15 TV shows that showed serious love for ‘Star Wars’




Some real talk from the land of television: The only time a true TV fan knows a movie exists is if it that movie gets mentioned on a TV show. The only time we know a movie is a huge hit is if it’s mentioned on multiple TV shows. And the only time we know a movie has taken over the world is if it’s mentioned on hundreds of TV shows, many decades after it was first released

Hello, Star Wars

Yes, in the world of television, there’s no franchise quite like it. The films are a perfect frame of reference for many small screen stories — and at this point, allusions to George Lucas’s world are so common you probably don’t always recognize that they’re happening. (How many times have you heard “I have a bad feeling about this”?) Read more…

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Turkey shoots down Russian plane: Wars have a funny way of taking on a life of their own


Turkey just shot down a Russian fighter jet along its border. 

Both Russian pilots are reportedly dead, with one corpse already photographed by gloating Syrian jihadis and tweeted out through social media. Shortly afterwards, a Russian rescue helicopter went down in the area, according to reports.

The Pentagon is already distancing itself from Turkey, calling it a matter between Turkey and Russia. Putin’s initial reaction, calling Turkey’s action a “stab in the back” and promising a response, is about as angry and hot-headed as I’ve seen Putin since he first came to power in 1999 in the wake of a series of apartment building bombings in Moscow and southern Russia, vowing “if we find them [Chechen rebels] on the shitter, we’ll whack them in the outhouse.” 

Putin followed through on his threat—with a gruesome war, filtration camps, and years of death squads. (I wrote about those brutal wars in Chechnya and the messed up neocon oil geopolitics in the Caspian region for NSFWCORP  herehere, and here).

Wars have a funny way of taking on a life of their own…

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