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Re: “In White River Junction, Revenge of Movie Night Fosters Film Community

Whats worse than villains, scoundrels and degenerates? Them! They is!

Posted by Gene Cassidy on 08/23/2019 at 9:53 AM

Re: “In White River Junction, Revenge of Movie Night Fosters Film Community

Villains, scoundrels, and degenerates! The lot of em!

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Posted by Camp Blampadampadamp on 08/21/2019 at 4:48 PM

Re: “Two Vermont Movie Theaters to Provide Open-Caption Screenings

John Quinney, thank you for doing the leg work to get this done. I hate going to the theater because I can't understand everything that is being said. So, this will definitely help as I use captions at home too. Hopefully, the state as a whole will come to understand the hearing difficulties people have in all environments. This is also a big problem in work environments too. Lots more education, understanding and even research is needed going forward.

Posted by Tracy Weeks on 02/24/2019 at 12:00 AM

Re: “New Local Documentary Asks What Happened to the GOP

Further reply to Jonathan Carter:

The Birch Society has the "distinction" of being the only national conservative "educational" organization to have lost an historic precedent-setting defamation lawsuit after the JBS described Chicago lawyer Elmer Gertz in an article it published in its monthly magazine as a Communist fronter and a Leninist who was engaged in a conspiracy against the Chicago police.

After 14 years of litigation, including two different jury trials, numerous appeals, and review by the U.S. Supreme Court, the JBS paid Gertz $100,000 in compensatory damages and $300,000 in punitive damages for malice. Because the JBS appealed the initial decision, the final payment (including accrued interest) was almost $500,000 (which is about $1.5 million in 2017 dollars). Punitive damages are only allowed in libel actions when malice can be shown. Malice, in legalese, refers to reckless disregard for truth arising from evil intent and a desire to inflict injury, harm, or suffering.

As one Appeals Court observed about the JBS article on Gertz:

There was more than enough evidence for the jury to conclude that this article was published with utter disregard for the truth or falsity of the statements contained in the article about Gertz. [U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, No. 81-2483, Elmer Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc., 6/16/82, page 20].

In addition: J. Edgar Hoover and senior officials of the FBI concluded that the Birch Society was a "right-wing extremist" organization that did NOT deal in facts.

Posted by Ernie L. on 02/14/2019 at 6:19 PM

Re: “New Local Documentary Asks What Happened to the GOP

In reply to Jonathan Carter: IF your comment was accurate and truthful, then the JBS would be supported by most conservative individuals, organizations and publications. However, the exact opposite is the case. Virtually the entire conservative movement in the U.S. has denounced and rejected the JBS as a right-wing extremist organization.

JBS critics have included such prominent conservative Americans such as:

Sen. Barry Goldwater, Cong. Walter Judd, Gen. Albert C. Wedemeyer, Russell Kirk, Eugene Lyons, Willmoore Kendall, James Burnham, Robert Bork, J. Edgar Hoover, Herbert Philbrick, Frank S. Meyer, Cong. Gordon H. Scherer, William F. Buckley Jr., Patrick Buchanan, Fred Schwarz, Lee Edwards, the editors of the conservative newspaper Human Events, George Sokolsky, Roy Cohn, Anthony Bouscaren.

Many Birchers (including some of their most prominent writers and speakers and lifetime members) left the Society in disgust such as: Alan Stang, Gary Allen, Dr. Charles Provan, Milorad Draskovich, John Rees, and William Norman Grigg. Even Mrs. Robert Welch (the widow of JBS founder Robert Welch) withdrew her support from the JBS after her husband died.

Posted by Ernie L. on 02/14/2019 at 6:18 PM

Re: “New Local Documentary Asks What Happened to the GOP

The John Birch Society is only "far-right" if you're on the far-left. The JBS simply wants the Constitution enforced which is very moderate to normal people.

Posted by Johnathan E. Carter on 02/14/2019 at 12:27 PM

Re: “New Local Documentary Asks What Happened to the GOP

Keep in mind that the Birch Society does NOT believe that the current leadership of the GOP represents their viewpoints. The JBS has given a "FAIL" score to every Congress in recent memory. Even Tea Party favorites often score very low on the JBS "Freedom Index" which scores voting behavior of all members of Congress.

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Posted by Ernie L. on 02/07/2019 at 10:30 AM

Re: “New Local Documentary Asks What Happened to the GOP

The John Birch Society is the puppet master behind the right wing extremists who have seized control of the GOP and the White House!!!!

