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

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  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.
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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

Lawrence Wittner: Dear Moderators of the Presidential Debates: How about Raising the Issues of Preparations for Nuclear War and How to Avert It?

You mass media folks lead busy lives, I’m sure.  But you must have heard something about nuclear weapons―those supremely destructive devices that, along with climate change, threaten the continued existence of the human race. Yes, thanks to popular protest and carefully-crafted arms control and disarmament agreements, there has been some progress in limiting the number Read more…

Anil Eklavya: Keeping Radiation Logs

I will be keeping radiation logs, if possible from today. Also, the related Zersetzung 21C Journal. *** Zersetzung 21C Journal updated on 5th August, 2019. Updated for 4th August, 2019. Updated for 1st to 3rd August, 2019. Updated for 31st July, 2019. Updated for 30th July, 2019. Updated for 29th July, 2019. Updated for 28th Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: Billionaires and American Politics

Is the United States becoming a plutocracy? With the manifestly unqualified but immensely rich Donald Trump serving as the nation’s first billionaire president, it’s not hard to draw that conclusion.  And there are numerous other signs, as well, that great wealth has become a central factor in American politics. Although big money has always played Read more…

fernando_santamaria: Dementia and changes.

I conclude, by means of interacting with pilgrims here, in Santiago de Compostela, that all guys between sixty and eighty five are seriously scared about dementia. They were all born between 1958 and 1933. As a matter of fact, I’ve been recently thinking they could constitute some kind of “demented” movement, or “demented army”: Dementia Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Prominent news reports claiming a deterioration of living conditions in Venezuela – all since Trump’s sanctions came into force in August of 2017

New York TImes, Meridith Kohut and Isayen Herrera, December 17, 2017 “As Venezuela Collapses, Children Are Dying of Hunger” https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/12/17/world/americas/venezuela-children-starving.html?module=inline   Washington Post, Anthony Faiola, February 12, 2018 “Venezuela’s economy is so bad, parents are leaving their children at orphanages” https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/venezuelas-economy-is-so-bad-parents-are-leaving-their-children-at-orphanages/2018/02/12/8021d180-0545-11e8-aa61-f3391373867e_story.html?utm_term=.d10ac9514d41   New York Times, Kirk Semple, March 20, 2018 “‘We’re Losing the Fight’: Tuberculosis Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: Whatever Happened to an Affordable College Education?

As U.S. college students―and their families―know all too well, the cost of a higher education in the United States has skyrocketed in recent decades.  According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, between 2008 and 2017 the average cost of attending a four-year public college, adjusted for inflation, increased in every state in the Read more…

fernando_santamaria: Barricades

I think it’s isn’t a time for reading or writing. I think it’s a time for barricades. Real fire, real struggle. Personally, I’m tired and  I do not trust any more on words.

Anil Eklavya: The Coup at Kailash

Kailash Mansarovar, a geographical as well as a mythological place, now in China (or rather, Tibet), is considered the heavenly abode of Lord Shiva (the Destroyer), one among the many Hindu Gods, albeit a very important one, as he is a part of the triad, or Trimurti, which also includes Vishnu (the Maintainer) and Brahma  Read more…

fernando_santamaria: Maduro’s Government doesn’t pay Spanish pensioners.

There’s a problem in Spain with Venezuelan pensioners. Guys that have payed for twenty years or so haven’t got any rights under Maduro’s government. The thing affects about eight thousand (8000) people in Spain and 650 persons in Galiza. Here there’s been a sentence by the High Court of  Galiza, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Court_of_Galicia(one for 650 cases) stating the Spanish Read more…

Anil Eklavya: Indian Opposition 2019

Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Dead. L. K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi: Retired. Haren Pandya: Killed. Pramod Mahajan: Dead. Gopinath Munde: Dead. Manohar Parrikar: Dead. Arun Jaitley: Retired Hurt. Sushma Swaraj: Partly Hurt, Partly Retired.   Rajesh Pilot: Dead. Madhavrao Scindia: Dead. Vilasrao Deshmukh: Dead. Y S Rajasekhara Reddy: Dead.   Sonia Gandhi: Semi-Retired. Manmohan Singh: Not Read more…

fernando_santamaria: Something is fucked up in the psychiatric system: The “ Dopamine Hypotheses.” (Chemotherapy and Antypsichotics)

If Cancer’s  patients are allowed to reject  Chemotherapy …, Why Mental Health Patients are life-time enforced (by gubernamental laws, by their families and “caregivers,” by the Cops, by judges), to be their whole life “on Meds”?https://beyondmeds.com/2019/05/03/embracing-our-madness/ This is one of my many  posts to Galician Deputy in the Spanish Congress (she’s leaded the United Left Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: How About a Peace Race Instead of an Arms Race?

