Seth Brown: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Doofus

10/28/2014 06:22 PM EDT
Last night I decided to binge watch some kung fu movies on Netflix. I like that many movies give you the option of whether you'd prefer bad English dubbing, or bad English subtitles. Usually the subtitles are worse, but you miss out on the comical inflection and preposterous English voices, so I tend to prefer dubbing when it's available — especially if they do that classic thing where the 
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Weiland Ross: The vampire cure — Myth or true story in Bennington County
10/28/2014 11:53 AM EDT - In honor of Halloween week, I decided to take a break from the real world of fearsome creatures, i.e. delusional politicians, ISIS, Ebola, fear mongers, race baiters and the like. This column deals with a little piece of very scary Manchester history the Chamber of Commerce doesn't mention in the tourist brochures. Full Story

Don Schramm: Vermont can be a leader in the climate movement
10/28/2014 11:55 AM EDT - Vermonters take pride in caring for the environment. Many people recycle, compost, use renewable energy, bike commute, or use other types of transportation in order to reduce their carbon footprint. Since scientists have determined that carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels are causing climate change, many people have sought to minimize their impact, most obviously through low-carbon Full Story

Coming Bennington area events
10/26/2014 10:24 PM EDT - On Nov. 1, come out and support Lindy Lynch at the Vermont Arts Exchange at 7 p.m. There will be lots of music and entertainment plus a cash bar by Thyme Tables. A $10 donation is suggested. For more information call 802-733-4877. On Nov. 2, from 1 to 4:30 p.m., the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown will hold its first Family Day since its grand reopening in the summer. Full Story

THE OUTSIDE STORY: Avian Blood-suckers
10/24/2014 10:23 PM EDT - When you find a bird feather in the woods and stoop to pick it up, does your mom's voice echo in your brain? Can you hear her say, birds have lice, don't pick that up? Mom was mostly right. Birds can have lice (though you won't catch lice from a bird). But what Mom probably didn't know is that birds have something far creepier lurking in their Full Story

THE VIEW FROM MY PLACE: Politics -- the Vermont way
10/24/2014 10:22 PM EDT - By the time you're reading this there's about a week left before the 2014 political season will come to a (merciful) end. This off-presidential election year has proven to be much more entertaining here in Vermont than most other states. Oh sure, we've seen challenger Allison Grimes show incumbent, Sen. Full Story

Open letter to the residents of Bennington County
10/23/2014 10:24 PM EDT - I am a candidate for Bennington County State’s Attorney. Typically, State’s Attorney races go unnoticed. Usually the person holding the position goes unchallenged. The problem being, however, State’s Attorneys possess a great deal of power. A State’s Attorney is the county’s chief law enforcement official and sets the mood in the county’s law enforcement Full Story

Viewing political corruption more broadly
10/23/2014 10:24 PM EDT - Earlier this year, veteran political writer Thomas Edsall reported an eyebrow-raising fact about Americans’ views toward government. Polling by Gallup, he noted, found that the proportion of Americans who believed that corruption is "widespread" in government had risen from 59 percent in 2006 to 79 percent in 2013. Full Story

A small nod to the truth
10/22/2014 09:45 PM EDT - Alden Graves Take heart, thinking Americans, there has been some progress made in the ongoing attempt to help reverse -- or at least curtail -- the incalculable damage done to the planet by the wholesale dispersal of toxic gases into the atmosphere. It’s a tiny step to be sure, but it is in a forward direction. Full Story

Charting the future of Efficiency Vermont
10/21/2014 10:26 PM EDT - Efficiency Vermont was created in the year 2000 to help Vermont homes and businesses reduce their use of electricity. At a larger level, we work in partnership with all of Vermont’s traditional utilities to help reduce strain on the electric system, and defer the need for expensive investments in new power plants and transmission lines. Full Story

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A distant father-daughter duo in 'Interstellar'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jessica Chastain doesn't even feel comfortable saying her character's name. The Oscar-nominated actress quickly attempts to course correct when she realizes she's speaking liberally about Murph, the astrophysicist she's portraying in "Interstellar," one of the most closely guarded and anticipated films of 2014. Full Story