About Z Blogs


Blogs are a familiar feature on the internet - where users post content in an accumulating manner, with comments beneath and search options, etc. Blogs facilitate expression and exploration, and via attached comments, also debate and synthesis.


Creating Blog Posts

You can click here to create a new post.

Or, here is the whole procedure...

  1. Log into ZNet. Use your email and password. The system can send you a new password if you need one. If you haven't logged in at all, as yet, to start you need to request a new password.
  2. After loging in, on the left side of the admin bar at the very top of the page, you will see a plus symbol with the word New next to it, that looks like "+ New". Role your mouse over the symbol and click "ZBlog". This will take you to the admin page to upload a new blog. This is the most convenient access, as you can do it from anywhere on the site, anytime. You can also click this link: add a blog post.
  3. Add a blog title, fill the body content area (you can edit the source code/html by clicking the Text option on the Visual/Text tab in the editor). You can choose from among many formatting options, and embedding media.
  4. Once done editing your blog, in the top right "Publish" box, you can choose to save your blog as a draft or you can publish it immediately.
  5. After saving your blog as either Published or Draft, you can choose to view your post by selecting the "View post" link above the title or "Preview Changes" in the "Publish" box.
  6. You can edit your published blog either from your admin dashboard by clicking "ZBlogs" in the left side menu, or by viewing your blog and clicking the "Edit ZBlog" from the top admin bar.

Navigating and Using Blogs

Each Z author can post. Z Sustainers can also post. All Blogs appear in the blog system, and sometimes also in content boxes the top page of ZNet and can be found via searches, etc.

Comments on blogs follow the blogs, attached at the bottom, and blog comments, like all others, are also visible in many places that show comments. In addition, the entire blog system gathers content from everyone - but one can look at the accumulating content in many ways.

For example one can look at one writer's efforts - so one is seeing what is effectively a blog system for that one writer, or Sustainer.

One can also look at the content by topic, seeing blogs that are tagged as being about a certain topic - or place. When doing that, it is a blog system about a topic, or a place, with many contributors.

One can look at only writer blogs, or only sustainer blogs, as well.

Searches allow even more variables and refinements.

Recent Blogs

Gerry Mohan: Who’s Afraid in the Surveillance State?

According to the US Justice Department passing information to an alien power, the public, is worse than espionage…       Those learning to love the surveillance state can often be heard to ask: “If you’ve nothing to hide what are you worried about?” If we just turn that around we get a much more Read more…

The Polemicist: The SYRIZA Moment: A Skeptical Argument

Go to source   Mehran Khalili/http://www.redpepper.org.uk The victory of Syriza in Greece is an important moment.1 Indeed, I think it is going to be a historic turning point for Europe and the world, for better or for worse. Syriza defines itself explicitly as “as a party of the democratic and radical Left,” and radical it Read more…

Eddie Girdner: The Vietnam War at Fifty

  The Vietnam War at Fifty Eddie J. Girdner “The earth devours the people and the government washes its hands.” Eduardo Galeano Douglas Valentine. The Phoenix Program. iUniverse.com, Inc. (First published by William Morrow, l990) 479 pages. There was a flurry of press reports about how the American Central Intelligence Agency tortured people after 9-11 Read more…

Eddie Girdner: Thorstein Veblen and the Theory of Business Enterprise

    The Sabotage of Society by the Business Class: Thorstein Veblen and the Theory of Business Enterprise Eddie J. Girdner Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929) sought to burst the big pretentious bubble built up over the nineteenth century by professional economists. Veblen was an influential American economist and sociologist. He is best known for his book Read more…

Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Environmental Disputes

Green Time TV Environmental Disputes   by Don Fitz   Environmental activists often find themselves on the opposite side of the fence from powerful economic interests. March 2015 episodes of Green Time TV explore how this can happen as a result of chemical contamination in the karst topography of Missouri’s Ozarks, changing to sustainable energy, Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Reuters says Disgraced S&P Downgraded Venezuela yet Again

Actually Reuters’ headline, and the entire article, left out the “disgraced” part. Thanks to the corporate media, S&P and Moody’s are not seen as disgraced though they should be for many reasons. S&P has just been suspended from the largest part of the commercial bond market. It is also still under investigation by the US Read more…

Nasir Khan: Ethnic cleansing of Palestine

Nasir Khan, February 10, 2015 What do we mean by the ethnic cleansing of Palestine? In my understanding the notion ethnic cleansing of Palestine covers all those major historic events and the policies that were used to take possession of the land of another people. What happened and how it happened at the hands of Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: Will the U.S. Government Stand Alone in Rejecting Children’s Rights?

