stm [bbc.co.uk]

Re:A local radio station was having fun (5, Informative)

Cyberax (705495) | about 6 years ago | (#24540599)

Georgian army shelled a sleeping Tskhinvali, killing more than 1500 people. Without warning.

Let me repeat: Georgia killed more than 1500 civilians by shelling a sleeping city.

That's a war crime.

Then Georgia moved in with tanks and infantry. And _only_ _then_ Russian forces moved in. You just can't blame this conflict on Russia.

Gori was not the target of bombing, a military base and ammo warehouses were targeted. The civilian losses were, probably, a result of a stray bomb or caused by exploding ammo warehouse.

I have friends in Georgia, one of them has been mobilized yesterday. So I watch the situation carefully (I also speak Russian).

Russia _definitely_ overstepped its peacekeeping mandate, sure. But by now nobody cares about it.

Re:A local radio station was having fun (4, Insightful)

andreyw (798182) | about 6 years ago | (#24540613)

What Georgia did _was_ an act of war. They invaded a defacto sovereign nation, violating a 1992 accord, and this was an outright violation of international law. They did so by shelling civilians in Tsinhvali.They didn't just violate some hypothetical border. They literally tried to reclaim the entire breakaway province. Some _1500_ innocents have died as a direct result of this aggression. Russian is not "invading the entire country", it is performing a series of preventative strikes (so beloved by the USA) on military bases to _prevent_ further military actions by Georgia and force Georgia so stop the war. Keep in mind that 90% of all Southern Ossetians hold russian citizenship.

Apparently "preventative strikes" on Iraq, Afghanistan and wherever by the USA is perfectly okay even in the name of the so-called "War on Terrorism", yet when Russian military actually tries to enforce a ceasefire and stop the Georgians from cutting the Ossetians to pieces (again, like the tried in the 90s), you get "omghee teh Russians have invaded teh poowah Georgians". What a joke.

Now, while Southern Ossetia is de-jure part of Georgia, it is defacto a sovereign nation. Remember Kosovo? This isn't any different. Except for that a fragile peace has been actively enforced by Russian peacekeepers for more than 10 years while the three sides (abkhazia, souther ossetia and georgia) were failing to reach a consensus. If there was any hope for the creation of semi-autonomous regions within Georgia - that hope is lost. You don't really think the Ossetians and Abhazians are going to want to be a part of Georgia after this? Georgia literally has 0 diplomatic credits now after repeatedly repudating on and violating international agreements.

Re:A local radio station was having fun (4, Insightful)

mcvos (645701) | about 6 years ago | (#24540643)

It is, as the Georgian president has put it, an act of war.

Definitely, and it's completely at odds with arguments Russia had been making about the former-Yugoslavia situation, particularly the independence of Kosovo. They don't want provinces seceding from their mother country because that would legitimise Chechnya's attempts at independence, yet now they interfere when Georgia tries to stop a province from declaring its independence.

Ofcourse South Ossetia wants to join Russia, and Georgia has supported Chechnya (in words at least), so clearly different standards are in order here. On the other hand, I think Saakashvili overplayed his hand quite a bit, and was a fool for antagonising Russia. With a big and autocratic neighbour like that, an uncomfortable friendship works much better than outright hostility.

Re:A local radio station was having fun (4, Insightful)

NeutronCowboy (896098) | about 6 years ago | (#24540569)

And if you'd have followed the story for a bit longer, you'd realize that this was a damn near inevitable outcome of Russia's approach to "protecting" South Ossetia from Georgia. I was always wondering when the war would start. I'm just surprised it happened so quickly.

If you think this is about anything other than Russia's power politics-driven goals, you're a fool.

you dont know zit about it (3, Interesting)

unity100 (970058) | about 6 years ago | (#24540625)

ossetia is a resources rich region. russia had north ossetia. since 1.5 2 years, they had been supporting, arming and giving russian citizenship to separatists there, who was wanting to annex to russia. the majority of '70.000 citizens' russia purports that it is protecting are comprised of these.

then suddenly a few months ago these 'separatist' political group started wearing uniforms and acting like a militia. and then proceeded to break away.

naturally, as this is a region in the MIDDLE of georgia, they moved their troops there to assure their territorial integrity.

