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 mid-September, the NYT reported that the US was ordering Pakistan to restrict food shipments, at a time when they also reported that about 5 million were facing a grave threat of starvation (the NYT reported a month later that the number had risen by 2.5 million, after aid agencies withdrew under the threat, then the reality, of bombing, with vigorous protests, in which they were joined by leading anti-Taliban Afghans, including US favorites). Well after that, Harvard's leading authority on Afghanistan warned in Harvard's major international security journal that millions were facing the grave threat of starvation.
It is, perhaps, the most elementary moral truism that we evaluate actions -- personal or state -- on the basis of expectations, not outcomes. We don't praise Khrushchev because his placement of missiles in Cuba didn't lead to nuclear war, but we condemn him because there was a chance of that -- and it happened to come very close. We allow ourselves to be honest about enemies, but that is strictly forbidden about ourselves.
If we did allow ourselves to be honest, we would recognize that launching a war under those circumstances was a major crime, even putting aside the official reason, not those concocted long after, but the official reasons: to bomb Afghanistan because its leadership was unwilling to hand over to the US people the US suspected of responsibility for 9-11, while refusing to provide evidence (because, as conceded much later, they didn't have any) and refusing even to consider tentative offers of extradition.
We do not investigate the consequences of our crimes. No powerful state does. Thus we do not know, literally within millions, how many people died in Indochina, and there is no inquiry into the matter (let alone assignment of responsibility). Those are among the prerogatives of power. In talks and articles in the months following the war I reviewed what was known. Those are in print, with footnotes, so you can check (and maybe posted on Znet). In this case, thankfully, the worst expectations were not realized, as in the case of Khruschev's missiles. But exactly what did happen, we don't know and never will.