ISIS Didn't Invade Star Wars Set, Remains Committed to Earth Wars Only

Earlier this week, it was widely reported that the Islamic State had taken over the real-life version of Luke Skywalker's home planet, Tatooine. This is not accurate. ISIS fighters have not torn down the Mos Eisley Cantina and are not currently stomping through the historic streets where a young Jedi's destiny was… » 3/28/15 6:35pm Saturday 6:35pm

What ISIS Really Wants (According to the Islamophobia Industry)

Welcome back, dear readers, to The Kerfuffler, where every other week we take a look at the culture wars raging online. This week we're looking at the debate surrounding the nature and aims of one of the first 'internet generation' terrorist groups, Islamic State. » 3/26/15 6:50pm Thursday 6:50pm

Disturbing Satellite Images Show How The Lights Have Gone Out In Syria

The ongoing civil war in Syria is literally sending the country back to the dark ages. New satellite imagery reveals that 83% of nighttime illumination has disappeared in Syria since the start of the four-year conflict that has claimed the lives of 200,000 people and displaced nearly half its population. » 3/12/15 6:20am 3/12/15 6:20am

Experts Assess The Damage Wrought By ISIS At The Mosul Museum

Late last week, a disturbing ISIS propaganda video emerged showing the wanton destruction of ancient artifacts at the Mosul Museum in Iraq. After a careful examination of the video, antiquities experts say the damage inflicted by the stunt is "absolutely devastating." » 3/04/15 7:20am 3/04/15 7:20am

Saudi Arabia Is Building a 600-Mile Wall Along the Iraq Border

Saudi Arabia is building great wall — or rather, a great chainlink fence with razor wire — to "protect against ISIS" in Iraq. And it's not the only country investing in very expensive walls right now, even though they probably won't work. Why? Because walls aren't just about security. They're also powerful symbols. » 2/11/15 2:19pm 2/11/15 2:19pm

This Badass DIY Tank Is Ready To Be Used In The Fight Against ISIL

Desperate for weaponry, the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo has thrown together a homemade war wagon comprised of a pickup truck patched with scrap metal, a .50 cal machine gun, and a camera. And incredibly, the gun is controlled with a PlayStation controller. » 10/01/14 9:40am 10/01/14 9:40am

How Clone Wars Explains the Big Problems With Modern Warfare

Now that America's long war is getting longer, it's worth getting some outside perspective on what that war's all about, with all its twists and pitfalls. In short, it's worth asking George Lucas. » 9/12/14 5:12pm 9/12/14 5:12pm

Season 10 of Smallville = the birth of Superman, Man of Adorable…

Friday's episode of Smallville, "Isis," was a villain-of-the-week tale punctuated by moments of intense cuteness. Smallville is at its best with a little levity, but man, they are layering on the love. Also, Green Arrow got his own breakfast cereal! » 10/24/10 9:55am 10/24/10 9:55am

Cosplay on acid — the weirdly redundant art of dimestore scifi costumes

Vintage department store costumes followed a strangely predictable formula: soulless plastic mask + psychedelic torso art with the character's face again (for absolutely no reason). Here are some of your favorite scifi characters looking like narcissistic lunatics. First off, we have the Alien. It's like he was his… » 8/18/10 2:55pm 8/18/10 2:55pm