naturally voila - the MAFIA administration of russia, which had suppressed ANY opposition inside russia by killing its own human rights advocate citizens, opposition members, any dissenters, have suddenly embarked on a PEACEKEEPING mission. and COINCIDENTIALLY, abkhazia, another ethnic region that russia had its eyes on, started attacking georgian troops at the SAME time. what a coincidence.

peacekeeping mission somehow involves bombing civilian buildings in tblisi, georgian capital. totally irrelevant to anything going on.

behold the reality of modern russia - ruled by a mafia, ruled like a mob rules its neighborhood, and attacking other neighborhoods when it has the chance. expect more of this to come, if the u.s. and west keeps licking the mob's boots.

http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/showthread.php?t=139586 [militaryphotos.net]

Redhat? (4, Funny)

Gertlex (722812) | about 6 years ago | (#24540659)

Black Hats and White Hats?

I think this is definitely a Red Hat problem.

Pay Attention (Offtopic) (5, Insightful)

copponex (13876) | about 6 years ago | (#24540469)

First of all, let's remember that the Georgians and the Russians have been provoking each other for years over this issue. They have both violated the ceasefire and it will probably be a while before we know who violated the ceasefire lines first.

You lament the invasion, and similarly George Bush stated, "Georgia is a sovereign nation, and its territorial integrity must be respected... We have urged an immediate halt to the violence and a stand-down by all troops. We call for the end of the Russian bombings." Mr Putin expressed similar reservations about Iraq in April 2003:

...Mr Putin elaborated... when he warned of the perils of undermining sovereign nations and diplomacy in the "export of capitalist, democratic revolution".

"If we allow ourselves to do that, the world will end up on a slippery slope toward an endless series of military conflicts. We cannot allow that to happen."

Be sure to watch the media over the next few days - you'll see pictures of dead and wounded, buildings destroyed, and many other realities of war. Now ask yourself why you don't see any of those images from Iraq. Ask why we saw silhouetted shots of helicopters and long views of nighttime explosions instead of what was really happening on the ground.

We can see on both sides that morality is of little importance. Unfortunately, since we have taken Iraq unilaterally, Russia is free to take Georgia unilaterally, and any other province they can get away with. All they have to do is claim that their national security is threatened, which is a more grounded claim. Georgia is on the Russian border, not thousands of miles away, and they are dealing with their own problems in Chechnya.

It is time to give real power to the UN and the ICC in order to avoid more death and destruction. Unless states submit themselves to a common rule of international law, there will never be a chance for peace.

Re:Pay Attention (Offtopic) (5, Insightful)

Timothy Brownawell (627747) | about 6 years ago | (#24540545)

Unless states submit themselves to a common rule of international law, there will never be a chance for peace.

And if the do, you suddenly have a chance to force your morality (drug war, no sex before you're 18, etc) or business model (overbearing "IP" crap) on the entire world, thru a group of rulers who have approximately no connection to reality (because reality is local and everywhere). And there still won't be peace.

Re:Pay Attention (Offtopic) (0, Flamebait)

Johnny Chinpo (1340653) | about 6 years ago | (#24540549)

It is time to give real power to the UN and the ICC in order to avoid more death and destruction.

I was with you until the above quote. Why should anybody give an ineffectual organisation more power? What has the UN done since its inception to curb the tide of illegal and immoral wars? Sweet fuck all as far as I can tell.

The UN needs to be done away with. I don't want some Korean fuckwit telling my country what to do.

Re:Pay Attention (Offtopic) (1)

Aardpig (622459) | about 6 years ago | (#24540645)

Yeah, fuck them slit-eyes. Go USA!

Reap/Sow (4, Insightful)

copponex (13876) | about 6 years ago | (#24540647)

Then that Korean fuckwit, with enough military power, can blow you up without asking first.

The UN arrives at international consensus all the time, with very reasonable compromises for both sides, that the populations of both sides often are in favor for. For instance, declaring the Middle East a nuclear free zone for everyone - Israel, the US, and Iran. This is supported by everyone, except the governments of US and Israel. The US doesn't join the International Criminal Court because their first subject may be Henry Kissinger, or even GW Bush. Thus you can't expect the current government elite to make any move that could endanger themselves or their friends.

If you don't believe in law, then fine, we can continue to be an outlaw state, burning and pillaging at our whim. But when you are on the receiving end of the bullet, try not to complain.

Re:Pay Attention (Offtopic) (1)

techno-vampire (666512) | about 6 years ago | (#24540589)

Ask why we saw silhouetted shots of helicopters and long views of nighttime explosions instead of what was really happening on the ground.

