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American decline: Open pools of raw sewage in the richest country in the world 09 Dec 2018 12:12 #11929

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American decline: Open pools of raw sewage in the richest country in the world

Rania Khalek
© Shannon Stapleton © Reuters


As the wealthy continue sucking the country dry, the question now isn’t if the US will cease to provide a decent standard of living for its people. Rather it is how many people will be sacrificed on the way down.
In America, the richest nation in the world when measured by raw GDP, children are getting sick from living by open pools of raw sewage. This was one of many shocking findings by the United Nations late last year, following a two-week investigation into extreme poverty in the US.


The UN report was issued last December by a team of investigators who visited California, Alabama, Georgia, Puerto Rico, West Virginia and Washington DC.

“The United States is one of the world’s richest, most powerful and technologically innovative countries; but neither its wealth, nor its power, nor its technology is being harnessed to address the situation in which 40 million people continue to live in poverty,”wrote Philip Alston, the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.

He continued, “I met with many people barely surviving on Skid Row in Los Angeles, I witnessed a San Francisco police officer telling a group of homeless people to move on but having no answer when asked where they could move to, I heard how thousands of poor people get minor infraction notices which seem to be intentionally designed to quickly explode into unpayable debt, incarceration, and the replenishment of municipal coffers. I saw sewage-filled yards in states where governments don’t consider sanitation facilities to be their responsibility, I saw people who had lost all of their teeth because adult dental care is not covered by the vast majority of programs available to the very poor, I heard about soaring death rates and family and community destruction wrought by opioids, and I met with people in Puerto Rico living next to a mountain of completely unprotected coal ash which rains down upon them, bringing illness, disability and death.”

The sewage-filled yards were found in poor areas like Lowndes County, Alabama, where many people cannot afford to install septic tanks, causing sewage to pool by their homes. This untreated waste creates the potential for all kinds of diseases. In Lowndes, it has led to the proliferation of hookworm, a parasitic disease of the intestines commonly found in the world’s poorest developing countries.

The discovery of third world levels of poverty and disease in the richest and most powerful country in the world, shocking as it may be, is only part of the story. The UN findings are in keeping with the downward spiral of America.

America’s Decline
Spending time in Western Europe, as I have done the last several months, provides some serious perspective on America’s decline. In most European countries, like Germany for example, public transportation works efficiently and there is a social safety net. While homelessness is a problem, it’s nowhere near as rampant as in the US and usually seems to be associated with addiction. People in Europe are generally much healthier and happier, housing and food and higher education are affordable and people don’t spend all their time working – they are able to take vacations and enjoy life in a way the vast majority of Americans are not. Europeans are typically entitled to lengthy paid maternity leave, whereas in the US working class women are forced to return to work in as little as two weeks.

Meanwhile, New York’s Subway system is decaying due to disinvestment and corruption. Last summer a train stalled, leaving passengers in the dark with no air conditioning for an hour. “As the heat of packed-together bodies fogged the windows, passengers beat on the walls and clawed at the doors in a scene from a real-life horror story,”reported the New York Times. In Washington DC, the nation’s capital, the Metro is always late and totally unreliable, with train fires becoming a regular occurrence while Amtrak trains experience routine derailments. These are just some examples of infrastructure decay. The list goes on: bridges are crumbling, schools are shuttered. In Baltimore dozens of schools had no heat during record freezing temperatures this winter. The only thing America’s leadership seems capable of investing in is prisons and war.

Read Full Report Here;
www.rt.com/op-ed/418572-us-decline-poverty-un/
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American decline: Open pools of raw sewage in the richest country in the world 11 Dec 2018 10:40 #11973

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Has anyone noticed the similarity's between the USA & the UK ?, both have Right Wing Governments, The USA has a Nutter as President, and in Both Country's its the Poor, Sick & Elderly who are paying the price. I say Shame on Both Country's.
But for the USA to spend millions on Starting Wars that they mostly Loose;
Think its high time they got there priority's sorted out, and Britain take note as well.
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American decline: Open pools of raw sewage in the richest country in the world 11 Dec 2018 15:36 #11979

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both the USA and UK where f***ed before these governments got in power though Paul I'm sure you will agree.

I cant relay diss trump myself coz he's bringing jobs back to America and they are seeing a pretty noticeable period of economic growth and despite all the accusations of racism black African American unemployment is at a historic low I think he's genuinely trying to help his people unlike most politicians and especially our lot who are the worst kind of conservative they are just a bunch of crooked cronies only interested in how changes benefit the wealthy

As for war yeah we gota stop that shit spending billions on the military so we can go sticking our nose in some third world country business.

and I highly recommend you look at Portland in America to see a real shit hole there's some funny vid's you tube videos taking the piss out of them and there degenerate lifestyles and the fact that the town smells so bad coz everyone's shiting in the streets :sick:
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American decline: Open pools of raw sewage in the richest country in the world 12 Dec 2018 22:43 #12025

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had a look at Detroit tonight its not looking good for USA is all I can say some interesting facts on this ride along video

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American decline: Open pools of raw sewage in the richest country in the world 13 Dec 2018 09:09 #12032

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The so called "Boom" in America,
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I cant relay diss trump myself coz he's bringing jobs back to America and they are seeing a pretty noticeable period of economic growth and despite all the accusations of racism black African American unemployment is at a historic low I think he's genuinely trying to help his people

Well in that case I suppose one could say the same about Germany, in the 1930s Under Hitler; When they to underwent a huge Economic Boom, transforming Germany out of the Wreckage of World War-1; And look how all that ended up. :angry:
If it was not for Britain Declaring War on Germany in 1939, God knows where we will all be now. :(
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