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It’s not a small world after all: world population will soar


This is scary. The more people on this planet the greater the likelihood that an increasing percentage of them will be living in hunger, poverty and desperation. Such is the case in much of Africa today, ironically the continent with the largest anticipated increase in population. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Reuters

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Contrary to some earlier projections, the world’s population will soar through the end of the 21st century thanks largely to sub-Saharan Africa’s higher-than-expected birth rates, United Nations and other population experts said on Thursday.

There is an 80 percent likelihood that the number of people on the planet, currently 7.2 billion, will increase to between 9.6 billion and 12.3 billion by 2100, the researchers said. They also saw an 80 percent probability that Africa’s population will rise to between 3.5 billion and 5.1 billion by 2100 from about 1 billion today.

The study, led by U.N. demographer Patrick Gerland and University of Washington statistician and sociologist Adrian Raftery and published in the journal Science, foresees only a 30 percent chance that earth’s population will stop rising this century.

“Previous forecasts did indeed forecast a leveling off of the world population around 2050, and in some cases a decline,” Raftery said.

Raftery said the new projections arise from data that clearly establishes that birth rates in sub-Saharan Africa have not been decreasing as quickly as some experts had expected, a trend that was “not as clear when previous forecasts were made.”

Raftery said the researchers used data on population, fertility, mortality and migration from every country and then predicted future rates using new statistical models. Some of the figures, such as the median projection of the population hitting 10.9 billion by 2100, mirror a U.N. report published in 2013.

U.N. demographer Gerland said sub-Saharan Africa countries already with big populations and high fertility levels are expected to drive population growth, including Nigeria, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Niger, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, Mozambique and Mali.

The world’s population reached 1 billion in the early 19th century, doubled to 2 billion in the 1920s and doubled again to 6 billion in the 1990s. It hit 7 billion in 2011.

The findings underscore worries expressed for decades by some experts about a planet growing more crowded and humankind exhausting natural resources, struggling to produce enough food or cope with poverty and infectious diseases.

Raftery said African nations could benefit by intensifying policies to lower fertility rates, with studies showing that greater access to contraceptives and more education for girls and women can be effective.

The researchers projected that Asia’s population, now 4.4 billion, will peak at around 5 billion people in 2050, then begin to decline. They forecast that the populations of North America, Europe and Latin America will stay below 1 billion each by 2100.

Among the experts who had predicted the global population rise would peter out was a 2010 report by Austrian demographer Wolfgang Lutz. He forecast it likely would reach 8 billion to 10 billion by 2050 but “population stabilization and the onset of a decline are likely” in the second half of the century.

(Reporting by Will Dunham; Editing by Grant McCool)

“Disgustologist” digs deep into science of revulsion


Interesting stuff? TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Reuters

Reuters

Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent 

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent

LONDON (Reuters) – Valerie Curtis is fascinated by faeces. And by vomit, pus, urine, maggots and putrid flesh. It is not the oozing, reeking substances themselves that play on her mind, but our response to them and what it can teach us.

The doctor of anthropology and expert on hygiene and behaviour says disgust governs our lives – dictating what we eat, wear, buy, and even how we vote and who we desire.

In science, disgust has languished unstudied – it was once dubbed the “forgotten emotion of psychiatry” – while emotions like fear, love and anger took the limelight.

But Curtis, who refers to herself half-jokingly as a “disgustologist”, is among a growing group of scientists seeking to change that by establishing the importance of the science of revulsion in everything from sex and society to survival.

“People are disgusted by things without even realising it. It influences our lives in so many subtle ways, and it’s really important that we understand how great that influence is,” she told Reuters in an interview.

PARASITE AVOIDANCE THEORY

Curtis’s somewhat revolting interests stem from her many years of work in public health, seeking to improve hygiene and reduce unnecessary death and disease around the world.

As a director at the internationally respected London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, she has conducted research into hygiene behaviour in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, China, India, Uganda, Vietnam, Indonesia and Kyrgyzstan.

In 2002, she founded a global public-private partnership involving the U.N. children’s fund UNICEF, the World Bank and the household product multinational Procter & Gamble to promote hand-washing.

“I’ve been trying to understand disgust for 30 years, and what I’ve found is that people the world over are all disgusted by similar things: body products, food that has gone off, sexual fluids – which, with a few exceptions, we don’t tend share with other people – bad manners and immoral behaviour,” she said.

In a book to be published this month entitled “Don’t Look, Don’t Touch”, Curtis argues that while revulsion at rape and disgust of dog poo seem at first glance to be very different things, they have common roots in what she calls a “parasite avoidance theory” of disgust, or PAT for short.

It looks at disgust from an evolutionary perspective, arguing that our most repulsed ancestors were aided in the “survival of the fittest” race by their disgust instinct – avoiding disease, deformity and death – and thereby living longer, having more relationships and producing offspring with a sense of “healthy squeamishness”.

Curtis compares the disgust response with fear and its flight or fight response – which makes us instinctively run away from or avoid things that might eat us.

“Even more importantly for our evolution was disease,” she said. “Disease is something that will eat us up from inside – and what’s important is that disgust keeps you away from them.

“Disgust is an organ – like an eye or an ear. It has a purpose, it’s there for a reason,” she said. “Just like a leg gets you from A to B, disgust tells you which things you are safe to pick up and which things you shouldn’t touch.”

MICROBES TO MORALITY

Avoiding dirt and disease also requires us to avoid each other, to a certain extent, Curtis says, which is how disgust also drives manners and socially acceptable behaviour.

“Every time we come into contact with other people we do a sort of disgust dance – where we want to get close to people and have social interaction with them, but at the same time we are also terribly careful not to disgust them.”

And so, she argues, evolved manners and social behaviour.

“With disgust, you start with microbes, go on to manners and then on to morality,” she says. “It’s an emotion that teaches you how to behave. It helps build the moral framework of society.”

It’s this all-encompassing reach, according to Curtis, that makes disgust so fascinating – and that has brought it in from the cold as far as serious academic research is concerned.

