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  1. Profile photo of jtrebowski
    jtrebowski Male 40-49
    3359 posts
    August 1, 2012 at 10:07 am
    Link: America`s poorest county - Pics taken a few days ago in Appalachia
  2. Profile photo of Quackor
    Quackor Male 18-29
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    August 5, 2012 at 11:27 pm
    woah, poor american people have way too many pans and dishes
  3. Profile photo of jendrian
    jendrian Male 18-29
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    August 6, 2012 at 12:25 am
    Still got enough money to buy a big ugly prom dress I see.
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    jendrian Male 18-29
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    August 6, 2012 at 12:30 am
    Also there`s a new car in the last picture
  5. Profile photo of emmettyville
    emmettyville Female 40-49
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    August 6, 2012 at 1:25 am
    those people had tv`s and washing machines. and they looked happy enough. money isn`t everything...
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    HOBYandy Male 18-29
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    August 6, 2012 at 1:56 am
    The photographer did an awesome job humanizing a group that often gets harshly stereotyped and judged.
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    Listypoos Male 40-49
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    August 6, 2012 at 2:06 am
    The dirty pans thing isn`t a poverty issue, it`s a laziness issue. It doesn`t take money to clean poo up.
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    Arcval Male 18-29
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    August 6, 2012 at 2:06 am
    PLEASE WARN US that it`s a Daily Fail link. I hate giving those f*cking, lying, scumbag, fettered arseholes shat from Satan`s rotten sphincter any drating money.

    That would be much appreciated IAB.
  9. Profile photo of jendrian
    jendrian Male 18-29
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    August 6, 2012 at 2:08 am
    @Listypoos, it takes water though, and they ain`t have much
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    razbitom Male 40-49
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    August 6, 2012 at 2:12 am
    ha! boonseville. my family used to own them `til a couple decades ago. they worked the coal mine `til it ran dry.
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    Dad4Life Male 50-59
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    August 6, 2012 at 2:45 am
    Got enough money to buy cigarettes also.
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    keith2 Male 30-39
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    August 6, 2012 at 2:52 am
    All they want to do is sit up in their mountain hollar all day drinking budweiser, nobody down there wants to educate or help themselves. On a positive note, if you go to beautiful appalachia, bring your northern accent with you. The females there fxckin love that shxt.
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    zekumi Female 18-29
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    August 6, 2012 at 3:40 am
    Anyone else notice the girls in one of the photos were named Love Faith Duff and Hope Lucas?
  14. Profile photo of slimofswiv
    slimofswiv Male 30-39
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    August 6, 2012 at 4:05 am
    my your country is fcuked up
  15. Profile photo of LordJim
    LordJim Male 60-69
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    August 6, 2012 at 4:30 am
    It costs nothing to tidy up.
  16. Profile photo of Mechi
    Mechi Male 18-29
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    August 6, 2012 at 4:39 am
    This is retarded. lol
  17. Profile photo of SnoopyBG
    SnoopyBG Male 18-29
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    August 6, 2012 at 4:45 am
    Not so poor.
  18. Profile photo of zeebeedee
    zeebeedee Male 50-59
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    August 6, 2012 at 4:58 am
    What`s with the UK and their anti America articles lately. This would be like me going to find the filthiest flat in London, taking pics, and posting it worldwide.
  19. Profile photo of jtrebowski
    jtrebowski Male 40-49
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    August 6, 2012 at 5:43 am
    It`s been long enough since I submitted this that I had to click on the link myself. The main reason I submitted this was because the photography was good, and it gives us just a tiny glimpse into how people with less than us live their lives. It would have been nice if some of you hadn`t passed judgement on them, but...this is I-A-B...that would`ve been too much to ask. B-|
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    mervviscious Male 40-49
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    August 6, 2012 at 5:46 am
    republicans...
  21. Profile photo of Nickel2
    Nickel2 Male 50-59
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    August 6, 2012 at 5:47 am
    They must be poor, they smoke
  22. Profile photo of elkingo
    elkingo Male 30-39
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    August 6, 2012 at 5:58 am
    That is just like two counties over from where I live. You guys talking sh|t about the people here haven`t got the balls to come here and do it. You have no idea what it is like living in SE Kentucky. There are no jobs, and the people live that way here out of desperation. Yea, they can afford "cigs" and "TV". However, a college education won`t help many of them here. I got lucky and found a job with my psychology degree. You might be surprised to learn that about half the people around here have college degrees. It just don`t help much in the call center that pays 7 an hour, or the factory that pays 8 an hour. The other 50% who don`t have a job would love to step into those jobs as well.
  23. Profile photo of elkingo
    elkingo Male 30-39
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    August 6, 2012 at 6:00 am
    Oh, the school I worked at for the last 3 years -- 87% of the parents held a BS or a BA degree. Of those, many also held a MA or MS. The other 13%? They had at least some college. (I know this because I was approved to do research at my University).
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    elkingo Male 30-39
    5449 posts
    August 6, 2012 at 6:02 am
    As for the Eurotrash talking trash about these people.. it never ceases to amaze me at the sheer numbers of Europeans coming here for a college education. Really? Schools from this region of the world are better than what you have in the EU? Lol.
  25. Profile photo of slimofswiv
    slimofswiv Male 30-39
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    August 6, 2012 at 6:13 am
    elkingo and zeebeedee lighten the fcuk up, if you`re that bothered then help them, we all have problems in our lives
  26. Profile photo of McGovern1981
    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    August 6, 2012 at 6:20 am
    The poorest area of a country looks like crap!!! Ya don`t sayz!!!
  27. Profile photo of dm2754
    dm2754 Male 40-49
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    August 6, 2012 at 6:24 am
    bull sht
    you call that poor! come to the REZ some time!
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    dm2754 Male 40-49
    3338 posts
    August 6, 2012 at 6:30 am
    Now this is poor

