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Late Night Amusement: Old woman and a shovel…

Good late night everyone. Feel like a humorous story to lighten the mood? I must admit that the news lately has been ever so depressing. However, today I came across some news that made me laugh. And I really think we all need a laugh. So, what happens when a 75-year-old woman takes a spade in Georgia, the country mind you, and goes out in search of copper to sell as scrap? An entire country loses their internet access. Yup…check it out: Georgian woman cuts off web access to whole of Armenia | World news | The Guardian

An elderly Georgian woman was scavenging for copper to sell as scrap when she accidentally sliced through an underground cable and cut off internet services to all of neighbouring Armenia, it emerged on Wednesday. The woman, 75, had been digging for the metal not far from the capital Tbilisi when her spade damaged the fibre-optic cable on 28 March. As Georgia provides 90% of Armenia’s internet, the woman’s unwitting sabotage had catastrophic consequences. Web users in the nation of 3.2 million people were left twiddling their thumbs for up to five hours as the country’s main internet providers – ArmenTel, FiberNet Communication and GNC-Alfa – were prevented from supplying their normal service. Television pictures showed reporters at a news agency in the capital Yerevan staring glumly at blank screens. Large parts of Georgia and some areas of Azerbaijan were also affected. “It was a 75-year-old woman who was digging for copper in the ground so that she could sell it for scrap,” said a spokesman for Georgia’s interior ministry said yesterday. Dubbed “the spade-hacker” by local media, the woman – who has not been named – is being investigated on suspicion of damaging property. She faces up to three years in prison if charged and convicted. A spokesman for Georgia’s interior ministry said the woman was temporarily released “on account of her old age” but could face more questioning.

I sure hope this woman does not get convicted and have to go to prison. All I can envision is one of these ladies knocking out an entire country’s internet. These pictures were taken by a cousin of mine when he lived in South Ossetia. These women are spinning fiber into yarn, looks like a peaceful scene doesn’t it? Life is extremely hard for the people of these countries. But in an age when hackers are getting into high security systems, a man is being subjected to humiliation and torture over Wikileaks, and dictators are shutting down internet to foolishly keep people from organizing revolts, this old woman can bring a whole country to a standstill…with a simple shovel. This is an open thread, so what is going on tonight?

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