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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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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Joe Emersberger: Questions for the UK Guardian editors related to Syria

RE: editorial: MPs and Syria: in the shadow of Iraq Dear Guardian editors This editorial claims that the “shadow of Iraq” “looms large” over the debate about Syria. However, in the most important way, that is not true at all. In the most important way, the shadow of the Iraq war has been invisible. According Read more…

: Obama’s Pet Weapon

Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control by Medea Benjamin, OR Books, 2013, 241 pp.  Benjamin's clean, clear and austere prose demystifies drones, removing them from the abstract and contextualizing them in humane terms.  She speaks to victims, and relatives and friends of victims; she takes the reader to sites of drone attacks and their often Read more…

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Paul Street: Let F-16s Ring

Maybe Kill List Obama will give the order to bomb Syria DURING his speech at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington – the one where he is supposed to speak at the same exact time that the true peacemaker Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke in 1963. Obama could cue the Pentagon Read more…

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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…

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: 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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: 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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