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 click 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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David Peterson: “All These Things Happened Among Us” I

To quote an important UN document from 1993, From Madness to Hope:…Report of the Commission on the Truth for El Salvador (S/25500, April 1, 1993—though released a couple weeks earlier): On Monday, 24 March 1980, the Archbishop of San Salvador, Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez, was celebrating mass in the Chapel of the Hospital Read more…

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David Peterson: “Buried Secrets, Brutal Truths”—and the Presidential Campaign

Back in April, the Toledo Blade received the Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism for its lengthy series of reports “uncovering the atrocities of an elite U.S. Army fighting unit in the Vietnam War that killed unarmed civilians and children during a seven-month rampage,” to quote a Blade report on itself (“Blade wins Pulitzer: Series exposing Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Civilizing Aristide

My own judgment, for what it is worth, is that [Aristide] came into office committed to the kind of significant social and economic reform that was called for by his popular constituency in the hills and slums, desperately needed in Haiti. His few months in power seemed to be a considerable success, and were praised Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Attack on Democracy

The standard doctrine — preached by Alan Greenspan, any number of economists, and commentators commonly — that the marvellous “new economy” is a tribute to “entrepreneurial initiative,” “consumer choice,” and other free market wonders does not stand up to even a casual look, let alone careful analysis. … And furthermore, business leaders understand very well Read more…

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Chris Spannos: LAC, Day Three

Today was the closing day of the Life After Capitalism conference. Hundreds of people excited, stimulated and inspired, exhausted came together and are now going their separate ways again. It almost seems sad except I know that this opportunity to meet face to face has resulted in an exchange of ideas, experiences, strategies, tactics and Read more…

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David Peterson: Not on the Dong Cung River

One feature of the whole Swift Boat Veterans For Truth-slash-Kerry Edwards-slash-Bush Cheney contest over the Democratic Party presidential nominee’s distant records of military and anti-war service that I’ve been enjoying the most has been how little, how terribly and tragically little, any of it has touched on the nature of the American wars over Indochina—aside Read more…

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Chris Spannos: LAC, Day Two

Well, it’s hard to convey all that happened today. It wasn’t like lastnights event, "Beyond Bush", where all four speakers were under the sameroof spanning a three hour period. Workshops today had at least three, andup to five, speakers, mostly in two hour sessions from 11:00 am to 6:00pm. An extra difficulty in providing adequate Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Bringing the ‘Vietnam Syndrome’ Back Home

Back in 1990, during the lead-up to the First Gulf War, George H.W. Bush talked about the need for his impending war not to suffer from what pundits called “the Vietnam syndrome.” As the fable went, the media and antiwar movement, in cahoots against the our nation’s noble efforts to exterminate most of the Vietnamese Read more…

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David Peterson: The Right to Kill

In a very short period of time (really, inside just the past week or so), one issue of great importance has irrupted on the American political scene: Much less a contest about the Vietnam War-era record of the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee John Kerry, than a contest about his post-Vietnam, anti-war record and beliefs. This Read more…

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Chris Spannos: LAC, Day One: Beyond Bush

Last night Life After Capitalism 2004 kicked off it’s three day series with "Beyond Bush", an evening of visionary resistance. This event brought activists and organisers from throughout the US, and world, to begin the week of events protesting the Republican National Convention.Keynote speakers for the evening were Michael Albert, Robin D.G.Kelly, Naomi Klein and Read more…

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David Peterson: The Crap that Fills Americans’ Minds

Once again, and for the countless time, Wednesday’s release of (what was billed as, anyway) a major survey of American public opinion by the The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press was far more interesting for what it betrayed about the kinds of ideas and images circulating within the mainstream U.S. political Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Architecture of the New Society

Here is an essay I recently wrote about how cities, architecture and spacial design may evolve within a participatory economy. It was published on ZNet but I wanted to put it here hoping to get feed back. So please feel free to comment….Architecture of the New Society by Chris Spannos Every city is a deeply Read more…

