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Tuesday 31 March 2015 / Martes 31 de Marzo 2015
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BRAIN DAMAGE DEPT. Last week, I spoke to a shamefaced coach who seemed painfully aware of the hazardous waste upon which his kids were practicing.
A FieldTurf employee steers a machine to scrape the artificial turf on one of the multi-purpose fields at Golden Eagle Regional Park
brushing artificial turf at Golden Eagle park
Sparks not seeking warranty replacement of artificial turf at Golden Eagle
Add the football fields of McQueen, Damonte Ranch, Manogue, Carson and Douglas high schools to the list of benzene- and lead-laced artificial turf your kids should avoid.
columns exposed Sparks' Golden Eagle Regional Park, the Jan Evans
Juvenile Detention Center and UNR's Mackay Stadium, Wolf Pack and
All are infested with "crumb rubber" made from toxic used tires and can't legally be dumped in a landfill.
you want your kid breathing this?
UNINTENTIONAL RACISM DEPT. The Reno paper's hatchet job on Washoe School Superintendent Traci Davis must not pass unchallenged.
On the Nov. 24 front
page, the Gazette-Journal printed a huge, unflattering above-the-fold
photo of Ms. Davis, who is black.
> "WASHOE SUPERINTENDENT SEEKS $428K IN FIRST-YEAR PAY" blared the headline.
They were merely $117,000 high.
Facts may be accessed
at school district and RGJ websites, but public perception has been poisoned.
On Dec. 5, executive editor Kelly Ann Scott published a self-serving page-six apology headlined "RGJ quickly worked to correct Davis contract calculation."
Actually, the error was never corrected.
Only a big new front
page photo, with a mea culpa headline above the fold, can come close.
On Nov. 25, they published a jaded, page-two magnifying-glass "correction" WITHOUT apologizing therein or in a followup.
Nevada remains besotted with freedom loving racists lusting for such demagogic opportunity.
I've heard from outraged
people who saw no more than the news stand front page.
Grade-school nuns taught me that damaging a reputation is like ripping open a feather pillow on a windy day. You'll never recover all the feathers.
HELP WANTED. On Dec. 14, the Sparks City Council votes on removing licensing qualifications for plumbers and electricians, a fly-by-night developers' dream.
You or I or your drunken
uncle could soon get jobs wiring and plumbing. Try to get FHA or VA to loan
money on a house so stigmatized.
Anybody can do plumbing & electrical work, right?
Barbwire by Barbano/Tribune 11-17-2015
inattention for 23 years
play on toxic turf
City Hall's taxpayers
will always be around to sue.
The Orwellian reason for repeal is that Sparks has failed to enforce standards for 23 years. Trying to do so now by hiring additional inspectors may go beyond city capacity with so much financial stress resulting from tax giveaways such as building the Sparks Marina.
During construction of the Marina corporate welfare project in 2009, numerous complaints were filed and ignored.
time the system got around to investigating, the job was often over as unlicensed
lightweights escaped to the next state.
Makes Carson City look
attractive, even if their high school field may give your kid brain damage or
cancer. Contact your councilcritters at (775) 353-2311. You will find ward maps
and e-mail addresses at http://cityofsparks.us/city-services/mayorcouncil-and-manager/
Meanwhile, Golden Eagle's turf is nearing expensive replacement.
How about that new-fangled stuff called grass?
TV THIS WEEK. I'm doing Sam Shad's Nevada Newsmakers show Tuesday and Thursday, 12 noon on TV-4/Reno and TV-10/Elko, re-running same-day for Charter cable victims on Channel 190, 9:30 p.m. Click here for lineups and statewide re-run schedules.
FLUNKING ENGLISH. Got an unintentionally lascivious invitation: "Bring what and whom you like to share."
I've never attended one of those parties and am not going to start now.
Follytix provides all the amorality I can stand.
Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)
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BARBWIRE WEB EXTRAS... TOMORROW'S NEWS TODAY: FEEL UP YOUR FIRE METER. The Reno Gazette-Journal did big spreads on three consecutive Sundays (Sept. 14, Sept. 21 and Sept. 28, 2014) on NV Energy smart meter fires. Welcome aboard. Barbwire readers were two years ahead on the fire meter issue. (Touch a Smart Meter, Go to Jail 11 October 2012)
FIRE METER UPDATES: THE NEVADA FIRE MARSHALL'S INVESTIGATION concluded "don't worry, be happy." I'm still worried and will continue fondling NVE's precious equipment > If your smart meter feels very hot, not just from sunshine, call 911.
In its Sunday 21 Dec. 2014 front page headline major story, the Reno Gazette-Journal published results of the NVEnergy-commissioned "don't worry, be happy" echo study. On 1-27-2015, the RGJ published an analysis based on veteran reporter Anjeanette Damon's review of more than 1,000 pages of documents. Barbwire bottom line: NVE handles this like auto manufacturers handle defects > It's cheaper to pay legal settlements after people are injured or killed than to fix the problem.
Don'tcha worry 'bout a thing! If you can't trust your power company, who can you trust?
