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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Chris Spannos: Western Governments can do more to help tsunami victims

Like many others I have been shocked and horrified by the current tragedy that has struck hundreds of thousands throughout Asia. I have a hard time comprehending the scale of the disaster, and indeed it grows day by day. I have to say that I could not assimilate news of the event for the first Read more…

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Justin Podur: 886,000 black people died unnecessarily – in the world’s wealthiest country – from 1991-2000

This story came from the LiP people who do a ‘media picks’ weekly mailing. You have heard of the Lancet study that conservatively estimates that the US killed 100,000 in Iraq. You have heard of the UN figures that suggested in 1996 that excess mortality due to the US sanctions against Iraq was around 500,000 Read more…

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Justin Podur: 886,000 black people died unnecessarily – in the world’s wealthiest country – from 1991-2000

This story came from the LiP people who do a ‘media picks’ weekly mailing. You have heard of the Lancet study that conservatively estimates that the US killed 100,000 in Iraq. You have heard of the UN figures that suggested in 1996 that excess mortality due to the US sanctions against Iraq was around 500,000 Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: More on the Draft

One is the system that the military preferred after the debacle with a citizen’s army in Vietnam, the first time an imperial power used a citizen’s army to fight a colonial war: what’s called a “volunteer army,” which in effect amounts mostly to a mercenary army of the disadvantaged, from which the privileged are exempt. Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Freedom: a moral hypothesis

Is it a claim, or a thesis that is put forth as a kind of null hypothesis — something that it is morally right to accept unless there is evidence against it? I think the latter. Thus take a debate about slavery, or women’s rights. If Jones claims that some people (say blacks) yearn to Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Public Expense & Private Profit

For computers, the period from development to commercially viable sales was about 30 years (depending on how you count). For the internet, it was also about 30 years within the state system before it was handed over, by a process that remains obscure, to private corporations. And it’s not a matter of public companies going Read more…

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Paul Street: Bush’s Christmas Budget: Guns Over Butter

Tomorrow morning and afternoon, I expect, George and Laura and mom and fellow war criminal Dad and the twins and Jeb and the rest of the misbegotten hyper-aristocratic and necrophyilic Bush brood will open presents and enjoy a sumptous meal prepared for them by grateful servants. They will congratulate themselves on their spiritual rectitude, their Read more…

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Paul Street: “There’s Nothing You Can Do”

It’s always nice to hear that considerable numbers of Americans tell nice and progressive things to public opinion pollsters. But when I see the happy data showing that the United States populace supports peace, justice, and democracy, not empire and inequality, in various issue and policy areas, I like to ask three basic questions: (1) Read more…

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Michael Albert: A Sporting Revolution: The Parecon Hockey League

I reeived this in Email. It is a short essay by Kim Peterson. Relevant here, more so than on the main site, I think. Up to now, there is no National Hockey League (NHL) fare for ice hockey aficionados. The public NHL players and behind-the-scenes owners are incurring the wrath of disgruntled fans. The wrangling Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Bakunin, the death penalty & seeds of the future

Bakunin’s point was, I think, pretty simple. Within the larger society, it is possible to build structures that capture hopes for the future. For example, free schools, or self-managed cooperatives (like South End press, or worker-run factories in Argentina), or innumerable other examples in communities and workplaces, extending as feasible to larger enterprises, such as Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Vietnam then, Iraq today

We can learn a lot from what happened in Vietnam. Protest was very slow in developing.  By the time it reached a significant scale in 1967, the highly respected (and rather hawkish) military historian and Vietnam specialist Bernard Fall was wondering whether Vietnam would become “extinct” as a cultural-historic entity under the blows of the Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: US-UK relations

The general contours are pretty clear. The US effectively displaced Britain as world-dominant power during World War II, quite consciously — there were mini-wars going on right through the conflict, and they continued afterwards, often in ugly ways. Britain had to make a choice as to whether to join the re-emerging European system, or to Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The Draft

