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1988-2013: The Barbwire's Silver Anniversary in the Silver State
—>Now we go for gold
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
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The Dean's List

   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

Barbwire Nominee Guy Richardson elected to Nevada Press Assn. Hall of Fame on first try

Don Dondero's nomination is now before NPA directors. Thanks to all who sent in affirmations

HAT TRICK
Barbwire wins third straight Nevada Press Association first-place award

The 2009 first-place Nevada Press Association award winners
Tony the Tiger & the flaky NFL
Barbwire / 11-30-2008
Deregulation is never having to say you're sorry
Barbwire / 8-3-2008
Nevada: A good place to visit, but do you want to live here?
Barbwire / 6-15-2008


Barbwire.TV

Watch NevadaLabor.com for show times. Help us get the word out.

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SUING FOR SCHOOLS
Updated 8-30-2011
Now rerunning on Carson-Dayton 226

Additional programs on Boulder City cable. Go to bcnv.org and then
go to the BCTV link.

If Reform Fails: Health Care, Jobs and Unions — new power to the people on the public airwaves

The program premiers were available to every television set in the region because of a high-mileage media hybrid.

The shows appeared on both commercial and community stations. The non-corporate entity produced the events, commercial TV greatly expanded distribution.

Thus began an ongoing series of sane public interest programs which generate both entertaining heat and more than a little light.

Please spread the word and consider contributing to the cause online at ReSurge.TV.

You may also take the public option known as the U.S. Postal Service and send a check or money order to ReSurge.TV, P.O. Box 10034, Reno NV 89510.

Your contribution will help fund the distribution as well as ongoing efforts at developing new media, including a regional, non-corporate community radio station and the return of community television to Reno-Sparks-Washoe.

You are present at the creation of what I hope can become a new media model where the programming accurately reflects what's happening on the ground and the media impact is powerful enough to forcefully pass the message upward.

Thanks.

Be well. Raise hell.

Andrew


Click here for on-demand re-runs from the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Barbwire.TV archives

(775) 882-8255
[882-TALK]

Barbwire.TV:
15-year overnight success

Daily Sparks Tribune 2-10-2008

The Barbwire's Greatest Hits
Highlights from radio days
mp3 file


HAT TRICK: Barbwire wins 3rd straight Nevada Press Association First-Place Award

 

Barbwire Nominee Guy Richardson elected to Nevada Press Assn. Hall of Fame on first try

Don Dondero's nomination is now before NPA directors. Thanks to all who sent in affirmations.


Labor Day 2014: Red, white and screwed
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 8-28-2014

Sexy scandals, whitewashes & black towers
Media overlook federal sex/race/ethnicity investigation into Washoe County School District
Meanwhile, big money is spent strictly on abstinence
State panel to review militarization of police departments
In Nevada visit, new Veterans Administration boss proves all jobs require training

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 8-21-2014

Education Dysfunction Part XLV—>
Bringing serious heat well into the night

Nevadans host moment of silence for Missouri police shooting victim Michael Brown
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 8-14-2014

Education Dysfunction Part XLIV—>
Pots and Kettles: Can't we all get along?

BREAKING NEWS: WCSD Vice-President Dave Aiazzi has announced that he has been diagnosed with leukemia and will be resigning by the end of September. Remember him with healing thoughts and prayers.
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 8-7-2014

Education Dysfunction Part XLIII—>
Playing the race card for profit and peril

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 7-31-2014

Education Dysfunction Part XLII—>
We don't need no education or Pedro, either
Reno-Sparks-Washoe school boss fired and unfired

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 7-24-2014

How to assassinate Medicare and Medicaid
Health Savings Accounts: The insurance industry's Trojan Horse

Reno Gazette-Journal / 7-19-2014

Migrant laborers: Your folks and refugee kids
What do broke Baby Boomers and Central American refugee children have in common?
The future of the U.S. workforce.

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-17-2014 Sparks Tribune

A cold shower for the NY Times Tesla gusher
40 years in the wilderness: Study says Silver State on downhill slide since 1970
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 7-10-2014 Sparks Tribune

Ask Hobby Lobby to take in refugee kids
So five uptight old Catholic guys in grim reaper robes don't like contraception.
Wonder if they thought that way back in college?

