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.
I wonder if anyone else has been as struck as I have been by the interesting conjuncture of events yesterday.
On one hand we had the remarkable story of U.S. Airways Flight 1549. Americans and others the world over were inspired by the competence and heroism of the masterful U.S. Air pilot Chesley Sullenberger III and his crew in the emergency landing of a disabled jetliner on the Hudson River in lower Manhattan.
The actions of pilot and plane crew were necessary, remarkable, courageous, brilliant, and life-saving. Nobody died. One hundred and fifty-five lives were preserved.
Later the same day we heard the last ridiculous ramblings - messianic militarist, arrogant, and self-deluded to the bitter end - of George W. Bush. The Worst President Ever is a former National Guard jet pilot who will be remembered forever for an ill-advised jet flight on to the deck of a U.S. aircraft carrier where he absurdly proclaimed victory in Iraq on May 1st 2003 in front of a banner reading "Mission Accomplished."
He will also be recalled in perpetual shame for the way he crassly exploited the jetliner attacks that took place in lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001 - not that far from Sullenberger's heroics. The Bush II White House saw 9/11 as a great opportunity to deepen the concentration of wealth and power, to roll back civil liberties and to launch a criminal, unnecessary, and brazenly imperialist occupation of a nation that had nothing to with the terror attacks. The War on Iraq was sold and justified on shamelessly false pretexts (including false identification with al Qaeda and 9/11), captured in a 2002 British intelligence brief (the "Downing Street Memo," released in 2005) reporting that the Bushies were fixing the intelligence (on mythical Iraqi "weapons of mass destruction") in advance of an already selected policy of invasion.
The Bush-Cheney cabal managed their petro-colonial assault on Iraq in the most stupid and ineffective ways imaginable, reflecting among other things the administration and foreign policy establishment's mind-numbing ignorance of Middle Eastern history and Iraqi and Arab culture.
Along with his vicious and pathetic response to Hurricane Katrina, George the Lesser's fiasco in Iraq has granted him a permanent place of honor in the Incompetence Hall of Shame.
Worse then merely stupid and bungling, however, the Bush administration has been criminal and mass-murderous beyond words. So far more than 4000 U.S. troops and as many as 1.2 million Iraqis have died without any justifiable reason thanks to Bush's "Operation Iraqi Liberation" (O.I.L.,).
Bush has imposed nothing less than a Holocaust on Mesopotamia. According to the respected journalist Nir Rosen in the December 2007 edition of the mainstream journal Current History, "Iraq has been killed, never to rise again. The American occupation has been more disastrous than that of the Mongols who sacked Baghdad in the thirteenth century. Only fools talk of solutions now. There is no solution. The only hope is that perhaps the damage can be contained."
And then there's Bush's equally criminal and also mass-murderous U.S. war on Afghanistan, which the incoming not-Bush administration is unfortunately pledged to escalate.
Let's hope the Age of Obama will see the U.S. produce more people of Sullenberger's caliber and no more boy king Dubyas.