While 10 years ago, there were probably fewer than a handful of research papers on disgust or revulsion published in scientific journals, now there is a vast scientific literature and many books dedicated to picking them apart.

“It’s actually now become a bit of a plaything of scientists,” says Curtis.

In the lab, she adds, where scientists seek to observe and analyse causes and effects of human emotions, it is difficult and dangerous to generate real fear, and nigh on impossible to induce genuine love, but disgust is far easier to create.

“Disgust is fascinating because it’s a model emotion,” she said. “It tells us a lot about how all the emotions work.”

(Editing by Pravin Char)

Voices from Catholic Africa: Church modernization is a mistake


More BS and archaic chatter from Catholics, ignorant as they are… TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Reuters

By Elias Biryabarema | Reuters

LUWERO, Uganda (Reuters) – Over the past century, the Catholic Church has been growing fastest in one of the regions other Catholics know least. Sub-Saharan Africa accounted for only one percent of the world Catholic population in 1910. By 2010, that had jumped to 16 percent.

The faith here has a strength and exuberance that reminds some of early Christians. “These people are living a kind of New Testament experience,” says U.S. theologian George Weigel.

It is also highly conservative. Interviews in Luwero, a town in central Uganda, elicited moral stands so strict they would surprise Catholics in the West, as well as deep concern about poverty and justice.

“Modernisation has spoiled Catholics a little bit and they think they have to do whatever they want,” said Joseph Lwevuze, 58, who grows pineapples, coffee and other crops in a nearby village and teaches catechism at his local church.

“Homosexuality is a globalization issue,” he said to illustrate his point. “It’s a virus, if I can use today’s computer language. It’s a computer virus that’s spreading. Even animals do not do it.”

Demands from Europe or the United States for reform of Church attitudes meet stiff opposition here. “The new pope needs to maintain and even tighten traditional Church teaching,” said brickmaker Frederick Lule, 25, who struggles to feed his wife and two children but honors the Catholic ban on artificial birth control and abortion.

“I think those pills they give women bring diseases,” said Joanina Nansubuga, a 35-year-old mother of seven, one of few who did not object to the idea of married priests.

“If you allow priests to marry, then the Catholic Church will start to crumble,” objected Edward Sindamanya, 64, who walked from his hamlet to Our Lady Queen of Peace Cathedral to pay his tithe and say a rosary. “I’ve also heard women want to be allowed to be priests. That can’t be.”

What these Catholics wanted most from the next pope was more help to fight poverty and provide better education and health facilities.

“The Gospel should be translated into action so there are equal opportunities for the African farmer to sell coffee to Europe and get better prices,” said Rev Gerald Wamala, 36, a local priest and head of the local church AIDS program. “It would be great for the new pope to speak out on equity in international trade.”

(Edited by Tom Heneghan and Sara Ledwith)

