Thursday, 29 July 2010

A wonderful soup in the summer. It is one of my favorite soups when the weather is hot. The mixture of slippery miyeok (seaweed) and crunchy cucumber in a salty broth with a touch of vinegar is very refreshing and appetizing. Dasima gukmul (kelp broth) can be used instead of water.

INGREDIENTS (serves 4)

• 1 oz/29g MIYEOK (dried seaweed), soaked in water until soft

• 3 cups WATER

• 2 teaspoons SOY SAUCE

• 2 tablespoons RICE VINEGAR (or lemon juice)

• 1 chopped SCALLION

• 1 small CUCUMBER, cut diagonally and cut into fine strips

• 1/2 teaspoon SESAME SEEDS, partially crushed with fingertips

1. After soaking, cut the miyeok approximately into 2"/5 cm long pieces with scissors. Blanch it in boiling water and immediately dip it in cold water. If you are using miyeok that has already been cooked and dried, then there is no need to cook it again after soaking.

2. Combine water (or dasima gukmul), soy sauce, vinegar. Then add miyeok, scallion and cucumber. Sprinkle sesame seeds before serving.

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Discussion to focus on seaweeds
GREENLAND — What can seaweeds tell us about the water quality of the Great Bay Estuary? Quite a bit.

On Aug. 4, researcher and biologist Jeremy Nettleton will speak at 7 p.m. in the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center at the Great Bay Discovery Center. The free program will present Nettleton's findings on important changes in the seaweed community structure of Great Bay. Over the last several years there has been a dramatic increase in the number of "nuisance" algae blooms in parts of the estuary. These blooms can lead to the disappearance of key plant and animal species owing to shading, nutrient depletion, and hypoxic conditions.

Along with the blooms, an invasive red algal species, Gracilaria vermiculophylla, has been detected in the estuary. Along with the increased nitrogen levels in the bay, these invasive seaweeds can affect water quality.

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Guernsey's L'Eree beach has been cleared of a large bank of seaweed on Thursday, following a build up above the high water mark.

The Environment Department said the work was eco-friendly as the seaweed would be moved to the water's edge where wave action takes it out to sea.

It said the seaweed was a valuable food source for wading birds and removing it would jeopardise their habitats.

Clearances were also due to take place at the beaches at L'Ancresse and Cobo.

The department said the build up, which was caused by spring tides and south-westerly winds, would not be naturally removed by tidal action for several weeks.

It said in the past the seaweed washed onto Guernsey's beaches was a valuable resource for farmers and growers as fertilizer, but this was now only done by a handful of individuals.

It said that beach users were not keen on the weed, which becomes smelly when it decays.

It said as the tides would disperse the seaweed it would help to prevent degradation and loss of beach material, such as sand and pebbles. seaweed. food for life

Sunday, 11 July 2010

The Seaweed Invasion
Could you imagine the consequences if a common weed took over the world and nothing could be done about it?

Well, that's what happening right now under the sea and the culprit is a sea weed called Caulerpa Taxifolia. A pretty, salt water aquarium plant that went through a mutant metamorphous and escaped to the sea in the early 1980's. Since then, it has smothered out hundred of square miles of the ocean floor and driven out all sea life in the area.

This killer sea weed was developed in the Wilhelmina Zoo in Stuttgart , Germany . It became an overnight success as an aquarium decoration and soon found its way though out the world by way of fish stores and suppliers.

The first report that this innocent looking sea weed was taking over the ocean floor was made by Alex Mendez, an experienced swimmer who was diving for ducats one morning in the Mediterranean sea . Mendez notified the local authorities of his discovery but they assumed that he had been smoking weed instead of discovering it, so all he could do was stand by and watch as the mutant algae consumed his favorite lagoon.

In June of 2000, 20 years after the discovery of Caulerpa Taxifolia in the Mediterranean, it was detected growing on the ocean floor in San Diego , California . A 11,300 square foot patch of the deadly algae was confirmed as a strain of the original source that was cloned as the aquarium decoration in Stuttgart , Germany .

In September, 2001, the governor of California , prohibited the possession and transportation of Caulerpa Taxifolia. He knew full well the consequences on the local economy if people started taking free samples home to their own aquariums without first paying for them at their local fish store!

In January 2002, an attempt was made to destroy this vicious sea weed from San Diego , California , and though a small patch of Caulerpa Taxifolia was killed off by saturating the ocean floor with common swimming pool chlorine, it also killed off everything that it came in contact with it making the eradication worse than the plant itself. One city councilmen in San Diego , suggested draining the ocean and letting the plant die of dehydration but others on the council objected noting a lack funds in their treasury.

In May of 2002, the killer sea weed was discovered taking over the coastline of southern Australia , but the local pigmies who dried and smoked the seaweed blessed it and now use it instead of their own cherished Cannabis.

As of April 2003, the killer aquarium decoration is totally out of control and rapidly spreading throughout the world. Its transported by fragments being set adrift in oceanic currents and nothing can stop it. It reproduces by a single sex (male) self cloning process and it doesn't need a female to reproduce. It has no natural predators (except pigmies now) and all other sea life (plant and animal) find it repulsive, so they evacuate the area where it grows which creates an ecological disaster in the vicinity.

It has been predicted that in less than 50 years from now there will be no marine life left in the sea if the sea weed invasion is allowed to continue on its present course!

The scientific community's biggest fear is that the Caulerpa Taxifolia will mutate once again and develop a fresh water strain of itself that will attack the wet lands, the rivers and the streams, thus, turning the earth into a stagnant and dying planet! Others who use Cannabis themselves feel otherwise!

Saturday, 10 July 2010

The Golden Rule Across the World's Religions
Thirteen Sacred Texts - English Version

Bahá'í Faith

Lay not on any soul a load that you would not wish to be laid upon you, and desire not for anyone the things you would not desire for yourself.

Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings


Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.

The Buddha, Udana-Varga 5.18


In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.

Jesus, Matthew 7:12


One word which sums up the basis of all good conduct....loving-kindness. Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself.

Confucius, Analects 15.23


This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.

Mahabharata 5:1517


Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others
what you wish for yourself.

The Prophet Muhammad, Hadith


One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated.

Mahavira, Sutrakritanga 1.11.33


What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour. This is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary. Go and learn it.

Hillel, Talmud, Shabbath 31a

Native Spirituality

We are as much alive as we keep the earth alive.

Chief Dan George


I am a stranger to no one; and no one is a stranger to me.
Indeed, I am a friend to all.

Guru Granth Sahib, p.1299


Regard your neighbour's gain as your own gain and your neighbour's loss as your own loss.

Lao Tzu, T'ai Shang Kan Ying P'ien, 213-218


We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Unitarian principle


Do not do unto others whatever is injurious to yourself.

Shayast-na-Shayast 13.29