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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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Google News Has Russian Army Invading Savannah, GA

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  • aha! (Score:5, Funny)

    by jacquesm (154384) <j@wwPASCAL.com minus language> on Saturday August 09, 2008 @05:15PM (#24540173) Homepage

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

    • Re:aha! (Score:5, Funny)

      by smitty_one_each (243267) * on Saturday August 09, 2008 @05:40PM (#24540369) Homepage Journal
      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!"

  • by Shivetya (243324) on Saturday August 09, 2008 @05:19PM (#24540197) Homepage Journal

    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: (Score:3, Informative)

      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.

      • by andb52 (854780) on Saturday August 09, 2008 @05:57PM (#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]
        • by Cyberax (705495) on Saturday August 09, 2008 @06:10PM (#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.

          • by samkass (174571) on Saturday August 09, 2008 @06:36PM (#24540831) Homepage Journal

            A lot of people are asserting a lot of things on Slashdot, but none of us actually knows what's going on. Or who really broke the cease-fire first. If you weren't there, don't be so sure about who did what when. The fog of war makes that impossible for anyone to know, let alone an armchair observer half a world away.

            • by Cyberax (705495) on Saturday August 09, 2008 @06:41PM (#24540875)

              What 'fog of war'?

              It's all clear - Georgia was waging a 'sniper war' since August 1 causing several deaths.

              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_South_Ossetia_War#1_August_.E2.80.93_7_August:_escalation_of_hostilities [wikipedia.org]

              That was the beginning. And it's clear who shot first.

            • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

              by Kagura (843695)

              The past five years have seen Georgia striving to join NATO, and making great progress in that regard. Such a move is decidedly pro-Western and anti-Russian.

              Now, Russia has been infringing on Georgian territory for several months to gauge public and international opinion, and several hundred Russian tanks with similarly large concentrations of troops and air power have been amassing in the meantime.

              There were over 1,000 US troops helping train Georgian forces in a very large-scale exercise. The bulk of thos

              • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

                by Kagura (843695)

                Replying to my own post, it is also important to read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_in_South_Ossetia_(2008) [wikipedia.org] which also tells about the Georgian attack on the capital of South Ossetia. As GP said, we don't have enough facts at this extremely early point to decide.

                However, modern military actions of this kind cannot happen overnight. They require extensive operational planning and even more extensive logistical planning. It is possible that Russia was waiting for an escalation or valid pretense to cross th

        • by andreyw (798182) on Saturday August 09, 2008 @06:12PM (#24540613) Homepage

          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.

          • by anaesthetica (596507) on Saturday August 09, 2008 @08:14PM (#24541585) Homepage Journal

            They invaded a defacto sovereign nation

            South Ossetia is not a sovereign nation, de facto or otherwise. It's recognized by no one, not even Russia. It's a province of Georgia with a separatist militia operating. Georgia has every right to put down an internal insurgency, Russia has no right to invade another nation.

            This would be like if the United States invaded Russia in 1999 after Putin ordered the army in to put down Maskhadov's separatist forces. Chechnya was de facto sovereign by your standards, having signed a peace treaty with Yeltsin after the first Chechen War.

            • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

              by vertinox (846076)

              Chechnya was de facto sovereign by your standards, having signed a peace treaty with Yeltsin after the first Chechen War.

              The Russians honored the peace agreement until Chechen's invaded Dagestan [wikipedia.org].

              Yes, the response was over the top, but if the radicals kept well enough alone then then Russia might have not went back in.

              I'll concede the whole Caucasus region has been politically messed up for the past 100 years so one could basically create arguments blaming the Geopolitiks of WWI (Germany, Ottaman Empire, Rus

          • They did so by shelling civilians in Tsinhvali. ... Some _1500_ innocents have died as a direct result of this aggression... 90% of all Southern Ossetians hold russian citizenship...Remember Kosovo? This isn't any different.

            You just regurgitated the majority of well crafted Russian Propaganda that has surrounded this affair. Allow me to cut this Gordian Knot.

            South Ossetia is South of the Caucasus Mountains [wikipedia.org] . Even the BBC seem to have gotten their heads out of there asses about this fact, and have finally shown a topographical map of the region [bbc.co.uk]. Surprise, surprise. It turns out that the only connection between "North Ossetia" and "South Ossetia" is a the Roki Tunnel [wikipedia.org] constructed in 1957. Yet we are all expected to believe that South Ossetia, has a long rich and deep cultural connection to their northern neighbours, and not with Georgia.

            Look at the provence's profile [bbc.co.uk]. Most of it lies above 1000m. Total population ~70,000(There are 250,000 Russian's living in London [russianlondon.com]). Do you know what South Ossetia is? It's a mountain slope. I'm a firm believer in self determination, but wars of national liberation over a bushel of villages on a mountain crag is taking it too far. Comparisons to Kosovo are laughable. Kosovo has over 30 times the population and twice the land mass, with most of that actually being below 1000m.

            Border populations like the South Ossetian's exist all over the world, and I'm not in favor of national lines being redrawn to accommodate a handful of malcontents. Oppressed populations perhaps, but there is exactly zero evidence of that. Zero. A war over any such region is totally and completely unjustified.

            You want to know what South Ossetia really is? It's a mini Sudentenland [wikipedia.org]. Yeah, yeah, Godwin's Law, sue me. It's a good comparison. A very good comparison in fact. South Ossetia is an excuse, and excuse and nothing more, for Russia to put the smack down on Georgia and bring what it regards as a "near-abroad" [wikipedia.org] province back under its boot. And it's not even a very good excuse.

            I've been saying the following for a while, with a new sentence getting added every few years or so. The Bear is up. He's out of Hibernation, and has taken a very long piss. He's licked his wounds. He's wolfed down a few morsels. He's been seen marking the trees around his old haunts. He's been heard growling and roaring, and seen pawing the ground. Here's my latest addition:

            The Bear has just made his first big kill in a very long time.

            The Bear is back, he is On-Form, and the everybody(especially younger types) had better start getting used to it!

        • by mcvos (645701) on Saturday August 09, 2008 @06:17PM (#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: (Score:3, Interesting)

            by Cyberax (705495)

            Russia SUPPORTED territorial integrity of Georgia until yesterday. That's why peacekeeping forces were there - to stop bloodshed between separatists and Georgians.

            However, independence of Kosovo established a precedent. Probably that's why Georgia started this war.

            • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

              by NeutronCowboy (896098)

              Where'd you get your news from? Interfax? Russian peacekeeping forces were as much peacekeepers as the Chinese military in Tibet.

              There was no support of territorial integrity whatsoever. Unless you call the de facto annexation of South Ossetia by the generic handing out of Russian passports to everybody "preservation of territorial integrity".

              Nice try.

      • by NeutronCowboy (896098) on Saturday August 09, 2008 @06:08PM (#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.

      • 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,
      • Redhat? (Score:5, Funny)

        by Gertlex (722812) on Saturday August 09, 2008 @06:18PM (#24540659)

        Black Hats and White Hats?

        I think this is definitely a Red Hat problem.

    • by copponex (13876) on Saturday August 09, 2008 @05:53PM (#24540469) Homepage

      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.

      • by Timothy Brownawell (627747) <tbrownaw@prjek.net> on Saturday August 09, 2008 @06:03PM (#24540545) Homepage Journal

        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.

      • 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

      • by sanctimonius hypocrt (235536) on Saturday August 09, 2008 @07:10PM (#24541137) Homepage Journal

        "Unfortunately, since we have taken Iraq unilaterally, Russia is free to take Georgia unilaterally, and any other province they can get away with."

        I knew it had to be Bush's fault, but I wasn't sure how.

        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          by ShakaUVM (157947)

          Lol, oh that's awesome.

          A friend of mine just got back from Ecuador, which has price ceilings on gas prices there. For some reason, none of the gas stations have any gas. Whose fault was it? George W. Bush's!

          In fact, apparently every single problem in South America is the result of Bush's devious scheme to bring down his nemeses - those guys in those countries that... uh... what're their names again?

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by emilper (826945)

        why is nobody mentioning that "Georgia", "North Ossetia", "South Ossetia", "Chechnia" were just administrative districts of Soviet Union, with as much ethnic/national relevance as Vermont has in US ? Then in 1991 Eltsin and his pals split Soviet Union between themselves, and how you have lots of 'sovereign nations' with no legitimacy but what they can acquire and hold by force of arms.

        Nobody asked the civilians over whose heads the "Georgians" and "South Ossetians" are shooting at each other whether they wa

    • by u38cg (607297)
      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.
    • by IdleTime (561841)
      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)
    • 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
  • The Russians are on the way to burn Atlanta again. Sherman would be proud.
  • War (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 09, 2008 @05:22PM (#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]
    • ...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?

      • by XanC (644172)

        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.

    • by thealsir (927362)

      Linking to Pravda...now that's CERTAINLY an unbiased source.

  • by pallmall1 (882819) on Saturday August 09, 2008 @05:24PM (#24540243)
    Who put the humor tag on this story? Where's the outrage against Russia's invasion of a sovereign country?
    • by loonycyborg (1262242) on Saturday August 09, 2008 @05:29PM (#24540295)
      Where's the outrage against genocide of Ossetian people attempted by Georgia's "military"?
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      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: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      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.

    • 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 th

      • by jacquesm (154384)

        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.