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 7-3-2014 Sparks Tribune

The Status Quo Ante versus the Status Quo Uncle
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 6-26-2014 Sparks Tribune

Barbano on statewide Nevada Newsmakers show

Tesla plants PR slants to get into the public's pants
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-19-2014 Sparks Tribune

Nevada follytix '14 still played under 1952 TV rules
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-12-2014 Sparks Tribune

Nevada's righteous ayatollahs arise once again
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-5-2014 Sparks Tribune

When your enemy is destroying himself, never interfere
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-29-2014 Sparks Tribune

Barbara Bennett, Erik Holland and Václav Havel
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-22-2014 Sparks Tribune

Stabbing rock-sucking kangaroos on the Ides of May
Reno Gazette-Journal blatantly manipulates mayoral contest
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-15-2014 Sparks Tribune

Negative Optimism:
Making the best of being worst

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-8-2014 Sparks Tribune

Mayday!
Taxes smolder while citizens do slow burn
May Day in Reno, D-Day for teachers' union tax petition
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-1-2014 Sparks Tribune

Revolution, evolution, devolution & truth dilution
Also: Labor leader Joe Assalone dies
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 4-24-2014 Sparks Tribune

Making the best of an inbred situation
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-17-2014 Sparks Tribune

The Obamacare Bitcoin online vote exchange
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-10-2014 Sparks Tribune

In search of the modern day Barbara Bennett
Barbwire by Barbano / Substantially expanded from the 4-3-2014 Sparks Tribune

Bob McGowan, Miss America and César Chávez
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-27-2014 Sparks Tribune

We Don't Need No Education XXXVIII
The politics of media ga-ga boosterism

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-20-2014 Sparks Tribune

We Don't Need No Education XXXVII
Follytix '14: If you don't laugh, you'll cry

BREAKING NEWS: State illegally uses tax money vs. teacher tax vote
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 3-13-2014 Sparks Tribune

Campaign 2014: An expensive comedy act
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-6-2014 Sparks Tribune

Shirl Elliker: Nevada loses an honorable man
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-27-2014 Sparks Tribune

 

 

We Don't Need No Education XXXVI —>
Education: The cure spawns an even worse disease
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-20-2014 Sparks Tribune

Fold your favorite charity, then go thank yourself
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-13-2014 Sparks Tribune

Lying means never having to say you're sorry
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-6-2014 Sparks Tribune

We Don't Need No Education: Time to give up?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-30-2014 Sparks Tribune

Justice: Just another word for nothing left to lose
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-23-2014 Sparks Tribune

All the news you wish you didn't need to know
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-16-2014 Sparks Tribune

Can Amazon drones deliver healthy cigarettes?
Lotsa laughs, César Chávez Celebration XII, Jello Biafra, 3 obits, the campaign to elect Don Dondero to the Nevada Press Assn. Hall of Fame + Barbwire.TV.
So what's not to like?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 1-9-2014 Sparks Tribune

Solar-powered insurance drones from hell
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-2-2014 Sparks Tribune

Get ahead of corporate-influenced news—>Subscribe to Barbwire Confidential —>

Warring tribes battle the great black whale
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-26-2013 Sparks Tribune

2013: Unlucky number for an ugly year
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-19-2013 Sparks Tribune

They don't do anything until somebody dies
UNR and downtown Reno theater firetraps show how little was learned from the infamous Las Vegas Hilton and MGM disasters
Remembering Sen. Joe Neal's landmark high-rise fire sprinkler law
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 12-12-2013 Sparks Tribune

Lamenting the loss of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-5-2013 Sparks Tribune

Reader beware of what's not really there
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-28-2013 Sparks Tribune

John F. Kennedy's 2014 Inaugural Address
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-21-2013 Sparks Tribune

Remembering another local school murder
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-14-2013 Sparks Tribune
UPDATES: Peggy Pierce memorial service and I-80 road construction deaths

The bloody guns of October fire on November
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 11-7-2013 Sparks Tribune

Nevada Day Required Reading
The Lady in the Red Dress
The Barbwire's classic Nevada Day column written in 1983
The compleat history of the Silver State in 500 words
SO WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
Sparks Tribune 10-31-2013 and previously

Let's persuade Apple to start making i-Guns here
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-24-2013 Sparks Tribune

Barbano on the Barbwire plots new TV season
Barbwire Special Web Edition / 10-21-2013

Barbwire: Nevada not really a state
No, we were not Battle Born in Kenya
Top 10 reasons Nevada lives in the 19th Century

