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    Alabama has the worst poverty in the developed world, u.n. Official says

    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.

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    HOOKWORM???? Judas Priest!

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    Wow. Now that's embarrassing. I swear we, as a nation, are regressing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vikingbeast View Post
    HOOKWORM???? Judas Priest!
    Yep, hookworm.

    Why stuff like this isnt a national shame is beyond me. greastest country in the world, my *ss.

    Children playing feet away from open pools of raw sewage; drinking water pumped beside cracked pipes of untreated waste; human faeces flushed back into kitchen sinks and bathtubs whenever the rains come; people testing positive for hookworm, an intestinal parasite that thrives on extreme poverty.

    These are the findings of a new study into endemic tropical diseases, not in places usually associated with them in the developing world of sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, but in a corner of the richest nation on earth: Alabama.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...atment-poverty
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    Sessions is probably proud of his home state. And to think the asshole tried to convict peaceful civil rights leaders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Babba View Post
    Wow. Now that's embarrassing. I swear we, as a nation, are regressing.
    No doubt about it - and it all started with the dumbing down of America. Hookworm! What next, and outbreak of Ricketts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by labrea View Post
    Yep, hookworm.

    Why stuff like this isnt a national shame is beyond me. greastest country in the world, my *ss.
    We used to be. Maybe we need to keep locking up 20% of our population - I'm sure that will help!
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    Quote Originally Posted by labrea View Post
    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 2017—a 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
    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.

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    This doesn't surprise me, I mean, we are talking about a state that half of the voting population wanted a known child molester in the senate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ATLglock View Post
    This doesn't surprise me, I mean, we are talking about a state that half of the voting population wanted a known child molester in the senate.
    Probably what Roy Moore's wife called his dick - a hookworm.
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