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Southern Video Blog, The original environmental video blog



Videoblogging on the environment, politics and life from a southern point of view.



Updated: 2017-12-12T05:13:05.970-05:00

 



Recycling; not the final solution.

2009-11-09T02:36:46.088-05:00

I care deeply about the environment. Every light bulb in my house is a compact fluorescent. I turn off lights and other appliances when not in use. I avoid buying foods in plastic containers. I think before I buy. I drive a hybrid car. I try to buy local foods whenever possible and available. I try to live a sustainable life but have far to go. I've been recycling everything I possibly can for the past 20+ years; I try to do my part.
This past summer while on a photographic journey to the Smoky Mountains I decided to take a detour through a town that I had never visited before, Sylva North Carolina. As I approached the mountain town I was greeted by the unmistakable smell of a paper mill. I was both saddened and disappointed as a thick pillar of smoke filled the otherwise pristine mountain sky. At first I was angered thinking I was approaching another paper mill exploiting the Western North Carolina Forest like the paper mill located in Canton ( farm3.static.flickr.com/2386/2275651095_bbba08e3cb.jpg ). However the mill I was about to photograph was the Jackson Paper Company ( www.jacksonpaper-nc.com/ ) a paper recycling facility. Located along a tributary of the Tuckaseegee River I found that the Jackson Paper is a recycle paper mill, turning used paper and cardboard into new paper products. While I'm sure operations like this reduce the amount of trees used in the production of their products they are certainly not without their environmental impact. This encounter with the realities of recycling has imprinted on me the need to follow the "Three R's" (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) more effectively placing priority on them with emphasis on Reduce and Reuse.






Going Green in 2008!

2008-05-28T12:37:14.817-04:00

The Southern Video Blog is going green in 2008. I have several new videos planned for 2008 and beyond all with a green theme and directed toward the environment and global warming. I'll take a look at hybrid vehicles and alternative means of transportation. I'll visit an organic farm and see how buying local produce can help to reduce your carbon footprint. I'll search out people that have choosen green lifestyles and show you ways that you can live a more environmentally friendly life. Stay tuned to the Southern Video Blog and GO GREEN!

Photo: Toyota Prius in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park




Atlanta Pollution

2008-05-28T14:37:36.113-04:00

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Known as the connector in Atlanta. Interstates 75 and 85 run together through downtown Atlanta with as many as 16 lanes of traffic making it one of the widest motorways in the world. The traffic flow is never less than 250,000 vehicles per day and on heavy traffic days carries more that 320,000. Much of this excessive traffic is due to the lack of a substantial mass transit system. Atlanta does have MARTA (Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) which includes buses and a rail system but it does not reach far enough into the suburbs to make it a reasonable alternative way to commute for most people. On more than 40 days between May and September in metro Atlanta, particularly during hot, dry summers, air pollution in the region may build to levels that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency deems unsafe for humans. One recent study predicted that 1 out of every 1500 cases of lung cancer in the area is due to these poor conditions . This photo was taken around 9pm one Friday evening.



Trashed

2008-05-28T14:40:42.660-04:00

We're taking a walk into the woods in the Black Mountains of North Carolina. This walk into the forest turns into a lesson on respecting the environment.
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Straight Stick 101

2006-06-29T09:04:40.710-04:00

This is my first post since August, I apologize to my loyal viewers but promise to resume posting on a more regular basis.
Everyone that has driven a manual transmission car or truck remembers their first day. Here is my nephew and I as I attempt to teach him the skills he needs to be a Master of the Straight Stick.
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Music by 4 Bolt Main under a Creative Commons License





Gregory Bald

2005-08-09T04:04:52.190-04:00

We had been planning on hiking to the top of Gregory Bald in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Finally last month we made the 11 mile round trip hike. Here is a vlog from that outing.
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Music by None of the Above Bluegrass under a Creative Commons License




Blueberries

2005-07-23T06:02:21.283-04:00

Today we are picking this healthiest of fruits...Mmmmm blueberries.
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Music by The Ball Sisters under a Creative Commons License




Live Bait

2005-07-04T00:27:23.043-04:00

We're on the road in North Carolina. We stop for gas at a convenience store in the country and find this...
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Music by Forest View Express under a Creative Commons License




Caribbean Reds (Part 2)

2006-06-26T14:39:32.240-04:00

This is Part 2 of the Caribbean Reds series. The first vlog was back in April of me planting the seedlings in soil packs. Now we are transfering the plants into planters in my yard. When done I'll have some of the hottest peppers available anywhere.
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Music by Swampman Jams under a Creative Commons License




Cloudland Canyon

2005-06-07T03:10:05.770-04:00

Cloudland Canyon State Park is located in northwest Georgia. I've visited the park several times since my first visit when I was about 13 years old. This week I returned to the park for a short visit.
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Music By: Guitar Boy Under a Creative Commons License




Simple Rule

2006-07-05T18:22:20.733-04:00

This is a simple rule to live by when out in the woods or in life in general. This video was recorded beside the Horse Pasture River in North Carolina (more video of the area will be comming soon).
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Something Fishy

