Airline Insurance Won't Pay For Act Of God

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GCG (April 22, 2010, 15:42:09 PM):
PS GothCatBabe - nice new avatar - is that you?

yip, guilty as charged. my small referrence to skeptics in the pub, since i can never attend. so i will be sceptic wherever clever people surround me, and alchohol abounds.

Julian (April 22, 2010, 20:44:25 PM):
Definitely thor if it hiths you in the nuths.

;D Good one Steve. And it is jokes like that that make Thor one of my all time favourite gods.
Julian (April 22, 2010, 20:52:12 PM):
It seems that "act of god", while unfortunately phrased, is just the commonly and traditionally used legal expression for what my Collins dictionary refers to as:

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a sudden and inevitable occurrence caused by natural forces and not by the agency of man, such as a flood, earthquake, or a similar catastrophe

So since hurricanes and floods are now being ascribed to global warming, does that mean that they are no longer "acts of god"? Will insurance contracts now refer to "acts of the internal combustion engine and the coal-fired power station". Doesn't really have the same ring to it.

StevoMuso (April 23, 2010, 08:14:30 AM):
So since hurricanes and floods are now being ascribed to global warming, does that mean that they are no longer "acts of god"? Will insurance contracts now refer to "acts of the internal combustion engine and the coal-fired power station". Doesn't really have the same ring to it.
I would have thought that by now the legal profession would know the cause of hurricanes etc. I mean, their global terminology is SO outdated FFS. Acts of nature, natural disasters - better. And with a comprehensive list. Shouldn't be too difficult.

GothCatGirl is correct. Saying a hurricane is an "act of God" is as rediculous as saying lightning is an "act of Zeus" (I think it was Zeus and not so Thor). And then would global warming be an "act of Man"?
st0nes (April 23, 2010, 09:09:17 AM):
I think it was Zeus and not so Thor

It was thertainly Thor and not Zeuth

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