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Saturday, March 19, 2011
NPR Science Friday on the Fukushima Dai Ichi Nuclear Power Plant
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I just listened to a wonderful program
designed to answer questions regarding the maintenance of ongoing safety of nuclear power plants here and abroad.The links
below lead to this easy-to-follow 23-minute informed discussion from NPR on what we can learn from Japan's Fukushima
Dai Ichi nuclear power plant failure. Discussion participants are: David Lochbaum, director, Nuclear
Safety Project, Union of Concerned Scientists, Cambridge, Mass; David J. Brenner, director, Center for Radiological
Research, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.; Charles D. Ferguson, president, Federation of American Scientists,
Washington, D.C.; Joe Palca, science correspondent, NPR, Washington, D.C.
concerns such as the effect of the availability of electricity, sufficiency of water in the spent fuel cooling tanks, and
effective interventions in the event of loss of water from spent fuel cooling tanks. Also discussed is the difference
between aspects that are under human control and what is more a matter of chance. Pointed out, for instance, is how on the
up-side of chance, to date the winds at Fukushima consistently have been eastward bound and hence out to sea rather than
westward and over Japan's land and its residents. This in turn has enhanced Japan's national safety by reducing the nuclear
fallout on people, potable water, dairy cows, and foods cultivated on farms.
To listen to the actual program
click on this link:
For a complete
transcript of the program go to:
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Jolt: a rural noir and the CDC on Potassium Iodide (KI)
7:51 pm edt
Visitors flock in larger numbers than ever before to the Alva
Press, Inc./Roberta M Roy on nuclear survival website. At the same time, differences between the United States and
the Japan as to the accuracy of Japan's reporting of the severity of the effects of the fires at the Fukushima plant
fan the fears of the general populace. Further, the recommendation that Americans within a fifty mile radius of the Fukushima
plant, evacuate, suggests the possibility of contamination within that area by fallout and its associated ionizing radiation. These
things noted, it is likely that many are asking about the use and effectiveness of Potassium Iodide (KI) against
cancer of the thyroid.
Although deeper research suggests that KI is not effective against all sources of radiation,
when no more specific recommendation has been publicized, it remains the drug of choice. So if you are looking for a readable,
reliable source for improving your understanding of the use of KI, I'd check out the CDC statement regarding KI at http://www.bt.cdc.gov/radiation/ki.asp
And if you would like to witness people going
through the process of deciding when and how much KI to take in the event of ionizing radiation exposure, do order a copy
of Roberta M Roy's book, Jolt: a rural noir from Amazon.com as this book offers a way to ease into thinking about survival
in the event of a nuclear meltdown.
Life is too precious to be lived lacking in either information or diversion.
Now is the right time to become better informed as you enjoy Jolt: a rural noir
Click here for a direct
link to Amazon.com and order your copy of Jolt: a rural noir now: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_17?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=jolt+a+rural+noir&sprefix=jolt+a+rural+noir
Roberta in Po-Town
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The Fukushima Nuclear Plant's Courageous Repair Team
With Japan tottering ever nearer greater nuclear disaster, readership
for this blog has skyrocketed, but as we are all under such a press for time, I shall keep it brief.
10:03 pm edt
the fact the situation is already reportedly worse than it was at Three Mile Island, hope springs ever anew at Fukushima,
Japan, as a heroic team fights to keep the nuclear rods and matter sufficiently cool to prevent an even larger explosion. Society's
debt to these brave souls is beyond definition and we send our heartfelt thanks to them and the generous families who raised
them and love them still.
http://www.aolnews.com/2011/03/15/heroic-team-inside-fukushima-nuclear-plant-probably-terrified/?icid=main%7Chtmlws-main-n%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk3%7C206142Roberta in Po-Town
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Japan's Race to Stop Nuclear Meltdown
Apologies for not having the time to summarize the key content
in these articles for you, however they have been chosen because they either were most recent, most informative or both.
9:15 am edt
First are these images that compare Japanese cities before and after the March 2011 Tsunami
This article is on Japan's race to stop a nuclear meltdown: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/race-to-stop-nuclear-meltdown-20110313-1bt30.htmlThis article in particular should encourage people
to read Jolt: a rural noir to inform and calm some of their fears:
http://www.indianasnewscenter.com/home/Japan-Radiation-Checks-117894804.htmlFor some basic information on what is happening at
the plant, read: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/as_japan_quake_power_plantThis article will offer credence to the imaginary
scenario presented in Jolt: a rural noir of FEMA being overwhelmed as it documents the presence of 180,000 forced emigrants
in Japan secondary to the possibility of multiple meltdowns: http://www.aolnews.com/2011/03/13/in-japan-plant-partial-meltdown-highly-possible/?icid=main%7Chtmlws-main-n%7Cdl1%7The link to purchase Jolt: a rural noir
at Amazon.com is :
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_17?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=jolt+a+rural+noir&sprefix=jolt+a+rural+noirAlso there are four free copies available in
celebration of March Is Women's History Month at alvapressinc.com.
When I wrote Jolt: a rural noir it was
to entertain, inform, and to allay some of the negative effects of ignorance and unwillingness to discuss what would we do
if there were a nuclear meltdown. If you have not yet ordered a copy of Jolt: a rural noir and have not taken courses
with the military on survival of mass events, you really should pick up a copy now. Also order one for your significant other
for as it turns out, Jolt: a rural noir is a story of post nuclear event hope and rebirth that is chucked full of very
practical solutions to what in mass emergencies are often very real challenges. Those who have read Jolt: a rural
noir, not only loved the lovers, Natalie and Thaw, they loved the book its informedness.
You will, too.
Roberta in Po-Town, Thinking Green
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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