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Michael L. Love: Thai Black Rice update

I thought that the Vitacost community might be interested in the latest snippet from the Molecules site news, featuring Vitacost and this blog.

For those who are following the activism aspect of the Molecules site, I thought that you might be interested in a little pre-history as it were. Prior to the founding of the Molecules site, the activism first hatched under the GNU-Darwin umbrella, and the fundamental idea of molecules activism was invented. Initially, it was concerned primarily with resveratrol and other caloric restriction memetics, but it was clearly bound to expand from there. You can read some of the early material in the GNU-Darwin Posts regarding resveratrol and calorie restriction. As was previously mentioned, the ideas were formally developed in the FOSS, Science, and Public activism essay, and it was even put forth as a war protest in the so-called bootstrapping essay. As the Molecules site developed, it became clear that additional adjunct activities were required in order to push the activism harder. One of these adjuncts was created on the Vitacost website, where it is easy to provide directed links to crucial molecules for those who want to obtain them for themselves. Moreover, the activism ideas continue to evolve there in blog format. Check it out: Michael L. Love proclus Blog on Vitacost.

Tonight I found some very satisfying news related to all of this. One of the last few GNU-Darwin posts regarding resveratrol and caloric restriction referred to the very high anthocyanin content of the forbidden Thai black rice. You can read about that in the link above. At the time that I wrote the post there was virtually no product development around the black rice, but now I am happy to learn that there are many such products. Several can be found on the Vitacost website. Obviously, I cannot take any credit for this marvellous development, but the success is consistent with the activism ideas that I have been developing. There are many examples of such successes, some of them are documented in a free software activism article that I wrote several years ago. The implications are pretty far reaching. For more examples, check out this page on GNU-Darwin, or the links page and personal page of this blog. We also should consider the possibility that thinking in similar veins together makes great minds out of us. Of course the internet itself seems pre-designed for that sort of activism. Cheers!

Regards,
proclus
http://www.gnu-darwin.org/

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  • Michael L. Love: Molecules Activism on Vitacost: Thai Black Rice update
  • Michael L. Love: Antifungal nasal spray
  • Michael L. Love: Merry Christmas Vitacost Community!
  • Michael L. Love: more on the polyphenol story
  • Michael L. Love: Seafood notes
  • Michael L. Love: Polyphenols, etc
  • Michael L. Love: Linus Pauling
  • Michael L. Love: First entry
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    Posted Monday, Dec 28, 2009 9:28 PM by proclus

    proclus : Michael L. Love: writing and riding

    Michael L. Love: writing and riding
    I have been busy writing. Some of it may appear here eventually. It is unclear to me that community members are interested in broader personal information, other than that which is focused on one of the four main interest categories. And I am inclined at this time to put such information elsewhere. Such is the case with the article I wrote today.

    Google, user interests, and biasing factors
    http://proclus.gnu-darwin.org/google-bias.html

    Data from the community blog post tables assisted my conclusions. That is how I spent my morning. There is more in the pipe, such as some autobiographical information. I am currently thinking that community members are less interested in topics that do not fall strictly under the four goal/interest categories. Which is the main reason I have been posting such material elsewhere. I think that this article is germane to anyone who wants to promote their blog, which many in the community might find helpful. It is like the code I developed for blog extraction, and I am posting to all four groups because of this fact.

    I split my bicycle rim this week, and I will likely spend the afternoon spoking it out. This problem is due to the magnesium, which is much softer than conventional bicycle materials. Other bicycles would be less expensive, more reliable, and stronger, as I describe in the winter bicycling articles. This is the disadvantage of riding in style, but I think that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. The light weight and attention-getting appearance are the main advantages of this ultra-light bicycle. The crucial action is that people see the bicyclist. In addition to promoting the sport, it is good for the continued health and well being of the rider, as well as the writer.

