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

Radha Surya: PM Modi re-invents himself

Prime Minister Modi’s Independence Day address could well represent the apogee of his spectacular re-invention of himself as a statesman of national stature.  His speech of August 15, 2014 ‘Let’s put a moratorium on Communalism, Casteism’ ( http://www.outlookindia.com/article/Lets-Put-A-Moratorium-on-Communalism-Casteism/291697) may be viewed in retrospect as the apotheosis of a process that has been under way ever Read more…

Ira Woodward: Ferguson could be my Home

I want to live in Ferguson, Missouri. To know what it’s like to have confidence that the police will protect me from my neighbors, killing them if necessary should they seek to do me harm. To know that my neighbors will protect me from the police, standing at my side to face down the guns Read more…

Brad Wilson: The Farm Subsidy Myth: Scientifically Invalid, Subverting Food Day

SYNOPSIS:  THREE MAJOR FARM SUBSIDY MYTHS DEBUNKED Because I’m criticizing great people acting in good faith on critical issues, I like to try to include qualifications and clear explanations to be sufficiently fair.  This then makes for long answers.  This synopsis skips that, to save time. This blog explains three major parts of the farm Read more…

Joe H: Activists plan to Resist NATO summit

On the 4th and 5th of September, NATO will come to Wales for what is said to be “the largest gathering of international leaders ever to take place in Britain”. Attendees will include President Obama, Chancellor Merkel, and President Hollande, who “are expected to attend along with leaders and senior ministers from around 60 other Read more…

Kim Scipes: Big victory in Oakland today (8-16-14): Israeli ship didn’t even try to enter San Francisco Bay

Somewhere between 5-10,000 people mobilized today in Oakland, California, USA, trying to keep an Israeli ship from the Zim Lines from being unloaded today. Mobilization was so good that they didn’t even enter San Francisco Bay! Big victory–spirited march, many people, not going to take this shit any more! One of the best things about Read more…

Brad Wilson: Smashing the Illusion ‘Farmer Clout:’ A White Paper

A Personal Introduction As a farmer from Iowa, a top corn and soybean growing state with two Senators and recently two representatives on the Agriculture Committees, I’m supposed to have a lot of clout, clout that, I’m now told, has recently been reduced.1  That’s the news.  As a farmer with the “farm” interest, I’m told Read more…

Burkely Hermann: Obama’s new Mesopotamian quagmire

Note: This article was originally written on August 9, and submitted to an unnamed publication, and there was no response, so I am publishing it here. Some specifics like the number of bombings done by the US and the increasing presence of drones in the conflict (more than just one attack), but much of the Read more…

Gerry Mohan: Racism Embedded in US Legal System

The Doctrine of Christian Discovery…The US hasn’t revoked an 1823 court decision which held that Native Americans couldn’t sell their land because, being savages, they could hold no title to land. The driving force behind the invasions of Iraq, “our oil under their sand”, grows out of the same racist subsoil. Dark-skinned peoples have no Read more…

Brad Wilson: Food Crisis PRIMER

Food Crisis 101 (The Farm Bill, Trade, Strategic Reserves and Related Issues) KEY (to acronyms) IATP:  Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy APAC:  Agricultural Policy Analysis Center NFFC:  National Family Farm Coalition CIDSE:  “Coopération Internationale pour le Développement et la Solidarité” (International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity) Ritchie:  Mark Ritchie, Former President of IATP Harkin: Read more…

Stefan Monnier: Changing the US constitution wouldn’t “de-incapacitate”

Paul Street’s article about the 99% being incapacitated was very interesting.  But I can’t resist pointing out that, while it’s ludicrous that the US constituion be so hard to change, making it easier to change wouldn’t necessarily make much of a difference: the swiss constitution can be changed easily enough (50% majority of both the Read more…

The Polemicist: Gaza, Israel, and America: Crime and Demolishment

Go to source Shejaiya  Neighborhood in Gaza/Mahmoud Hams (AFP)/Getty Images The Israeli army is one of the most powerful in the world, usually ranked around fourth in firepower. It can deploy a half a million troops with a panoply of state-of-the-art weaponry—from body armor, integrated electronic communications and control, and sniper rifles, to tanks, artillery, Read more…

Rolf Auer: On the genocidal actions in Gaza

Yawn, I’m Bored, Think I’ll Kill A Few More Children Rolf Auer, 6 August 2014   Convicted Nazi war criminal Rudolph Hess died alone after decades of solitary confinement sitting on the floor and strangled by an extension cord.   Those were the days Mossad was recruiting anyone then even children.   The day thirsts Read more…

Brad Wilson: Can X Feed the World? Wrong Question.

Introduction Can we feed the world in the future? Can sustainable Agriculture feed the world? Can peasant agriculture feed the world? Can industrial agriculture feed the world? Can GMO’s feed the world? It’s easy to want to compete on these questions when small farms produce more per acre, (as Andrew Kimbell argued in Fresh) and Read more…

Burkely Hermann: JFK’s chemical terror, strategic hamlets, and militarism

In November of last year, 74% of Americans rated the late John F. Kennedy (JFK) as an “outstanding/above average President.” In late October and early November, I wrote a four part series for Dissident Voice about the JFK presidency: the first part focused on JFK’s cabinet; the second partfocused on his push for international investment; Read more…

Joe H: A short debate on NATO

Last Sunday my reply to a blog piece Newport West MP Paul Flynn appeared on Znet.  My e-mail to him elicited a reply, which I replied to enquiring after further details of his views and putting some counter-points, expanded on below.  As no further response was forthcoming (other than to agree to the use of the Read more…

