I can screw up twice as bad for half the price
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Corporate Propaganda Research Archive
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.
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Last Friday's Reno Kazoo-Journal carried a screaming frontpage headline about Washoe District Judge Brent Adams stepping aside in another major case.
The story quoted a San Francisco lawyer who said he personally discovered campaign contributions to Judge Adams from defendants.
However, he admitted in a sworn affidavit that he was tipped by a non-involved Renoite.
I got the story first. A longer version of the following was uploaded to my websites and targeted mailing lists (including the RGJ) the morning before the Reno paper hit the streets:
Late yesterday (Wednesday, March 28), attorneys filed a thick motion in Washoe District Court demanding the disqualification of Judge Brent Adams in decade-old litigation between warring U-Haul millionaire heirs.
The plaintiffs allege that because Adams received substantial amounts of campaign cash from the defendants and their interests while the case was before him, he cannot effectively handle the case.
"In 2008, Judge Adams received $36,000 in campaign contributions from several of the Defendants (including $10,000 from non-party U-Haul International, Inc., a subsidiary of one of the Defendants). Despite Plaintiff's previous request for reassignment to another judge, neither Defendants nor Judge Adams disclosed these campaign donations to Plaintiffs," the motion reads.
Plaintiff lawyers stand to be very embarrassed for not having noticed publicly available campaign expense reports for almost four years.
Judge Adams recently recused himself from a case involving lawyer-developer Harvey Whittemore after noting that in 2008 he received $10,400 from Whittemore business interests and family members.
Lawyers and judges have been dancing the recusal rhumba in the high-stakes Whittemore vs. Seeno Brothers litigation. Judge Steve Elliott (former Sparks city attorney) was randomly selected to replace Adams but defendants' lawyers used a peremptory challenge to disqualify him. The case was then randomly assigned to Judge Jerry Polaha who received $3,000 from Whittemore in his 2000 election campaign. Polaha has not announced whether or not he will step aside.
If Washoe County runs out of jurists, might the long-missing Judge Crater come out of a long retirement to save the day?
I know several of the guys involved in the above screwed-up mess and hereby serve notice that if any of the parties are looking to cut costs, I'd be glad to screw up at least as badly for just half the price or less.
How hard can it be?
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EL DÍA DE CÉSAR CHÁVEZ. NEVADA'S 10th CÉSAR CHÁVEZ DAY will be over by the time you read this. Last month brought two events at UNR and my March 31 extravaganza. See CesarChavezNevada.com/
GOV. EL BRÚTE OBTÚSE seems to be emulating his predecessor, Jim the Dim. Both forgot their legally mandated duty to proclaim March 31 as César Chávez Day. To save them embarrassment, I reminded Gov. Gibbons in 2010 and Gov. Sandoval last year and last month.
As I write this at 2:11 a.m. PDT on March 31, the governor's website shows no proclamations issued since Jan. 20. [UPDATE: Nothing has changed as of 1:15 a.m. PDT / 08:15 ZULU/GMT/SUT/CUT April 4 or 4:41 p.m. PDT / 11:41 ZULU April 6.]
Democratic Washoe County Commissioner Kitty Jung got a unanimous resolution from her four Republican colleagues and Assemblymember Olivia Diaz, D-N. Las Vegas, did the same from the Nevada Hispanic Legislative Caucus.
Proclamations may only be ceremonial gestures, but they mean a lot to people and there's no downside especially given Republican weakness among Latino voters.
Gov. Sandoval declined two invitations to speak at my event.
TOLJASO DEPT. Last summer, I broke the news that St. Mary's Hospital was on the market. The final buyers, Prime Healthcare (Google 'em), are apparently a bunch of law-breaking, union-busting, profit-gouging sleazoids. In an interview with KRNV TV-4, their PR guy blamed his workers.
"Unions control the Democratic Party in California," he groused. Maybe he doesn't know that nurses at St. Mary's are represented by the California Nurses Assn. and other staff by my union, Communications Workers of America Local 9413/AFL-CIO.
Lord, please bring back sainted Sister Seraphine.
ON APRIL FOOL'S DAY 1976, Andrew Barbano met his only wife. Betty Joyce Donlevy (1941-2005) was Carson City manager for Sparks-based Pauline's Sportswear. Barbano was emcee of a Pauline's fashion show at Pastor Thunder's (his real name) church. That April Fool's Day lasted 30 years. Betty rests with her firstborn, Debra Joyce Donlevy (1959-1978) in the capital city.
SOMETIMES, CARS FIGHT BACK. George "Battling" Nelson, boxing guru of United Auto Workers Local 2162/AFL-CIO, is recovering from painful ribs after overdoing macho stuff, namely moving snow tires.
I resemble that remark. I was down for more than two weeks last month. I sprained my back lifting a heavy 16-ounce jar of Paul Newman's Own Spaghetti Sauce.
I thought about suing the charitable company started by the great actor, race driver and humanitarian. Then it occurred to me that the package bore a proper warning: "Industrial Strength."
If Tribune subscriber Nelson wants to sue the tire manufacturer, I know some local lawyers greatly more capable and far less expensive than the suedeshoe California yahoos noted above.
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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 NevadaLabor.com and JoeNeal.org. 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 Daily Sparks Tribune since 1988.
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Barbwire / 8-3-2008
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Barbwire / 6-15-2008
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Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review / 11-23-2011
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Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review / 11-23-2011
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Speech delivered at Boston University on 29 Oct. 2010
Part of the Howard Zinn Lecture Series
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TOLJASO LONG TIME AGO
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The awful truth Read it and weep, fellow suckers
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Expanded from the 9-6-2009 Daily Sparks Tribune
Propaganda fuels gasoline price fixing
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.
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.
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
Rinfret, Pierre A.; Peace is Bullish; Look magazine, 5-31-1966
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Andrew Barbano is a 43-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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