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   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 the scene is dead
   But there's gonna be a meter on your bed
That will disclose
   What everybody knows...
   Everybody talking to their pockets.
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
   and a long red rose.
   Everybody knows. Everybody knows.
That's how it goes.
Everybody knows.

I hope you understand I just had to go back to the island.
Leon Russell, 1942-2016

Brain damage means never having to say you're sorry
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Lead contamination tops the 2017 edition of Sonoma State's Project Censored list of the most under-reported news stories. ("Lead contamination threatens children's health, could triple water bills," Reno News & Review Nov. 9)

Nevada's competitive!

Accordingly, here are the Barbwire Top 10 Nevadian Unmentionables, presented in reverse order, kinda like everything else in these parts.

     10. Mental health and rural health, two critical areas always starved for funding by this stingy state.

     9. Moonhowler Media: Sinclair Broadcasting doctors local news with hard-core rightwing propaganda. The octopus controls more than 20 TV signals between Reno-Sparks, Las Vegas and Elko, including local Channels 4, 11 and 21. The Barbwire covered their skulduggery well before the legit media.

     8. Corporate welfare run amok: See items 2, 5 and 7.

     7. Municipal insolvency: Sparks, Reno and Gomorrah South can't fix potholes or schools because of billions wasted on corporate welfare compounding standard state stinginess.

     6. ReidWreck2: Nevada could have avoided the electoral Red Wave of 2014 but the power structure shunted resources to other states. Several political heavyweights fear that ex-Senator Harry Reid's nomination of freshman Rep. Jacky Rosen, D-Las Vegas, favors re-election of Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev. Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-South Central Nevada and LV, has much more governmental experience and would have cemented the Latino base for two generations.

     5. Another public relations coup for Nevada: A major national exposé is in the offing about the Oakland Raiders deal. Watch this website.

     4. Major parties are seriously ruptured. The state GOP has long been estranged from and distrusted by national and local parties. Democrats shot themselves in both feet at the 2017 legislature. See item 6 and the 6-20-2017 Barbwire.

     3. Mississippi West Are Us. Still. While legit media sit shiva, the Barbwire has been exposing endemic racism at Shaw Middle School in Spanish Springs and Yerington High School. (Barbwire October 18, October 25 and November 1; editorial Reno News & Review Nov. 9)

     2. The company town abides. Gomorrah South casino moguls Sheldon Adelson and Steve Wynn control bi-partisan majorities of both houses of the legislature as well as Gov. Veto El Obtúsè. See items 4, 5, 7 and 8.


The new turf at UNR's Peccole Park baseball complex (paid for through the generous intentions of Reno-Fernley auto dealer Don Weir, Jr.), is of the same brain-damaging, cancer-causing variety as the photogenic phoniness at Mackay Stadium, Sparks' Golden Eagle Park and area high schools (Damonte Ranch, McQueen, Manogue, Carson, Douglas). I have personally informed Washoe County School Superintendent Traci Davis but don't expect action anywhere until lawsuits start flying. (Barbwire 11-24-2015 and followups; 9-30-2017 —> Barbwire wins Nevada Press Association First Place Award for 12-13-2016 "We Don't Need No Education". See right. —>)

The pretty greenish carpet appears lawn-like because ground-up used tires are needed to separate the pseudo-grass blades. Tires contain lead and benzene in a toxic cocktail of almost 100 chemicals.

It's kind of an athletic Flint, Michigan.

Go Pack!

DISHONORABLE MENTIONS: [11] How BigOil perpetrates retail gasoline price-fixing and [12] Virginia City celebrates Slave Labor Day.

YOU SAW IT HERE FIRST: Longtime community leader and Reno-Sparks NAACP executive committee member Darryl Feemster has been in St. Mary's ICU since last week. Say a prayer...Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt's gubernatorial campaign currently enjoys $1 million of TV paid for by a Koch Brothers front, the Arlington Virginia-based Freedom Partners Action Fund. Those billionaires have their fingers in every part of American life all the way down to Georgia-Pacific toilet paper...Republican "tax reform" would allow tax-exempt non-profits to participate in political campaigns with tax-deductible contributions. That ain't news. The Kochs have long laundered thru exempt non-profits. Get Jane Mayer's "Dark Money" (Random House 2017) at Grassroots Books on Gentry Way, east of Reno Toyota....West Nile Virus can lead to deadly meningitis. Got a Carson City friend slowly recovering.

Happy Thanksgibleting to you and yours.

Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)

Throwing the book at big guns and little cowboys
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 11-8-2017 Sparks Tribune
We Don't Need No Education Part LXXX—>
The poisoning of old Pizen Switch proliferates
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 11-1-2017 Sparks Tribune
We Don't Need No Education Part LXXIX—>
Mississippi West don't need no education
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 10-25-2017 Sparks Tribune / Updated 10-29, 10-30 and 10-31-2017 GMT
We Don't Need No Education Part LXXVIII—>
You've got to be taught to learn to hate
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 10-18-2017 Sparks Tribune / Updated 10-19 and 10-29-2017 GMT
Window of opportunity: 48 hours for human rights
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 10-11-2017 Sparks Tribune
Las Vegas 2017: Fire is the devil's only friend
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno
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Rewriting the Civil War and the Mexican War
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 9-27-2017 Sparks Tribune / Updated 9-28-2017
Freedom loving racists shoot to rewrite history
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 9-20-2017 Sparks Tribune
Rewriting History
Reno News & Review Editorial: Remove Klansman's sculpture at UNR / 9-14-2017
Virginia City Nevada celebrates Slave Labor Day
Barbwire by Andres Luis Barbáno / Special online Labor Day edition 9-2-2017

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Ready for Trump TV? Inside Sinclair Broadcasting’s Plot to Take Over Your Local News
Its mix of terrorism alerts, right-wing commentary and “classic propaganda” could soon reach 3/4 of the US.
By Andy Kroll/Mother Jones Oct.-Nov. 2017

How Sinclair Broadcasting puts a partisan tilt on trusted local news
By William Brangham/ PBS NewsHour 10-10-2017

Top-down Democrats haven't learned
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 8-10-2017

More Faux than Fox? Corporate octopus Sinclair moves to dominate Nevada and U.S. television
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 8-3-2017

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  This is important. We've got a lot of work to do.


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Andrew Barbano is a 49-year Nevadan, executive 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 and BallotBoxing.US and and 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 Sparks Tribune since 1988 and received its 8th Nevada Press Association award and 5th first-place at the 30 Sept. 2017 NPA annual convention in Carson City. (That plaque and about six bucks can get you a Latte Mocha Cotsafracas Chingade at just about any Starbux worldwide, guaranteed.)

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Andrew Barbano is a 49-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 moved to Nevada's Daily Sparks Tribune on Aug. 12, 1988, and has originated in them parts ever since.
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