Archive for May, 2010

WORD Editor on the Road: Local News, Slim Pickins …

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Outside of Walmart Supercenter, 3300 Iowa Street. A second Walmart, not so super, located at 550 Congressional Drive. A news shot of the day.

… This past Saturday-Sunday in Lawrence, Kansas, Douglas County, population 90,520 (circa July, 2008), up 13 percent from 2000 [U.S. Census] and not including KU student enrollment of an estimated 30,000, with five Zip Codes, according to local Lawrence Journal-World. Online-print (circulation about 75,000 according to Newspaper Association of America), did publish a story, following up on the sports-ticket-crisis-scam-controversy.

Walmart “Low Prices”sums up Saturday-Sunday as seen, that is, perceived to be seen, by the local news media.

The Latest Howard Monath Dispatch From Bangkok

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Via facebook
Pictures by Howard Monath

Q: Want to wrap up?

A: Let me write a wrap-up in a few days (middle of week or so). The curfew ends today, I can start going out to talk to a few people. A lot of  ‘experts’ expect this to turn into a series of guerilla attacks , but now there is a very uneasy calm. Also, the Thai government has been arresting foreigners who they say were “outside agitators.” One English bloke is facing a possible death penalty for ‘exhorting’ the crowd to burn down the Central World Mall.
5 hours ago [8:37 a.m. EST]

Edited for style

WORD Editor on the Road – Slow Postings Last Several Days

Friday, May 28th, 2010

In Lawrence, Kansas, Visiting Family

Just the typical car fire in a Lawrence, KS, Walmart parking lot.


Growth of CUNY Chancellor’s Salary Outpaces Rise in Faculty’s Pay‏ But the NY Times doesn’t Care

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

By Manfred Philip

I wish the NY Times did a better job when it reports on items related to higher education in NY City. This article [unpublished]  was just an example of hot-headline journalism, devoid of deeper content.


Bangkok Crisis – About 11:50 A.M. EST

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

By Howard Monath
Via Facebook

[10:47 P.M. Update: “The fires are still burning in Bangkok, things are pretty brazen; a lot of the crowds seem to support the Reds who slip in and out with impunity, This is civil war, people who are on different sides live in the same block. The elderly and children have gone to the Temples which have been declared sanctuaries by the Thai government, but at night the Red Shirt fighters use the temples has havens.”]

Central World. Picture by Howard Monath


“… only the hard core death wish crowd and old women and children without transportation are still there …”

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

By Howard Monath
Via Facebook


Howard Monoth, the Barricades in Bangkok: “I’m out of there”

Sunday, May 16th, 2010


A Glimpse of How the Planet Dies Right Before Our Eyes?

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Scientists Find Giant Plumes of Oil Forming Under the Gulf  – New York Times

From Front Page of Huffington Post

Scientists are finding enormous oil plumes in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, including one as large as 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick in spots. The discovery is fresh evidence that the leak from the broken undersea well could be substantially worse than estimates that the government and BP have given. — Full story, NY Times, here. Huffington Post story here.

“live firing zone”

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

From MSNBC: BANGKOK – Thailand’s army designated a riot-wracked neighborhood in central Bangkok as a “live firing zone” Saturday, as streets in the Asian metropolis became battlegrounds and authorities struggled to contain Red Shirt demonstrators demanding the prime minister’s resignation.
Full story here.

By Howard Monatha
Via facebook

Howard Monath Amazing, according to this story, the Red Shirt general, Seh Deang who was shot in the head by a sniper was set up.. A second after a video camera started rolling, and the camera light clearly illuminated his face, he was shot in the forehead by a sniper from one of the nearby towers.
about an hour ago


“How can a country with some of the best shopping malls in the world go so wrong?”

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

By Howard Monath
Via Facebook

NY Times Headline, May 15, 8;13 A.M.:Thai Army Cites ‘Live Fire Zone’ as Clashes Continue
Lead: BANGKOK — The Thai military declared a neighborhood of Bangkok a “live-fire zone” on Saturday and said it was calling in reinforcements as fighting spread to several areas in the city and the death toll in a three-day offensive against anti-government protesters rose to 17. Full NYT story here.

Howard Monath I’m alive…yeah snipers were shooting at us, crawling around on the ground not knowing from what building the bullets are coming from..and then realizing that I’m wearing an ORANGE HAT, AND I’M HALF A FOOT TALLER THAN THE PEOPLE AROUND ME!…it’s terrifying. I’m bailing for a while, it’s complete chaos, no street lights….tear gas; this is civil war
9 hours ago

Is the WORD’s Howard Monath Ready to Dance with the Grim Reaper?

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Thai Premier Rescinds Offer for Early Election: Spokesman –,, Thailand’s prime minister said he would no longer offer antigovernment protesters a compromise, including an early election, reducing chances that a negotiated settlement to the two-month political standoff would be found.
Yesterday at 1:25pm


Bangkok Crisis — Howard Monath’s Latest Report

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Monath, bivouacked with the Red Shirts

By Howard Monath
Via Facebook
Picture by Howard Monath

The Red Shirts just announced that they will only disband if the deputy prime minister agrees to face criminal charges relating to the April 10th death of 20 civilians…like that’s ever going to happen. this does not bode well for a peaceful resolution.

12:17 p.m. EST

Howard Monath Updates About Bangkok Crisis

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

Via facebook
A number of postings dating back to Friday, May 7.

O’Reilly’s Non-Existent Arizona Immigrant Crime Wave

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Peter Hart writes, “Fox host Bill O’Reilly searched around for a reason to support Arizona’s harsh new immigration law, and seemed to settle on the fact that there is a crime wave in Phoenix (5/3/10).”

Uh Oh.