stevieb, for someone throwing around terms like "uneducated" and "asinine" you sure opine a lot about things you don't know (when you're not tooting own your horn). For example, the Perl job market. There are four companies with large Perl codebases in SoCal alone just in the industry I work in that are hiring new devs all the time.
The problem with "Perl6" is not that it's a new language, it's that it stole the name and reputation of an existing language. The goldrush of publishers, authors, conference presenters and self-promoting bandwagon jumpers seeking to exploit that *does* hurt Perl, by creating confusion in the minds of tech generalists and newcomers. To believe anything else is just, well, asinine.
The way forward always starts with a minimal test.