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-17-2013 Sparks Tribune

USA at crossroads: New Deal or new Confederacy?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-10-2013 Sparks Tribune
UPDATE—>Bill Moyers: Shutdown is simply secession by other means

Sex, sports and rock 'n' roll dept.
Moneyball: Invest in texting, tweeting & twerking

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 10-3-2013 Sparks Tribune

Just like old times: UN,R and Hot August Nights
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-26-2013 Sparks Tribune

How to play pro ball and be cruel to your school
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-19-2013 Sparks Tribune

For sale: The American way of life — and death
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-12-2013 Sparks Tribune
Barbwire more than a decade ahead of the curve—>
The campaign against forcibly paid obituaries

Muhammad Ali & Sir David Frost faced off here
Barbwire memories of two superstars
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 9-5-2013 Sparks Tribune

Reno City Council again rolls over for Waste Management
Workers, ratepayers, taxpayers & competitors all harmed, as usual
Barbano: Two monopolies for the price of one
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review / 9-5-2013


Lawnmower Man, bladerunners and smoke eaters
Demonstrators at Reno Federal Courthouse deserve combat pay
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 8-29-2013 Sparks Tribune

WHO WAS THAT MASKED MAN, TONTO? All participants in the demonstration were reminded that breathing is both voluntary and optional. There is no requirement forcing anyone to inhale Reno's foul forest-fired air. (Photo courtesy of L. Martina Young/APoeticBody.com)

Reno rally to mark the 50th anniversary of the fabled 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom
10 a.m.–12 noon Saturday, August 24, Bruce Thompson Federal Courthouse, S. Virginia & Liberty streets
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 8-22-2013 Sparks Tribune

We don't need no education, Part 24
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 8-22-2013 Sparks Tribune
Web extra — Bill O'Reilly's sex education
Reno Gazette-Journal / 8-16-2013

A quarter century of Barbwire, part deux
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 8-15-2013 Sparks Tribune

Barbwire: 25 years before the masthead
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 8-8-2013 Sparks Tribune

Visitors: Is America still tough enough?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 8-1-2013 Sparks Tribune

The presence of all colors gives you black
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-25-2013 Sparks Tribune

Bagging black bucks in the Gunshine State
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-18-2013 Sparks Tribune

The Dean's List

   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

Barbwire Nominee Guy Richardson elected to Nevada Press Assn. Hall of Fame on first try

Don Dondero's nomination is now before NPA directors. Thanks to all who sent in affirmations.

HAT TRICK
Barbwire wins third straight Nevada Press Association first-place award

The 2009 first-place Nevada Press Association award winners
Tony the Tiger & the flaky NFL
Barbwire / 11-30-2008
Deregulation is never having to say you're sorry
Barbwire / 8-3-2008
Nevada: A good place to visit, but do you want to live here?
Barbwire / 6-15-2008


Barbwire.TV

Watch NevadaLabor.com for show times. Help us get the word out.

Support the project at http://resurge.tv#donate

SUING FOR SCHOOLS
Updated 8-30-2011
Now rerunning on Carson-Dayton 226

Additional programs on Boulder City cable. Go to bcnv.org and then
go to the BCTV link.

If Reform Fails: Health Care, Jobs and Unions — new power to the people on the public airwaves

The program premiers were available to every television set in the region because of a high-mileage media hybrid.

The shows appeared on both commercial and community stations. The non-corporate entity produced the events, commercial TV greatly expanded distribution.

Thus began an ongoing series of sane public interest programs which generate both entertaining heat and more than a little light.

Please spread the word and consider contributing to the cause online at ReSurge.TV.

You may also take the public option known as the U.S. Postal Service and send a check or money order to ReSurge.TV, P.O. Box 10034, Reno NV 89510.

Your contribution will help fund the distribution as well as ongoing efforts at developing new media, including a regional, non-corporate community radio station and the return of community television to Reno-Sparks-Washoe.

You are present at the creation of what I hope can become a new media model where the programming accurately reflects what's happening on the ground and the media impact is powerful enough to forcefully pass the message upward.

Thanks.

Be well. Raise hell.

Andrew


Click here for on-demand re-runs from the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Barbwire.TV archives

(775) 882-8255
[882-TALK]

Barbwire.TV:
15-year overnight success

Daily Sparks Tribune 2-10-2008

The Barbwire's Greatest Hits
Highlights from radio days
mp3 file


HAT TRICK: Barbwire wins 3rd straight Nevada Press Association First-Place Award

 

Barbwire Nominee Guy Richardson elected to Nevada Press Assn. Hall of Fame on first try

Don Dondero's nomination is now before NPA directors. Thanks to all who sent in affirmations.