There are two possible reasons: first, they may not be allowed close enough to the action to get shots of what's happening on the ground and second, those long shots of nighttime explosions make dramatic footage. Remember, like it or not, TV news is a form of entertainment, and they have to pick footage that will get the viewer's attention and keep them watching. It's not always that they don't want to show more detail, it's just that they have to pick and choose, and they'll generally choose the shots that will keep people from turning to another station.

I expect that there will be shots from the ground, later, in the newspapers and news magazines because they're looking for a different audience, and don't have to be showmen to keep people's attention.

Re:A local radio station was having fun (1)

u38cg (607297) | about 6 years ago | (#24540535)

I hate to break this to you guys, but if this turns into a regional funfest, dragging in NATO, it will become exactly relevant to Americans, and moreover it will make Iraq look like a day at the beach. Interesting that Russia is choosing to play bad guy with one of exactly two non-Nato members on its European border.

Re:A local radio station was having fun (1)

IdleTime (561841) | about 6 years ago | (#24540621)

Good grief! Geography is difficult, people!
There is a country named Georgia and then there is a state that is called Georgia and the latter want to act like a country but don't want to take on all the responsibility that comes with being one. (Oh and if the US state Georgia had become a country by it's own, it would have been a third world country)

Re:A local radio station was having fun (1)

religious freak (1005821) | about 6 years ago | (#24540653)

Putin clearly wanted (or wants) something of Bush. How fortunate that they should both be at the same place (Olympics) at the same time just as Russia invades.

Georgia is a pawn - for what, us ordinary folks will only learn for sure, later on

On to Atlanta, boys! (1)

reboot246 (623534) | about 6 years ago | (#24540199)

The Russians are on the way to burn Atlanta again. Sherman would be proud.

Re:On to Atlanta, boys! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24540497)

Just Atlanta? Why stop there?

PatRIOTically,
Kilgore Trout

Re:On to Atlanta, boys! (1)

ya really (1257084) | about 6 years ago | (#24540499)

The Russians are on the way to burn Atlanta again

I must have been asleep during US History class, when did the Russians burn down the first time?

Re:On to Atlanta, boys! (1)

thealsir (927362) | about 6 years ago | (#24540655)

woosh

ra2 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24540209)

WE WILL BURY THEM

Clueless journalist instead? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24540213)

Are we sure this isn't yet another case of another clueless journalist not doing a damn bit of research, just going to Google Maps and typing Georgia? Guess what comes up when you do that? Yep, good 'ol Georgia, USA.

Re:Clueless journalist instead? (1)

Volante3192 (953645) | about 6 years ago | (#24540429)

The image database is often seperate from the articles and the company hosting the article often adds an image to emphasise.

I remember this exact thing happening with a Yahoo article a while ago. Can't remember a thing about it unfortunatly, all I remember is the story was about something in the U.S., and the image was of a U.K. footballer and the link was in the player's last name.

Re:Clueless journalist instead? (1)

yelvington (8169) | about 6 years ago | (#24540451)

Are we sure this isn't yet another case of another clueless journalist not doing a damn bit of research, just going to Google Maps and typing Georgia? Guess what comes up when you do that? Yep, good 'ol Georgia, USA.

Yes. It's also a case of another clueless Anonymous Coward posting without following the links.

Pages whose URL begins "http://afp.google.com/" are hosted on Google's servers, built by Google from the Agence France-Presse NewsML feed.

Google adds its own maps.

Proper locative tagging should make this impossible.

NITF, which is the text markup standard assumed by NewsML, supports ISO country codes in location tags, but AFP may not have used them. I don't know; I don't have access to an AFP feed. It's common for wire services (and their customers) to underutilize the capabilities of the XML standards.

In any case, either Google has corrected the error or subsequent versions of the story contained enough information for Google's algorithms not to repeat the error.

Re:Clueless journalist instead? (1)

Johnny Chinpo (1340653) | about 6 years ago | (#24540561)

Well when I googled "Georgia" I got news results for the current situation in the former Soviet republic.

War (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24540225)

Erm... There's a war starting and all I see on /. is a joke article about it? This makes me sick. I hope you /.ers are intelligent enough to realize that not everything you're seeing in the news about this conflict is true and that the Russian troops that were first fired upon were there at the behest of the UN. Here's another interesting tidbit: http://english.pravda.ru/hotspots/conflicts/09-08-2008/106046-russia_georgia-0 [pravda.ru]

Re:War (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24540405)

When their tagline is "War between Russia and Georgia orchestrated from USA" one tends to not necessarily trust the source.

