Thursday, August 8, 2019

TIME for a PUBLIC OPTION on plantmilks??

TIME for a PUBLIC OPTION on plantmilks??
Let's not WAIT UNTIL we get sick.
Let's get our plantmilks NOW.

So MUCH competition in the plantmilk space is broadening opportunities for consumers to try an array of very different plantmilks (not all plantmilks are the same - in fact, NO plantmilks are the same as any other plantmilks; they ALL differ).

But if ACCESS to plantmilks is the issue, there are SOME locations - by zip code - where plantmilks are NOT immediately accessible to coffee drinkers, cereal eaters, and others who tipple at the extruded plants.

Arguably, all this competition in the plantmilk space may be great for consumers, but the price point BENEFITS of competition cannot be GREAT for the fiscal sustainability of all these risk-taking innovators.

Some plantmilk producers will WIN - and some may go out of business after they have done 'their yeoman's duty' to expand the market for plantmilks.

Is it not time for some public strategy for dispersing plantmilks among the ENTIRE human population - maybe granting plantmilk as a protected right - so that everyone can have some plantmilk when and where they need it, and so that the nation's farmers can know that there's a continuing demand for high quality organic non-GMO plants to supply this industrial demand for producing plantmilk.

In nations outside the USA, a national healthcare plan can mandate universal coverage yet periodically open to competitive bidders for supplying the national 'right to healthcare'! A national right to plantmilks could be organized the same way without disemboweling competitors who want to continue producing. Those additional competitors would just not win the federal contract for supplying the public option, and the public option could be 95% powered by private industry efforts.

What MIGHT be DIFFERENT (and hopefully BETTER) would be ACCESS to nondairy plantmilks, nondairy cheeses, nondairy creamers, and (I think that this would be INESSENTIAL) nondairy desserts.

I'd wager that restaurants in THAT kind of economic regime would carry plantmilks as a rule because it's a right, not because they suddenly took pity on the paying consumer.

Those who declare 'PLANTMILK IS A RIGHT' can build upon their public values.

Plantmilk availability COULD become or be declared ethically normative in such a society.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Colorful Feelings by Ashley Hebenton

Maybe you would read this children's book, Colorful Feelings by Ashley Hebenton because reading the book is free to Kindle Readers who are also Amazon Prime members. Maybe you could review the 11-page book - write a review for more exposure as a writer. Reading and reviewing science journals is so much more tedious, but we all start out with simpler tasks.

Reading it from start to finish won't take you long - maybe about 5 minutes. Oh, no!

She considers eight visual color fields (cf. Edmund Husserl):
  • pink - love
  • orange - excitement
  • yellow - happiness
  • green - nature
  • blue - calm
  • purple - knowledge
  • black - independence
  • white - snuggly and clean
Then, with one concluding poem, she affirms our idiosyncratic individuality in our feelings about visible colors:

There are so many wonderful feelings to feel.
Some make you laugh and some make you cry.
Some are confusing, so you may ask why?
Some are BIG and some are small.
But do you know what is best of all?
To feel how you feel when you do what you do,
because you are perfect just being you!
Where does her thinking leave any possible 'cognitive dissonance' about your feelings and mine, or between or among any two or more persons (nonhuman or human)?
Maynard S. Clark

Monday, February 4, 2019

Food service vs. how humans at large are actually eating

Is there a way to get a STRATEGIC sense of the PROPORTION of conventional restaurant CHAINS where vegetarian and vegan entrees are featured as vegan or vegetarian? What that MEANS is that we would be looking AT what certain TYPES of business are doing, and they want to keep their businesses viable (not merely respond to 'pressure'). But how are those 'service changes' working out for their businesses and how were those service enhancements designed and implemented?

That is only ONE possible measure, and IMO it does NOT address the general population - only how businesses make business OUT of paying portions of that general population. It's significant, but in itself it's not determinative.

That could be INDEXED against the growing proportion of the general human population in each nation who claim to be (i) vegan and/or (ii) vegetarian.

I wonder whether or not some 'vegan strategic planners' could think how far along we are in accomplishing the historic shift away from reliance upon animal exploitation for food and toward evidence-based health-supporting whole foods plant-based diets for the general population.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Do Looks Matter? A Case Study on Extensive Green Roofs Using Discrete Choice Experiments

[PDF] Do Looks Matter? A Case Study on Extensive Green Roofs Using Discrete Choice Experiments

J Vanstockem, L Vranken, B Bleys, B Somers, M Hermy
Extensive green roofs are a promising type of urban green that can play an important
role in climate proofing and ultimately in the sustainability of our cities. Despite their
increasingly widespread application and the growing scientific interest in extensive …

Citing papers by my lead author, Dr. Sara Kaffashi, these researchers did CE - choice experiments - to explore homeowners' views on solar retrofitting.

That opens several interesting and IMO important conversations about newer strategies for more attractive rooftop solar in the USA, and thus everywhere in the world (if Americans are to become the incubation center for solar design).

Saturday, September 15, 2018

The errors of 'celebrity worship' and adulation (draft)

One's doing something desirable is no reason to COPY someone's ENTIRE SET of behaviors.