DIDN'T THEY MAKE A MOVIE CALLED "THE INCREDIBLES"? On 2-6-2015, the RGJ reported that the Public Utilities Commission has ordered NVE to hire an independent laboratory to review the material. UPDATE: The report said all is well. I still recommend feeling up your fire meter on a regular basis.
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Andrew Barbano is a 47-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 and DoctorLawyerWatch.com/ 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 Sparks Tribune since 1988.
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Hundreds play on toxic turf
Barbwire by Barbano/Tribune 6-7-2016
Turf and training: Dirty deeds done dirt cheap
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 12-1-2015 Sparks Tribune / Updated 12-2-2015
On artificial turf, don't breathe unless necessary
Toxic turf all over town
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 11-24-2015 Sparks Tribune
Turf Wars: Playing Sports On Ground-Up Rubber
The Hartford Courant / 10-1-2015
Synthetic turf in historic landmark Yale Bowl?
Guest editorial /Excerpted from The Hartford Courant / 9-29-2015
...A recent study conducted at Yale University looked at what chemicals are in synthetic turf. The preliminary data found 96 chemicals in synthetic turf, and many of them are carcinogenic.
The nonprofit Environment and Human Health Inc., (EHHI) made up of 10 physicians and public health professionals, (many of whom are on the Yale Medical School faculty), studied the harmful effects of synthetic turf for over nine years and their conclusion is that these fields are toxic.
EHHI recommended a moratorium on installing synthetic turf fields in 2007 because of the carcinogens in the fields, but the recommendation was not adopted. EHHI said at that time that we would start to see cancers among our student athletes who have played on synthetic fields in about 10 years. It has now been about 10 years and we are indeed seeing cancers develop especially among soccer players. In fact, the soccer playing goalkeepers are the most heavily impacted with lymphomas and leukemias. With 127 lymphomas and leukemias reported among soccer players 85 of these are goalkeepers. Both those cancers are environmentally influenced....
Sorcerer's apprentices work cheap in Nevada
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 11-17-2015 Sparks Tribune / Updated 11-20 and 11-24-2015
Weekend at Bernie's with Eugene McCarthy's grandchildren
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 11-10-2015 Sparks Tribune / Updated 11-12-2015
Last of the dinosaurs: Grease for corporate gears
Reno Gazette-Journal "retires" most experienced journalists
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 11-3-2015 Sparks Tribune
The Donald and The Church Lady run among us
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 10-27-2015 Sparks Tribune / Updated with a merry 'toon 10-27-2015
From holy of holies to lair of the moneychangers
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 10-20-2015 Sparks Tribune
Parsing the paranoia of powerful penny-pinchers
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 10-13-2015 Sparks Tribune
Good news, bad news and Machine Gun Michele
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 10-6-2015 Sparks Tribune/ Updated 10-7 & 10-12-2015
Strange bedfellows and nubile wenches
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 9-29-2015 Sparks Tribune
Pondering the bright side of warmongering
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 9-22-2015 Sparks Tribune
Cheering for cheating when jockocracy rules
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 9-15-2015 Sparks Tribune
We don't need no education, biblical or not
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 9-8-2015 Sparks Tribune
Labor Day 2016: Nevada workers' last stand
Barbwire Exclusives: Gansert will run to replace Brower in Nevada Senate
Complaint filed against welfare-bashing illegal GOP front petition
Barbwire by Barbano / Uploaded 8-30-2015/ Expanded from the Tuesday 9-1-2015 Sparks Tribune
Hope one of your detractors attends your funeral
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 8-25-2015 Sparks Tribune
Don't call a lawyer to sue a doctor
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 8-18-2015 Sparks Tribune
DMV lines, voting lines and lines in the sand
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 8-11-2015 Sparks Tribune
The light side of prison escape
The Lost Column: Composed 6-9-2015 and refused by major corporate media / Uploaded Wednesday 8-5-2015
Alas and alack, otherwise good journalists get conditioned out of any sense of irony or humor on the way to morphing into weak corporate weasels
Heroic lions, pampered elephants & sweating RINOS
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 8-4-2015 Sparks Tribune
Ironic colonics, shameless strumpetry & repo men
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 7-28-2015 Sparks Tribune
Moving the needle and needling the weasels
Education funding hike non-existent / Confederate flags fly in Sparks
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 7-21-2015 Sparks Tribune
School, life, death, taxes and other high ironies
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 7-14-2015 Sparks Tribune
All the news you never knew you needed to know
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 7-7-2015 Sparks Tribune / Updated 7-9-2015
Applying Christian forgiveness to a fault
Barbwire by Barbano / From the Tuesday 6-30-2015 Sparks Tribune
Life & death tickle the underbelly of the news
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 6-23-2015 Sparks Tribune
Al Capone takes stock of Nevada education
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 6-16-2015 Sparks Tribune / Updated 6-17-2015
The 2015 Nevada Legislature's greatest hits
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 6-9-2015 Sparks Tribune
Chaos theory: Republicans learn to use their majority — on each other
Cover Story by Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 6-4-2015 Several related stories linked thereat
Stench of sulfur suffuses Nevada's year of the gun
Barbwire by Barbano / Uncensored full-length edition expanded from the censored Tuesday 6-2-2015 Sparks Tribune
Updated D-Day, 6-6-2015: How I handled a similar situation
Dogs and ponies, DARE traps and tokenism
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-26-2015 Sparks Tribune
Corporate welfare unites me with the moonhowlers
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-19-2015 Sparks Tribune
Hotplates, hotheads, hot rumors and hot Moose
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-12-2015 Sparks Tribune
MayDay! The bright side of riots in the streets
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-5-2015 Sparks Tribune
In the Uber-Nevada Legislature, words can kill
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-28-2015 Sparks Tribune
Tesla rewrites history to chisel worker paychecks
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-21-2015 Sparks Tribune
Radiation Nation: Gomorrah South bakes in the glow of victory
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-14-2015 Sparks Tribune
Revenge, redistricting and amnesia in Cartoon City
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-7-2015 Sparks Tribune
Harry Reid, Eddy Arnold, César Chávez and Gaga Madonna
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-31-2015 Sparks Tribune
High noon for the high desert outback of the American Dream
Small minds discuss people, average minds discuss events, great minds discuss ideas.