Within a matter of months, the U.S. government seems likely to become the only nation in the world still rejecting the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.  Sometimes called “the most ratified human rights treaty in history,” the Convention has been ratified by 195 nations, leaving the United States and South Sudan Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Reuters says that Venezuelan opposition is sane but government is nuts

Diego Ore reports that “Maduro’s critics say Venezuela’s economic troubles are man-made,” So the Maduro government is claiming they are caused by extraterrestrials? I thought the dispute was over which people have caused the problems (government or private businesses and opposition). Further down Ore clarifies that “The government, though, blames opposition leaders and unscrupulous businessmen Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Peter Foster’s Journalistic Drive-by on Venezuela

This article by Peter Foster in the UK Telegraph prominently features a picture of a grieving man in Caracas who just lost his wife. He is sitting next to his family holding up a picture of her. He is quoted as follows by Foster:  “It’s the government who is responsible for my wife’s death, not Read more…

Joe Emersberger: An Article I Sent to Some Venezuela-Based Corporate Journalists

The international corporate press goes out of its way to ignore victims of political violence by the Venezuelan opposition. An article is doing very well, by the dismal standards that have been established, if it simply acknowledges – however briefly – that the pro-government people and security forces were among those killed during last years’ Read more…

David Peterson: Alex Obote-Odora’s dishonest response to us on the ICTR and BBC

Alex Obote-Odora’s dishonest response to us on the ICTR and BBC Edward S. Herman and David Peterson   It is widely recognized by independent analysts and observers of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) that it is a creature largely of the United States and Britain, established in late 1994 to support the Rwandan Read more…

Nasir Khan: Washington’s love for the Saudi kings

Nasir Khan, January 27, 2015  – It is the overall US patronage of the House of Saud that keeps the medieval despots in Riyadh in their palaces and enables thousands of Saudi princes to control every aspect of the desert kingdom. Human rights, rule of law and gender equality, etc, are unknown notions for the Read more…

Nasir Khan: Latest killing of Shia Muslim worshippers in Pakistan

Nasir Khan, January 31, 2015 Many people are well aware that Pakistan was turned into a communal infero by the brainless morons who occupy the pulpit throughout the length and breadth of Pakistan. They have spouted so much venom for decades against other human beings in the name of their sectarian faith, which they call Read more…

Nasir Khan: President Obama in India

Nasir Khan, January 31, 2015 Badri Raina is a canny writer whose obervations go deeper than merely embellishing some news for entertaining the Indian crowds. This is evident in his present article. Obama represents the power of US imperialism and he is the president of US. But people like Modi may have miscalculated that the Read more…

Joe Emersberger: A Tale of Two Reuters Headlines on Venezuela

The content of this Reuters article by Andrew Cawthorne and Diego Ore was about an NGO’s claim that one police officer a day is being killed in Venezuela. On Reuters main page (see image below) the headline accurately reflected its content. However, directly linking to the article leads to a needlessly confusing headline that reads Read more…

Rolf Auer: Proof I am *NOT* neo-Chomskian! :)

Crucifying Satan by Rolf Auer, 26 January 2015 c.e. I handed another nine-inch nail to Jesus. He took it and finished pounding it into Satan’s right hand on the cross. At the bottom of the cross, The Lord God Jehovah looked on approvingly. “I can’t tell you how long I’ve waited for this moment,” He Read more…

Nasir Khan: Pakistan from 1947 to 1971 and now

Nasir Khan, January 28, 2015 The majority of Pakistanis lived in East Pakistan. In 1971 they liberated their part of the country from the economic and political domination and exploitation of West Pakistani ruling elite, capitalists and established their independent country, Bangladesh. So half of Pakistan had ceased to exist in 1971. Thus West Pakistan Read more…

Joe Emersberger: I’m Glad Michael Moore is trashing American Sniper but…..

