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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

Re: “Little Rock native gets rough ride at judicial confirmation hearing UPDATE

BTW, other sources say Bush was born in Hot Springs. Do we have confirmation that Little Rock has to claim him?

Posted by Neuroglider on 06/20/2017 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Little Rock native gets rough ride at judicial confirmation hearing UPDATE

Speaking of grammar, I wonder where people got the idea that they should put a hyphen after an adverb modifying an adjective, as in "Bush first pled ignorance, then gave an historically-inaccurate answer." I was taught that the primary reason one puts a hyphen after an adjective or noun that modifies an adjective (e.g., "Little Rock-born Louisville lawyer") is because standard English does not provide for nouns and adjectives to modify an adjective, so one makes the would-be phrase a single (compound) word with the hyphen. Adverbs, on the other hand, are professional modifiers of adjectives (and verbs and other adverbs) and therefore require no hyphen.


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Posted by Neuroglider on 06/20/2017 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Mary Robin Casteel made permanent Alcoholic Beverage Control director

I wonder if Ms. Casteel will shepherd in any changes in the obsession the ABC has with abusive enforcement of IDs for alcohol purchases. I am 52 years old and have been told I look 65. But I still get carded almost weekly by servers who say, "The ABC sends old guys in here all the time with expired IDs to try and trap us." I wrote the commission a couple of years ago to ask if this is a tactic in which they engage, and I got a reply in the negative. But why would the servers lie about that? Maybe it's just rogue agents that the leadership doesn't know about. But how long could that be kept up without recognition and encouragement from above?

As most people know, there is NOTHING in the Arkansas Code that requires an ID check for alcohol purchases; it just says that sales to those under 21 is illegal. If a guy has a long white beard and more wrinkles than a December persimmon, why the hell should a server have to get proof?!

I know it doesn't seem like a big deal in the grand scheme of things. But it creates a sense of anxiety in the waitstaff and bartenders that I'm sure they'd really rather live without. And it smacks of a contrived way to raise revenue through fines. The saloon version of a speedtrap.

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Posted by Neuroglider on 06/09/2017 at 4:56 PM

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