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    OT-Katrina victim sues U.S. for $3 quadrillion

    The plaintiff lives in a trailer park, mind you.

    Katrina victim sues U.S. for $3 quadrillion
    Federal government hit with 489,000 damage claims after hurricane
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    NEW ORLEANS - Hurricane Katrina's victims have put a price tag on their suffering and it is staggering including one plaintiff seeking the unlikely sum of $3 quadrillion.

    The total number $3,014,170,389,176,410 is the dollar figure so far sought from some 489,000 claims filed against the federal government over damage from the failure of levees and flood walls following the Aug. 29, 2005, hurricane.

    Of the total number of claims, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it has received 247 for at least $1 billion apiece, including the one for $3 quadrillion.
    "That's the mother of all high numbers," said Loren Scott, a Baton Rouge-based economist.

    For the sake of perspective: [B]A mere $1 quadrillion would dwarf the U.S. gross domestic product, which Scott said was $13.2 trillion in 2007.[/B] A stack of one quadrillion pennies would reach Saturn.

    Some residents may have grossly exaggerated their claims to send a message to the corps, which has accepted blame for poorly designing the failed levees.

    "I understand the anger," Scott said. "I also understand it's a negotiating tactic: Aim high and negotiate down."

    Daniel Becnel, Jr., a lawyer who said his clients have filed more than 60,000 claims, said measuring Katrina's devastation in dollars and cents is a nearly impossible task.

    "There's no way on earth you can figure it out," he said. "The trauma these people have undergone is unlike anything that has occurred in the history of our country."

    The corps released zip codes, but no names, for the 247 claims of at least $1 billion. The list includes a $77 billion claim by the city of New Orleans. Fourteen involve a wrongful death claim. Fifteen were filed by businesses, including several insurance companies.

    Little is known about the person who claimed $3 quadrillion. It was filed in Baker, 93 miles northwest of New Orleans. Baker is far from the epicenter of Katrina's destruction, but the city has a trailer park where hundreds of evacuees have lived since the storm.

    Katrina, which is blamed for more than 1,600 deaths in Louisiana and Mississippi, is considered the most destructive storm to ever hit the U.S. It caused at least $60 billion in insured losses and could cost Gulf Coast states up to $125 billion, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    Most of the claims were filed before a deadline that coincided with Katrina's second anniversary, but the Corps is still receiving them about 100 claims have arrived over the past three weeks and is feeding them into a computer database.

    The Corps said it isn't passing judgment on the merits of each claim. Federal courts are in charge of deciding if a claim is valid and how much compensation is warranted.

    "It's important to the person who filed it, so we're taking every single claim seriously," Corps spokeswoman Amanda Jones said.

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    why sue for quadrillions when you can sue for millions

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    I'm not impressed by ther suffering. Everyone suffers. Deal with it.

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    ah the age of complete depedence on government

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    <insert Dr Evil here> "THREE [I]QUADRILLION[/I] DOLLARS!"

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    Sounds like John Edwards is getting a head start on his post-primary career.

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    [QUOTE=Phoenixx;2308410]Sounds like John Edwards is getting a head start on his post-primary career.[/QUOTE]

    He makes money on the foreclosures, and takes his 40% of 3 quadrillion, too. Brilliant!:D

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    [quote=HDCentStOhio;2308393]
    Daniel Becnel, Jr., a lawyer who said his clients have filed more than 60,000 claims, said measuring Katrina's devastation in dollars and cents is a nearly impossible task.

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    He may not know how to measure the devastation in dollars and cents, but trust me, this guy will know how to measure it when it comes time for his clients 60,000 claims to be paid to him.

    Think about this, if this guy recovers on average $100 for each of these 60,000 claims he'll make $6 million dollars.

    Friggin lawyers..........

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    Theres the money that can buy PSL's for the new Cowboys Stadium!

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    3 quadrillion dollars? Who's face is on the quadrillion dollar bill?

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    [QUOTE=WestCoastOffensive;2308408] [IMG]http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:rtVzqQrTXVKL_M:http://www.globalpov.com/images[/IMG] "THREE [I]QUADRILLION[/I] DOLLARS!"[/QUOTE]

    fixed

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    [QUOTE=Roger Vick;2308398]I'm not impressed by ther suffering. Everyone suffers. Deal with it.[/QUOTE]

    [B]Everyone[/B] does not suffer like that, sorry. Just be honest and say you could give a sh*t less about them.

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    [quote=The Crusher;2308530]3 quadrillion dollars? Who's face is on the quadrillion dollar bill?[/quote]

    Kellen Clemens :D

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    Let's raise the award money by special-taxing any idiots foolish enough to live 10-feet below sea level next a giant lake at the unstable delta of the country's largest river along the shore of the Gulf of Mexico in hurricane alley.

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    [QUOTE=sect313;2308394]why sue for quadrillions when you can sue for millions[/QUOTE]

    [IMG]http://arbyte.us/blog_archive/2005/11/drevil_million_dollars.jpg[/IMG]

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    [QUOTE=shakin318;2308670]Let's raise the award money by special-taxing any idiots foolish enough to live 10-feet below sea level next a giant lake at the unstable delta of the country's largest river along the shore of the Gulf of Mexico in hurricane alley.[/QUOTE]
    Where do you live? I ask because you want to blame these victims of Katrina for living where they did. Does that mean people who live in California (earthquakes), the Midwest (tornadoes) and on the east coast (hurricanes)are idiots, too? By your reasoning, just where the hell would people live anyway?

    Granted, some of these claims are ridiculous, but you can't argue that it was the government's...local and federal....responsibility to first make sure the levees could wihstand a major hurricane, and then to help the people sufferign in the aftermath. How the hell do we have people dying of thirst in the middle of a MAJOR FREAKIN' CITY in the U.S.? George W. Bush should've shown at least a modicum of leadershop and made damn sure SOMETHING was getting doen to get those people out of there.

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    [QUOTE=JoeyStylez;2308733]

    Granted, some of these claims are ridiculous, but you can't argue that it was the government's...local and federal....responsibility to first make sure the levees could wihstand a major hurricane, and then to help the people sufferign in the aftermath. How the hell do we have people dying of thirst in the middle of a MAJOR FREAKIN' CITY in the U.S.? George W. Bush should've shown at least a modicum of leadershop and made damn sure SOMETHING was getting doen to get those people out of there.[/QUOTE]

    Typical liberal- complain, complain, complain, but no substance of a solution. Unless "making damn sure something was done" counts as a suggestion. :rolleyes:

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    [QUOTE=The Crusher;2308530]3 quadrillion dollars? Who's face is on the quadrillion dollar bill?[/QUOTE]

    Crusher - who is that in your avitar?

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    WTF is wrong with you?!

    [QUOTE=HDCentStOhio;2308741]Typical [B]liberal[/B]- complain, complain, complain, but no substance of a solution. Unless "making damn sure something was done" counts as a suggestion. :rolleyes:[/QUOTE]

    Liberal - not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or traditional forms

    How about accepting medical aid from Cuba instead of saying sorry but we don't have enough doctors?

    How about allowing neighboring citizens to go in and actually help?

    How about not sending in private troops with shoot to kill orders?

    It's not everything but it's a start.

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    [QUOTE=Roger Vick;2308398]I'm not impressed by ther suffering. Everyone suffers. Deal with it.[/QUOTE]


    Wow, that's some cold sh*t!

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