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Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed.
   Everybody knows the war is over.
Everybody knows the good guys lost.
   Everybody knows the fight was fixed.
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich.
   That's how it goes. Everybody knows.
— Leonard Cohen

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HAT TRICK: Barbwire wins 3rd straight Nevada Press Association First-Place Award
In 2011, we go for the Sombrero

I now know how Princess Cassandra felt when no one would listen to her warnings against bringing that big wooden horse inside the gates of Troy.

Most people see only what they want to see until reality bites them in the ass or more sensitive southerly spots.

Hereinbelow, you will find excerpts from the Barbwire of 29 May 2005. I've had it linked ever since to the front page of, with the following preface: "The elements are now in place for a major economic contraction and perhaps worldwide depression. Nevada is the most urban state in the nation. Washoe-Carson-Douglas in the north and Clark County in the south host well over 90 percent of the Silver State's population. They currently enjoy the boomtimes of rapid growth. The greatest potential error for any for-profit or non-profit organization lies in assuming that any boom will sustain itself. Life doesn't work that way. Planning for the status quo is both naive and toxic. If today's balance sheet dominates your gaze, you're flying blind."

From the column: "America is the land of disposable workers, military and civilian. For profiteers, we provide a paradise of replaceable consumers, whether they expire via automobile, cigarette or AK-47...

"There is no government spending more corrosive than war bucks because we get nothing in return for our capital investment. A tank does not plow a field to produce something, unless you count tilling military graveyards.

"Our warlike ways warn of a perfect storm...As economist Paul Krugman noted in The New York Times, the dot-com bubble was replaced by the real estate bubble. Once the housing boom busts...we have nothing else available to prop up a faltering economy.

"World War II deficit spending and tax hikes are often credited for pulling the U.S. out of the Great Depression. But we have been on a full war footing for four years, so the military remedy will not be available come the next crash.

"The ancient Mayans, who accurately predicted their civilization's destruction by Spain, have warned us about 2012. Nikolai Kondratieff, a Russian economist writing in the 1920s, issued similar medium range warnings. We are now at the edge of the fabled Kondratieff Wave which forecasts a cyclical tsunami, a major economic contraction followed by a flood of widespread destruction.

"I don't know if Krugman, Kondratieff and the Mayans will prove correct, but I am certain that the only way to honor the dead of war is to make no more. Peace pays well."

I have been quoting the late conservative economist Pierre Rinfret since college. You will find his 1966 Look Magazine "peace is bullish" interview linked to the web edition of this column at

BACK TO THE FUTURE. For the past several years, every candidate from dog catcher to dog robber has chanted the jobs-jobs-jobs mantra.

President Obama
will address the nation sometime before Thursday's NFL opener. (Who says we don't have our priorities straight?)

Rumor has it that he will propose more lugubriously slow-coming but sorely needed infrastructure spending plus payroll tax cuts and extended unemployment compensation.

All well and good, but too little, too late.

The 2009 stimulus was too small in a high stakes game where size really mattered. As Tribune writer Joshua Silavent wisely opined, we now face "the postdated recession" as federal dollars run out.

A new poll finds that 82 of 100 Americans agree that double-dip recession has scooped up the nation.

Sam Shad and his guests on Nevada Newsmakers last Monday went so far as to concur with right wing shill UNR Prof. Tom Cargill in genuflecting to the oft-stated lie that Keynesian economics is a demonstrable failure. (Trickle Down Economics for all and forever!)

Lord Keynes' remedy was simple and efficient: Government needs to prime the pump when no one else can or will.

Like now.

Extending the Bush-Cheney tax cuts for the rich may have been turning a trick but won't turn the trick.

We need quick and aggressive action. President Franklin Roosevelt's Keynesian policies are tried and proven: The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Progress Administration for starters.

What did such scurrilous government job spending bring us? Try Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Virginia Lake and thousands of smaller projects that quickly put people to work.

Come Thursday, we will see if President Tiger Wuss can morph into the alpha male we hoped for in 2008.

FROM LAST WEEK. Clarification: Nevada's unique "none of these candidates" ballot option is not available in the current congressional contest because the law only applies to fully statewide races. The district does not include a big chunk of populous Gomorrah South.

The law was passed a few decades back because State Assemblyman Don Mello, D-Sparks, had his shorts in bunch against Supreme Court Justice Al Gunderson.

Correction: Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez-Masto's term expires in 2014.

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Be well. Raise hell.

Andrew Barbano is a 42-year Nevadan, chair of the Nevada César Chávez Committee, producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration, first vice-president and political action chair of the Reno-Sparks NAACP, labor/consumer/civil rights advocate, member of Communications Workers of America Local 9413/AFL-CIO and editor of As always, his opinions are strictly his own. Check local listings for other Nevada cable systems. E-mail Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Daily Sparks Tribune since 1988.

