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Updated 9-28-2014

BARBWIRE SCORES SIXTH NEVADA PRESS ASSOCIATION AWARD

BREAKING NEWS AND THEN SOME—>

LA Times 9-28-14: Nevada overstating economic benefits of Tesla factory

Federal judge refuses to stop Nevada fracking
By Scott Sonner / Associated Press 9-27-2014

–>9/23 Teamsters OK new contract with Reno-Sparks-Washoe transit system
–>9/23 Washoe School Superintendent Pedro Martinez out as The Barbwire alone predicted last week

FIRE METERS FUEL A LONG, HOT SUMMER
As with the bright, shining lies of the Washoe and Clark County School Districts' graduation rates, the
Reno Gazette-Journal is again two years behind the Barbwire (11 October 2012) regarding NVEnergy's combustible "smart meters." It ain't news unless the legit media find it first, right?

The latest shrift & shred on Tesla fever
Taxpayers taken for Teslacide demo ride
Elon Musk: Pseudo-green plantation overlord and union buster

Can megaresorts scam Tesla-style freebies?
EXTRA—>READ ALL ABOUT IT: Barbwire scoops Reno Gazette-Journal by 2 years on flammable NVEnergy fire meters
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-23-2014 Sparks Tribune

Education Dysfunction Part XLVIII—>
St. Elon, Lord Pedro and Gov. Veto El Obtúsè
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-16-2014 Sparks Tribune
9-23 CRYSTAL BALL UPDATE: The above column accurately predicted Supt. Martinez's departure one week in advance

Tinkle-down economics: testing Tesla's testes
Tesla and the hospital thieves:
Theft of Washoe Med/Renown provides cautionary tale

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-9-2014 Sparks Tribune

Top Gun mechanics at NAS Fallon vote to strike

Teamsters reach new tentative agreement with Washoe mass transit contractor
U-News / 9-5-2014

Door-to-door salesmen and stoner stores
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 9-4-2014

Happy Labor Day
On Sept. 1, 1907, labor leader Walter Reuther, named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century, was born in Wheeling, West Virginia. (More Labor Day Poor Denny's Almanac)
Labor Day 2014: Red, white and screwed
Silver State Lining: Nevada union membership 10th-highest in the nation
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 8-28-2014
Be well. Raise hell.

Southern Nevada rally for good jobs at Boulder Station Aug. 29

UPDATED 22 AUGUST 2014 01:07 a.m. PDT, 08:07 ZULU/GMT/SUT/CUT —> On this date in 1966, the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee, now the United Farm Workers of America (UFW), was formed from a merger of the National Farm Workers Association and the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee and became a powerful tool for the advancement of Latinos under the leadership of César Chávez and Dolores Huerta. (Courtesy Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac © 2014)

OCTOBER, 1969 — César Chávez, right, and Walter Reuther, center, at the dedication of the United Farm Workers' new headquarters in Delano, Calif. The buildings were dedicated to Reuther's late younger brother, Roy. The Reuther-led United Auto Workers were instrumental in acquiring the land and funding for the "The 40 Acres," as the site was known. The man at left was on a picket line for five years and may or may not be a Chávez relative. Anyone who can identify him, please contact me. A character resembling him appeared in many scenes of the 2014 major motion picture César Chávez. (Photo courtesy of George Nelson, UAW Local 2162 Retirees.)

Sexy scandals, whitewashes & black towers
Media overlook federal sex/race/ethnicity investigation into Washoe County School District
Meanwhile, big money is spent strictly on abstinence
State panel to review militarization of police departments
In Nevada visit, new Veterans Administration boss proves all jobs require training

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 8-21-2014

Nevada's advisory committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights:
Police militarization barrier to community relations

HANDS UP! Moment of Silence for slain Mo. teen Aug. 14, Reno & Carson City

Education Dysfunction Part XLV—>
Bringing serious heat well into the night

Nevadans host moment of silence for Missouri police shooting victim Michael Brown
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 8-14-2014

TEAMSTERS VOTE DOWN CONTRACT WITH RTC WASHOE TRANSIT OPERATOR

Education Dysfunction Part XLIV—>
Pots and Kettles: Can't we all get along?

BREAKING NEWS—> WCSD Board of Trustees Vice-President Dave Aiazzi has announced that he has been diagnosed with leukemia and will be resigning by the end of September. Remember him with healing thoughts and prayers.
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 8-7-2014

College President: Race an issue in l'affaire Martinez


RENO (4 Aug. 2014) — On today's Nevada Newsmakers program on KRNV TV-4/Reno and KENV TV-10/Elko, Truckee Meadows Community College President Maria Sheehan stated "I cannot tell you that race is not a factor" with respect to the suspension of Washoe County School Superintendent Pedro Martinez.

