Someone in Baker, Louisiana, 93 miles from Hurricane Katrina's epicenter is suing the U.S. Federal Government for $3 quadrillion.
For the sake of perspective: A mere $1 quadrillion would dwarf the U.S. gross domestic product, which Scott said was $13.2 trillion in 2007. A stack of one quadrillion pennies would reach Saturn.
According to the MSNBC article, Baker is home to a trailer park which has been home to hundreds of evacuees since the storm. Apparently it is also home to an ivory tower where the $3 quadrillion dollar plaintiff lives.I may be cold-hearted and ignorant to suffering, but I seriously don't understand how people can sue over natural disasters. (Granted, I've been unusually lucky with my natural disasters. When Hurricane Hugo hit my family's home in Charleston, SC in 1989 all we lost was a gutter and a downspout.) Sure, natural disasters suck and negatively impact your life and cause doubtlessly irreparable damage to both person and property... but it's a weather phenomenon!! Yes, the government could have given you more warning to get out of New Orleans, but that would not have prevented your property from getting storm-trashed! What should have been done? Maybe a nuclear weapon, artfully exploded in the Gulf of Mexico would have shipped Katrina on her destructive way. Maybe we should attack all natural disasters with nukes. Forest fires in California? Shit, send a nuke. Tsunami in Asia? Nuke the bastard. Tornadoes, earthquakes? My "Earth boy" nuclear weapon will give you something to quake about.
I hope you get your $3 quadrillion, whoever you are in Baker. Then you can be the ruler of the free world. You alone, because you will bankrupt the U.S... and then everyone will revolt and overthrow you. Down with Baker and down with you. Dummy.