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New York Times front page headline 8-6-2019
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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



Nevadian Dennis Myers: The Greatest Of All Time
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 8-28-2019 Sparks Tribune
/ Updated 8-29 & 8-30 + 9-4-2019 GMT / Expansions in blue
Obituary, 1948-2019

REPORT FROM THE MEMORIAL GATHERING (9-15-2019) — About 200 people from as far away as the Philippines and Ireland gathered to honor Dennis on the banks of the Truckee River on Sunday, Sept. 15. His ashes will be scattered at Pyramid Lake, the termination of the Truckee on the Paiute Reservation. Details in the Sept. 18 Sparks Tribune.


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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.

RENO NEWS & REVIEW, 11-9-2006

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The GOAT is dead. Nevada lost its greatest journalist over the weekend. The Greatest Of All Time.

Cut in twain
(His favorite photo)

The GOAT's future was written in the stars at his 1948 birth: He was a Capricorn.

Sparks Tribune alumnus and Reno News & Review News Editor Dennis Myers was removed from life support last Monday. He suffered a brain stem stroke at his Sparks apartment over the weekend and was brain-dead when admitted to Renown Regional Medical Center.

He was "discharged" from "patient" to "organ donor" status sometime last Saturday and was kept alive to facilitate organ donation. The system found a liver recipient last Monday.

The exact time and date of whatever may be defined as his death will thus be known only to God. He takes with him a peerless repository of Nevada history and journalistic institutional memory.

He was the best that ever was. I'll put his work up against anyone's since statehood. That's saying something. But Mark Twain only worked here for about three years before heading for the border with the law on his ass.

Arizona Republic investigative reporter Don Bowles was blown up in his car in a Gomorrah South parking garage for working on Mafia stories, which puts him in the top five.

The late, great Ned Day, an inaugural member of the Barbwire Molly Ivins Memorial Columniator Hall of Flames, also had has life threatened many times back when the Chicago mob and Tony "The Ant" Spilotro ran the Las Vegas Strip. (See the Martin Scorsese fictionalized version with DeNiro and Pesci, "Casino.)

Dennis combined a matchless hat trick of talent. He never sought big money, just like Day. He was absolutely incorruptible, enjoyed a reverence for history, carried a peerless institutional memory and could synthesize it flawlessly by deadline.

His extensively researched summary (with a little help from the Barbwire) of Assemblymember Ira Hansen's, R-Sparks, long record of racist and bigoted Tribune columns fueled the Reno-Sparks NAACP's successful national campaign that caused Hansen's 2014 withdrawal as speaker-designate of Nevada's lower house.
Myers was quoted everywhere from the Maui News to The New York Times and The Guardian of London/UK.

Myers and his crew of RNR journalists were awarded the inaugural NAACP Eddie Scott/Bertha Woodard Human Rights Advocacy Award in 2015, the organization's highest honor.

He was a consistent and admirable advocate for the rights of minorities, workers and women. We will remember him at the NAACP's 74th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Grand Sierra-Reno.

All public issues were fair game no matter their source. Myers was as consistent a critic as any conservative when it came to Nevada's rampant corporate welfare proliferation and increasingly regressive taxation. He was a champion of the rights of workers, unions, minorities and women. His cover story in the current Reno News & Review critiques the female majority of the 2019 Nevada Legislature, the first in Nevada or U.S. history. He is unsparing in his criticism lamenting what might have been.

Myers was honored with a trove of state and national awards during a long journalistic career and this month was nominated for the Nevada Press Association Hall of Fame. He will become the first journalist inducted into the César Chávez Nevada Labor Hall of Fame at the next Nevada Chávez Day, March 31, 2020.

As of today, Dennis and fellow Tribune alumnus, photographer Don Dondero, join the Ivins HOF.

Day died of a heart attack on vacation in a Hawaii hotel pool. Bowles, you know about. Dennis also suffered his share. He was hospitalized with a major loss of blood a few years ago because of an undetected ulcer. His home was destroyed by a major flood. His only son died at age 47. Sometimes he didn't even own a car.

He was fired by KTVN TV-2 as a sacrificial lamb to get the Chevy dealer's ad budget back. He had to spend all his retirement savings before he could find another job. See "Pay Per News" in the July 25, 2002, News & Review and "Thou Shalt Censor Thyself," the Barbwire of January 6, 2015.

It's still going on. A top gun Reno Gazette-Journal staffer told me that not a week goes by that the local Chevy store doesn't threaten to cancel ads because somebody sees an article they don't like.

"Don't touch car dealers" was a standing (if not explicit) order Dennis learned in his TV days.

Ditto with the Carano casino jocks at the Reno paper.

Dennis gave Nevada almost all of his life since age 5. You may read my 1,500-word obituary of my friend at NevadaLabor.com, a half-century of impeccable journalism in the public interest.

I challenge anyone to compare. Time to have one helluva party.


    Reach out your hand if your cup is empty.
If your cup is full, may it be again.
    Let it be known there is a fountain
That was not made by the hands of men.

— Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter    

[UPDATE 9-4-2019: MEMORIAL EVENT ANNOUNCED]

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.

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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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Veteran Nevada reporter Myers removed from life support
Obituary: Dennis C. Myers, 1948-2019
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno
/ Special Internet Edition 8-25-2019 Sparks Tribune

The Trump Whisperer and a $40,000 baseball ticket
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 8-21-2019 Sparks Tribune
/ Updated 8-22 & 8-25-2019

Perfectly Nevadian: Joe Conforte, 1925-2019
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 8-14-2019 Sparks Tribune

Guns and roses, traitors and political poses
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 8-7-2019 Sparks Tribune

The Sting, spike heels, green eggs & ham
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 7-31-2019 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
by Andres Luis Barbáno
/ 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
By Sam Levin / The Guardian 6-20-2018

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A cuckoo coup and a president, too
Barbwire exclusive: Secret 2017 meeting set the setup in motion
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno
/ 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
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 7-3-2019 Sparks Tribune

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

Triangle tragedy recalled as requiem
"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.
Whom to blame: How a hall-of-famer's hunch birthed the Barbwire in August of 1987
Tempus fugit.

Betty J. Barbano
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