It puts McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the bill’s co-sponsor, squarely on the side of advocates of the National Security Agency’s continued ability to collect millions of Americans’ phone records each day in the cluesless hunt for terrorist activity
There, fixed that for you
Good luck with that
Actually, hell would not exactly freeze over if you block Google. In fact, if they did, people would just use another search engine (IXquick, DuckDuckGo or others) and almost every web site would load a lot faster without the cross-site scripting attack from Google. As a second advantage, people might start to think twice before handing their entire life to some evil company when it comes to documents or agendas.
If we had to rebuild society, could we do it without all the fossil fuels we used to do it the first time?
Not only could we do it, we have already done so. The 18th century was the century where a sawmill was actually a mill. Like this one. Mills made cement, drilled canons, ground paint, tobacco, oak bark and corn, kept our feet dry, pressed oil, made felt and more. Many of them still do, for historical reasons. See the links (you have to use a Babel Fish if you do not read Dutch). Our "Golden Age" was run mostly on wind, and other countries also used water.
countries in the UK
I meant many countries in the EU. There, fixed that for me.