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Searching for God in a golden fall
Barbwire wins second straight Nevada Press Association first-place award
from the 10-11-2009 Daily Sparks Tribune

The ex-nun is back and defending God once again.

Barbwire column on the depredations of Charter Communications and the Reno City Council wins 2009 Nevada Press Association first-place award

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I've written several times about Briton Karen Armstrong, author of The Great Transformation: The beginning of our religious traditions. (Knopf, 2006).

Armstrong terms herself a practitioner of "spiritual archaeology," and rightly so.

"In this killer piece of exegesis," I wrote in 2006, "the British authoress traces the roots of all the world's great religious philosophies which began to evolve about 3,500 years ago in four countries, China, Greece, India and Israel. Guess what? They all pretty much arrived at one guiding principal: take care of each other, aka the Golden Rule." (The Greeks, upon whose premises most western thought is based, turned out to be the weakling among these philosophical four horsemen.)

The warmest passage in The Great Transformation related how, for one brief and shining moment, warlords in China conducted combat as basically an equestrian chess game wherein no blood was shed and disputes were settled with diplomacy.

The Nobel Peace Prize didn't happen for the next few thousand years.

Armstrong's previous works include A History of God and The Battle for God, so maybe her new book, The Case for God, completes a trilogy.

Or should we call it a trinity?

Her message remains consistent: The cross-cutting character of all the great religions is compassion.

Here in the beleaguered USA, we cannot call ourselves a great nation if we forget that fact.

Pollsters tell us we are among the most religious nations on earth.

You certainly wouldn't know it from the Pentagon budget and the tens of thousands of our citizens we allow to die each year from sickness, hunger, ignorance and indifference.

Our problems are easy to fix. Spend less on war and killing people. Spend more on educating and healing people.

Armstrong counsels us to go out and practice what we hear preached at church, synagogue, mosque or meeting.

Otherwise, I think you should stop wasting your time and theirs.

The rules of engagement for this wonderful world become surprisingly simple if we rise above our smallness of mind.

Take a walk in the fall splendor of the High Desert Outback of the American Dream and imagine that wonderful world.

Then make it happen.

Your god will give you all the help you need.

HELP YOUR HEALTH AND ALTERNATIVE MEDIA, TOO. Please consider supporting the cause of non-corporate community TV and radio as we raise funds to re-launch community station KJIV-fm. Go to ReSurge.TV to contribute online or send a check or money order to ReSurge.TV, P.O. Box 10034, Reno NV 89510. Please feel free to contact me for additional information.

Times are indeed tight for many, but this is important. If the only voice public officials hear is a carefully-sifted corporate point of view, we get a one-party political system, which explains the bi-partisan assassination of the public option (better termed Medicare for all) in the now-vacuous national health care debate. For a sensible alternative, the visionary 2002 plan proposed by former Sen. Joe Neal, D-North Las Vegas, will be linked to the expanded web edition of this column at

As I noted several weeks ago, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, got an amendment through a powerful House committee which basically emulates Sen. Neal's 2002 proposal.

I think this might make a very good platform for the radio-TV relaunch of the Barbwire.

Stay tuned.

IRON ON THE IDES OF OCTOBER. This Thursday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Sparks-based Ironworkers Local 118/AFL-CIO hosts an open house at its new training center at Stead. The address is 14295 Mt. Bismark. Refreshments will be served to those wanting to witness "the university of iron" in action.

Ironworkers perform some of the most dangerous jobs in heavy construction. I've shot film on a few projects and witnessed these men and women combine the agility of a trapeze artist with the strength of Spiderman and the guts of a burglar.

Thursday should thus be a jolly good show. For more information, contact Danny Costella at (775) 331-8696.

THE FUTURE OF CORPORATE HEALTH CARE, PART DEUX. Watch this space for disclosure of additional embarrassment and harm brought upon this community by the corporate conglomerate known as Washoe Health System doing business as Renown medical somesuch.

The bitter fruits of the corruption of the 1985 Washoe County Commission continue to be shoved down our collective throats in the form of increasingly bitter pills. Based on a cleverly presented pack of lies, the Renown pirates stole our county hospital, worth up to $120 million in 1985 dollars, for a mere $3 million.

