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 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

Joe Emersberger: The West and its “moral reflexes” are triggered in Syria

The  InterventionsWatch blog has done wonderful job exposing the pious warmongering of western liberals. This post comments astutely on John Kampher’s claim that the West’s latest rush to war in Syria is driven by an “understandable moral reflex” that “something must be done, that the tyrant can't get away with it.” Another post reveals how incredibly eager Ken Roth, Read more…

: Samos is Bleeding: Tourism, Migration and Survival

Samos is Bleeding: Tourism, Migration and Survival     Sofiane Ait Chalalet and Chris Jones       Tourism   Sadly, Samos has not experienced the tourist boom which has been widely reported in the mainstream media in Greece. Whilst we should be sceptical about some of the claims about a resurgent tourist industry as Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Advocate of Child Torture, Bruce Anderson, still welcome at UK Independent

Dear Independent People: I notice you just published a Bruce Anderson piece in which he applauds the 1973 coup in Chile (Egypt is Experiencing a Crisis that is beyond any British Counsel, August 18, 2012). In 2010, Bruce Anderson also used the pages of the independent to advocate the torture of children (We Not Only Read more…

Michael Albert: Interview Questions…

I am leaving for Venezuela Tuesday, to interview President Maduro. Below is an updated outline of questions I hope to have time to ask… there will surely be refinements on the fly… Questions for President Maduro Background Let’s start with your own background and personal views. How did you first become politically active?  And very Read more…

The Polemicist: Ball of Confusion: Bradley Manning’s Meaning

Go to source On Wednesday, during the sentencing phase of his trial, Bradley Manning made the following statement, which needs to be read in its entirety: First, your Honor. I want to start off with an apology. I am sorry. I am sorry that my actions hurt people. I am sorry that it hurt the United Read more…

: We’re All Luddites Now

From the People & Nature web site The Luddites of Yorkshire, Lancashire and Nottinghamshire rose up 200 years ago not only against the employers who sought to cut wages and intensify exploitation, but also against the way that those employers used machinery for that purpose. Modern-day labour and social movements could take a leaf out Read more…

Brad Wilson: 25 Twitter Feeds Misunderstand Farm Bill

Problem:  The Spreading of Major Myths through Social Media   This is a response to a recent blog post by Food Tank, (which also asks for input, and see my comment there).  It's called:  "118 Twitter Feeds Every Food Activist Needs to Follow." The problem with these online sources comes when they spread false information. Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Suggestion to Those Wanting to Ban Russian Athletes from the Olympics: Ban Athletes from 29 US states as well.

LGBT rights activist Cyd Zeigler has suggested that rather than ban Russia from hosting the Olympics over its anti-gay laws, a better approach would be to ban Russian athletes from competing. Let Russia host the Olympics he says; just ban their athletes from competing the same way athletes from Apartheid South Africa were banned for Read more…

Len Arthur: UK People’s Assembly & Left Unity – challenge to Labour?

The People’s Assembly on 22 June was a success. Around 4,500 attended and it was an exhilarating breath of fresh air to hear speakers say what was needed to be said, with such telling turns of phrase. If leaders of the Labour Party spoke and said the same things, I would not be worried about Read more…

Don Fitz: Protecting Food and Health in Missouri

Green Time TV Protecting Food and Health in Missouri   Our food is under attack from big agriculture (especially by its use of genetically modified organisms) and our lungs are under attack from big coal.  September 2013 Green Time TV looks at how to stand up to industry.   What problems of agriculture have been Read more…

Bob Simpson: Fight for $15 and the heroes in company uniforms

“What’s disgusting? Unionbusting! What’s outrageous? Poverty wages!”—a chant often heard at Fight for $15 actions Sometimes heroes come dressed in company uniforms: perhaps MacDonald’s, or maybe Subway, Wendy’s, Mrs. Fields or those Whole Foods distinctive black aprons. That kind of hero was out in the streets of Chicago on July 31 and August 1. They Read more…

Gregory Alan Norton: Plain View Press Progressive and Feminist

           Plain View Press out of Austin, Texas has been around almost 40 years. It describes itself as an “issue based literary publishing house.” It is, in fact, a progressive and feminist press that has published about 350 titles over the decades from both domestic and international writers.             Recent popular titles have included Layla Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Amy Wilentz and her Twitter Tantrum Regarding the 2004 coup in Haiti

On Twitter, Amy Wilentz angrily demanded that Justin Podur retweet a statement in which she emphatically denies ever supporting the 2004 coup that ousted Aristide: I never ever supported the coup gainst Aristide. Ever. Retweet that!   Wilentz made this demand in response to a tweet somebody had sent Podur. I assume Wilentz is correct. Read more…

brian olson: Write More Than You Read, Saith Nietschze….