Blogging with the rabble on the Tower of Babel
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-11-2013 Sparks Tribune

Death panels hard at work right here in River City
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-4-2013 Sparks Tribune

Clarence Thomas, Little Anthony & the Imperials
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-27-2013 Sparks Tribune

Rosy the poll dancer's destructive seduction
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-20-2013 Sparks Tribune

Googling for liquid Romanian castanets
Other than doing our laundry, what should we do about
Big Brother peeking into our collective lace undies?

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 6-13-2013 Sparks Tribune

Enron II: Nevada's Battle-Born Toxic Event
Indigence and indigestion from ingestion of Warren Buffett's buffet
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-6-2013 Sparks Tribune

The 2013 looney tunes legislative lexicon
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-30-2013 Sparks Tribune

MAY 29: Sen. Harry Reid Keynotes Path to Citizenship Public Assembly
Little Flower Church / Kietzke and E. Plumb Ln. / Reno, NV

Details in the May 23 Barbwire>
Longing for the wisdom of the grateful dead
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-23-2013 Sparks Tribune / Updated 6-1-2013

Star-stuck: Dirty deals for dirty movies
Ghostrider Nicolas Cage sticks it to Nevada school kids
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 5-16-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Mr. Wynnderful waxes wealthier whilst we wither
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-9-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

The asinine assassination of KJFK talk radio
The Travus 'n' Andy Show's last chance
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 5-2-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

4-28-2013
National Workers Memorial Day of the Dead
You're not worth much dead or alive
Impose the death penalty on co
mpanies knowingly causing worker fatalities
Do you think your life is worth more than $566 a year?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 4-25-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune
UPDATED 5-7-2013 with Robert Reich commentary

Gov. Sandoval's $3 million New York State of Mind
New Nevada ad campaign slips on a sideways banana
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sunday 4-21-2013 Reno Gazette-Journal
Portions of the above also appeared in the 4-10-2013 RGJ and the 4-18-2013 Reno News & Review

Hopelessly trying to win an earthquake
I publicly wept when they looked at me.

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-18-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Sitting ducks in Sparks as storks stalk Carson
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-11-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

César Chávez's fight continues
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-4-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Fixing education: The bulldozer solution
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-28-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Gov. Sandoval, César Chávez and the Grateful Dead
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-21-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Papa Francisco Primero: ¡Viva La Revolución!
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-14-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Petition pondering & pandering:
Just Say No, a Nevada tradition

CLINGING TO THE LEDGE—>Do the Nancy Reagan thing
Just say no and invalidate term limits and right-to-work-for-less in the process
Barbwire by Barbano / Special Online Abstinence Edition / 3-5-2013

An edited and updated version appeared in the 3-7-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

The brutal law of unintended consequences
Between the devil and the deep Joe Neal
Long-lost research may invalidate more than 100 longstanding Nevada laws
IRONY ALERT—>
New higher electoral standard for teachers' tax petition may generate more support
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-28-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Barbano back on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV/radio program —> Almost the entire Feb. 27 show concerned the teachers' tax petition. The Barbwire in the Feb. 28 Sparks Tribune will have a major impact on it both legislatively and electorally. Turn on, tune in and tell a friend.

School shootings:
Reno GOP Senator introduces bill to shoot schools in fiscal foot

Where is gun control when we need it?
Can you stimulate the economy by cutting wages?
by Andrew Barbano / NevadaLabor.com U-News e-Bulletin 26 Feb. 2013 / Updated 3-20 and 4-16-2013

Dishonest Abe: white hood on a stovepipe hat
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-21-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Pope Guido Sarducci & Wildhorse Annie II
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-14-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Greasing the suckers and goosing the gullible
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-7-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Never trust gun runners, politicians or PR men
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-31-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Clinging to the ledge & paying for our sins
Governor pays back Nevada health insurance monopoly/major campaign contributor
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-24-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Moonhowlers, smoking guns & warning labels
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-17-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

 

Power politics & prescient predictions
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-10-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Wine, winners, whiners & white guys
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-3-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Get ahead of corporate-influenced news—>Subscribe to Barbwire Confidential

We Don't Need No Education: The Neverending Series
BARBWIRE BLASTS FROM THE PAST
Site Map

