All that's missing is an enemies list
Sixth in a series on the collapsing future of Nevada education
Expanded from the 5-13-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Updated 5-16-2012, 5-20-2012, 6-24-2012, 6-17-2015
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   Everybody knows the dice are loaded.
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.

Everybody knows the scene is dead
   But there's gonna be a meter on your bed
That will disclose
   What everybody knows.

— Leonard Cohen

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Richard Nixon, call your office. You're back in style.

Washoe County School Superintendent Heath Morrison departs for the land of St. Jesse Helms this month and may not see much difference between us and them.

A half-century ago, apartheid Nevada was rightly nicknamed as Mississippi West. We still suffer from that hangover.

A few days ago, outgoing Democratic North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue said "We look like Mississippi."

Helmsville just passed a queer-bashing constitutional amendment.

“I think it’s wrong for North Carolina, clearly and simply,” Perdue said.

“People around the country are watching us and they’re really confused, to have been such a progressive, forward-thinking, economically driven state that invested in education and that stood up for the civil rights of people. Folks are saying what in the world is going on in North Carolina,” she added.

The anti-same-gender marriage amendment passed with nearly 61 percent of voters in support, glory hallelujah.

Worse than Nevada's already-festering apartheid law, the southern crackers even banned civil unions giving partners equal rights. The south has risen again.

The governor of Mississippi quickly responded by trashing Perdue for criticizing the wisdom of the voters. Hmmm...didn't the same voters elect Perdue in 2008? Who said logic and follytix had anything in common?

I love reading the Charlotte Observer. On the same page as the newest echo of late racist GOP Sen. Jesse Helms ("the liberals and the homosexuals are opposing my re-election") was this Yahoo ad:

"Jesus Upheld Gay Rights! New Finding: Jesus purposely revoked Moses (sic) prohibition on homosexuality.".

Did they get an e-mail?

NEWS TIP: Monitor this weekend. Dr. Morrison will.

He ruled the Washoe education apparatus with an iron fist and reacted with unreasoned anger against those who dared communicate with elected board members. His underlings warned offenders never to repeat their transgression if they ever wanted anything from the school district again.

With elected officials kept in the dark like mushrooms, it's been easy for Morrison to originate or change policies without board approval.

No school trustee has responded to this now six-part Barbwire series, although one ostrich asked to be deleted from all further communications.

Staff has not responded to innocuous information requests.

SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP. Superintendent Morrison ordered a library rally canceled last Monday.

Back in 1997, a group of local activists and ex-NFL players led by Reno-Sparks NAACP stalwart Darryl Feemster and former UNR football star Charvez Foger raised money to build a library between Glenn Duncan Elementary and Traner Middle School. About 96 of every 100 students thereat qualify for free lunches because their family incomes are so very low.

Teachers at the school scheduled a rally to save the library but apparently failed to clear it with the Gestapo.

Morrison not only ordered it stopped but also told his subordinates to stonewall it Nixon-style.

A meeting was scheduled for Tuesday between staff and Washoe County Library System boss Arnold Maurins.

Educators, defying Morrison, spread the word. Maurins kicked out everybody, including Feemster, the Reno Gazette-Journal, KOLO TV-8 and KRNV TV-4. RGJ education writer Michael Martinez reported the incident online but somebody deleted that critical information from the next day's print edition.

Media types keep focusing on Maurins' spin that he's only talking about eliminating funding to keep the library open an extra five hours a week. Not so.

"Librarian Marilyn Jones says about one-third of the items in the library currently belong to the Washoe County School District, while the remaining two-thirds belongs to the Washoe County Library System," KRNV TV-4 reporter Dina Kupfer stated.

"Jones is concerned that if the county withdraws from the partnership with the district, many of the resources available to students would be taken away." That includes computers.

Feemster expresses the same concern but Maurins still wants to close the place, stating that he needs to best allocate library resources. Where better than in the most deprived part of town?

The library board meets Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. at the Reno Town Mall branch, but the last word will come from the Washoe County Commission which controls the purse strings. They next convene at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the county complex, Wells and Ninth in Reno.

If you can, show up and speak during public comment and ask that they keep the library funded both for the students and the entire neighborhood. You may also speak on Item 6B authorizing transfer of surplus county property to the library system (the Friends of Washoe County Library organization). The commission will open a second session beginning at 6:00 p.m. with public comment also available. [To contact contact commissioners, go here.]

As former Sen. Joe Neal, D-North Las Vegas, once so memorably expressed, "a library is a poor man's university."

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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 and 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.

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Abandon hope, all ye who enter college
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Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-22-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

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Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-8-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

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Barbwire 2-21-2010 / Updated 8-30-2011
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...and more ammo...

Proper Education vs. Public Relations
Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review / 4-26-2012

David Brooks, Diane Ravitch and the education wars
John Merrow / LearningMatters.TV / 7-6-2011

Gates, Broad: Who is running Americaís schools and are they running them aground?
Maureen Downey / Atlanta Journal-Constitution / 5-9-2011
"Interesting Charlotte Observer story this weekend on whether the schools there are under the control of philanthropist Eli Broad, whose foundation, the Broad Foundation, has given Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools almost $3.3 million in recent years. (Broad has been a big funder in Georgia as well, and recognized Gwinnett last year with its highly coveted prize for being the nationís top urban district.)..."

Who's the power behind Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools?
If you follow the money, you'll find the Broad Foundation. And skeptics are questioning its clout.
Ann Doss Helms / Charlotte Observer / 5-8-2011

The Broad Report
Make no mistake, "what is happening in large urban districts today has been carefully orchestrated by vulture philanthropists." — Susan Ohanian

How to tell if your school district is infected by the Broad virus
Seattle Education / 4-19-2011

Why Charlotte-Mecklenburg parents should sue Peter Gorman and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board
Schools Matter / 4-4-2011

Demonizing Public Education
Diane Ravitch / Education Week 10-26-2010

Ms. Ravitch reviewed the film Waiting for Superman for the New York Review of Books

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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

...and more ammo yet

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

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
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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
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The sands of time do not cloud the long memories of the sheiks of Araby
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