Another year, another piece of war porn wins accolades in Hollywood. Thanks to Rania Khalek, without even watching “American Sniper” you can very quickly learn what its real life “hero”, Chris Kyle, was all about. The guy was a deranged bigot and also a liar as Jesse Ventura proved in a US court where libel Read more…

Rolf Auer: A song and a limerick

Song is: Panama Red — New Riders of the Purple Sage (pls listen. ty.) => https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKgB-3aANe0 Limerick is: Crypto-classist was Harper, the blob and so dense he was writ off a snob He did suck corporate cock for to top up his stock and sneered, “Create work? It’s not my job.” –Rolf Auer, 27 January 2015 Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Dear Reuters: S&P has a horrible track record and you are allowed to report it – aren’t you?

A few days ago I wondered how long it would take for a corporate news outlet to uncritically report a pronouncement by Standard & Poor after it was announced they  were suspended from the biggest part of the commercial bond market. This Reuters article by Marc Jones must be one of the first.  Jones writes Read more…

Joe Emersberger: AP says that Leopoldo Lopez +is+ the Venezuelan Opposition

The title of  this blog post is accurate unlike the AP’s headline to an article today by Ernesto Towar. A group of ex Latin American presidents and other opposition folks demanded to meet with Leopoldo Lopez in prison and were refused. An AP headline concluded “Crisis-hit Venezuela bars ex-presidents from talks with opposition” The actual Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: Are the U.S. and Russian Governments Once Again on the Nuclear Warpath?

A quarter century after the end of the Cold War and decades after the signing of landmark nuclear arms control and disarmament agreements, are the U.S. and Russian governments once more engaged in a potentially disastrous nuclear arms race with one another?  It certainly looks like it. With approximately 15,000 nuclear weapons between them, the Read more…

Joe Emersberger: What does “referred to” mean in Reuters-Speak?

Andrew Cawthorne of Reuters reported that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro “referred several times” to Luis Vicente Leon of Datanalisis, an opposition-aligned polling firm, as “an important opinion-former in Venezuela.” Maduro actually referred to Luis Vicente Leon as an opposition leader – as a person who “defends capitalism” – but who is mature and reasonable enough Read more…

Nasir Khan: On the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

Nasir Khan, January 23, 2015 All the devils in Hell were much excited today to welcome a newcomer. Guess who was coming? A great king was coming to join them. When the short worldly sojourn ends here a long and upward journey to a new life starts, I was told as a child. Today was Read more…

Nasir Khan: War criminals exploit the name of God

Nasir Khan, January 23, 2015 Some people like George W Bush, for instance, also believe in a Loving God. But he invaded Iraq and killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and destroyed a great country. Now he continues to assert not only what did was right but also that God had asked him to invade Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Ex-CIA officer advocates Muslim-on-Muslim genocide. Gets a Free Ride from Corporate journalist.

The exchange below took place on the UK’s channel 4 News. Why didn’t Cathy Newman even attempt to respond the way a decent person should to this guy’s savagery? Perhaps she shares so much of his extreme contempt for the lives of “others” that she felt no outrage. Perhaps she was internally outraged but too Read more…

Ed Lytwak: The banality of state terrorism

In a recent column, Ramzy Baroud wrote about the failure of French President Hollande to “learn from W. Bush’s plunders.” One can hardly fault “Le Guimauve Socialiste” for failing to learn anything from the village idiot and war criminal W. Bush.   The lesson Hollande – like all the other leaders of the Western terrorist states Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Will Credit Agency Suspension Impact How Industry’s Pronouncements are Uncritically Reported?

