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After 6-7 months of not having a second pharmacist, they finally hired someone. This will be his first time in retail pharmacy. It sounds like he's worked in a hospital setting before and more recently has worked in a related pharmaceutical field. While we would have preferred someone with more recent experience, it will be nice to have some consistency.

On a related note, if I haven't heard from the VA by early February I'm going to start applying for hospital positions.

I'm not actually from Texas

Trecdom2, Yip Man, Expirement manor, and Kingwood

Howdy y'all,

Today is the first Caturday (Saturday) of the year 2023.

🐈Happy Caturday Texas!🐈

😺

Bucket of KFC wrote:I'm not actually from Texas

No problem! You're welcome in this Texas Region in NationStates and if you ever visit Texas IRL, I'm sure you'll be welcomed as a tourist. :)

Max

Bucket of KFC wrote:I'm not actually from Texas

You are from Kentucky, if I remember right.

***** Texas Saturday Breakfast *****

Ready, Set, Taco! Are you ready for some Saturday Breakfast, still All-Fresh? With yet another Year of Saturday Breakfast In Place under our belt, it is time to create a new tradition! Bring out the Drones! The NewTexas Happy Taco Stands, in conjunction with the NewTexas Incendiary Corporation, has approximately 1 trillion of the fastest, lightest drones you have ever seen. This fleet is specially designed to deliver tacos to every man, woman, child, whatever, in Texas, all 2,588,830,000,000 of you.

Today's special breakfast will Saturday Super Special Pancake Taco Breakfast Tacos [COVID-19 Week CXXXIX Edition]! The Head Chef is off his rocker this week with a brand new one just for you, Texas! Fresh ideas from the fresh minds at The Big Tex Happy Taco Stands of NewTexas! Have you ever noticed that a pancake looks a lot like a fat tortilla? We did and we have been up all night flipping flapjacks so we could pile on a good-sized glob of delicious Texas Grade A, farm-fresh, scrambled eggs! And we don't stop there. Do you remember our home fries? The one we make out of Yukon Gold potatoes, cubed and lightly browned in farm-fresh Texas creamery butter with just a hint of onion? Yeah, we add a scoop of those along with the eggs. To top it all off, not one, but two strips of the crispiest, most golden-brown, thin-sliced bacon you have ever seen. The certified Texas Abuelitas are really showing the love today peeps! This behemoth is all sealed up for your breakfast dining pleasure.

Today's Special Salsa is not salsa, but - Maple Syrup - yes, the good stuff, the thick, dark, Grade B stuff sent directly from our friends in Canada! Tree sap never tasted so good and so will this taco when dipped in it! For those who want to funk it up, a sealed cup of Texas-made Longhorn Cheddar Jack cheese is also included for the cheese-lovers. The taco is hermetically sealed in a Stay-Warm® pouch that is wrapped in the same ol' aluminum foil we are all so familiar with for our breakfast taco. We are trying to keep it real, peeps. For your beverage accompaniment, a packet of Sanka, Tang and a Lipton Tea bag will be included with every delivery as well as salt and pepper and a napkin. Yes, it is different, but it works and you do not even have to leave your residence. Woo! And, watch out for the drones! Start your day off the right way; munch out and go back to sleep. You know you want to!®

Stay Safe Texas. Stay Well. Hang in there!

***** Texas Chat Reminder *****

The Texas Weekly Chat Session will be Saturday (TODAY) at High Noon Texas Time (CDT) ***Saturday***. And, if you can't be there right at Noon, that is Ok, Texas Chat usually runs 3, 4, or 5 hours with some Chats running as high as 7 or 8 hours.

The Texas Chat Site is here: http://texasregion.net/blab70/login.php

Please register with your nation name. This is an excellent opportunity for nations old and new to Texas to find out what is going on! We chat, debate, and talk about the weather, stuff we like, stuff we hate, random stuff, and more. But, it is never stuffy. Usually, it is about meeting your fellow Texans and discussing the latest and most interesting stuff in NationStates. But then again, sometimes NationStates does not even come up. It is wide-open chatting with peeps from around The World both IRL and NS. It is Texans, EuroTexans, WannabeTexans, ex-Texans, VirtualTexans, and plenty of Friends of Texans. We have it all and all are welcome.

We have added a new feature to Texas Chat, Texas Movie Chat! Chat with Texans while watching a movie. Fun stuff! So far we have watched Halloween, Shootout at the OK Corral, Red, and recently a couple of new Star Trek series episodes. Want to watch something together?

Texas Chat, 920 weeks and running! For the math-challenged, that is over 18¼ years! Check it out! Good stuff!