Re:War (1)

andreyw (798182) | about 6 years ago | (#24540633)

Why? Saakashvili is pretty much NATO's lapdog. He came to power amid a series of pretty much US-encouraged (if not orchestrated, but the money trail is obvious) "colored revolutions" in many of the Post-Soviet Republics. Everything Saakashvili has done as a president has destabilized the situation in the Caucasus.

Analysis (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about 6 years ago | (#24540427)

...here:
http://tigerhawk.blogspot.com/2008/08/on-prowl-bear-moves-on-south-ossetia.html [blogspot.com]

This attack seems well-coordinated enough that it had to have been planned for some time. The claimed provocation of Georgia's incursion into South Ossetia -- a breakway province that is, after all, recognized as Georgian territory -- is probably just pretext.

So there is some oil pipeline, some warning to NATO, some indirect linkage to Middle Eastern policy...
Standard international policy gordian knot.
We should send Paris Hilton as an envoy. Because all that hotness would cool things considerably, no?

Re:Analysis (1)

XanC (644172) | about 6 years ago | (#24540671)

Well hang on now. Militaries create all kinds of plans all the time. Invasion plans, disruption plans, assassination plans. Against both friend and foe. They know that there's a >99% chance that none of them will ever be used, but when you do decide to go after somebody, you'd better have a plan ready.

What's so funny about an illegal war? (4, Insightful)

pallmall1 (882819) | about 6 years ago | (#24540243)

Who put the humor tag on this story? Where's the outrage against Russia's invasion of a sovereign country?

Re:What's so funny about an illegal war? (5, Insightful)

loonycyborg (1262242) | about 6 years ago | (#24540295)

Where's the outrage against genocide of Ossetian people attempted by Georgia's "military"?

Re:What's so funny about an illegal war? (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24540383)

Genocide? You are a fucking idiot. They were in rebellion, and over the past 5 years, there have been 1400 casualties (go look up the facts before you post the propaganda).

This is purely Putin's power politics, aimed at getting posession of the oil pipeline in the BCT pipe that runs in Georgia, as well as bringing to heel a western democracy that they dont want on the border of their gangster state.

Any ethnic stuff there is merely cover for brute force by the Russians.

Re:What's so funny about an illegal war? (1)

Cyberax (705495) | about 6 years ago | (#24540619)

Yep. The parent is a typical clueless American.

South Osetia and Abkhazia were de-facto independent for 15 (fifteen) years - looong before Putin.

Re:What's so funny about an illegal war? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24540423)

Where's the outrage against genocide of Ossetian people attempted by Georgia's "military"?

It's in Russia's state-controlled media. That should be your first clue.

Second clue is what would a massive civilian slaughter ("genocide"? get a dictionary) benefit the Georgian government, which is absolutely desperate for Western support? Never mind the lack of military utility.

Don't presume I'm particulary friendly to Georgia over this territory dispute. It's actually quite complicated, and I think Saakashvili was a complete idiot to invade the disputed area.

Re:What's so funny about an illegal war? (1)

Cyberax (705495) | about 6 years ago | (#24540627)

No, it's everywhere on Russian blogs. We have some first-hand accounts from people in Osetia: http://scrolllock.livejournal.com/62364.html [livejournal.com]

Moreover, Saakhasvili himself declared that '1500 Osetinian bandints were destroyed'.

Re:What's so funny about an illegal war? (1, Insightful)

IgnoramusMaximus (692000) | about 6 years ago | (#24540301)

Where's the outrage against Russia's invasion of a sovereign country?

Right out there with the Western oh-so-sanctimonious "outrage" at Serbs opposing the Kosovars declaring independence from Serbia. What's good for the goose...

Re:What's so funny about an illegal war? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24540303)

Who put the humor tag on this story? Where's the outrage against Russia's invasion of a sovereign country?

But... But... they have weapons of mass destruction!

Re:What's so funny about an illegal war? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24540309)

Who put the humor tag on this story? Where's the outrage against Russia's invasion of a sovereign country?

Well, there isn't any way to blame Bush/Cheney/Haliburton/Exxon/Israel/Hitler so no one cares.

