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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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 Polemicist: 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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Lawrence Wittner: The Limits of Military Power

Is overwhelming national military power a reliable source of influence in world affairs? If so, the United States should certainly have plenty of influence today. For decades, it has been the world’s Number 1 military spender. And it continues in this role. According to a recent report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the Read more…

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Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Doing the Right Thing

Green Time TV Doing the Right Thing by Don Fitz What does “Doing the right thing” mean? It includes, but goes beyond, taking responsible individual action. “Doing the right thing” includes being part of an organization that takes collective, effective action. June episodes of Green Time TV explore issues which beg for individual work as Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Exchange with UK Guardian Pundit Alice bell

Dear Alice Bell I understand you recently complained to the BBC about racist behavior on the part of a BBC presenter. Glad you complained, but I wonder if you would comment in the Guardian on the roll racism plays in the results of a ComRes poll last year that found 59% of the UK believes that 10,000 or fewer Iraqis Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Reuters Article an Example of Media Complacency and Corruption

Corporate journalists have sometimes complained that I address them with an excessively harsh and undiplomatic tone. Below is an email to Reuters that I sent in response to an article about the latest allegations Human Rights Watch (HRW) made against the Venezuelan government. I was too polite in my email. While Reuters apparently has the Read more…

Gabriel Levy: No-one wants to die

After Odessa, “remaining human” as a political programme. A comment by Ilya Budraitskis, published in Russian on the Open Left web site in Russia, and in English on People & Nature.  In the two days that have passed since the tragic events in Odessa, we have heard dozens of versions of what happened. And all Read more…

Gabriel Levy: Darkness in May. A socialist eye-witness in Odessa

Tragedy came to Odessa on Friday 2 May, when clashes between Ukrainian nationalists and pro-Russian separatists led to the deaths of at least 38 people. This report by Sergei from Odessa was published in Russian by the Ukrainian socialist web site “Left Opposition” on Sunday 4 May, and in English on People & Nature. I Read more…

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The Polemicist: Good for the Gander: Ukraine’s Demise Accelerates

Go to source A further look at the Ukraine debacle, in seven pieces.   Montagueski and Capuletovitch (Cool Photo. Remember what happened to Romeo and Juliet.) Ukraine, Interrupted “Ukraine” means “borderland,” and if there were ever a country suffering a borderline personality disorder—barely “keeping itself together,” as we say—it is Ukraine. Suddenly, it’s been deprived of its Read more…

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Bob Simpson: School turnarounds in Chicago: Turning against racial justice

The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) leadership is doing exactly the opposite of what both community activists and researchers have shown to be the most effective ways of improving public schools. School “turnarounds” are a racist privatization scheme damaging to quality education. Tears welled up in the eyes of Angela Gordon, Local School Council President of Read more…

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Joel Chaffee: May Day 2014 – NYC

Free University in Madison Square Park. Five or six classes going on at the same time in various locations on various benches marked with a flag labeled ‘A’ or ‘B’ and so on. We attend ‘Student Activism at CCNY in the 1930s: Lessons for Today’ with former student activist Carol from the Professional Staff Congress Read more…

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Kevin Young: GM’s New CEO Is Not a Feminist

-by Kevin Young and Diana Sierra Becerra General Motors CEO Mary Barra will give the University of Michigan’s commencement address on May 3 and will also be awarded an honorary doctorate. Explaining this decision, the UM administration depicts Barra as a pioneering leader and a role model for young women. According to the UM website, Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Exchange Between Keane Bhatt, Stephen Zunes and others re. Human Rights Watch

Others chime in at various points as well *** Stephen Zunes I’m losing patience with people who attack the credibility of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and other reputable human rights organizations who have no background in international humanitarian law, have no empirical data to counter these groups’ findings, and have never even been to Read more…

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Ira Woodward: Personal Confessions, Political Confessions, and an Open Letter to Donald Sterling

So I often listen to sports radio to wake me up and keep me company during my morning routine. It stimulates my mind, anchors me to the world outside my mind, and frankly often riles me up and shakes me out of my sleepy complacency. Relevant to my topic today– Donald Sterling, bigoted, crooked, misanthropic–sociopathic. Read more…

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Suki Venkat: Indian Caste System (ICS): A Status Report

The Caucasians, Meditterians, Africans, Native Munda Tribes of India interminagled to produce the complex human genetic landscape of India. Early Caucasian racists mingled their ideas with Jain and Buddhist traders to produce the sophisticated ICS we see today. The ICS has been constantly been challenged from within and has evolved by making constant adjustments up Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Keane Bhatt asks Human Rights Watch to correct Venezuela Error

Email below was sent by Keane Bhatt on April 15, 2014  to Daniel Wilkinson, Miguel Vivanco and Ken Roth  – all are Human Rights Watch officials. Email addresses: [email protected] [email protected], [email protected] The NYRB editor’s email is [email protected] Dear Mr. Wilkinson, I have yet to hear from you regarding the false statement I highlighted in your April 9 Read more…

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Tom McNamara: An Open Letter to Graydon Carter

  Graydon Carter, Editor of Vanity Fair 4 Times Square 1472 Broadway, New York City, New York 10036 Dear Mr. Carter, This letter is in regards to your Editor’s Letter appearing in the May 2014 issue of Vanity Fair. In it, you talk about the Edward Snowden affair and the dubious actions of the NSA. Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Media Lens VS Owen Jones – a Sterile Debate

