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- Movie Recommendation
- Town Agents in Cambridge
- The Day After the Election
- Media: Crossfire Hurricane
- Memorial to Secoriea Turner
- Unmasking the cult of Stalin
- Why you should watch “Mr. Jones”
- The Holodomor
- Matters of Race and Class
- A Path to Racial Reconciliation?
- Hamilton: An American Musical
- Lockdown in Vermont
- To wipe or not to wipe?
- Podcast Recommendation
- You Can’t Cheat A Pandemic
- Where do you get news?
- Democracy in the Mountains
- Are we living in a simulation?
- Anne Frank and the Four Freedoms
Introduction to this blog
Author Archives: George Putnam
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
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
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
Want to learn more about diseases such as COVID-19? I recommend This Podcast Will Kill You by Erin Welsh, PhD and Erin Allmann Updyke, PhD. Drs. Erin and Erin are disease ecologists and epidemiologists. They discuss the biology, history, and … Continue reading
In the previous post (Where do you get news?) I discussed mainstream media such as the New York Times. But of course many of us get a portion of our news these days from social media. There is an essay … Continue reading
Over on my other blog, The Switchel Traveler, I have been posting about the COVID-19 pandemic currently raging in the world. (Click here for all posts on that blog about that topic.) My question for this post: Where do you … Continue reading
The Varnum Memorial Library in my village of Jeffersonville, Vermont, recently hosted a talk titled “Democracy in the Mountains: The Vermont-Switzerland Connection” by Susan Clark. Several posts on this blog have discussed town meetings in New England generally, and specifically … Continue reading
My previous post (Are we living in a simulation?) reminded me of a book that I read as a youth: the science fiction novel Simulacron-3 by Daniel F. Galouye. So, subsequent to writing that post, I pulled out my copy … Continue reading
Are we living in a computer simulation? This post is prompted by a column in the New York Times: Are We Living in a Computer Simulation? Let’s Not Find Out. The column is by Preston Greene: Ph.D., Philosophy, Rutgers University; … Continue reading
Anne Frank and President Franklin Roosevelt did not know each other, but there is a profound connection between them: the Four Freedoms. President Roosevelt gave a famous speech to Congress in January 1941, eleven months before the United States entered … Continue reading