Her statement came in response to a question from host Sam Shad. The Reno-Sparks NAACP is preparing a response and has asked for a statement from Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval.

The full interview, which comes in the first segment of the program, will be available by about 6:00 p.m. PDT at NevadaNewsmakers.com/ It may also be viewed this evening at 9:30 on Charter Cable Channel 190 and 24/7 via Charter Cable On Demand. Click here for the full statewide re-run schedule.

The Barbwire of July 31(below) first decried the bogus injection of race into an already tense situation.

Stay tuned.

 

Education Dysfunction Part XLIII—>
Playing the race card for profit and peril

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 7-31-2014

Education Dysfunction Part XLII—>
We don't need no education or Pedro, either
Reno-Sparks-Washoe school boss fired and unfired

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 7-24-2014 / UPDATED

Navigating the flagship—>Making quick work of NevadaLabor.com

WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS DEPT.—> I recently got my first criticism in 19 years that this site is a bit confusing to navigate. I take that as a compliment. Confusing people is one of my few talents.
    I thought I had anticipated any such problems years ago by liberally sprinkling links to the front page site map. (These days, am I supposed to say that I sprinkled progressively rather than liberally?)
    The front page of NevadaLabor.com acts as a chronological listing of recent workplace news with the latest at the top. I archive annually to create a continuous permanent record fully accessible via the site map or any garden-variety websearch.
    "We Don't Need No Education" is now approaching its 50th installment and thus merits its own section inside. Say hi to Don Quixote.
    Current Barbwires plus more than 20 years of columaniacal archives, the Statewide News Roundup and Breaking News/Bull'tins/Almanac are all available via the site map—>as well as the usual general or specific ongoing madness and historical inflammation. (Once something's posted here or to any of my other sites, it's up forever.)
    While the front page is chronological, the Statewide News Roundup is categorical, e.g., construction, hospitality, legislation, health care and many others. Breaking News/Bull'tins/Almanac often publishes original U-News as well as links to items at other sites that are not hot enough for the front page chronology. The NevadaLabor.com search engine acts as a short-cut to everything, depending on what you seek. So simply seek and ye shall find.
    As my old friend Wise John the Lake Havasu Cropduster Pilot often says, "when all else fails, read the instructions." So when all else fails, re-read the above, then go to the nearest site map link and/or "search." The NevadaLabor.com search engine is really amazing. It's also union-signatory and thus quite efficient.
    Thanks for your inputs and support over lo, these many years. Keep up the good work and the good fight.
    Esté bien. Haga infierno. / Be well. Raise hell.

—> Andrew the Barbwire Man

Happy Birthday, Medicare

From longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac: On July 30, 1965, after defeating the bitter opposition of the American Medical Association in one of the monumental legislative battles of the 20th century, Medicare was created by Congress.

8-1-2014 — A tentative agreement has been reached with the operators of the Reno-Sparks-Washoe transit system and Teamsters Local 533. Members will take a ratification vote August 10.

How to assassinate Medicare and Medicaid
Health Savings Accounts: The insurance industry's Trojan Horse

Andrew Barbano / Reno Gazette-Journal / 7-19-2014

Last chance to endorse Don Dondero for NPA Hall of Fame
Send it in NOW or forever hold your peace

Migrant laborers: Your folks and refugee kids
What do broke Baby Boomers and Central American refugee children have in common?
The future of the U.S. workforce.

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-17-2014 Sparks Tribune

ADMISSION FREE
Nevadans premiere live concert and film at Artown

A cold shower for the NY Times Tesla gusher
40 years in the wilderness: Study says Silver State on downhill slide since 1970
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 7-10-2014 Sparks Tribune

Ask Hobby Lobby to take in refugee kids
So five uptight old Catholic guys in grim reaper robes don't like contraception.
Wonder if they thought that way back in college?

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 7-3-2014 Sparks Tribune

Sign Rep. Barbara Lee's petition against a 3rd US-Iraq War
Barbara Lee: The latter-day Jeannette Rankin
More about Congressmember Lee

Building Trades Council responds to GOP misrepresentation
Sen. Dean Heller attempts to stage an illegal political rally at federally-subsidized housing complex

Teamsters contract with Washoe transit system expires Monday, extension possible
JUNE 30 UPDATE: Current contract extended through July 31, 2014.
6-29-2014 Update: Strike authorization passed overwhelmingly.
7-31-2014: A tentative agreement has been reached. Local 533 members will take a ratification vote on August 10.

