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Sunday, July 25, 2010
Jolt: a rural noir Now Listed on Amazon.com
6:14 pm edt
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Whoops! That's Our Water!
8:34 pm edt
Black beach, rocks and jetties. Black sea. Black. No, not
the Gulf of Mexico. Rather the Yellow Sea of northeast China. Greenpeace China's images of the devastation
are graphic. An oil spill--as the issuance from a ruptured underwater pipeline is so inappropriately termed--spreads
165 square miles outward from the port city of Dalian, China's most liveable city.
Some 400,000 gallons of
the half solid, half liquid, sticky-as-asphalt crude oil inks the sea and beaches. Big. Very big. And in a nation
poorly equipped to handle it. Is any nation really equipped to do so? Forced to rely as it is on fishing boats for help.
Floating 21-square-foot straw mats across the water to soak up the oil. While on the shores people with plastic
gloves and whatever implements thought to be of potential use, struggle with clean up. And somewhat ironically it
strikes me, according to the press, it is the government's plan to have the task 'done in five days'.
Really bad. But nothing compared to the Gulf of Mexico BP spill now estimated at between 94 and 184 million gallons--and therefore two
to four hundred times as large.
But the real reason I sat to write today is that yesterday hearings on the
Indian Point "once-through" cooling system happened in Cortland Manor, NY. The results at this time remain
unknown to me. But under debate was the question of whether or not Entergy was willing to minimize the negative affects on
the environment of the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant by installing a closed-loop cooling system there. If done, the State
would be willing to re-commission the plant past 2014 and 2015 when its different units' licenses expire.
The Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant's current system reportedly draws some 2.5 billion gallons of water from the
Hudson River each day only to spill it back with its temperature significantly higher, killing millions of fish
and other water forms.
But the Point's owner, Entergy, says the new cooling towers required
by the closed system, at a cost of 1.1 bilion, would be too expensive.
Entergy went so far
as to launch an advertising campaign to suggest that they have another method, a wedge-wire one, that will protect acquatic
life at less financial cost.
I guess Entergy thinks this wedge-wire screen will catch and burp back unharmed
all the estimated 1.2 billion aquatic organisms the Indian Point Plant currently kills annually.
job! Burb! Here come the larvae! Burp! Now the fish eggs! Whoops! I forgot. And here are the fish! A little warmer
perhaps, but not quite cooked, burp!--back into the Hudson you go!
Swim, said the little fishy, swim if you can
. . .
Poor Entergy. What with Vermont voting on 2/24/10 to shut down its Vermont Yankee plant in 2012--just because
radioactive materials likeTritium and bone grabbing Strontium-90 were spilling--and continue to spill--from its leaks into
the Connecticut River! (Not to mention the four other isotopes seeping from underground pipes--pipes first reported as non-existant,
only to be identified as existant following the finding of four other radioactive isotopes in the soil
around the VT Yankee.)
Is it any wonder the State of Vermont is now seeking to close the Vermont Yankee earlier
than at the date its license expires? (No wonder, earlier in the year, Entergy threw around discussion of moving the VT Yankee
and Indian Point to Enexus. When I heard it, I jumped for joy. I wondered where Enexus was. Wrong. I'd misunderstood. Entergy
meant moving the plants on paper to a new company to be named Enexus. But I think even they became confused by their
own obsfuscation and the idea of the move was soon abandoned.)
And now we have talk of hydro fracking in the Catskills.
And scuttlebutt suggests even into the Adirondacks. Can you imagine?!! First our rivers, next our coastline, and now
even our inland drinking water! So the issue is bigger than to close this plant or that. Or to drill off shore or not. Or
to sell our soul for methane gas or oil. No. The issue, I'm afraid, dear Watson, comes down to that of survival, for without
enough potable water, surely we shall perish.
RMR in Po-Town, Stunned by the largess of it all, but awake
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Don't do as I do . . .
9:01 am edt
I never became a smoker; "Don't do as I do,"
my parents had cautioned me, "do as I say". And so I did. But now it's now my turn.
my talk of the importance of preparedness, when the power went down last night here in my run-away home in Port Henry,
I couldn't find a flashlight; so in the dark, I crept down the cellar stairs and checked out the breakers in the
electrical box. The main one seemed loose, so I locked it into the left. No lights.
But was the
Main really in the ON position? Anyone's guess.
Come daylight, I confirmed that the phones with a direct
line to the jack worked. I searched the number for National Grid. When I dialed it, I learned that several towns
would be without electricity for an hour or so more. The list included Port Henry.
Hmm. It remained
dark in the cellar, but I had to know. Had I set the Main to ON?
Stewart's was also without power. No coffee,
but I picked up a flashlight and batteries. On my return to the house, once I'd assembled the light, I descended
the stairs to the cellar. When I observed I'd set the Main breaker to OFF, I reset it to ON. A nearby dehumidifier whirred.
I crossed the cellar to the switch beside the playroom door. I flipped it and the cellar illuminated.
The only thing I did right this morning was by happenstance: I'd enough cash on me to purchase the flashlight without
the use of the charge card machine.
