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(2 of 2) Uganda – If this is 2010; imagine 2100, or even 2050

Via: Time

After his third failed run at the Ugandan presidency in February, opposition leader Kizza Besigye’s rants against government abuse were beginning to sound tired and futile. Opposition demonstrations, like the one held in Kampala’s Kiseka Market last month to protest discrepancies in the landslide election, were having trouble attracting a few dozen supporters. So no one took much notice when Besigye, who heads the Forum for Democratic Change, announced he and other opposition leaders would walk to work to protest the country’s soaring fuel and food prices.

No one except Uganda’s security forces, who intercepted the first march on April 11 in full riot gear, fired tear gas and hauled the opposition leaders onto police trucks.

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April 16 – Clashes between the demonstrators, and between protestors and police, have left at least five people dead — including a two-year-old child who was shot in the head and chest by security forces — dozens injured, and hundreds arrested.

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2067136,00.html

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(1 of 2) Uganda: UN warns on population pressure

Via: Daily Monitor

Uganda has been ranked among “high fertility” countries in the world which will contribute most to the bulge in population size in the next decades, a United Nations report has revealed.

The World Population Prospects, the official UN population projections report, shows that these high fertility countries will see rising population growth till the end of the century.
By this time, it is estimated the world population will be 10.1 billion.

Uganda’s population growth rate, currently at 3.2 per cent is the third highest in the world after Yemen and Niger. There were an estimated 31 million Ugandans by 2010 from just 5 million in 1948.

This figure is projected to grow to 60 million by 2030 and eventually reach the  100 million mark in 2050.

http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/-/688334/1157482/-/c22jalz/-/

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UGANDA:

2010 – estimated 31 million

2050 – estimated 100 million

IF the poulation rate continues at 3.2%

2100 – the estimated population will be 483 million

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Note: To put the Uganda population of 483 million in perspective; the estimated 2010 population of the United Staes is 308 million, and is growing at 0.9%.

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/robert-schlesinger/2009/12/30/us-population-2010-308-million-and-growing

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(3 of 3) – Gingrich’s Campaign Branding Is, Literally, WTF

Via: Fast Company

Life-long presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich launched his latest candidacy with the slogan: “Win the Future.” If that sounds familiar, you probably watched Obama’s State of the Union address, where he debuted it to the world–or you saw the recent White House Correspondents Association dinner where Obama relegated it to joke status (start at 2:54 of Obama’s own parody video).

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There is, after all, a thriving market of American flag-themed “WTF” tote bags and T-shirts; think of all the money he’ll save with an army of hard-core religious grandparents marching in the streets branded with the much loved Internet acronym.

http://www.fastcompany.com/1753097/gingrichs-campaign-slogan-is-literally-wtf

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I wouldn’t be surprised to learn some of Santourm’s folks have switched sides:

https://seattle98.wordpress.com/2011/04/16/not-an-especially-good-week-for-press-person-folks/

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(2 of 3) – Gingrich ‘Fact Check’

Via: Huffington Post

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GINGRICH:

– “And for four years, we balanced the budget and paid off $405 billion in debt. We’ve done it before. We can do it again.” – Presidential campaign announcement.

– “This country has an enormous potential … to balance the budget as we did for four years when I was speaker.” – Fox.

– “We then balanced it (the budget) for four consecutive years.” – Fox.

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THE FACTS:

– First, the national debt went UP, NOT DOWN, during the four years Gingrich was speaker. In January 1995, when he assumed the leadership position, the gross national debt was $4.8 trillion. When he left four years later, it was $5.6 trillion, an increase of $800 billion.

– As for annual deficits, he did not preside over a four-year period of balanced budgets. In the 1996 and 1997 budget years – the first two budget years he influenced as speaker – the government ran deficits. In 1998 and 1999, the government ran surpluses.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/12/newt-gingrich-fact-check_n_861301.html

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(1 of 3) – Gingrich he ‘did it’ for his country

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Via: CNN

“There’s no question at times of my life, PARTIALLY DRIVEN by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate.”

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http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2011/05/12/4-reasons-newt-cannot-win/

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the GOP – ‘Figures don’t lie, but liars figure’

Via: Think Progress

‘RNC Chair Reince Prebus IGNORES FACTS claims Obama has been an Absolute Failure on Jobs’

“If we continue to talk about creating good jobs in this country, and continue to show that Barack Obama has actually been an absolute failure when it comes to jobs – except for, obviously promoting the, you know, securing his own job – I think we do very well in that community.

And when it comes to jobs, when it comes to spending, the deficit, the debt, and keeping more money in people’s pockets, the Republican Party is the right party.”

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And here’s some more FACTS, Prebus choses to ignore:

1) The economy under Obama’s watch has created 2 million new jobs in just TWO YEARS – already more than the GOP created in EIGHT YEARS under President Bush.

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2) The last time the GOP controlled the White House, the American economy was marked by the weakest job and income growth in six decades, losing ground on “every major measurement” of economic strength.

The Wall Street Journal (NOT exactly Mother Jones) reported that the Bush White House had “the worst track record for job reation since the government began keeping records.”
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3) Though though nary a week passed in 2010 without Boehner asking the president about jobs, the House under his leadership has barely mentioned the word.

The House GOP has now gone 128 days without issuing a jobs plan, and the party’s only notable move on jobs came in February, when Boehner addressed the possibility of laying off thousands of federal workers by telling them, So be it.”

http://thinkprogress.org/2011/05/12/reince-priebus-false-jobs-attack/

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‘So be it, let them eat brioche’ – Marie Boehner Antoinette

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May 13, 2011 Posted by | Boehner, GOP morons, Reince Prebus | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment