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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.
   Everybody knows. Everybody knows.
That's how it goes.
Everybody knows.


I hope you understand I just had to go back to the island.
Leon Russell, 1942-2016


Wisdom from the immortals: Goethe, Ali & Connery
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PARAMOUR DEPT. Last Saturday, Gov. Veto El Obtúsè embarked upon Wife No. 2 half a year after shedding Wife No. 1.

The timeless words of a legendary interpersonal relations innovator seem appropriate: "A man usually owes his success to his first wife and his second wife to his success."

Who was that wise man? Oft-married actor and forever James Bond, Sir Sean Connery.

ADVICE FOR WANNABE COMEDIANS: Trust me. Never, EVER, tell that Connery joke unless you are certain of the personal histories of everyone within earshot. I tried it the wrong way only once and the frosty stares in the room would have chilled the seventh circle of hell.

TRANSLATION DEPT. My one and only wife, Betty Joyce, was a southern gal (Oklahoma with a little Tennessee) so she taught me how to speak southern.

In those parts, if you ask somebody about their paramour, they are likely to say "that's what you mow your lawn with."

The latter is a much better joke to tell in mixed marital company. Trust me.

RENTvolution.org Redux. Plan A of my renters' rights organization needs a boost. I asked everyone who signed up if s/he had a Facebook page. Nada.

Plan A requires renters posting info about landlords. Local artist Erik Holland published some increases from a local apartment house in his weekly Reno News & Review political cartoon.

Last week, Trib reporter Kayla Anderson did the same for a high-priced Sparks place opening next year.

People need help. The Sparks grandmother whom I lined up with the London Guardian last month is being forced to vacate her longtime apartment due to price gouging.

"My rent is going up another $69.00 to $1,144, which is three dollars short of all of my Social Security," she says.

Who needs to eat?

Information is power. A network of sites sharing info can turn into a Hotels.com or Trivago or PriceLine source.

So spread the word, especially about "application fees," another name for extortion. I'm also developing an earth-shaking Plan B but lawyers take their own sweet time.

GET CANNED AND BOXED FOR KICKS. A can of food for the Food Bank gets you into two events this Friday at W. Moana soccer pitch (aka Richard Jay Field). We dedicate the long-awaited Fight of the Century plaque at 4:30 p.m. and the UNR womens' soccer team plays its first match at 5:30. I'm recording the dedication for a one-hour TV show.

"Great White Hope" James Jeffries came out of retirement to fight the first black heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson, in Reno on July 4, 1910. The fight site and Johnson's training camp already have historical markers. This will complete the triangle. Full details and photos at RenoSparksNAACP.org/

Muhammad Ali rightly called himself "the greatest of all time," but was quick to point out he emulated Johnson's style. I think a head-to-head matchup would have resulted in a spectacular draw.

Ironically, in a nationally-syndicated radio series of mythical "computer bouts" back in the 1960s, Ali was matched against and lost to Jeffries in a round-robin elimination to choose the greatest heavyweight of all time. Like Johnson, he would have creamed slow slugger Jeffries. But Ali was disfavored for draft evasion at the time and the producers dared not have him beat the much smaller Rocky Marciano, the eventual computer winner.

POLITICAL PORN PROLIFERATES IN OLD PIZEN SWITCH. The ink is barely dry on the Lyon County School District and Yerington Police settlement for endemic and overt racism, a scandal broken first nationally by the Barbwire last Oct. 18. (See "We Don't Need No Education" at NevadaLabor.com/). Now comes a Lyon County Sheriff's Commander wearing everything but the white sheets while running against his boss.

Frank Hunewill hugged a guy whose face was painted like a confederate flag, then posted the shot on his website.

The Yerington High flap started when a Lyon sheriff's deputy's son posted a photo of his almost-naked self with a rifle and knife captioned "we bout to go nigga huntin' " The unretouched photos are posted permanently at NevadaLabor.com/

The two African-American Yerington High School sisters who won in federal court had their lives threatened and were almost run down in a fast-food parking lot.

As the old saying goes, the Lord created the world, mankind built the cities and the Devil thunk up the small town. Speaking of whom...

DEALS WITH THE DEVIL. Last week came the news that your tax dollars are now helping fund Al Qaeda which is killing people in Yemen with our ally, the oil- and blood-soaked Saudi Royal Family.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(1749-1832) is most famous for two things: "Faust," his epic poem about Satanic soul-selling, and his observance that "we become what we despise."

The US military and Al Qaeda, brothers in arms.

I hear Satan laughing with delight.


Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.) / être bien, élever l'enfer (And my French.) / Stammi bene. Scatenare l'inferno. (And Italian.)
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Andrew Barbano is a 49-year Nevadan, executive 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 BallotBoxing.US and SenJoeNeal.org and DoctorLawyerWatch.com/ As always, his opinions are strictly his own. Check local listings for other Nevada cable systems. E-mail barbano@frontpage.reno.nv.us. Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Sparks Tribune since 1988 and received its 8th Nevada Press Association award and 5th first-place at the 30 Sept. 2017 NPA annual convention in Carson City. (That trophy and about six bucks will get you a Latte Mocha Cotsafracas Chingade at just about any Starbux worldwide, guaranteed.)

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THE BIG 3-0. Sunday, April 12, marked 30 years since the first Barbwire appeared in the Rail City's newspaper of record since 1910. "The Chilling of Hot August Nights" brought the first of my eight Nevada Press Association awards. I'll add more memories of the early days of the Barbwire as time, space and the political season allow.

Whom to blame: How a hall-of-famer's hunch birthed the
Barbwire in August of 1987

Tempus fugit.

