Creek Jots ~ November 17


You can win a host of great prizes just for spending money in Floyd, between Friday November 18 and Sunday November 27. All you need to do is make purchases at any business participating in Blue Mountain School’s Local Gifts Fundraiser. READ THE DETAILS

Why Is China Building These Gigantic Structures In the Middle of the Desert? (Update 3) Serving Suggestion: take the lat-longitude numbers and plug them into Google Earth to view.

Low Light time lapse flyover imagery by the  Space Shuttle crew 2011.  Realize YOU were down there somewhere. Note: how much light designed to help us see at night actually goes into the black void of space; note how thin the atmosphere really is. Check out the lightning flashes!

The 1% Are the Very Best Destroyers of Wealth the World Has Ever Seen / Our common treasury in the last 30 years has been captured by industrial psychopaths. That’s why we’re nearly bankrupt. By George Monbiot. Two notable quotes of many:

If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire.

if you have psychopathic tendencies and are born to a poor family, you’re likely to go to prison. If you have psychopathic tendencies and are born to a rich family, you’re likely to go to business school.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. That video of ICC flyover was fascinating. Who knew that’s what the aurora borealis looks like from space?? Thanks, Fred!