October 1, 2005
Quote of the Moment
"I didn't learn anything, but at least I saw something."
--Willa Mae Buckner, "The Snake Lady", 1922-2000. Her biography and life as a performer is given an illustrated writeup in Harvey "American Splendour" Pekar's "Our Movie Year", along with many other obscure jazz and blues artists.
Study of the Moment
"Religious belief can cause damage to a society, contributing towards high murder rates, abortion, sexual promiscuity and suicide, according to research published yesterday", reported in this article form The Australian. I think you have to take both the study and the interpretation with a giant grain of salt, but the correlation between high rates of religous belief and high rates of strongly negative things is interesting, and an interesting retort to people who would assume the opposite.