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The tale of the greasy goose
Expanded from the 5-25-2008 Daily Sparks Tribune

The only way to cut down a huge tree is to keep chopping, a little at a time, especially if you can't afford gas for your chain saw.

Oil companies, like casinos, run a rigged game. Neither our corporate controlled political leaders nor corporate controlled media are willing to print the story.

Hereinbelow, from the now 20 year-old and ever-expanding Barbwire Oilogopoly archive, is a brief outline of how the price at the pump is as rigged as any five-reel slot machine, the only difference being that the slot may pay off once every 500 years or so.

I sent the following to editors of major newspapers all over the country in 1996.

None bit.


The foundation for the current spike in retail gas prices has been cleverly laid over the past 14 (now 26) years. The past six weeks are just a warning of things to come.

The monopolists really have developed a better mousetrap. You and I are in the cage.

John D. Rockefeller would be proud.

While we were sleeping, BigOil came up with a new Monopoly game and none of the mainstream media have been able to so much as categorize the obvious.

A beleaguered ARCO retailer's statement to a Nevada legislative committee back in the 1990s has proven chillingly prescient: "When oil is $5.00 a gallon, the only thing you can be sure of is that ARCO will be at $4.98."

Happy motoring on Memorial Day, if you can afford it.

Be well. Raise hell.

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 campaign against forcibly-paid newspaper obituaries
And they wonder why the newspaper business is dying?


Copyright © 1982-2008 Andrew Barbano

Andrew Barbano is a 39-year Nevadan, editor of and; a member of Communications Workers of America Local 9413/AFL-CIO; political action chair and webmaster of the Reno-Sparks NAACP; and producer of the annual César Chávez celebration. As always, his opinions are strictly his own. Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Daily Sparks (Nev.) Tribune since 1988.


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