Author Archives: George Putnam

Media: Crossfire Hurricane

An occasional theme of this blog is: can we trust the media to tell us about the world in an accurate and balanced way? The example in this post involves presidential elections. All news sources have biases. The takeaway from … Continue reading

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Memorial to Secoriea Turner

This post is a memorial to Secoriea Turner. It is my personal Black Lives Matter protest. Secoriea’s life mattered. Secoriea Turner was eight years old when she was shot in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 4. She was riding in a … Continue reading

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Unmasking the cult of Stalin

Mr. Jones is a “must see” movie, as I wrote in Why you should watch “Mr. Jones”. A comment on that post led me to this article at Ukraine Today about a panel discussion with the writer and director of … Continue reading

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Why you should watch “Mr. Jones”

I recommend the movie Mr. Jones, which has generated considerable buzz on the Internet this summer. At the end of this post I list 13 online commentaries about it that I have noticed. This 2019 movie became available on Amazon … Continue reading

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The Holodomor

The Holodomor was a catastrophic man-made famine in Ukraine in 1932-1933. At the time, Ukraine was part of Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union. Millions of people died in what Ukraine and several other countries now consider a genocide. Not widely known … Continue reading

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Matters of Race and Class

Since the tragic death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, we have seen nationwide protests, riots, and calls for change centered on racial issues. There are rallies and discussions in my town of Cambridge, Vermont. In that context, consider … Continue reading

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A Path to Racial Reconciliation?

Several local churches are sponsoring the following online discussions about race relations this summer: Summer Forum Series: Is There a Path to Racial Reconciliation? The first event was today and the two guest speakers were Vermont Senator Randy Brock and … Continue reading

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Hamilton: An American Musical

The tragic death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer has shocked our country. It has led to nationwide protests, riots, and calls for change. Where do we go from here? I … Continue reading

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Lockdown in Vermont

We are nearly three months into the COVID-19 pandemic. How are we doing? Over on my other blog, The Switchel Traveler, I published statistics about the prevalence of the disease: COVID-19 in Vermont COVID-19 in Other States (especially New York … Continue reading

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To wipe or not to wipe?

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, should people wipe down their grocery purchases before putting them away at home? This post explores the expert advice on this question, how it has evolved, and how it has been reported. This is in … Continue reading

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