With regard to comparisons between Katrina and Sandy, Tam points out the number of deaths in each instance, at which point the math kicks in:
This provides us a handy metric for future use: If you live in flyover country, you're right around 1/16th of a real person to the bicoastal power elite.
As one commenter points out, it's less that that, because according to the BPE, all us'n flyover country inhabitants are worth less than 1/16th of a "real person" [1].

[1] Ostensibly defined as a latte-lapping, granola-eating, hair-shirt wearing, tree-hugging, union-supporting, sissified mindless jerk with a major in mumble studies who may not know their place in the world, but by God, they know yours, peon.

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