Corporate Propaganda Research Archive
Everybody knows the dice
don't need no education, Part XII
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-18-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
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I made the supreme sacrifice for the children on Monday night, forsaking the Giants-Cardinals game for a Washoe County school board debate.
UNR Prof. Howard
Rosenberg and Reno City Councilman Dave Aiazzi were the unquestioned
Former university regent Rosenberg said he is running because nine of 10 Washoe students admitted to UNR need to take bonehead remedial courses and three in 10 drop out in freshman year.
As he did when he won
a 1996 upset for the university
post , Rosenberg considers the kids as his constituents. No one else advocated
from that perspective, which made him the strongest of the seven.
I asked how many supported the Nevada teachers union business tax petition to fund education.
None answered and several threw up (their arms), feigning or admitting ignorance. Pretty poor performance since the name of the game is education and money is the biggest concern.
I was not alone in frustration. Most of them also refused to answer a query or express a belief in evolution.
As one wag noted awhile
back, such folks believe that The Flintstones is a historical
I queried the two incumbents present about the contradiction in Superintendent Pedro Martinez's statement to the Reno Gazette-Journal last Sunday, Oct. 14.
He announced that about
half of current seniors would be forced to take another in an endless series
of tests to assess college readiness.
"Standardized testing is mediocrity," Rosenberg raged.
"It's what the district has to do as graduation rates rise but post-graduation statistics paint a poor picture of what happened in high school," RGJ reporter Siobahn McAndrew summarized Martinez's dilemma.
More grads, lower skills. What's wrong with that picture?
I noted that the school district's vaunted graduation statistics stand contradicted by its own submissions to the Nevada Department of Education. (See The Mythological Morrison Miracle, April 22 Barbwire.)
Unopposed trustee Barbara McLaury responded but failed to answer.
School board president
Ken Grein, Rosenberg's opponent, would not say a word.
As I predicted last spring, the district's nationally astounding graduation rate increase could not be sustained for a third year, which explains why former superintendent Heath Morrison blew town.
Former Nevada Assembly Speaker Bill Bilyeu, R-Elko, asked why the district "rewards" successful principals by transferring them to unsuccessful schools?
Dr. McLaury said that
resulted from chasing federal money.
Aiazzi would not commit to serving a full four years rather than running for Reno mayor in 2014.
He also advocated diverting
"money for roads we don't need and floods that only come once in a hundred
That would not only take legislative action but is also astounding coming from him.
Aiazzi is the lone opponent of allowing Regional Transportation Commission road construction tax funds to be looted by greedy developers (Sept. 20 U-News Bulletin and Sept. 27 Barbwire) led by Perry DiLoreto who, ironically, just started a business group to raise money for schools.
Sparks-Reno has suffered at least three "hundred year floods" in the past 60 years.
Organized labor has endorsed Rosenberg, McLaury and Dale Richardson over his opponent Lisa Ruggerio.
Amazingly, the Reno paper endorsed Grein while admitting that Rosenberg would shake up an institution that sorely needs it.
Don't Need No Education
UPDATE: Aiazzi, McLaury, Rosenberg and Ruggerio were elected to the WCSD Board of Trustees on 6 Nov. 2012
They can be so damned corporate over there.
Aiazzi's opponent is
Dr. Diane Nicolet.
The Monday forum was produced by a moms' group, Parent Leaders for Education.
A faith-based organization called ACTIONN drew over 600 to its formative meeting last week.
Several ACTIONN representatives attended Monday.
That's three education
newbies in one month.
Alas, only the legislature has the ways and means to stop the bleeding.
DON'T SCREW WITH THE OIL COMPANIES > So advised Doonesbury decades ago and 'twas ever thus.
I've been exposing the manipulations and depredations of the U.S. retail gasoline cartel for over 20 years and built an entire website about it.
As I noted last week, the latest price spikes continue BigOil's ruthless campaign to drive independent discount retailers out of business or into becoming branded outlets.
Most independents in California have disappeared and more closed this past week.
In their Oct. 16 confrontation at Long Island's Hofstra University, both President Barack Hussein Obama (D) and former Massachusetts Gov. Willard Mitt Romney (R) failed to answer a question about high gasoline prices.
Both ignored not only Wall Street and international market speculation, but also the domestic cartel which manipulates the price at the pump.