My background: My grandparents were farmers and my parents were both public school teachers. I was a seasonal laborer at age 12. I make $12 an hour raising at-risk millionaire/billionaire kids. Though I'm considered very good at what I do, my raise last year was less than the cost-of-living increase. I just lost my house Read more…

Keith Keller: The Left and Political Economy

Capitalism and Marxism are two sides of the same coin, both ideologies justify elite social control, however, they differ significantly in how this is accomplished. Capitalist social control is achieved through financial control and market mechanisms, capitalist ideology merely a rationalization of the process. Marxism, on the other hand, is more akin to a secular Read more…

The Polemicist: It’s Not Unusual: The Left-Right (S)Mashup in American Politics

Go to source A number of commentators have remarked on the "unusual" political coalition of progressive Democrats and libertarian-minded Republicans that came together last week (July 24th) in Congress to support an amendment sponsored by new Michigan Tea Party Republican Justin Amash and long-serving Michigan Democrat John Conyers, an amendment that, as   Glenn Greenwald Read more…

: Oil corps destroy for profits

Countless Pollution Problems Prove Oil Corps Neglect Environment Rolf Auer, 1 August 2013   Blood is not thicker than water, when that water is tears for dead relatives.   Many tears were shed after the recent horrifying catastrophe caused by the train-wreck oil-based explosions at Lac Megantic, Quebec. So searingly violent were the huge fireballs Read more…

Radha Surya: Death in Kashmir

Of the four unarmed civilians whom the Border Security Force (BSF) killed on July 18 in Ramban, Kashmir, there is one in particular whose death refuses to recede into the distance.  This is partly because of what is known about the victim–Manzoor Ahmad Shan, political science teacher or professor–from the accounts that have appeared in Read more…

Kim Scipes: 21st Century American Militarism: Occupation Abroad and Resistance at Home

Important event in Chicago, Friday, August 2: 21st Century American Militarism: Occupation Abroad and Resistance at Home Friday, August 2nd, 7:00pm @ The Chicago Temple, 77 West Washington  Featuring speakers Nick Turse and Christian Parenti + more  $10 Suggested Donation, no one turned away Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/128308194034854/ IVAW Event: http://www.ivaw.org/21st-century-american-militarism-occupation-abroad-and-resistance-home  

Joe Emersberger: Carter Center Explodes Myths About TV News Media in Venezuela – without even trying to

A few weeks ago, former US president Jimmy Carters’ group came out with a report on Venezuela’s presidential election that took place on April 14.  Here is a crucial excerpt from the summary:   A Carter Center television monitoring exercise from March 28-April 16 showed that state television station VTV broadcast more electoral coverage (excluding Read more…

Brendan Ma: Viva la Huelga! – Farm Workers on Strike

As workers walked past fields of strawberries and blueberries into a negotiation meeting on the morning of July 24th with Sakuma Brothers Farms, Inc. management, they were told to accept management’s terms or lose their jobs. This threat comes amidst a heated strike of over 200 immigrant farm workers at the Burlington, WA farm which Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Human Rights Watch: Should Vietnam’s Prez Publicly Blast Obama over Agent Orange Victims During Visit?

Dear HRW people: You just asked Obama to publicly denounce Vietnam’s treatment of dissidents when its president visits Washington on July 25. You said “If criticizing the Vietnamese government is a crime, President Obama should show solidarity with dissidents by committing the crime himself,” Why did you not also call on the Vietnamese president to Read more…

Ira Woodward: Open Letter to Noam Chomsky

This is a letter I wrote to express some strong feelings I have about Noam Chomsky. I am curious if and hopeful that my feelings will resonate or at least be food for thought, so I am putting it out as an open letter Dear Noam Chomsky, I want you to know you are my Read more…

Andrew: The Emperor’s New Clothes (The real story)

Once upon a time there was a wise Emperor who was much loved by his subjects and he returned that love through ruling wisely and evenly.   Into this peaceful empire journeyed a couple of merchants vending wares of extraordinary luxury and mystery. The Emperor, upon learning of these two traders demanded they appear before Read more…

