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[EDITOR'S NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, historical items appear courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac [PDA]. Items highlighted in blue are of interest to labor in particular and seekers of justice in general. Red means war. Occasionally but not surprisingly, magenta will mean both. Copyright © 2007-2019 Dennis Myers (1949-2019). More Myers.]

Updated on 1-17-2021 GMT

Nevada MLK weekend events

Fire is the Devil's Only Friend
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 1-13-2021 Sparks Tribune

JOE NEAL: You can't run from the truth
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 1-6-2021 Sparks Tribune

Trumpist Treason on Joe Neal Day


Sen. Joseph M. Neal, Jr., 1935-2020

Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts:

The best who ever was just embarked on a new journey. At 12:45 a.m. on 1-1-21, Sen. Dina Neal, D-North Las Vegas, informed me that her father, 32-year former State Sen. Joseph M. Neal, Jr., D-North Las Vegas, died at 10:25 p.m. PST 12-31-2020.

"Hello, Mr. Barbano. Happy New Year. I bring sad news to you. My Dad, after a long-fought battle, succumbed to an illness. He passed away at 10:25 tonight at Dignity Health, Sienna Campus, in Henderson, (where) he received the best care, surrounded by family."

My friend Joe had become ill over the past several weeks and apparently succumbed to multiple system failure after rebounding many times to the surprise of professionals and family surrounding him with thoughts and prayers.

Please monitor SenJoeNeal.org and NevadaLabor.com for details. You may send remembrances to me for posting.

Requiescas in pace, Senatore Maximissimo, frater mei.

Andrew Barbano
First Vice-President & Political Action Committee Chair
NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112

 

GEORGIA ON MY MIND
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Suicide for citizens but not political careers
Lives are on the line
BARBWIRE BY ANDREW BARBANO
/ Expanded from the 12-30-2020 Sparks Tribune

Betty J. Barbano
2-7-1941 / 12-27-2005
Remember her laughter


They said there'll be snow at Christmas
They said there'll be peace on Earth
But instead it just kept on raining
A veil of tears for the virgin birth

Date: Fri, 25 Dec 2020 04:23:57 -0800
To: barbwireconfidential
From: Andrew Barbano <barbano@frontpage.reno.nv.us>
Subject: I believed

Dear Friends:

I just got my one Christmas wish (other than the impossible peace on earth). As he does every year, Max Volume played the greatest Christmas song ever written on KOZZ 105.7 on this cold winter even. As always, I have been surfing other northern Nevada stations but The Z once again stands alone.

But hey, didn't some great philosopher once say that the first shall be last and the last shall be first? I submit The Z as a number one example. Grazie.

Here's my ante into the game: Title by John Lennon, incidental music by Sergei Prokofiev and a reading by Sir Sean Connery in the spirit of an oft-ignored carpenter's union organizer from Nazareth, Galilee.


So this is Christmas —> What have you done?
BARBWIRE BY ANDREW BARBANO
/ Expanded from the 12-23-2020 Sparks Tribune


Enjoy in moderation. No over-exulting allowed.

Hope you and yours enjoy Happy High Holly Days
Christmas/Kwanzaa/Solstice/Festivus/
Chanukah
/Thanksgibleting
Feliz Navidad, próspero año y felicidad
HAPPY NEW YEAR / Feliz Año Nuevo
/ Felice Anno Nuovo
Frohe Weihnachten und beste Wuensche fuer 2021

Be well. Raise hell. Stay safe.

Love and laughter,

Andrea Luigi Barbano
CesarChavezNevada.com
RenoSparksNAACP.org
NevadaLabor.com
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Barbwire.US

UPDATE 12-27-2020: My heartfelt thanks to everyone who responded so positively to this upload directed toward several thousand of my closest friends. If I can make a few lives brighter during dark times, then everything becomes worthwhile. Molto grato. AB

I believed in Father Christmas

CWA 9413/AFL-CIO

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GEORGIA ON MY MIND
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Suicide for citizens but not political careers
BARBWIRE BY ANDREW BARBANO
/ Expanded from the 12-30-2020 Sparks Tribune

So this is Christmas —> What have you done?
BARBWIRE BY ANDREW BARBANO
/ Expanded from the 12-23-2020 Sparks Tribune

Transitions and decisions in a darkening winter
BARBWIRE BY ANDREW BARBANO

Expanded from the 12-16-2020 Sparks Tribune / Updated 12-18-2020 GMT

SUPERSPREADER UPDATE
TWO DOZEN BUS DRIVERS GET COVID-19
A golden goose for the morally obtuse
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 12-9-2020 Sparks Tribune


Bus boss oblivious: Neoma Jardon in denial
12-7-2020

B-Words: Obtuse Bus Boss' brain fade bungles boast of transit system's COVID-19 safety

Recipes to die for in a toxic holiday season
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 12-2-2020 Sparks Tribune

11-30-2020: ST. ANDREW'S DAY IN SCOTLAND. Italians celebrate it, too.
Benedicta! Andrea Luigi Barbano

The Sermon on Mount Barbwire
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 12-25-2019 Sparks Tribune

 

 


THE DAY AFTER

Asked to buck-up his constituents with a positive thumbs-up, President Trump instead goes digital with his feelings. Or maybe his thumbs were just too busy elsewhere on his perfect body.

