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About Z Blogs

Hello,

Blogs are a familiar feature on the internet - where users post content in an accumulating manner, with comments beneath and search options, etc. Blogs facilitate expression and exploration, and via attached comments, also debate and synthesis.

 

Creating Blog Posts

You can lick here to create a new post.

Or, here is the whole procedure...

  1. Log into ZNet. Use your email and password. The system can send you a new password if you need one. If you haven't logged in at all, as yet, to start you need to request a new password.

  2. After loging in, on the left side of the admin bar at the very top of the page, you will see a plus symbol with the word New next to it, that looks like "+ New". Role your mouse over the symbol and click "ZBlog". This will take you to the admin page to upload a new blog. This is the most convenient access, as you can do it from anywhere on the site, anytime. You can also click this link: add a blog post.

  3. Add a blog title, fill the body content area (you can edit the source code/html by clicking the Text option on the Visual/Text tab in the editor). You can choose from among many formatting options, and embedding media.

  4. Once done editing your blog, in the top right "Publish" box, you can choose to save your blog as a draft or you can publish it immediately.

  5. After saving your blog as either Published or Draft, you can choose to view your post by selecting the "View post" link above the title or "Preview Changes" in the "Publish" box.

  6. You can edit your published blog either from your admin dashboard by clicking "ZBlogs" in the left side menu, or by viewing your blog and clicking the "Edit ZBlog" from the top admin bar.
 

Navigating and Using Blogs

Each Z author can post. Z Sustainers can also post. All Blogs appear in the blog system, and sometimes also in content boxes the top page of ZNet and can be found via searches, etc.

Comments on blogs follow the blogs, attached at the bottom, and blog comments, like all others, are also visible in many places that show comments. In addition, the entire blog system gathers content from everyone - but one can look at the accumulating content in many ways.

For example one can look at one writer's efforts - so one is seeing what is effectively a blog system for that one writer, or Sustainer.

One can also look at the content by topic, seeing blogs that are tagged as being about a certain topic - or place. When doing that, it is a blog system about a topic, or a place, with many contributors.

One can look at only writer blogs, or only sustainer blogs, as well.

Searches allow even more variables and refinements.



Recent Blogs

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Alavari Jeevathol: Rebuttal to Ravi Kiran’s blog post entitled “Modi-My observations”

This is the second article in a series of rebuttal articles to Ravi Kiran’s posts on his blog “Ravithinks”.[1] In this article, I address Kiran’s views on the then-Prime Ministerial candidate, and now Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi,[2] as expressed in Kiran’s article entitled “Modi-My Observations”, which was published on the 9th of February 2013.[3] Read more…

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Burkely Hermann: Dictators, celebrities, and musicians: a sad but not surprising story

Recently, I was researching for an article looking at all the dictatorships in the world (which will soon be published) and I found something that made me interested. This was the conflation of dictators, celebrities and musicians. Some groups have been holding musicians and celebrities accountable for entertaining dictators like the Human Rights Foundation. This Read more…

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Burkely Hermann: An unstable future in Egypt

While politicians, pundits and others are freaking out about the growing violence in Iraq, there is another country that is facing troubles: Egypt. The newly elected President of Egypt and former Supreme military commander, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, said at his inauguration, according to the L.A. Times, that there needs to be “a more stable future…for Read more…

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Brad Wilson: National Geographic Wrong on Farm Bill

SYNOPSIS: (WHERE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC IS WRONG) It’s important that we learn about hunger to better prevent it. Learning about the connection between the farm bill and cheap junk food is an important part of this. Unfortunately, this article gives a false analysis, claiming that subsidies cause cheap farm prices. It suggests that subsidies should be Read more…

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Aaron Leonard: Greenwald and Snowden: Surveillance, empire and the future

Surveillance, empire and the future By Aaron Leonard for rabble.ca July 17, 2014 No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald (Metropolitan Books, 2014; $27.00) Way back in July 2000, the Wall Street Journal, reporting on revelations and rumors about NSA snooping, offered the following: “The granddaddy Read more…

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Bob Simpson: Brown v. Board Of Education at 60: When will we achieve compliance?