Andy Dunn: EvilDoers & DoGooders 2: The Concrete & Abstract

Much thanks for the response Peeperkorn. I’m afraid I’m only getting a glimpse of what you’re conveying about values, though; I’d need the specific example. My academic knowledge on the moral dualism subject is limited–I’ve read about it sporadically and thought about it more than a bit. Now, I’m going to jump in over my Read more…

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David Peterson: “No Freedom from Fear”

Gee. I wonder whether it’s purely an accident of history that Washington “feels more and more like a fortress these days”? And in what, exactly, this “whole terrorist atmosphere” has its origins? In the “armed guerrillas” of Baghdad and Najaf, perhaps? Not to mention the “gangs of roving nihilist terrorists” (Christopher Hitchens’ phrase) who slip Read more…

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David Peterson: The Captive British Mind

Question: Do you possess, or have your ever possessed, information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing to commit an act of terrorism, including (though by no means limited to) a “plot to commit murder and to cause mayhem with chemicals, radioactive materials, toxic gases or explosives” (here lifting a line from Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Political Vision for the Good Society

For those interested in developing vision and strategy, exploring where we want to go as social movements, and how to get there, I thought you may be interested in an interview the Vancouver Parecon Collective did with Z commentator Stephen Shalom.We spoke to Stephen about his political vision “ParPolity: Political Vision for the Good Society”, Read more…

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David Peterson: Initiatives to Make America Safer

“Worldwide, more than 3,000 operatives have been incapacitated.” —-“Waging the War on Terror,” U.S. Department of Justice

Andy Dunn: EvilDoers & DoGooders 1: Star Wars

This foreword is a warning… My second blog is longer and less topical than a blog ought be, but at least I deal neatly with the entire concept of Good & Evil Years ago, I mentioned Star Wars to my young nephews and niece and was shocked that they’d never heard of the most famous Read more…

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David Peterson: Swift Boat Veterans For Truth

Tuesday’s Los Angeles Times (Aug. 17) published a very long (around 3500 words), page-one analysis of the television ad that has been running in at least three “key battleground states” this election cycle, “calling into question [the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate John F. Kerry’s] character, credibility and a central tenet of his campaign—that his combat Read more…

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Brian Dominick: More Make-Believe Terrorism

The federal government is either astonishingly incompetent when it comes to prosecuting terror cases in the US, or it the Ashcroft Justice Department simply doesn’t care because it’s always the allegation headlines that make the front pages while the retractions are relegated to the depths of Section A, if that… On August 6th, the New Read more…

Andy Dunn: Intro… & bio

My first blog… I feel all bloggy inside. Actually, I once spent a full six months of unemployment ranting on various forums so regularly it seemed like blogging. Pre-historic blogging I guess. I mostly inhabited the listener forum at NPR (National Petroleum Radio), where I flamed the hawks and so-called moderates and put forth my Read more…

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David Peterson: The Captive New York Times

The New York Times published a bona fide gem today: “Rounding Up Qaeda Suspects: New Cooperation, New Tensions, New Questions,” it was called. (For a copy, see below.) Unfortunately for the Times, this lengthy article (upwards of 2500 words) glistens for all the wrong reasons. For those of you who followed the Times‘s much-celebrated “mea Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Life After Capitalism Conference

Well, four more days to go before the Life After Capitalism conference being held in New York City, beginning this Friday and continuing throughout Saturday and Sunday. Myself and fellow Vancouver Parecon Collective member Matt Grinder will be attending the conference as participants and as media. The conference is attempting to transcend the Republican/Democrat party Read more…

Cp Pandya: Herd Mentality And the Market

In response to fellow bloggers Brian and Jessica, here is my take on what happened today. Hugo Chavez’s victory eased the rising price of oil for two reasons. First, oil traders were worried that the referendum would result in widespread violence, which would then lead to disruptions in the supply of oil. This collective fear Read more…

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Justin Podur: Carter and Gaviria find find “NO EVIDENCE OF FRAUD”

Now it seems that it really is all over, save for some possibly tragic and desperate acts by the opposition. At a 1:30pm press conference at the Gran Melia hotel, Carter and Gaviria both affirmed that their analysis and results confirmed the preliminary results of the National Electoral Council. No Evidence, No Evidence, No Evidence Read more…

