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Antiquarian 
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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 reasons...to 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.

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Posted by Antiquarian on 02/11/2019 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Slideshow: A Fond Farewell to the Cottonwoods of Poplar Drive at Shelburne Farms

"Vermont Tree Goods of Bristol will spend this winter turning wood from the felled cottonwoods into rustic tables. You can order your own Poplar Drive table from the company or just enjoy sitting at the ones that "will be used here at the Farm, as a way to honor and remember these trees and the natural cycle of life that we are all a part of." .......very cool!

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Posted by Antiquarian on 02/02/2019 at 7:36 PM

Re: “Burlington Police Will Investigate Claims of Abuse at St. Joseph's Orphanage

Haunted place. Who would want a room there now-new name or not. A former orphanage where children were abused and preyed upon hardly makes for a nice re-purposed building for any purpose.

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Posted by Antiquarian on 09/10/2018 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Obituary: Eric Woodman Rozendaal, 1967-2018

So heartbroken hearing this news. Words can't convey well enough our love and condolences to Eric's family. I had the good fortune of sitting next to Eric last year at Tuttle Middle School to talk to the students about the cross-cultural experiences of the Peace Corps. Eric is one of the few PC volunteers that I have known who returned to his home landscape and applied what he learned, brought back a lot of wisdom and ability, and maintained close contact, still spoke the language he learned, was passionate about the experience as it shaped his path and he knew it and he was there, taking time off from his farm, to encourage the middle school students to embrace the world, to be intellectually curious, to go out and learn about other people in the world because you will find common humanity, and to expect surprises. He was a good guy with a big heart and our community is better because of his life here. Love and peace and healing to you all, dear friends.

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Posted by Antiquarian on 07/17/2018 at 11:54 AM

Re: “The Olde Northender Isn't Just a Pub — It's a Nonprofit, Too

Hmmmmmm...what exactly is that smell?

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Posted by Antiquarian on 06/27/2018 at 11:25 AM

Re: “South Burlington Motel Residents Worry About Its Planned Demolition

Does SB need another gas station?! Why not another CVS? This community needs charm and culture, not more retail schlock.

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Posted by Antiquarian on 06/19/2018 at 3:57 PM

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