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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Alice Dubi: Response to Nichols Blog

response to  John Nichols blog today In recent years, community resistance to corporate and resource extraction interests has increased, making room for more progressive voices. Four years ago, the election of Mike McGinn, Sierra Club activist, to defeat an established, progressive Democratic mayor, revealed dissatisfaction with the aggressive banking strategy of Washington Mutual/Chase and its Read more…

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Michael Ross: Food Safety Modernization Act

Hi All, If you are a farmer, a CSA shareholder or someone interested in supporting small scale farmers then you may be interested in this. The FDA is drafting new rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The proposed rule changes could have harsh consequences for small scale farmers, CSA distributors and aggregators. The Read more…

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Don Fitz: Health Care in a Global Environment

It is possible to provide health care much more cheaply and with vastly smaller environmental effects than the US does.  Cuba is rapidly becoming a model of how to accomplish this on an international level.  While guaranteeing free health care to all of its citizens, Cuba sends brigades throughout the world to give medical assistance Read more…

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Ira Woodward: Bullying, the NFL, Patriarchy Revealed

This Incognito thing just won't go away. It continues to strike deep for me as well. I'm going to try to be as explicit and clear as possible, though I have serious doubts I will satisfy my own need to describe the situation. People, as social animals, need hierarchy in order to function in a Read more…

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Bob Simpson: The Turnaround: At the dangerous intersection of race, class and masculinity

I was 4 chapters into the George Pelecanos crime fiction novel The Turnaround when a sudden chill ran down my spine. Omigod, this is the story of the Ken-Gar 5. I had to put the book down as my mind traveled to 1972 Kensington, Maryland where an ugly racial incident ended in tragedy. I had Read more…

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The Polemicist: Dropping a DIME: Max Blumenthal and the Erosion of Liberal Zionism

Go to source Zionism, like capitalism, is losing its aura of beneficence and inevitability, as its fangs become harder to hide. Israel is not the Upper West Side overseas. (No matter what many people on the Upper West Side may like to think.) It is a violently racist colonial enterprise, with all the ideological and practical viciousness that implies. Read more…

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Tapani Lausti: US grip of the world weakening

US grip on the world weakening By Tapani Lausti Noam Chomsky and Andre Vltchek, On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare. Pluto Press 2013. Noam Chomsky has thought about world politics all his life. Andre Vltchek has spent years travelling around the world reporting from conflict areas. Thus it is not surprising that their Read more…

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Bob Simpson: Neo-liberalism, climate change and militarization: The Perfect Storm

In October of 1991 a convergence of powerful weather systems created a monster storm in the cold waters of the North Atlantic. It killed the entire crew of the fishing boat Andrea Gail among other storm casualties. Journalist Sebastian Junger used the phrase “The Perfect Storm” as the title of his book about this unusual Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: How low must Capriles go before the international press calls him out on it?

In a recent video made in support of Venezuelan opposition candidates in upcoming municipal elections, Henrique Capriles, the opposition leader, made this incredibly cynical remark:   A strategy they use is to say that they know who you vote for. But that’s a lie. I say to all our people, especially our public servants and Read more…

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: “Justice for Kazakh oil workers” – Kyiv conference

The “justice for Kazakhstan oil workers” campaign was the central focus of a conference of independent trades union activists, socialists and human rights campaigners from across the former Soviet Union at the weekend.   Two hundred activists decided at the meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine, to unite around the campaign. They called for the release of Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Human Rights Watch not naming corporate names in Colombia report

Daniel Kavlik noticed that a recent Human Rights Watch (HRW) report on Colombia avoided naming the corporations on whose behalf millions of people have been driven from their homes over the past three decades: HRW refers vaguely, but ad nauseam, to “businesspersons,” “businessmen,” “landowners,” “cattle ranchers,” “regional elites,” “mining and agro-industry,” “private companies,” and to Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Dear Amnesty, when would foreign attacks on US soil be legal?

