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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.

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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.


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15-year overnight success

Daily Sparks Tribune 2-10-2008

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

San Francisco 49er hall of fame defensive back Ronnie Lott gloried in his tough guy reputation. After winning a Super Bowl ring in his rookie season, he went on to a legendary career.

His hardassed cred was cemented after a game in which he injured a pinky finger that got caught in an astroturf zipper. Ouch.

Lott was told he could regain full use after the break healed and he underwent extensive physical therapy. He was further informed that it would cost him the rest of the season. So he had the finger cut off. Now that's a hardass.

He had nothing on Sylvester Kelley. The old union man died last week at age 87. His memorial service was held Saturday in Silver Springs. A military service will be conducted on Monday, June 20, at 3:00 p.m. at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 14 Veterans Way in Fernley.

Kelley gained statewide fame over the past year as the featured player in print and TV ads from his electrical workers union blasting the bandidos at NV Energy for the company's ongoing campaign to destroy the retirement benefits of its former employees.

Kelley returned from World War II with a Purple Heart and a finger mangled by German shrapnel. When he sought work at NVE predecessor Sierra Pacific Power, the outfit wouldn't hire him because his bent digit wouldn't fit into a company safety glove.

I guess supporting the troops wasn't in the business plan.

Kelley simply had the finger amputated and went on to become a highly-respected foreman, troubleman and leader in IBEW Local 1245's Reno unit.

Union man Kelley dies

Sparks Tribune 6-20-2011

Kelley Eulogy

Over the next several days, Local 1245 will feature its 2010 interview with Kelley in six video installments at its online media library which will be linked to the web edition of this column at

Like Ronnie Lott, Sylvester Kelley was the real thing.

And really tough till the end.

'TOON UP. Tribune cartoonist Woodrow Barlettani is a world class talent when it comes to creating alternate universes out nothing more than ink and an impish imagination. If you're not on Woody's list for daily Reno Aces baseball cartoons, which he e-mails almost immediately after every home or away game, sign up. His address is

Now that the legislative session is over, I guess Nevada Newsmakers has room for at least one evil, liberal union rabble rouser. That would be me.

I'll be back on the Sam Shad pundit panel at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, on KRNV TV-4. The full statewide rerun schedule will be linked to the web edition of this column at

BARBWIRE.TV. Also listed thereat, you will find the coming week's regional rebroadcasts of the new Barbwire TV series. Next installments run at 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., Sunday, June 19, and 11:00 a.m., 2:00 and 11:00 p.m. on Monday, June 20, on Reno-Sparks-Washoe Charter cable 216 and Carson-Dayton Charter 226. You may also view them 24/7 online, including this season's shows and some of my greatest hits going back to 2009.

I heard from a reader/viewer in the Virginia Foothills area who experienced audio problems on/with Charter 216. If you're a Charter victim, please let me know what you've witnessed. And if you know anybody on the Storey County cable system, have them write me or call 775-882-TALK.

MEMORIES OF MARIA. Last Sunday, you read my personal tribute to Nevada's great civil, human and labor rights matriarch Mary Valencia Wilson who died earlier this month at age 66. With the permission of her family, I wrote and distributed Mary's official obituary which was picked up on dozens of major and minor websites and several newspapers. I was especially pleased to see Mary's story make That network needs all the saving grace it can get after losing the Big Angry Head, speaking of whom...

COUNTDOWN TO KEITH. Countdown fans have been waiting for months for a Keith Olbermann fix. Much of northern Nevada will have to wait longer. According to the Current cable network website, customers of DirectTV, Dish Network, Comcast and AT&T UVerse will be able to view the premiere of Olbermann Part Deux at 5:00 p.m. PDT on Monday, June 20.

Only those with over-the-air reception or Charter cable will be shut out. has a page where you can write the gods of Charter to beg them to place the Al Gore network on their systems. I strongly recommend that you go there and do that.

As Olbermann said on Jimmy Fallon's show last Friday, "you should watch Countdown because most television news shows suck."

And he mostly wasn't kidding.

Here's another remedy.

BACK FROM THE ASHES DEPT. Support the return of community radio and television stations.

The first step toward restoration has been taken.

After going dark for six months, Charter Channel 216 came back to life broadcasting live legislative hearings and floor sessions fed to Reno-Sparks-Washoe from AccessCarson. (An obscure East Reno newspaper columnist got it started.)

We have acquired new volunteers and we're going to have a working group meeting soon.

Spread the word.

Go to Barbwire.TV for more information, to sign up and/or contribute to the cause.

It's important.

Be well. Raise hell.

Andrew Barbano is a 42-year Nevadan, chair of the Nevada César Chávez Committee, producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration, first vice-president and political action chair of the Reno-Sparks NAACP, labor/consumer/civil rights advocate, member of 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 9-18-2010.
HAT TRICK: Barbwire takes first place for third year in a row.
This year, we go for the sombrero.

The winning entries:

Suing for Schools: The 20-year shuck
Expanded from the 2-21-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

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RED flags flying low over Sparks
Expanded from the 1-10-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

The wrath of self-righteous racism
Expanded from the 11-8-2009 Daily Sparks Tribune

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

Fact-free nation: Inside the lie machine
Mother Jones Magazine May-June 2011 / Cover story and in-depth analysis

Bill Moyers: Welcome to the Plutocracy
Money fights hard and it fights dirty
Speech delivered at Boston University on 29 Oct. 2010
Part of the Howard Zinn Lecture Series

Barbwire Corporate Welfare Archive

From clear-cut forests to dirty Gulfstream waters, this land belongs to old BP

BP/ARCO: The greasy root of our evils

Barbwire / Daily Sparks Tribune 9-10-2006

The awful truth — Read it and weep, fellow suckers

Labor Day 2009: Rise of the Vampire Corpobots
Expanded from the 9-6-2009 Daily Sparks Tribune

Angry Americans and Freudian fraud
Using war to market cigarettes
from the 8-23-2009 Daily Sparks Tribune

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 42-year Nevadan, editor of and; and former chair of the City of Reno's Citizens Cable Compliance Committee, He is producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration and serves as first 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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