In late April, the highly-respected Stockholm International Peace Research Institute reported that, in 2018, world military expenditures rose to a record $1.82 trillion.  The biggest military spender by far was the United States, which increased its military budget by nearly 5 percent to $649 billion (36 percent of the global total).  But most other nations Read more…

Anil Eklavya: Global Meta-Politics (with a Touch of Comedy)

Tower of Babel by Pieter Brueghell used by Maria as model in the Film Metropolis A meta-organization is an organization for organizations, which can implement a specific or multiple specific organizations; use them as necessary; and dissolve them when the aims have been achieved. Global meta-politics can be thought of as the prime mover behind Read more…

fernando_santamaria: DOUBTS ABOUT US CONSTITUTION (vii) – Article 7 – Ratification.

Article VII (Article 7 – Ratification) The Ratification of the Conventions of nine States, shall be sufficient for the Establishment of this Constitution between the States so ratifying the Same. The US CONSTITUTION WAS APPROVED BY JUST THE 11 or 13 STATES EXISTING BY 1788. When Did Each State Join the United States?  I ‘D Read more…

fernando_santamaria: DOUBTS ABOUT US CONSTITUTION ( vi) -Article 6 – Constitution rules, but there are no reliable tools for assessing what’s “Constitutional.”

My knowledge of (1789) English is not enough to understand Section ii) of the Sixth Article: This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Read more…

fernando_santamaria: DOUBTS ABOUT US CONSTITUTION (v) – Article 5 – The Amendments. (VIETNAM)

Article V (Article 5 – Mode of Amendment) The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendmentsto this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Read more…

fernando_santamaria: DOUBTS ABOUT US CONSTITUTION ( iv) – Article 4 – States ’ relations (And an oxymoron about tribes and “sovereign” “domestic dependent nations.”)

Article iv), Section i) states: Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof. Article iv), Section ii), Read more…

fernando_santamaria: DOUBTS ABOUT US CONSTITUTION ( iii) – Article 3 – Judicial : On the system of Federal Courts as a potential instrument of national tyranny and the impossibility of inter-state or international legal actions.

About this I find the English Wikipedia article on the US Judiciary starts like this: Article III, Section 1of the Constitutionprescribed that the “judicial power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and such inferior Courts” as Congress saw fit to establish. It made no provision for the composition or procedures Read more…

fernando_santamaria: DOUBTS ABOUT US CONSTITUTION (ii) – Article 2 – The Executive – (“The highway is for gamblers”; a “Russian Roulette” kind of system)

About US election system, I  find some clear explanation in the Spanish Wikipedia.  The president of the United States is elected in an assembly formed by 538 electors.  This figure is equal to the sum of 100 senators + 435 congressmen + 3 delegates from Washington D.C., which does not have senators but delegates.  Each Read more…

Tapani Lausti: American investigative journalism collapses

By Tapani Lausti Seymour M. Hersh, Reporter: A Memoir, Alfred A. Knopf 2018. The recent arrest of WikiLeak’s founder Julian Assange made a large part of the corporate press gloat in a way that highlighted the continuing degeneration of serious journalism. WikiLeak’s revelations of the true face of the American role in the world confirm Read more…

fernando_santamaria: DOUBTS ABOUT US CONSTITUTION (i): Article 1 – Legislative

AN OVERDRIVE READING OF US CONSTITUTION  Article i), Section ii), Clause i) What does it mean? Are Representatives at the Congress really elected every two years? The translation into Spanish by the Google Translator just doesn’t make any sense: “La Cámara de Representantes se compondrá de Miembros elegidos cada dos años por la gente de Read more…

fernando_santamaria: Age discrimination in the US Constitution, which was signed on September 17th, 1787 (about 250 years ago – way before the abolition of slavery.)

Section 1 of Article Two of the United States Constitution sets forth the eligibility requirements for serving as president of the United States: No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither Read more…

fernando_santamaria: Projections’ draft at Dylan’s performance in Santiago on April 29th (2019)

Fernando Vilas, the acquaintance that was sitting  by my side, made me change “was” to “is” in the farewell phrase of the Bob Dylan’s concert on Monday, April 29th.  I thought of “heart,” and pronounced it, like in Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold.”  Charlie Sexton, when I said “You are great (pronounced in the wrong way) Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: Breaking the Grip of Militarism: The Story of Vieques

Vieques is a small Puerto Rican island with some 9,000 inhabitants.  Fringed by palm trees and lovely beaches, with the world’s brightest bioluminescent bay and wild horses roaming everywhere, it attracts substantial numbers of tourists.  But, for about six decades, Vieques served as a bombing range, military training site, and storage depot for the U.S. Read more…

fernando_santamaria: Something posted in Facebook by a Facebook friend who declares having served at the CIA

mind control 💀 Publicado por MONTREALITY en Miércoles, 11 de abril de 2018

fernando_santamaria: Socialism is also about taxes

I’ve been searching about the finances of two bars I use to visit, because in one of them the fifty years old waitress cheated me into believing  she was the owner,  and formed a trio with the old tattooed waiter, her husband, also an owner, and a twenty four years old girl, sometimes their daughter, Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: Most Americans Reject Trump’s “America First” Policy