No strong condemnation at the UN, no strong condemnation from the "progressive" European capitals either - they're too busy praising the Obamassiah.

Re:What's so funny about an illegal war? (1)

ya really (1257084) | about 6 years ago | (#24540349)

Who put the humor tag on this story?

Savannah, Georgia

WOOSH...

you (somewhere far below and a little grumpy)

On a more serious note, yes it's horrible Russia is doing this and it could set a nasty precedent for them to do it elsewhere in the former Soviet States. If they get away with this, what would keep them from say, invading East Ukraine, which has a high population of Pro-Russian supporters? Sadly, I don't see any Western Countries comming to the aid of the opposing forces against Russia. No one out there seems to want to upset Russia.

Also, I'm pretty sure this article was accepted to /. because of the tech (humorous) side of it, not for the poltical reasons. That's what the BBC is for.

Re:What's so funny about an illegal war? (1)

jacquesm (154384) | about 6 years ago | (#24540387)

that's most likely because even though the people in western europe know in their hearts the soviet empire fell apart it still registers as a soviet internal affair because that's been the situation for so long.

Imagine the USA imploding and texas declaring war on one of it's neighbouring states. There would not be much condemnation then either, it would be seen as one us state waging war on another, even though the larger entity no longer exists.

Re:What's so funny about an illegal war? (4, Informative)

ya really (1257084) | about 6 years ago | (#24540437)

There's another thing to worry about as well. A major pipeline that delivers over 1% of the world's supply of oil (most of it bound for Western Europe) could be at risk. The pipeline flows from Azerbaijan (A major oil producer and non-OPEC nation), into Georgia and finally to the Black Sea. We need that pipeline to stay intact to keep the amount of oil we get from OPEC to stay at the level it is now. I'm sure Russia wouldnt mind "accidentally" destroying this or other oil related structures in Georgia. In fact they already have come close [ap.org] .

The Interior Ministry said Russian warplanes also bombed the Vaziani military base on the outskirts of the Georgian capital of Tbilisi and struck near the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline. The ministry said two other military bases were hit, and that Russian warplanes also bombed the Black Sea port city of Poti, which has a sizable oil shipment facility.

Re:What's so funny about an illegal war? (1)

Johnny Chinpo (1340653) | about 6 years ago | (#24540585)

The Caspian Sea is not too far away either.

On a more serious note. (3, Interesting)

MrMista_B (891430) | about 6 years ago | (#24540537)

On a more serious note, yes it's horrible (The United States) Russia is invading (Iraq) Georgia and it could set a nasty precedent for them to do it elsewhere in the (Middle East) former Soviet States. If they get away with this, what would keep them from say, invading (Iran) East Ukraine, which has a high population of (Pro-Islamic) Pro-Russian supporters? Sadly, I don't see any Western Countries comming to the aid of the opposing forces against (The United States) Russia. No one out there seems to want to upset (America) Russia.

Yay perspective!

Re:What's so funny about an illegal war? (4, Insightful)

couchslug (175151) | about 6 years ago | (#24540371)

Why should all of us be outraged at goings on in the Russian Empire?

Such outrage would be predicated on our individual relationship to the region, if we had a dog in that fight, which side that dog was on, and how much we cared about that dog vs. others.

I, for example, consider that the Ossetia mess will do useful damage to Russia and might wake up a few Europeans to the reality that the Russian is still their historic enemy.

I'm not "outraged" because I figure the Georgian leadership rolled the dice and should have expected a possible negative outcome. (Next time, collapse the Roki tunnel!) I am interested.

Re:What's so funny about an illegal war? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24540531)

and might wake up a few Europeans to the reality that the Russian is still their historic enemy.

Maybe in some parts of Europe but not for most of us. I'm British. France is our historic enemy. We quite like the Russians. If I were French then I guess Britain would be my historic enemy. If I were Dutch then maybe Spain? And so on.

Re:What's so funny about an illegal war? (1)

Cyberax (705495) | about 6 years ago | (#24540639)

Uhm...

Maybe because Georgian president calls Bush his best friend?

Maybe because Georgia right now fights with America-supplied weapons with army trained by American instructors?

Re:What's so funny about an illegal war? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24540401)

"Caucasian-pride-ridden state"

Yes, damn those white people for not wanting to have their countries invaded by millions of hate-filled, useless, parasitic, criminal THIRD WORLDERS...