Labor Losses:
Former Teamsters Local 533 Secretary-Treasurer/CEO Louis E. Martino, Jr., 67

NEWLY UPDATED: Martino graveside memorial service June 24/Mountain View/NW Reno

Twila "LaDawn" Kulhanek Tutrow, Painters & Allied Trades Local 567, 52


The Status Quo Ante versus the Status Quo Uncle
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 6-26-2014 Sparks Tribune

Barbano on statewide Nevada Newsmakers show

Tesla plants PR slants to get into the public's pants
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-19-2014 Sparks Tribune



"If voting mattered, they wouldn't let us do it." — Travus T. Hipp, 1982

Nevada follytix '14 still played under 1952 TV rules
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-12-2014 Sparks Tribune

Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them.
Paul Valery, French critic & poet (1871-1945)

Thank you for NOT voting—>
INTRODUCING BARBWIRE CONFIDENTIAL: Hush-Hush!

Nevada's righteous ayatollahs arise once again
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-5-2014 Sparks Tribune

Reno Grand Sierra Resort sued for 4,700 employees' back pay

Longtime CWA member Bill Birkman dies

When your enemy is destroying himself, never interfere
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-29-2014 Sparks Tribune

Keep chipping. Pretty soon, you've got a sculpture—>and lots of arrowheads!
LV unions get deals with all 9 holdout hotels
Golden Gate caves. No strike.
GG was most recent Gomorrah South property struck (2002)

MESSAGE FROM THE MAHATMA
about America's latest carnage

Souls to the polls—> early voting

Barbara Bennett, Erik Holland & Václav Havel
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-22-2014 Sparks Tribune

Stabbing rock-sucking kangaroos on the Ides of May
Reno Gazette-Journal blatantly manipulates mayoral contest
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-15-2014 Sparks Tribune

Negative Optimism:
Making the best of being worst

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-8-2014 Sparks Tribune

The massacre at Kent State 5-4-1970

Nevada State AFL-CIO conventioners join anti-education tax initiative business coalition
Steve Sebelius / Las Vegas Review-Journal 5-2-2014

Mayday!
Taxes smolder while citizens do slow burn

May Day in Reno, D-Day for teachers' union tax petition
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded & Updated from
the 5-1-2014 Sparks Tribune

Revolution, evolution, devolution & truth dilution
Also: Labor leader Joe Assalone dies
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 4-24-2014 Sparks Tribune

Making the best of an inbred situation
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-17-2014 Sparks Tribune

College athletes need unions, pay
By Prof. Jake Highton / Expanded from the 4-17-2014 Sparks Tribune

Marching for equal rights and equal pay on tax day
Equal Rights Amendment will return to 2015 Nevada Legislature

Banqueters cry: Hail, César
By Prof. Jake Highton / Expanded from the 4-10-2014 Sparks Tribune

The Obamacare Bitcoin online vote exchange
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-10-2014 Sparks Tribune

Strike Chess: LV Culinary and Bartenders unions plan picketing
Las Vegas Review-Journal / 4-8-2014

In search of the modern day Barbara Bennett
Barbwire by Barbano / Substantially expanded from the 4-3-2014 Sparks Tribune

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Assemblymember Lucy Flores, Chávez alumna Maria Zamora & Sen. Joe Neal headline César Chávez Day 2014
NEW! 1960s Northern Nevada Chávez work disclosed

César Chávez Celebration XII
Monday 31 March 2014
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 7:00 p.m.

Celebración de César Chávez XII
Lunes 31 de Marzo 2014

Las puertas se abren a las 5:30 p.m., la cena a las 7:00 p.m.

Circus Circus—Reno

Bob McGowan, Miss America and César Chávez
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-27-2014 Sparks Tribune

When César Chávez came to Reno

Obama pays tribute to late Reno labor leader

THE WAY WE WERE — The above is a recently discovered photo from July 15, 1986. Left to right are Kathy Brown, Culinary Union Local 86 office manager; Miguel Contreras, Local 86 Secretary-Treasurer; Local 86 President Bill Uehlein; a lady named Natalie (anyone who knows her last name, please write), and César Chávez. This item was first published in Ahora, northern Nevada's Spanish-English weekly, on March 26, 2008. (On 3-19-2009, President Obama paid tribute to Brother Contreras as he spoke in the L.A. building named after the late labor leader. See the 1986 Chávez Reno archive, below.)

(Photo courtesy of Dan Rusnak, retired business manager of Laborers' Union Local 169.)

