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I have done this with a shop vac and a 16 foot wand I made from ABS Pipe (much lighter than PVC). The wasps aggressively attack the end and get sucked in. I haven't tried the water in the bottom idea. That might make it easier. The pipe reaches up and sucks them away all nice and clean. It also sucks away the paper house they make....

I have not had them chase after me.  
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http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/03/the-odd-couple-fighting-against-predatory-payday-lending/388093/

I am 100% confident that I cannot legislate STUPID out of the population. There is no way to accomplish this. There is a way to help people make better decisions on the front side. Teach Time Value of Money to folks. That won't work either... 
In South Dakota, a populist alliance between Republicans and Democrats could well spell the end to an exploitative industry that has trapped many residents in spiraling debt.
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http://digg.com/2015/the-new-york-times-smartwatch-junk-science-more-like-the-new-york-slimes

It pains me to agree with a wacko article. Which one you say? All of them. The evil of the smartwatch is not in its radiation output. The evil is the obsession that comes with tracking every second of your day. If the obsession makes you feel happier, by all means chase it. The cigarettes so many of us love to hate manage to make many people happy for a few minutes at a time. If they don't make you happier, don't do them. 
A recent New York Times column compared wearing a smartwatch to smoking cigarettes. Surprisingly, there was some disagreement over this comparison.
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We received a "key" in the mail attached to a promotion. My son (9) got excited, he scratched off the number and lo and behold we had won. We had to go and check in and see if we had really won. 

We got there. We waited. We provided all of our information. After 10 minutes, the nice young lady presented my son with the MP3 Player. I asked both of my sons how much that MP3  Player cost. I also asked them how much would they would pay to get someone like me into that sales tent. 

I joked that the MP3 Player was a $5 expense for the promotional company. 

Then I got home and typed MP3 Player into Alibaba. There on the first page was the exact player in the exact box we had just received. 

Bulk price? $0.90 / unit. 

You have to order at least 5000 units. 

It looks almost exactly like an iPod Shuffle. It is, however missing the micoSD card. 
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As much as I dislike the anti-vaxxers, I have to keep pointing to the flip side hoping that we don't miss the obvious. When we take our kid into get his Pertussis vaccinations, we need to get our own. The anti-vaxxers should be shunned without them knowing that they are being shunned. They either figure it out or they don't. I want to be able to see them from as far away as possible so I can go the other way. I will get my booster shots though so I am not the evil one in the picture. 

There is a chance even if I do get immunized again, that I will still vector the disease (whatever it might be). 
Recently, the anti-vaccine crowd got a taste of reality with a series of necessarily preventable outbreaks that prove that they are a harmful crowd that stupidly denies science with the end result of causing death and disease...
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Recognize that Glenn Beck et al are doing the same thing. The Gentleman with Sacha Cohen who apparently wants hangs gays is also guilty of "going along with the guest". "That is what we are trying to do here!" isn't quite as forceful. 

I made a mistake the other day, because I thought I saw brilliance in a mother's behavior. I pointed out the brilliance. She didn't take it well. I stepped too far. I backed off. The gentleman in the video is backing away from Sacha. One of the smoothing factors we do everywhere is agree with people. We are especially good at in in the states. 

"Near Miss" is an exquisite example of the conflation of language. Carlin was correct in pointing out the mistaken language. He was also WRONG! "Near Miss" is also perfect english for what it means. I suspect that Carlin knew this though. In pointing to the opposite, he was also pointing back at reality. Language is dangerous. No matter what you say, someone can tell you that you said it wrong. No matter what you say, you also said it right.  I spent a month with a chinese family. One day the mom comes screaming into the television room. She was screaming in cantonese. I jumped up and went and cleaned up my room. 

She turned to her kids and said "How in the hell is it that he was able to understand me without knowing a word of Cantonese?" 

I understood the intonations from a "mother". Didn't need to know a single word. 

I love the show so far. We might disagree politically but only a little bit.  
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Sorry. Read "Sorry, Wrong Number!" by John Brignell. 
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http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/20/nyregion/pastrami-piled-as-high-as-new-york-with-prices-to-match.html?_r=0

I love the part that it started out as poor man's beef. Now it appears to be cheaper to eat some of the more expensive cuts. 
The cost of the city’s celebrated sandwich meat has risen so much, some delicatessen owners have considered taking it off the menu.
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Most coffee stands seem to have double punch days. I would expect an obvious side effect of this to be pressure on that day to not use a free coffee. 

I finally asked the barrista that question today. She murkified the answer. She tries to get people to take double punches on double punch day because it will save them money over time. Many people don't do it though. 

Yes that isn't data. It is anecdote. Dancing in the anecdote is the murk though. There is always murk. 

The barristas comment was "They want the instant gratification!" 
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http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/22/magazine/a-sucker-is-optimized-every-minute.html?_r=0

The paradox within. We measure and find ways to manipulate then discover the masses running away from our means of measuring and wonder how it is possible that the masses changed from what a computer said they should be. 

Statistics are an amazing tool. You can win wars using statistics. You can only apply them to a certain level though. If you use statistics to keep the brigade fed, you will win (the battle to feed the brigade). If you force the statistic on the individual, you will set yourself up for failure.

I will not be buying an Apple Watch. 
Now that we have hard data on everything, we no longer make decisions from our hearts, guts or principles.
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http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inside-intense-rivalry-between-eliot-ness-and-j-edgar-hoover-180952784/?no-ist

On the murky nature of names. Untouchable has always made me dance a little. Untouchable because you can't bribe them. Untouchable because they are the scum of the earth. Untouchable because they have the full force of the US Govt behind them. 

They hint here that the origin of the word was tied to the lowest caste. 

The origin of names get lost in the history of what comes after. Marketing matters. 
Newly released files shed fresh light on the difficult relationship shared by the “Untouchable” Prohibition Bureau agent and the powerful FBI director
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I do not smoke. I avoid smokers. I love that e-cigs are here now because I can have a conversation with a smoker of e-cigs and I don't stink to high heaven afterwards. 

The tactics of the smoking lobby were entirely wrong. 

BUT

The tactics of the anti-smoking lobby were also ENTIRELY WRONG.

I am on the anti-smoking side of the equation and I have to explain that the anti smoking zealots are full of S(#T. It is possible to be right in every individual assertion and wrong with your conclusion because you failed to illuminate one little part. 

Now, a person I respect. Two of them actually are engaging in the same exact assinine behavior because they know better than me. 
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