About Z Blogs


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

Brad Wilson: Anomalies in the Dietary Guidelines Paradigm

Quite a few progressive groups, along the lines of the Food Movement, have signed on to the recent Dietary Guidelines proposal. It’s generally treated as a united front, a no-brainer, with no other progressive points of view. They’ve even put out a full page ad in major newspapers. In contrast, I see it as a Read more…

Joe Emersberger: CLALS bias against Venezuelan government more obvious than I thought

I just wrote this piece about a study of Globovision (a Venezuelan TV broadcaster) that was done by American University’s Center for Latin American and Latin Studies (CLALS). Despite concluding that Globovision’s content was not biased in favor of the Venezuelan government or the opposition since an ownership change in May of 2013, CLALS decided Read more…

Elliot Murphy: The absolute sheer magnificence of Made in Chelsea and the Tanganyika laughter epidemic

One of the central ‘characters’/‘personalities’/‘people’ on the latest episode of Made in Chelsea said something philosophically intriguing and apposite on an almost neo-Absurdist level of Nietzschean angst and quasi-Hellenic undespachungzi with an undertone of Habermasian schadenfreude, intentionally. When explaining why she and her partner go so well together, she claimed the reason was because ‘he Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: Corporate Welfare Fails to Deliver the Jobs: The Sad Case of Start-Up NY

For several decades, state and local governments have been showering private businesses with tax breaks and direct subsidies based on the theory that this practice fosters economic development and, therefore, job growth.  But does it?  New York State’s experience indicates that, when it comes to producing jobs, corporate welfare programs are a bad investment. In Read more…

Peter Bohmer: Another Police Shootings of African-Americans! It Can Happen Anywhere in the United States Including Olympia, WA. It Did Happen Here!

Police Shooting in Olympia–updated June 4, 2015   Another Police Shootings of African-Americans! It Can Happen Anywhere in the United States Including Olympia, WA. It Did Happen Here! by Peter Bohmer, submitted June 15, 2015;  revised version of original article that was printed here May 26, 2015   Another Police Shootings of African-Americans! It Can Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: The Vietnam War: After 40 Years

Today, 40 years after the American war in Vietnam ended in ignominious defeat, the traces of that terrible conflict are disappearing. Traveling through Vietnam during the latter half of April 2015 with a group of erstwhile antiwar activists, I was struck by the transformation of what was once an impoverished, war-devastated peasant society into a Read more…

Vicki Nikolaidis: Reparations from Germany – Of course

Greece has every reason to negotiate for reparations from Germany based on damages caused during WWII. The evidence exists to apply for reparations from GB and USA as well, but starting with Germany is smart.  The main rub is that after WWII, German behaviors damaging to Greece continued, if not for that perhaps the intensity Read more…

Vicki Nikolaidis: Syriza is not far or radical or anything liberal

Always best to look at what policies political parties put into place before giving them a label. For one example, university education was handily set back in time 20 years by Syriza. Think about a robust graduate student body with professors finding research money for the students (1) to pay the students and (2) to Read more…

Joe Emersberger: A Reuters article on Venezuela I almost can’t nitpick

The headline to this article by Alexandra Ulmer reads “Venezuela parliament leader squeezes media bosses over drugs story” It is about a defamation suit that Diosdado Cabello, the Chavista head of the National Assembly, brought against some media outlets that accused him of being a drug lord. The article notes “Opposition leaders and U.S. officials Read more…

Don Fitz: Green Time TV — The Social Environment: Racism

 Green Time TV The Social Environment: Racism   by Don Fitz   The social environment, including how we are treated and mistreated by others, is as much a part of our environment as green spaces, rivers and climate change. What is it like to grow up in a world where people are as afraid of Read more…

Bob Simpson: When White People Rioted in Baltimore

“The despot’s heel is on thy shore, Maryland! His torch is at thy temple door, Maryland! Avenge the patriotic gore That flecked the streets of Baltimore, And be the battle queen of yore, Maryland! My Maryland!“ This is the opening stanza of “Maryland, My Maryland”, the official state song. You can view  the complete lyrics Read more…

Gerry Mohan: Women in Afghanistan 1978

The pictures below are from Afghanistan in the 1970s, some of them from Kathleen Foster’s film “Afghan Women, a History of Struggle”. The bottom picture is from 2013 If we are to believe current mythology, the U.S. and its willing helpers are busy rescuing Afghanistan from the dark ages. The truth is not far from Read more…

Joe Emersberger: UK Tories win Majority in Parliament despite getting only 36% of the votes