Bob Simpson: Chicagoans go to court to stop racist school closings

"Since 2001, defendants have carried out school closings so as to contribute to a form of racial and economic segregation, as destructive as older forms of intentional racial segregation."— McDaniel v. Board of Education of Chicago; the lawsuit goes to trial this week. Tuesday at 10:00am until Friday at 1:00pm at the Dirkson Federal Building. Read more…

Tapani Lausti: The Finns debate “Western values”

The Finns debate “Western values” By Tapani Lausti Intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden's revelations about US surveillance have opened up a new debate in Finland over what are perceived as “Western values”. This debate has been going on for some time as Finns disagree about possible membership in NATO. The majority is against it. Some right-wing Read more…

Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Standing Up to Environmental Challenges

Green Time TV Standing Up to Environmental Challenges   Whatever the threat, Missouri activists are organizing to protect the environment.  August 2013 Green Time TV looks at a variety of concerns: honeybees, organic farming, CAFOs and energy.   What’s behind the disappearance of bees in the US?  During the first August show, Jane Sueme, owner Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Why Do Latin American Governments want to defend Snowden? It’s simple.

The USA is very dangerous, lawless and aggressive state. The death toll in Latin America since 1980 from US backed coups and state terrorsim is in the hundreds of thousands.   Edward Snowden's actions pressure the US government to obey its own consititution as well as international law. The more US elites are compelled to Read more…

Joe Emersberger: The Revolving Door Between Human Rights Watch and the US State Department

This blog post at interventionswatch talks about how Tom Malinowski, former ‘Washington Director for Human Rights Watch’, has just been named the Obama Administration's "Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights". The blogger pointed out   "Before joining Human Rights Watch, he had been ‘special assistant to President Bill Clinton and senior director for foreign Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Prominent Venezuelan Opposition blogger expresses contempt for Edward Snowden

Francisoco Toro wrote "I can’t wait, Edward, for you to get here. Because nothing shines a light of the immense fatuousness of your Freedom Agenda-cum-#FirstWorldProblem like an evening spent watching VTV."  Francisco Toro also wrote this recently of Snowden  "..my contempt [for Snowden] stems from the juxtaposition of his Principled Crusader for Privacy and his cozying up to Read more…

The Polemicist: Egypt’s Groundhog Day Revolution

Go to source I am someone who thinks it is extremely important that the centrality of Islam in Middle East politics and ideology in general, and the specific parties of "political Islam' (like the Muslim Brotherhood) be challenged, and someone who is not at all opposed to extra-electoral revolutionary mobilization, including the possibility of revolutionary Read more…

Gregory Alan Norton: Paris Smith Deserves a Wider Audience

          Chicago’s Paris Smith, deserves a wider audience. Smith has developed into a mature writer/artist who has found his voice, milieu, and motifs since the publication of his other short story collections, Subterranean Tales in 2000, and Shadow Worlds in 2001. Smith is from Chicago’s Southside and in many ways has picked up the themes Read more…

mykel koll: Beginning

There are heroes in my life Mandela, Plato, Aristotle,Chomsky, Pilger who challenge my view of life. So what is a blog is it a journal of praxis or something more? A journey perhaps to try to make sense of my place here at this time. Or my decent into narcissistic behaviour, now that is a Read more…

Michael Albert: Parecomic!

I suppose commenting on a book about yourself is a bit much. On the other hand, my not writing about this book – called Parecomic – would dis-serve its author, Sean Michael Wilson, its artist, Carl Thompson, and, the book itself.  Parecomic is a graphic book which tells "The Story of Michael Albert and Participatory Economics." But what Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Rory Carroll and his editors distort then partially correct interview with Rafael Correa

The headline to this Rory Carroll article in the Guardian originally read: Ecuador's president reveals travel pass was granted 'without authorisation' and says whistleblower is now Russia's problem I learned from Chris Elliott, the Readers’ editor, that the headline was changed in response to complaints from Rafael Correa to read: Ecuador's president reveals the whistleblower Read more…

: Stop these “politically palatable” climate scenarios

The reality about the greenhouse gas emissions cuts needed to avoid dangerous global warming is obscured in UK government scenarios, climate scientist Kevin Anderson has said.   The most important measurements, of total carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, are pushed into the background – and scientists are pressured to tailor their arguments to fit “politically Read more…

Joe Emersberger: The Guardian’s Rory Carroll gets to work on Ecuador

Rory Carroll writes “Some in the government are believed to be annoyed that Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who has sheltered at Ecuador's London embassy to avoid extradition, has seized the limelight in the Snowden saga.” The practice of using the anonymous government source is bad enough. Carroll goes lower and gives us unnamed sources Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: When Education is a Business