Brad Wilson: Subsidy Narratives: How Foodies Unknowingly Bash Family Farmers

The Food Movement has taken major stands against “cheap corn” and cheap prices for other farm commodities. That position is very supportive of farmers and a blessing to the entire farming community. The Dominant Narrative of Food Progressives & Others On the other hand, the food movement typically misunderstands the factor of farm subsidies, and as a result, bashes Read more…

Brad Wilson: Farm Justice PRIMER: A Farm Bill Primer

Farm Bill 101 This project focuses on the biggest Farm Bill issues. BRIEFLY:  Why We Have Farm Bills APAC:  Assumptions of Farm Program, http://agpolicy.org/weekcol/381.html APAC:  Executive Summary 1 page, http://agpolicy.org/blueprint/Summary.pdf APAC:  Exec. Summ. pp 1-7 here. http://agpolicy.org/blueprint/APACReport8-20-03WITHCOVER.pdf APAC:  Reason why we have farm programs, http://agpolicy.org/weekcol/325.html APAC:  Because we lack price responsiveness, http://agpolicy.org/weekcol/248.html APAC:  Total Acreage Response to Price, http://agpolicy.org/weekcol/119.html Brad:  (briefly) Farm Bill Facts vs widespread myths, http://www.zcommunications.org/farm-bill-facts-commodity-title-a-u201cfamily-farm-u201d-view-by-brad-wilson APAC:  Ten Read more…

Brad Wilson: Don’t Misunderstand Higher Priced Sugar

The sugar program came up at La Vida Locavore (http://www.lavidalocavore.org/diary/4641/oh-the-stupidity-it-hurts) and (http://zcomm.org/zblogs/philpott-bittman-imhoff-lappe-are-wrong-about-tim-wise/). I raised a point that needs further clarification, so here it is, just below this general introduction. Introduction First, generally, the sugar program has price floors and supply management, like traditional farm programs.  No subsidies are needed if it’s run well (ie. if Read more…

Brad Wilson: Philpott, Bittman, Imhoff and Lappe are wrong about Tim Wise

(Note to readers:  I’m posting this to ZSpace, as the original link is temporarily down.  I apologize for not completely re-writing it.  I’ve been writing a ton of new stuff lately, plus re-writing material from my various blogs, [a much larger project].  I have included my responses to some comments, as well, and some later additions, Read more…

The Polemicist: Israel’s “Human Shield” Hypocrisy

Go to source   “The conquest of the earth, which mostly means taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look at it too much…”– Joseph Conrad “Heart of Darkness” [h/t William A. Cook]   The Israeli-American (Let’s never forget Read more…

Brad Wilson: The Women of Farm Justice: Forgotten by Women Today?

“The farm crisis now may turn into a food crisis in the 90s.” Carolyn Hauser, Donahue show, 1985 “We’re setting ourselves on fire out here, because we’re trying to warn this nation of a tidal wave that has already come across us, coming across our small towns, and it’s coming your way, whether you want Read more…

Ira Woodward: Peace (in the Middle East)

The Cycle of Violence The horror in Palestine is the first thing I notice when I’m listening to the news. I want to cry but more often I laugh or sardonically talk back. The hypocrisy is hard for me to miss. Yet when I step back and reflect, I wonder– why? Why do I continue Read more…

Gabriel Levy: John Maclean: the accuser of capitalism

To mark the 100th anniversary of the first world war, People & Nature today publishes Accuser of Capitalism: John Maclean’s Speech from the Dock on 9 May, 1918. (Introduction here, text of speech here.) Maclean, a Scottish Marxist, was one of a small number of socialists across Europe who denounced their governments’ participation in the Read more…

Bob Simpson: Fred Wright: Labor Laffs for the Working Class

“There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt.” ― Erma Bombeck Labor cartoonist Fred Wright was a radical artist who walked that thin line in a way that would impress any circus tightrope walker. The son of working class parents, Fred Wright knew the world of class warfare Read more…

Burkely Hermann: Why I oppose ENDA

There has been a recent ruse over ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. As Katie McDonough noted in Salon, after the recent Hobby Lobby decision “progressive and LGBTQ groups one-by-one withdrew their support from the measure” including groups like the “National Gay and Lesbian Task Force [NGLTF], the Transgender Law Center and the American Civil Liberties Read more…

Bob Simpson: Chicagoans prepare to take back their city: 
A view from the West Side

“Imagine what a community would look like that you and your children deserve and what are you willing to do to bring that to fruition.”—–Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) activist Tara Stamps Chicago Teachers Union(CTU) activist and West Side resident Tara Stamps repeated variations of that phrase   in a packed community July 17th meeting held at Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: Why Are Campus Administrators Making So Much Money?

Americans committed to better living for bosses can take heart at the fact that college and university administrators—unlike their faculty (increasingly reduced to rootless adjuncts) and students (saddled with ever more debt)―are thriving. In 2011, the last year for which figures are available, 42 private college and university presidents received more than a million dollars Read more…

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

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

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

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

Burkely Hermann: An unstable future in Egypt

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

Brad Wilson: National Geographic Wrong on Farm Bill

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

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

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

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

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

Lawrence Wittner: Doom from the Depths: Coming Your Way

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

Burkely Hermann: A new American political order?

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

Tapani Lausti: Towards a new political model

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

Ira Woodward: The Unification of Want and Need

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

Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Acting and Building Green

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vicki Nikolaidis: Vicki Chats – Stay Calm Stay Positive

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

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

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

Kim Scipes: New article on building global labor solidarity available

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

Burkely Hermann: Another war on the horizon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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