My guess is that the Bush administration planners will not call for a draft. The military command, and the civilian leadership, learned an important lesson in Vietnam: you can’t expect a citizen’s army to fight a vicious, brutal colonial war. Their predecessors knew that. The British, French, etc., provided the officer corps, special forces, and Read more…

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Paul Street: The Manly Scent of The Hummer

I know a young lady in Chicago who has a curious reaction whenever she sees a HUMMER while driving in the city: she raises her middle finger and screams “go to Hell you rich gas-guzzling imperialist pig” at the top of her lungs. She’s about 5 foot 3 and has curly blond hair and gets Read more…

Cp Pandya: Seamless Transitions

Quick note from Corporate World about one politician’s seamless transition into the drug world. It doesn’t get more slimy than this folks. It’s quite an endearing tale, actually; one that will surely reverberate in the halls of infamy: It’s a story about Billy Tauzin, a Louisiana Republican, who spent 12 terms as a member of Read more…

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Paul Street: “To Counter the Enemy’s Perception Management”

Today’s prize for bad Orwellian prose goes to chief Pentagon spokesman, Lawrence Di Rita. “In the battle of perception management, where the enemy is clearly using the media to help manage perceptions of the general public,” Di Rita says in today’s New York Times, “our job is not perception management but to counter the enemy’s Read more…

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Justin Podur: Gaza Explosion

Media will dutifully be reporting the deaths of five Israeli soldiers — though some media are calling them simply ‘Israelis’, not specifying that they are soldiers — in a Palestinian armed attack at a military checkpoint in Rafah. Israelis have already bombed Rafah since — in ‘response’, of course. The rest of the media stories Read more…

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Justin Podur: Gaza Explosion

Media will dutifully be reporting the deaths of five Israeli soldiers — though some media are calling them simply ‘Israelis’, not specifying that they are soldiers — in a Palestinian armed attack at a military checkpoint in Rafah. Israelis have already bombed Rafah since — in ‘response’, of course. The rest of the media stories Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: State Terror v.s. Resistance

Of course, the sentiment will seem outlandish to those who take it for granted that we are entirely justified in grinding people under our jackboot, using violence to impose conditions in which the resources of a country are freely open to exploitation by the rich and powerful and their population suffers in endless and unbearable Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Speculation on Occupation

Will the effort succeed? I certainly have no basis for predicting, if only because I’ve been wrong about this all along. My guess was that the “war” would take a few days.  To my surprise, it lasted much longer, so much so that in the first few weeks the mainstream press was reporting serious setbacks.  Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Capitalism, an innovative and viable system?

First, nothing remotely like capitalism exists. Is the US economy, relying crucially on the dynamic state sector, a capitalist economy? But putting that aside, was it an argument in the 18th century to say that feudalism, absolutism, rule by Kings, slavery,…. are the only viable systems because they are the only ones still functioning? Or Read more…

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Justin Podur: The Bush visit to Canada

Back from Ottawa. A couple more notes (previous blog on the demos). One, the estimates are out on numbers and I don’t believe them. Sure, protesters exaggerate the numbers but I’ve never felt such a discrepancy. I have decent footage, standing at the front of the march, of the march going by yesterday afternoon. It Read more…

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Justin Podur: The Bush visit to Canada

Back from Ottawa. A couple more notes (previous blog on the demos). One, the estimates are out on numbers and I don’t believe them. Sure, protesters exaggerate the numbers but I’ve never felt such a discrepancy. I have decent footage, standing at the front of the march, of the march going by yesterday afternoon. It Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Striking Iran

My guess is that the US will not attack Iran, either directly or via Israeli mercenary pilots flying US aircraft (which would be called an Israeli attack). We do know that in the past year the US has provided over 100 advanced jet bombers to Israel, which already had a larger and more advanced air Read more…

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Justin Podur: Iraqi Elections Delay

So the US and the Iraqi political parties it is sponsoring want to delay elections. Readers who follow this link will be impressed by the hypocrisy. Every story you read about Iraq now seems to have an obligatory feature about how many bodies the United States is finding as it turns a place like Fallujah Read more…