    USA! USA!
  29. Profile photo of ixuyfidsy
    ixuyfidsy Male 50-59
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    August 6, 2012 at 6:33 am
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  30. Profile photo of dm2754
    dm2754 Male 40-49
    3338 posts
    August 6, 2012 at 6:37 am
    how to keep your home nice and insulated
  31. Profile photo of HalfPintRoo
    HalfPintRoo Female 18-29
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    August 6, 2012 at 6:42 am
    They could try harder to clean up. And those cigarettes and prom dresses costs money- why not put that into soap or food?
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    NOCASH Male 18-29
    423 posts
    August 6, 2012 at 7:06 am
    What I don`t understand is why we see so many commercials on TV to help people in 3rd world countries (which there is nothing wrong with btw) when some people fail to realize that these kind of living conditions almost exist in their own country. Why not make an example of ourselves before we try to save the world?
  33. Profile photo of McGovern1981
    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    August 6, 2012 at 7:18 am
    What I don`t understand is they still manage to have beter teeth then 70% of the UK!!!!
  34. Profile photo of SnoopyBG
    SnoopyBG Male 18-29
    653 posts
    August 6, 2012 at 7:31 am
    @NOCASH-That`s bullsh*t. Literally a billion people in the world are starving. That`s not having money to buy food. These guys have cars, food, homes, prom dresses, guitars. Many many people would see them as rich.
  35. Profile photo of Gerry1of1
    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    August 6, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Anyone else hear banjos playing?


  36. Profile photo of Mikeoxsbiggg
    Mikeoxsbiggg Male 30-39
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    August 6, 2012 at 7:54 am
    That`s po.
  37. Profile photo of birdz
    birdz Female 18-29
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    August 6, 2012 at 8:14 am
    "The dirty pans thing isn`t a poverty issue"

    When you don`t have running water, it takes a lot more work to clean up.
  38. Profile photo of Draculya
    Draculya Male 40-49
    14628 posts
    August 6, 2012 at 8:39 am
    How quaint! Do they do tours? Will the locals hold a feast and do a native dance for us?
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    lawndartsftw Male 40-49
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    August 6, 2012 at 8:42 am
    Hmmm, ok. Here we have a european tabloid profiling what is allegedly the poorest part of the U.S., then I-A-B features the article (lol look ! Poor people lol).