As president, Donald Trump has leaned heavily upon what he has called an “America First” policy.  This nationalist approach involves walking away from cooperative agreements with other nations and relying, instead, upon a dominant role for the United States, undergirded by military might, in world affairs. Nevertheless, as numerous recent opinion polls reveal, most Americans Read more…

fernando_santamaria: A song of Andres Calamaro about trust and oppression

This song by Andres Calamaro is titled “Alta suciedad.” There’s a pun between Spanish word for “dirtiness” (“suciedad”) and the Spanish word for “society” (“sociedad”). It claims you can only trust in dirty people, the lowest layers of society. “High dirt! (high dirt garbage)   You can not trust anyone else …” Repeats the chorus. Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: What Democratic Socialism Is and Is Not

In recent weeks, Donald Trump and other Republicans have begun to tar their Democratic opponents with the “socialist” brush, contending that the adoption of socialist policies will transform the United States into a land of dictatorship and poverty.  “Democrat lawmakers are now embracing socialism,” Trump warned the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in early March.  Read more…

fernando_santamaria: On politically correct thinking, gender violence, prostititution and (maybe) the #me too movement

Institutional propaganda that becomes motto and emblem of the initiatives of public administrations in Galicia, and  in most of the”civilized world”,  I guess, most of the time  borders on the absurd. In Galicia, which comes from a matriarchy and is traditionally little exposed to violence against women, public advertising campaigns against gender violence have acquired Read more…

Antonio Carty: Waking up to War Against Venezuela

We the people should stop trusting the same ‘journalists’ that cajoled us into the invasion of Iraq, Libya, ect. Large numbers of us protested then, perhaps we now sulk that if our protests didn’t stop it then, why should we try again? But we have got to wake up, instead of waiting for another huge Read more…

Antonio Carty: Conscience Over Profit

Palestine needs Europe and the world’s solidarity in effective ways, so its good to hear a union in my own abuela Beazcochea’s Basque country has voted against its company’s attempted collaboration with the internationally condemned Israeli occupation. The workers council of Spanish train manufacturer CAF voted last month against participation in the Jerusalem light rail tramway Read more…

Zoran Andelkovic: Support Serbia’s “One In Five Million” movement, but for the right reasons

Coming from Serbia, but living in Germany for more than 10 years, it is easy to lose perspective. Every time I visit my home town of Belgrade I wonder if it is only my view which is getting distorted, or the country is indeed continuously deteriorating. However, it seems I am not the only one Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: Should the U.S. Government Abide by the International Law It Has Created and Claims to Uphold?

The Trump administration’s campaign to topple the government of Venezuela raises the issue of whether the U.S. government is willing to adhere to the same rules of behavior it expects other nations to follow. During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, U.S. foreign policy was characterized by repeated acts of U.S. military intervention in Latin Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Amnesty International modifies its position on US sanctions and threats against Venezuela

Last year, I asked Amnesty International for its position on US economic sanctions against Venezuela. I also asked Amnesty’s position on the threats US officials have made against Venezuela’s government, including open encouragement of Venezuela’s military to perpetrate a coup. Last year, Amnesty replied that it took “no position” on US economic sanctions. Regarding US Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: Don’t Expect Rulers of Nuclear-Armed Nations to Accept Nuclear Disarmament―Unless They’re Pushed to Do So

At the beginning of February 2019, the two leading nuclear powers took an official step toward resumption of the nuclear arms race.  On February 1, the U.S. government, charging Russian violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, announced that it would pull out of the agreement and develop new intermediate-range missiles banned by it.  Read more…

Antonio Carty: ‘Populism’ is a deliberately meaningless term

Use of the term ‘Populism’ is a deliberately vague misdiagnosis of our world’s problems. It lumps all change that might threaten the status quo as the same chaos, the danger of populism. Every politician must be elected by popular vote, so to diagnose some as populist is meaningless. It is to spook the very idea Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: As Nations Get Ready for Nuclear War, Their Governments Work to Create the Illusion of Safety

Ever since the U.S. atomic bombings of Japanese cities in August 1945, a specter has haunted the world―the specter of nuclear annihilation. The latest report from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, issued on January 24, reminds us that the prospect of nuclear catastrophe remains all too real.  Citing the extraordinary danger of nuclear disaster, Read more…

Tapani Lausti: British media’s role as the guardian of elite interests

By Tapani Lausti David Edwards & David Cromwell, Propaganda Blitz: How the Corporate Media Distort Reality. Foreword by John Pilger. Pluto Press 2018. The heated debate about fake news supposedly separates “real journalists” from writers who try to confuse people’s views about what is really happening in the world. If only it was that simple. Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Was that the Onion or Reuters Quoting Mike Pompeo on Venezuela?

