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Mon Dec 25, 2017, 09:40 PM

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Hookworm, a disease of extreme poverty, is thriving in the US south. Why?

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/2017/sep/05/hookworm-lowndes-county-alabama-water-waste-treatment-poverty


It's hard to believe that these conditions exist in a country as rich as the US.

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Reply Another DUER suggested that I post this in GD for exposure. (Original post)
Arkansas Granny Dec 2017 OP
eleny Dec 2017 #1
dlwickham Dec 2017 #2
marybourg Dec 2017 #3
MustLoveBeagles Dec 2017 #4
malaise Dec 2017 #5
volstork Dec 2017 #12
not fooled Dec 2017 #20
malaise Dec 2017 #28
BlancheSplanchnik Dec 2017 #31
malaise Dec 2017 #32
BlancheSplanchnik Dec 2017 #33
Stuart G Dec 2017 #6
PatrickforO Dec 2017 #7
ck4829 Dec 2017 #10
NewJeffCT Dec 2017 #8
Martin Eden Dec 2017 #9
Locut0s Dec 2017 #11
Sophia4 Dec 2017 #16
appalachiablue Dec 2017 #13
MsLeopard Dec 2017 #14
not fooled Dec 2017 #21
Susan Calvin Dec 2017 #24
not fooled Dec 2017 #25
Susan Calvin Dec 2017 #27
Sophia4 Dec 2017 #15
Ninsianna Dec 2017 #17
Heartstrings Dec 2017 #18
Ninsianna Dec 2017 #19
gratuitous Dec 2017 #22
Vinca Dec 2017 #23
democratisphere Dec 2017 #26
workinclasszero Dec 2017 #29
Nitram Dec 2017 #30
perdita9 Dec 2017 #34

Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Mon Dec 25, 2017, 09:42 PM

1. Disease - the product of a lack of regulation

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Mon Dec 25, 2017, 09:42 PM

2. I'm not

you go to parts of my state and you'll see places that could easily be in a 3rd world country

one of the reasons that people turn to drugs like meth and crack back in the 80s-it kills the pain

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Response to dlwickham (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 25, 2017, 09:51 PM

3. Many states. nt

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Mon Dec 25, 2017, 10:09 PM

5. It is only a major epidemic or pandemic that will stop these morons runningn the country

That is why sensible countries tax everyone o for the common good and public health is number one.

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Response to malaise (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 25, 2017, 11:49 PM

12. I'm not entirely sure

that even that would stop them. It would just be a convenient way to kill more "undesirables" off.

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Response to volstork (Reply #12)

Tue Dec 26, 2017, 12:29 PM

20. A major depression or world war

that's what I think it will take to wake up the deplorables.

Although even when one or both happen, now we have the massive RWNJ hate propaganda machine in place to mislead 1/4-1/3 of the population. I don't think that armory of propaganda was in place during the Republican Great Depression in the '30s. If so, perhaps even Roosevelt couldn't have pulled the country out of it.

The next couple of elections are crucial. If the pukes retain control, we are going down the shithole, perhaps permanently.

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Response to volstork (Reply #12)

Tue Dec 26, 2017, 01:51 PM

28. These days I'm not sure you're wrong

UNtil their own kids get the diseases,they may ignore them or use them to spread more fear.

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Response to malaise (Reply #28)

Tue Dec 26, 2017, 04:49 PM

31. Only if USPravdaInc. doesnt tell them it Obamas fault.

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #31)

Tue Dec 26, 2017, 04:55 PM

32. True

Happy Holidays BlancheSplanchnik

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Response to malaise (Reply #32)

Tue Dec 26, 2017, 04:59 PM

33. Thanks malaise,

You too! ☺️💚🎄💚

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Mon Dec 25, 2017, 10:29 PM

6. k and r....right here in the U.S.A. very sad...

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Mon Dec 25, 2017, 10:34 PM

7. This will be grist for me to call my US Rep and Senators tomorrow.

We can give out massive tax cuts for billionaires but we're too 'poor' to upgrade water treatment?

What's this about?

Hookworm?

This is AMERICA, for God's sake. We're better than this.

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Response to PatrickforO (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 25, 2017, 11:04 PM

10. Don't get your hopes up talking to them. Hookworm is a feature, not a bug (No pun intended), of

our economic reality and how our fake government in DC treats public health.

If hookworm was a disease that affected people regardless of social class, it would not be here in the US... just like how erectile dysfunction and "affluenza" just happen to not be on any list of "pre-existing conditions".

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Mon Dec 25, 2017, 10:35 PM

8. Reagan, Bush and then Trump

The GOP trifecta has led to this

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Mon Dec 25, 2017, 10:57 PM

9. Freedumb

The "pro-life" party doesn't care if children die. The important thing is to increase shareholder value for their wealthy campaign contributors.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Mon Dec 25, 2017, 11:46 PM

11. The US is only wealthy for the wealthy...

There are a number of other countries with higher standards of living for their average and poor citizenry. All you have to do is travel and you will see this.

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Response to Locut0s (Reply #11)

Tue Dec 26, 2017, 12:24 AM

16. So true.

 

It's still Christmas here.

What do these pseudoChristians think the story of the loaves and fishes is about.

It's about the fact that sharing with each other actually makes life better for everyone. There is plenty of everything when we apply our thinking and our work to sharing as well as to doing well for ourselves.

The true message of Christianity that so few hear.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Tue Dec 26, 2017, 12:03 AM

13. Big Kick & Rec for exposure. Disgraceful in this uber wealthy nation..

As kids we didn't know why dad was stern if we briefly played w/o wearing shoes. He knew; we realized much later.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Tue Dec 26, 2017, 12:17 AM

14. It seems

The US has become little more than a 3rd world shithole, existing solely for the purpose of enriching the already stinking rich even more so.

I weep for what our nation once stood for. As a child I felt lucky to have been born here. Today Iím embarrassed to live here. Sigh.

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Response to MsLeopard (Reply #14)

Tue Dec 26, 2017, 12:31 PM

21. Well put

and my sentiments exactly. That's why, on the day the senate passed the tax scam, I made the decision to emigrate.

The USA I grew up in is gone.

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Response to not fooled (Reply #21)

Tue Dec 26, 2017, 12:48 PM

24. Where are you planning on going? nt

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Response to Susan Calvin (Reply #24)

Tue Dec 26, 2017, 01:03 PM

25. Still researching countries

but the UK, New Zealand, and Canada are at the top of the list.

I'm going to apply as an entrepreneur or investor. The UK actually seems to have the lowest capital requirements and most straightforward pathway to citizenship. And yeah, they have a hereditary aristocracy, but so does the US--it's just overtly acknowledged in the UK. And despite having thatcherism/reaganism as does the US, the UK seems to work better and isn't being systematically dismantled like the U.S.

And, I'm just fed up with the hatefulness and meanness endemic in the US and grasp on power of the fake xtians. Even if Dems take back some control, it's not gonna end in my lifetime--just look at what the pukes did to President Obama. I've lived under tricky dick, raygun, the BFEE, and now this. I thought surely, after the disaster that was the chimpy presidency, no way would the country vote in another puke. And now look--they have control of everything, installed the orange turd, and just looted the treasury for trillions. I honestly don't see it ending and don't want to spend the rest of my life living under policies from these fuckers.

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Response to not fooled (Reply #25)

Tue Dec 26, 2017, 01:38 PM

27. Amen. nt

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Tue Dec 26, 2017, 12:22 AM

15. Not hard for me to believe the report.

 

I actually lived in Alabama and traveling through to go home for college breaks, saw the poverty of rural Alabama.

It's really bad. And it exists amid relative wealth. There is no excuse for such inhumanity.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Tue Dec 26, 2017, 01:19 AM

17. I'm shocked this wasn't all over the place during the Alabama election.

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Response to Ninsianna (Reply #17)

Tue Dec 26, 2017, 02:24 AM

18. My thought exactly.........nt

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Response to Heartstrings (Reply #18)

Tue Dec 26, 2017, 02:29 AM

19. I posted on other platforms, I assumed it was posted here as well,

since it was making the rounds on twitter.

It gets worse, http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/nature/how-a-worm-gave-the-south-a-bad-name/

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Tue Dec 26, 2017, 12:37 PM

22. I had an acquaintance do a walking tour of the country a few years ago

He'd post online about the day's events, where he'd been, some of the people he'd interacted with, and so forth. We supported him with money and Ben & Jerry's coupons. He was in (as I recall) Arkansas, and was going to crash for the night in a dilapidated, presumably empty, house. To his surprise, it was occupied. He posted a couple of photos, and I was surprised to think that a family was living in such a ramshackle residence.

I say this not to shame Arkansas, but to support the notion that there are people living in this country under the most hideous conditions. There are many reasons why this is so, but most of them are grounded in greed and shame.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Tue Dec 26, 2017, 12:39 PM

23. My brother purchased a purebred dog and recently found out it had hookworm.

I'd never heard of it in this country before.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Tue Dec 26, 2017, 01:18 PM

26. Bound and determined to be a third world nation.

Outrageous!

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Tue Dec 26, 2017, 02:17 PM

29. We are living in a Randian paradise thanks to republicans

 

Give it a couple of years, the rivers will be on fire once again and Flint water will be on tap for all.

MAGA baby!

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Tue Dec 26, 2017, 04:38 PM

30. LBJ really tried to make America great with his war on poverty.

If he hadn't gone all in on the Vietnam war, it might well have worked.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Tue Dec 26, 2017, 06:17 PM

34. The federal govt ran a program to eradicate hookworm during the Great Depression

Or, as conservatives would put it, government interference in our freedom

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