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.
[C]rucial issues are not being discussed, and are not even thinkable. But there's nothing new about that. I'm constantly shocked to hear, even from critics, about the bravery of the media in exposing the crimes of Vietnam, or Watergate, or other grand moments of the press -- which on even superficial analysis turn out to be mostly subordination to power, as in these cases. On Iraq, almost all mainstream coverage scarcely rises to the level of the home team press about a football game: how's our side doing? If I had the resources, I'd really like to do a comparison of the Russian press during the Afghan invasion, and plenty of other examples, and see if there is much difference, apart from change of names.
On the Plame affair, there is one important issue that is scarcely being addressed. The leaks about Plame are plausibly understood to be a reaction to Wilson's public exposure of the deceit about Niger. One anticipated consequence of the leak was that it would strike another blow at the intelligence-gathering capacity of the CIA; the Bushites have already demoralized the agency, and many of its top investigators are apparently leaving in disgust, particularly in the Middle East section. There were bitter reactions from CIA agents in the field about how exposing Plame undermines their capacity to gain intelligence; what informant is going to trust them? Putting aside our own attitude towards the executive branch and what it does with the CIA as its instrument, it's of interest to observe what leaking the name tells us about the mentality of the radical reactionary nationalists of the Bush administration. From their point of view, punishing minor disobedience is more important than preserving the capabilities of the CIA. That reveals a deeply fascist streak, or perhaps more accurately, a Mafia-style mentality. This is one of only many examples.
About the "opposition," [the Democrats] it's instructive to see their inability to register any political gains from the implosion of the Republican right. Whatever gains they've made are traceable to disgust with the Bush crowd, not support for the opposition. An authentic opposition party would have made significant gains.