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¡Viva Chávez!
César Chávez Celebration XIV / Celebración de César Chávez XIV
Wednesday 30 March 2016
/ Miércoles 30 de Marzo 2016
Highlights from the event at Circus Circus Reno

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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

It's OK, that's the way we've always done it, right?
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People everywhere display a serious weakness for believing something just because it pre-dates their birth.


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Some institutionalized superstitions have become very profitable and so powerful that they cause wars.

Voter registration is deemed good but was actually developed to keep poor southern blacks and whites and northern European immigrants (my relatives) from voting.

As Tribune alum Dennis Myers pointed out in the April 7 Reno News & Review, registration has worked exactly as intended.

I quoted Mr. Myers' article last Tuesday when Reno-Sparks NAACP President Patricia Gallimore and I did a live half-hour on New York City radio.

I noted Myers' linkage of low turnout (for which registration is not a cure) to the criminal justice system.

Had disenfranchised black people been allowed to vote, Al Gore would have won Florida in a landslide in 2000 and U.S. blood would not still moisten the sands of Araby today.

I have had a lot of requests and am working to get the entire program available for webstreaming.

Myers' sterling research got me thinking about other con jobs that have acquired credibility through little more than longevity.

Union people know that there is no "right to work" in the U.S. Constitution or any other, but the PR label has done its job of weakening unions by forcing them to work free for non-members.

Employees injured on the job are covered by "workers compensation" insurance, which is actually a dirty commie socialist big government plot. It was instituted to keep employees from suing their employers over unsafe working conditions.

A decade ago, the Nevada State Medical Association phonied up a PR campaign asserting that doctors were leaving Nevada in droves because of "the skyrocketing cost of malpractice insurance." It was a bright, shining lie, but now any Nevadan injured by the few (less than five percent) incompetent physicians can't win enough in court to hire a lawyer. Which explains why lawyer advertising today solicits auto accidents. [1]

Conspiring to fix prices is illegal except for insurance companies thanks to the McCarran-Walter Act. (Yep, named for our late and unlamented flaming racist McCarthyite Democratic Sen. Patrick McCarran.) It's a rigged game that both Obamacare and Hillarycare failed to fix.

So if your premiums are going up, blame mostly-dead Nevada voters.

The Las Vegas Sun won a Pulitzer a few years back for documenting the rash of worker deaths on high-rise LV Strip construction. Workplace safety inspection and enforcement were largely absent.

Who cares? Workers can't sue.

This Thursday, April 28, organized labor pauses for Workers Memorial Day to remember those injured and killed on the job.

As Mary Harris "Mother" Jones famously said, pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.

HALL OF FAME former Nevada Assemblymember Bob Price, D-North Las Vegas,, still resides in Tahoe Pacific South Meadows, an acute care facility in the same complex as Renown South Meadows, 10101 Double-R Blvd. (89521)

Thanks to everyone who has called or written to cheer up the longtime Sparks resident. You may send well-wishes to the above address or call (775) 326-6148.

Former University Regent Nancy Price advises that her husband can not only receive visitors but also flowers. Bob Price has been hospitalized since November with maladies picked up in the hospital. The César Chávez Hall of Famer was unable to attend last month's annual César celebration.

Bob Price served almost three decades in the lower house. Bob and Nancy retired to Sparks years ago. He has been a member of Las Vegas IBEW Local 357/AFL-CIO for more than half a century. He helped build the showroom at the Las Vegas Hilton which was opened by Elvis Presley in 1969 and has the King's autograph on his old lunchbox to prove it. He chaired the Assembly Taxation Committee for many sessions and became legendary for his advocacy on behalf of the little guys.

ADIOS, KENNY. More than 200 gave up their Sunday afternoon on April 24 to mourn the loss of longtime labor leader Kenny Groves, 51, who died April 11. The former chef and veteran letter carrier was elected by his union as a delegate to the Sparks-based Northern Nevada Central Labor Council/AFL-CIO. He was elevated by the council to the post of recording secretary.
He leaves his wife, Cindy, also a letter carrier, three children and five grandchildren.

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?

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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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[1] Learn all about how you've lost your rights. Read Suing for Justice: Your lawsuits are good for America by Ralph Nader, Harper's Magazine, April, 2016

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