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WASHINGTON — As NATO faces a resurgent Russian military, a substantial number of Europeans do not believe that their own countries should rush to defend an ally against attack, according to a comprehensive survey to be made public on Wednesday.

NATO’s charter states that an attack against one member should be considered an attack against all, but the survey points to the challenges the alliance faces in trying to maintain its cohesion in the face of an increasingly aggressive Russia.

“At least half of Germans, French and Italians say their country should not use military force to defend a NATO ally if attacked by Russia,” the Pew Research Center said it found in its survey, which is based on interviews in 10 nations.

“Our data shows that Germans, French and Italians have little inclination to come to a NATO ally’s defense,” said Bruce Stokes, the director for global economic attitudes at the Pew Research Center, “and if the next military conflict in the region is hybrid warfare, and there is some debate who these Russian-speaking fighters are, such attitudes will only further inhibit NATO’s response.”

The Pew report is based on 11,116 telephone and face-to-face interviews in eight NATO countries as well as Russia and Ukraine. The interviews were conducted from early April to mid-May, and the results have a margin of error of roughly plus or minus three to four percentage points, the center said.

Not all of the data in the Pew report is bad news for NATO. According to the study, residents of most NATO countries still believe that the United States would come to their defense. Americans and Canadians also largely say that their countries should act militarily to defend a NATO ally, and nearly half of the British, Polish and Spanish respondents say the same.

Residents of most NATO countries apparently don't understand how an alliance works.

But the study highlights sharp differences within the alliance’s ranks. Of all those surveyed, Poles were most alarmed by Moscow’s muscle flexing, with 70 percent saying that Russia was a major military threat.

Germany, a critical American ally in the effort to forge a Ukraine peace settlement, was at the other end of the spectrum. Only 38 percent of Germans said that Russia was a danger to neighboring countries aside from Ukraine, and only 29 percent blamed Russia for the violence in Ukraine.

Yeah, why would the invader be responsible for the violence? It's probably the Ukrainians who scandalously try to defend their country from invasion. Or maybe Ukraine is to blame because they think they can just decide things for themselves?

Consequently, 58 percent of Germans do not believe that their country should use force to defend another NATO ally. Just 19 percent of Germans say NATO weapons should be sent to the Ukrainian government to help it better contend with Russian and separatist attacks.

Support for the NATO alliance in Germany was tallied at 55 percent, down from 73 percent in 2009. Those results are influenced by Germans in the eastern part of the country, who are more than twice as likely as western Germans to have confidence in President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.


In the United States, the study notes, support for NATO remains fairly strong. Americans and Canadians, it says, were the only nationalities surveyed in which more than half of those polled believed that their country should take military action if Russia attacked a NATO ally. Forty-six percent of Americans believe that the United States should provide arms to the Ukrainian government, though Republicans are more likely than Democrats to support such a move.…

I have to wonder, if an ally being invaded is not a legitimate reason to use your military for many Europeans, then what the fuck is?…

North Korea has executed its Defense Chief, Hyon Yong Chol, by firing squad ‘using an anti-aircraft gun,’ South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) has said.

Hundreds of North KOrean officials watched Hyon’s execution on April 30, the deputy director of the NIS was paraphrased as saying to South Korean lawmakers

News of the event was publicized by Yonhap early morning Wednesday morning, who claimed the NIS said he was punished for falling asleep during formal military events.

The alleged development follows rumors of a further execution of up to 15 officials under two weeks ago, for challenging Kim Jong Un’s authority.

“If it is true, which is yet to be confirmed, such executions would make other current and future officials and military officers less trusting of one another and of the leadership above them,” said John Grisafi, NK News Director of Intelligence.

“(This) would undermine the chain of command and organizational strength within the North Korean regime,” Grisafi added.

Hyon’s last appearance in Pyongyang’s state media was just one day prior to the alleged execution, on April 29. Prior to that, he typically appeared two to six times per month.

Hyon was minister of the People’s Armed Forces since last June, when he replaced Jang Jong Nam.

His career had ups and downs. He achieved the rank of vice marshal in 2012 but was demoted to colonel general later that same year, for unknown reasons, though he remained in his post of chief of the General Staff.…

</span>Seoul, South Korea (CNN)North Korea has publicly executed the country's defense minister, according to South Korean media, citing the South Korean National Intelligence Service.

Defense Chief Hyon Yong Chol "was purged for lese majeste," South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

Hyon was executed in public in front of hundreds of people, the agency said.

Don't fall asleep.</span>…

Two men were shot in a parking lot outside the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland Sunday afternoon, SWAT officials told News 8.