2012 Summer Olympics – Overall Medal Count


Medals won by each participating country…

Source: Yahoo Sports

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States 46 29 29 104
2 China 38 27 23 88
3 Russia 24 26 32 82
4 Great Britain 29 17 19 65
5 Germany 11 19 14 44
6 Japan 7 14 17 38
7 Australia 7 16 12 35
8 France 11 11 12 34
9 South Korea 13 8 7 28
10 Italy 8 9 11 28
11 Netherlands 6 6 8 20
12 Ukraine 6 5 9 20
13 Canada 1 5 12 18
14 Hungary 8 4 5 17
15 Spain 3 10 4 17
16 Brazil 3 5 9 17
17 Cuba 5 3 6 14
18 Kazakhstan 7 1 5 13
19 New Zealand 6 2 5 13
20 Iran 4 5 3 12
21 Jamaica 4 4 4 12
22 Belarus 2 5 5 12
23 Kenya 2 4 5 11
24 Czech Republic 4 3 3 10
25 Azerbaijan 2 2 6 10
25 Poland 2 2 6 10
27 Romania 2 5 2 9
28 Denmark 2 4 3 9
29 Sweden 1 4 3 8
30 Colombia 1 3 4 8
31 Ethiopia 3 1 3 7
32 Georgia 1 3 3 7
32 Mexico 1 3 3 7
34 North Korea 4 0 2 6
35 South Africa 3 2 1 6
36 Croatia 3 1 2 6
37 India 0 2 4 6
38 Turkey 2 2 1 5
39 Lithuania 2 1 2 5
40 Ireland 1 1 3 5
41 Mongolia 0 2 3 5
42 Switzerland 2 2 0 4
43 Norway 2 1 1 4
44 Argentina 1 1 2 4
44 Serbia 1 1 2 4
44 Slovenia 1 1 2 4
47 Trinidad and Tobago 1 0 3 4
47 Uzbekistan 1 0 3 4
49 Slovakia 0 1 3 4
50 Tunisia 1 1 1 3
51 Thailand 0 2 1 3
52 Armenia 0 1 2 3
52 Belgium 0 1 2 3
52 Finland 0 1 2 3
55 Dominican Republic 1 1 0 2
56 Latvia 1 0 1 2
57 Egypt 0 2 0 2
58 Bulgaria 0 1 1 2
58 Taiwan 0 1 1 2
58 Estonia 0 1 1 2
58 Indonesia 0 1 1 2
58 Malaysia 0 1 1 2
58 Puerto Rico 0 1 1 2
64 Greece 0 0 2 2
64 Qatar 0 0 2 2
64 Moldova 0 0 2 2
64 Singapore 0 0 2 2
68 Algeria 1 0 0 1
68 Bahamas 1 0 0 1
68 Grenada 1 0 0 1
68 Uganda 1 0 0 1
68 Venezuela 1 0 0 1
73 Botswana 0 1 0 1
73 Cyprus 0 1 0 1
73 Gabon 0 1 0 1
73 Guatemala 0 1 0 1
73 Montenegro 0 1 0 1
73 Portugal 0 1 0 1
79 Afghanistan 0 0 1 1
79 Bahrain 0 0 1 1
79 Hong Kong 0 0 1 1
79 Kuwait 0 0 1 1
79 Morocco 0 0 1 1
79 Saudi Arabia 0 0 1 1
79 Tajikistan 0 0 1 1
86 Albania 0 0 0 0
86 American Samoa 0 0 0 0
86 Andorra 0 0 0 0
86 Angola 0 0 0 0
86 Antigua and Barbuda 0 0 0 0
86 Aruba 0 0 0 0
86 Austria 0 0 0 0
86 Bangladesh 0 0 0 0
86 Barbados 0 0 0 0
86 Belize 0 0 0 0
86 Benin 0 0 0 0
86 Bermuda 0 0 0 0
86 Bhutan 0 0 0 0
86 Bolivia 0 0 0 0
86 Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 0 0 0
86 Brunei 0 0 0 0
86 Burkina Faso 0 0 0 0
86 Burundi 0 0 0 0
86 Cambodia 0 0 0 0
86 Cameroon 0 0 0 0
86 Cape Verde 0 0 0 0
86 Cayman Islands 0 0 0 0
86 Central African Republic 0 0 0 0
86 Chad 0 0 0 0
86 Chile 0 0 0 0
86 Comoros 0 0 0 0
86 Congo 0 0 0 0
86 Cook Islands 0 0 0 0
86 Costa Rica 0 0 0 0
86 Cote d’Ivoire 0 0 0 0
86 Djibouti 0 0 0 0
86 Dominica 0 0 0 0
86 Democratic Republic of the Congo 0 0 0 0
86 Ecuador 0 0 0 0
86 El Salvador 0 0 0 0
86 Equatorial Guinea 0 0 0 0
86 Eritrea 0 0 0 0
86 Fiji 0 0 0 0
86 Gambia 0 0 0 0
86 Ghana 0 0 0 0
86 Guam 0 0 0 0
86 Guinea 0 0 0 0
86 Guinea-Bissau 0 0 0 0
86 Guyana 0 0 0 0
86 Haiti 0 0 0 0
86 Honduras 0 0 0 0
86 Iceland 0 0 0 0
86 Independent Olympic Athletes 0 0 0 0
86 Iraq 0 0 0 0
86 Israel 0 0 0 0
86 Jordan 0 0 0 0
86 Kiribati 0 0 0 0
86 Kyrgyzstan 0 0 0 0
86 Laos 0 0 0 0
86 Lebanon 0 0 0 0
86 Lesotho 0 0 0 0
86 Liberia 0 0 0 0
86 Libya 0 0 0 0
86 Liechtenstein 0 0 0 0
86 Luxembourg 0 0 0 0
86 Madagascar 0 0 0 0
86 Malawi 0 0 0 0
86 Maldives 0 0 0 0
86 Mali 0 0 0 0
86 Malta 0 0 0 0
86 Marshall Islands 0 0 0 0
86 Mauritania 0 0 0 0
86 Mauritius 0 0 0 0
86 Micronesia 0 0 0 0
86 Macedonia 0 0 0 0
86 Monaco 0 0 0 0
86 Mozambique 0 0 0 0
86 Myanmar 0 0 0 0
86 Namibia 0 0 0 0
86 Nauru 0 0 0 0
86 Nepal 0 0 0 0
86 Nicaragua 0 0 0 0
86 Niger 0 0 0 0
86 Nigeria 0 0 0 0
86 Oman 0 0 0 0
86 Pakistan 0 0 0 0
86 Palau 0 0 0 0
86 Palestine 0 0 0 0
86 Panama 0 0 0 0
86 Papua New Guinea 0 0 0 0
86 Paraguay 0 0 0 0
86 Peru 0 0 0 0
86 Philippines 0 0 0 0
86 Rwanda 0 0 0 0
86 St. Kitts and Nevis 0 0 0 0
86 Saint Lucia 0 0 0 0
86 Samoa 0 0 0 0
86 San Marino 0 0 0 0
86 Sao Tome and Principe 0 0 0 0
86 Senegal 0 0 0 0
86 Seychelles 0 0 0 0
86 Sierra Leone 0 0 0 0
86 Solomon Islands 0 0 0 0
86 Somalia 0 0 0 0
86 Sri Lanka 0 0 0 0
86 St. Vincent and Grenadines 0 0 0 0
86 Sudan 0 0 0 0
86 Suriname 0 0 0 0
86 Swaziland 0 0 0 0
86 Syria 0 0 0 0
86 Tanzania 0 0 0 0
86 Timor-Leste 0 0 0 0
86 Togo 0 0 0 0
86 Tonga 0 0 0 0
86 Turkmenistan 0 0 0 0
86 Tuvalu 0 0 0 0
86 United Arab Emirates 0 0 0 0
86 Uruguay 0 0 0 0
86 Vanuatu 0 0 0 0
86 Vietnam 0 0 0 0
86 British Virgin Islands 0 0 0 0
86 U.S. Virgin Islands 0 0 0 0
86 Yemen 0 0 0 0
86 Zambia 0 0 0 0
86 Zimbabwe 0 0 0 0

Malaysian police rescue 21 Ugandan ‘sex slaves’


One can only imagine the level of human degradation that goes on in third world countries, especially in overly populated cities in certain parts of the Far East, where sexual abuse and the exploitation of women and children is commonplace. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press

By EILEEN NG – Associated Press | AP – Tue, Oct 18, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police said Tuesday they have busted a sex slave ring and rescued 21 Ugandan women who were forced into prostitution after being lured to Malaysia with promises of jobs as maids.

Criminal investigation chief Bakri Zinin said in a statement that police found the women, aged between 19 and 42, holed up in four apartment units in central Selangor state during a raid on Friday.

He said three Ugandans — two women believed to be pimps and a man suspected of being a customer — were detained.