“The night the 1954 Brown decision to desegregate schools was announced, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund threw a party. Future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, who had worked on the case was reported to have said this, ‘You fools go ahead and have your fun, but we ain’t begun to work yet.” In 1952 my Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Doom from the Depths: Coming Your Way

Ever since the horrors of submarine warfare became a key issue during World War I, submarines have had a sinister reputation.  And the building of new, immensely costly, nuclear-armed submarines by the U.S. government and others may soon raise the level of earlier anxiety to a nuclear nightmare. This spring, the U.S. government continued its Read more…

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Burkely Hermann: A new American political order?

Recently, pollsters found out, via ‘We Need Smith,’ which is a self-declared “movement of Americans who believe we need new leaders because our country is badly headed in the wrong direction” and not relying on the “usual politics,” what they called the “battlelines of a new political order.” I’m not sure how I feel about Read more…

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Tapani Lausti: Towards a new political model

Towards a new political model By Tapani Lausti Heather Marsh, Binding Chaos: Systems of Mass Collaboration. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 2013. Squares, parks and plazas may be currenly empty of demonstrators. Yet in many societies something has moved. Contours of another kind of social life have come briefly in view. The experience has had a Read more…

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Ira Woodwa: The Unification of Want and Need

I’m becoming quite certain that all of our problems arise from the fact that we are deeply confused. What do I mean by this? Good question. Hesitation, doubt, consideration (of the evidence), plans, or anyway taking time to make them– these are the hallmarks of our unwieldy, bipedally-locomoted, erectly-postured skull-contents. Other animals, I’ve noticed, when Read more…

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Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Acting and Building Green

Green Time TV Acting and Building Green by Don Fitz Acting green includes opposing environmental racism, which condemns people of color to higher rates of environmental pollutants. And building green actually begins with retrofitting homes before even thinking about new green construction. But August episodes of Green Time TV kicks off with a show on Read more…

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Alavari Jeevathol: Rebuttal to Tom Suarez’s article entitled “Chomsky and BDS”

This article is a slightly modified version of a Facebook comment previously made by me[1] in response to a Facebook post from the journalist and blogger Jonathan Cook.[2] In that Facebook post, Cook offers an article by Tom Suarez in Mondoweiss[3] as being, in Cook’s eyes, a good starting point for criticisms of Chomsky’s position Read more…

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Burkely Hermann: VT socialist party comments on ‘democratic socialist’ Bernie Sanders

Article after article in ‘left’ publications have advocated for US Senator Bernie Sanders to run. Even Socialist Alternative which helped Kshama Sawant, the first Socialist member of the Seattle City Council, get into office, had a recent article describing Senator Sanders as “a genuine progressive and champion of ordinary people” and said he should run Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Family Farmers & Rural “Sweatshops” Subsidizing US/World Food

This is a response to:  Brad Plumer, “Map:  Here’s How Much Each Country Spends on Food,” [http://www.vox.com/2014/7/6/5874499/map-heres-how-much-every-country-spends-on-food?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_name=share-button&utm_campaign=vox&utm_content=article-share-top]  The points made in this article and it’s charts about poverty and the struggle to be able to afford food are extremely important.  Nevertheless, on that point and others, I find the chart project to be seriously inadequate, Read more…

Fred Bourgault-Christie: Freedom, Options, and the “Teen Bubble”: Why We Need to Solve the Skill Mismatch

Aristotle taught that anything, no matter how good, can be problematic if it’s out of balance. (Like the inequalities of his own society). We face a situation where freedom is out of balance with other goods. Let me be clear. I am not saying that Americans are too free. We still need more freedom. But Read more…

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Vicki Nikolaidis: Vicki Chats – Stay Calm Stay Positive

. . . And the last item to leave Pandora’s Box was Hope. Love those who are desperately waiting for RAPTURE. “What would Lewin do?’ I have been wondering about it quite a bit lately. One reason is my effort to communicate with a rapture group on Google named ‘Peace for Israel.’ Perhaps naivete led me Read more…

