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Updated 7-24-2014
2014 News Archive

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

Andrew Barbano / Reno Gazette-Journal / 7-19-2014

Las Vegas cancer center drops Obamacare patients
Culinary Union is part of cancelled co-op
Las Vegas Review-Journal / 7-17-2014

Waste Mismanagement
Unappealing: Local governments turn monopolies loose on public without grievance process

By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 7-17-2014

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

Nevada Alliance for Retired Americans candidate questionnaire and appointment request

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

Building Trades Council responds to GOP misrepresentation
Sen. Dean Heller attempts to stage an illegal political rally at federally-subsidized housing complex

Teamsters contract with Washoe transit system expires June 30, extension possible
JUNE 30 UPDATE: Current contract extended through July 31, 2014.
6-29-2014 Update: Strike authorization passed overwhelmingly.

Sign Rep. Barbara Lee's petition against a 3rd US-Iraq War
Barbara Lee: The latter-day Jeannette Rankin
More about Congressmember Lee

Barbano on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV-radio-web program

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

TESLACIDE: Tesla plants PR slants to get into 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

Marching for equal rights and equal pay on tax day

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

Barbano on the Barbwire plots new TV season
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Hiding in Plain Sight —>
The Barbwire Education Scandals go mainstream two years later

By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 3-27-2014

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

Continuing Barbwire investigation revealing bogus graduation rates finally confirmed by Nevada's two major newspapers
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

WE LOVE LUCY! As political junkies and others of questionable character (which describes most of my fans) learned before the rest of the great unwashed in the Barbwire of Feb. 20 (below), Assemblymember Lucy Flores, D-Las Vegas, will declare her candidacy for Nevada lieutenant governor at 2:00 p.m. PST Saturday, March 1, at the College of Southern Nevada Cheyenne Campus. Does the date imply Lucy is coming in like a lion? Well, she is woman, hear her roar. She will address Washoe Democrats on Tuesday evening, March 4, at DemoHQ, 1465 Terminal Way in Reno. Be well. Raise hell. Esté bien. Haga infierno.

We Don't Need No Education XXXVI —>
Education: The cure spawns an even worse disease
ALSO: Nevada Assemblymember Lucy Flores, D-Las Vegas, will declare for lieutenant governor in early March
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 2-20-2014 Sparks Tribune

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

Barbano on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV-radio-web program

MORE: 2014 News Archive

Barbwire Greatest Hits
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

We don't need no education: The neverending series
Daily Sparks (NV) Tribune, Reno News & Review, Las Vegas Review-Journal and The Charlotte (NC) Observer

Charlie Sheen and the Price of Gasoline
ENERGY, PART DEUX: PUC sides with electrical workers, orders NV Energy staffing investigation
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-6-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

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

Political Animal Crackers & Crackups

      "I think it is dangerous to confuse the idea of democracy with elections. Just because you have elections doesn't mean you are a democracy...I'm still taken aback at the extent of indoctrination and propaganda in the United States. It is as if people there are being reared in a sort of altered reality, like broiler chickens or pigs in a pen."

Indian novelist Arundhati Roy
in the Barbwire of 9-12-2004


      
The American electorate is a dumb cow that follows the herd, is easily stampeded, gets milked for all she's worth and produces offspring for meat, muscle or cannon fodder to benefit the few. When all used up, she is sent to the slaughterhouse so that she may give her overlords the last full measure of devotion, bones for Jello and hide for belts. No stars and stripes for her grave because she doesn't merit one, having been totally consumed by our consumptive system.
Barbwire 9-12-2010

"If elections mattered, they wouldn't let us do it." Travus T. Hipp, 1982

Great Minds Think Alike Dept.
Over-rated New York Times Pulitzer over-achiever Thomas Friedman predicts emergence of a third political party a month after the Barbwire did so for the umpteenth time (He's just one short.)
Paul Krugman: Murdoch as Citizen Kane / GOP candidates paid off by Faux News
New York Times 10-3-2001

 

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