Initial investigations showed the 21 women were promised jobs as maids in homes and hotels with a salary of $1,000 a month, but instead forced to become “sex slaves” to pay off travel fees and other costs totaling $7,000, he said.

The women were brought into the country via China, and were threatened verbally and physically to stop them from running away, the statement added.

A police official said Tuesday that investigations were focused on how long the ring had been in operation and who the masterminds were. The official, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said the women have been temporarily placed in a welfare home and would be deported later.

It was not immediately clear what charges the three detained Ugandans would face, but human trafficking in Malaysia is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

This Southeast Asian nation has constantly been under the spotlight for human trafficking.

In 2009, it was placed on the U.S. list of countries with worst human trafficking records for a third time — meaning it faced possible sanctions unless its record improved. Last year, Malaysia was upgraded to a “watch list” after authorities stepped up efforts to combat the sexual and forced labor exploitation of women and children.

Importance of religion by country


The percentages identified below reflect a poll response to the following question: “Is religion important in your daily life?”

You will probably notice that totals do not add up to 100%, and that is because some of the respondents either failed (or refused) to answer and others answered that they didn’t know. It is the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ answers that are tabulated below.

What you may find interesting (and is quite obvious) is that as you work your way down the list toward those countries where people answered more favorably that religion was in fact important in their daily lives you will find the most culturally, technologically and economically backward societies; mainly countries in Africa, Central and South America and the Middle East. These are the countries where Christianity (primarily Catholicism) and Islam rule. No surprise there… TGO

Source: Wikipedia

Country Yes, important No, unimportant
 Estonia 16% 78%
 Sweden 16.5% 83%
 Denmark 18% 80.5%
 Czech Republic 20.5% 74.5%
 Norway 20.5% 78%
 Hong Kong 23% 75.5%
 Japan 23.5% 75%
 United Kingdom 26.5% 73%
 Finland 28% 70%
 France 29.5% 69.5%
 Vietnam 29.5% 69.5%
 Australia 32% 67.5%
 Netherlands 33% 66.5%
 New Zealand 33% 66%
 Belarus 33% 57.5%
 Cuba 33.5% 64%
 Russia 33% 60.5%
 Albania 32.5% 62%
 Bulgaria 33.5% 62%
 Latvia 39% 58.5%
 Belgium 33% 57.5%
 Hungary 39% 58.5%
 Slovenia 47% 52.5%
 Azerbaijan 49.5% 48.5%
 Spain 49.5% 50%
 Taiwan 45% 54%
 Germany 40.5% 59%
 Uruguay 40.5% 59%
 Switzerland 41.5% 56%
 Canada 42% 57%
 South Korea 42.5% 55.5%
 Ukraine 45.5% 48.5%
 Lithuania 41.5% 49.5%
 Slovakia 46.5% 51.5%
 Israel 49.5% 49.5%
 Singapore 70% 29%
 Montenegro 45.5% 48%
 Serbia 50.5% 46.5%
 Kazakhstan 43% 48.5%
 Austria 55% 43%
 Ireland 53.5% 46.5%
 Uzbekistan 51% 45.5%
 Argentina 66% 33%
 Chile 69.5% 29.5%
 Belize 61.5% 33%
 United States 65% 34.5%
 Kyrgyzstan 72.5% 25%
 Moldova 71.5% 19%
 Venezuela 79% 20.5%
 Croatia 66.5% 30.5%
 Greece 71.5% 29.5%
 Armenia 72.5% 25%
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 66% 29.5%
 Jamaica 70% 29.5%
 Mexico 72% 25.5%
 Portugal 71.5% 26%
 Italy 71.5% 26%
 Kosovo 63.5% 31.5%
 Cyprus 75% 24.5%
 Poland 74.5% 19.5%
 Botswana 77% 23%
 Georgia 80% 16%
 Haiti 75% 22.5%
 Tajikistan 84.5% 12.5%
 Macedonia 78.5% 20.5%
 Trinidad and Tobago 92% 8%
 Romania 84% 12.5%
 Zimbabwe 87.5% 12.5%
 Dominican Republic 86% 13.5%
 Ecuador 82% 17.5%
 India 79% 17%
 Iraq 86% 10.5%
 Nicaragua 84% 15%
 Iran 82.5% 15.5%
 Costa Rica 79% 19.5%
 El Salvador 83% 15.5%
 Kuwait 92.5% 5.5%
 Malaysia 95.5% 3.5%
 Peru 83.5% 14.5%
 Lebanon 89.5% 10%
 Puerto Rico 84.5% 13.5%
 Bolivia 88.5% 10.5%
 Brazil 86.5% 13%
 Burkina Faso 87.5% 12%
 Colombia 82.5% 16%
 South Africa 84.5% 15.5%
 Algeria 93% 6.5%
 Cambodia 96% 3.5%
 Guatemala 88% 9%
 Honduras 84% 15.5%
 Panama 88% 10.5%
 Philippines 95.5% 4%
 Togo 80% 13%
 Ethiopia 91% 9%
 Rwanda 95% 4.5%
 Mozambique 86% 14%
 Palestinian territories 93% 6%
 Paraguay 91.5% 7.5%
 Turkey 89.5% 9.5%
 Burundi 97.5% 2.5%
 Namibia 91.5% 8.5%
 Tunisia 93% 5%
 Uganda 93% 7%
 Angola 88% 10.5%
 Chad 94% 6%
 Ghana 94.5% 5%
 Madagascar 93% 7%
 Nepal 93% 6%
 Benin 92.5% 6.5%
 Cameroon 95.5% 4.5%
 Central African Republic 94% 6%
 Liberia 94% 6%
 Mali 94.5% 5.5%
 Mauritania 98% 1.5%
 Comoros 96% 2.5%
 Nigeria 95.5% 2.5%
 Jordan 96.5% 3.5%
 Kenya 94% 6%
 Sudan 94% 6%
 Thailand 94% 5.5%
 Yemen 96% 3.5%
 Afghanistan 97% 3%
 Guinea 97% 3%
 Laos 96.5% 2.5%
 Myanmar 96.5% 3%
 Niger 100% 0%
 Pakistan 96.5% 2.5%
 Saudi Arabia 94.5% 3.5%
 Zambia 97% 3%
 Côte d’Ivoire 88% 12%
 Democratic Republic of the Congo 98.5% 1.5%
 Djibouti 98% 1.5%
 Malawi 98.5% 1.5%
 Morocco 98.5% 1%
 Senegal 96.5% 3.5%
 Sierra Leone 98% 1.5%
 Tanzania 96.5% 3.5
 United Arab Emirates 91% 8.5%
 Qatar 94.5% 4.5%
 Bahrain 95.5% 3.5%
 Bangladesh 100% 0%
 Indonesia 99% 0%
 Sri Lanka 98.5% 1%
 Egypt 98% 2%
 Republic of the Congo 94.5% 5.5%
 Somalia 98.5% 1.5%

