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Greasing the suckers and goosing the gullible
by Andrew Barbano
Feb 06, 2013 | 1699 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Read this column and you will make money and lose 20 pounds.

If such claims insult you as sucker bait, you're correct. But you've gone this far, so let's take a ride.

GOOSING GASOLINE PRICES. BigOil once again rapes and pillages with impunity after racking up record profits. As usual, the legit media parrot petroleum-dipped press releases purveying the perpetual propaganda.

For two decades, I've documented how the domestic cartel figured out how to beat anti-trust laws and cleverly engineered a rigged market. (See the ever-expanding Barbwire Oilogopoly Archive at

Wall Street's megabank pimps and insurance thieves always knew they had little to fear from the U.S. Justice Dept. after witnessing decades of inaction against BigOil.

A recent PBS Frontline documentary entitled "The Untouchables" described how no high level corporate criminal has ever been busted for the economic collapse.  An off-the-record source admitted the obvious: chief prosecutor Lanny Breuer was afraid to go to court and lose. He resigned shortly after the broadcast.

I've ranted for years that oil companies hire smarter, meaner lawyers than government can afford. Mr. Breuer is the poster child for the problem.

Competition has been eliminated in favor of legalized price-fixing in so many areas. The insurance industry has been exempt from anti-trust laws since 1945 thanks to Sen. Patrick McCarran, D-Nev. Bush the Lesser gave away untold billions from Medicare to big drug companies.

Now comes Obamacare with no cost controls. As I noted a couple of weeks ago, the United Healthcare monopoly plans to use the new online insurance exchange to bust out the few remnants of Nevada competition.

Everybody knows the fight is fixed.

DISSING HICKSVILLE. Former Washoe County School Superintendent Heath Morrison trashed us in a recent interview with the Charlotte Observer.

"In Reno, because the industries that drove Reno were gaming and construction, the truth was, you didn't need to have a college-educated workforce. You didn't even have to graduate from high school. What I love about this (North Carolina) community is the desires to help are very, very sincere. If we don't take advantage of that we're going to really miss the boat. At a time we're not flush with resources, we have the resource of a community that really wants to help."

The traveling salesman has apparently forgotten that he famously left us with a literally incredible hike in graduation rates while scoring national awards for both himself and the school board.

Only the Barbwire dared print that the Music Man sold the hicks in River City a song and dance and blew town one step ahead of the awful truth. Read the record for yourself at

SUCKER BETS, PART DEUX. If you missed what Nevada sports books were trying to tell infatuated 49er fans, you weren't paying attention. To those who didn't take the Ravens and the points, the Nevada gambling industry thanks you.

Be well. Raise hell.

Andrew Barbano is a 44-year Nevadan and editor of E-mail Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Tribune since 1988.
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