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Justin Podur: Carter and Gaviria find find “NO EVIDENCE OF FRAUD”

Now it seems that it really is all over, save for some possibly tragic and desperate acts by the opposition. At a 1:30pm press conference at the Gran Melia hotel, Carter and Gaviria both affirmed that their analysis and results confirmed the preliminary results of the National Electoral Council. No Evidence, No Evidence, No Evidence Read more…

Cp Pandya: The Irony of Venezuela’s Victory

The irony of Sunday-into-Monday’s victory of the “NOs” in Venezuela should not escape us. As President Hugo Chavez proclaims the (rightful) triumph of democracy over imperialism, and of economic justice over financial oligarchy, participants in U.S. stock markets (for whom Chavez is a sworn enemy) are laughing all the way to the bank. News of Read more…

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Michael Albert: Parecon and Society: Pareconish Intellectual Agendas

Here is still another draft chapter for a new book about participatory economics and the rest of society that I am working on — this one is for near the end of the book…and shorter than most. + New ideas have intellectual value largely revealed by their impact on further new ideas beyond themselves. Does Read more…

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Justin Podur: Venezuela: Chavez wins, the opposition doesn´t respect the victory

President Carraquero of the National Electoral Council announced the preliminary result as of 3:47 am just now (4:10am) with between 94-96% of the results in. The result: 58% NO (4 991 483 million votes) and 42% SI (3 576 517 million votes). In other words, it´s all over, right? It should be. The Electoral Council, Read more…

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Justin Podur: Venezuela: Chavez wins, the opposition doesn´t respect the victory

President Carraquero of the National Electoral Council announced the preliminary result as of 3:47 am just now (4:10am) with between 94-96% of the results in. The result: 58% NO (4 991 483 million votes) and 42% SI (3 576 517 million votes). In other words, it´s all over, right? It should be. The Electoral Council, Read more…

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Justin Podur: VENEZUELA: The barrio at night

Take Two. The dreaded technical difficulties might be coming back. I went to the barrio of La Vega tonight, and just got back (it´s 12:45am on August 16 and the August 15 referendum has become the August 15/16 referendum). This will be the last bulletin before the results come out for real. La Vega, our Read more…

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Justin Podur: VENEZUELA: The barrio at night

Take Two. The dreaded technical difficulties might be coming back. I went to the barrio of La Vega tonight, and just got back (it´s 12:45am on August 16 and the August 15 referendum has become the August 15/16 referendum). This will be the last bulletin before the results come out for real. La Vega, our Read more…

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David Peterson: Iraq, Civilian Fatalities, and American Power I

Ever since Ahmed Janabi’s report first surfaced on english.aljazeera.net that an “Iraqi political group,” indeed, an expatriate Iraqi political group based in Britain, contends reports that approximately “37,000 Iraqi civilians were killed between the start of the US-led invasion in March 2003 and October 2003″ (That’s already ten months ago), I have been watching and Read more…

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Justin Podur: Venezuela: UK Independent and criminal reporting

Who needs the Venezuelan opposition to criminally announce the results of the referendum in advance when the international press can do so just as well? Even though the National Electoral Council has just announced (about 8:30pm) that polls will not be closing until midnight because there are so many people still to vote, the Hannah Read more…

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Justin Podur: Venezuela: UK Independent and criminal reporting

Who needs the Venezuelan opposition to criminally announce the results of the referendum in advance when the international press can do so just as well? Even though the National Electoral Council has just announced (about 8:30pm) that polls will not be closing until midnight because there are so many people still to vote, the Hannah Read more…

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Justin Podur: The violence begins…

Thee was a great deal of advance warning that the opposition would commit violence as a last resort if it looked like it was losing. That has happened, it seems. The EFE news agency is reporting that 12 people have been wounded and at least 1 killed at a polling station outside of Caracas. The Read more…

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Justin Podur: The violence begins…

Thee was a great deal of advance warning that the opposition would commit violence as a last resort if it looked like it was losing. That has happened, it seems. The EFE news agency is reporting that 12 people have been wounded and at least 1 killed at a polling station outside of Caracas. The Read more…

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David Peterson: Great White Hope

To be perfectly honest with you: Having observed the ascent of Illinois State Senator Barack Obama within the ranks of the National Democratic Party over the course of the past 18 months (or so—the Republican incumbent serving in the U.S. Senate from Illinois, Peter Fitzgerald, having announced as far back as April, 2003, that he Read more…

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Justin Podur: Voting Day in Venezuela!