Big media, big government
and big candidates know better than to challenge BigOil, another reason to...
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Andrew Barbano is a 43-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 NevadaLabor.com and JoeNeal.org. As always, his opinions are strictly his own. Check local listings for other Nevada cable systems. E-mail email@example.com. Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Daily Sparks Tribune since 1988.
Please don't cook or eat the books
ITALIAN STEREOTYPE VALIDATED: Aiazzi and DiLoreto almost throw blows
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-27-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
The flipside from an old fry cook
Legit media stenographers fail to pop the corporate welfare question
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-20-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
A great week for scandals
School district master chefs continue cooking the books
Tenth in a continuing series on the collapsing future of Nevada education
Teachers' business tax petitions hit Nevada streets while Chicago teachers do likewise
Damning inspection report brings union call to oust Reno VA hospital leadership
State ignores voter registration lawsuit until the day after this column printed
I defy you to find all of the following elsewhere either in depth or in context.
NEEDED NOW MORE THAN EVER: New community TV channel
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-13-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
Humongously updated on 9-14, 9-15 and 9-17-2012
Life and Death at the Reno Veterans Hospital
American Federation of Government Employees Local 2152/AFL-CIO Press Release
Union Executive Summary of Inspection Report
Office of the Medical Inspector Report
All Adobe Acrobat Reader (.pdf ) documents
The Post-Dated Recession: Pay me now or pay me later
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-6-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
The Post-dated Recession
By Joshua H. Silavent / Daily Sparks Tribune / 5-3-2011
Union decline and rising inequality in two charts
by Colin Gordon
Economic Policy Institute / 6-5-2012
Used in journalist Mark Robison's extensive Hard Labor: Nevada unions tout role in helping workers, firms, economy (Sunday 2 Sept. 2012 Reno Gazette-Journal, page one, Reno Rebirth section of the print edition). Union men Jim Burrell, Paul McKenzie and Guy Louis Rocha did the movement proud. Not included in the RGJ online edition.
Followed by a moon shadow
TRAVUS T. HIPP, 1937-2012
ADIÓS, COMPADRE Our friend Travus, 75, passed away peacefully between 2:00 and 3:00 a.m. PDT on 18 May 2012 at his home in Silver City, Nevada. The sun is in eclipse as I write this at 6:30 p.m. on May 20.
CHANGE OF VENUE (5-22-2012) Adiós in Silver City, Nevada, Saturday, May 26, 2012 > Updated 5-27-2012 > The auld church where Travus lived and died proved too small for the expected multitude, so gathering, gnoshing and remembering commenced at the Silver City Community Center, 385 High Street, at 10:00 a.m. PDT. The graveside memorial service began at High Noon. Travus was buried next to his rock star companion Lynne Hughes, a short walk away. My remembrance of Lynne from the 3-21-1993 Daily Sparks Tribune has been linked to Travus' formal obituary at this website. All memories accepted for permanent posting hereat. Stay tuned for pictures and stories of the appropriately rainy day.
Thanks for all your kind words. Keep up the good work and the good fight.
Be well. Raise hell.
Barbano remembers the artist
Reno Gazette-Journal 5-25-2012
At bottom, he was an artist who used his voice to soar and slice, a tenor for the tenor of our times. Many of his mourning California listeners talk about the vocal spells he wove, how he soundly organized the noise of daily life into music that entertained, engaged, enlightened, educated, enthralled and occasionally enflamed. [From the saga of Travus T. Hipp and contributions by The Barbwire to the May 25 Reno Gazette-Journal and May 26, 2012, Daily Sparks Tribune.]
Nevada Press Assn. annual award winners announced.
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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
Economist: This is a true depression
Elliott Parker Guest Editorial / Las Vegas Sun / 11-27-2011
The plight of the paper pushers
The great recession made bashing public workers a national sport
Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review / 11-23-2011
Bury the Bad News with Rose-colored Reporting
How urgent can economic troubles be if leaders say things are getting better?
Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review / 11-23-2011
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
From clear-cut forests to dirty Gulfstream waters, this land belongs to old BP
TOLJASO LONG TIME AGO
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
Propaganda fuels gasoline price fixing
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.
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.
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
Rinfret, Pierre A.; Peace is Bullish; Look magazine, 5-31-1966
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Andrew Barbano is a 43-year Nevadan, editor of NevadaLabor.com and JoeNeal.org; 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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