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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 that the boat is leaking.
Everybody knows that the captain lied.
   Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died.
   Everybody talking to their pockets.
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
   And a long red rose.
Everybody knows.

   Everybody knows that you love me, baby.
Everybody knows you really do.
   Everybody knows that you've been faithful,
Give or take a time or two.
   Everybody knows you've been discreet
But there were so many people you just had to meet
   Without your clothes.
Everybody knows.

   Everybody knows that it's now or never.
Everybody knows that it's me or you.
   And everybody knows that you live forever
When you've done a line or two.
   Everybody knows the deal is rotten
Old Black Joe's still pickin' cotton
   For your ribbons and bows
And everybody knows.

   Everybody knows that the plague is coming.
Everybody knows that it's moving fast.
   Everybody knows that the naked man and woman —
Just a shining artifact of the past.
   Everybody knows the scene is dead
But there's gonna be a meter on your bed
   That will disclose
What everybody knows.

   And everybody knows that you're in trouble.
Everybody knows what you've been through
   From the bloody cross on top of Calvary
To the beach at Malibu.
   Everybody knows it's coming apart.
Take one last look at this Sacred Heart
   Before it blows.
And everybody knows.

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


By Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson.
© 1988 CBS Records, Inc.

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



DO NOT risk your kids at Golden Eagle Park
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 11-6-2019 Sparks Tribune / Updated 11-7-2019 / Expansions in blue


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   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.

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Sparks City Hall better check its liability insurance limits because legal filings may soon go thru the roof.

For more than a decade, Golden Eagle Park has been covered in toxic, lead-laden, carcinogenic crumb rubber turf made of toxic used tires. The city fathers just committed $688,737.12 toward replacing it with more of the same from the same foreign-owned company, FieldTurf of Calhoun, Georgia.

I've been warning about this stuff for four years but city hall never cares until lawyers start circling. Golden Eagle is part of a club you don't want to join. It includes UNR, McQueen, Damonte Ranch, Manogue, Carson and Douglas high schools as well as the Jan Evans Juvenile Detention Center, all besotted with cancer-causing benzene and brain-damaging lead-laced artificial carpet.

Public officials hide under rocks when the issue is raised because the turf is conservatively and cosmetically correct: looks great and cheap to maintain.

Except that it causes injuries inward and outward. Don't believe me? Then believe our religious leaders in the National Football League.

"Some evidence shows higher player injury on artificial turf. In a study performed by the National Football League Injury and Safety Panel, published in the October 2012 issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine, Elliott B. Hershman et al. reviewed injury data from NFL games played between 2000 and 2009. '...the injury rate of knee sprains as a whole was 22% higher on FieldTurf than on natural grass. While MCL sprains did not occur at a rate significantly higher than on grass, rates of ACL sprains were 67% higher on FieldTurf,' " according to Wikipedia.

"Studies of the safety of FieldTurf are conflicting. A five-year study funded by FieldTurf..." Well, you can guess what that showed.

A few years ago, a group of college professors, some from Yale Medical School, were so concerned that they started a research non-profit. (Barbwire 11-24-2015 et seq.)

The latest findings by Environment and Human Health, Inc., are damning. The summary will be linked to the web edition of this column.

I submit that the injury studies alone can be used by lawyers to bring lawsuits against the city for running an unsafe facility. It's harder to prove cause-and-effect for cancer or brain damage, as Fallon found out in researching its cancer cluster which was probably caused by titanium spewed from a local plant.

I am incensed that no one has called city hall or FieldTurf to account. I'd like to see expense accounts for schmoozing. And any campaign contributions to elected officials. Too bad nobody over there reads the local paper. It's gonna be costly in financial and human treasure.

Parents whose children have been injured playing on that stuff, please contact me. Likewise any families with (God forbid) kids who've contracted any of myriad diseases linked to it. I know some good lawyers and it's time to kick ass for the kids' sake. This has gone on long enough with no action.

How toxic is crumb rubber turf? It's illegal to dispose of at a landfill. So just where are the worn toxins from Golden Eagle going?

As I've noted several times, UNR is two years past due in responding to my queries as to where they dumped their old synthetics after auto dealer Don Weir paid for more false grass. And yes, Mackey Stadium is covered with the stuff. But it looks GRRRREAT on TV.

