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    BY CARLOS BALLESTEROS ON 12/10/17 AT 10:21 AM

    Updated | A United Nations official investigating poverty in the United States was shocked at the level of environmental degradation in some areas of rural Alabama, saying he had never seen anything like it in the developed world.

    "I think it's very uncommon in the First World. This is not a sight that one normally sees. I'd have to say that I haven't seen this," Philip Alston, the U.N.'s Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, told Connor Sheets of AL.com earlier this week as they toured a community in Butler County where "raw sewage flows from homes through exposed PVC pipes and into open trenches and pits."

    The tour through Alabama's rural communities is part of a two-week investigation by the U.N. on poverty and human rights abuses in the United States. So far, U.N. investigators have visited cities and towns in California and Alabama, and will soon travel to Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.

    Of particular concern to Alston are specific poverty-related issues that have surfaced across the country in recent years, such as an outbreak of hookworm in Alabama in 2017óa disease typically found in nations with substandard sanitary conditions in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, as reported by The Guardian.

    Alabama Has the Worst Poverty in the Developed World, U.N. Official Says
    Won't ever hear Trump calling Alabama a Shit Hole.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HadEnough2 View Post
    Won't ever hear Trump calling Alabama a Shit Hole.
    The only hole in Alabama Trump gives a shit about is the latest one Roy Moore tapped..................
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kallie Knoetze View Post
    Ms. Babba,

    Not surprising, given it is rural, agrarian, and is located in an area that is not conducive to industry (i.e., there is no major transportation hub in the vicinity).

    And when you look at the list of developed countries, none have anywhere near the demographics nor geography of Alabama.
    So your argument here is...what? That it's okay?

    What part of "nowhere else in the developed world" doesn't make sense to you? Are there no rural, agrarian areas of Germany, Spain, Poland, or Canada to compare?

    I shudder to think what they'll find in West Virginia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasselas View Post
    So your argument here is...what? That it's okay?

    What part of "nowhere else in the developed world" doesn't make sense to you? Are there no rural, agrarian areas of Germany, Spain, Poland, or Canada to compare?

    I shudder to think what they'll find in West Virginia.
    Hell, I shudder to think at what they'll find in Philly if they win another Super Bowl!

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    Anybody that thinks Alabama is the worst has never been to Mississippi. But I'd take either one of them over New Jersey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OlGuy View Post
    Anybody that thinks Alabama is the worst has never been to Mississippi. But I'd take either one of them over New Jersey.
    No way ... New Jersey before any southern state (though Florida could hypothetically compete, at least).
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    We are sitting on 725 in prison per 100k of population, Great Britain is at 125. Some 20% of ours are in for minor drug crimes, having a joint on you or a handful of pills gets you serious prison time in this country, especially if you are brown or black. Make all the excuses you want, our justice system is fucked up to the max.
    Indeed, the decriminalization of drugs should result in thousands of people being let out of jail/prison. The private prison industry would collapse - as it should.
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    Sales guy joke:

    Long time sales guy Jim dies at age 65. During the open casket funeral, someone asked "what did he have, he looks terrible". Answer: Alabama and Mississippi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    No way ... New Jersey before any southern state (though Florida could hypothetically compete, at least).
    lol If that was a widely held belief there wouldn't be millions of northern retirees moving south of the Mason Dixon line. And Florida is about as full as it can get!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasselas View Post
    So your argument here is...what? That it's okay?

    What part of "nowhere else in the developed world" doesn't make sense to you? Are there no rural, agrarian areas of Germany, Spain, Poland, or Canada to compare?

    I shudder to think what they'll find in West Virginia.
    None of it. Because that simply is not true.

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