Bloomberg – one of many outfits that uncritically report what big credit ratings agencies say  – especially regarding Venezuela and Argentina lately – reports this news: Credit Rater S&P to Be Banned for a Year From Biggest Part of Commercial-Bond Market The article notes “The CMBS probe is separate from a lawsuit by the Justice Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Reuters Headline: “Standing in Line a New Profession in Venezuela”

This article by Andrew Cawthorne is more balanced and thoughtful than the headline and opening few paragraphs would lead one to believe. The headline could just as easily have been “Government supporters and opponents trade allegations regarding shortages”. The arguments and counter-arguments regarding the oppositions’ role in the shortages and long line-ups are explored. Evidence is Read more…

Nasir Khan: Maulana Azad stood for a united, secular State of India

Nasir Khan, January 21, 2015 Maulana Azad, the Imam-al-Hind, was an outstanding Islamic scholar, a great orator and a prominent political leader of India during the British rule. He opposed the idea of the partition of India on the basis of religion and warned Muslim leaders of the dangers of a separate homeland for Muslims. Read more…

Mina Khanlarzadeh: The Paris murders and the demand to understand

In the Paris tragedy, the murderers offer nothing for us to comprehend; it is an opaque act.It does not matter how hard we try to move beyond the categories of classical logic and take into account the incommensurability of different life-worlds, an imaginary identification with the murderers is not possible.   Today, a considerable part Read more…

Nasir Khan: A Study of the Perceptions and Misperceptions of Islam and the Prophet

  Nasir Khan, January 18, 2015  – In the wake of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo’s publishing of the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that many Muslims world-wide regard derogatory and provocative, and the killings of the staff of the weekly and international reactions to these events, I am posting the ‘preface’ to my book Read more…

Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Police Violence and Social Challenges

  Green Time TV Police Violence and Social Challenges   by Don Fitz   Social justice requires attention to environmental racism and environmental protection must incorporate social justice. Though it may not be intuitively obvious, abolishing racist violence means using the world’s resources in a rational way. Conversely, efficient use of energy can only occur Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Golpista article by Reuters conveys “potential for a regime change in Venezuela” – UPDATED

This article is straightforward gutter journalism from Reuters ( Davide Scigliuzzo). Very thinly veiled hopes for a coup in Venezuela are served up to readers as objective political analysis. Look for whiff of skepticism about the motives of outfits like Moody’s and Stratfor. You won’t find it, or any mention of their track record. In the bad Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Dear Reuters: Does Moody’s Have a Track Record?

This article like countless others, cites one of the big credit rating agencies without mentioning their horrible track record. As I’ve said before, and will many times again I’m sure, “Moody’s not only gave AAA ratings to thousands of worthless mortgage-backed securities during the 2000s, it also gave a thumbs up to Enron and Lehman Read more…

Sriram Ananth: #JeSuisCharlie? How about #JeSuisAgainstImperialistGenocide?

  Let’s state one thing outright: everyone on this earth has the right to say, write, draw, and/or otherwise culturally represent whatever the hell they damn well please without the fear of getting gunned down by fanatics…even the clearly racist, Islamophobic cartoons of Charlie Hebdo intended to consistently hurt Muslim sentiments and demonize Muslims as Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Ignoring Evidence, Reuters Pushes Venezuela Default Claims

This Reuters article by Mehrdad Balali suggests that Venezuela’s recession and tumbling oil prices (perhaps both, it isn’t that clear) have driven “concerns” that Venezuela may default to on its foreign bonds. Media hype that Venezuela could default on its foreign bonds started before any dramatic fall in oil prices. On September 5, 2014, an Read more…

Nasir Khan: How bigotry distorts our thinking

Nasir Khan, January 10, 2015 If the Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik (for more on Breivik, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anders_Behring_Breivik) were a Muslim, then all Muslims would have been blamed for his crime and the lives of Muslim population of Norway made a living hell. (I live in Norway and I had seen how the Muslim people Read more…

Nasir Khan: The danger of using the Paris killings against Muslim people

Nasir Khan, January 8, 2015 Any person who commits a premeditated murder is held accountable for culpable homicide under the rules of criminal law. If any such murderer thinks his actions are in the service of some cause or has some other motives then he will still stand accused of the crime of unlawful killing. Read more…

