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Samantha Bee demolishes one of the most popular conservative conspiracy theories

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The "Deep State” is a popular conspiracy theory among supporters of President Donald Trump, and even within the White House itself.

Fox News has been talking about it a lot lately, and Samantha Bee has a problem with it. The belief holds that there’s a network of powerful government agencies and the military secretly manipulating the government. The idea of a shadowy Deep State has taken hold in the highest levels of Trump’s administration, as the Associated Press reports.

On Wednesday night, “Full Frontal” showed a series of clips of people on Fox News talking about the Deep State that ended with Sean Hannity saying, “The Deep State that we talk about, they’re out for blood.”

“The Deep State is so deeply buried in its deepy deepness, Sean Hannity had to pull it from the depths of his a–,” Bee said. 

Then the show played a clip from Alex Jones’ show “Infowars,” with caller Paul Sperry claiming that Obama is commanding an army of activists at his home two miles away from the White House, and that he could “spark something” like a civil war. 

“God, you guys get so upset every time a black guy moves into the wrong neighborhood,” Bee said, as the poster for the new racially charged horror movie “Get Out” came on the screen behind her.

“The Deep State is like polio,” she said. “It exists, just not in America right now.”

Watch Samantha Bee’s segment on the “Deep State” below:

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I could also post this as a TIFU.

I just purchased an airline ticket with a travel agency (Flight Network) only to be charged $250 more than the actual ticket price. I only realised later when I checked my credit card statement. To clarify, the confirmation screen showed about $650, but when the charges and receipt came through, I was charged $900. I also messed up by not carefully checking the receipt.

I made the calls. Amex will not do anything without evidence, and neither will the travel agency. “Do whatever you wanna do, we’re not fixing this” is what the agency said.

A corollary to this LPT is never ever pay off your credit card without verifying the charges. Because I was often paying off my card immediately based on my quoted purchase price (not what they actually charged me), it implies consent to the purchases.

NEVER BUY ANYTHING FROM FLIGHTNETWORK.COM

I hope you guys and gals can learn from my mistakes.

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The current ticket price, close to departure, is about $700. It’s obvious that I was overcharged, because international flights only go UP closer to departure date. All sources on flights online indicate this. If what I charged was legitimate, how could’ve the price dropped by 22%?

Marvel Courting Ava DuVernay to Direct Diverse Superhero Movie


Marvel is courting “Selma” filmmaker Ava DuVernay to direct one of its diverse superhero movies, which include “Black Panther” and “Captain Marvel,” multiple individuals with knowledge of the situation have toldTheWrap. Insiders suggest that “Black Panther,” due first in July 2018, is the most likely possibility.

Marvel has had discussions with DuVernay about taking the reins of one of its marquee comic book properties and while the studio is considering other directors, there is mutual interest in having her join the MCU.

Marvel’s courtship surfaces on the same day that the American Civil Liberties Union asked state and federal agencies to investigate Hollywood’s hiring practices at major studios, networks and talent agencies. The ACLU has alleged rampant and intentional gender discrimination in recruiting and hiring female directors.

A woman has never directed a Marvel movie, though the company did hire Patty Jenkins to direct “Thor: The Dark World.” Following creative differences, she was eventually replaced by Alan Taylor. Jenkins recently replaced Michelle MacLaren as the director of “Wonder Woman” at Warner Bros., which has been eager to beat Marvel to the proverbial punch when it comes to diversity within its comic book movie universe.

Insiders told TheWrap that Marvel is intent on hiring an African-American director for “Black Panther” and a female filmmaker for “Captain Marvel.” DuVernay’s hiring would make her Marvel’s first African-American and first female director, which would no doubt double as a public relations boon for the company.

“Black Panther” is set to star Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, the prince of Wakanda who must take over his father’s throne and avenge his death. “Captain Marvel” follows a woman named Carol Danvers who receives powers after encountering an alien from the Kree Empire. Slated for release on Nov. 2, 2018, the film is Marvel’s first female-driven superhero movie, and will be written by Nicole Perlman (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) and Meg LeFauve (“Inside Out”).