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Alavari Jeevathol: Rebuttal to Ravi Kiran’s blog post entitled “There is no poverty except thought poverty”

This will most likely be the first of many articles addressing the political views expressed in a WordPress blog called “Ravithinks”.[1] This blog was brought to my attention by certain friends who noticed that the views espoused therein, belonging to a blogger called Ravi Kiran,[2] are quite different to my own sociopolitical views. In presenting Read more…

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Kim Scipes: New article on building global labor solidarity available

My latest piece, “Building Global Labor Solidarity Today:  Learning from the KMU of the Philippines” just has been published in the new journal, “Race, Class and Corporate Power.”  It is available on-line and for free a thttp://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/classracecorporatepower/vol3/iss1/4/ . I think there’s a lot to be learned from KMU, and encourage folks to check it out.Best–Kim Scipes

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Burkely Hermann: Another war on the horizon

Over one year ago, the war-weary population and Congress rose up in protest and a war with Syria was averted to the chagrin of international capital. The hawkish politicians and pundits, masters of war, military establishment, arms manufacturers, and other interested parties want another go at it. On all the mainstream TV channels, the same Read more…

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The Polemi: “Without America this cannot happen.” Jewish Grandmother Shows the Way

On July 12, three Israeli teenagers disappeared. The Israeli government and most of the media say they were “kidnapped,” although there have been no ransom demands. If they were taken by one of the five previously-unknown groups that claimed responsibility (including, apparently, a branch of the now-ubiquitous ISIS), that group would probably say that they were Read more…

Fred Bourgault-Christie: The History of the Second Amendment, NRA Distortions, And How We Have to Do Gun Activism

A fascinating read about the history of the Second Amendment is available at Politico. There’s a lot of things to add to this article, which is a vital corrective to our national debate about gun laws. First of all: No right in the Constitution is absolute. Period. Freedom of speech is limited not just by Read more…

Fred Bourgault-Christie: “Check Your Privilege”: You’re Not Using It Right

“Check your privilege” is an interesting new meme. I’ve spent years in anti-racist activism and discussions, talking to others, yelling at neo-Nazis and libertarians. I’ve spent years in general as an anarchist, and I’ve self-identified as a feminist since long before I was politically conscious. Hell, I’ve been a feminist since before I got into Read more…

Fred Bourgault-Christie: The “No Duh” Report, Volume 1: The Foster Care System

I am launching a new segment that I call “The No Duh Report!” So much of our politics are divisive and ideologically closed. This isn’t new, of course; it’s been a part of human politics for as long as there have been politics. I bet Paleolithic tribes debated about policy and had factions and yelling Read more…

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Sriram Ananth: A message to all Hindu fascists upon the election of their messiah in India

(Image source: http://www.sacw.net/article7143.html) It’s been over a month since I witnessed, with vicarious trauma, the meteoric rise of Narendra Modi to become one of the world’s most powerful men, commanding one of the world’s most brutal, nuclear-armed militaries. The two weeks of hopeless depression are over, and a slow, lightly simmering anger has set in. Read more…

Fred Bourgault-Christie: Star Trek, Atheism, Anarchism and The Power of Vision

I have been being questioned a lot recently about what I think could be a better way of promoting atheism or humanistic philosophies that would not be as judgmental or closed-hearted as I find many atheistic activists, or a better way of promoting a positive vision of the future. Engaging with pareconists, anarchists and leftists, Read more…

Fred Bourgault-Christie: Gamers Have the Power to Change the Conversation

I posted something recently to my Facebook about Anita Sarkeesian, the anti-sexist and feminist video games advocate. My friend Pyroja said that he felt that Anita was all hype and no substance, cashing in on a trend, in essence. I agreed that this was possible; I don’t know Ms. Sarkeesian herself, and I do see Read more…

Fred Bourgault-Christie: Bronies, Feminism and Liberation

Let me say something positive about the bronie phenomenon. (For those of you don’t know: Bronies are adult, often male, fans of the children’s show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Yes, that’s right, the same franchise as the toys from the 1980s. For more information, check out this PBS Ideas video, which goes into Read more…