Re:What's so funny about an illegal war? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24540433)

I'll be honest with you; nobody cares.

Welcome to the 21st century.

P.S. Even if we wanted to do something, who's going to stop the Russians? American and NATO forces are all tied up in Afghanistan and Iraq. Maybe we could threaten economic sanctions [lol] or nuclear war [rofl].

Re:What's so funny about an illegal war? (4, Insightful)

Timothy Brownawell (627747) | about 6 years ago | (#24540439)

What's so funny about an illegal war?

Where can I find a legal one?

Who put the humor tag on this story?

Probably someone who likes word games, or thinks it's funny when AIs get tripped up by ambiguous terms.

Where's the outrage against Russia's invasion of a sovereign country?

Without knowing the background, how do we know that outrage would be appropriate? Now, "oh crap, I hope it doesn't spread" might be appropriate...

Re:What's so funny about an illegal war? (5, Interesting)

Hanyin (1301045) | about 6 years ago | (#24540447)

I agree with you that this humor bit is just insulting but what do you mean outrage against an invasion? What are you smoking? Fox News? Find some real news and figure out that Georgia opened fire on ten UN-sanctioned Russian peacekeepers and executed the injured with a bullet to their heads rather than let doctors attend to them. Lets not forget about the military exercises Georgia and US partook in last month or that the Georgian president himself holds a US passport. I wonder who benefits more from this destabilization, the country that's fighting its neighbors (and evacuated the women and children from the region last week) or the country that's been screwing with the entire region for far too long.

Re:What's so funny about an illegal war? (0, Troll)

Oktober Sunset (838224) | about 6 years ago | (#24540457)

Same place as the outrage over Iraq.

Maybe it slipped down the back of the sofa while everyone was distracted by the drummers with glowsticks.

Re:What's so funny about an illegal war? (1)

Peregr1n (904456) | about 6 years ago | (#24540485)

I have no desire to enter a political argument here, but I feel the +5 insightful parent should be balanced by the point that South Ossetians have struggled for independence from Georgia since the early 90s, and have had stronger ties with Russia than Georgia for a long time. It was Georgia 'invading' South Ossetia that sparked the conflict - and even if you don't recognise South Ossetia as a country, you have to admit that this upset the fragile balance. I'm not sure how the conflict is being portrayed in the USA - there's been quite a PR battle raging in the ex-Soviet states, with America and Russia battling over business and cultural ties; it wouldn't surprise me if the American news reports come out heavily in Georgian favour (likewise, Russian news reports supporting the South Ossetians).

Re:What's so funny about an illegal war? (1)

MrMista_B (891430) | about 6 years ago | (#24540491)

Where's the outrage against the illegal American invasion of Iraq?

Re:What's so funny about an illegal war? (1)

gmuslera (3436) | about 6 years ago | (#24540523)

The story isn't about the illegal(? what makes a war legal?) war (that would be another another article, here under politics or in other site), is about Google News misplacing it in the same way that was Cuil misplacing images to search results (thing that had some comments about in google's blog). The funny tag is just about it, the misplacing of the image, not about the war.

Next stop, complaining about the funny tag on Darwin Awards stories.

Re:What's so funny about an illegal war? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24540525)

It's a little more complicated than that. When the Soviet Union collapsed in the 1990's, it was partitioned into several independent states including Georgia. The partition was established so that ethnic Russians in the province of South Ossetia were placed in Georgia, while the same people in North Ossetia were placed in Russia. Since then, a separatist movement in Georgia wanted South Ossetia to secede and be annexed by Russia, and there has been a lot of fighting over the past 10 years over this issue.

Eventually, Moscow dispatched a "peacekeeping force" to South Ossetia to maintain stability, although it wasn't exactly neutral in the fight because Moscow wants to annex the region. A few days ago, the Georgians "invaded" South Ossetia and, according to the Russians, began ethnically cleansing the people there. Since Moscow was protecting the Georgians with their troops stationed there, it retaliated by invading.

Ultimately, the conflict is quite complicated and once again illustrates that politicians drawing the borders of countries can set the stage for decades of warfare and suffering for the civilians caught in the middle.

Re:What's so funny about an illegal war? (1)

General Wesc (59919) | about 6 years ago | (#24540565)

This article isn't about the invasion. It's about the Google News error in reporting it. If you can handle jokes with any connection to serious issues then you'd do well to avoid Slashdot, along with most every other aspect of the Internet and real life alike.

google (5, Funny)

alxkit (941262) | about 6 years ago | (#24540261)

Google News Has Russian Army Invading Savannah, GA

so... ummm... russian army works for google?