TODAY'S THE DAY. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. (Wednesday Nov. 6), the local school naming committee meets in the 425 East 9th Street school board chambers. Attend if you can.
I submitted my comments last week in support of NAACP matriarch Dolores Feemster "who served this community for nine decades, much more than half of that at Hug High School. Her decades-long tenure did not end when she retired. When Hug administrators confronted an especially thorny problem or a troubled student, their reaction was very often 'call Dolores.'

"With all due respect to all the other eminently qualified names before you, no one stands at Mrs. Feemster's level where Hug High is involved. You may reward the example of her lifetime of service by re-naming the existing Hug in her honor while transferring Procter Hug's name to the new high school (at Wildcreek Golf Course). When Mrs. Feemster died last year, only the Reno-Sparks Convention Center had the capacity for her memorial service. About 2,000 attended, including former Hug and NFL star JoJo Townsell, who led the many Hug alumni present in the Hug Fight Song in Mrs. Feemster's honor. That continuity deserves respect. More at RenoSparksNAACP.org/"

The current Hug will be converted to a trade school. While she lived, Mrs. Feemster's nearby house became a de facto northeast Reno community center. She died in 2018 at 89.
The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees will make final decisions on Nov. 12. You can mass e the board at <BoardMembers@washoeschools.net>

UPDATE: On Nov. 6, Reno City Councilmember Oscar Delgado submitted a letter to the school naming committee asserting the same positions as above regarding the two schools. Great minds think alike.

FROM LAST WEEK'S BARBWIREA tale of 2 city halls: Cancer kids and brain damage

BRAIN DAMAGE MEANS NEVER HAVING TO SAY YOU'RE SORRY. Sparks City Hall
is likewise slow on the uptake. Officials committed a sin of omission in ace Tribune reporter Kayla Anderson's otherwise splendid story in last week's edition.

The artificial turf at Sparks Golden Eagle Park is worn out. What will replace the carcinogenic crumb rubber turf that's plagued children for the past dozen years? It's made from atomized used tires which contain about 100 toxic chemicals, including lead. I've warned about it since the 11-24-2015 Barbwire (Nevada Press Association first-place winner).

Sparks joins UNR, McQueen, Damonte Ranch, Manogue, Carson and Douglas high schools as well as the Jan Evans Juvenile Detention Center, all besotted with cancer-causing benzene and brain-damaging lead-laced artificial carpet. But it looks great for NFL TV!

Coaches know it. I've talked to some who feel quite helpless and worried for their kids. If Golden Eagle replaces with the same horrors, I'll lead a campaign against it, including lining up lawyers. UNR has never responded to my queries for more than two years after I asked about the Don Weir-funded baseball field resurfacing.

Crumb rubber turf is so toxic it's illegal to dump in a landfill. UNR's PR machine wouldn't address disposal either.

Parents, time to get organized.

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.)

¡Sí se puede!
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Andrew Barbano is a 51-year Nevadan, executive producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration, first vice-president and political action chair of the Reno-Sparks NAACP, superannuated 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 and Protect Our Washoe.org/ As always, his opinions are strictly his own. E-mail barbano@frontpage.reno.nv.us. He has lived in both northern and southern Nevada during his half-century+ in the Silver State. Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Sparks Tribune since 1988 and received its 10th Nevada Press Association award (6 first-place) at the 21 Sept. 2019 NPA annual convention in Ely. In 1996, he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for a six-month investigative series. His multi-media road construction zone safety campaign for Laborers' Union Local 169 won a first-place award from the National Safety Council in a nationwide competition. (Such ephemera and about six bucks will get you a Latte Mocha Cotsafracas Chingade at just about any Starbux worldwide, guaranteed.) His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian of London/UK and more important publications.

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By Bryan Horwath / Las Vegas Sun 6-28-2019 / Reno Gazette-Journal 7-8-2019

Eldorado-Caesars merger means labor union battles far beyond Reno & Las Vegas
Culinary Union leader D. Taylor: "Where are they going to cut?"

Building trade union campaigns continue
By Ed Komenda / Reno Gazette-Journal / 6-27-2019

[4-20-2019] — About 100 demonstrators from almost all the region's unions, local community service organizations and political activists joined Culinary Union members picketing Circus Circus in the late afternoon of April 18. A couple of CC suits came out to see what all the fuss was about, as if they didn't already know. In addition to the familiar union "contract now!" chants came calls for a strike against the Carano jocks. ¡Viva Huelga! ¡Sí se puede!