DuVernay actually has experience with comic book movies… sort of. Back in her publicist days, she did “promotional services” for Sam Raimi‘s “Spider-Man 2,” which inexplicably remains her top credit on IMDb Pro despite the fact that “Selma,” which she directed, was Oscar-nominated for Best Picture and won a slew of other awards from critics and guilds.

There was outrage throughout Hollywood when DuVernay failed to receive a Best Director nomination from the Academy, and she has been in high demand ever since the world premiere of “Selma” moved its audience to tears. DuVernay is developing a TV series for Oprah Winfrey‘s OWN network based on the book “Queen Sugar” and recently wrapped CBS’ civil rights drama pilot “For Justice.” She has also set up an untitled Hurricane Katrina movie at Participant Media that will star her fellow producer David Oyelowo.

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Facebook’s privacy update may protect you from government spying.

With a new encryption option announced Monday, Facebook will allow users to opt in for encrypted PGP (“Pretty Good Privacy”) messages from the social network, meaning government agencies won’t be able to read password-reset emails or any other sensitive information Facebook sends to your inbox. Setting it up is easy.

Marvel Courting Ava DuVernay to Direct Diverse Superhero Movie (Exclusive)

The “Selma” filmmaker is being eyed to join the MCU, but will she take the reins of “Black Panther” or “Captain Marvel?”
Marvel is courting “Selma” filmmaker Ava DuVernay to direct one of its diverse superhero movies, which include “Black Panther” and “Captain Marvel,” multiple individuals with knowledge of the situation have told TheWrap. Insiders suggest that “Black Panther,” due first in July 2018, is the most likely possibility.
Marvel has had discussions with DuVernay about taking the reins of one of its marquee comic book properties and while the studio is considering other directors, there is mutual interest in having her join the MCU.
Marvel’s courtship surfaces on the same day that the American Civil Liberties Union asked state and federal agencies to investigate Hollywood’s hiring practices at major studios, networks and talent agencies. The ACLU has alleged rampant and intentional gender discrimination in recruiting and hiring female directors.

A woman has never directed a Marvel movie, though the company did hire Patty Jenkins to direct “Thor: The Dark World.” Following creative differences, she was eventually replaced by Alan Taylor. Jenkins recently replaced Michelle Maclaren as the director of “Wonder Woman” at Warner Bros., which has been eager to beat Marvel to the proverbial punch when it comes to diversity in its comic book movie universe.
Insiders told TheWrap that Marvel is intent on hiring an African-American director for “Black Panther” and a female filmmaker for “Captain Marvel.” DuVernay’s hiring would make her Marvel’s first African-American and first female director, which would no doubt double as a public relations boon for the company.
“Black Panther” is set to star Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, the prince of Wakanda who must take over his father’s throne and avenge his death. “Captain Marvel” follows a woman named Carol Danvers who receives powers after encountering an alien from the Kree Empire. Slated for release on Nov. 2, 2018, the film is Marvel’s first female-driven superhero movie, and will be written by Nicole Perlman (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) and Meg LeFauve (“Inside Out”).

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Marvel Courting Ava DuVernay to Direct Diverse Superhero Movie (Exclusive)
The “Selma” filmmaker is being eyed to join the MCU, but will she take the reins of “Black Panther” or “Captain Marvel?”

Marvel is courting “Selma” filmmaker Ava DuVernay to direct one of its diverse superhero movies, which include “Black Panther” and “Captain Marvel,” multiple individuals with knowledge of the situation have told TheWrap. Insiders suggest that “Black Panther,” due first in July 2018, is the most likely possibility.

Marvel has had discussions with DuVernay about taking the reins of one of its marquee comic book properties and while the studio is considering other directors, there is mutual interest in having her join the MCU.

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