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Re: “Bread Loaf Conference Ends a Tradition: Writers Waiting Tables

Kudos to evolution. Now please deliver the details about the 'drinking and debauchery' of times gone by....seems like some good stories are waiting to be told.

Posted by Antiquarian on 12/04/2019 at 5:40 AM

Re: “Who's Behind the Artwork on South Burlington's Utility Boxes?

Beauty-loving, community-minded, time & talent-giving, good neighbors making a difference in how our daily lives feel here in SB. Thanks to you all!

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Posted by Antiquarian on 09/25/2019 at 11:28 AM

Re: “A VTDigger Legal Fight Reveals That Key EB-5 Docs Are Missing

Nothing suspicious here, right?

38 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Antiquarian on 09/11/2019 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Workers Remove Crane From Site of Long-Stalled CityPlace Project

I didn't think this really needed mentioning, but that space is cursed. Look into how that land was conquered for capitalism and you understand how it has all gone since then.

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Posted by Antiquarian on 07/17/2019 at 6:37 PM

Re: “South Burlington Council Wanted a Say in Burlington Zoning Change

As a long time patron of HG from its origin to now, I don't get this move. That space is so far off any beaten path. It has nothing to do with the hip area of the south end (Pine St). I wish HG well but the move is a bummer and a head scratcher.

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Posted by Antiquarian on 06/19/2019 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Quiros, Stenger, Face Federal Charges in EB-5 Scandal

How does fraud work? How do cons con?
Long ago when the words like fraud and ponzi scheme were first floated out about the Jay Peak project (article in Seven Days ca 2012) I worked for a national non-profit with a chapter in Burlington. Our board had recently made the strategic decision to hire a wealthy Burlingtonian, a born in the hill district local, to run the chapter so as to '"attract the wealthy elite who just want to sit on their couch and write checks, not come out and support anything". Bill Stenger and his "Chinese money" (as so many people referred to it at the time) was the big catch, if we could only get a donation from Bill's millions if only, if only, if only. At a staff mtg, I mentioned the article in 7 Days that described a few people pulling out of the Jay Peak project and that they (the formerly involved guys) described it as a ponzi scheme and the guys running it were cons. My new hill-section boss almost fell off her chair when she heard me refer to Stenger in the same sentence as fraud. "Billy Stenger is NOT a conman!" She was furious at me for mentioning this-furious, I had blasphemed the elite. I've thought about her overreaction for years, every time a new bit of info came out, it was back to that reaction--the rich circling the rich, protecting Billy S from bad PR. And even in the last two years, an article quoted numerous local leaders saying Stenger could not be guilty of the con..."he is one of us" "he is a good guy" "he knows Vermonters". How do cons con?

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Posted by Antiquarian on 05/22/2019 at 2:33 PM

Re: “UVM's Kake Walk Featured Blackface Performers for Decades

UVM students up to the 70s were predominantly conservative or apolitical. Activism from the early 19th century was largely aimed at faculty or other students, or fighting the efforts to force students to form a militia and drill....students were highly political. Kakewalk was taken over by the Greeks in the late 40s and turned into a money-making machine through the 50s. In 1950 the NAACP formally asked UVM to discontinue the annual event. Letters to the Cynic show students felt that "UVM was the last bastion protecting negro heritage in the country". Activism....small handful of out of state, mostly Jewish students push for the end of KW/blackface and in return there is a rise in anti-antisemitism on campus, the FBI investigated. Activism.....a handful of UVM students picketed Church Street Woolworths, but most students did not. When most UVM students picked up the energy of the civil rights movement, they did so for selfish stage a sit in to protest paternalism on campus. They appropriated their vehicle of protest from the Civil Rights Movement. The Gov. of the state at the time asked why any students were concerned with the Civil Rights Movement since "there are a handful of Negroes in Vermont". Activism-mid-60s UVM Students with those from St. Mike's staged a pro-war march to support Vietnam. Anti-war activist students amounted to a very small group in the beginning...bravely protesting on a campus dominated by pro-war, conservatives Greeks. UVM student body leaned more liberal in their social protests towards the late 70s. Before that, not so much.....mainly concerned with panty-raids, sports and traditions like KW.

18 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Antiquarian on 02/11/2019 at 10:30 AM

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