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Old television repeatedly knocked out entire village's broadband for 18 months

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Every morning around 7am, residents of the Welsh village of Aberhosan in the UK noticed that their broadband would fail. The problem went on for 18 months and even a program to replace the broadband cables didn't solve the problem. Finally, broadband engineers combed the village with a spectrum analyzer and found the source of…
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"Overly attached girlfriend" shares the whole meme backstory

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Laina Morris shot to fame in 2012 as the "overly attached girlfriend" meme. She shares what happens before, during, and after becoming a mega-meme.

Because she was always in on the joke (the look is from a comedy video about Justin Bieber), she never had to go through the "good sport" phase of some other memelebrities who woke up to find themselves unintentionally memed. She also discusses what has happened since she left YouTube to take a mental health break. Spoiler: it's a happy ending!

Image: YouTube / BuzzFeedVideo

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National Weather Service spots huge bat colony on radar

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In Phoenix on Sunday, the National Weather Service's radar captured what first appears to be rain clouds blooming over the Valley of the Sun. Turns out, it was likely a large colony of Mexican free-tailed bats on the move. From WSMV:

"That doesn't look like a normal shower, the way everything is sort of fanning out. They don't really have a uniform direction. That's usually your clue initially that it's probably animals flying around," said NWS meteorologist Sean Benedict[…]

The radar likely shows the bats coming out of a cave, a tunnel, or a bridge and then dispersing to find bugs to eat across the city. There are 28 bat species that hang around in Arizona, but of course, they're not always easy to see in the dark. That's why radar can be so helpful for scientists to track them. [Arizona Game and Fish Department biologist Angie] McIntire said she would love a collaboration of sorts to combine the Game and Fish Department's knowledge of bats with the National Weather Service's expertise of radar.

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How they used to build electrical transmission towers

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After watching this 1960s-vintage British Pathé reel showing how electrical trasmission towers used to be built, I no longer wonder why infrastructure used to be cheap.

Hampshire. An item showing the dangerous job of building electricity pylons. Various shots of half built pylons, a man collects his tools and climbs up the side. Part of the structure is lifted up with a crane and men walk across the arms to fix it into position. Various shots of the giant cable drums, and the power lines running through the cables, a man with a telephone directs them. Various shots as they adjust the tension of the pipe from a suspended platform.

"In days to come, pylons too could have their champions, eager to preserve them as historical monuments."

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Former DHS official says he was told to stop reporting intel on Russian attacks against US because it 'made President [Trump] look bad'

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A former senior official at the Department of Homeland Security has filed a whistleblower complaint, in which he claims he was told to stop providing intelligence analysis reports about ongoing Russian interference attacks on America because it "made the President look bad."

The official, Brian Murphy, said he believed the instruction he received from acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf would jeopardize national security.

Murphy was in charge of intelligence and analysis at DHS until recently.

In a whistleblower complaint, he said on two occasions he was told to stand down on reporting about the Russian threat, report Shane Harris and Nick Miroff at the Washington Post:

On July 8, Murphy said that acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told him that an "intelligence notification" regarding Russian disinformation efforts should be "held" because it was unflattering to Trump, who has long derided Russian interference as a "hoax" that was concocted by his opponents to delegitimize his victory in 2016.

It's not clear who would have seen the notification, but DHS's intelligence reports are routinely shared with the FBI, other federal law enforcement agencies and state and local governments.

Murphy objected to Wolf's instruction, "stating that it was improper to hold a vetted intelligence product for reasons [of] political embarrassment," according to a copy of his whistleblower complaint that was obtained by The Washington Post.

More at the Washington Post: Senior DHS official alleges in whistleblower complaint that he was told to stop providing intelligence analysis on threat of Russian interference

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Trump, who is stupid, falsely calls Biden 'stupid'

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Impeached U.S. President Donald Trump was accused by his Democratic rival Joe Biden of causing mass deaths with incompetent handling of the coronavirus crisis. So, on Monday, Trump did what he does best: DARVO. He called Biden "stupid," then demanded an apology for what Trump nonsensically called anti-vaccine rhetoric (Biden is pro-vaccine-science, this is false).

From Reuters:

Speaking in front of the White House at a U.S. Labor Day news conference, Trump said: "Biden and his very liberal running mate, the most liberal person in Congress by the way – is not a competent person in my opinion, would destroy this country and would destroy this economy – should immediately apologize for the reckless anti-vaccine rhetoric that they are talking right now," adding: "It undermines science."

The president called Biden "stupid."

Trump again dismissed a report in The Atlantic that he had referred to fallen U.S. soldiers as "suckers" and "losers" and highlighted a denial of the story by an aide to former White House chief of staff John Kelly, Zach Fuentes.

"The story is a hoax," Trump said. "Who would say a thing like that? Only an animal would say a thing like that."

More at Reuters.

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