Those men possibly had explosives on them, SWAT officials said. Everyone at the center, which was hosting a Muhammad Art exhibit, was told to find a safe place inside the building.

SWAT members were already at the scene for the art event.

Rowlett/Sachse Scanner reported on Facebook that a suspect was inside a nearby Walmart, off Garland Avenue and Naaman Forest Boulevard with a hand grenade.…

Police: Officers fatally shot 2 men who opened fire outside Garland, Texas, center hosting Muhammad art event - @JocelynNBC5

More: Garland, Texas, police officer suffers non-life-threatening injuries after being shot when 2 men opened fire outside controversial art event - @AmandaNBC5

All over fucking cartoons. People are so stupid.

"Gaming company OUYA is on the auction block after tripping a debt covenant, according to a confidential email sent out earlier this month from CEO Julie Uhrman to company investors and advisors.

Investment bank Mesa Global — which recently managed the sale of music service Songza to Google GOOG -0.27% — has been hired to manage the process. No word yet on asking price.

OUYA originally raised $15 million in Series A funding in early 2013 from investors like Kleiner Perkins, Mayfield Fund, Occam Partners, Shasta Ventures and NVIDIA NVDA 0.18% . Not too long after, it quietly secured some venture debt from TriplePoint Capital.

It is unclear exactly how much was lent by TriplePoint, except that it must have been more than the $10 million that OUYA raised just two months ago from Alibaba BABA 0.06% . Debt restructuring negotiations were unsuccessful. In her memo, Uhrman writes: 'Given our debtholder’s timeline, the process will be quick. We are looking for expressions of interest by the end of this month.'"

So, given the hilariously low probability of a company buying this wreck of a product, I think it falls on us to buy them. I have $12 credit on my gamestop membership card and a used copy of Far Cry 2 for the PS3. You move, Ouya.


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TronmanZ Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
Bad news, TurdEVulture has come back, he is now :iconmorals2liveby:.
TheRoyalCrownJewel Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
TurkEvulture has gone and done it... he blocked me. For no reason at all.
TheRedSnifit Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
TronmanZ Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
He also blocked me.
Werewolfferret96 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Yo! I got blocked by Vulpimo too!
TheRoyalCrownJewel Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was blocked by hoggys2much, too. That Nintendo-hating troll gets on my nerves.

And now, he's (at least temporarily) gone.

"Now he's gone, now he's gone.
Like a steam locomotive running down the track,
He's gone, he's gone
And nothing's gonna bring him back.
He's gone."
-He's Gone, by the Grateful Dead
TheRedSnifit Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
I thought I was the only person to know those lyrics :p
tokotiger Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is terrible for the future of Bayonetta as a franchise, it'll never be on Xbox or PS consoles again because when this game inevitably sells poorly Sega's just going to write it off as "no one is interested in Bayonetta anymore".

No smart person would buy a Wii U just for one game.
TheRedSnifit Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
when this game inevitably sells poorly Sega's just going to write it off as "no one is interested in Bayonetta anymore".

Except, Sega already decided that nobody was interested in Bayonetta and dropped it, which is why Ninty's calling the shots; apparently, XBox and PS consoles suck at selling non-exclusive games that don't play like CoD. But hey, you enjoy making up reasons for your allegiance to your underpowered PC-in-a-box; I'll enjoy Bayonetta 2 and my other niche games.
tokotiger Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That's highly disingenuous. Sega would've been able to fund the game for several platforms by themselves but Nintendo opportunistically swooped in and stole it for their annual attempt at "bringing hardcore gamers back" which never works for them. They do this every single time they launch a new system: they find themselves hounded by their previous system's "kiddy" image and want to win back the hardcore gamers, so they spend money to acquire a few mature exclusives, which inevitably fail to find their audience on their piece of shit system, and then Nintendo gives up and go back to making toothless games for grandmas and 5 year olds, leaving the core gamers to rot. It happened on the Gamecube, it happened again on the Wii and it's happening again now.

And there's a ton of non-exclusive games on these systems that don't play like COD that sell extremely well. Haven't you ever played Assassin's Creed? Bioshock? Dishonored? Mass Effect? You don't have a clue what you're talking about, and as far as I can see, you're just one of those Nintendo fanboys that treats it as if COD and Mario are the only two games that exist. There is a middle ground you know.

I also find it laughable that you call the other systems underpowered when your system of choice for the last 6 years has been running on hardware barely more powerful than an abacus. And it's even more funny now that Nintendo's set themselves up to be the underpowered one yet again going into the next generation, once MS and Sony release their powerhouses that'll blast it out of the water.
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