The Catholic Church


Below is a listing of countries and their approximate total population, with the population/percentage of Catholics in each. As one might expect, the numbers are staggering. Of the almost 6 1/2 billion people on Earth, over 1 billion are Catholics. What a shame!

Just consider for a moment the amount of money that this corrupt organization takes in every year. At just $1 dollar per person per year, that’s well over one billion dollars annually; and we know this is an extremely modest estimate. Oh and one more thing, the Church pays no taxes! By the way, this is just money from personal donations, it doesn’t include all of the money the Catholic Church makes through corporate donations, land ownership, interest on its holdings, schools, etc. Talk about BIG business, the Catholic Church is by far the most profitable business on the planet!

Most of you have probably heard the saying: “Money is the root of all evil.” This may help explain why the Catholic Church is so corrupt and abusive… TGO

Source: Wikipedia

Region Country Total Population  % Catholic Catholic total
Catholic Church by country
Southern Africa  Zimbabwe (details) 12,746,990 7.71% 982,792
Southern Africa  Zambia (details) 11,261,795 26.31% 2,962,978
Middle East  Yemen (details) 20,727,063 0.02% 4,145
North Africa  Western Sahara (details) 273,008 0.06% 163
Southeast Asia  Vietnam (details) 83,535,576 6.7% 5,530,055
South America  Venezuela (details) 25,375,281 96% 24,157,267
Western Europe  Vatican City (details) 921 100% 921
Oceania  Vanuatu (details) 243,304 13.1% 36,500
Central Asia  Uzbekistan (details) 26,851,195 0.01% 2,685
South America  Uruguay (details) 3,415,920 47.1% 1,981,233
North America  United States (details) 310,688,000 23.9% 74,115,001
Western Europe  United Kingdom (details) 60,441,457 14% 8,461,803
Middle East  United Arab Emirates (details) 2,563,212 5% 128,160
Eastern Europe  Ukraine (details) 46,481,000 2.2% 3,737,116
East Africa  Uganda (details) 27,269,482 41.9% 11,425,912
Central Asia  Turkmenistan (details) 4,952,081 0.54% 26,741
Middle East  Turkey (details) 69,660,559 0.05% 34,830
North Africa  Tunisia (details) 10,074,951 0.22% 22,164
South America  Trinidad and Tobago (details) 1,088,644 26% 283,047
Oceania  Tonga (details) 102,000 16% 16,320
West Africa  Togo (details) 5,681,519 27.8% 1,579,462
Southeast Asia  Thailand (details) 65,444,371 0.44% 287,955
East Africa  Tanzania (details) 36,766,356 25.74% 9,463,660
Central Asia  Tajikistan (details) 7,163,506 0.55% 39,399
East Asia  Taiwan (details) 22,894,384 1.39% 318,231
West Africa  São Tomé and Príncipe (details) 163,000 70.3 144,000
Middle East  Syria (details) 18,448,752 2% 368,975
Western Europe  Switzerland (details) 7,507,000 41.8% 3,137,926
Western Europe  Sweden (details) 9,001,774 1.62% 145,828
Southern Africa  Swaziland (details) 1,173,900 20% 62,803
South America  Suriname (details) 438,144 22.8% 78,865
North Africa  Sudan (details) 40,187,486 5% 2,009,374
South Asia  Sri Lanka (details) 20,064,776 7.12% 1,428,612
Western Europe  Spain (details) 44,708,462 94% 35,766,769
Southern Africa  South Africa (details) 44,344,136 7.1% 2,851,327
East Africa  Somalia (details) 8,591,629 0.001% 100
Oceania  Solomon Islands (details) 523,000 19% 100,000
Central Europe  Slovenia (details) 2,011,070 57.8% 1,162,398
Central Europe  Slovakia (details) 5,431,363 68.9% 4,012,209
Southeast Asia  Singapore (details) 4,425,720 4.8% 165,964
West Africa  Sierra Leone (details) 6,017,643 2.9% 174,511
East Africa  Seychelles (details) 81,188 82.3% 66,817
Balkans  Serbia (details) 7,498,175 5.5% 433,167
West Africa  Senegal (details) 11,126,832 3.5% 389,439
Middle East  Saudi Arabia (details) 26,417,599 2.5% 660,439
Southern Europe  San Marino (details) 29,251 95% 29,230
Oceania  Samoa (details) 179,000 19.6% 35,084
Caribbean  Saint Lucia (details) 156,260 67.5% 109,000
East Africa  Rwanda (details) 8,440,820 56.5% 4,726,859
Eastern Europe  Russia (details) 143,420,309 0.53% 760,127
Balkans  Romania (details) 22,329,977 4.7% 1,787,408
Middle East  Qatar (details) 863,051 5.8% 50,000
Caribbean  Puerto Rico (details) 3,916,632 85% 3,129,137
Western Europe  Portugal (details) 10,356,117 84.5% 8,750,919
Central Europe  Poland (details) 38,635,144 89.8% 34,694,359
Southeast Asia  Philippines (details) 91,077,287 80.9% 75,594,148
South America  Peru (details) 27,925,628 81.3% 22,619,758
South America  Paraguay (details) 6,347,884 89.6% 5,688,339
Oceania  Papua New Guinea (details) 5,545,268 27% 1,828,274
Central America  Panama (details) 3,339,150 85% 2,838,277
Middle East  Palestine (details) 3,761,904 2% 80,000
Oceania  Palau (details) 19,949 41.6% 8,299
South Asia  Pakistan (details) 162,419,946 0.79% 1,283,117
Middle East  Oman (details) 3,001,583 0.1% 3,001
Western Europe  Norway (details) 4,593,041 1% 229,652
West Africa  Nigeria (details) 158,259,000 14%-24% 37,500,000
West Africa  Niger (details) 11,665,937 0.1% 11,665
Central America  Nicaragua (details) 5,142,098 58.5% 2,652,985
Oceania  New Zealand (details) 4,035,461 12.6% 510,485
Oceania  New Caledonia (details) 249,000 60% 150,000
Western Europe  Netherlands (details) 16,406,703 30% 5,050,629
South Asia  Nepal (details) 27,676,547 0.03% 8,302
Southern Africa  Namibia (details) 2,030,692 16.95% 344,202
Southeast Asia  Myanmar (details) 42,909,464 1.05% 450,549
Southern Africa  Mozambique (details) 19,406,703 23.8% 4,618,795
North Africa  Morocco (details) 32,725,847 0.07% 22,908
Central Asia  Mongolia (details) 2,791,272 0.04% 1,116
Western Europe  Monaco (details) 32,543 90% 29,288
Eastern Europe  Moldova (details) 4,455,421 0.46% 20,494
North America  Mexico (details) 108,700,000 76.5% 95,656,000
Southern Africa  Mauritius (details) 1,230,602 23.6% 289,314
North Africa  Mauritania (details) 3,086,859 0.15% 4,000
Caribbean  Martinique (details) 436,131 95% 415,000
Oceania  Marshall Islands (details) 62,000 8.4% 5,208
Southern Europe  Malta (details) 400,214 98% 375,761
West Africa  Mali (details) 12,291,529 1.54% 189,289
South Asia  Maldives (details) 349,106 0.02% 80
Southeast Asia  Malaysia (details) 23,953,136 3.3% 790,453
Southern Africa  Malawi (details) 12,158,924 19.57% 2,379,501