Warmest greetings from the International Democratic Union! This is the time of year for the IDU Film Festival, and as the host nation, I, Gardavasque, hereby invite and encourage the good nations of Texas to consider participating in this role play event in the category of Best World Cinema Feature Film. This is wonderful opportunity for cultural exchange as well as some pure creative fun. How can you participate? Simply invent a film produced in your nation during the previous year, the more detailed the better. Next, visit the IDU Regional Forum thread here: https://idugov.com/forum/showthread.php?tid=2373&pid=22798#pid22798. And finally complete the form by adding a comment on the thread with your entry. Deadline for submissions is 1/22/2023. Feel free to message me with any questions. We know how much the nations of Texas love a contest, so we are expecting some stiff competition from y'all. Good luck, and may the best film win!

steak 🥩

feel bad for TCU today.

I've heard this before from other employees, but yesterday I heard it directly from the customer service specialist from corporate. The survey customers are asked to fill out has a scale of 1-5. A Five will give us a positive score, a Four doesn't count at all, and all the other numbers are negative. Seems more than a bit lopsided to me

Trecdom2 wrote:I've heard this before from other employees, but yesterday I heard it directly from the customer service specialist from corporate. The survey customers are asked to fill out has a scale of 1-5. A Five will give us a positive score, a Four doesn't count at all, and all the other numbers are negative. Seems more than a bit lopsided to me

Depends on what the corporate goals are. My local CVS could use some customer service tweaking, so I'm ok with their current goals.

Unf.

Issues Test Bed wrote:You are from Kentucky, if I remember right.

Not irl

***** Texas Saturday Breakfast *****

WooHootie! Saturday Breakfast In Place time! Bring out the Drones! The NewTexas Happy Taco Stands, in conjunction with the NewTexas Incendiary Corporation, has approximately 1 trillion of the fastest, lightest drones you have ever seen. This fleet is specially designed to deliver tacos to every man, woman, child, whatever, in Texas, all 2,554,545,000,000 of you.

For today's dining delight, we present Saturday Fajita and Egg Tacos [COVID-19 Week CXL Edition]! Get your day started off right with this big beefy, juicy steak and egg taco! Genuine Texas Angus Beef is freshly-butchered on-premises and is gently grilled in our Taco Town commissary grills to tender, juicy perfection. At the same time, delicious, super jumbo, organic, farm-fresh, brown eggs are scrambled just right by your NewTexas Abuelas with love. These two simple, expertly-prepared ingredients are rolled in hot, fresh flour tortillas made on the premises last night just for you.

Today's Special Salsa is our go-to - Salsa Ranch - this is simply a 50-50 mix of Ranch Dressing and Salsa Roja, the Texas Gold Standard red salsa prepared with tomatoes, garlic, onions, jalapeños, and a touch of cilantro. A sealed cup of Texas-made Longhorn Cheddar Jack cheese is also included for those who want a bit of cheese. The taco is hermetically sealed in a Stay-Warm® pouch that is wrapped in the same ol' aluminum foil we are all so familiar with for our breakfast taco. We are trying to keep it real, peeps. For your beverage accompaniment, a packet of Sanka, Tang and a Lipton Tea bag will be included with every delivery as well as salt and pepper and a napkin. Yes, it is different, but it works and you do not even have to leave your residence. Woo! And, watch out for the drones! Start your day off the right way; munch out and go back to sleep. You know you want to!®

Stay Safe Texas. Stay Well. Hang in there!

***** Texas Chat Reminder *****

The Texas Weekly Chat Session will be Saturday (TODAY) at High Noon Texas Time (CDT) ***Saturday***. And, if you can't be there right at Noon, that is Ok, Texas Chat usually runs 3, 4, or 5 hours with some Chats running as high as 7 or 8 hours.

The Texas Chat Site is here: http://texasregion.net/blab70/login.php

Please register with your nation name. This is an excellent opportunity for nations old and new to Texas to find out what is going on! We chat, debate, and talk about the weather, stuff we like, stuff we hate, random stuff, and more. But, it is never stuffy. Usually, it is about meeting your fellow Texans and discussing the latest and most interesting stuff in NationStates. But then again, sometimes NationStates does not even come up. It is wide-open chatting with peeps from around The World both IRL and NS. It is Texans, EuroTexans, WannabeTexans, ex-Texans, VirtualTexans, and plenty of Friends of Texans. We have it all and all are welcome.