They did it with the help of corrupt elected and appointed officials who acted like Bush and Cheney before those blackguards became the standard for government as a criminal enterprise. A few insiders got obscenely rich and nobody went to jail. The complete history, including the damning Washoe County grand jury report, is available exclusively at

ADIOS TO A UNION MAN. A celebration of the life of labor activist Roger Maillard will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, at Carson City's Brewery Arts Center Theater, 449 W. King St. In lieu of flowers, donations to a favorite charity are encouraged. Walton's Chapel of the Valley in Carson City is in charge of arrangements.

The longtime member of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 4041/AFL-CIO, passed away on Sept. 22. For more information, call (775) 883-6442. I strongly suggest that any remembrances be forwarded to me for permanent posting at

Be well. Raise hell.


Andrew Barbano is a 40-year Nevadan, second vice-president of the Reno-Sparks NAACP, labor/consumer/civil rights advocate, producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration, member of Sparks-based Communications Workers of America Local 9413/AFL-CIO and editor of As always, his opinions are strictly his own. Check local listings for other Nevada cable systems. E-mail Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Daily Sparks Tribune since 1988.

Smoking Guns...

Nevada Press Assn. annual award winners announced 9-19-2009

The campaign against forcibly-paid newspaper obituaries
And they wonder why the newspaper business is dying?


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

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

...and more ammo

BARBWIRE Nevada Corporate Welfare Archive

Propaganda fuels gasoline price fixing
Barbwire 8-14-2005

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Phillips, Kevin; Numbers Racket: Why the economy is worse than we know

Harper's Magazine; May 2008; page 43
Phillips has authored numerous books on history and politics over the past 40 years. His most recent, Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism, was published by Viking on April 15, 2008.

NAOMI WOLF: Fascist America in 10 Easy Steps
There are some things common to every state that's made the transition to fascism. Author Naomi Wolf argues that all of them are present in America today.
Alternet 5-20-2007

Johnson, Chalmers; REPUBLIC OR EMPIRE? A National Intelligence Estimate on the United States; Harper's magazine; January, 2007. I love it when heavy hitters validate what I've been saying for years in the tiny Sparks Tribune.

Barlett, Donald L. and Steele, James B.; America: What Went Wrong? (1992); America: Who Really Pays the Taxes? (1994); America: Who Stole the Dream? (1996) ; Andrews & McMeel/Universal Press Syndicate.

Review of Alex Carey's Taking the Risk Out of Democracy:
Propaganda in the US and Australia

The Orwell Diversion by Alex Carey
Excerpted from the book available below

ORDER Taking the Risk Out of Democracy
Corporate Propaganda versus Freedom and Liberty
By Alex Carey
Edited by Andrew Lohrey
Foreword by Noam Chomsky
University of Illinois Press

     SEE ALSO: Lapham, Lewis H.; Tentacles of Rage: The Republican Propaganda Mill, A Brief History; Harper's Magazine cover article; September, 2004, page 32.

     By one conservative estimate, the corporate right has spent about $3 billion over the past three decades manufacturing public opinion to suit big business goals. Lapham's number covered the early 1970's to the present day. Alex Carey noted that by 1948, anti- New Deal corporate propaganda expenditures had already reached $100 million per year, not adjusted for inflation, for advertising alone. (Carey, ibid; page 79)

     Adjusted for inflation, that 1948 $100 million becomes $801,659,751.04 in 2005 dollars.

Conservatives Help Wal-Mart, and Vice Versa
As Wal-Mart struggles to rebut growing criticism, it has discovered a reliable ally: conservative research groups.
New York Times 9-8-2006; Free registration may be required.

      BARBWIRE: Labor Day '94: People vs. corporate con job, 9-4-94
Chilling forecasts from Alex Carey

      BARBWIRE: The Nevada Republican Party Becomes Communist, 3-30-97
A prescient Plato on the dangers of oligarchy

The sands of time do not cloud the long memories of the sheiks of Araby
Barbwire 9-10-2006

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Andrew Barbano is a 40-year Nevadan, editor of and, former chair of the City of Reno's Citizens Cable Compliance Committee and serves as second vice-president, political action chair and webmaster of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. As always, his opinions are strictly his own. E-mail

Barbwire by Barbano premiered in the Daily Sparks (Nev.) Tribune on Aug. 12, 1988, and has originated in those parts ever since. Tempus fugit.

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