5 Things You Should Know – Part 8

October 6, 2015
Comments (7)
  1. Slartibartfast says:

    I call Bulls**t on #5. The text is okay, the infographic is not. Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Africa and the Philippines are NOT NATO countries. They are allies of the United States but do not qualify geographically as part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

    1. Jack Mehoff says:

      First World is generally considered the US and its allies (which would be NATO, but included other countries as well). During the Cold War, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and the Philippines were aligned with the US, and thus were considered First World. Australia and New Zealand (as well as Canada) were former British Colonies and were considered First World. As for South Africa, I would have to assume that it would go along with Australia and New Zealand. With a bit of research to refresh my memory, the US imposed sanctions against South Africa in the decline of the Cold War to help end Apartheid, then began sending aid packages to them after its abolition. If that counts them as an ally or not, I’m not sure. Even the Wikipedia graphic on First/Second/Third World has South Africa as First(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cold_War_alliances_mid-1975.svg). The author should have mentioned this in the text, but failed to do so.

      1. Raoul says:

        South Africa was a USA ally during apartheid. Sanctions came later. South Africa was involved in a proxy war in angola on behalf of USA against a russian and cuban trained and equipped force.

  2. Emperor of Mankind says:

    *NATO and its allies!!!

    1. Admin says:

      You are right.

  3. Mouse says:

    5. Infograph showed Yugoslavia as a Warsaw Pact country when they too would be classified as ‘Third World’ and in fact formed the Non-Alignment Movement among nations.

  4. Bob says:

    #1 quickly goes from Kickass Fact to soapbox in the last 2 sentences.

    You don’t need to add “how well they value their job”. For following the law, Federal or otherwise, their job is safe.
    Or “charges most likely dropped”.
    Way to input a personal opinion into a “fact”.

    Maybe if the author of that one smoked less they wouldn’t type like a twit.

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