REAL NEWS DEPT. In January 2019, Culinary Union Local 226 defeated an attempt by Circus Circus-Reno to decertify (terminate) the union's representation of its workers. No word on whether management plans to appeal the result to the National Labor Relations Board which was recently put out of business for 35 days. Thank you, Czar Donaldov.

CONSUMER CONUNDRUMS: PINK SLIPS, PURGES AND PRUNING. I need to hear from recently purged Eldorado Hotel-Casino, Circus Circus-Reno and Silver Legacy employees. Barbwire spies report perhaps 100 workers got the ax just in time for the 2018 holidays. In the Tribune, at Barbwire.US and in the London Guardian, I have lamented the deepening desperation of renters here in Tesla Valhalla. I'm now getting complaints about medical and dental practices purportedly pruning their patient loads, cutting loose the less-lucrative. That's de facto malpractice but medical professionals are lawsuit-proof under Nevada law — unless you're rich enough to personally pay a few hundred grand in legal fees. That's why TV lawyers only advertise for arrest or accident cases these days. If you've been cast adrift by patient pruning, call me at (775) 882-TALK or e-mail me.


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Tale of 2 city halls: Cancer kids & brain damage
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 10-30-2019 Sparks Tribune

Written in the stars: UNR football for racial justice
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 10-23-2019 Sparks Tribune

Goodbye, Columbus: A mirror for America
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 10-16-2019 Sparks Tribune

Déjà vu all over again: Bernie turns 2020 into 1968
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 10-9-2019 Sparks Tribune

City of Reno turns W. Plumb Lane into horny street
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 10-2-2019 Sparks Tribune

Hip-hopping mad over molesters and Mad Kings
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 9-25-2019 Sparks Tribune

Trade the Confederacy straight across for Greenland
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 9-18-2019 Sparks Tribune

Cut in twain
(Myers' favorite photo)

Dennis Myers: Enroute to the universe next door
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 9-11-2019 Sparks Tribune
Obituary, 1948-2019
[En Español — La Voz Hispana En Nevada 9-18-2019]

Philippines to Burning Man to Ireland: Adios GOAT
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 9-4-2019 Sparks Tribune

Nevadian Dennis Myers: The Greatest Of All Time
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 8-28-2019 Sparks Tribune

Veteran Nevada reporter Myers removed from life support
Obituary:
Dennis C. Myers 1948-2019
[En Español — La Voz Hispana En Nevada 9-18-2019]

Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno
/ Special Internet Edition 8-25-2019 Sparks Tribune


Reno City Council passes rent control
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 7-17-2019 Sparks Tribune

DAY OF THE DEAD
Relieve Rent & Pillage: Save SB398 & AB399

Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno
/ Special Online Legislative Edition / 4-12-2019 / Updated 4-13 and 4-14-2019 GMT
Fairness for tenants dies 4-12 unless lawmakers throw it a lifeline

Politics does not reward the shy
Rent justification and a death penalty for corporate depredation
Barbwire
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/ Expanded from the 4-10-2019 Sparks Tribune / Updated 4-11 and 4-12-2019 GMT
Fairness for tenants dies 4-12 unless lawmakers throw it a lifeline

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 with outrageous rents and scrambling schools
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.)
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"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
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A cuckoo coup and a president, too
Barbwire exclusive: Secret 2017 meeting set the setup in motion
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/ Uploaded 7-23-2019 / Expanded from the Wednesday 7-24-2019 Sparks Tribune

Alfred E. Neuman for Washoe school superintendent
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 7-10-2019 Sparks Tribune

Witness at the execution
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss
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Gang banging on 9th Street
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BLACK LIKE ME 2119: The problem as solution
Barbwire by Andrea Luigi Barbáno / Expanded from the 2-13-2019 Sparks Tribune / Updated 2-14 and 2-16-2019
Breaking News —> Culinary Union defeats decert at Circus Circus Reno
Dear Readers: The above column served as the conclusion of remarks I submitted before the "Tahoe Talks: Racism in America" symposium at the Incline Village, Nev., Library on February 12, 2019. So you might want to read "FADE TO BLACK" before you read "Black Like Me 2119".



$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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"The Fire in My Mouth," a new oratorio by Pulitzer honoree Julia Wolfe, premiered with the New York Philharmonic Jan. 24

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Andrew Barbano is a 50-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.
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