Another outrageous result courtesy of the First Past the Post electoral system. Graphics below show the grim details. Richard Seymour wrote a fine electoral post-mortem. He pointed out that the Tories did much better in terms of winning seats than in 2010 despite barely winning any more votes. Labour’s share of the vote was also Read more…

Joe Emersberger: All you need to know about the UK election – courtesy of Peter of InterventionsWatch

One of my favorite writes maintains the InterventionsWatch blog and also contributes regularly to the Media Lens Message Board He is  a guy named Peter from the UK who obviously has a day job but puts 90% of professional political writers to shame. Anyway, somebody weighed in on tomorrow’s election in the UK with the Read more…

Sriram Ananth: Healing while fighting the good fight to be free

Sriram Ananth ([email protected]) Blog: https://loveliberationstruggle.wordpress.com/ Fighting the good fight to be free. Fighting to free ourselves, our loved ones, our community, indeed, humanity and the earth as a whole. Real freedom. True freedom. Freedom from oppression, fear, poverty, abuse, trauma, hunger, violence, authoritarianism, chauvinism, repression, drudgery, pain, boredom, sterility, loneliness, hopelessness, and more – in Read more…

libbyliberal: Savage Sentences for Test-Altering Atlanta Teachers

In mid-April a Florida superior court judge handed down harsh prison sentences to 10 former school administrators, principals and elementary school teachers because of a citywide test cheating scandal within the Atlanta public school system. What these educators did was inflate 2008 test scores. The Obama administration and both corporate Democratic and Republican parties are Read more…

Chris Wright: Thoughts on the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust – Part 1

Even seventy years later, having learned nothing, Western intellectuals still love to proclaim with the ponderous air of authority that the Holocaust was “thoroughly at odds with the great traditions of Western civilization,” as Richard Rubenstein paraphrases in his book The Cunning of History: The Holocaust and the American Future (1975). It was contrary to Read more…

Chris Wright: Thoughts on the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust – Part 2

To See the Holocaust in a Grain of Sand While the industrialized murder of six million people is in a category all its own, one can observe in daily life many of the tendencies that make it possible. The thinking that sees the machinery of death as solely a thing of the past, an incomprehensible Read more…

libbyliberal: Time to Play Lucy and the Football with Sanders, Progressives?

Patrick Martin in “Bernie Sanders to seek Democratic presidential nomination” takes a much needed CLOSE look at the history and realpolitik behind Bernie Sanders. In the kabuki that is America’s corporate-captured political establishment’s and corporate media’s greased slide to fascism, US Senator Bernard Sanders of Vermont has stepped onto the stage to do his bit for Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Dear Reuters: Don’t you have access to Youtube?

Reuters does its bit support alarmist claims about Venezuela’s economy in an article by Andrew Cawthorne and Brian Ellsworth: “Venezuela foreign reserves fall to lowest since 2003”  screams the headline. It looks only at liquid reserves of Venezuela’s Central Bank. It so happens a few months ago, during a debate at Harvard, Francisco Rodriguez (not Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Make up your own PDVSA data? What are Reuters’ folks smoking in the USA?

Plenty of international media have pushed claims that the Venezuelan government is on the brink of default, but how many have done so AND provided readers with an interactive calculator so they can make up their own data about Venezuela’s state oil company, PDVSA? That’s what Reuters did in this article by Marianna Parraga and Read more…

Nasir Khan: Commemorating the Saur Revolution in Afghanistan

Nasir Khan, April 27, 2015 Today is the anniversary of the Saur Revolution in Afghanistan. On 27 April 1978, the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan took over power. The socialist friends of Afghanistan are aware of the historic significance of this revolution in Afghanistan and for the people of the neighbouring countries. What happened to Read more…

Sriram Ananth: Trinity of Trifectas: an anti-oppressive mental health template for healing and liberation

by Sriram Ananth ([email protected]) Blog: https://loveliberationstruggle.wordpress.com/     An article I recently wrote on anti-oppressive listening and solidarity-based therapy was one of the more widely read pieces on my blog (which meant that it had a fighting chance of cracking three figures in unique views, but likely remained a solid two figures, which a writer Read more…

Bob Simpson: The Chicago election: the electoral revolution that didn’t happen

It was one helluva an election season on the shores of Lake Michigan. Last summer I was brimming with optimism. The Chicago Teachers Union(CTU) had people out canvassing the neighborhoods. CTU President Karen Lewis was polling well in a possible mayoral bid and it looked like Mayor Rahm Emanuel  was on the run. I foresaw an electoral revolution Read more…

Suki Venkat: A critique on the immutability of word order in a language and science in general