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Justin Podur: Iraqi Elections Delay

So the US and the Iraqi political parties it is sponsoring want to delay elections. Readers who follow this link will be impressed by the hypocrisy. Every story you read about Iraq now seems to have an obligatory feature about how many bodies the United States is finding as it turns a place like Fallujah Read more…

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Justin Podur: Punishing politicians for pointing out the obvious

Canadian politicians are showing their moral fiber by denouncing one of their own, Carolyn Parrish, who went on a comedy show and stomped on a Bush doll. The wide range of views on Parrish’s act goes from people who think she shouldn’t have done it because it might harm Canadian businesses, to those left-wing extremists Read more…

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Justin Podur: Punishing politicians for pointing out the obvious

Canadian politicians are showing their moral fiber by denouncing one of their own, Carolyn Parrish, who went on a comedy show and stomped on a Bush doll. The wide range of views on Parrish’s act goes from people who think she shouldn’t have done it because it might harm Canadian businesses, to those left-wing extremists Read more…

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David Peterson: The Price of Indifference III

Amazing, isn’t it, how much free publicity a news conference can win you, when what you say runs in near-perfect parallel with what the world’s most powerful state wants to hear, and you save its official spokespeople the trouble of having to say it themselves? But especially when what you say happens to fit what Read more…

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David Peterson: The Price of Indifference II

At a news conference in Vienna today, the National Council for Resistance in Iran—a.k.a. the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization, for the past seven years among the State Department’s officially “Designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations,” a group which until the recent past derived its “primary support” from the “former Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein,” in the State Department’s Read more…

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Justin Podur: Bush is coming to Canada November 30

The Globe and Mail story sets the date for November 30. It will “mark a thaw in bilateral relations, though his policies remain highly unpopular with Canadians.” He may even speak at Parliament, which “raises the spectre of protests. Polls show that many Canadians were against his re-election, oppose his invasion of Iraq and disapprove Read more…

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Justin Podur: Bush is coming to Canada November 30

The Globe and Mail story sets the date for November 30. It will “mark a thaw in bilateral relations, though his policies remain highly unpopular with Canadians.” He may even speak at Parliament, which “raises the spectre of protests. Polls show that many Canadians were against his re-election, oppose his invasion of Iraq and disapprove Read more…

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Justin Podur: Sudan and Hypocrisy

The fabulous magazine Left Turn invited me to update my September essay on Sudan, so I totally revamped it in light of the recent peace accords. Below is an early draft. For the final version, get Left Turn! The crisis in Sudan provides an extraordinary study in hypocrisy. On November 16, 2004, for example, a Read more…

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Justin Podur: Sudan and Hypocrisy

The fabulous magazine Left Turn invited me to update my September essay on Sudan, so I totally revamped it in light of the recent peace accords. Below is an early draft. For the final version, get Left Turn! The crisis in Sudan provides an extraordinary study in hypocrisy. On November 16, 2004, for example, a Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Looking Backward, Looking Forward: One Year of Parecon Organizing

By the Vancouver Parecon Collective: Jamie Campbell, Dave Collins, Bryan Berndt, Matt Grinder, Daniel Palmer, Chris Spannos, David Pehota It’s been just over one year since the Vancouver Parecon Collective came into existence. It was sometime in September 2003 that a few of us Vancouver Pareconistas stumbled upon one another. Since then we have created Read more…

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David Peterson: The Price of Indifference I

If ever the U.S.-Israeli Axis of Good had reason to bomb nuclear-related sites within Iran—though an errant strike upon an orphanage or a hospital, “collaterally” damaging them, wouldn’t hurt, either—now is the time. After a Letter of Agreement to suspend all uranium-enrichment activities was signed between the Government of Iran and the E3/EU (Britain, France, Read more…

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David Peterson: Impeach ‘Em All

