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“Globally, the Muslim population is forecast to grow at about twice the rate of the non-Muslim population over the next two decades - an average annual growth rate of 1.5 percent for Muslims, compared with 0.7 percent for non-Muslims. If current trends continue, Muslims will make up 26.4 percent of the worlds total projected population of 8.3 billion in 2030, up from 23.4 percent of the estimated 2010 world population of 6.9 billion.”

From the executive summary of the aforementioned report, in its gargantuan entirety here: http://pewforum.org

AUTHORIZING

The guessing game continues. But publisher Simon & Schuster — aka Simon & S-h-h-h — still refuses to confirm or deny the identity of “Anonymous,” mysterious author of “O: A Presidential Novel,” the cheeky fictional account of President Obama’s upcoming re-election campaign.

With much ado, Time magazine has declared the author to be Mark Salter, an aide and speechwriter to Sen. John McCain. He joins a list of possible scribes that now includes White House advisers David Plouffe and David Axelrod, outgoing press secretary Robert Gibbs and State Department diplomat-turned-novelist James Bruno — a name suggested by Jack Cashill, part of the Simon & Sh-h-h-h stable himself, and author of the upcoming book, “Deconstructing Obama.”

Lots of hubbub. The book itself now lingers at No. 414 on Amazon.

“We’re not commenting on the identity of Anonymous,” Simon & Schuster spokesman Brian Ulicky tells Beltway.

POLL DU JOUR

• 49 percent of Americans say a Southern accent sounds “nice,” 38 percent say it sounds “uneducated” and 34 percent say it sounds “honest,” 6 percent say it’s “sophisticated” and 6 percent say it sounds “rude.”

• 40 percent say a Midwestern accent sounds nice, 10 percent say it’s uneducated, 39 percent say it’s honest, 8 percent sophisticated and 4 percent rude.

• 19 percent say a British accent sounds nice, 2 percent say it’s uneducated, 13 percent honest, 47 percent sophisticated and 11 percent rude.

• 18 percent say a New England accent sounds nice, 4 percent say it’s uneducated, 16 percent honest, 20 percent sophisticated and 14 percent rude.

• 7 percent say a New York accent sounds nice, 14 percent say uneducated, 7 percent honest, 13 percent sophisticated and 51 percent rude.

Source: A Harris Poll of 2,331 adults conducted Dec. 6-13 and released Thursday.

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