      • by ya really (1257084) on Saturday August 09, 2008 @05:48PM (#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: (Score:3, Funny)

          by NeutronCowboy (896098)

          Russia doesn't want to damage it now. That's too easy. It wants CONTROL over it - to shut it off at politically convenient times, or to extract maximum cash from the dependent nations.

          This war has nothing to do with Ossetia, and all to do with Russia wanting to become a world power through the use and abuse of energy distribution.

      • 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

    • by couchslug (175151) on Saturday August 09, 2008 @05:40PM (#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.

      • by Cyberax (705495)

        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?

    • 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...

    • by Hanyin (1301045) on Saturday August 09, 2008 @05:49PM (#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.
    • by Peregr1n (904456)
      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
    • by gmuslera (3436)
      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.
    • by melted (227442) on Sunday August 10, 2008 @04:21AM (#24543995) Homepage

      But Georgia was under Russian rule for well over 200 years. Then it was broken off by separatists and declared itself a separate country. It's kind of like separatists come to power in Texas and declare it a separate country - you wouldn't like it. There were people in Ossetia who didn't like it - after all, Georgia has about as much of a right to Ossetia as Russia, so Ossetians FOUGHT for independence from Georgia FOR YEARS, with a lot of lives lost. They even called that particular war a "patriotic" one. They are not Georgians, most of them speak Russian only and are Russian citizens, why the fuck should they just roll over and spread their butt cheeks to Georgians?

      The sequence of events was like this: Georgia flattens a sleeping city, killing a bunch of Russian citizens among everybody else. Russia goes to the UN and asks to intervene. The UN gives it a middle finger. Russia says "fuck it, we'll pwn them then" and proceeds with pwning Georgia on its own.

      Finally, there's no "invasion" of Georgia going on. There's bombing of the military bases (watch your tax dollars go up in smoke, US citizens!), to be sure, but there are no troops on the ground. If Russia wanted to, Tbilisi would already be in ruins. But it won't happen, because there are a TON of Russians living in Georgia too.

      How THE FUCK is this "Russian aggression" I keep reading about in US media?

  • google (Score:4, Funny)

    by alxkit (941262) on Saturday August 09, 2008 @05:26PM (#24540261)
    Google News Has Russian Army Invading Savannah, GA

    so... ummm... russian army works for google?
  • Think "King's Bay."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Russians_Are_Coming,_the_Russians_Are_Coming [wikipedia.org]

    If you haven't seen it, give it a shot.

  • by damburger (981828) on Saturday August 09, 2008 @05:39PM (#24540367)
    This could've been one of those near misses for world war 3...
  • by HockeyPuck (141947) on Saturday August 09, 2008 @05:40PM (#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 (./)

    • by ya really (1257084) on Saturday August 09, 2008 @05:58PM (#24540517)

      Jewish-price-ridden (Israel)

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

    • by elnico (1290430) on Saturday August 09, 2008 @05:59PM (#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?

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

  • Red Dawn (Score:3, Insightful)

    by cpirate (550051) on Saturday August 09, 2008 @05:48PM (#24540435)
    Wolverines!!
  • by Peregr1n (904456) <ian.a.ferguson@gmail.com> on Saturday August 09, 2008 @05:49PM (#24540441) Homepage
    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.
  • 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!

  • by halivar (535827) <bfelger.gmail@com> on Saturday August 09, 2008 @05:58PM (#24540511) Homepage

    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.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by thief_inc (466143)

      I agree with you 100%. I grew up in Massachusetts and lived in California for 8 years and recently moved to Texas. The most amazing about Texas is the racial integration that I never saw in states I previously lived. The South in general gets a bad rap when in actuality many northerner are far more racist.
       

    • by X86Daddy (446356) on Sunday August 10, 2008 @12:04AM (#24542935) Journal

      Never have I seen whites and minorities live more harmoniously that in Georgia (the ghettoization of minorities in northern cities is NOT "harmony").

      Wow... Maybe you were in Atlanta or something. I attended high school in the aforementioned Effingham County in the mid-1990s, after moving there from southern California. The racism in that area astounded me. I was shocked and disgusted during my entire time there. There was "harmony" in that black people everywhere exhibited a constant air of fear and overt politeness. There was nearly zero social crossover between populations. The bloody high school even had officially separate Black and White prom queen and king elections, I shit you not. People wrote essays about the "War of Northern Agression" for class projects, etc... The high school mascot was a confederate soldier... My dad found KKK meeting announcements on break-room bulletin boards at his job in Savannah. I am not making any of this up. People joke about it, but it's because of the ring of truth to it. It's seriously messed up, and I doubt it has improved significantly over the last decade.

  • 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 emb

  • So..... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by IHC Navistar (967161) on Saturday August 09, 2008 @06:52PM (#24540983)

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

    -----So, Black Pride, Latino Pride, and Asian Pride are O.K., but Caucasian Pride is not?

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