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Marvel’s Agents of Shield joins ‘The Resistance’

Hot Air - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 21:21

If you haven’t watched it in a while (or ever) Marvel’s Agents of Shield has become a running commentary on the Trump administration, complete with references to Fox News and the progressive meme “she persisted.”

My dad was briefly a comic dealer in the 70s and would give me extra copies of Silver Surfer to sell for spending money. I had friends that were DC devotees but for me, it was all about Marvel. So having Marvel gradually take over Hollywood over the past 17 years (since X-Men) and, more recently, expand onto television has been pretty great for me. Even when the movies have been disappointing (I’m looking at you Fantastic Four), I’m still pretty pleased they are being made.

Maybe that explains why I stick with things Marvel is doing beyond the point where I probably should have given up. One of those things is Marvel’s Agents of Shield. This season of the show started off with episodes reintroducing Ghost Rider (he’s not Nicolas Cage on TV). Ghost Rider bowed out at the midseason break and instead the show became focused on a kind of Invasion of the Body Snatchers-style plot in which members of the team were being replaced by lifelike androids. More recently, the story took another turn into a Matrix-esque plot in which all of the characters are locked in a simulation of reality called the Framework.

The framework is a dystopian version of reality where the main characters in the show have become agents of Hydra. In this world, Hydra was never destroyed and is pretty much running everything. They monitor people with drones. They rewrite history books. They drag dissidents out of classrooms and re-educate them. They hunt down inhumans. And they spew propaganda from a friendly news network.

If you’re guessing that the show has constantly drawn parallels between this Hydra dystopia and Trump’s election you would be right. In one recent episode, one of the male characters, who is now leading Hydra and sporting what Samantha Bee would call “Nazi hair,” beats up a female character and comments off-handedly that he warned her to tell the truth but “nevertheless, she persisted.”

In the most recent episode, the Shield agents, who are all slowly coming to their senses about who they really are, take over Hydra’s favorite news network and broadcast a pirate video. As you can see below, this is agent Phil Coulson (actor Clark Gregg) talking about “alternative facts” and inviting people to join the resistance. “I’m choosing to stand up, to become a part of something bigger,” he says. All that’s missing is a pussy hat.

Honestly, having progressive politics mixed with entertainment is nothing new. If you’re a conservative you come to expect it and, for the most part, it’s easy to ignore or simply turn off. The problem with Agents of Shield is that the more it tries to draw parallels between a dystopian world and the real one, the more absurd it seems. An evil organization started by Nazis has not taken over the country. Children are not being put in re-education camps. There is not a government news network controlling what people think. And contrary to what the show suggests, being part of the resistance is not life-threatening. In fact, it’s quite popular and probably very good for your career if you’re working in Hollywood.

According to this site, Agents of Shield will probably survive for one more season, or possibly a split season with the new Inhumans show. Here’s hoping the writers get over the 2016 election by then.

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Trump tax plan could save him millions under guise of helping small businesses (Tom McCarthy/The Guardian)

Memeorandum - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 21:20

Tom McCarthy / The Guardian:
Trump tax plan could save him millions under guise of helping small businesses  —  The structure of the Trump organization makes it a prime potential beneficiary - one estimate says the tax plan will save Donald Trump $65m a year in taxes … A tax plan released by the White House on Wednesday …

United Airlines reaches settlement with Dr. David Dao

Daily Mail - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 21:19
Lawyers for Dr. David Dao called the settlement from United Airlines 'amicable' and revealed that one of the provisions was that the exact amount agreed upon by both sides remain confidential.

The roles Meghan Markle would rather forget 

Daily Mail - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 21:18
As Meghan Markle films the seventh series of Suits in Toronto, there’s speculation it will be her last before she moves to London to be with Prince Harry.

Italian model Gessica Notaro arrives at court for trial

Daily Mail - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 21:18
Italian Gessica Notaro, 27, has arrived at court for the trial of her ex-boyfriend who 'threw acid in her face' a day after she bravely shared pictures on Instagram of her horrific injuries.