Since I live in Georgia, (0)

Slithe (894946) | about 6 years ago | (#24540271)

I guess I should help organize the resistance. WOLVERINES!!! (Wait a minute) BULLDOGS!!! (That's better)

hey! (1)

deepgrey (1246108) | about 6 years ago | (#24540623)

I go to Georgia Tech, you insensitive clod!

Is this the state of Modern Education? (1)

El Bigote (639828) | about 6 years ago | (#24540277)

"Are we sure this isn't yet another case of another clueless journalist..." Or, is this simply a good indicator of the state of modern education?

Re:Is this the state of Modern Education? (1)

thrillseeker (518224) | about 6 years ago | (#24540315)

there's a difference?

Fried Green Tomatoes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24540289)

Sign on barbecue restaurant in Georgia: Come in today and try our new Russian Dressing.

have the Russian tank commanders been notified? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24540291)

Yo dude... not to be disrespectful or anything, but I think you guys may be invading the wrong Georgia.

Proctological exam, anyone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24540323)

It's wonderful sometimes..

I was looking at a story a few weeks ago, and the accompanying graphic (erroneously) depicted a silicone medical dummy receiving a mock prostate exam.

I would find the image, but alas, I am at work. Hence the anonymous cowardice.

Oddly enough, my captcha word happens to be 'rectum'.

They'd be petrified . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24540353)

. . . and buried in HOT GRITS. (Wow, that takes me back!)

why? (0, Troll)

nawcom (941663) | about 6 years ago | (#24540363)

Why did it take so damn long to get rid of the fucking hicks... good riddance..

Anyone at the pentagon use google news? (3, Funny)

damburger (981828) | about 6 years ago | (#24540367)

This could've been one of those near misses for world war 3...

Editorializing in summary? (5, Insightful)

HockeyPuck (141947) | about 6 years ago | (#24540375)

Caucasian-pride-ridden state in the southern U.S

I am actually quite amazed that /. would put such an inflamatory phrase like that into a summary. By using the word "ridden" are you implying that being proud of your race is a bad trait? I do believe that while we are at the olympics, many people are 'proud' of their country, heritage or race. However, in light of the olympics, this is a positive thing as we cheer in the name of sport and friendly competition. The usage in the summary, gives the impression that all Georgian's are Klansman. One should note that Georgia has a higher percentage of African Americans (29%) than the US average http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/13000.html [census.gov] , and I'm sure they are proud of being from Georgia.

Why not describe other countries that are predominantly Caucasian such as Sweden, or Ireland in the same manner?

Other uses that you should try:

Arab-pride-ridden (Iraq)
Jewish-price-ridden (Israel)
Linux-pride-ridden (./)

Re:Editorializing in summary? (1)

msparshatt (877862) | about 6 years ago | (#24540463)

I guess you missed the fact that that phrase came from TFA.

Re:Editorializing in summary? (1)

MrMista_B (891430) | about 6 years ago | (#24540507)

That doesn't make it any less insulting.

Re:Editorializing in summary? (3, Funny)

ya really (1257084) | about 6 years ago | (#24540517)

Jewish-price-ridden (Israel)

Haha, I've heard all the stereotype jokes before, but is that a typo or a Freudian Slip?

Re:Editorializing in summary? (4, Informative)

elnico (1290430) | about 6 years ago | (#24540519)

You also may have missed that it was intended mostly as a play on words.

...the nation-state in the Caucasus, not the Caucasian-pride-ridden state...

Get it? Caucasus, caucasian? Nothing?

Re:Editorializing in summary? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24540605)

By using the word "ridden" are you implying that being proud of your race is a bad trait?

Yes.

It's the height of stupidity to be proud of something which (1) you had nothing to do with and cannot change and (2) which is only relevant to bigots and racists and an irrelevant detail to everyone else--it has absolutely no practical relevance. It's like having pride in your eye color. You should be ridiculed for holding such a position.

Re:Editorializing in summary? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24540651)

I am actually quite amazed that /. would put such an inflamatory phrase like that into a summary.