2005-05-26T18:56:34.776-04:00

The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education located just outside of Brevard North Carolina is a great place to learn about wildlife, forests and their interdependence on eachother. Centers like this serve to educate the genreal public and organized groups including school children.
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Music by Swampman Jams under a Creative Commons License




Photo of the Week; Highway Beautification Act of 1965

2005-05-26T15:41:35.973-04:00

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Flowers in the median.
Originally uploaded by dougb61.
The next time you are traveling down a highway and see wildflowers in the median or right-of-way thank Lady Bird Johnson, wife of president Lyndon Johnson. As First Lady, Mrs. Johnson was a strong advocate for environmental landscaping and beautification, and successfully lobbied for the 1965 Highway Beautification Act, whose effect is seen across the country. She was also the founder of the National Wildflower Research Center.



New Neighbor

2005-05-24T03:18:45.196-04:00

I've met (kinda) my newest neighbor. He introduced himself at around 1:00am last night.
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Music By Victor Stone (fourstones.net) under a Creative Commons license.




Mulberry Tree

2006-06-25T21:29:06.893-04:00

Just off our back deck lives our closest neighbor.
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George Galloway: My New Hero!

2006-06-26T23:46:17.430-04:00

Everyone in America needs to see this clip. This is George Galloway of the British Parliament sitting before a Senate Sub-Committee on "Oil for Food" allegations. He thoroughly rips senator Norm Coleman a new asshole and puts it all out there for the world to see. Why can't we find politicians here with balls this big?

George Galloway tells it like it is.



LVM Announces their "Clip of the week" feature.

2005-05-19T12:18:20.486-04:00

Lunch Video Magazine (LVM) is well known in the whitewater kayaking world for their outrageous and extreme whitewater kayaking trips. The boys at LVM are "Creekers" meaning they run steep creeks and wild rivers. It's common for these guys to run 40 and 50 foot waterfalls. I've seen clips of guys running waterfalls over 100 feet!
Creeking is the most dangerous type of kayaking. Every year there's always a list of kayakers that have lost their lives creeking. The places they go are usually remote and medical help is always hours away.
These guys kayak all over the world. They finance their trips and make their living by selling videos of their adventures. They have what may be the first "Video Magazine". You subscribe to the magazine and four times a year they send you their most recent DVD, professionally packaged. It's a cool idea. In addition the the video magazine they also have several individual kayaking movies on the market. Watching an LVM feature is an experience in itself. You won't believe the places these guys go and paddle.They have also picked up several corporate sponsers along the way.
L.V.M has just announced their RSS feed so people can subscribe to their new Clip of the Week feature. The link to their RSS feed is: http://www.lvmvideo.com/cotw_feed.xml Check it out!

They also have several blogs that are loaded with pictures and VIDEO! Check them out here!



Pre-op Post-op

2005-05-16T22:15:55.373-04:00

I had shoulder surgery last Friday. Everything went well and I'm on the road to recovery. I want to thank everyone that took time out to comment on my last vlog and wish me well. Thanks everyone!
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Friday the 13th

2005-05-13T03:40:25.903-04:00

I'm going under the knife tomorrow. This is a long anticipated shoulder surgery to repair my torn rotator cuff and shoulder impingement. This puts me out of kayaking for the rest of the summer. I guess I'll have to spend my time videoblogging instead.
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Recycle This Too

2005-05-11T01:45:24.723-04:00

How many old phones do you have lying around? I had two.
Another way to help the environment by recycling. If you can't find a recycle box like this one, here are a few sites that collect old phones for recycling.
Charitable Recycling
Wireless Recycling
Collective Good
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Jacks River (Hi-Res)

2005-05-07T05:32:44.753-04:00

This is the high resolution version of the previous post, my trip into the Choutta Wilderness to Jacks River Falls. This video features the song "Music Across The Miles" performed by Phil Hamilton and Josh Leo in a long distance collaborative effort posted on their blogs. The download is huge but worth it. A special thanks goes out the Phil and Josh for allowing me to use their song in this video. Thanks Guys!
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Cohutta Wilderness (Jacks River Falls)

2005-05-06T08:46:36.270-04:00

As planned Luke and I went to the Cohutta Wilderness hoping to catch a black bear on video along the way. We got to the trailhead and I was suprised to see three vehicles already there. I knew the chances of seeing any bear would be slim. We didn't find the bears but we did have a great hike to Jack's River and the waterfall there.
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The Plan

2005-05-04T01:04:59.743-04:00

I'm going on a trip to the mountains tomorrow. I'll be hiking deep into the Cohutta Wilderness in North Georgia. My dog Luke and I will be hoping for some sort of encounter with a Black Bear. What ever the result I'll bring back some video of the adventure. Tomorrow look for a special edition of The Southern Video Blog with the option to download higher resolution video from the trip.
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The Spring Visitors

2005-05-02T04:32:28.933-04:00

They didn't even call to tell us they were coming. They just showed up on our front porch one day and will stay the summer. We're glad they're here.
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