mothra, honestly, what did you expect? Posting
a pro-Python screed in a pro-Perl community, then
stomping off to sulk when the responses you get don't
meet your expectations of Python background knowledge
is like whacking a wasp nest with a baseball bat, then
complaining when you get stung.
And if you're going to give Python plusses for the
bits of its syntax that are terser than Perl's, you
might want to consider Perl constructs that are terser
than Python's equivalents. I have no first-hand
experience with Python, so I can't really comment, but
I'm told that regex matching and interpolating variables
into strings are much more cumbersome in Python than in
Perl. More propaganda?