Gabriel Levy: ‘Libertarian in spirit’: the left and Maidan

Before the war was the uprising. The military conflict between Russian-backed separatists and the Ukrainian government is escalating – and with it the number of casualties, among combatants and civilians. Socialists in Russia and Ukraine are trying to build social and labour movements around internationalist and anti-war principles, participating in so-far-modest efforts to launch a Read more…

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Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Protecting the Earth

Green Time TV Protecting the Earth by Don Fitz It’s time to enjoy the Earth while protecting it from those forces that threaten it. July episodes of Green Time TV look at both the positive actions that environmentalists are taking and exactly what the Earth is. Solar panels are popping up all over. Would solar Read more…

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Burkely Hermann: A united front against climate catastrophe

Aggressive militarism continues to emanate from the office of the presidency and the US government itself. With drone strikes in foreign countries, an “empire of drone bases” in Africa as the Washington Post once called it, and a continuing war in Afghanistan, you would think that there would be mass protests on the streets against Read more…

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John Andrews: Confused?

So, where are we? Saddam Hussein was an Iran loving Shia Muslim who wanted to hand Iraq over to Iran. No, that can’t be right, Iraq fought a war with Iran and received the West’s blessing and backing for the war. So, Saddam Hussein must have been an Iran hating Sunni Muslim receiving his backing Read more…

Fred Bourgault-Christie: McDonald’s in France: Implications for Consumers

McDonald’s’ second largest market is in France. http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/01/24/145698222/why-mcdonalds-in-france-doesnt-feel-like-fast-food Many of you may have heard this, but let me sketch out the implications for consumers. McDonald’s serves grass-feed beef in France. They have baguettes. They have croissants. Capitalism has its problems, but we as consumers allow McDonald’s to blast our taste buds the way that they Read more…

Fred Bourgault-Christie: Despair, School Shootings, Kierkegaard, and Hope as a Solution

Over the last few days, there’s been a lot of events that have made people despair. Tragedies in Seattle and Oregon have followed other recent prominent acts of violence. That’s not to mention the girls in Nigeria. Of course, these tragedies that impact so many of us are being promoted by the media. The fact Read more…

Fred Bourgault-Christie: Sledgehammers and Psychotropics

As I look at the sea of pain that the human condition swims in, I’ve seen something that I am realizing distresses me. Virtually every one of the people I meet who takes psychotropic medication of any kind, I will ask, “Oh, did your professional suggest group therapy and support group approaches? What about humanistic Read more…

Fred Bourgault-Christie: “Sustainability”: Redefinitions and Slices of Pie

Sustainability is one of the new buzzwords, both of the Left and of the general society. It is indeed a really good sign that people are generally becoming much more concerned about sustainability. People are worried about sustainability in their agriculture and their government policies. Politicians are starting to talk the sustainability talk, even if Read more…

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Burkely Hermann: Resisting digital personalization

There is always talk about how the internet is a magically decentralized system. Eli Pariser, the former head of the liberal, pro-Democratic Party group, MoveOn, challenges this notion in his 2011 book, The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is Hiding From You, in which he sounds off on the dangers of digital personalization. This article Read more…

Fred Bourgault-Christie: Transforming Beliefs and Empathy: An Observation on Tactics

    Transforming Beliefs and Empathy: An Observation on Tactics There are two types of people with political opinions, whether they be left, right or center. The first type wants to be angry. They want to yell. Perhaps they are sincere about their anger, perhaps it is just an adolescent diversion or an excuse, but they Read more…

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Joe H: Crisis and opportunity inside the UK left

The left in the UK is at a crossroads. Economic problems are breeding dissatisfaction with mainstream politics, a situation in which the left should thrive, according to the usual ideas.  But the organizations that see themselves as presenting a positive alternative are in a state of flux.  Established parties are rupturing while new outfits are Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Does War Have a Future?

