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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



May 15: The Ides of Uncle Walter Cronkite
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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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Norah O'Donnell is both telegenic and talented. Will she succeed where Katy Couric (CBS) and Diane Sawyer (ABC) fell short as anchors of major network evening newscasts?

The pressure on Ms. O'Donnell is worse than that of her predecessors because she ascends the throne of Walter Cronkite in the heart of the MeToo movement. Will it make a difference?

On an early morning 2006 newscast on local CBS affiliate KTVN TV-2, I predicted that effervescent Ms. Couric would crash and burn. God, I got heat over that.

"There are three jobs in public life where people want daddy telling them everything's all right and will be better in the morning: Governor — not US senator, president of the United States and network news anchor," I said.

I also predicted that Democratic gubernatorial nominee Sen. Dina Titus, D-Las Vegas, would fall short in her bid against Republican Congresscritter Jim the Dim. God, did I get heat over that.

I proved correct on both. I'm over half a century into the media business. I deal in images. Perky Katy was not Uncle Walter. Petite Dina was no match for a handsome (if studly stupid) jet pilot.

If you want a harbinger of the 2020 presidential result, watch Ms. O'Donnell's ratings. I hope she makes it.

MINIMALIST GOVERNMENT SPAWNS MINI-WAGES. I have been carping for decades that the average income of Americans has pretty much flat-lined since the phony Arab Oil Embargo of 1973.

I need to take a longer view. On May 10, 1908, The New York Times published a story about how hard it was to live on $35 a week.

"We all know that the cost of living has advanced absurdly out of proportion to salaries," wrote Agnes Laut in a story about living frugally.

"The $35 figure she cited works out to $967 in current dollars," The Times reported on May 10, 2019.

"According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, median full-time earnings in the first quarter of 2019 were $908 per week," the newspaper noted.

Zounds. A century of backsliding. Don't tell Czar Donaldov.

In last Sunday's Reno Gazette-Journal, conservative banker and financial commentator Robert Barone once again sent up warning flags about impending recession.

He analyzed recent puffy economic numbers, torpedoing the rosy scenarios emanating from DC. As I've oft noted, the most frequently quoted consumer price index category has long had the costs of energy (including gasoline) and food removed. Why? Officially, they are "too volatile." Unofficially: they make whichever party is in power look bad.

"The media failed to mention that the only reason the unemployment rate fell was because the labor force shrank...a 770,000 drop since last December. This implies discouraged job seekers. If not for the drop in the labor force, the unemployment rate would be somewhere north of four percent," Barone asserted.

STILL STRUGGLING. Should it pass the current legislature, the Nevada minimum wage will will go up a whole 75 cents to $8.00 an hour this year and $12 by 2023. Had the minimum been adjusted for inflation since the US economy peaked in 1968, it would mandate about $12 today.

IN MEMORIAM: This Saturday, May 18, I will say a silent prayer for two brothers in arms who never met. Talk radio legend Travus T. Hipp (aka Chandler Acheson Laughlin Jr.), died on May 18, 2012. The former Tribune commentator stands among only seven honorees in the Barbwire Molly Ivins Memorial Columniator Hall of Flames.

Travus proudly carried his own home-made Industrial Workers of the World (aka The Wobblies) picket sign to local union demonstrations. The Wobblies remain Nevada labor legends and are still very active in the Silver State more than a century later.

Big Bill Haywood, along with Eugene Debs, Mary Harris "Mother" Jones and others founded the IWW. Haywood died on May 18, 1928.

NON-SEQUITUR CLUB. Czar Donaldov and former Veep Biden are contenders for this year's "Never Give A Inch" Award. As John Wayne once growled in a western, "never apologize, it's a sign of weakness."

HOMELAND INSECURITY. I detest lower digestive tract humor, but this one is too good not to (pardon the expression) pass along.

"I was busted for contraband at SFO (San Francisco International Airport)," a Barbwire regular writes.

"It seems powdered laxative will register as an explosive!" the accused terrorist exclaimed.

Somehow, I don't feel safer and would rather stay home.

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 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 —> GAS CON. The corporate Oilogopoly raises pump prices on any publicity. The latest goosing has nothing to do with Iran or Venezuela. The US is now a net energy exporter. I've written on the con for decades but BigOil has more clout. See the Oilogopoly Archive at NevadaLabor.com/

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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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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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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MayDay for renters, movie fans and avengers
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Sen. Ira Hansen announces his pregnancy
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Rent justification and a death penalty for corporate depredation
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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
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Downtown Sparks: New taxes, gun controls & a wall
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Striking sex: The only thing Trump understands
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Sands of time blast the milestones of life
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Bob Price: Cowboy, lawmaker, union man and Elvis fan
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Crystal Balls: Peerless Predixions 2019 & Beyond
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$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 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.
Whom to blame: How a hall-of-famer's hunch birthed the Barbwire in August of 1987
Tempus fugit.

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