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Re: “Tuesday's open line

I can't help but think that Trump's embrace of North Korea is part and parcel of either 1) the China ZTE deal or 2) the kowtow to Russia. Both of those countries stand to gain from an elevation of the status of Kim and DPRK.

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Posted by Neuroglider on 06/12/2018 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Core comes to SoMa

>From IPAs to hoppy ales.

That broad, huh? For your sad reviewer who has never had the joy of tasting actual beer: An IPA *is* a hoppy ale. The ale part is right there in the name!

Posted by Neuroglider on 06/06/2018 at 8:04 AM

Re: “Jan Morgan and Rep. Dan Sullivan slapped with ethics complaint

I don't understand how *this* internecine feud has escaped y'all so long:…

Posted by Neuroglider on 04/23/2018 at 7:05 PM

Re: “42 Bar and Table chefs team up with Historic Arkansas Museum on inaugural dinner series

> I never knew there were fresh water mussels

This guy calls himself a chef?!

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Posted by Neuroglider on 02/27/2018 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Source: More layoffs to come at UAMS: UPDATE

Hey, justsomeguywhoreadsthisblog,

"You know what state institution reports more lost items
of state property than any other? Hint: it's UAMS."

Is that by total dollars or percentage of budget?


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Posted by Neuroglider on 01/10/2018 at 6:23 PM

Re: “Thursday open line and today's news

Doigotta: The gap in qualifications was huge. Four out of 10 of the applicants were U.S. citizens. Only one of those satisfied the degree requirement stated in the job posting, and she was living out of state and could not start work as soon as I needed. But I would have waited for her rather than have a staff member whom the executive branch of the federal government has barred from working in their building.

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Posted by Neuroglider on 07/21/2017 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Thursday open line and today's news

I'm a federal employee who has just come to learn today, almost by accident, that the Trump administration has quietly instituted a hiring freeze-- or substantial chill, at least-- on foreign nationals in federal positions. And this is not specific to Muslims.

There are many scientific institutes (NIH, VA, FDA) that depend critically on foreign workers; there simply are NOT enough U.S. citizens who are interested in STEM positions. I employ a foreign national in a state-government position and would like to extend her duties to my work in a federal facility. In the past, this has always been granted without a hiccup due to the cooperative missions of the two institutions. Today, I was told that I can do this with American employees but not with visa-holders.

I was also told by a friend in the FDA that he has been blocked from hiring any foreign national who has not already been working here for three years.

I have not seen anything about these restrictions in the public press. That's bad enough. But we also have had no notification from supervisors in my federal institute. Frankly, I would not have hired a foreign national if I had known she wouldn't be granted access to the federal facility. This has severely curtailed research that was deemed important enough to win a $11.6 million grant.

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Posted by Neuroglider on 07/20/2017 at 3:55 PM

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