Thought I should check in, even though there are no results yet obviously. Indeed, there has been an announcement that the polls are closing 4 hours later than planned — 10pm, that is, instead of 6pm. It is going to be a long night. The private network Globovision is covering it as “REFERENDO REVOCATORIO” (recall Read more…

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Justin Podur: Voting Day in Venezuela!

Thought I should check in, even though there are no results yet obviously. Indeed, there has been an announcement that the polls are closing 4 hours later than planned — 10pm, that is, instead of 6pm. It is going to be a long night. The private network Globovision is covering it as “REFERENDO REVOCATORIO” (recall Read more…

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Michael Albert: Parecon and Society: Athletics

By this point, talking about parecon’s implications for athletics and athletes ought to be relatively easy. It is barely different than the case in other domains such as science, art, etc. There is, however, one interesting new angle to address, the issue of competition per se. First, similarly to other realms of human endeavor, parecon Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Globalization

Used neutrally, the term “globalization” just refers to international integration. Virtually no one is opposed to that, certainly not the left or the workers movements, which from their modern origins have been committed to international solidarity. The phrase “workers of the world unite” is a call for globalization. That’s why every union is called an Read more…

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Justin Podur: The calm before the?

Today is the day before the referendum. Not only is campaigning formally closed, but there is also a law in effect, quite common in Latin America, that no alcohol is to be sold or consumed until well after the referendum. And with good reason, given that both the NO and the SI forces want their Read more…

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Justin Podur: The calm before the?

Today is the day before the referendum. Not only is campaigning formally closed, but there is also a law in effect, quite common in Latin America, that no alcohol is to be sold or consumed until well after the referendum. And with good reason, given that both the NO and the SI forces want their Read more…

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Michael Albert: Reply to Brian Dominick’s Reaction About Artists and Parecon

Brian, I am not entirely sure I am understanding your points. I am pretty sure that I haven’t heard anyone else say quite what you are saying, and that it is not a set of concerns that are going to arise often. Still, I want to try to reply, if not for the broader social Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Artists in Parecon — a Response

This is the aspect of parecon theory where I diverge 180 degrees. I cannot fathom why, or really even how, the work of artists (and I’ll include “commentators” and social critics in that realm, just to make sure I’m dragged in as well), are to be considered in the same way as industrial workers and Read more…

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David Peterson: The Captive American Mind

Associated Press has been reporting for the past 24 hours that an unnamed “White House official” said yesterday that the “Bush administration has discovered no evidence of imminent plans by terrorists to attack U.S. financial buildings, nearly two weeks after the government issued startling warnings about such possible threats….” (Ted Bridis, “Official: No Evidence Attack Read more…

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Justin Podur: Florentino, the Devil, and the opposition

Last night was the closing of the referendum campaign. It closed with huge marches of the opposition and the chavistas. They say the opposition march was the biggest ever — one estimate I heard, from a journalist who was at the Madrid demonstrations around March 11, is over 500,000 people. More, he said, than any Read more…

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Justin Podur: Florentino, the Devil, and the opposition

Last night was the closing of the referendum campaign. It closed with huge marches of the opposition and the chavistas. They say the opposition march was the biggest ever — one estimate I heard, from a journalist who was at the Madrid demonstrations around March 11, is over 500,000 people. More, he said, than any Read more…

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Michael Albert: Parecon and Society: Art

Here is another chapter in draft for the book in progress. This one does have a section missing on the conditions of artists in the U.S., etc. which will have stats about artists doing ads instead of art, and so on…but otherwise it is ready for comment. It is a draft however, not for attribution Read more…

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