To what extent is education corrupted when it becomes intertwined with profit-making businesses?   This question becomes increasingly relevant as corporations move into key roles at American universities.  In late June of this year, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo steamrollered a bill through the state legislature to establish tax-free havens for businesses on the Read more…

Ira Woodward: My Tribute to Douglas Adams

I returned recently to reading my favorite author. Here are my current thoughts on him after he died (12 years ago.) ———————— Douglas Adams was a genius– Writing a tribute to the man is a truly daunting challenge; I feel like the best way to honor him is to attempt to match his apparently effortless Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Toronto Star Publishes “Unauthorized” US Government Leaks

There are benign leaks and harmful leaks just as there are real journalists and fake journalists. The Toronto Star ran this article on its front page, so obviously it must come from “real” journalists. The article says that “U.S. intelligence agencies are scrambling to salvage their surveillance of Al Qaeda”.   That’s one hell of Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Forbes spreads lie about Snowden.

I wouldn’t usually write to an outlet like Forbes but the way Rick Ungar lied about Edward Snowden was quite wretched even by the standards of the corporate press. Ungar completely fabricated a quote- “all spying is wrong” – and attributed it to Snowden. His editors let it stand. Ungar recently updated his article claiming Read more…

The Polemicist: “Just One More Detail”: American Surveillance And The Unanswered Question of Israel

Go to source In my previous post, I looked at the campaign of personal denigration against NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, with a special focus on Lawrence O'Donnell's June 12th interview with Mavanee Anderson (video, transcript), Snowden's friend from his time in Geneva. I emphasized the particularly bizarre segment where O'Donnell tries to paint Snowden in the colors of Read more…

Peter Bohmer: Building a Movement for Universal Healthcare

Outline of talk, June 19, 2013 to Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) Seattle Edited, June 23, 2013 By Peter Bohmer, [email protected]   Thanks for  inviting me!  I will raise a few points about social movements and how to move forward based on my years as an activist.   I am looking forward to a Read more…

: Political Lessons From Greece; Summits, Refugees and Protest.

  Political Lessons From Greece; Summits, Refugees and Protest.   Sofiane Ait Chalalet and Chris Jones     Between June 7th and June 9th we had 3 contrasting experiences in Athens. One was attending the European Alter Summit over 2 days; another was marching with Gay Pride on the evening of June 8th and the Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Was Right Wing Press Mainly to Blame for UK Public’s Ignorance of Iraqi Deaths?

The stunning graphic above was put together by Melanie Patrick, but was the right wing press primarily responsible for the level of ignorance depicted above? The best way to answer would be to expand the ComRes poll to ask respondents how they self identify on the political spectrum or to ask which sources of information Read more…

The Polemicist: Edward Snowden, Lawrence O’Donnell, and the Failure of Fuzzy Land Thinking

Go to source Per SOP, since Edward Snowden began revealing the details of the NSA's Orwellian surveillance program, establishment pundits have been doing their best to denounce his actions and denigrate the man personally. This is an easy task for the reflexively authoritarian segments of the American audience, for whom denunciations from the likes of Peter Read more…

Bob Simpson: Uptown Uprising and the Right to the City

"The right to the city is far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources: it is a right to change ourselves by changing the city. It is, moreover, a common rather than an individual right since this transformation inevitably depends upon the exercise of a collective power to reshape the processes of urbanization. Read more…

Michael Albert: ZSocial and WorldSocial: Dying, or Being Born

This is a blog that has been posted in ZSocial – for ZSocial users. However, I think it is relevant more widely, so I reproduce it here for ZCom users… First, I would like to apologize – but with an explanation.  ZSocial is currently far from worthy. Let's face it, that is the truth. There Read more…

The Polemicist: “No matter what the law actually says”: The Snowden Revelations and the Eternal Surveillance State

Go to source The sudden cascade of documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden through Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill, and Laura Poitras in the Guardian, and Barton Gellman in the Washington Post has provided stark confirmation of our worst fears about the American government’s contemptuous disregard for our most fundamental rights.  As Greenwald, speaking on Democracy Read more…

Joe Emersberger: We Canadians would be nuts to Ignore Dean Baker’s Warning About Our Housing Bubble

For several years Dean Baker warned US citizens that housing prices were following an unsustainable path. Prices were rising because elite investors, along with most other people who didn’t even know it, foolishly bet on them continuing to rise. Regular folks felt way more secure than they should have felt. Their houses were their piggy Read more…

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