We have added a new feature to Texas Chat, Texas Movie Chat! Chat with Texans while watching a movie. Fun stuff! So far we have watched Halloween, Shootout at the OK Corral, Red, and recently a few new Star Trek series episodes. Want to watch something together?

Texas Chat, 921 weeks and running! For the math-challenged, that is over 18¼ years! Check it out! Good stuff!

Mmm, sounds delicious!

I like the welcome line on the WFE. Is the ending new, or have I just been dozy and missed it befrore?

Star Trek Voyager premiered 28 years ago today

Come on Dallas

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission, under prodding from US Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (Communist-IL) has come out with a report agreeing with Rep. Krishnamoorthi's view that cooking with gas is bad. It bears pointing out that Rep. Krishnamoorthi chaired the House Committee overseeing the agency and their checkbook at the time. Other Congressmen and Senators, including Sen. Cory Booker (Commie-NJ) and Rep. Don Beyer (Another Commie-VA) wrote a letter to the USPSC condemning gas stoves citing "smaller homes with poor ventilation, malfunctioning appliances, mold, dust mites, secondhand smoke, lead dust, pests, and other maintenance deficiencies."

Of course the backlash from the public was very loud. The meme's on Facebook and Twitter are hilarious. I've known women who were so passionate about their gas stoves that I sincerely believe they would literally become the living embodiment of "You can have my stove when you take it from my cold dead hands."

Frankly, I grew up around gas appliances, as did most of my peers. Nothing happened to us. I've also known and met children with childhood respiratory problems that came from all electric households.

The web tells us there are roughly 40 million households out there cooking with gas. It is safe to bet that roughly half those existing stoves will need replacing inside of 20 years. If the USCPSC makes it impossible to get replacement gas stoves, that is going to be 20 million additional electric stoves demanding power from the grid. The web tells us an electric stove draws 3000 watts on average. (That is very conservative in my view.) 20 million electric stoves at 3000 watts each comes out to 60 gigawatts of additional demand on the grid.

To put that in context, that is two and half times the capacity Obama's war on coal killed off. That killing off coal power plants in the Northeast put that portion of the grid one squirrel bite away from a cascading failure that will put the north Atlantic states in the dark for days, if not weeks.

The above lesson in power is important because no one is talking about where we are going to find an extra 15 gigawatts of power in each of four time zones around dinner time.

You cannot make this stuff up.
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https://time.com/6246316/gas-stove-potential-ban-impacts/

Issues Test Bed wrote:The US Consumer Product Safety Commission, under prodding from US Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (Communist-IL) has come out with a report agreeing with Rep. Krishnamoorthi's view that cooking with gas is bad. It bears pointing out that Rep. Krishnamoorthi chaired the House Committee overseeing the agency and their checkbook at the time. Other Congressmen and Senators, including Sen. Cory Booker (Commie-NJ) and Rep. Don Beyer (Another Commie-VA) wrote a letter to the USPSC condemning gas stoves citing "smaller homes with poor ventilation, malfunctioning appliances, mold, dust mites, secondhand smoke, lead dust, pests, and other maintenance deficiencies."

Of course the backlash from the public was very loud. The meme's on Facebook and Twitter are hilarious. I've known women who were so passionate about their gas stoves that I sincerely believe they would literally become the living embodiment of "You can have my stove when you take it from my cold dead hands."

Frankly, I grew up around gas appliances, as did most of my peers. Nothing happened to us. I've also known and met children with childhood respiratory problems that came from all electric households.

The web tells us there are roughly 40 million households out there cooking with gas. It is safe to bet that roughly half those existing stoves will need replacing inside of 20 years. If the USCPSC makes it impossible to get replacement gas stoves, that is going to be 20 million additional electric stoves demanding power from the grid. The web tells us an electric stove draws 3000 watts on average. (That is very conservative in my view.) 20 million electric stoves at 3000 watts each comes out to 60 gigawatts of additional demand on the grid.

To put that in context, that is two and half times the capacity Obama's war on coal killed off. That killing off coal power plants in the Northeast put that portion of the grid one squirrel bite away from a cascading failure that will put the north Atlantic states in the dark for days, if not weeks.

The above lesson in power is important because no one is talking about where we are going to find an extra 15 gigawatts of power in each of four time zones around dinner time.

You cannot make this stuff up.
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https://time.com/6246316/gas-stove-potential-ban-impacts/

Hopefully they wont have another situation like the Northeast blackout of 03.

Gig em Aggies wrote:Hopefully they wont have another situation like the Northeast blackout of 03.

The next one will not be that mellow and it will take a lot longer to bring it back up.

