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2014-04-07 03:58:14 PM
This is my shocked face.
 
2014-04-07 04:04:02 PM
I have to think that the people who picked Alaska or the middle of America were joking. If they seriously thought Ukraine is on domestic soil, I may have to give myself a concussion.
 
2014-04-07 04:05:11 PM
What's a map?
 
2014-04-07 04:07:03 PM
Like, such as, armies.
 
2014-04-07 04:12:16 PM
Pretty much like how the people that had no inkling of the history of Crimea and Russia were those most upset about the annexation and were quick to assume that Putin was another Hitler ready to roll through Eastern Europe.
 
2014-04-07 04:13:41 PM
My family came from the Ukraine 100 years ago, but more on the western side by Poland.  Never paid too much attention to politics there or Crimea, but I do know where it's located and don't think we should go in.  Yet.
 
2014-04-07 04:23:58 PM

Dinki: Pretty much like how the people that had no inkling of the history of Crimea and Russia were those most upset about the annexation and were quick to assume that Putin was another Hitler ready to roll through Eastern Europe.


Hitler used the same excuse to roll into Aust...you know what, forget it.
 
2014-04-07 04:24:02 PM
A lot of people seem to think it is Greenland.
 
2014-04-07 04:24:09 PM

Serious Black: I have to think that the people who picked Alaska or the middle of America were joking. If they seriously thought Ukraine is on domestic soil, I may have to give myself a concussion.


Some of them put it smack in the middle of the US. I certainly hope they were joking.

Ignorance aside, there is a certain logic to the idea that if you don't understand that Ukraine is actually near Russia, and in fact think its in Greenland or east Asia or somewhere else far beyond Russia's sphere of influence, it makes sense that you would support military intervention.
 
2014-04-07 04:24:42 PM
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2014-04-07 04:35:44 PM

enry: Dinki: Pretty much like how the people that had no inkling of the history of Crimea and Russia were those most upset about the annexation and were quick to assume that Putin was another Hitler ready to roll through Eastern Europe.

Hitler used the same excuse to roll into Aust...you know what, forget it.


Texas and Hawaii would like a word with you.
 
2014-04-07 04:36:24 PM
That many people never played Risk?

Difficult to believe.
 
2014-04-07 04:42:13 PM

Dinki: enry: Dinki: Pretty much like how the people that had no inkling of the history of Crimea and Russia were those most upset about the annexation and were quick to assume that Putin was another Hitler ready to roll through Eastern Europe.

Hitler used the same excuse to roll into Aust...you know what, forget it.

Texas and Hawaii would like a word with you.


Touche
 
2014-04-07 04:50:33 PM
In my experience, the less informed a person is, the more vehemently they believe whatever the hell they believe.
 
2014-04-07 04:54:25 PM

2wolves: That many people never played Risk?



I know.  It's right in between Geonosis and Dagobah.


/Star Wars Clone Wars Risk, right?
 
2014-04-07 05:13:26 PM

2wolves: That many people never played Risk?

Difficult to believe.


I remember getting a question about Kamchatka right in high school because of Risk.


James!: Like, such as, armies.


Came for this. I'll post it anyway.

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2014-04-07 05:17:34 PM
Everything I need to know about Ukraine I learned from Seinfeld. Let's invade. They're weak.
 
2014-04-07 05:19:27 PM

gilgigamesh: Serious Black: I have to think that the people who picked Alaska or the middle of America were joking. If they seriously thought Ukraine is on domestic soil, I may have to give myself a concussion.

Some of them put it smack in the middle of the US. I certainly hope they were joking.

Ignorance aside, there is a certain logic to the idea that if you don't understand that Ukraine is actually near Russia, and in fact think its in Greenland or east Asia or somewhere else far beyond Russia's sphere of influence, it makes sense that you would support military intervention.


Wouldn't it be nice if someone who didn't know where Ukraine was realized they lack sufficient information on which to base an opinion of the situation?  Why can't they just say, "You know, I don't know enough about it."
 
2014-04-07 05:21:08 PM
Obvious tag was busy being a moran?
 
2014-04-07 05:21:39 PM
As I understand it...

This is all an attempt by Putin to make the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies go more quickly.
 
2014-04-07 05:22:47 PM

timujin: gilgigamesh: Serious Black: I have to think that the people who picked Alaska or the middle of America were joking. If they seriously thought Ukraine is on domestic soil, I may have to give myself a concussion.

Some of them put it smack in the middle of the US. I certainly hope they were joking.

Ignorance aside, there is a certain logic to the idea that if you don't understand that Ukraine is actually near Russia, and in fact think its in Greenland or east Asia or somewhere else far beyond Russia's sphere of influence, it makes sense that you would support military intervention.

Wouldn't it be nice if someone who didn't know where Ukraine was realized they lack sufficient information on which to base an opinion of the situation?  Why can't they just say, "You know, I don't know enough about it."


Saying you don't know enough makes its sound like you will seek out the information. And bygummit this here's 'Merica! No time fer booklearnin, just attack and let Jesus sort em out!
 
2014-04-07 05:23:25 PM
Obvious tag broken today?
 
2014-04-07 05:23:26 PM
The less you know the more you vote Republican.
 
2014-04-07 05:25:01 PM
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/oblig.
 
2014-04-07 05:26:21 PM
"Democrats (14 percent correct)". Stopped reading right there.
 
2014-04-07 05:30:46 PM

svanmeter: "Democrats (14 percent correct)". Stopped reading right there.


Why?
 
2014-04-07 05:31:05 PM

2wolves: That many people never played Risk?

Difficult to believe.


This.  Ukraine looks like a great territory to hold.  You can push into Europe, or go into Asia, and you can even go down into Africa with not much effort.  But you just can't hold it.  There are too many territories around it.

Which is why if I become President, I'm going to move all our armies into Australia.  No one can get there without a fight.

/realizes that this may not apply to actual geopolitics
 
2014-04-07 05:31:54 PM
New study shows that the less likely an American is to know where Ukraine is on a map, the more likely he is to want to intervene militarily there

They could have asked Americans to find Russia on a world map and turned the fun up to 11.
 
2014-04-07 05:31:55 PM
And also believe our president is a Muslim.
 
2014-04-07 05:32:34 PM

fusillade762: 2wolves: That many people never played Risk?

Difficult to believe.

I remember getting a question about Kamchatka right in high school because of Risk.



That question was only there to expose commie sleepers. No red blooded American would know such things. You're in the database now.
 
2014-04-07 05:33:41 PM

svanmeter: "Democrats (14 percent correct)". Stopped reading right there.


What an odd place to stop. Did you suddenly have to pee, or did your browser crash?
 
2014-04-07 05:33:44 PM
I'm still trying to find Crimea River on a map.
 
2014-04-07 05:35:24 PM
As someone who lives in Hungary, which is neighboring Ukraine, I am a little upset by this news.
 
2014-04-07 05:36:07 PM
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2014-04-07 05:36:23 PM
Well I used to be able to find it on a map. Then it's shape started changing with pro Russia breakaways and Russia annexing the territory. Not much left to find the location of now.
 
2014-04-07 05:37:47 PM

Dinki: Pretty much like how the people that had no inkling of the history of Crimea and Russia were those most upset about the annexation and were quick to assume that Putin was another Hitler ready to roll through Eastern Europe.


If by "history of Crimea and Russia" you mean the ethnic cleansing of Crimean Tatars and subsequent influx of Russians into the Tatars' "vacated" homes then well.... wait no that definitely makes me MORE upset about the annexation so not following you on this
 
2014-04-07 05:38:07 PM

Dinki: Pretty much like how the people that had no inkling of the history of Crimea and Russia were those most upset about the annexation and were quick to assume that Putin was another Hitler ready to roll through Eastern Europe.