Nasir Khan: The Paris Massacre January 7, 2015

Nasir Khan, January 7, 2015 Today’s cold-blooded massacre of 12 people was a deeply shocking, reprehensible and horrible massacre of journalists and employees of Charlie Weekly. The misguided killers have committed the most despicable crime in the name of a great religious figure. But countless millions of ordinary, peace-loving and hard-working Muslims around the word Read more…

Burkely Hermann: The importance of activism

There are numerous problems and crises plaguing the world today. From an Ebola outbreak in West Africa, US-led bombing in Iraq, drone strikes in Yemen and Somalia, and two major catastrophes looming over the planet, climate catastrophe and nuclear war, as Noam Chomsky puts it, justifiably, people are confused and overwhelmed. Stacy D. VanDeveer and Read more…

Kim Scipes: New article on global labor theory

For folks who are interested in Labor, both domestically and globally, below is an abstract to an article I just published last month, with link to download the article for free. Class, Race and Corporate Power Volume 2, Issue 3, Article 9 2014 Social Movement Unionism or Social Justice Unionism? Disentangling Theoretical Confusion within the Read more…

Nasir Khan: The Kashmir Conflict and India-Pakistan military confrontaions

Nasir Khan, January 6, 2015 There has been no tangible move to resolve the Kashmir issue that had started at the partitioning of India in 1947 when the British raj came to an end there. Soon military hostilities started between the two new neighbours, India and Pakistan, over the princely State of Jammu and Kashmir. Read more…

Nasir Khan: How ‘liberal’ Zionists mislead

Nasir Khan, January 5, 2015 In this article [The Relavance of  Liberal Zionism]  eminent scholar and peace activist Richard Falk shows the delusional side of the liberal Zionism and debunks all the claims made by its vocal advocates. His penetrating analysis cuts across the deception and misleading projections that are tossed around as a way Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Note to Bloomberg about Venezuela Editorial

Mr. Shipley Your editorial on Venezuela asked “Why not cut military spending instead? “ You then cited a paper listing Venezuela as the largest arms importer in South America. However World Bank data shows Venezuela military expenditures as 1.2% GDP. That’s vastly lower than Colombia, which spends 3.4% GDP It is also lower than in Brazil, Chile, Peru, Read more…

Brad Wilson: Biggest Secretly Bigger in ‘Reform’: Rebutting LSP’s White Paper 2

GENERAL INTRODUCTION TO THE SERIES This is a response to part 2 of a 3 part series on Crop (revenue) Insurance in the Farm bill.  It was originally written as an email to someone asking me questions about the paper.  It’s a fairly hurried response, and therefore has the virtue of brevity.  The original is: Read more…

Brad Wilson: Corporations and Crop Insurance: Rebutting LSP’s White Paper 1

INTRODUCTION This is a response to part 1 of a 3 part series on Crop (revenue) Insurance in the Farm bill.  It was originally written as an email to someone asking me questions about the paper.  It’s a fairly hurried response, and therefore has the virtue of brevity.  The original is: Land Stewardship Project, Crop Read more…

Brad Wilson: The Room is Underwater: Rebutting Alan Guebert’s ‘Insuring Elephants’

Here’s the original article, to which this blog responds:  (Alan Guebert, “Insuring Elephants,”  Farm and Food File, 12/23/14,  http://farmandfoodfile.com/2014/12/23/insuring-elephants/). Crop (Revenue) Insurance may be, as Alan Guebert argues, “the elephant in the Farm Bill pantry,” but if so, he then seems not to notice the WHALE in the room, and the fact that the whole Read more…

Nasir Khan: The defeat of US militarism in Afghanistan

Nasir Khan, Dec. 31, 2014 It is not what the Taliban stood for when they held power that any sane person could have sided with them and supported them with regard to their crude views of Islam and forcing it upon a war-weary people. But let’s see things in their political context to judge how Read more…

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