Required Readings

The Lady in the Red Dress
The Barbwire's classic Nevada Day column written in 1983
The compleat history of the Silver State in 500 words
SO WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
DAILY SPARKS TRIBUNE 1-3-2011

Liberal reasons to oppose liberal positions and policies
Guaranteed to irritate all points of the political spectrum

DAILY SPARKS TRIBUNE 12-26-2010

Guest Columnists

Travus T. Hipp
Feb. 20, 1937
— May 18, 2012

NEW: The Bullfrog Times-Picayune and
Sticky Stones: Last blast from the past

NEWLY UPLOADED: Love ain't free
Evelyn Kerr's remembrances of the life and times of Travus T. Hipp from the pages of TimeMazine

CD available


Tony Mayorga:
César Chávez's impact on Nevada increases
1960s
Northern Nevada Chávez work disclosed
Reno Gazette-Journal Guest Editorial / Sunday 3-30-2014

César Chávez event looks like America
by Tony Mayorga, President, Laborers' Union Local 169
Guest Commentary / Reno Gazette-Journal / 3-28-2013

Mayorga: César Chávez's fight for justice lives on
Guest Commentary / Reno Gazette-Journal / 3-31-2012

We put the state on life support for another two years
Assemblyman Richard "Skip" Daly, D-Sparks / Reno Gazette-Journal Guest Editorial / 7-17-2011
Editor's note: Alas and alack, the 2013 session provided instant replay.


Prof. Jake Highton
Travus T. Hip
p, 1937-2012

Dennis Myers
Orland T. Outland, 1923-2000
Labor Leaders

David Farside 1936-2014
The Farside Chronicles
Harry Spencer remembers David Farside
Tribune Editor Dan Eckles: Farside a class act

17-year investigative series

PUMPING PROFITS — Why does gasoline cost so much?
Read the awful truth in the Barbwire Oilogopoly Archive

Get ahead of corporate-influenced news—>Subscribe to Barbwire Confidential

BLASTS FROM THE PAST
Some of the Barbwire's Pre-Internet Greatest Hits

John F. Kennedy's 2013 inaugural address
Excerpted from the original full text from 12-29-1991 (.pdf)
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-22-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Lynne Hughes and Barbara Bennett: Energy Again [.pdf]
Uploaded on the occasion of the passing of Travus T. Hipp, 1937-2012
Barbwire / Sparks Tribune / 3-21-1993

1995 Washoe Med Grand Jury Report
Additional columns just uploaded from our archives + the 3-18-2012 Barbwire
Grand Jury report available for the first time on the web

The fairy tale power of 35 pennies
From the 12-22-1991
Daily Sparks Tribune / .pdf format
Presented to my granddaughter as a university graduation present on 5-27-2011
and referenced in the 5-29-2011 Barbwire

Gail Bishop: We harvest the fruit of his labor
From the 2-20-1994 Daily Sparks Tribune (.pdf format)
Velma Bishop, 1928-2010
From the 10-3-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

Doug Davies: Rum & Ragtime Renaissance Man
Daily Sparks Tribune 11-14-1993 (
.pdf format)

Diss me, father, for I have sinned
Daily Sparks Tribune 7-16-1995 / Reprinted 7-15-2007

Merle Brennan: The Last American Sportsman, 1-7-1996
Updated with vintage photos, restored race cars and a visit from Il Comendatore himself
UPDATED 10-4-2008
Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004
A memoir from Nevada's undercover Reagan-Bush PR man

Slightly updated 6-6-2004 from the 8-2-1992 Daily Sparks Tribune original

History
Labor Day '94: People vs. Corporate Con-Job
A brief history of neo-con PR and the roots of corporate propaganda
Tragedy
Come, follow me: A walk with the grateful dead
A visit to Nevada's first AIDS leper colony
The award-winning second Tribune Barbwire
From the 8-19-1988 and 7-10-1994 Daily Sparks Tribune

BEASTY BOYS—>Did Naval Air Station Fallon bury live animals after a huge fuel spill?
From the 1-19-1990 and 1-22-1990 Daily Sparks Tribune

Barbwire Diplomacy
Revisiting the fourth Tribune Barbwire: "Chilé took Nevada for a sucker" 9-2-1988
Breadlines in boomtowns: the American plantations
Expanded from the 7-19-1998 Daily Sparks Tribune / Updated 12-12-2006
Comedy
Theme casinos, Spuds MacKenzie & Brigitte Bardot
The first Barbwire

Originally published in Reno, LV and Sunworld Airlines magazines, August, 1987

Continuing Tragicomedy
Judge Clarence Thomas meets Prof. Kingsfield
Reprinted in the San Francisco and Los Angeles Daily Legal Journals, 1991
Updated 6-27-2013

More sucker punches from Lush Rambo
Barbwire by Barbano/ Expanded from the 3-11-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Includes links to two freshly-uploaded 1992 columns. I warned you.