    Multi-level trolling.....
  40. Profile photo of Angelmassb
    Angelmassb Male 18-29
    15511 posts
    August 6, 2012 at 9:51 am
    Wow when America gets poor it gets real poor
  41. Profile photo of Nickel2
    Nickel2 Male 50-59
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    August 6, 2012 at 10:30 am
    elkingo: Speaking as `eurotrash`, I was born in municipal housing, free school meals, meat once a week. I came from a tougher time than today.
    My parents made us clean up, wash dishes, tidy, cut the grass in the yard. There was no time for sitting on the verandah doing nothing.
    We were poor, but we dealt with it.
    No smoking or drinking.
    Second-hand clothes and shoes.
    No Telly, One radio.
    Go to bed early, wake up early, wash ready for the day ahead.
    Poverty is no excuse for being a lazy slovenly piece of social dross.
    With your qualifications, you should be out there encouraging them to make more of their lives.
    I too am now qualified, own house, car, clothes etc; all from having the desire to improve, and the dignity to refuse handouts.
    Stop making excuses for these people.
    Dirty is not poor, dirty is lazy.
  42. Profile photo of NOCASH
    NOCASH Male 18-29
    423 posts
    August 6, 2012 at 10:52 am
    SnoopyBG, there are people worse off then these folks in your country as well, which is what I was getting at. The people pictured do not have it the worse by far, but by no means do I see that as acceptable for a country that tends to glamorize it`s self for helping 3rd world countries when there are many problems in their very own backyard so to speak, this holds true for a lot of countries including mine as well unfortunately.
  43. Profile photo of soundman655
    soundman655 Male 50-59
    1558 posts
    August 6, 2012 at 10:56 am
    Being poor and being stupid are different.
  44. Profile photo of jamie76
    jamie76 Male 30-39
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    August 6, 2012 at 11:51 am
    this might look poor but compared to many of the developing counties I have traveled through, this is nowhere near as bad. Not even a little bit.
  45. Profile photo of Gerry1of1
    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36695 posts
    August 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm


    I was born a cole miner`s daughter....


    Loretta Lynn & Dolly Parton both grew up without
    running water or eclecticity or plumbin`.

    just sayin`
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    Marksman Male 40-49
    154 posts
    August 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm
    Nickel2.......Was it also 4 miles to school? Uphill both ways?
  47. Profile photo of DuckBoy87
    DuckBoy87 Male 18-29
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    August 6, 2012 at 1:30 pm
    Reminds me of this song
    Sixteen Tons
  48. Profile photo of elkingo
    elkingo Male 30-39
    5449 posts
    August 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm
    @slimofswiv; @Nickel2: Why does everyone assume I am not helping the community? I work as a child interventionist to try and curb some of the hopelessness these people face -- and I do so two counties over from this place. Motivating and facilitating change isn`t exactly an easy task. However, I find it disturbing that people would condescend and make fun of these people, when in reality they were taken advantage of by the rest of America. Many of them live in sheer poverty with no running water and very little money for groceries. Did you notice the people who lived in the house with dishes? -- Let me reiterate for you: it was an old man and a child. No doubt he is probably raising his grandchild, or even great grandchild. It isn`t so much about "being dirty" that is the problem; it is more about the mental status these people face.
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    elkingo Male 30-39
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    August 6, 2012 at 2:25 pm
    @HalfPintRoo -- the 50 t0 100 dollars they put into their prom dresses is worth more to their mental status as humans than it is worth in "soap" and "food".
  50. Profile photo of elkingo
    elkingo Male 30-39
    5449 posts
    August 6, 2012 at 2:29 pm
    @Draculya -- Well slap my ass and call me stupid! Sure, we can `range for you a tour! C`mon down and let me ride you `round town for a day or two at your leisure! Hell, we can even feed you classic foods such as chicken and dumplins and cornbread! Have to slaughter than dang ole chicken first!

    If you time it just right, you can swing on down to a bluegrass festival and get in on the action.

    /sarcasm
    Ass.

    Seriously though, it is a beautiful place to visit. There are lots of places you can tour and enjoy the local flavor.
  51. Profile photo of Listypoos
    Listypoos Male 40-49
    3069 posts
    August 6, 2012 at 2:45 pm
    "@Listypoos, it takes water though, and they ain`t have much"