Obama killed off close to 25 gigawatts of coal fired power plants. Because coal plants are an older technology, the northeast took the brunt of that bonehead move.

The northeastern Atlantic states were already importing 10-20% of their power before those local coal fired plants were taken off line. This was mostly along the coastal region from Philadelphia north to Boston. Now they are importing a great deal more of their power off the grid. The problem is that the grid wasn't built for that. The farther east and north you go, the older the electrical infrastructure. The current infrastructure was not built for loads it is carrying right now. While no one is saying anything for the record, people I went to school with are privately saying they are routinely running some of that transmission plant at 95% with no cutouts. That means they are using it all. Every wire and switch yard in the system is running maxed out. If something starts to go out, they do not have any paths around it.

They are just barely bringing in enough power to keep the lights on during heavy loads.

Because the grid runs in a delicate balance, all it takes is one insulator with too much carbon build up, one squirrel in a switchyard, or one case of Murphy's law where there is a surge on the line, and the whole thing will drop off line like dominos falling because there is no more headroom.

And that, boys and girls, is what you get when you start turning off generators with absolutely nothing waiting in the wings to replace that capacity. Oh yeah, states like New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts are prolonging the problem by focusing on non 24/7, unreliable (especially up there in and ice and snow) green power generation rather than allowing gas turbine plants. And building nuclear power up there? Hahahahahaha... no.

This explanation of the 2003 cascading failure kind of explains what happened then and why it is such a pain to recover from. Take what this man is telling you and then apply it to a situation where your list of options is limited to one or two unreliable alternatives.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KciAzYfXNwU

Now the Cowboys have to face the 'Niners after knocking out Brady and the Bucs.

Trecdom2 wrote:Now the Cowboys have to face the 'Niners after knocking out Brady and the Bucs.

Cowboys gonna wrangle some 49ers and steal their gold.

Gig em Aggies wrote:Cowboys gonna wrangle some 49ers and steal their gold.

We'll find out.

Congratulations to the winners of the Eighth Annual Forest Photo Contest!

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Forest Photo Contest 2022

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The Forest Photo Contest has now closed and the winners are officially here!



Category: Trees

🥇

1st Place,
with 21 votes...

Pineappleistania | A twisted tree by the eastern entrance of Yosemite National Park, California | https://i.imgur.com/9vaiEGn.jpg

🥈

2nd Place,
with 16 votes each...

Pineappleistania | Rows of trees down a road just outside of Lassen Volcanic National Park, California | https://i.imgur.com/dGIHA8h.jpg

and

Hue Manatee | Fall Explosion, Arizona, USA | https://i.imgur.com/X4CxWPx.jpg

🥉

3rd Place,
with 15 votes...

Mount Seymour | Vibrant conifers in the fog, Catskills, New York, USA | https://i.imgur.com/OBVlm19.jpg

🏅

Honorable Mention,
with 13 votes...

Herya | https://i.imgur.com/H924EgJl.jpg


Category: Motion

🥇

1st Place,
with 27 votes...

Mount Seymour | Moving stars, Sullivan County, Pennsylvania, USA | https://i.imgur.com/PSQR4Ec.jpg

🥈

2nd Place,
with 19 votes...

Pencil Sharpeners 2 | Hareshaw Linn Waterfall, Northumberland | https://i.imgur.com/fXTJxou.jpg

🥉

3rd Place,
with 18 votes...

Pineappleistania | Waves crashing between some rock features, Elk, California | https://i.imgur.com/w50fheQ.jpg

🏅

Honorable Mention,
with 13 votes...

Issues Test Bed | The old and the new, Flyover of the Indy Car race in St. Petersburg, FL, 2006 | https://i.imgur.com/1Y16E13.jpg


Category: Sunrise / Sunset

🥇

1st Place,
with 24 votes...

Mount Seymour | Reflected sunset, Sullivan County, Pennsylvania, USA | https://i.imgur.com/Ki7FuiW.jpg

🥈

2nd Place,
with 23 votes...

Mount Seymour | Sunset from Hunter Mountain in the Catskills, New York, USA | https://i.imgur.com/dfzRspw.jpg

🥉

3rd Place,
with 21 votes...

Issues Test Bed | Sunset on I-40 at the Meteor Crater Rest Area | https://i.imgur.com/yYbOAxEh.jpg

🏅

Honorable Mention,
with 14 votes...

Herya | https://i.imgur.com/j2hQunvl.jpg


Category: Humans in Nature

🥇

1st Place,
with 19 votes...

Valentine Z | Portal into the City | https://i.imgur.com/92qiS9W.jpg

🥈

2nd Place,
with 18 votes...