Amnesty says in a very recent report “Because the US government refuses to provide even basic information on particular strikes, including the reasons for carrying them out, Amnesty International is unable to reach firm conclusions about the context in which the US drone attacks on Mamana Bibi and on the 18 laborers took place, and Read more…

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Brad Wilson: De-Mystifying ‘Means Testing’ for Commodity Farmers

This is a response to the article, “Means Testing Rich Farmers,” by Mike Lavendar, Ag Reform Coordinator, Environmental Working Group, 10/23/13, (http://www.ewg.org/agmag/2013/10/means-testing-rich-farmers).   There are several things that are false, misleading or missing in this analysis, and which are discussed below.  These are:     1.  The biggest direct beneficiaries of Commodity Programs over the Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Exchange with John Rentoul re Death Toll from Iraq War

Below is an exchange I had with John Rentoul, who writes for the UK Independent, regarding the latest peer-reviewed scientific study of the death toll from the Iraq War. Rentoul corrected one false thing he wrote about the study in response to our exchange, but continues to misinform readers about the study's conclusions. I didn't Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Half-Million Iraqis Died in the War, New Study Says

Aljazeera put out a useful article about a new scientific study of death toll from the Iraq war that was initiated in 2003. The peer reviewed study, published in the journal PLoS Medicine, concludes that half a million Iraqis died from all war related causes, not just violence. In May, when ComRes, a professional polling Read more…

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David Peterson: The Chemical Weapons Convention Today

Earlier today, the Norweigan Nobel Committee awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), citing its "extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons" since the The Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction (CWC) came into force Read more…

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David Peterson: Was Sarin Gas Used in West Ghouta, Syria?

Was the chemical weapon agent Sarin gas used in the Damascus suburb of Moadamiyah on August 21 of this year? Based on the United Nations' Report on the Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons in the Ghouta Area of Damascus on 21 August 2013, released to much fanfare back in mid-September, I put together this Summary Read more…

Michael M'Gehee: Chomsky’s Wager

Noam Chomsky Like many from my generation, my political consciousness took an evolutionary leap forward in the aftermath of 9/11. One morning before work I awoke, turned on the television, and heard an old man argue that the US government was the leading terrorist state. I stopped what I was doing and watched the rest Read more…

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Tapani Lausti: Occupy: Human imagination will not die

Occupy: Human imagination will not die By Tapani Lausti David Graeber, The Democrcy Project: A History, a Crisis, a Movement. Allen Lane 2013. Every mass movement based on direct democracy and participatory instincts broadens the human imagination of what might become possible when the current social system loses its credibility. The American occupy movement and Read more…

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: Why? Why? Why? Wasim’s Tragedy is Our Tragedy

These past few months have been deeply affecting. For us the tragedy of Wasim and the death of his wife and 2 young children at the end of July has overshadowed most of our thoughts. That they died in the forests of Samos is still very raw and fresh. Why? Why? Why? This is the Read more…

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Roger Bybee: One-side striker massacre a ‘clash’

Text flawed in its coverage of labor-management violence

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Roger Bybee: The shutdown and “Obamacare”

  Be sure to check out this great comic, The Strip | By Brian McFadden New York Times  Sept. 29, 2013  URL: http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2012/07/08/opinion/sunday/the-strip.html?ref=sunday#1 Next   September 29, 2013–updated Oct. 1   THE GOP AGENDA: FORCING DELAY OF AFFORDABLE CARE ACT UNTIL GOP GAINS MAJORITY IN BOTH HOUSES IN ORDER TO PERMANENTLY KILL IT Despite Republicans having Read more…

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Roger Bybee: The shutdown and “Obamacare”

  Be sure to check out this great comic, The Strip | By Brian McFadden New York Times  Sept. 29, 2013  URL: http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2012/07/08/opinion/sunday/the-strip.html?ref=sunday#1 Next   September 29, 2013–updated Oct. 1   THE GOP AGENDA: FORCING DELAY OF AFFORDABLE CARE ACT UNTIL GOP GAINS MAJORITY IN BOTH HOUSES IN ORDER TO PERMANENTLY KILL IT Despite Republicans having Read more…

Michael M'Gehee: Why the Tea Party Republicans ‘Shut Down the Government’

Señor Don Quixote, a delusional middle class American white guy, is seen tilting at windmills he believes are ferocious giants. The government has not shut down. The Republicans have simply cut off funding for the left hand of the state (i.e. certain aspects of unemployment benefits, housing, clinical health research, food stamps, workplace safety), in Read more…

