America`s poorest county

Submitted by: jtrebowski 4 years ago
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2134196/Pictured-The-modern-day-poverty-Kentucky-people-live-running-water-electricity.html

Pics taken a few days ago in Appalachia
There are 68 comments:
Male 448
@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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Male 15,832
@elkingo Why don`t you eat a salad once in a while, you fat ugly prick?
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Male 15,832
[quote] How are they going to wash dishes with no water? [/quote]
Put `em on the floor and call the dog.
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Male 244
this is like 20 minutes from me
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Male 2,376
drat those people
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Male 1,803
Stay classy OldOllie.
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Female 349
Wash! Also... Look up east St. Louis.
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Female 349
I`ve seen worse. Also... How are they going to was dishes with no water?
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Male 5,620
@OldOllie -- Why don`t you go outside and play hide and go F yourself?
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Male 15,832
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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Male 2,384
`merica!
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Male 5,620
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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Male 5,620
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.
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Male 5,620
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.
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Male 5,620
@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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Male 5,874
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.
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Male 2,516
@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.
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Male 3,081
"@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.
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Male 5,620
@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.
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Male 5,620
@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".
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Male 5,620
@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 [my] people face.
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Male 3,412
Reminds me of this song
Sixteen Tons
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Male 154
Nickel2.......Was it also 4 miles to school? Uphill both ways?
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Male 37,888

[singing]
I was born a cole miner`s daughter....
[/singing]

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

just sayin`
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Male 2,345
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.
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Male 1,558
Being poor and being stupid are different.
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Male 423
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.
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Male 5,874
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.
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Male 15,510
Wow when America gets poor it gets real poor
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Male 1,810
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.....
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Male 14,773
How quaint! Do they do tours? Will the locals hold a feast and do a native dance for us?
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Female 77
"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.
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Male 1,497
That`s po.
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Male 37,888

Anyone else hear banjos playing?


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Male 671
@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.
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Male 14,330
What I don`t understand is they still manage to have beter teeth then 70% of the UK!!!!
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Male 423
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?
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Female 2,764
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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Male 3,575
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Male 3,575
Now this is poor

USA! USA!
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Male 3,575
bull sht
you call that poor! come to the REZ some time!
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Male 14,330
The poorest area of a country looks like crap!!! Ya don`t sayz!!!
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Male 116
elkingo and zeebeedee lighten the fcuk up, if you`re that bothered then help them, we all have problems in our lives
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Male 5,620
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.
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Male 5,620
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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Male 5,620
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.
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Male 5,874
They must be poor, they smoke
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Male 1,793
republicans...
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Male 3,364
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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Male 613
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.
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Male 671
Not so poor.
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Male 133
This is retarded. lol
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Male 7,123
It costs nothing to tidy up.
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Male 116
my your country is fcuked up
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Female 400
Anyone else notice the girls in one of the photos were named Love Faith Duff and Hope Lucas?
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Male 2,592
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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Male 2,085
Got enough money to buy cigarettes also.
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Male 916
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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Male 2,516
@Listypoos, it takes water though, and they ain`t have much
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Male 303
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.
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Male 3,081
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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Male 3,060
The photographer did an awesome job humanizing a group that often gets harshly stereotyped and judged.
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Female 4,349
those people had tv`s and washing machines. and they looked happy enough. money isn`t everything...
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Male 2,516
Also there`s a new car in the last picture
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Male 2,516
Still got enough money to buy a big ugly prom dress I see.
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Male 2,855
woah, poor american people have way too many pans and dishes
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Male 3,364
Link: America`s poorest county [Rate Link] - Pics taken a few days ago in Appalachia
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