Among the most important questions the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee can ask Alberto Gonzales, the White House’s chief legal counsel and nominee to succeed John Ashcroft at the Department of Justice—the “least accountable Justice Department in my lifetime,” Patrick Leahy, the Committee’s ranking Democrat, calls it—when his confirmation hearings begin, probably right after Read more…

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David Peterson: “New Paradigm”

I think the titles of these two articles—but especially when juxtaposed—tell us a lot about what’s going on in the United States of America: “Terror lawyer Bush’s new legal chief“ “A more moderate voice as AG” But then, so do these two: “Bush selects evangelical for attorney general post“ “Nominee for Attorney General Rides an Read more…

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Marie Trigona: Bienvenidos

Bienvenidos to the Grupo Alavio blog. This is new and we are learning. But soon more is to come about actions, videos and our recent projects.

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Justin Podur: Arafat

Palestine’s leader, Yasser Arafat, has died. I expect that in the coming days there will be a lot of stupid things written about him on all sides. I have already read some of it. As when he was living, the point will not be to shower contempt on him and his legacy. It will be Read more…

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Justin Podur: Arafat

Palestine’s leader, Yasser Arafat, has died. I expect that in the coming days there will be a lot of stupid things written about him on all sides. I have already read some of it. As when he was living, the point will not be to shower contempt on him and his legacy. It will be Read more…

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Michael Albert: Engaging the State – Today and Tomorrow

I was recently asked to do a short essay on “Engaging the State” for the innovative new Left Turn Magazine. My submission appears below… Engaging the State – Today and Tomorrow By Michael Albert To engage the state one must answer two key questions. What do we want now? What do we want later? Regarding Read more…

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Michael Albert: Pareconish Intellectual Agendas

In another DRAFT chapter in a book I am working on, some of which I have entered here in DRAFT form, I have tried to briefly suggest a range of intellectual concerns and explorations that advocacy of parecon implies. The material follows below, in this blog post… Pareconish Intellectual Agendas New ideas have intellectual value Read more…

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David Peterson: Please Do Not Disturb

Let’s say the American assault on the Iraqi city of Fallujah officially began over the past weekend, November 6-7, 2004. (Though feel free to date the start of the whole ongoing campaign any time you think most faithful to the facts. For example, early April, 2004, after those four Blackwater USA mercenaries were roasted. Or Read more…

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David Peterson: High Crimes and Misdemeanors

“We vigorously disagree with the court’s decision, and will seek an emergency stay of the ruling and immediately appeal,” a spokesman for the Department of Justice complained. He was reacting to Monday’s U.S. District Court ruling that one Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a prisoner at the notorious American-run Camp Delta in Guantanamo Bay, must be granted Read more…

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Justin Podur: Missile Defense

An article in this month’s Scientific American by Richard Garwin, who “has worked with the US government since 1950” and was on the “Rumsfeld Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States” is a combination of interesting information about the uselessness and wastefulness of this technology and a complete lack of perspective Read more…

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Justin Podur: Missile Defense

An article in this month’s Scientific American by Richard Garwin, who “has worked with the US government since 1950” and was on the “Rumsfeld Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States” is a combination of interesting information about the uselessness and wastefulness of this technology and a complete lack of perspective Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Some election comments…

We have a fairly clear idea of what [Bush’s] planners want, but what we can expect depends on circumstances, including those we create. That’s what should concern us, not speculating about what we cannot know. The outcome was a disappointment, but there have been disappointments before. Take 1984, when essentially the same gang of thugs Read more…

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David Peterson: False Dawn

To say that I am impressed by how impressed the Americans are, not only with their ability to kill Iraqis, but their ability to get away with it, too, would be an understatement. At this art—two arts, really—two distinct but nonetheless inseparable arts—the Americans are second to none. Take Monday’s New York Times. Right there Read more…

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Brian Dominick: What to do with the Democratic Party?

Jessica Azulay and I received a fairly substantial response to our recent essay, which was mostly a strategic presentation of what the hell progressives and radicals should do to make a difference in the coming years, starting with a major dose of facing reality. At least one of us responded to pretty much everyone who Read more…

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