First I must declare I am no expert both in linguistics, science or politics. I have lived long in the cozy camp of Kantian idealism for many years and have only moved slightly from it to Hegelian and Marxian dialectical materialistic positions. I do not posses the precision or clarity of Vladimir Lenin, Christopher Caudwell Read more…

libbyliberal: A Litmus Test on Empathy

The victims of the shooting spree included a 9 year old, a 20 year old aspiring medical student and his mother, a 46 year old dermatologist, a 52 year old car dealer, a 47 year old truck driver, a 12 year old, a 52 year old businessman, a 77 year old gardener, a passenger on Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Oliver Kamm Slanders Media Lens – again

Media Lens never engaged in “sexist abuse” of Emma Brockes, or anyone else, and never made threats against Bronwen Maddox. Unsurprisingly, the Murdochs appear fine with having this kind of extravagant liar on staff. Kamm obviously feels confident that he’ll never be held legally to account for being such a sleazebag. Norman Finkelstein responded effectively, Read more…

Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Water Running through Missouri

Green Time TV Water Running through Missouri   by Don Fitz   Missouri has some of the most beautiful waterways in the US. They can be admired and enjoyed or they can be contaminated and polluted. May 2015 episodes of Green Time TV explore both sides of water. Karst areas are formed when limestone-based sedimentary Read more…

Joe Emersberger: David Smilde praises “smart piece” in WAPO that quotes him

On twitter David Smilde calls out this article by the WAPO’s Nick Miroff as a “smart Piece” An excerpt follows: “I think this summit will amount to a real test regarding the region’s commitment to Venezuela,” said David Smilde, a Venezuela expert at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA). “Will they circle the wagons and prioritize Read more…

libbyliberal: The Rape of Ukraine’s Farmland by US Agribusiness

According to Colin Todhunter in “The Perils of Concentrated Agriculture, US Agribusiness, GMOs and the Plundering of the Planet” rich and powerful land speculators and agribusiness corporations are destroying global farms and farmers. Monster Monsanto lobbies ever-onward for monopolistic tyranny globally particularly enabled by our US pimped out politicians misusing our military and intelligence services as well Read more…

Don Fitz: Green Time TV: The Substance of Criminality

Green Time TV The Substance of Criminality   by Don Fitz   Did it ever cross your mind that some relatively harmless things (including some substances) can land you time in jail, while other substances that are poison to plant, animal and human life are perfectly legal? The first three April 2015 episodes of Green Read more…

libbyliberal: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 3/25/1911

Re-post from 3-18-11 Correntewire [historical info taken from American Experience presentation and poetry from Jonathan Fink] On April 5, 2011, 400,000 New Yorkers, 1 out of 10, showed up in the rain to mourn the deaths of 146 garment workers, mostly young immigrant women, who had died in the deadliest workplace accident in New York history. The victims Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Reuters, of all people, exposes coup plotters in Venezuela

This is quite a refreshingly in-depth article by Reuters (authors Andrew Cawthorne and Girish Gupta) that explores the most extremist elements of the Venezuelan opposition. It mentions that some of them, unsurprisingly, find safe haven in Miami and more generally that they are “aided by campaigners in Europe and the United States”.  It is worth Read more…

Gabriel Levy: The Anthropocene? It’s just inhuman

From the People and Nature site Human activity has changed the earth so drastically that we are in a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, says a bunch of scientists. No, it’s “capital, not humanity as such” that’s responsible, writes socialist activist and environmental researcher Andreas Malm in Jacobin magazine. Malm argues that it’s “the reliance by Read more…

libbyliberal: Latest US Crucifixion of a Conscience-Possessor, POW Bergdahl

The Pentagon has decided to bring desertion and misbehavior charges against the former 5-year Afghanistan POW Bowe Bergdahl. The Wall Street Journal at one point published a commentary demanding a firing squad punish him. Right wing political and media operatives are still doing all they can to “swift boat” him, organizing and manipulating some of Read more…

Gabriel Levy: Workers’ solidarity in wartime: Bosnia 1993, Ukraine 2015

From People & Nature There is a fragile ceasefire in place in eastern Ukraine, but the devastation wrought by military conflict continues. Some Ukrainian socialists, disappointed by the weakness of the anti-militarist movement, have tried to find ways of delivering aid to communities in the east, and to refugees who have fled to other parts Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: Who Are the Nuclear Scofflaws?

Given all the frothing by hawkish U.S. Senators about Iran’s possible development of nuclear weapons, one might think that Iran was violating the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). But it’s not.  The NPT, signed by 190 nations and in effect since 1970, is a treaty in which the non-nuclear nations agreed to forgo developing nuclear weapons Read more…

libbyliberal: Return of the Firing Squad!!! WTF???

