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Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-29-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
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He was a young physician, totally dedicated to healing.
But he came to my door proselytizing mindless hate.
Mormon doctor was circulating the Nevada anti-gay marriage petition a few years
ago. It has now cemented official bigotry into the Nevada Constitution.
Based on such recent evidence, a wide swath of dingbat Nevada voters could arguably support a properly worded initiative reinstituting slavery or removing womens' right to vote, especially if supported with enough TV commercials selling the proposition.
I was tempted to ask my doctor-neighbor how he might treat non-heterosexual patients. I chose not to. At the time, he had two children with one on the way. He now has six and will most probably have several more.
The odds thus increasingly favor his siring a child or two that he and his lovely wife will birth into second-class citizenship. Then he's going to have to re-evaluate how he wants his babies treated. The circle of fear can thus be broken.
This past week brought a story regarding recent nefarious activities of U.S. Catholic and Mormon churches, along with moonhowling preachers Pat Robertson and Rick Warren.
They are funding front
groups throughout Africa to promote bigotry against those of alternative procreative
In recent years, such interests have pushed Uganda, which Winston Churchill once called "the pearl of Africa," to make "aggravated homosexuality" a capital offense.
I wonder what constitutes non-aggravated homosexuality over there in pearlyland.
The Taliban, soon to return to power in Afghanistan, are again stoning men and women to death while funding their religious wars selling opium. I guess it's OK to sell to the infidels if you follow your religion and don't inhale. Back to the good old days of the 12th Century,
For U.S. women, who comprise 53 percent of voters, the central political issue of 2012 is arguably birth control, not the economy. Back to the 19th Century, ladies. Didn't your mother teach you how to properly use aspirin?
As I explained to my doctor-neighbor, the remedy for so much that afflicts us lies in economic opportunity (and thus not in queer-bashing). We would have far less time to dwell on whom we hate if we were busy in the pursuit of a bright future.
I have said for years that executed Oklahoma City mass-murderer Timothy McVeigh might not have gotten into bomb manufacturing had he a good job waiting after he was mustered out of his beloved army.
Fear is a very sellable commodity. A Nevada politician stated the obvious: "People respond to threats." Fear works.
And so we are surrounded by fear as a marketing tool. Fear of queers and criminals, blacks and browns, ragheads and potheads.
Former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyoming, famously groused that nothing gets through Congress unless it contains some combination of "fear, guilt, money and racism."
Nazi leader Herman Goering once said "naturally, the common people don't want war, but after all, it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag people along whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. This is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country," Goering noted.
A friend placed a photo on my Facebook page last week, a stark black-and-white shot of huge letters painted on a tunnel wall: "Fear is a Liar."
Which states in four words why we went to war in Iraq and escalated in Vietnam, among countless other depredations.
In the wake of the Aurora, Colo., massacre, Oscar-winning "Bowling for Columbine" director Michael Moore said "we are an easily frightened people and it is easy to manipulate us with fear. What are we so afraid of that we need to have 300 million guns in our homes? Who do we think is going to hurt us? Why are most of these guns in white suburban and rural homes? Maybe we should fix our race problem and our poverty problem (again number one in the industrialized world) and then maybe there would be fewer frustrated, frightened, angry people reaching for the gun in the drawer. Maybe we would take better care of each other."
Wise man George Carlin used to close his shows with the admonishment "take care of each other."
We don't seem to listen to wise people these days, opting instead for banalities like "common sense."
Fear sells with lies and sells us out.
President Franklin Roosevelt famously said "we have nothing to fear but fear itself."
Alas and alack, fear still moves more mountains than faith.
ONE-LINER OF THE YEAR: "Never trust a politician who believes it should be harder to vote than to purchase 6,000 bullets off the Internet." (From a Keith Knight cartoon about voter i.d. laws in the current Reno News & Review.)
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Daily Sparks Tribune since 1988.
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TRAVUS T. HIPP, 1937-2012
ADIÓS, COMPADRE Our friend Travus, 75, passed away peacefully between 2:00 and 3:00 a.m. PDT on 18 May 2012 at his home in Silver City, Nevada. The sun is in eclipse as I write this at 6:30 p.m. on May 20.
CHANGE OF VENUE (5-22-2012) Adiós in Silver City, Nevada, Saturday, May 26, 2012 > Updated 5-27-2012 > The auld church where Travus lived and died proved too small for the expected multitude, so gathering, gnoshing and remembering commenced at the Silver City Community Center, 385 High Street, at 10:00 a.m. PDT. The graveside memorial service began at High Noon. Travus was buried next to his rock star companion Lynne Hughes, a short walk away. My remembrance of Lynne from the 3-21-1993 Daily Sparks Tribune has been linked to Travus' formal obituary at this website. All memories accepted for permanent posting hereat. Stay tuned for pictures and stories of the appropriately rainy day.
Thanks for all your kind words. Keep up the good work and the good fight.
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Barbano remembers the artist
Reno Gazette-Journal 5-25-2012
At bottom, he was an artist who used his voice to soar and slice, a tenor for the tenor of our times. Many of his mourning California listeners talk about the vocal spells he wove, how he soundly organized the noise of daily life into music that entertained, engaged, enlightened, educated, enthralled and occasionally enflamed. [From the saga of Travus T. Hipp and contributions by The Barbwire to the May 25 Reno Gazette-Journal and May 26, 2012, Daily Sparks Tribune.]
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Barbwire / 6-15-2008
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Elliott Parker Guest Editorial / Las Vegas Sun / 11-27-2011
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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
From clear-cut forests to dirty Gulfstream waters, this land belongs to old BP
TOLJASO LONG TIME AGO
BP/ARCO: The greasy root of our evils
Barbwire / Daily Sparks Tribune 9-10-2006
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
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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 email@example.com.
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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