    I`ve served in a few warzones where water was scarce to say the least.... a lack of water didn`t make people slobs.
  52. Profile photo of jendrian
    jendrian Male 18-29
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    August 6, 2012 at 3:30 pm
    @Listypoos: No but they also don`t have 250 pans to wash. That`s not only being a slob in a difficult situation, it`s also being kinda dumb.
  53. Profile photo of Nickel2
    Nickel2 Male 50-59
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    August 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm
    elkingo: I do not assume that you are doing nothing, I merely answered to your disparaging remark about `eurotrash`. I was born not long after WW2, when there was very little in the way of free social help. People got on, got by and did what they could to improve their situation. They did help the neighbours, as you are obviously trying to do yourself. They did not criticise any area of any country for remarking on the other other nation`s lack of ability to deal with domestic hardship. Please let me offer a little constructive help here. The place does not appear to be a desert, so perhaps some of those pans could be used to collect rainwater. It`s free, and it falls from the sky; it could be used for washing dishes. Teach the people to help their less fortunate neighbours. Create social self-help centres with group-benefit classes encouraging community spirit.
    I do not have religion of any sort, but I do believe in helping those who are willing to help themselves.
  54. Profile photo of elkingo
    elkingo Male 30-39
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    August 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm
    @Nickel2 -- Religion doesn`t necessarily mean "charity". I have religion, but there are a lot more people in this area who do have it and do nothing to help. I can quite understand your philosophy of getting by any means necessary -- I was raised in this poverty stricken area, and I did many things to get by. I picked berries, fruit, learned what herbs could be eaten, grew a garden (by hand), worked for my neighbors, and held down a job when I was in 8th grade (as a carpenter, no less). I fed my family, and myself. I know how to get by.

    I also know the people here. It isn`t because there isn`t resources. It is something different. It is a mental state that causes hopelessness and depression. We (my fellow Appalachians and I) live in a region that is heavily socialized. They give a hand out.. sorry, disability to children who are 5 and 6 for having ADHD -- this government aid typically lasts until death with no sort of follow up.
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    elkingo Male 30-39
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    August 6, 2012 at 5:53 pm
    The people here get HUD (to pay for rent and housing), Welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, SSI, and even local churches hand out. It is increasingly difficult to teach people that they can make it on their own. The highest paying job around here is around 20k a year less than what the government "gives" you. However, the money given isn`t appreciated. The same families are stuck in poverty and depression.

    The one thing the government doesn`t give people around here is a means to get out of government assistance. There are no jobs. There is no hope. There is no encouragement. There is simply a life of subsistence living from the government.
  56. Profile photo of elkingo
    elkingo Male 30-39
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    August 6, 2012 at 5:56 pm
    What I am suggesting, is that it isn`t that these people are "lazy". The guy with the pots? He lives with his grandchild, and from the looks of the pics probably works for cash mowing lawns and doing odd jobs. He also probably gets welfare and foodstamps and HUD and SSI and Medicare, and Medicaid (for the child), and possibly a disability check on the kiddo.

    This man looks depressed and dirty, because there is no hope for him or his child to get out of that situation.
  57. Profile photo of elkingo
    elkingo Male 30-39
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    August 6, 2012 at 5:58 pm
    Not trying to argue with you, or condescend, because I agree with a lot of what you have to say; just trying to paint a picture of what is really here.
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    ledzeppeloyd Male 18-29
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    August 6, 2012 at 6:22 pm
    `merica!
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    August 6, 2012 at 9:11 pm
    This isn`t poverty we`re seeing. It`s sloth and slovenliness. These people are living exactly the lives they deserve.
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    elkingo Male 30-39
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    August 6, 2012 at 9:13 pm
    @OldOllie -- Why don`t you go outside and play hide and go F yourself?
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    Misfit-Mutt Female 18-29
    349 posts
    August 6, 2012 at 9:18 pm
    I`ve seen worse. Also... How are they going to was dishes with no water?
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    Misfit-Mutt Female 18-29
    349 posts
    August 6, 2012 at 9:20 pm
    Wash! Also... Look up east St. Louis.
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    Fwoggie2 Male 30-39
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    August 6, 2012 at 11:32 pm
    Stay classy OldOllie.
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    greenbasterd Male 18-29
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    August 7, 2012 at 10:29 am
    drat those people
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    EVILLECUTTER Male 18-29
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    August 7, 2012 at 1:23 pm
    this is like 20 minutes from me
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    August 7, 2012 at 10:39 pm
    How are they going to wash dishes with no water?
    Put `em on the floor and call the dog.
  67. Profile photo of OldOllie
    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    August 7, 2012 at 10:43 pm
    @elkingo Why don`t you eat a salad once in a while, you fat ugly prick?
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    Ozmose Male 30-39
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    August 8, 2012 at 9:33 am
    @OldOllie

    I don`t get why you would criticize these people.
    There`s more churches and flags in these in these photos than there are teeth. You and Crakr would fit right in.

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