This practice of idolizing one individual or set of individuals based upon a behavioral characteristic occurs frequently among human beings, including among vegan and vegetarian advocates.

One could focus rationally, instead, on the reasons for becoming and remaining vegan for a lifetime (rather than upon wrongly adoring one likable individual or anyone else).

There's a psychological ERROR or FOLLY in getting caught up with fallible (and sometimes bad) examples of good things.
  • Remember Michael Jackson as a vegetarian role model?
  • Remember Alex Baldwin as a vegetarian role model? 
  • And there are more than a share of industrialists and wealth builders who are vegetarian (but who didn't implement humanitarian principles - heads of Disney and Eastern Airlines, Gould who ran for US President on the Vegetarian Party, et al.)  Which characteristics lead one to 'emulability' status AS practicing vegetarians or practicing vegans?  Moby is a practicing vegan, but Dennis Kucinish seldom mentioned his veganism when he ran for US President.  Should ONLY ONE political party (of several) attract all the vegetarians?
The curiosities go on and one - in the external world as in our respective minds. 
These public persons SELDOM discuss or present to the general public (when interviewed impromptu or more formally as a talk show guest) the many well-refined reasons for the universal desirability of being vegan.

Instead, they tend to fall for the short-term adoration, accepting their short term celebrity status, the popularity of themselves as a celebrity, thereby short-circuiting that broader and more public mental focus energy one what could be useful and morally desirable values - the moral efficiency of WFPB diets; the ecological system in which we inherently live, where everyone impacts all the others in the ongoing cloth of material; etc.

And how would WE KNOW in advance that any (or many) of these fallible human are not going to do something really bad? And how can we be reasonable if we uncritically trust their judgment about a range of other matters? Isn't that a 'non sequitur'?  It merely 'doesn't follow' logically that doing one good, right, proper, morally preferable thing or adopting one wise, evidence-based practice puts one at the head of the parade for moral leadership.
  • We think of the models (who need to 'look good' all the time, though they are seldom looking good 24/7)
  • We think of the bassists (and that's a tedious discipline that requires self mastery)
  • We think of the other musicians, and that's a serious discipline that requires long-term, ongoing commitment
  • We think of the dancers, and health benefits should accrue for them, but do they discuss the role of diet and health disciplines in their developing and maintaining discipline.
  • We think of actors, and surely not everyone can do that work; how it transforms them as individuals, but what does that imply for the rest of us 7-2/3 billion humans on earth?
Remember this kind of thing: ?
My studied opinion is that 'notable vegetarians' (i) informs us but (ii) easily distracts us and others from the real contributors to the knowledge relevant about human diet and practices, and risks substituting celebrity 'fluff' for worthwhile sharing in our conversations.  Further, such lists MAY have errors, so one risks reputation by publicly reading off the list and asserting some entry as a historical fact (when it may be oddly, curiously mistaken).  And surely we don't want to say that a fallible practitioner is reason for not doing something good and innocent, like breathing, brushing one's teeth, exercising, and treating other humans and animals graciously and with kindness.

Why does it happen?  And should one celebrate celebrities, however and why-ever it happens in the communication space that generates thoughts in our minds?  Surely there may be motives, even hidden, ulterior motives for investing so much art and other effort into celebrating celebrities, but IMO it's wrong - AND it distracts real human beings and the processes of social communication involving those real human beings from more productively studying and discussing ethics and relevant science and personal life organization - and from developing more constructive reasoning AND sustainable values (like those involved with migrating toward totally plant-based vegan diets).

But if we WERE to select ANY vegetarian as a model for emulating ALL of her or his values, who would that ONE vegetarian (or vegan) individual be?

Is it the veganism that ought to be emulated?  If so, maybe invest the arts and other energy in understanding and communicating that (rather than in distracting the public's mental energy with 'celebrity worship'

I know that your blog/mailing is a form of 'commodification' found in capitalist systems, but IMO it's 'way off topic' for the worthwhile discussion of how and why to become a transformed human individual for a better future, rather than for the one to which we are otherwise defaulting.

It's good to be liked, but that's not the end of the discussion about evidence-based whole foods plant-based diets.  I'm glad that there's a Fire Station Diet (Rip Esselstyn), but so much goes into sorting out issues.

Still, we nearly 8 billion human individuals living on the Earth's surface are left to sorting through the complex array of stimuli and seeking for more solid ground with which to more rationally and sustainably organize our lives.  Celebrity worship, I advise, is NOT the better, more productive path for doing that inevitable sorting amidst the booming, buzzing complexity of the rapidly unfolding world that includes us (and does not merely surround us).
Maynard S. Clark, MS (Management: Research Administration)
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Monday, June 11, 2018

Ask a friend, my friend, the thoughtful obstetrician thought...

Some years ago, I was asked for help on scientific publications for publication by postdoctoral biomedical researchers, who were speaking English as their second, third, or fourth languages.
Working with such accomplished biomedical researchers was an honor, but our repeated successes in getting these works accepted for publication was encouraging.
Deep editing also helps in preparing papers for publication, doctoral and master's theses, and agency and interagency-reports.