So to borrow a quote from my parents, . . .
on the Shores of Lake Champlain, Feelin' Better
Monday, July 5, 2010
Fear and ignorance at thirty of more miles from a power plant
After 9/ll my fear that the power plant thirty miles from us would
be the next thing to go down drove me to distraction. In total ignorance of how to respond and erroneously convinced that
any meltdown would mean death to all of those I loved most dearly, I began a ten year journey that brought me to where I now
10:16 am edt
As a speech language pathologist, in 1999, seeking to improve my understanding of brain function among
TBI and stroke patients, I had joined the listserve NEURO. There, after the events of 9/11, I learned that one of
the NEURO neurologists, Dr. Jonathan Newmark, was to participate in an interactive exchange on the effects of ionizing
radiation on the body.
Dr. Newmark's presentation was to be beamed down to, among other places, the Castle
Point Veterans Hospital at Castlepoint, New York, a distance of about forty minutes from where I lived. So
innocent as I was, I signed up for the course in which I would be the only civilian unaffiliated with the military, or for
that matter, any unaffiliated with any other entity requiring training in emergency response for mass emergencies. And
so, too, it would be for all the following ninety-nine hours of related courses I was to attend,
out of my depths and intimidated, I had no notion that I would take to the such study as a fish does to water; nor
of how this outwardly simple first action would begin a ten year quest that would result in: the writing and publication the
book, Jolt: a rural noir; the growth of Alva Press, Inc.; the development of this web site; and my own reshaping into
whole new identity as a writer author and now blogger.
I suppose some authors write books, lose their passion for
the subject, and move on. I'm not among them. That's because I remain convinced that the topic of emergency
response to mass emergencies, including nuclear ones, should be common knowlege. As such, I cannot, as the saying goes,
put the bone down.
That said, I believe that Jolt is a must read for any adult family member sitting
at home worrying about the effects of a nuclear meltdown. So to spread the word in as painless a way as possible, Jolt
became the story of interesting characters with everyday challenges to resolve. However,The Event threw these everyday people
into an unusual situation requiring they either become forced emigrants or, in a tiny mountain village, find
the way to effectively respond to having their town overrun by those fleeing the direct effects of The Event. So
as well as a good read, Jolt is loaded with tidbits of facts and guides as to who to respond in the case
of a mass emergency and in particular, a nuclear event or meltdown.
Publicity for Jolt: a rural noir
Recently at Alva Press we came across a most persuasive letter by Dan Smith of Smith Publications. You
can read it in the July 2010 Smith Publications newsletter. We read it and loved it. It informed the above paragraphs, but
we thought you might be interested in Roy's written response to it. As such we have included it below.
I felt that Dan Smith's article had been addressed to me. Why? Well, in my own way I am expert . . . on surviving and
quelling personal fear . . . on educating others . . . on changing attitudes . . . on getting people to talk about the things
they'd rather not think about but should. That's why I wrote Jolt.
"Even being a speech language pathologist gives me a basis in knowledge shared by a only a relatively
small handful of society. And only because my discipline bridges art and science could I ever have written Jolt. And only
because I am a mother, sister, married-but-now-divorced-woman, and licensed professional could I ever have had the wherewithal
to have wanted, dreamed up, researched, and written Jolt.
"But also I wanted a stage. My life has been jam packed with living and I'd like to
share some of the wisdom and experience I've gained in changing direction and new starts . . . closing doors
and opening windows.
of the above make sense? Or ring true?"
Roberta in Po-Town, Beating the Drums
Roberta M. Roy incorporated Alva Press www.alvapressinc.com on October 5, 2004. The express purpose of Alva Press, Inc., was to ensure a safe venue for
the publication of her works and those with similar focus. As such, upon the completion of the science
fiction novel Jolt: a rural noir, Alva would immediately publish it. Further Alva Press, Inc., would offer a
venue for Roy to publish her children's books, including Yell'n'Tell. (At this point Yell'n'Tell needs
only design as the watercolor illustrations by Dan Dyen are complete and the text fully edited. But then there is also Wedding
Ready, complete, but in need of an illustrator talented in the art of drawing forest animals. But all that anon.)
Currently, until the soft cover version of Jolt's Library of Congress Number
is in, Jolt waits to go to press. Usually the LCN takes but a few days after which will become available in hard cover
at $24.95 and Trade paper at $14.95 (plus $5.50 mailing).
was some five years in the writing; its research took longer. It's scientific basis for nuclear survival has been
carefully reviewed by oncologists and experts in the effects of ionizing radiation for accuracy of representation. Jolt
is a fast-paced novel that spans two years in the lives of a group of diverse urban, suburban, and rural residents brought
together in an imaginary part of the northern United States. There in Locklee, the small town to which those who are forced
emigrants flee, they become mutually caught up in the necessities associated with post-nuclear survival.
Check www.alvapressinc.com for a more thorough review of Jolt as well as the most recent updates on its publication
and availability. And should you be so inclined and care to help defray the last payment of its first printing, a check
in the mail to Alva Press for your very own pre-publication autographed copy of Jolt: a rural noir would be a
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1) If you walk out uninjured from a nuclear event, you probably will survive.
bywords to survival from
a nuclear event are TDS: Time,
3) Use regular soap and water to decontaminate from fallout.Strip and shower or cleanse as best you can. Use bread.
4) Nuclear fallout contaminates open water and plants.If there is fallout (ashes),use bottled water and canned goods.
5) Babies as well as adults can take Potassium Iodide (KI) to protectthe thyroid against ionizing radiation.
6) There is no plume with a nuclear power plant meltdown.
7) A large event may seem ‘over there’ if you can’t define its impact.Ionizing radiation is invisible.
8) A family needs an escape plan.
9) A community can respond as a team to mass events.
10) After a mass event, a communitymay heal changed but well.
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