This Reuters article says “The Maduro regime is illegitimate and the United States will work diligently to restore a real democracy to that country,” Pompeo told reporters in Abu Dhabi, where he is on a tour of Middle East countries. ” [emphasis added]   The Onion might have simply changed “countries” above to “dictatorships”  or, Read more…

fernando_santamaria: More about the connection “seats”/“votes”, this time at the Spanish Congress…

Something about  the connection among “seats” and “votes” at the Spanish Congress. Scroll to “results” and look at the distribution of seats, in relation to the votes at the Spanish general election held in 2015: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Spanish_general_election Unless the data in the English Wikipedia are wrong, which rarely happens, the results are even more frightening: x Read more…

Dave Markland: Farewell to bblum6

Bill Blum passed away early last month in Virginia. Many Z Net readers will know his canonical book, Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since WWII, or remember his regular newsletter Anti-Empire Report. My first contact with Bill came in 1995 when I wrote him about something he had written on the Cold War. Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: Do We Really Need Billionaires?

According to numerous reports, the world’s billionaires keep increasing in number and, especially, in wealth. In March 2018, Forbes reported that it had identified 2,208 billionaires from 72 countries and territories.  Collectively, this group was worth $9.1 trillion, an increase in wealth of 18 percent since the preceding year.  Americans led the way with a Read more…

Huzaifa Zoomkawala: Exploring the institutional drivers of gender bias

The Social Institutions and Gender index (SIGI) was first launched in 2009, and then updated in 2012 and 2014. The fourth edition of the SIGI was launched in December 2018. The index uses these four dimensions to measure the institutional effects on gender parity: Discrimination in the family Restricted physical integrity Restricted access to productive Read more…

fernando_santamaria: The connection between “votes” and “seats” in the Galician Regional Elections held in June, 2016.

I’ve been having a look at the results of these elections as they appear in the Galician Wikipedia, in the chart just under the title “RESULTS.” https://gl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleccións_ao_Parlamento_de_Galicia_2016#Resultados It appears that: The sum of the votes achieved by En Marea, the Socialists Party of Galicia (PSdeG-PSOE, in the chart), the Galician Nationalist Bloc (BNG) and Citizens Read more…

fernando_santamaria: A simple check: something that surely could be applied to Trump’s policies.

This is the main part of a mail I sent days ago to The WHO (The World Health Organization, https://www.who.int/home ), to the  Health Financing Department: https://www.who.int/health_financing/tools/en/ Serious problems about Governmental management of the Health Service have recently appeared and drawn the attention of progressive Parliamentary Parties. I wonder if it would be possible the GHO made Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: The United States is First in War, But Trailing in Crucial Aspects of Modern Civilization

Maybe those delirious crowds chanting “USA, USA” have got something.  When it comes to military power, the United States reigns supreme.  Newsweek reported in March 2018:  “The United States has the strongest military in the world,” with over 2 million military personnel and vast numbers of the most advanced nuclear missiles, military aircraft, warships, tanks, Read more…

fernando_santamaria: A (probably well-known) problem (or fallacy) about Parliaments: the Galician model.

  According to the English Wikipedia page about the Galician Parliament https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parliament_of_Galicia, the Parliament of Galicia has amongst its functions “to exercise legislative power,” and “to control the executive branch or Xunta de Galicia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xunta_de_Galicia “. The problem is that the party (every party) that wins the, in this case,  Galician Regional Elections, held every Read more…

fernando_santamaria: The STATUTES of the UDNG (Union for a Democratic Nation at Galiza): on the search of political excellence.

  In April 2001 I was mandatorily retired by the Department of Education of the Galician Administration, (then leaded by General Franco’s former minister, Manuel Fraga Iribarne, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manuel_Fraga?wprov=sfti1), due to “serious mental issues.” Some time later, on June 14th, 2006, I legalized and registered in the Political Parties Registry of the Spanish Ministry of Interior a Read more…

fernando_santamaria: About the Environmental Impact Assessment made by the Galician Government (Xunta de Galicia) for the Alcoa Inespal S.A. Plants in Galicia (Environmental Regulations in an autonomous community of the Spanish Kingdom)

(Some previous warning: A careful reading should reveal the state of Environmental Law in Galicia, in contrast, for instance, with steps taken by George W. Bush administration about Alcoa´s Aluminium Plants in US; also the Francoist  hands on which Enviromental Evaluations depend. It’s possible to skip the technical part,  it is most of it “copy Read more…

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