Sore-oppressed Soul-Sister Cities:
Menlo Park and Reno-Sparks-Fernley share similarly sad high-tech stretch marks

"All humanity has left the area": paying for Tesla's Gigafactory
Barbano and Nevada conservatives decry corporate welfare depredations

By Rory Carroll / The Guardian 7-3-2018

Editor's Note: The Guardian publishes 180,000 newspapers daily in London and environs and generates ONE BILLION monthly web page views. (I should live so long.)

"Facebook is taking everything": rising rents drive out Silicon Valley families
Property companies advertising their proximity to Facebook’s campus are giving low-income residents a choice: pay a huge rent increase or move out
By Sam Levin / The Guardian 6-20-2018

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TheVerge.com / 2-15-2018

Ready for Trump TV? Inside Sinclair Broadcasting’s Plot to Take Over Your Local News
Its mix of terrorism alerts, right-wing commentary and “classic propaganda” could soon reach 3/4 of the US.
By Andy Kroll/Mother Jones Oct.-Nov. 2017

How Sinclair Broadcasting puts a partisan tilt on trusted local news
By William Brangham/ PBS NewsHour 10-10-2017

Top-down Democrats haven't learned
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 8-10-2017

More Faux than Fox? Corporate octopus Sinclair moves to dominate Nevada and U.S. television
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 8-3-2017


  A thousand thanks to those who keep sending sow suggestions.

  Stay tuned.

  I encourage you to donate to the cause at Barbwire.TV/ The medium that shapes public opinion needs at least one refuge where it is not filtered through the distorted green eye shades of prissy corporate accountants for whom profit is the only priority; where self-censorship is the journalist's normal work environment and where all sins of omission are tacitly encouraged and forgiven with the wave of a balance sheet.

  This is important. We've got a lot of work to do.

 

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Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)

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Smoking Guns—>
Buy local? 'Bye local and goodbye to Paul Laxalt
Barbwire by Andrea Luigi Barbáno / Expanded from the 8-8-2018 Sparks Tribune
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Analog anachronisms and digital dinosaurs
Barbwire by Andrea Luigi Barbáno / Expanded from the 8-1-2018 Sparks Tribune
Ballardini black hole: Let's get our millions back
Barbwire by Andrea Luigi Barbáno / Expanded from the 7-25-2018 Sparks Tribune
Putin & the Blowfish: High treason season of the witch
Barbwire by Andrea Luigi Barbáno / Expanded from the 7-18-2018 Sparks Tribune
SCOTUS coitus interruptus and terminal Teslacide
Barbwire by Andrea Luigi Barbáno / Expanded from the 7-11-2018 Sparks Tribune
Fake boobs and fake news: Guts, feathers and all
Barbwire by Andrea Luigi Barbáno / Expanded from the 7-4-2018 Sparks Tribune
Cat house to state house: Any publicity is good publicity
Barbwire by Andrea Luigi Barbáno / Expanded from the 6-27-2018 Sparks Tribune
Ghost in the machine: The return of NAGPAC
Barbwire by Andrea Luigi Barbáno / Expanded from the 6-20-2018 Sparks Tribune
Lucky June 13: Cheap shots and low blows
Barbwire by Andrea Luigi Barbáno / Expanded from the 6-13-2018 Sparks Tribun
A duo of D-Days visit Nevada this week
Barbwire by Andrea Luigi Barbáno / Expanded from the 6-6-2018 Sparks Tribune
Grandma, gold standards, forearms and tin ears
Barbwire by Andrea Luigi Barbáno / Expanded from the 5-23-2018 Sparks Tribune
Mother Dolores: Our village loses its patron saint
Barbwire by Andrea Luigi Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 5-30-2018 Sparks Tribune
Beer & music and rent & pillage
Barbwire by Andrea Luigi Barbáno / Expanded from the 5-16-2018 Sparks Tribune
Stormy weather: Poll dancing for fun & prophet
Barbwire by Andres Luis Barbáno / Expanded from the 5-9-2018 Sparks Tribune
Flint, Nevada: Dirty deeds done dirt cheap
Barbwire by Andres Luis Barbáno / Expanded from the 5-2-2018 Sparks Tribune


$75 dead or alive: Still crazy after all these years
A mass murderer becomes famous on TV a century later

How come nobody noticed 'til now?
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 2-21-2018 Sparks Tribune

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory owners Max Blank and Isaac Harris. Is not Mr. Harris eerily familiar to television junkies?

From the Emmy-winning opening slate of the blockbuster "Cheers" television series. Combined with its "Frasier" spinoff, it lasted 20 years.
The "shirtwaist kings" immigrated from Russia and made a fortune manufacturing "Gibson Girl"-style blouses. (Photo, "The American Experience"/PBS)
The Emmy-winning opening slate of the "Cheers" television series before the "slate" of creators is superimposed. Looks like Mr. Harris' dead ringer (at left) is having a bloody good time.

"Who ya gonna believe, me or your own eyes?" Chico Marx disguised as Groucho Marx in "Duck Soup" (1933)
Back to the story of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist holocaust

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Andrew Barbano is a 49-year Nevadan, editor of NevadaLabor.com and SenJoeNeal.org; and former chair of the City of Reno's Citizens Cable Compliance Committee. He is the executive producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration and serves as first vice-president and political action chair of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. As always, his opinions are strictly his own. E-mail barbano@frontpage.reno.nv.us.

Barbwire by Barbano moved to Nevada's Daily Sparks Tribune on Aug. 12, 1988, and has originated in them parts ever since.
Whom to blame: How a hall-of-famer's hunch birthed the Barbwire in August of 1987
Tempus fugit.

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