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Gregory Alan Norton: The New Wave of Class Struggles

           The newest wave of resurgent working class struggles has brought picket lines and protests to many retailers including Wal-Mart. And finally the fast food chains are experiencing the wrath of the working class in an economic environment where changing jobs has become difficult and clawing a path toward upward mobility has disappeared. Thousands are Read more…

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: Wasim’s story and the cruel fate of refugees in Greece

Wasim is a refugee from Syria. In late July he was dropped by boat on a remote, densely wooded and rocky shore of Samos island, with his wife, young son and baby daughter. Without enough water or food, he swam to find help. Ignored by passing boats, he eventually found help, and from there went Read more…

: What Counts

Poster from PFAR Legions of protesters marched on Tokyo yesterday in an ongoing campaign to wipe out racism in Japan's capital city and beyond. Prompted largely by a growing number of anti-Korean demonstrations that have ripped through the heart of Tokyo's Koreatown, yesterday's anti-racism rally swelled with supporters who numbered anywhere between one and three Read more…

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: Searching for our Happy Lands

Review of The Happy Lands (directed by Robert Rae, 2013; a Theatre Workshop Scotland production). From the People and Nature web site. This remarkable film is set in an East Fife pit village during the 1926 general strike and the lock-out of mineworkers that followed. It depicts communism as understood and practiced in a working Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Eliminating Nuclear Weapons

The apparent employment of chemical weapons in Syria should remind us that, while weapons of mass destruction exist, there is a serious danger that they will be used.   That danger is highlighted by an article in the September/October 2013 issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.  Written by two leading nuclear weapons specialists, Read more…

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Mark Evans: Why the New Cannot Be Born

I wrote the following in response to a transcript of a talk given by Dan Gallin to Greek activists and unionists, posted on the New Unionism Network site. Excellent analysis, apart from one major mistake… Gallin writes “our present crisis, […] has several basic elements” the third of which is the “hugely destructive impact of Read more…

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The Polemicist: The New Privateers: Civil Forfeiture, Police Piracy, and the Third-Worldization of America

Go to source  I know you're already mad about various injustices, but when you read Sarah Stillman’s recent New Yorker article, “Taken,” your blood will boil. It’s about the laws and practices – developed over the last 15-20 years as part of the "war on drugs" and the general encroachment of police-state tactics – regarding Read more…

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Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Creating New Environments

Green Time TV Creating New Environments   by Don Fitz   The many environments across the globe will be different tomorrow than they are today.  If you are not among those working to improve the environment, you could be helping to make it worse.  October Green Time shows look at how environments are being affected, Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Politics and Crop Insurance:

INTRODUCTION   The politics of Crop Insurance in the Farm Bill is related to the basic politics of the issue as follows:   Republicans & later Democrats & later progressive Democrats in Congress reduced and ended Price Floors and Supply Management giving huge benefits to agribusiness at the expense of farmers, and changing the structure Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: To George Monbiot re. HRW’s report about Ghouta

Dear George Monbiot I see from your Twitter account that you consider HRW’s recent report on the alleged Chemical Weapons attacks in Syria to be strong evidence of the Assad government’s guilt. Did you know that HRW has endorsed the US bombing of Syria? Ken Roth, the group’s executive director, not only called for bombing but Read more…

: With Apologies to MLK, Hatin’ on President Obama

I have a visceral hatred of President Obama; let me hasten to add it's an honest hatred.  Every time I have the misfortune to witness his flapping gums, it is only to hear him tell lies so extraordinarily obvious that it feels I'm the only one who notices.  That the US doesn't torture, for example.  Read more…

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Bob Simpson: Is Fight for $15 making unions cool again?

"I think what's very amazing about this campaign and what a lot of people have not really talked about is that it is making the union movement cool again."—Lorraine Chavez of Fight for $15 It was a warm late August afternoon when I got to Federal Plaza in Chicago for the most recent Fight for Read more…

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The Polemicist: Syria: No Better Angels

  Go to source In my last post on Syria, I commented that “Short of widespread popular unrest, on issues like this, the will of the people counts for nothing against the exigencies of imperialism and Zionism, as understood by the American political elite,” that “there would be no challenging debate in the US Congress Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Ken Roth of Human Rights Watch confronted on Russia Today – and lies re. Syria

Ken Roth engaged in a confrontational and somewhat disjointed discussion on Russia Today (RT) about Syria. The RT interviewer made some very good points but was also misinformed on some matters (for example HRW’s opposition to the Iraq War). Her main failing was, however, to miss an opportunity to expose Roth’s flagrant dishonesty. Ken Roth Read more…

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James Crombie: Alternatives for Syria – International Norms and Standards?