And quite seriously, considering Georgia is only 60% white [wikipedia.org] , I'd hardly say it's "ridden."

poor russians (1)

phrostie (121428) | about 6 years ago | (#24540397)

i don't know where they would be in less danger after dark, downtown Savannah or Effingham

Re:poor russians (4, Funny)

halivar (535827) | about 6 years ago | (#24540527)

I always wanted to start a burger chain in Effingham country called "Effingham Burgers." You can get an Effingham Burger, or an Effingham Sandwich.

The come with effing fries.

To whom it should concern (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24540419)

The war in Georgia and the extremely imprecise and brutal way it is waged is precisely what many imagined they saw elsewhere during the last several years. Many used every bad word in the dictionary and then some. Knee-jerk reactions gone viral.

Wake up and smell the stench: you've got no words left for real fascism.

And as usual the rest of the world has no choice but to beg the United States of America to fight the fascism.

I hope it makes you think.

Regards from a non-American

Red Dawn (3, Insightful)

cpirate (550051) | about 6 years ago | (#24540435)

Wolverines!!

Why assume Jessica B was in Georgia, USA? (3, Informative)

Peregr1n (904456) | about 6 years ago | (#24540441)

While my initial reaction to that Yahoo! Answers page was 'LOL dumb American', she doesn't specifically say that she's in the US state - isn't everyone who is laughing at her making exactly the same mistake as they are assuming she is making? Not all internet users are American - she might well have asked the question from the country of Georgia, in which case the Yahoo! Answers are pretty damn useless... it would also explain her tenuous grasp of the English language.

Caucasian pride Georgia? (1)

ArcherB (796902) | about 6 years ago | (#24540505)

thanks to the Google Maps graphic accompanying a story about Russian incursions into Georgia â" the nation-state in the Caucasus, not the Caucasian-pride-ridden state in the southern U.S

I take it you've never been to Atlanta!

Dear theodp: You're a bigot. (5, Insightful)

halivar (535827) | about 6 years ago | (#24540511)

the Caucasian-pride-ridden state in the southern U.S.

You sir, do not have a clue.

I have lived in Georgia for 14 eyars, having previously spent time in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. I can tell you that both northern states are by far-and-away more racist than Georgia. In 14 years, not once (NOT ONCE -- for emphasis) have I heard a white person use the N-word, while in both Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, I witnessed not only frequent use of the word, but also blind, entrenched bigotry. Never have I seen whites and minorities live more harmoniously that in Georgia (the ghettoization of minorities in northern cities is NOT "harmony").

While there are white supremacists in Georgia (whom I have never met), I think it's safe to say they are a complete minority. Meanwhile, your own bigotry is available for all to see in the summary.

Silly Google News (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24540567)

Russia isn't invading Savannah, Georgia, it's reinforcing peacekeepers in Georgia who've come under fire, and responding to reports of ethnic cleansing by the Georgian state.

I guess this is why Google News is still in beta!

And I thought there was hope (1)

Jewfro_Macabbi (1000217) | about 6 years ago | (#24540571)

I was welcoming "any" new overlords...

Caucasian-pride-ridden state? WTF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24540573)

"not the Caucasian-pride-ridden state in the southern U.S."

FUCK YOU slashdot! Go to hell and take your racist elitism with you.

I see that it has been fixed now! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24540575)

and the russians are now invading Vienna [google.com] . Sneaky bastards.

wait... (1)

deepgrey (1246108) | about 6 years ago | (#24540595)

so this means I don't need to get out my shotgun? darn...

The Timing Is Not a Coincidence (1)

BlueMikey (1112869) | about 6 years ago | (#24540601)

Russian computer technology is so outdated, they thought the Olympics were in Atlanta this year.

Ahah! I knew it! (1)

Orion Blastar (457579) | about 6 years ago | (#24540615)

The USSR wasn't dead, it was all a trick by Putin!

They lured the USA into a false sense of security by faking their economy being in ruins and the overthrow of their Communist government by a Democratic one.

Joseph Stalin and Vladimir Lenin weren't even dead, they were in suspended animation via mummification and their mummies just got raised from the dead by Brendan Fraser as he activated an old USSR artifact that started to pump plasma back into their mummified corpses (ala Dr. Phibes) and pump out the embalming fluid and they came back to life and ordered Russian troops to invade Savannah, GA thanks to their sleeper agent there Jimmy Carter, who has a Communist all this time and built houses there for Communist sleeper agents to live in, until they are activated.

oblig. Red Dawn post (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24540631)

Wolverines!

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