Pineappleistania | Under the stars, Klamath Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon | https://i.imgur.com/LoJ3tN3.jpg

🥉

3rd Place,
with 16 votes...

Valentine Z | The Majestic Cloud Garden | https://i.imgur.com/v9j9f0x.jpg

🏅

Honorable Mentions,
with 14 votes each...

Pineappleistania | Enveloped by the fog, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, California | https://i.imgur.com/pL70CDa.jpg

and

Pencil Sharpeners 2 | Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway, North Devon | https://i.imgur.com/dvGqypN.jpg


Congratulations to the winners, thank you to all who submitted and participated, and have a happy 2023!

You may view the full results Linkhere.

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Max a.k.a Texas Jaguarundi
Texas' Ambassador to Forest.

FYI: The manufacturer coupon for Mounjaro will work if you don't have insurance/ insurance won't cover the medicine. However, in that case, it only covers 50% of the cost of the $1,000 medication. Only if it's used alongside your insurance can the copay be as low as $25.00.

Texas Jaguarundi wrote:Congratulations to the winners of the Eighth Annual Forest Photo Contest!

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Forest Photo Contest 2022

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The Forest Photo Contest has now closed and the winners are officially here!



Category: Trees

🥇

1st Place,
with 21 votes...

Pineappleistania | A twisted tree by the eastern entrance of Yosemite National Park, California | https://i.imgur.com/9vaiEGn.jpg

🥈

2nd Place,
with 16 votes each...

Pineappleistania | Rows of trees down a road just outside of Lassen Volcanic National Park, California | https://i.imgur.com/dGIHA8h.jpg

and

Hue Manatee | Fall Explosion, Arizona, USA | https://i.imgur.com/X4CxWPx.jpg

🥉

3rd Place,
with 15 votes...

Mount Seymour | Vibrant conifers in the fog, Catskills, New York, USA | https://i.imgur.com/OBVlm19.jpg

🏅

Honorable Mention,
with 13 votes...

Herya | https://i.imgur.com/H924EgJl.jpg


Category: Motion

🥇

1st Place,
with 27 votes...

Mount Seymour | Moving stars, Sullivan County, Pennsylvania, USA | https://i.imgur.com/PSQR4Ec.jpg

🥈

2nd Place,
with 19 votes...

Pencil Sharpeners 2 | Hareshaw Linn Waterfall, Northumberland | https://i.imgur.com/fXTJxou.jpg

🥉

3rd Place,
with 18 votes...

Pineappleistania | Waves crashing between some rock features, Elk, California | https://i.imgur.com/w50fheQ.jpg

🏅

Honorable Mention,
with 13 votes...

Issues Test Bed | The old and the new, Flyover of the Indy Car race in St. Petersburg, FL, 2006 | https://i.imgur.com/1Y16E13.jpg


Category: Sunrise / Sunset

🥇

1st Place,
with 24 votes...

Mount Seymour | Reflected sunset, Sullivan County, Pennsylvania, USA | https://i.imgur.com/Ki7FuiW.jpg

🥈

2nd Place,
with 23 votes...

Mount Seymour | Sunset from Hunter Mountain in the Catskills, New York, USA | https://i.imgur.com/dfzRspw.jpg

🥉

3rd Place,
with 21 votes...

Issues Test Bed | Sunset on I-40 at the Meteor Crater Rest Area | https://i.imgur.com/yYbOAxEh.jpg

🏅

Honorable Mention,
with 14 votes...

Herya | https://i.imgur.com/j2hQunvl.jpg


Category: Humans in Nature

🥇

1st Place,
with 19 votes...

Valentine Z | Portal into the City | https://i.imgur.com/92qiS9W.jpg

🥈

2nd Place,
with 18 votes...

Pineappleistania | Under the stars, Klamath Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon | https://i.imgur.com/LoJ3tN3.jpg

🥉

3rd Place,
with 16 votes...

Valentine Z | The Majestic Cloud Garden | https://i.imgur.com/v9j9f0x.jpg

🏅

Honorable Mentions,
with 14 votes each...

Pineappleistania | Enveloped by the fog, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, California | https://i.imgur.com/pL70CDa.jpg

and

Pencil Sharpeners 2 | Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway, North Devon | https://i.imgur.com/dvGqypN.jpg


Congratulations to the winners, thank you to all who submitted and participated, and have a happy 2023!

You may view the full results Linkhere.

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Max a.k.a Texas Jaguarundi
Texas' Ambassador to Forest.

Yay! I scored a third and an honorable mention.

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