Southern Africa  Madagascar (details) 18,040,341 24.01% 4,331,485
Balkans  Macedonia (details) 2,038,514 1% 20,452
Western Europe  Luxembourg (details) 468,571 87% 407,655
Northern Europe  Lithuania (details) 3,596,617 79% 2,841,327
Western Europe  Liechtenstein (details) 33,863 76.2% 25,803
North Africa  Libya (details) 5,765,563 0.7% 40,358
West Africa  Liberia (details) 3,482,211 5.42% 188,735
Southern Africa  Lesotho (details) 1,867,035 70% 1,306,924
Middle East  Lebanon (details) 3,826,018 30% 1,150,000
Northern Europe  Latvia (details) 2,290,237 17.04% 390,256
Southeast Asia  Laos (details) 6,217,141 0.6% 37,302
Central Asia  Kyrgyzstan (details) 5,146,281 0.56% 28,819
Middle East  Kuwait (details) 2,335,648 6.16% 143,875
East Asia  Korea, South (details) 48,846,823 10.9% 5,324,303
East Asia  Korea, North (details) 22,912,177 0.017% 4,000
Oceania  Kiribati (details) 98,000 55% 51,000
East Africa  Kenya (details) 33,829,590 33% 11,163,764
Central Asia  Kazakhstan (details) 15,185,844 0.66% 100,226
Middle East  Jordan (details) 5,759,732 1.2% 69,116
East Asia  Japan (details) 127,417,244 0.4% 509,668
Caribbean  Jamaica (details) 2,731,832 2.6% 218,546
Western Europe  Italy (details) 59,102,112 90% 53,191,900
Middle East  Israel (details) 7,746,000 1.5% 94,153
Western Europe  Ireland (details) 4,234,925 87.4% 3,743,673
Middle East  Iraq (details) 26,074,906 1.19% 310,291
Middle East  Iran (details) 68,017,860 0.02% 13,603
Southeast Asia  Indonesia (details) 241,973,879 3% 7,380,203
South Asia  India (details) 1,080,264,388 1.58% 17,068,177
Western Europe  Iceland (details) 296,737 2.5% 8,902
Central Europe  Hungary (details) 10,006,835 51.9% 5,593,547
Central America  Honduras (details) 7,335,204 97% 5,941,515
Caribbean  Haiti (details) 8,521,622 80% 6,817,297
South America  Guyana (details) 765,283 8.1% 91,833
West Africa  Guinea-Bissau (details) 1,416,027 8.97% 127,017
West Africa  Guinea (details) 9,467,866 2.66% 251,845
Central America  Guatemala (details) 14,655,189 55% 8,060,353
Oceania  Guam (details) 154,623 85% 131,430
Caribbean  Guadeloupe (details) 405,500 86% 350,000
Caribbean  Grenada (details) 89,502 53% 47,436
Balkans  Greece (details) 11,170,957 0.41% 45,873
West Africa  Ghana (details) 21,029,853 15.1% 5,257,463
Western Europe  Germany (details) 82,431,390 34% 27,870,000
Eastern Europe  Georgia (details) 4,677,401 0.8% 84,193
West Africa  Gambia (details) 1,593,256 2.1% 33,458
West Africa  Gabon (details) 1,389,201 50.17% 696,962
South America  French Guiana (details) 221,500 75% 166,500
Western Europe  France (details) 60,656,178 83-88% 39,934,650
Western Europe  Finland (details) 5,223,442 0.14% 7,312
Oceania  Fiji (details) 893,354 9.1% 80,401
South America  Falkland Islands (details) 2,000 10.0% 200
East Africa  Ethiopia (details) 73,053,286 0.7% 584,426
Northern Europe  Estonia (details) 1,332,893 0.36% 4,798
East Africa  Eritrea (details) 4,561,599 3.34% 152,357
Central Africa  Equatorial Guinea (details) 676,000 87% 590,000
Central America  El Salvador (details) 6,704,932 79.1% 5,303,601
North Africa  Egypt (details) 77,505,756 0.35% 271,270
South America  Ecuador (details) 13,363,593 95% 12,695,413
Southeast Asia  East Timor (details) 1,040,880 98% 924,718
Caribbean  Dominican Republic (details) 9,105,034 95% 8,649,782
Caribbean  Dominica (details) 71,540 61.4% 55,000
East Africa  Djibouti (details) 476,703 0.2% 953
Western Europe  Denmark (details) 5,432,335 2% 104,867
West Africa  Côte d’Ivoire (details) 17,298,040 35%-40% 6,054,314
Central Europe  Czech Republic (details) 10,241,138 26.8% 2,744,624
Middle East  Cyprus (details) 780,133 1.28% 9,985
North America  Cuba (details) 11,346,670 85% 9,644,669
Central Europe  Croatia (details) 4,495,904 87.8% 3,947,403
Central America  Costa Rica (details) 4,016,173 76.3% 3,064,339
Central Africa  Congo, Republic of (details) 3,686,000 50.5% 1,861,000
Central Africa  Congo, Democratic Republic of (details) 65,751,512 50% 36,163,331
East Africa  Comoros (details) 671,247 2% 201
South America  Colombia (details) 42,954,279 90% 38,658,851
East Asia  China (details) 1,306,313,812 0.75% 9,797,353
South America  Chile (details) 16,267,278 70% 11,387,094
Central Africa  Chad (details) 9,826,419 20.1% 880,447
Central Africa  Central African Republic (details) 3,799,897 25% 949,974
West Africa  Cape Verde (details) 516,733 93% 480,500
North America  Canada (details) 32,805,041 42.6% 13,974,947
West Africa  Cameroon (details) 16,380,005 25.68% 4,206,385
Southeast Asia  Cambodia (details) 13,607,069 0.16% 21,771
Central Africa  Burundi (details) 6,370,609 62% 3,949,777
West Africa  Burkina Faso (details) 13,925,313 17% 2,367,303
Balkans  Bulgaria (details) 7,450,349 1% 74,503
Southeast Asia  Brunei (details) 372,361 6.36% 23,682
South America  Brazil (details) 186,112,794 73.6% 136,979,016
Southern Africa  Botswana (details) 1,640,115 4.94% 81,021
Balkans  Bosnia and Herzegovina (details) 4,025,476 15% 625,558
South America  Bolivia (details) 8,857,870 81.8% 7,245,738
South Asia  Bhutan (details) 2,232,291 0.06% 1,339
West Africa  Benin (details) 7,460,025 27.1% 1,729,233
Central America  Belize (details) 279,457 49.6% 138,610
Western Europe  Belgium (details) 10,364,388 75% 7,773,291
Eastern Europe  Belarus (details) 10,300,483 17% 1,751,082
Caribbean  Barbados (details) 250,012 4.2% 10,000
South Asia  Bangladesh (details) 144,319,628 0.22% 317,503
Middle East  Bahrain (details) 800,000 10% 80,000
Caribbean  Bahamas (details) 330,000 13.5% 62,700
Eastern Europe  Azerbaijan (details) 8,581,400 0.03% 2,574
Central Europe  Austria (details) 8,376,761 73.6% 5,530,000
Oceania  Australia (details) 20,090,437 25.8% 5,303,875
Caribbean  Aruba (details) 103,065 80.8% 83,276
Eastern Europe  Armenia (details) 2,982,904 3.7% 110,367
South America  Argentina (details) 39,537,943 92% 36,374,907
Southern Africa  Angola (details) 16,941,000 38% 9,317,550
Western Europe  Andorra (details) 71,201 94% 66,928
North Africa  Algeria (details) 32,531,853 0.01% 3,000
Balkans  Albania (details) 3,563,112 10% 499,000
Central Asia  Afghanistan (details) 29,928,987 0.0003% 100
Total 6,442,583,922 17.18% 1,181,368,942