Ohio man, 26, arrested trying to join ISIS in Syria

Daily Mail - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 21:17
Laith Waleed Alebbini, 26, was stopped from boarding his flight at Cincinatti-Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Cruz: Breaking up 9th Circuit Court 'a possibility' (Mark Hensch/The Hill)

Memeorandum - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 21:15

Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Cruz: Breaking up 9th Circuit Court ‘a possibility’  —  (R-Texas) says that breaking up the 9th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals is “certainly a possibility.”  —  “The 9th Circuit is the largest federal court of appeals,” he said Thursday on “The Jack Riccardi Show.”

Woman sues hospital for negligence after brother's suicide

Daily Mail - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 21:11
Meghan McInnis-Dominguez claimed her brother, Clay McInnis III, 38, was denied admission to a Delaware hospital one day before hanging himself, in a negligence lawsuit filed Tuesday.

Aaron Hernandez's fiancée receives offer on his $1.2m home

Daily Mail - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 21:11
Shayanna Jenkins has until the end of the day to accept an offer for the home in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Map shows extreme weather threats facing wine regions

Daily Mail - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 21:10
Scientists investigated how 7,500 wine regions in 131 are affected by these extreme weather events and found that Mendoza and San Juan in Argentina are exposed to the highest risks worldwide.

Israel strikes arms depot near Damascus airport: sources (Reuters)

Memeorandum - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 21:10

Israel strikes arms depot near Damascus airport: sources  —  Israeli warplanes struck a weapons supply hub operated by Lebanese group Hezbollah near Damascus airport on Thursday, targeting arms sent from Iran in commercial and military cargo aircraft, Syrian rebel and regional intelligence sources said.

Contract slashing continues at ESPN with McHenry and Katz

Daily Mail - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 21:08
Britt McHenry and Andy Katz are the latest big names to part ways with Disney's sports brand, ESPN, announcing their respective departures via Twitter on Thursday. More cuts are expected today.

Atlanta attorney indicted on murder charge in wife's death

Daily Mail - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 21:08
Atlanta, Georgia attorney Claud 'Tex' McIver was hit with murder charges on Thusday in the shooting death of his wife Diane McIver.

Woman finds a parasitic WORM buried under her skin

Daily Mail - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 21:07
The 45-year-old woman developed a rash from a parasitic infection known as cutaneous larva migrans. But the source of it was extremely rare: it came from a worm that normally only infects dogs or cats.

Amber Alert teacher 'ADMITTED he slept with student, 15'

Daily Mail - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 21:07
Jill Cummins, who filed for divorce from Tad Cummins after he ran off with Elizabeth Thomas five weeks ago, said her husband made the confession during a phone cal from jail.

Oxford researchers identify two forms of love 'addiction'

Daily Mail - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 21:05
Researchers from Oxford University Centre for Neuroethics say love can trigger reward signals in the brain and can cause euphoria – but, it can also lead to cravings, and obsessive behaviour.

Fox News Host Jesse Watters Finally Gets In Trouble For Something (Amanda Terkel/The Huffington Post)

Memeorandum - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 21:05

Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Fox News Host Jesse Watters Finally Gets In Trouble For Something  —  Insulting Asian-Americans and homeless people is fine, but making a joke about Ivanka Trump is too much.  —  Over the years, Fox News personality Jesse Watters has mocked Asian-Americans in New York City's Chinatown …

'Bachelor' hires high-profile law firm days after arrest

Daily Mail - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 21:03
'Bachelor' star Chris Soules (pictured) has hired high-profile law firm Parrish Kruidenier to defend him after he was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal crash near Aurora, Iowa, Monday.

NJ baby aged 18 DAYS appears to suck milk from bottle

Daily Mail - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 21:02
Adam Power, from New Jersey, was handed the milk by his mother-in-law and immediately began drinking. Footage shows him gulping down the liquid as he holds the bottle in his hands.

Putin warns situation in Korean peninsula has deteriorated

Daily Mail - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 21:02
Vladimir Putin has called for 'peaceful, constructive dialogue' with North Korea, as his armed forces displayed their might on the streets of Moscow and St Petersburg.


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