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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...
   Everybody talking to their pockets.
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
   and a long red rose. That's how it goes.
   Everybody knows.

— Leonard Cohen

Remembering the first female U.S. presidents
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May the nation's second woman president rest in peace.


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Thus began an ongoing series of sane public interest programs which generate both entertaining heat and more than a little light.

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Nancy Reagan had a harder job than Edith Bolling Wilson. With Woodrow Wilson's press secretary Joe Tumulty, Mrs. Wilson limited access to the disabled president from his 1919 stroke until the end of his term in 1921.

Historians have long decried Mrs. Wilson's relaying "decisions" from the stricken president's sickbed without any verification as to whether or not he had issued them.

Mrs. Reagan had to maintain the façade that President Reagan remained in full command of his faculties, doubts about which began with his 1984 debate meltdown with challenger Walter Mondale.

The infamous video of Mrs. Reagan whispering lines to her forgetful husband was rebroadcast often after her death this week.

HELP WANTED, SPELLCHECKER. "CONGRATULATIONS!!! Andrew — Polls just closed on the East Coast, and already, we've won Virgina and Georgia."

Thus effused a March 2 e-mail from Hillary Clinton, reproduced verbatim. Exactly 37 minutes later, another arrived, modified only by addition of the letter "i."

Jake Highton would have removed two exclamation points, two commas and two caps. Me too, but neither of us is job hunting.

I pray for and fear for the health and career of the poor staffer who blew it.

GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE DEPT. In the Feb. 23 Barbwire, I reported my conversation with Titanic actress Frances Fisher, a Bernie Sanders supporter.

"Should Sanders lose, I fear that the young people he motivated will fall into the same abyss as the Baby Boomers after the Kennedy-King assassinations and largely drop out of politics," I noted.

No less than legendary consumer advocate Ralph Nader and killer Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi have since agreed.

"Every four years, both parties become more corporatist," Nader stated on March 4, adding that "Sanders voters may not go back into the Democratic Party fold."

In his March 10 cover story, Taibbi growled "Every four years, some Democrat who's been a lifelong friend of labor runs...and... gets thrown over by national labor bosses in favor of some party lifer with his signature on a half-dozen job-exporting free-trade agreements."

The hillsides are littered with the bones of "it's my turn" candidates like Hubert Humphrey, John McCain and Robert Dole.

Hillary resembles that remark.

Campaigning in rural Nevada, Ms. Fisher found that Bernie is cool with "NRA cowboys" revolted by Hillary's candidacy. Donald Trump cracks the liberal base by appealing to such angry blue collar Democrats. Bernie can hold them, Hillary cannot. And two of five union members are already suicidal Republicans — dammit! (Barbwire Feb. 23)

Taibbi agrees with my Feb. 16 doomsday scenario: "King Trump. Brace yourselves America. It's really happening," Taibbi concludes.

How will Trump govern? The precedents are Andrew Jackson and Arnold Schwarzenneger. That's really bad. More soon.

HAIL, CÉSAR! On the Ides of March, longtime Nevadan Ramón Chávez will accept the Washoe County Commission's annual César Chávez Day proclamation on behalf of his family and late uncle.

Mark your calendar for César Chávez Celebration XIV March 30 at Circus Circus-Reno. For information, contact me or go to

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 threeconsecutive 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, whom can you trust?

Smoking guns: Rooftop solar assassination Energy War Room

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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Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)

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 and 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 Sparks Tribune since 1988.

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TV or not TV — Oscar blackouts and PBS blacklists
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