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Adirondack Lifestyle ™: Apr 4, 2008

Friday, April 04, 2008


In the interest of diversity, of which I am a big fan, I am adding a clarification to today's blog concerning Pastafarians who should not be confused with Rastafarians. Pastafarians follow a slightly different form of religion. The central belief is that there is an invisible and undetectable Flying Spaghetti Monster, which created the entire universe "after drinking heavily." The Monster's intoxication was supposedly the cause for a flawed earth. All evidence for evolution was planted by the Flying Spaghetti Monster, in an effort to test Pastafarians' faith — a form of the Omphalos hypothesis. When scientific measurements, such as radiocarbon dating, are made, the Flying Spaghetti Monster "is there changing the results with His Noodly Appendage."
The Pastafarian belief of heaven stresses that it contains beer volcanoes and a stripper factory. Hell is similar, except that the beer is stale, and the strippers have STDs.

Happy Birthday Peace Symbol!

The Peace Symbol is half a century old today. "This forked symbol was designed for the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War (DAC) and was adopted as its badge by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) in Britain, and originally was used by the British nuclear disarmament movement. It was later generalized to become an international icon for the 1960s anti-war movement, and was also adopted by the counterculture of the time. It was designed and completed February 21, 1958 by Gerald Holtom, a professional designer and artist in Britain for the April 4 march planned by DAC from Trafalgar Square, London to the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston in England." (Wikepedia)
It is a little know fact that the peace symbol is actually a combination of the semaphoric signals for the letters "N" and "D," standing for Nuclear Disarmament. Both the peace symbol and the peace sign were big with some people in my generation like me. Today's image is the rasta peace symbol. A combination of two very pleasant messages. The Rastafarian's have long been known for their struggle for peace and justice.
As a way to integrate this tidbit of information into the Adirondack theme: it is rather peaceful in the Adirondacks these days. The local public schools are on vacation and this is the "shoulder season" in the tourism business. Which of course means peaceful skiing!