In “The firing squad returns to America” Barry Grey rails against the re-institutionalization of the firing squad for capital punishment in the state of Utah this week. How is this systematized sadism and violence to be explained? Can we expect to see demands for the return of other practices? What about drawing and quartering, evisceration, garroting? Gratuitous Read more…

libbyliberal: US & Its Axis of Evil Now to Bloodbathe Yemen!!!

So once again international law is the enemy of the US and its Axis of Evil which includes Saudi Arabia and Egypt. One more country on the bloody clipboard of US hegemony is doomed for criminal and savage destruction. Niles Williamson in “The war in Yemen and the American drive for global domination”: The US is Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Is Reuters Allowed to Report More than One Pollster’s Results?

Reuters’ Caracas folks write as if they’ve been told that only Datanalisis poll results can be reported. Datanalisis is an opposition aligned pollster. Its director, Luis Vicente Leon, regularly criticizes Maduro’s government in pages of El Universal. Diego Ore of Reuters says that, according to Datanalisis, support for the government has “inched” up to 25%. Read more…

Bob Simpson: Marching in Chicago’s far West Side for $15 an hour and a union

On Saturday March 21, several hundred people shut down a McDonalds at Laramie and North Ave on Chicago’s Far West Side and then marched on and through a Food 4 Less store located further east. It was a major Fight for $15 action. Fight for $15 is the national movement of low wage workers whom Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Sure the Emperor’s naked, but only as a legal nicety. He has to be, but it kinda looks bad.

The Economist trotted out a farcical excuse that has become popular among Obama’s apologists – that labeling the situation in Venezuela an “extraordinary threat” to declare a “national emergency” was just a legal nicety: “American law requires the administration to use such language if it wants to impose sanctions on individuals in another country.” Similarly, David Smilde, a Read more…

Bob Simpson: Fight for $15 joins striking BP oil workers on the picketline

“It appeared as if the whole world was one elaborate system, opposed to justice and kindness, and set to making cruelty and pain.” ― Upton Sinclair from his novel OIL!   When 20th century writer Upton Sinclair’s novel Oil!, (about the birth of the petroleum industry) was turned into a film, it was titled “There Will Be Blood”. The Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: Poetry of Sorrow and Hope

David Krieger’s new book of poems―Wake Up!―shows us that poetry engaged with world affairs can be very powerful. In a brief introduction to the book, Krieger―the president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and the author of several previous volumes of poetry―remarks that people who write poetry after Auschwitz, as well as after Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Reuters Says Stiffing Elite Bondholders is Cost Free. Who knew?

Reuters’ headline to this article by Corina Pons and Eyanir Chinea claims that “Venezuela puts debt service before food imports as cash dries up: sources” To make Reuter’s bias and double standards more obvious, consider the headlines when an international courts order Venezuela to pay over a billion dollars to Exxon.  They don’t read “Court forces Venezuela to put Exxon Before Read more…

Brad Wilson: Review: Add Farm Justice to Food Justice and Food Sovereignty

  Introduction This is a page by page review of “What Does it Mean to Do Food Justice?” by Kirsten Valentine Cadieux and Rachel Slocum, Journal of Political Ecology, Vol. 22, 2015, (http://jpe.library.arizona.edu/volume_22/Cadieuxslocum.pdf).  I apply a Farm Justice paradigm to the views presented in the paper. This is an important piece of work, a well Read more…

John Andrews: Jihadi John vs Beheading Barack

Jihadi John vs Beheading Barack I’ve got a great idea (even if I say so myself) but I don’t have the IT skills to implement it. Remember the front cover of Tariq Ali’s book The Clash of Fundamentalisms? Where George W. Bush morphed into a Muslim. Well how about we morph Jihadi John into Beheading Read more…

Elliot Murphy: Unhistory: Britain’s Forgotten Indochina Connection

The popular myth concerning Britain’s relation to the Vietnam conflict in the 1960s and 70s – accepted and repeated to the point of delirium – is that parliament did not send troops, and therefore had no involvement at all. In a recent think piece for the BBC News website justifying the logic of austerity through Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Francisco Toro – Self Proclaimed Prophet – Responds to Me UPDATED

UPDATE: Toro has now “responded” again to my piece about his work without actually responding. I guess he wasn’t joking with his claim that I was trying to hide his “winning ugly” blog post by naming its author, title and date – and linking to other posts by him on his site. Great way to hide Read more…

Ben Norton: The 5 US Colonies

We live in the 21st century. We are often told colonialism is “a thing of the past.” Yet the US still formally has five colonies: Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the US Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands. These nations are often referred to as US “territories” (there are 16 official US territories in Read more…

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