Smoking Guns

Nevada Press Assn. annual award winners announced 9-18-2010.
HAT TRICK: Barbwire takes first place for third year in a row.
This year, we go for the sombrero.

The winning entries:

Suing for Schools: The 20-year shuck
Expanded from the 2-21-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

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RED flags flying low over Sparks
Expanded from the 1-10-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

The wrath of self-righteous racism
Expanded from the 11-8-2009 Daily Sparks Tribune

The campaign against forcibly-paid newspaper obituaries
And they wonder why the newspaper business is dying?


The Dean's List

   The Dean of Reno Bloggers could very well be Andrew Barbano, self-described "fighter of public demons," who started putting his "Barbwire" columns online in 1996 and now runs 10 sites.
RENO NEWS & REVIEW, 11-9-2006

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?
Barbwire / 6-15-2008

...and more ammo

Fact-free nation: Inside the lie machine
Mother Jones Magazine May-June 2011 / Cover story and in-depth analysis

Bill Moyers: Welcome to the Plutocracy
Money fights hard and it fights dirty
Speech delivered at Boston University on 29 Oct. 2010
Part of the Howard Zinn Lecture Series

Barbwire Corporate Welfare Archive

From clear-cut forests to dirty Gulfstream waters, this land belongs to old BP

BP/ARCO: The greasy root of our evils

Barbwire / Daily Sparks Tribune 9-10-2006

The awful truth — Read it and weep, fellow suckers

Labor Day 2009: Rise of the Vampire Corpobots
Expanded from the 9-6-2009 Daily Sparks Tribune

Angry Americans and Freudian fraud
Using war to market cigarettes
from the 8-23-2009 Daily Sparks Tribune

BARBWIRE Nevada Corporate Welfare Archive

Propaganda fuels gasoline price fixing
Barbwire 8-14-2005

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Phillips, Kevin; Numbers Racket: Why the economy is worse than we know

Harper's Magazine; May 2008; page 43
Phillips has authored numerous books on history and politics over the past 40 years. His most recent, Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism, was published by Viking on April 15, 2008.

NAOMI WOLF: Fascist America in 10 Easy Steps
There are some things common to every state that's made the transition to fascism. Author Naomi Wolf argues that all of them are present in America today.
Alternet 5-20-2007

Johnson, Chalmers; REPUBLIC OR EMPIRE? A National Intelligence Estimate on the United States; Harper's magazine; January, 2007. I love it when heavy hitters validate what I've been saying for years in the tiny Sparks Tribune.

Barlett, Donald L. and Steele, James B.; America: What Went Wrong? (1992); America: Who Really Pays the Taxes? (1994); America: Who Stole the Dream? (1996) ; Andrews & McMeel/Universal Press Syndicate.

Review of Alex Carey's Taking the Risk Out of Democracy:
Propaganda in the US and Australia

The Orwell Diversion by Alex Carey
Excerpted from the book available below

ORDER Taking the Risk Out of Democracy
Corporate Propaganda versus Freedom and Liberty
By Alex Carey
Edited by Andrew Lohrey
Foreword by Noam Chomsky
University of Illinois Press

     SEE ALSO: Lapham, Lewis H.; Tentacles of Rage: The Republican Propaganda Mill, A Brief History; Harper's Magazine cover article; September, 2004, page 32.

     By one conservative estimate, the corporate right has spent about $3 billion over the past three decades manufacturing public opinion to suit big business goals. Lapham's number covered the early 1970's to the present day. Alex Carey noted that by 1948, anti- New Deal corporate propaganda expenditures had already reached $100 million per year, not adjusted for inflation, for advertising alone. (Carey, ibid; page 79)

     Adjusted for inflation, that 1948 $100 million becomes $801,659,751.04 in 2005 dollars.

Conservatives Help Wal-Mart, and Vice Versa
As Wal-Mart struggles to rebut growing criticism, it has discovered a reliable ally: conservative research groups.
New York Times 9-8-2006; Free registration may be required.

      BARBWIRE: Labor Day '94: People vs. corporate con job, 9-4-94
Chilling forecasts from Alex Carey

      BARBWIRE: The Nevada Republican Party Becomes Communist, 3-30-97
A prescient Plato on the dangers of oligarchy

The sands of time do not cloud the long memories of the sheiks of Araby
Barbwire 9-10-2006

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Andrew Barbano is a 42-year Nevadan, editor of and; and former chair of the City of Reno's Citizens Cable Compliance Committee, He is producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration and serves as first vice-president, political action chair and webmaster of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. As always, his opinions are strictly his own. E-mail

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