Periodically, the Media Lens editors debate UK Guardian (formerly UK Independent) columnist Owen Jones on Twitter.  The Media Lens editors challenge Jones to mention the horrid editorial practices of his employer. Their exchanges go something like this: JONES: I’m reaching a large audience with socialist ideas they would not otherwise hear. ML: But what are Read more…

Gabriel Levy: Return of the Gendarme

In this post republished from People & Nature, KIRILL BUKETOV of the Global Labour Institute in Geneva comments on the nature of Russian imperialism. (Note: a gendarmerie is a military force that carries out police duties among civilian populations.) Stalinists of all hues and colours are falling over themselves to praise Russia’s course of action Read more…

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Sriram Ananth: Bal Narendra and Captain Israel: when fascism turns into (even more dangerous) farce

A couple of weeks back, my cousin forwarded me a link that had me rolling on the ground laughing, while simultaneously injecting my soul with a chilling fear. The source of this scatter-brained experience was a link to this children’s picture book entitled Bal Narendra. You see, “Bal” means “boy” in Hindi, while “Narendra” is the Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Your Doctors Are Worried

Your doctors are worried about your health―in fact, about your very survival. No, they’re not necessarily your own personal physicians, but, rather, medical doctors around the world, represented by groups like International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW).  As you might recall, that organization, composed of many thousands of medical professionals from all Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Robert Musil’s “Rachel Carson and Her Sisters”

Despite the central role of women in environmental activism, surprisingly little is known about them.  Furthermore, what is known is usually limited to the work of Rachel Carson, whose powerful call to action, Silent Spring (1962), is widely credited with jump-starting the modern environmental movement.  Fortunately, Robert Musil’s new book, Rachel Carson and Her Sisters Read more…

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Aaron Leonard: The Horrible Secrets of Operation Paperclip

The Horrible Secrets of Operation Paperclip: An Interview with Annie Jacobsen About Her Stunning Account by Aaron Leonard History New Network (hnn.us) 4/14/2014 Aaron Leonard is a writer and journalist currently completing, “Heavy Radicals – The FBI’s Secret War Against America’s Maoists: The Revolutionary Union/Revolutionary Communist Party 1968-1980,” with Conor Gallagher, to be published in Read more…

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Don Fitz: Assaults on the Environment in Missouri and the World

Green Time TV Assaults on the Environment in Missouri and the World  by Don Fitz May 2014 welcomes the first shows produced by the Sierra Club for Green Time TV.  This month’s series include Sierra shows on dangers of coal ash and problems facing the Missouri River along with episodes on environmental threats of genetically Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: America’s Peace Ship: The Golden Rule

Is there an emotional connection between the oceans and the pursuit of peace?  For whatever reason, peace ships have been increasing in number over the past century. Probably the first of these maritime vessels was the notorious Ford Peace Ship of 1915, which stirred up more ridicule than peace during World War I. Almost forty Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Human Rights Watch Keeps the Distortions Coming about Venezuela UPDATED

In a blog post for the New York Review of Books, Daniel Wilkenson of Human Rights Watch (HRW) wrote “Supporters of Chávez and Maduro often seek to downplay concerns about press freedoms in Venezuela by pointing to reporting critical of the government in the country’s newspapers. It is true that the government has not targeted Read more…

David Dobereiner: Organicity

CORE PRINCIPLES OF ORGANICITY Nature is all there is, was, or ever will be. A fundamental attribute of nature is life. A fundamental attribute of life is self optimization. The distinction between animate and inanimate is a false one. Life pervades all of nature in varying degrees of potentiality. The distinction between humans and animals Read more…

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Sriram Ananth: The Indian elections and religious fascism in South Asia: troubling times ahead

The Indian elections are around the corner, and with it comes the high (and blood-curdling) likelihood of a dyed-in-the-wool religious fascist, Narendra Modi, leader of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, becoming the Prime Minister of India. It’s not a certainty – the Indian electorate has surprised us with remarkable independence of thought on numerous Read more…

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Bob Simpson: High Stakes Testing: The New Child Labor

“Exploited without regard to their tender years, countless youngsters were working under conditions constantly fraught with danger to life and limb…The blight of child labor was widely prevalent, in dust-laden textile mills and pitch-black coal mines, in sweltering glass factories and fetid sweat-shop lofts, in filthy canneries and blazing hot tobacco fields. No industry, no Read more…

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Michael Albert: The First Z Poll – and Z Forums

The first poll posted on the new site has now garnered somewhat over 400 replies. Each person could click any number of “labels” to indicate ways they are happy to be identified. The results are sort of interesting, in a few ways. First, there should be many more respondents. Suppose the polling system would routinely Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: On Respect for Facts about Venezuela in the UK Guardian and Elsewhere

It took a lot of prodding but I finally got the UK Guardian to correct an error in an article about Venezuela by Virginia Lopez. She had written that anti-government protesters were venting their rage at, among other things, “hyperinflation”. To most economists, “hyperinflation” has a very specific meaning:  inflation rates of over 30% per Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Email to Washington Post editors re Venezuela

Dear Editors: The Washington Post editors claim regarding recent violent protests in Venezuela that “at least 34 people have been killed, most of them opposition supporters gunned down by security forces or government-backed gangs.” None of the sources the editors cited support this claim. As Peter Hart, of the media watchdog FAIR, recently wrote “Jake Read more…

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