New problems emerge in Japan's nuclear power emergency

Freedom Sampling of ocean water 30 km off Japan's coast found radioactive "iodine concentrations at or above Japanese regulatory limits," as well as amounts of cesium-137 below regulatory limits. Some of the contamination may be due to recycled sea water used to cool down the reactors and spent fuel ponds. Still, the volume of water thus contaminated suggests that the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant complex has already released massive quantities of radionuclides over the past two weeks. More massive releases are a disturbing possibility, experts say.

DXC and Feed Dayton team up to create area's first urban farm training center.

DAYTON – A few weeks ago, it was just an empty lot beside an empty building; not much good to anybody. But in a few weeks, what was an eyesore and wasteland will transform into a source of food and education for Dayton residents.

“[Our purpose] is kind of two-fold,” said Feed Dayton Director Ken Carman. “The one is to grow high-nutrition food locally for the hungry. And then the complimentary element is we're also wanting to educate, train and equip people to either become urban farmers or at least to have backyard gardens.”

Obama's great choice for Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

The New York Times is reporting what had been until now a rumor too good to be true. Dr. Tom Frieden, currently the hard-driving activist NYC Commissioner of Health, will be the new head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Disclaimer: I have personal history with Tom.

Recipe for a Social -- Damn Good Chili

Sounds yummy! Anyone else have some recipes to add? - standingup

Crossposted to DailyKos.

Many folks saw and participated in the Drunken Bloggin' diary from last night, reading it both on DailyKos and ePluribus Media.

While we had a great time, it was essentially a social get-together of friends who had mostly known each other only through the vast network forest of the Intertubes. It was not so much a celebration of geeky "drunken carousal" as it was an intelligent gathering of thoughtful (tho geeky) souls. With laptops. And some alcohol. And -- munchies. Including my infamous Chili.

I'd like to share the recipe with folks here, and encourage the other participants of our night debauchery to post the recipes of any items they made. The idea is that by sharing communal concepts and experiences like cooking and preparing for social interaction, we extend the concept of community and help ensure that we are always aware of the underlying humanity for which we are all, ultimately, striving to improve through our efforts here.

And so, without further ado...