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Posted by Johnathan E. Carter on 02/06/2019 at 3:36 PM

Re: “Faux Business: Hallmark Loves Vermont but Shoots Its Christmas Films Elsewhere

What the article fails to mention, is that the US dollar is worth more in Canada.
When an American company or a tourist come to Canada with $1000 dollars to spend, it is worth $1350+/- depending on the bank rate of the day. That buying power, along with tax incentives makes a difference to the bottom line of film production costs.

Cheers
Bill Shattuck / Canada

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Posted by Bill Shattuck on 12/21/2018 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Faux Business: Hallmark Loves Vermont but Shoots Its Christmas Films Elsewhere

Wait, we didn't actually go to endor to shoot star wars?

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Posted by doom on 12/21/2018 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Faux Business: Hallmark Loves Vermont but Shoots Its Christmas Films Elsewhere

For those that remember, when Don Johnson filmed a movie in Hyde Park the greedy legislature tried to pass a law where VT wanted to collect income tax on all of his income whether it was earned in VT or elsewhere.
Unfortunately the voters keep reelecting the same people

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Posted by ConcernedVter on 12/21/2018 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Faux Business: Hallmark Loves Vermont but Shoots Its Christmas Films Elsewhere

Even the movie industry can't afford to be in Vermont.

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Posted by Mt.Philo on 12/21/2018 at 7:52 AM

Re: “Faux Business: Hallmark Loves Vermont but Shoots Its Christmas Films Elsewhere

Christopher Larrow blame Vermont for its own lack of Hollywood participation....I know all to well: the lack of tax incentives, and the many road blocks Vermont places on shooting anywhere here - I know- I have tried- hoping to shoot a film in and around Waterbury- permit nightmare. So blame the Vermont Film Commision- WAIT- YOU CAN'T- CAUSE WE DON'T HAVE ONE!!!!!!!! The state can blame itself for being blacklisted by any major fiim shoot- for a long time now. the reason many state have a healty relationship with Hollywood? YOU COME HERE AND SPEND- and will award you with taxes on the dollar.

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Posted by Sean Moran 1 on 12/20/2018 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Faux Business: Hallmark Loves Vermont but Shoots Its Christmas Films Elsewhere

Unfortunately, Vermont is not a good environment for jobs in the entertainment industry as a whole. We had to leave Vermont and come to California to find a PAYING job in my field--entertainment/theater costuming and wardrobe. Vermont is where I'd much rather be. But bills have to be paid.

11 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by MarthaJo Walton on 12/20/2018 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Faux Business: Hallmark Loves Vermont but Shoots Its Christmas Films Elsewhere

What's gonna happen to GenCorp?

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Posted by 8valvegrowl on 12/20/2018 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Faux Business: Hallmark Loves Vermont but Shoots Its Christmas Films Elsewhere

Hollywood helped ruined Vermont.

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Posted by Christopher Larrow on 12/20/2018 at 1:24 AM

Re: “'I Am Evidence' Documentary Examines the Rape-Kit Crisis

What a shameful statement of how women have been treated everywhere regarding rape and sexual assault. This. Must. End. And let it be now. I hope 2018 will be remembered as a powerful watershed moment for women and women's rights. Let's start by ratifying the ERA amendment and see how fast things change for our collective futures.

Posted by Eileen Andreoli on 02/15/2018 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Whistleblowers Share Insights About Vermont Yankee Doc

Have you ever googled DOE, Hanford or Savannah River Lessons learned? Very interesting reading to be sure.

Saxton Nuclear Power Plant decommissioning Lessons learned.
http://www.wmsym.org/archives/2000/pdf/11/11-11.pdf

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Posted by Gragor Gorgra on 10/30/2017 at 1:56 AM

Re: “Whistleblowers Share Insights About Vermont Yankee Doc

Mr. Gundersen is not correct. Rubbleization was used for the Saxton Nuclear Power Plant decommissioning. Google it an find the "Lessons Learned" report.
Howard Shaffer

Posted by Howard Shaffer on 10/25/2017 at 9:22 PM

Re: “Film Series Explores Architecture and Design

I just want to make sure you either have a DCP projector (30 frames per second) and ideally Dolby 5.1 surround sound. It will also do stereo. The format is 16x9 and worst case projector would be with the 68 minute version on Blu Ray. If you pay my way I can do
Q&A. I've done over 35 of these already, it up to you.
I graduated from Goddard College, and that was where I started doing film. I was a co producer and the director of photography on this film about my father.
Thanks,
Eric Saarinen
310 717 9443 or ericsaarinen@gmail.com

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Eric Saarinen on 10/17/2017 at 2:14 AM

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