Mortar bomb used as school bell in Uganda


Question: How stupid can people be? Answer: Very, very stupid indeed. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press

AFPBy Mohamed Dahir | AFP – Mon, Jul 4, 2011

Anti-landmine activists in western Uganda were stunned to discover a primary school using an unexploded mortar bomb as a bell, the group’s coordinator told AFP on Monday.

“It was a big shock. When we arrived at the school we even found one of the students striking it,” Wilson Bwambale, coordinator of Anti-Mines Network Rwenzori, said.

Bwambale said his team visited the 350-pupil Ikobero Model primary school, one kilometre from Uganda’s border with Democratic Republic of Congo, last week after being tipped off by a curious community leader.

“The bottom was hollow, that is why they used it as a bell, but the fuse at the top was still live,” Bwambale said. “Fortunately no one hit it with enough (force) to explode the bomb.”

Following the discovery, Bwambale said he called the shocked teachers to a meeting, where he was told that the school had been using the bomb as a bell for three years.

“We recovered it and put it in a safer place and recommended that the school look for something else that could be used as a gong,” Bwambale said.

Bwambale explained that the region is littered with unexploded ordnance left over from government operations against a Muslim rebel insurgency in the area that ended around six years ago.

Last year, the same team visited a school where an unsuspecting teacher was keeping a hand grenade in one of the classrooms, Bwambale said.

