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.
Regarding the rising price of oil, the first point to remember is that the price of oil is not high by historical standards.
I haven't seen an exact calculation, but I wouldn't be surprised if the real price per barrel is maybe half of what it was during the 1970s peak -- which itself brought oil to the level of other commodities, tracing from the end of the World War. The oil price had been kept artificially low until the mid-1970s quadrupling of price -- which followed a far higher increase in the price of US-produced coal and of US agribusiness products, and was not opposed by the US or the energy corporations for pretty good reasons. Oil and "gas at the pump prices" now are given without adjustment for inflation, which is almost meaningless.
I'm frankly skeptical about the theory you report. I suspect that the oil ministers and analysts are accurate in saying that maybe 1/5 of the price is traceable to investor concerns about security, stemming from the US invasion of Iraq, US support for Israeli expansion into the occupied territories, and al-Qaeda-style attacks on the Saudi monarchy and its whole system. And the rest is easily attributed to normal factors.
It might also be worth noting that there would be great advantages to a much higher price. In our more or less insane quasi-market system, the only means of something like rational planning is market forces. So a very badly needed shift to a sustainable economy cannot be undertaken unless driven by much higher prices. And the problems ahead from irrational use of hydrocarbons might turn out to be extremely severe.