(Photo: Anna Moneymaker for the Fake News New York Times 11-4-2020)                                                                                NevadaLabor.com

BARBWIRE BY ANDREW BARBANO
Expanded from the 11-25-2020 Sparks Tribune
We have met the enemy and he is us

 

Laborers' Union Local 169 Donates $12,500 in Grocery Gift Cards to 7 Nonprofits to Help Families & Veterans
11-25-2020

American Monster M*A*S*H: Suicide is painless
Almost two-dozen mass transit drivers are now infected with COVID-19.
Barbwire by
Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 11-18-2020 Sparks Tribune

Legerdemoniacal legerdemain: 3 Rights Make a Left
Barbwire by
Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 11-11-2020 Sparks Tribune

Union members picket "greedy and unaccountable" St. Mary's-Reno Hospital
By Jeri Davis / This is Reno 11-9-2020

The greatest political figure of 2020
Barbwire by
Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 11-4-2020 Sparks Tribune

FREEBIE ALERT! FREE election bets. NEW!
Barbwire by Barbáno / Expanded from the 10-28-2020 Sparks Tribune

Suede-shoe salesmen sucker city hall
Barbwire by
Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 10-21-2020 Sparks Tribune

Bigotry means never having to say you're sorry
Barbwire by Barbáno / Expanded from the 10-14-2020 Sparks Tribune

Intervention Mayday! Suicidal Nevada union workers
Barbwire by Barbáno / Expanded from the 10-7-2020 Sparks Tribune

NAACP launches national drive to contact infrequent voters

Superspreaders, homotextuals & hall of famers
Exclusive interview with Supreme Court Justice-Designate Amy Coney Barrett
Barbwire by
Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 9-30-2020 Sparks Tribune

 

Our Toothless Mask Mandates
By Dr. Elizabeth Rosenthal / The New York Times op-ed 10-1-2020

A former big city ER physician, Dr. Rosenthal is an ex-NYT journalist who is now editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News. Her 2017 book "An American Sickness: How health care became big business and how you can take it back" is still the single best encapsulation of how to fix the broken US system. (For a film on some of its best suggestions, get Michael Moore's 2007 "Sicko.") Dr. Rosenthal's latest Times piece notes that law enforcement officials refusing to enforce gubernatorial mandates in Ohio and Wisconsin are creating "a new level of lawlessness." Ditto Nevada. Two of our Cow County sheriffs have announced the same thing, as has our Reno-Sparks-Washoe turkey. Ditto the Reno Police Dept. "Not our job." And our infection rate increases accordingly. What a country.

Teamsters Union sues to enforce bus system mask mandate
NAACP President Feemster supports Teamsters fight for passenger/worker safety

 

The Best Who Ever Was
Barbwire Nominee Dennis Myers elected to Nevada Press Association Hall of Fame
Barbwire / 9-30-2020

¡Viva Chávez!
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Messages from the gods: Ignore at your peril
Barbwire by
Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 9-23-2020 Sparks Tribune
Margaret Dumont and Groucho Marx
Still crazy after all these years.

1933-2020

NAACP Devastated by Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
"On the basis of Justice, we honor RBG"
By Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO / Washington DC 9-18-2020

"THE SOLUTION: As always, expanding economic opportunity with a healing dash of human respect for this magical little place we've been given for just a little time. John Lewis and Ruth Bader Ginsburg lived their lives that way." — Andrew Barbano, Sparks (Nev.) Tribune 9-23-2020


1933-2020

 

NO PANTS? NO SERVICE. NO MASK? OK.
TEAMSTERS UNION SUES OVER WASHOE BUS SYSTEM COVID-19 DANGERS
Union drivers test positive for virus
Management refuses governor's mask mandate
Charges also filed with federal regulatory agencies

THE LATEST BRIGHT SHINING LIE FROM YOUR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
10-2-2020


     KEOLIS-19 BREAKING NEWS —> (Reno, NV, 3:27 p.m. PDT, 18 Sept. 2020) —

IBT 533 Trade Unionists: Monitor KOLO TV-8 (ABC) from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. PDT today. (And 10:00 p.m. on CW Network over-the-air at 8.3 / Charter-Spectrum 695, Direct TV 9)

Ed Pearce
, the most experienced and credible TV journalist in northern Nevada for the past 50 years, interviewed union RTC drivers earlier today. The story should run today but there's always a disaster that can pre-empt. Yesterday, Mr. Pearce got diverted to the narrowly-averted NVEnergy cutoff of Incline Village electricity. TV2 ran the story of Local 533 vs. the transit system four times on Wednesday and probably again on their early morning Thursday newscasts.