Rights abuses by security forces rife in Africa: Amnesty


Most of Africa is a total wasteland as far as human rights is concerned, not to mention poverty and disease. The Middle East, well, what can one say about the Middle East? This region has always been a mess and it is now worse than ever. Pakistan, Afghanistan and most other Muslim dominated countries in Asia are a disaster. The billion-plus people living in China are in an oppressive, communist state and the billion-plus people in India are living mostly in poverty. Central America, more specifically Mexico, is a toilet bowl with drug cartels running rampant. Other Central and South American nations are dominated by corruption and dictators; Fidel and Raul Castro in Cuba; Hugo Chavez in Venezuela; Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua; Evo Morales in Bolivia; etc. That pretty much takes care of Asia, Africa and Central/South America, or about 80% of the world’s population (five billion) people.

The other roughly one and a half billion people live in just about the only civilized parts of the globe – North America, western Europe and Australia; and these areas are not a utopia by any stretch of the imagination. Hardly anybody lives in Antarctica.

So there you have it, a brief synopsis of the world’s seven continents. Not very pleasant or promising is it? We have a long way to go before we can truly be called a civilized species; one that lives in relative prosperity, peace and harmony. In fact, that day may never come… TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press

Source of Table: Wikipedia

CONTINENTS:

Continent Area (km²) Area (mi²) Percent of
total landmass
Total population
Asia 43,820,000 16,920,000 29.5% 3,879,000,000
Africa 30,370,000 11,730,000 20.4% 922,011,000
North America 24,490,000 9,460,000 16.5% 528,720,588
South America 17,840,000 6,890,000 12.0% 382,000,000
Antarctica 13,720,000 5,300,000 9.2% 1,000
Europe 10,180,000 3,930,000 6.8% 731,000,000
Australia 9,008,500 3,478,200 5.9% 31,260,000

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) – Human rights violations, including extra-judicial executions and torture, by security forces still plague several African countries, Amnesty International said on Friday.

A report by the London-based rights group said excessive use of force and other ill-treatment at times resulting in unlawful killings, were among violations documented in countries such as Nigeria, Mozambique, South Africa, Uganda.

It said the situation in Nigeria’s Niger Delta deteriorated in 2010, with armed groups and gangs kidnapping oil workers and their relatives and attacking oil plants.

“The reaction from the Nigerian security forces often led to human rights violations, including extrajudicial executions and torture,” the report noted.

Numerous cases of unlawful killings, enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrests, torture by security agencies also remained the norm in other parts of Nigeria.

In South Africa, numerous cases of torture and ill-treatment by police were reported, many of which were investigated by the Independent Complaints Directorate. Reported incidents included beatings, electric shocks, suffocation and death threats.

Last month, footage of a 33-year-old unarmed protester being kicked and beaten with batons by police officers was shown on South African television.

The man died a few minutes later after being shot twice with rubber bullets at close range.

In Mozambique, police used live ammunition against demonstrators protesting against the high cost of living, killing at least 14 people while in Guinea, security forces fired live ammunition at peaceful demonstrators, the report said.

Despite a general trend towards the abolition of capital punishment across the continent, death row inmates in Equatorial Guinea, Sudan and Somalia were executed, often after unfair trials, it added.

The report also raised concern over the violence and increased human rights violations, including unlawful arrests and restrictions on freedom of expression, that marred elections in countries such as Sudan, Ethiopia, Burundi, Guinea and Ivory Coast.

“In nearly all cases, the human rights violations were committed with total impunity,” it said.

Ugandan paper says it will keep outing gays


These African countries are being led by real forward-thinkers aren’t they? Actually, they seem to be governed by the same brainless mules that label themselves Evangelical Christians or Born-Again Christians in this country. By the way, it goes without saying, but I’ll state it anyway; many of these same “leaders” are gay themselves and/or have gay family members that they protect.

Oh, and in case anyone is wondering, I’m a heterosexual male myself; there isn’t a gay cell in my body. Nevertheless, I’ve worked with a few homosexual men and women over the years and have learned that, at least in my field, which is design/architecture/construction, they are quite competent,  intelligent and well-educated, decent people. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Reuters

By Barry Malone Barry Malone Tue Nov 30, 1:47 pm ET

KAMPALA (Reuters) – A Ugandan newspaper that “outs” people it says are gay and has called for them to be hanged said on Tuesday it would use a two-week window before a court verdict on its activities to continue with its campaign.

Three gay activists — two women and one man — who were featured in the publication secured an interim injunction on November 1 stopping the newspaper from publishing such photos on privacy grounds.

The paper, “Rolling Stone,” has published some images under the headline “Hang them.”

A High Court judge last week heard from lawyers representing both sides before adjourning the case ahead of a verdict on December 13. A row has now broken out about whether the injunction stands until the judge makes his ruling.

“The interim order was first passed on November 1st and extended until November 26th while we prepared our case,” Giles Muhame, the 22-year-old editor of the newspaper, told Reuters.

“The judge then said on the 26th that he would pass his final verdict on December 13th, which means it expired.”

But Frank Mugisha, director of gay rights group Sexual Minorities Uganda, said his group believed the interim order stood until the day of the ruling.

The newspaper has caused international uproar and the ensuing media attention has prompted some Ugandans to dub Kampala “world homophobia capital.”

BURIED ALIVE

Rolling Stone has so far published 29 photographs with names and, in some cases, addresses and says it intends to work through a list of 100 people.

Several people featured in the newspaper say they have been attacked since its publication and activists say many more have gone into hiding.

Homosexuality is deeply unpopular in many African nations, where some see it as a Western import. It is illegal in 37 countries on the continent and activists say few Africans are openly gay, fearing imprisonment, violence and loss of jobs.

Kenya’s Prime Minister Raila Odinga last weekend ordered the arrest of homosexuals, calling their behavior unlawful and unnecessary since there were more women than men in the country, Ugandan media reported.

Muhame said he would now try to feature as many people as possible whom his newspaper considers gay in two issues before the verdict is passed.

“I hope basic justice will be done,” he told Reuters. “Some people are even calling for public hanging and some others even want to see homosexuals buried alive.”

A bill was tabled in Uganda’s parliament last year proposing the death penalty for gays and was called “odious” by President Barack Obama. It is not expected to become law.

(Editing by Richard Lough)

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