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.
In Green Economy: Confronting the Ecological Crisis, the political economist Robin Hahnel says of cost-benefit analysis that if it were possible to accurately estimate the true costs and benefits of our activities we would still be making a value judgment in that we must make a judgment on whether the costs of an activity outweighs the benefits or not.
In this day of climate change, BP oil spills, and Fukushima nuclear accidents such a judgment is sorely needed for offshore drilling, fracking, solar and nuclear power.
About forty miles from me in Kennedale is the Comanche Peak nuclear power plant and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the chance of an earthquake that could damage the reactor is 1 in 250,000. Here in Texas we have a lotto jackpot where the odds of winning it are 1 in 25,000,000. For many of us we are 100 times more likely to experience a nuclear meltdown than win the lottery.
Meanwhile, MIT, with a fraction of what oil companies get in tax breaks each year, has created a solar leaf that, with a gallon of water, can provide enough energy to a home for nearly two days.