I am informed that Regional Transportation Commission Executional Director Bill Thomas spoke before the four obtuse elected commissioners this morning and noted that RTC is doing all it can to enforce safety requirements.

Ahh, another bright shining lie.

Monitor NevadaLabor.com for ongoing updates. New things in the works soon. Keep us posted on what's happening with you. We especially need photos of packed buses with many maskless riders.

Be well. Raise hell. Stay safe.

     KEOLIS-19 BREAKING NEWS —> (Reno, NV, 4:36 p.m. PDT 16 Sept. 2020) — Washoe County bus system management told KTVN TV-2 (CBS) News that they will not use their standing security force to enforce the governor's mask mandate but instead rely on local police. As noted on this site for months, both the Washoe County Sheriff and Reno Police Department have served notice that they will not enforce the safety of the bus system. TV-2 journalist Valentina Bonaparte reported that this diverges from southern Nevada, where officials told her that they use their security infrastructure to enforce COVID-19 mitigation procedures. Ride at your own risk in Reno-Sparks.

     An expanded version aired at 5:36 p.m., again at 6:34 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. PDT. You may visit TV-2's website or monitor for additional broadcasts tonight and well into Thursday morning news programs. Be sure to stay tuned to NevadaLabor.com for more. Be well. Raise hell.

 

Donny & Jimmy's Most Excellent White Castle Adventure
Barbwire by Barbáno / Expanded from the 9-16-2020 Sparks Tribune

Margaret Dumont and Groucho Marx
Still crazy after all these years.

Czar Donaldov invaded Nevada Sept. 12
Somebody build a wall — quick!

There is justice in the world.
Trump actually had to drive the 60+mile route both ways.
Oh, the humanity!

Barbwire Confidential —>HushHush!
Donny & Jimmy's Most Excellent White Castle Adventure
NEW—>BARBWIRE EXCLUSIVE 9-12-2020

Barbwire Confidential Special Report: Hush-Hush!
Machine Guns & Racism in Nevada's Alabaster Bastion
NEW—>Douglas County Commission Chairman wanted to cut library funding after its director showed support for Black Lives Matter
EXCLUSIVE FROM KRNV TV-4 & KRXI FOX-11 / 9-11-2020

Cider House Rules: Admonitions & Ammunition
Barbwire by Barbáno / Expanded from the 9-9-2020 Sparks Tribune

The perfectly predictive 2016 political cartoon of the year —>

Diabolical Déjà Vu: Fire is the Devil's only friend
Barbwire accurately called 2016 presidential result 9 months out & stands by 2020 prediction made four years ago
Barbwire by Barbáno / Expanded from the 9-2-2020 Sparks Tribune

The 2020 political cartoon/meme of the year frontrunner —>

Attack of the Orange Crusher

Once in awhile, your memes come true!

 

Now get off your ass and move some votes this Labor Day weekend.

HOT AUGUST STRIFE 2020 Demonstrations and Good Trouble

Barbwire Confidential Special Report: Hush-Hush!
Machine Guns & Racism in Nevada's Alabaster Bastion

Tribal trauma, Belarus R Us & a hero dies well
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 8-26-2020 Sparks Tribune

"Save the Post Office Saturday"—>National Day of Action
On Saturday, August 22, at 11 a.m. (local time), we will show up at local post offices across the country.
We will have our NAACP Branch Voter Registration and Census bookmarks to pass out to folks and our banner at the rally.
Please let me know if there are any questions. Thank you.
Jeanetta Williams
President, NAACP Salt Lake Branch & Tri-State Conference of Idaho, Nevada and Utah
Former Member, NAACP National Board of Directors
Nevadans brave killer smoke to revive US Postal Service
ThisIsReno.com / 8-22-2020


Lemmings, ostriches & dirty-talking desert rats
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 8-19-2020 Sparks Tribune


COMPUTERS & PERIPHERALS NEEDED TO HELP LOCAL STUDENTS

Many of Washoe County’s kids live without something most of us consider essential – a computer. Now, a local nonprofit group that helps the kids is asking for your help.

We are the Reno Cigar Lions, a local chapter of Lions Club International. Since 2006, we’ve refurbished thousands of donated computers for kids who live in households with no computer. We are all volunteers. We work with the Washoe County School District to identify the students and we offer our refurbished Linux-powered computers for free.

The lifeblood of our program is older models donated by business and government agencies when they upgrade to new computers. Upgrading has simply become a lower priority for these entities during the crisis, and many of them are now inaccessible to us because of COVID restrictions.

Our donation drought coincided with a surge in demand, as COVID-19 forced school closures this spring. Online learning may be the new protocol and the gap between kids with computers and those without has been magnified.

Earlier this year, there were more than 600 kids on our waiting list. We have scrambled to respond and we've cut the number down to 200. But unanswered questions loom about what will transpire during the new school year. Our greatest hope is that we can continue to meet the need, whatever it is.

We’re appealing to the community for help. Bulk donations of PCs and la