The annexation of Crimea is very comparable to hitlers early. territorial claims.

But then, that not the evil thing that hitler did.
 
2014-04-07 05:38:46 PM

someonelse: svanmeter: "Democrats (14 percent correct)". Stopped reading right there.

What an odd place to stop. Did you suddenly have to pee, or did your browser crash?


Yeah I'm sure those ignorant Democrats were just dolphins caught in the tuna net. It must suck when your paradigm turns out not to be worth a pair of dimes.
 
2014-04-07 05:39:10 PM

SilentStrider: This is my shocked face.


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2014-04-07 05:40:13 PM

Serious Black: I have to think that the people who picked Alaska or the middle of America were joking. If they seriously thought Ukraine is on domestic soil, I may have to give myself a concussion.


No, I'm sure most of those people simply can't find the US on a world map, as depressing as that is.
 
2014-04-07 05:40:49 PM

xaldin: Well I used to be able to find it on a map. Then it's shape started changing with pro Russia breakaways and Russia annexing the territory. Not much left to find the location of now.


It's easy to find on a map. It's east of Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia.
 
2014-04-07 05:40:53 PM
Not sure it's a useful poll of political view when people are obviously clicking on spots that cannot be right and then giving an answer.
I wonder how many responded with a "yea, sure, whatever. Stop calling my house already".

/thirty years at the same phone number, never been polled.
/seriously, who the fark are they calling that thinks Canada is near Ukraine?
/at least get it on the right side of the Atlantic.
 
2014-04-07 05:41:19 PM

jake_lex: Which is why if I become President, I'm going to move all our armies into Australia. No one can get there without a fight.

/realizes that this may not apply to actual geopolitics


Oh but it does. http://www.stripes.com/news/pendleton-marines-leaving-for-australia-d e ployment-1.276124 I think we're sending like 25k troops there overall
 
2014-04-07 05:46:57 PM
Ukraine, Arkansas... same dif.
 
2014-04-07 05:48:29 PM

Danger Avoid Death: xaldin: Well I used to be able to find it on a map. Then it's shape started changing with pro Russia breakaways and Russia annexing the territory. Not much left to find the location of now.

It's easy to find on a map. It's east of Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia.


I see what you did there....
 
2014-04-07 05:48:49 PM

way south: Not sure it's a useful poll of political view when people are obviously clicking on spots that cannot be right and then giving an answer.
I wonder how many responded with a "yea, sure, whatever. Stop calling my house already".

/thirty years at the same phone number, never been polled.
/seriously, who the fark are they calling that thinks Canada is near Ukraine?
/at least get it on the right side of the Atlantic.


Between 6 and 12% will generally respond to polls with crazy ass answers no matter what. Its called the lizardman constant. A mix of the genuinely crazed and those who just want to watch your poll burn.

Any amount beyond this are noncrazy nontroublemakers. Just stupids.
 
2014-04-07 05:49:00 PM

Serious Black: I have to think that the people who picked Alaska or the middle of America were joking. If they seriously thought Ukraine is on domestic soil, I may have to give myself a concussion.


Heh...you DO know how many of your fellow Americans think the sun goes around the earth, right?
 
2014-04-07 05:51:51 PM
I get it confused with Turkmenistan (I swapped the Black and Caspian seas in my head), and I still don't want to intervene militarily.
 
2014-04-07 05:52:41 PM

Charletron: If by "history of Crimea and Russia" you mean the ethnic cleansing of Crimean Tatars and subsequent influx of Russians into the Tatars' "vacated" homes then well.... wait no that definitely makes me MORE upset about the annexation so not following you on this


No, I mean that Crimea was part of Russia from 1783 till 1954 when Khrushchev unilaterally gave Crimea to Ukraine without any referendum or input from the Crimeans. Prior to 1954 Crimea was never part of Ukraine.
 
2014-04-07 05:53:16 PM
Not shocked..certainly not an 'American problem'. It's a common human behavior unfortunately.

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