A violation of international law is not an appropriate response to a violation of international law. As an alternative to an illegal military "strike" on the country governed, at least partially, by Bashar al-Assad, it is here argued that the best thing to do, for now, about the current situation in Syria is for the Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: The Syrian Problem — and an International Solution

Let us consider the worst:  that, in violation of the 1925 Geneva Protocol and the subsequent Chemical Weapons Convention, the Syrian government has used chemical weapons to massacre large numbers of people.  If true, that is a real problem, for it is not only a dastardly act, but a clear violation of international law that, Read more…

: Looking for a Lick of Truth

Okay, so I’m perusing an online article in the Guardian and the first words to meet my eyes are “eyeball-licking.” Eyeball-licking! Yuck! Who in their right mind would ever do such a thing? Then I read where it says “this is an article about oculolinctus, an eye-licking fetish that is currently sweeping across the schools Read more…

: Poisoned Minds

I wonder what’s going through the minds of the folks at the Yokohama City Board of Education. According to a recent story in the Japan Times the city’s board of education has recalled a junior high school textbook due to its “descriptions of the mass lynching of Koreans following the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake.” During Read more…

: All Things Considered

If you were listening to NPR's All Things Considered this past August 27 you would have heard a typical corporate media discussion about the pros and pros of bombing Syria. The conversation was largely framed by two options. Should the US hit the Assad regime hard or hit it even harder? All things considered, it Read more…

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Gregory Alan Norton: Syria, Agent Orange, and Megadeath

Syria, Agent Orange, and Megadeath               As a member of the generation of 1968, I’m used to US government hypocrisy, hubris and horseshit. However, the recent attempt to justify attacking Syria because the combatants have used chemical weapons is astonishing.             According to this logic, when the US unleashed a chemical holocaust against the Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Britain sold nerve gas chemicals to Syria 10 months after ‘civil unrest’ began

The UK DAily Record reports "Britain sold nerve gas chemicals to Syria 10 months after 'civil unrest' began 1 Sep 2013 07:21 FURIOUS politicians have demanded Prime Minister David Cameron explain why chemical export licences were granted to firms last January – 10 months after the Syrian uprising began." No reports yet that Obama plans Read more…

: On Pity

On Pity                                                Escracez l'infame                                                                                             -Voltaire   Pity is a superfluous exercise meant to substitute for justice.  It can and often does, take the form of a wealthy corporation engaging in widely publicized campaigns of charity to polish up the public relations image.  Pity, as surely as an algebraic equation strives for equality, Read more…

Pierre Guerlain: The Kosovo route to Syrian disaster

The Kosovo route to Syrian disaster Pierre Guerlain   The latest accusations leveled at the Syrian government have prompted the resurrection of the 1999 Western intervention model in the war against Serbia in the then Serbian province of Kosovo. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/24/world/air-war-in-kosovo-seen-as-precedent-in-possible-response-to-syria-chemical-attack.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 The parallel between Kosovo and Serbia is striking, at least rhetorically for the time being. Read more…

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The Polemicist: At the Syrian Threshold: “al-Qaeda’s Air Force” Prepares for Battle

Go to source Here's a report from July, "FSA chemical lab uncovered near Damascus": Chemical weapons materials and facilities have been found multiple times in "rebel" areas. The "rebels" are the *only ones* who have any motive for using chemical weapons.   Yeah, it's from RT (Russia’s English-language TV channel). Do you really think you have any Read more…

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Alice Dubi: #NoWarInSyria

I am writing to express that I am utterly opposed to the President's proposed military action in Syria. It is illegal and ill advised, sure to cause more suffering than to prevent. Eliminating chemical weapons planet-wide as part of Mr. Obama's disarmament plan is laudable and I urge you immediately to call for congressional activity Read more…

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