Just a suggestion: don’t browse weblogs when you’re trying to perk yourself up with a little cheery good news.
- The woman who chopped off her baby’s arms in the name of her god is pleading not guilty by reason of insanity.
- Another woman was arrested for bringing a human head into the country in her luggage—it was all part of her voodoo religion, you see. She faces 15 years in prison.
- In the South Pacific, villagers worship an American named John Frum who lives in a volcano and has promised them much cargo.
- Fundamentalism kills. Well, actually, ignorance and fear kill, but fundamentalism fosters both.
Literacy is a measure of intellectual health, and it looks like our country is very sick: 58% of the US adult population never reads another book after high school; 42% of college graduates never read another book; 80% of US families did not buy or read a book last year; 70% of US adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.
P.S. As you’ll see in the comments, the sources for those last statistics aren’t just wobbly, they’re downright dishonest. Never mind.