National officials certainly assume that war has a future. According to a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, world military expenditures totaled nearly $1.75 trillion in 2013. Although, after accounting for inflation, this is a slight decrease over the preceding year, many countries increased their military spending significantly, including China, Russia, and Saudi Read more…

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Rolf Auer: Fare Well with Welfare: How to Survive Welfare

Dedication: For my friend Karen. I owe you, big time. “Own yourself. It doesn’t cost anything.”–Rolf Auer,2013 Section 1: Where is my money going?   Let’s say you arrive cold in some Canadian city like Vancouver BC by Greyhound bus wearing only the clothes on your back. Let’s say it’s after business hours. You’re hungry, Read more…

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Bob Simpson: Community groups charge possible conflicts of interest in Chicago school turnarounds

“We have asked the Inspectors General for CPS and the US Department of Education to examine the last votes to turn over 3 schools to AUSL for turnaround to determine if there were any conflicts of interest among board members and AUSL; to analyze the relationship–if any– between political contributions to Mayor Emanuel from AUSL Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Inequality Deepens on University Campuses

Is economic inequality growing in American higher education? A report just issued by the Institute for Policy Studies―The One Percent at State U―indicates that it is. Surveying public universities, the report finds that the 25 highest-paid presidents increased their income by a third between fiscal 2009 and fiscal 2012, bringing their average total compensation to Read more…

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Aaron Leonard: In Trujillo’s Wake

From Canadian Dimension In Trujillo’s Wake Aaron Leonard | May 26th 2014 Santo Domingo. Image courtesy Aaron Leonard. Images: 123 It was just before sunset and we were driving along Avenida George Washington, which borders the Caribbean Sea along Santo Domingo’s Malecon, when the older gentleman serving as my guide, pointed out a series of monuments Read more…

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Bob Simpson: Fight for $15 in Chicago: Revolt in a Global City

“I am here to remind America that it is a crime to live in this great nation and to receive starvation wages. At McDonalds $8.25 an hour, what I make is about $400 every two weeks. With that salary I have to choose between rent and food. Rent and light…but this isn’t just about me Read more…

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robert schmidt: Belief and Authority

Belief and Authority What do Charles Sanders Pierce and Rudolf Rocker have in common? Well, a lot one could say. But beyond the obvious, there is an interesting connection in their work that is still very relevant to current affairs today. Public opinion, and the control of it by authority, is still a crucial problem Read more…

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Joel Chaffee: #Justice4Cecily and Solidarity

Hundreds of people gathered in Union Square on Sunday, May 18th, in support of and solidarity with Cecily McMilan, the Occupy Wall Street protester who was recently found guilt of assaulting a police officer for protecting herself when a police officer sexually assaulted her. Cecily is due to be sentenced on May 19th, facing 2-7 Read more…

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The Polemi: Resurrecting the Lede: The New York Times on the F.C.C. and Net Neutrality

Go to source. Yesterday (May 15th), the New York Times published a story by Edward Wyatt on the FCC’s “net neutrality” decision.  Here are the first two paragraphs of the story, and what I believe was the headline (See note below), as it appeared on the  NYT web site yesterday: F.C.C. Votes to Move Ahead Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Anyone out there care that Benghazi is being bombed from the air?

The anonymous blogger at Interventionswatch writes:   The ‘former General’ is Khalifa Haftar, who spent years living in Virginia in the U.S. (i.e. C.I.A. country), but who returned to Libya in 2011 to aid the ‘rebels’, and who was almost certainly a C.I.A. asset at some point in his career. Anyway, this guy is now reportedly bombing Benghazi from Read more…

Gabriel Levy: To citizens of Ukraine and the world: No war in Ukraine!

This letter by Oleg Yasinsky, a Ukrainian socialist, was published on 6 May in Russian on the web site of Spil’ne [Commons], a journal based in Kyiv, and in English on People & Nature. For Ukraine. Urgent letter to my country. To sign, distribute and add to. Suddenly our country, Ukraine, has been turned into Read more…

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Sriram Ananth: Praying with helpless rage

As I see the exit polls on Indian news channels, predicting an outright win for the fascists and their running dogs, I feel a sense of helpless rage. Empty. Angry. There is a difference between rage and helpless rage. The two are nothing alike. The former, in the words of the immortal Maya Angelou, “is like Read more…

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