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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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Something's happening here. And there. And everywhere.

People are out in the streets all over the world protesting basically the same thing: A rigged game. Lack of opportunity. Hopelessness.

Even those of narrow mind and possessed of limited capacity to abstract feel a vague anger impelling them toward doing something even if it's wrong.

There remain legions crusading to keep government's greedy hands out of their Medicare, apparently willfully and blissfully ignorant that Medicare is a taxpayer-funded federal program.

Well-intentioned parishioners, led by their holy men, demonstrated against contraception at the Reno federal building a few days ago. I hope they had help crossing the street because it's difficult to look both ways while wearing blinders.

I suggest a peacemaking trade.

Let's get government's dirty hands completely out of religion by eliminating the billions in annual taxpayer subsidies supporting religion in the form of tax-deductible contributions. A small portion of the trillions in savings could be placed in a fund to provide contraception and other health services to employees of religions opposed to same. Pseudo-problem solved.

The overlords are masterful at keeping us peons in the lower classes fighting each other for crumbs that fall off the castle's table.

Only economic devastation causes real change. We re-learn the same lesson every 60 or 70 years when the victims of the previous depredation have begun to die out. We ain't seen nothing yet.

We live in a fragmented nation, easily divisible by clever PR men, with liberty and justice for the few at the expense of the many.

Slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin is just the latest sacrifice on the altar of the crumbs, ephemeral amusement for those gorged on bread and wine.

He is the latter day Emmett Till, the black 14 year-old beaten to death in 1955 because some southern cracker thought he looked the wrong way at a white woman. When his body was returned to Chicago from Mississippi, his mother ordered an open coffin funeral so the world could see what had been done to her son.

Time has elapsed and we are condemned to roll the rock back up the hill all over again.

I suggest thinking.

Practice calming the troubled waters by going outside on the next clear night and look up for awhile. Recommend it to your simpler friends.

You can really think big when you realize how small you really are.

My union, Sparks-based Communications Workers of America Local 9413/AFL-CIO, will again demonstrate in front of the Verizon retail outlet at the Smithridge Shopping Center at S. Virginia and McCarran in Reno from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sunday, March 25. It's part of ongoing nationwide actions spotlighting Verizon corporate greed. For more information, contact Local 9413 VP Janice Porter-Moffit, 775-322-9413 or 775-843-9747.

NEVADA'S 10th CÉSAR CHÁVEZ DAY / EL DÍA DE CÉSAR CHÁVEZ happens at Circus Circus-Reno on Saturday, March 31, 2012, the great union leader's 85th birthday. The 2011 event featured a who's who of state and local officials and this year will prove even more interesting. Doors open at 5:30, dinner at 7:00 p.m.

Contact me for ticket and table information, 775-882-TALK (882-8255).

MAKING IT OFFICIAL. This Tuesday, March 27, at 10:00 a.m., County Commissioner Kitty Jung has agendized a César Chávez Day proclamation before the Washoe County Commission. Ramon Chávez, César's nephew, will attend to accept the honor on behalf of the Chávez family. Victims of Charter cable may view the proceedings on digital channel 217.

TWISTING YOUNG MINDS DEPT. The second UNR César Chávez Day takes place this Thursday, March 29, 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the rotunda at the Mathewson/IGT Knowledge Center (aka the new library). The featured speaker will be Nevada community activist Michael Flores. For details, contact Carla Castedo-Testa of the Latino Student Advisory Board, 775-342-7612. Admission is free.

WOBBLIES FILM FREEBIE. This month's Reno Industrial Workers of the World filmfest features Nevada historian Guy Louis Rocha presenting his magnum opus, Might is Right: Nevada AFL-CIO Labor History. It will be shown in four segments:

1. The Comstock Miners Union
2. The IWW in Goldfield
3. Hoover Dam
4. Right-to-Work

The above links are for those who want to do a little advance reading ahead of the films. Brother Rocha will introduce each segment and lead discussion afterward. Free admission and popcorn. Beverages via no-host bar.

Where/When: Good Luck Macbeth Theatre, 119 N. Virginia, Reno, 7:00 p.m. PDT, Wednesday 28 March. Info: 775-230-5330, e-mail <>

The Wobblies have permanently relocated the fourth-Wednesday showings to the Good Luck Macbeth Theatre.

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SOUTHERN EXPOSURE. Former State Sen. Joe Neal, D-North Las Vegas, is in Georgia recovering from knee replacement surgery. Anyone wanting to send greetings to the 32-year public servant can e-mail them to me.

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.

Smoking Guns...

POWERFUL PUNDITORY PANJANDRUMS: Compelling guest commentary

...and more ammo...

Economist: This is a true depression
Elliott Parker Guest Editorial / Las Vegas Sun / 11-27-2011

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 yet

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

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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