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-24-2015 Sparks Tribune
St. Patrick, I need a green energy beer
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-17-2015 Sparks Tribune
Michele Fiore: the Italian girl mama wanted for me?
Barbwire by Barbano / Excised from the 3-10-2015 Sparks Tribune as "not suitable" / Updated 3-12 and 3-13-2015
Who was that lady I saw you with last night?
That was no lady, that was...none of your damned business!
But can she cook?
Barbano to legislative committee: Let Tesla, Switch and Apple help pay for police officer video cameras
Clinging to the Ledge: guts, feathers and all
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-3-2015 Sparks Tribune
We don't need no stinking wages!
It became necessary to destroy the community in order to save it
Barbwire by Barbano / Special online edition 2-26-2015
The skeleton of the underbelly of the news
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-24-2015 Sparks Tribune
Parsing our parsimonious public pursers
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-17-2015 Sparks Tribune
What else is new? Southern Nevada CLC authorizes strike sanction vs. wage violator.
The flush of victory and the irony of deceit
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-10-2015 Sparks Tribune
Senate Republicans take a jackhammer to the bedrock of Nevada trade unionism
The last bastion of local hire comes under fire
By Sean Whaley / Las Vegas Review-Journal 2-4-2015
Follytix, Foxcatchers and corporate weasels
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-3-2015 Sparks Tribune
We Don't Need No Education Archive
The ever-expanding Ira Hansen Archive of an anachronism
Walter White and some other white guy
Breaking Bad 5: Machine Gun Michele and the good ole boys
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-16-2014 Sparks Tribune
Breaking Bad 4: Ira and his ammosexuals flip us the finger
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-9-2014 Sparks Tribune / Updated 12-11-2014
Union decline and rising inequality in two charts
by Colin Gordon
Economic Policy Institute / 6-5-2012
Labor Day: State of the Unions
By Mark Robison / Reno Gazette-Journal / Sunday 9-1-2013
The above graph was 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.
WOMEN AND UNIONS ORPHAN MAJORITIES
The Barbwire Labor Day column
Reno Gazette-Journal / 9-3-2012
...and more ammo...
We Don't Need No Education
The continuing Barbwire seriesBarbwire: Nevada not really a state
No, we were not Battle Born in Kenya
Top 10 reasons Nevada lives in the 19th Century
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-17-2013 Sparks Tribune
Low-income penalty: Nevada socks it to the working poor
BARBANO: Nevada is one big company town
Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 10-10-2013
State of Health
National health care comes up against a very sick state. WHAT'S IN IT FOR US?
Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 10-10-2013
...and more ammo yet
IMF Head Says Inequality Threatens Democracy. Here Are 7 Charts Proving Shes Right.
By Erika Eichelberger / Mother Jones/BillMoyers.com 5-30-2014
The behavior of the financial sector has not changed fundamentally since the crisis.
The industry still prizes short-term profit.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
Nevada Press Assn. Better Newspaper Contest
2013-14: BARBWIRE SCORES SIXTH NEVADA PRESS ASSOCIATION AWARD
Hopelessly trying to win an earthquake / 4-18-2013
The 2013 Loony Tunes Legislative Lexicon / 5-30-2013
The politics of media ga-ga boosterism / 3-20-2014
2012: WE WON > BIG NEWS FROM THE NEVADA PRESS ASSOCIATION GOMORRAH SOUTH CONFAB> BARBWIRE NOMINEE GUY RICHARDSON INDUCTED INTO NPA HALL OF FAME ON FIRST BALLOT
2010 GOLD 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
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
State of Nevada
Secretary of State
City of Las Vegas
Reno City Council
Sparks City Council
Washoe County Commission
Washoe Registrar of Voters
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
The 2008 first-place Nevada Press Association award winners
The price of a piece / 6-17-2007
Boxing Pandora /9-23-2007
The Lady in the Red Dress
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Andrew Barbano is a 47-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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