More stories and photos from César Chávez's 1986 Reno visit

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Hiding in Plain Sight —>
The Barbwire Education Scandals go mainstream 2 years later

By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 3-27-2014

We Don't Need No Education Archives

2014 Nevada Press Association Award Winner
We Don't Need No Education XXXVIII—>
The politics of media ga-ga boosterism

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-20-2014 Sparks Tribune

We Don't Need No Education XXXVII
Follytix '14: If you don't laugh, you'll cry

BREAKING NEWS: State illegally uses tax money vs. teacher tax vote
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 3-13-2014 Sparks Tribune

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: Largest Nevada newspaper confirms Barbwire investigative series about Clark and Washoe County school districts' phony graduation rates. CLICK HERE FOR THE AWFUL TRUTH UNO MAS.

Campaign 2014: An expensive comedy act
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-6-2014 Sparks Tribune



WE LOVE LUCY! As political junkies and others of questionable character (which describes most of my fans) learned before the rest of the great unwashed in the Barbwire of Feb. 20, Assemblymember Lucy Flores, D-Las Vegas, will declare her candidacy for Nevada lieutenant governor at 2:00 p.m. PST Saturday, March 1, at the College of Southern Nevada Cheyenne Campus. Does the date imply Lucy is coming in like a lion? Well, she is woman, hear her roar. She will address Washoe Democrats on Tuesday evening, March 4, at DemoHQ, 1465 Terminal Way in Reno. Be well. Raise hell. Esté bien. Haga infierno.

Shirl Elliker: Nevada loses an honorable man
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-27-2014 Sparks Tribune

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We Don't Need No Education XXXVI —>
Education: The cure spawns an even worse disease
ALSO: Assemblymember Lucy Flores, D-Las Vegas, will declare for lieutenant governor in early March
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 2-20-2014 Sparks Tribune


Travus T. Hipp
Feb. 20, 1937
— May 18, 2012

NEW: The Bullfrog Times-Picayune and
Sticky Stones: Last blast from the past

NEWLY UPLOADED: Love ain't free
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RENO NEWS & REVIEW, 11-9-2006

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The 2009 first-place Nevada Press Association award winners
Tony the Tiger & the flaky NFL
Barbwire / 11-30-2008
Deregulation is never having to say you're sorry
Barbwire / 8-3-2008
Nevada: A good place to visit, but do you want to live here?
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Editor's Note: Many of the news links on this site are from Nevada dailies. In late 2006, the Reno Gannett-Journal began nuking much of its archive. If you encounter any broken links, I encourage you to contact them and send me a copy. On the one hand, they want to build their web traffic in order to increase the price of ads. On the other hand, they are killing that very traffic. Far be it from me to reconcile the Dilbert-style motivations of an outfit for which a 38 percent net profit is not enough. If you can explain it, please enlighten me. (Before you e-mail me, please read this bulletinAB) UPDATE: In early 2008, the Las Vegas Sun "upgraded " its website, nuking more than a dozen years of links. If you find an orphaned Sun story, search their site for the title. Thanks.



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The tale of our gorgeous union-created graphics

In 2002, we were honored to produce the Centennial Book for the 100th anniversary of the founding of northern Nevada Painters and Allied Trades Local 567/AFL-CIO. Working on a short time frame, we cast a nationwide net for appropriate cover art and succeeded beyond our wildest dreams thanks to muralists Kathleen Scarboro and Kathleen Farrell. The above illustration ("Papering the World: Joliet's Wallpaper Industry") appeared on the cover and interior of Local 567's Centennial Book, copies of which have been submitted to Nevada libraries and historical organizations. The mural, painted on a wall in Joliet, Illinois, depicts Painters Union members manufacturing wallpaper the old fashioned way, long about the time of Local 567's founding. Ms. Farrell is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829, an affiliate of the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades/AFL-CIO. Ms. Scarboro is a member of the Maison des Artists in Paris, the association which represents artists in France.

Ms. Farrell executes murals, mosaics and figurative sculptures for the labor movement. Her work and that of others may be viewed at the Friends of Community Public Art web site. "We have added new table top size sculptures for sale as well as additions of our life size sculptures," she says. "A number of the sculptures feature union members including the Baseball Player (The Catch) and The Firefighter. I have also finished the rad workers sculpture I mentioned awhile back. I welcome work from unions that would like to buy the existing sculptures or hire me to create awards, tabletop size sculptures and life size sculptures."

Sister Farrell may be contacted at terri@fcpaonline.org; phone (815) 722-4140; fax (815) 722-9007. You may view more of her work and obtain additional contact information at http://fcpaonline.org/artist.asp?a=farrelka

Rotating at the top of this site as well as in pastel form in the background of this page is a mural produced for the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Union/AFL-CIO. The others were acrylics on canvas done for the United Food and Commercial Workers and to memorialize the plight of U.S. chicken processing workers (si podemos). Enjoy.

Be well. Raise hell.

Murals/montages copyright © Kathleen Farrell



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