Google and God
For some strange reason, I felt compelled to actually read through their Terms of Service before agreeing to create my account. (I had heard rumors that Google reserved the right to save every single e mail you ever receive or send for their own purposes - which, if they do, they don't make mention of in their Terms of Service).
In any case, within the terms of service, I came across something rather interesting:
Without limiting the foregoing, under no circumstances shall Google or its licensors be held liable for any delay or failure in performance resulting directly or indirectly from acts of nature, forces, or causes beyond its reasonable control, including, without limitation, Internet failures, computer equipment failures, telecommunication equipment failures, other equipment failures, electrical power failures, strikes, labor disputes, riots, insurrections, civil disturbances, shortages of labor or materials, fires, floods, storms, explosions, acts of God, war, governmental actions, orders of domestic or foreign courts or tribunals, non-performance of third parties, or loss of or fluctuations in heat, light, or air conditioning.
ACT OF GOD - A natural event, not preventable by any human agency, such as flood, storms, or lightning. Forces of nature that no one has control over, and therefore cannot be held accountable.
This phrase denotes those accidents which arise from physical causes, and which cannot be prevented.
I am left wondering, what exactly can be Google be referring to when they mention "acts of God", if they already individually listed just about everything that could have been considered an act of God well before listing "acts of God" itself.
I think we can find the answer at the very end of their list of natral and unnatural disasters: