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An Alternative National Anthem

   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



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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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I've oft stated that America is far more interested in butt control than gun control.

Fortunately, those issues are now taking care of themselves. An increasing number of people are losing weight quickly by having their asses shot off.

Two down, two to go. God hisself apparently bans all birth control because millennia of twisted old white guys have talked to God and found out this is so, at least according to God's current public relations agencies.

Last but not least among us, greedy rent gouging has been epidemic in Nevada since the Great Recession eased up. (It ain't over 'til it's over.)

I put out a mass e-bulletin last Friday trying to get Nevada lawmakers to save Senate Bill 398 and Assembly Bill 399. The first, sponsored by Sen. Julia Ratti, D-Sparks, would allow local governments more leeway in affordable housing. "Rent" and "control" are not mentioned.

AB 399 sponsored by Assemblymember Ellen Spiegel, D-Henderson, represents the first mild attempt to do something about payday loan vampires by starting state-sponsored employee savings accounts for workers without retirement options. Non-penalty withdrawal could have made a small dent in payday loan desperation.

Both bills died of neglect at midnight last Friday. Neither even got a committee hearing despite AB399 being personally pushed by Lt. Gov. Kate Marshall. The proposals might return as "emergency" measures. Watch for hailstorms in hell.

Back to Plan A, Rentvolution.org. I pulled an all-nighter last week because I've seen the desperation of those facing the street or already on it. The people responded, including good landlords and some media types.

A cruel Sun Valley realtor wrote that what I proposed was dumb, illegal and that Nevada has plenty of legal protection for renters. Fantasyland. She insisted she can do whatever she wants with her own property, so I hope she invites me to the street drags, motorcycle races and the groundbreaking of her new high-rise kiddy daycare center, all of which apparently need no government approval.

If her renters don't like it, they can move, she snorted. A motel tenant I interviewed just got the same blast of unoriginal moral obtuseness. (I used "If you don't like it, move!" as the headline of an ad 41 years ago on this same issue.)

Good responses outnumbered bad. Please volunteer because it's time to move rent increase justification forward. The free market gets neutered during boomtown shortages. As Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said last month: "I believe in markets but markets without rules are theft."

Turn on, tune in and get involved.

Read my full bulletin to lawmakers at Barbwire.US, then sign up because time's up. Lives are on the line.

[UPDATE 4-20-2019] — GOOD NEWS: Both of the bills noted in my piece have apparently been rescued from the trash heap and remain on life support down at the biennial petting zoo we call a legislature. The ledge website apparently has a longer than usual time drag these days. The quest for justice abides. Stay tuned.

MORE 4-20-2019: SB 398 passed the senate 15-6 on April 18. All 13 Democrats supported it plus Republicans Pete Goicochea, R-Eureka, and Ben Kieckhefer, R-Reno. It now moves to the lower house. The legislative website still displays no updated info on AB 399. Stay tuned.

RENO BANKRUPTCY. I've warned about this for more than a decade. The city is again near default on the debt (originally about $260 million) to build the downtown railroad trench for Harrah's and the Carano family hotels (Silver Legacy , Eldorado and Circus Circus).

I recently sent some city union guys the latest travails of Germany's shaky Deutschebank which is about to undergo a forced merger. DB and Goldman Sachs own Reno's loans. Will German Chancellor Angela Merkel insist that DB start collecting bad debts?

Reno Gazette-Journal coverage last Sunday was almost booster-club superficial. City Hall is talking about refinancing, including taking on new public debt to pay the Reno Aceholes baseball billionaires their overdue $1 million a year retainer they required just to move the team here. The Black Tower built them a stadium for free on the city's credit card.

Tax increases on downtown properties haven't been covering all that hock. I wonder if the Reno paper will print that a prime reason lies with casinos cutting their own taxes by gaming the assessment system where their market value is determined by cash flow rather than market value like residences.

Sparks is in almost as shaky financial condition, so it appears that both my predictions of municipal bankruptcies are coming true, albeit a bit overdue. See the Corporate Welfare Archives at NevadaLabor.com/

Meanwhile, new apartments at ground zero of City of Sparks financial distress, the Marina corporate welfare project, range from $1400 to almost $3,000 a month.

Rent justification, anyone?

¡Sí se puede!

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 50-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 ninth Nevada Press Association award (6th first-place) at the 29 Sept. 2018 NPA annual convention in Las Vegas. 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.

WEB XTRAS & SMOKING GUNS —>

REAL NEWS DEPT. In January, 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.

[UPDATE 4-20-2019] — About 100 demonstrators from almost all the region's unions, local commuity 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!

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 holidays. In the Tribune, at Barbwire.US and in the London Guardian, I have lamented the deepening desperation of renters here in Tesla boomtown. 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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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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Relieve Rent & Pillage: Save SB398 & AB399

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/ Special Online Legislative Edition / 4-12-2019 / Updated 4-13 and 4-14-2019 GMT
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Rent justification and a death penalty for corporate depredation
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Fairness for tenants dies 4-12 unless lawmakers throw it a lifeline

A liberal case for a new, brutal death penalty
Barbwire by Andres Luis Barbáno / Expanded from the 4-3-2019 Sparks Tribune

50 years in Nevada: Trying to outlive them all
Barbwire by Andres Luis Barbáno / Expanded from the 3-27-2019 Sparks Tribune

Guns, gouging and guts: once upon a time in the west
Barbwire by Andres Luis Barbáno / Expanded from the 3-20-2019 Sparks Tribune

Guv keynotes César XVII: 17-year overnight success
Barbwire by Andres Luis Barbáno / Expanded from the 3-13-2019 Sparks Tribune

Judge not lest ye be judged — or misjudged
Barbwire by Andres Luis Barbáno / Expanded from the 3-6-2019 Sparks Tribune

Even in Sparks, God works in mysterious ways
Barbwire by Andres Luis Barbáno / Expanded from the 2-27-2019 Sparks Tribune

OF CRABS AND CLANS: White bibs or white sheets tonight
Barbwire Confidential by Andres Luis Barbáno / 2-23-2019 SPECIAL ONLINE HUSHhush E-EDITION

Trump's Wall: First step toward ending Nixon's War on Drugs
Barbwire by Andres Luis Barbáno / Expanded from the 2-20-2019 Sparks Tribune

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".

Andrew Barbano, former governor of Nevada
Barbwire by Andrea Luigi Barbáno / Expanded from the 2-6-2019 Sparks Tribune

Downtown Sparks: New taxes, gun controls & a wall
Barbwire by Andrea Luigi Barbáno / Expanded from the 1-30-2019 Sparks Tribune

Striking sex: The only thing Trump understands
Barbwire by Andrea Luigi Barbáno / Expanded from the 1-23-2019 Sparks Tribune

Sands of time blast the milestones of life
Barbwire by Andrea Luigi Barbáno / Expanded from the 1-16-2019 Sparks Tribune

Bob Price: Cowboy, lawmaker, union man and Elvis fan
Barbwire by Andrea Luigi Barbáno / Expanded from the 1-9-2019 Sparks Tribune

Crystal Balls: Peerless Predixions 2019 & Beyond
Barbwire by Andrea Luigi Barbáno / Expanded from the 12-26-2018 Sparks Tribune



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How come nobody noticed 'til now?
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/ 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)
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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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