    Regards,
    proclus
    http://www.gnu-darwin.org/

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  • Michael L. Love: blogging, facebook, and Radical Mormon
  • Michael L. Love: aspirin hiatus
  • Michael L. Love: citrus pudding recipe
  • Michael L. Love: parsley recipe alert!
  • Michael L. Love: parsley and bone loss
  • Michael L. Love: I Love You!
  • Michael L. Love: parsley and allergies follow-up
  • Michael L. Love: parsley and allergies
  • Michael L. Love: parsley and triglycerides
  • Michael L. Love: Parsley odyssey continues
  • Michael L. Love: Community blog to rss extraction code
  • Michael L. Love: winter bicycling
  • Michael L. Love: more parsley info, anti-diarrhea and other matters
  • Michael L. Love: Parsley recipe
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    Published Saturday, February 27, 2010 02:27 PM by proclus

    Read more at Vitacost blogs.
    http://blogs.vitacost.com/Blogs/proclus/Archive/2010/2/27/1203.aspx

    Regards,
    proclus
    http://www.gnu-darwin.org/

    proclus : Michael L. Love: On value and money, molecules activism

    Michael L. Love: On value and money, molecules activism
    Molecules activism could be viewed as the promotion of uncommon knowledge of commonplace things.  The aspirin, the parsley, citrus fruits, all of which are commonplace things, readily in view and at hand.  They all have little known properties which are highly valuable, although perhaps not in the shallow sense of monetary value.  Common nuts, roots, and berries, which are sometimes valued little above the dirt that they sprout from, have unknown riches inside of them, not necessarily monetary wealth, but richness of health and strength.  Such power is clearly not beyond our grasp, but it is merely unknown to us.  We must establish such knowledge.

    Table salt is a much derided molecule, but it has been indispensible for its ability to preserve food, a little known property perhaps.  The economic impact may be small and ambiguous, but it has arguably saved countless of the lives of our very forebearers.  That is wealth that transcends money.  Similar things could be said about other commonplace minerals and chemicals. such as; bleach, lime, and even oxygen, all of which have many important uses beyond the commonplace ones, and properties beyond those which are commonly known.

    Similar things could also be said of many ordinary spices; cinnamon, dill seeds, fennel, thyme, and common vegetables, such as tomatoes, and olives, as well as fruits, such as grapes.  Many of these have preservative properties, but also they preserve life itself or increase our intellectual faculties, a vast and extraordinary richness indeed, beside which money is worth very little!

    Some will brush this argument aside saying that everything I have referred to costs money, and sufficient money will get you any of it.  Although this is a commonplace sentiment, it is also widely recognized as a foolish one.  Moreover, such arguments are made by people who would like to diminuate the value of our very lives, which is rightly a subject of much outrage.  I say that money cannot possibly be compared in value to things like life, intelligence, and posterity.  

    It is clear that there are riches unbeknownst to us at our very fingertips, and ever before our eyes.  It also becomes obvious that the withholding of such knowledge is akin to a crime, and there are those of us in the movement who believe that the release of such knowledge should be MANDATORY.  At least, those of us who are engaged in molecules activism will be doing our part to make such knowledge public, by the establishment of prior art, by publishing such knowledge, and by affixing it to the public common.  Examples are many and growing, and they include this blog and the Molecules site.  We will be generating more and more.

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    proclus
    http://www.gnu-darwin.org/

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  • Michael L. Love: blogging, facebook, and Radical Mormon
  • Michael L. Love: aspirin hiatus
  • Michael L. Love: citrus pudding recipe
  • Michael L. Love: parsley recipe alert!
  • Michael L. Love: parsley and bone loss
  • Michael L. Love: I Love You!
  • Michael L. Love: parsley and allergies follow-up
  • Michael L. Love: parsley and allergies
  • Michael L. Love: parsley and triglycerides
  • Michael L. Love: Parsley odyssey continues
  • Michael L. Love: Community blog to rss extraction code
  • Michael L. Love: winter bicycling
  • Michael L. Love: more parsley info, anti-diarrhea and other matters
  • Michael L. Love: Parsley recipe
  • Michael L. Love: polyphenols and stable free radicals
  • Michael L. Love: some bio info, blog links, plus some molecules site news
  • Michael L. Love: USDA Database for the Flavonoid Content
  • Michael L. Love: recipe; flax oil, tyrosol lignans update
  • Michael L. Love: Linus Pauling
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    Published Tuesday, February 23, 2010 12:07 PM by proclus

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    http://blogs.vitacost.com/Blogs/proclus/Archive/2010/2/23/1172.aspx

    Regards,
    proclus
    http://www.gnu-darwin.org/