Insanity from the eye of the newt
From the 5-20-1990
Daily Sparks Tribune / .pdf format
UPDATE: So what else is newt?
The great ones died but Newt's like Dracula
Happy High Holly Days anyway!
Barbano by Barbano
/ Expanded from the 12-25-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

Smoke 'em if ya got 'em
The reasons behind the failure of Nevada's first non-smoking casino
Barbwire 3-2-1990

Recently uploaded blast from the past for MLK Day —
I was a teenage racist

Expanded from the 1-12-1990 Daily Sparks Tribune
This column also appeared in the 1-19-1990 Comstock Chronicle
Updated and modified versions in the Fresno Bee, Daily Sparks Tribune and Reno Gazette-Journal
Jan. 14-15, 2012


Below, right: The Nevada University Scandals of 2010-present
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Click here.

Below, left: The Nevada University Scandals of 1996-1997
Please let us know if much has changed.
1997 Barbwire Pulitzer Prize entries are noted with *asterisks*
Category 4 — Explanatory Journalism
Category 9 — Commentary

Janet MacDonald 1941-2012: The beautiful face of honor
The Barbwire fondly remembers the courageous university system treasurer who dared tell the truth
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-29-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

UPDATE: Let there be Rosenbergy again
Term limits or not, vote for Howard Rosenberg anyway, dammit!
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-27-2008 Daily Sparks Tribune


Shunting Nevada work to out-of-state carpetbaggers is nothing new

University just won't learn—>
The smoking gun: UN,R subcontractor hires and exploits undocumented workers
Dennis Myers/Reno News & Review/9-26-2013

Just like old times: UN,R and Hot August Nights
Barbwire by Barbano/Sparks Tribune/9-26-13

Marginal contractors on UNR job draw Laborers' Union ire and picket line
U-News / 9-19-2013
UPDATE: UNIONS PROTEST UNR GIVEAWAY ON STUDENT HOUSING CONSTRUCTION
Reno Gazette-Journal front page/9-24-2013

State of the Unions —>
Non-Nevada contractors, including Apple, continue to plague local workers
Reno Gazette-Journal 9-1-2013

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Nevada workers march to UNR for Nevada jobs
U-News / 5-20-2010

Con jobs by charlatans in the name of our children
Originally published 5/4/97
Slavery, sweatshops and shell game education
Originally published 4/27/97
New evidence in the university financial shell game
Originally published 4/20/97
All university regents face ouster, TMCC chief quits
Originally published 3/9/97
The question no one asked Howard Rosenberg — till now
Originally published 3/2/97
The buckaroo kangaroo court hangs Rosenberg Thursday
Originally published 2/23/97
Only embrace the tar baby when DNA proves it's yours
Originally published 2/2/97
Emperors, educators, pregnant paupers & presidents
Originally published 1/26/97
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Secret university audit catches chancellor lying!*
Originally published 1/19/97
A watered down education for Mother Nevada's kids
Originally published 1/12/97
Both Nevada and its university open 1997 lost at sea
Originally published 1/5/97
The 1996 Grateful Deadhead and Chia Butthead Awards
Originally published 12/29/96
*Shadowboxing Jello, yahoo kangaroos & Downsize This!*
Originally published 12/22/96
*EXTRA! Barbano endorses environmental jockocracy *
Originally published 12/15/96
*University Scandals 1996: The Empire Strikes Back *
Originally published 12/8/96
*Howard Rosenberg: the most powerful man in Nevada *
Originally published 12/1/96
*Howard Rosenberg: unlikely David vs. Philistine Elite *
Originally published 11/24/96
*Clark Santini: still watching over his university*
Originally published 11/17/96
*Protected pianists at the Casablanca College Casino*
Originally published 11/10/96
*Ghost Professors, Gold Mines and Shell Games at UNR*
Originally published 11/3/96
*Slam-dunks: fun follytix up at the U*
Originally published 10/27/96

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