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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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Barbwire by Barbano premiered in the Daily Sparks (Nev.) Tribune on Aug. 12, 1988, and has originated in those parts ever since. Tempus fugit.

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Lying drives the American economy. The public wants to be lied to.

Which store would you rather patronize, the one that quietly notes everyday low prices, so come in anytime? Or the one with the muscle-throated announcer who screams "the greatest sale in our history ends at midnight Saturday!"

JC Penney just found that out the hard way. A few months ago, the venerable chain trumpeted a new strategy of everyday low prices with few if any discount sales. They changed their logo to JCP and started running pretty ads with pretty young people and lots of white space.

The public reacted with one-handed clapping. White space begets white noise. Americans want technicolor wardrobe malfunctions, ear-breaking buzz, sex 'n' drugs 'n' rock 'n' roll, smash-bang flying car crashes, lying, cheating and stealing.

That's entertainment, dammit.

My favorite hard-sell advertising line is "never before, never again, this is it."

Well, at least until next week.

Many customers want to be ripped off. Some gullible dorks will only buy heavily advertised brands even though generics are just as good and often the same thing with a different label.

Some really believe that if they are not paying an exorbitant price, the product just can't be very good. (A lot of people get married for basically the same reason, but that's another column for another time.)

A few years back, a world class New York museum announced establishment of satellite galleries in major malls.
When a reporter asked why, a curator groused "shopping is the principal cultural activity in the United States."

The mallrat mentality paves the way for election of exorbitantly priced politicians. Candidates who raise little campaign cash are trashed as non-viable and irrelevant by money-driven media satisfied with reporting simple "horse race" numbers about contributions, polls and ad spending.

As comic wise man Bill Maher opined, "Americans don't do nuance."

The truth is dangerous. Witness Walter Mondale. Who?

"I'll raise taxes and so will he. He won't tell you. I just did," he said in accepting the 1984 Democratic presidential nomination.

President Reagan butchered him with the quote. After the election, Reagan proceeded to raise everything: taxes, the deficit and the national debt.

Even in the depths of depression, governors, presidents and prime ministers have to be gaga cheerleaders and assure people that things are getting better. ("It's morning in America.")

Myth Rumpney channels King Ronald the Vague when he says "America's greatest days lie ahead," the operative word being "lie."

Think the truth is your friend?

The man who will give a truthful answer to the following question has not yet been born: "Honey, does this make my ass look big?"

Amazing TV offer, quantities of this special factory purchase strictly limited, first-come first-served, no reasonable offer refused, profit is forgotten, at-cost near-cost or below-cost, we're overstocked, seller very motivated, make offer, what do I have to do to get you to buy today?

All this is not far from "vote for me and I'll set you free," as The Temptations once sang.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is currently holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in England, afraid for his life if he is extradited to the U.S. Once upon a time, we shielded dissidents. Anybody remember Hungarian Cardinal Josef Mindszenty?

Wikileaks sparked the Arab spring and showed us that foreign policy is based on lies. American diplomats report the truth in internal communications while publicly backslapping and schmoozing bloody dictators.

The establishment just can't handle the truth. Assange now stands tall in a rogues gallery of great outsiders: Copernicus, Galileo, Jan Hus and Drs. Barry J. Marshall and J. Robin Warren. Who?

The latter are Australian physicians who were ridiculed and threatened with loss of their licenses because they advanced a theory that went against the prevailing orthodoxy. They said that many ulcers were caused by a treatable bacterium.

Marshall finally resorted to infecting himself to prove it. They were awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize for Medicine.

They could handle the truth.

Most U.S. political leaders cover their asses by lying to us.

After all, it works with wives trying on new dresses.

NO RESPECT DEPT. Congresswoman Shelley Berkley just released a poll showing her slightly ahead of Sen. Dean Heller statewide. Actually it was probably a tie, as no margin of statistical error was disclosed.

The pollsters' summary and her own campaign's press release mis-spelled her name. A bunch of times.

Berkley's whiz kids should be schooled in the old political axiom: Call me a son of a bitch, just spell my name right.

INJUSTICE DELAYED. It didn't occur to me until I was posting last week's web edition, but Paul Ryan is simply Sarah Palin in long pants.

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Next month, one of my predictions comes true. The Washoe County School District will announce a basically flat graduation rate for the latest year.

Former school superintendent Heath Morrison blew town after two years of juggling the books, stalking praise and hustling awards, then leaving us hicks holding the bag.

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Be well. Raise hell.

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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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.

Andrew Barbano

Travus T. Hipp & Tales of Nevada's Futures Passed
Expanded from the 6-3-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

     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.
HAT TRICK: Barbwire takes first place three years in a row.

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

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
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 43-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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