Blogs are a familiar feature on the internet - where users post content in an accumulating manner, with comments, and search options, etc. They facilitate expression and exploration, and via attached comments, also debate and synthesis.
Reading and Navigating Blogs
Our blogs are quite powerful. Each writer can post, as is typically the case. Sustainers who have the option can also post, however. All Blogs appear in the blog system, and sometimes also in content boxes the top page of ZNet - and always via the left menu of the top page - and can be found via searches, etc.
Commenting on blogs follows the blogs, attached at the bottom, and blog comments, like all others, are also visible in many places that show comments including in the forum system. In addition, the entire blog system gathers content for 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, as well. Thus, 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.
One can look at blogs for particular Groups, too.
All this is easily done using the left menu. Searches allow even more variables and refinements.
Creating Blog Posts
If you are a Sustainer with permission, and are logged in, you will see a link in the left menu for you to post a blog - and you can use that to post one, and then tag it various ways (such as with a topic or place, or a group tag), and once you do, it is in the system with you as the author.
You can also use the console button to the left to post a blog - anytime and from anywhere in the site, as long as you are logged in.
Meanwhile, enjoy the blogs - and, by the way, if you are a Free Member or a Sustainer with a ZSpace page, of course you can put one or more content boxes on it, pulling blog links of any sort you may want to filter for, for example, by you or by your friends or by others - and by topic, about places, for groups, etc.
The idea of a "deliberate attempt" [to take over European countries] is too idiotic and racist to merit comment. Reminds me of writings of progressives a century ago that the evil Chinese are secretly attempting to infiltrate into the US and take it over, so we should therefore use bacteriological warfare to exterminate the population of China. On the other hand, the demographic observations have some validity.
It's generally true that birth rate declines as societies become more industrialized -- specifically, when women are granted more educational opportunities and freedom. It's also true that after having crushed Africa under its boot for centuries, Europeans are facing great pressures to flee to the countries that enriched themselves in this and other ways. Rather like Mexico-Central America and the US. It's surely more than accident that in the same year when he instituted NAFTA over popular objection, Clinton also initiated the militarization of the previously porous Mexican border, presumably in anticipation of the effects of NAFTA on poor Mexicans.
For liberal and progressive individuals who are concerned about the growth of fundamentalism, there are many options. One would be to act to address the causes. There is a very good chance, for example, that offering opportunities to women (including education) will reduce the birth-rate that concerns them -- and that should be done quite apart from such likely consequences. That's within their reach, and it's only the beginning. Another would be to do something about their own societies, which are among the most extreme fundamentalist in the world. I haven't seen polls in Iran or Morocco, but I rather doubt that the proportion of the population that believe in anything comparable to Rapture, or miracles, or creation of the world 6000 years ago, etc., approaches that of the richest and most powerful country in the world.
…It's much more extreme in Israel, where there has always been enormous concern for years about "the demographic problem," as it's called -- too many non-Jews in a Jewish state. That lies behind a lot of policies from the "transfer" proposals in the pre-State period, to military actions, to state plans right to the present. The current US-Israeli programs to expand settlement in the West Bank and incorporate its valuable lands and resources in Israel, while leaving the hell-hole that Gaza has become, are based in no small part on these concerns.