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Richard Zombeck
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Richard Zombeck is a freelance writer for hire living in the Boston area.

As a contributing blogger to Huffington Post he writes mostly about social, consumer, and political issues.

Zombeck’s writing career started as a dare and out of desperation. A professor, after having read one of his papers out loud to the class, cursed him by suggesting that he pursue a writing career. Shortly thereafter he landed his first writing gig as a staff reporter with a North Carolina newspaper, when they were still printed on paper.

For five years he covered and wrote about everything and anything that came across his desk: school boards, cops, murders, drug busts, fires, tattoo artists, doll house hobbyists, elections, giant turtles known as “Cooters” and the 90-year-olds named “Pearly” that catch them – He did it on deadline and several stories were picked up and published nationally by the Associated Press.

As a result of an unnatural fascination with technology and a living wage he turned to technical writing. For nearly 15 years he cranked out technical manuals, how-to instructions, created step-by-step online videos, and wrote software and app reviews for Adobe Systems, Inuit, and Bitstream.

Having worked in restaurants, tech support, and as a reporter, Zombeck has developed and cultivated a cynical view when it comes to human nature and behavior.

You can see more at Zombeck.com.

Entries by Richard Zombeck

Congress Lit the Fuse to the Next Financial Disaster

(4) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 10:01 AM

Last week, a massive, steaming heap of a bill made up of what amounts to nearly a year's worth of legislation, along with other garbage in the form of riders that were too noxious to pass on their own, was jammed through Congress under the guise of keeping the government...

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Could Your Politics Get You Canned?

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 9:07 PM

We're coming dangerously close, in this country, to returning to a time when political leanings are no longer simply regarded as differing opinions and opportunities for healthy debate, but a means to pass judgment and even to discriminate against a person who doesn't hold the exact same views or see...

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GOP: Thanks for Electing Us, and Screw You

(409) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 10:06 AM

With the midterms behind them and some significant wins for conservatives, Congress wasted no time last week in doing what they do best -- screwing America's middle class and working poor.

Every year Congress ritualistically renews a package of "temporary" tax breaks for corporations in a process commonly referred to...

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Winning Thanksgiving Arguments: Don't Bother

(53) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 9:50 AM

Every year around this time I perform the same ritual I've performed for years. In anticipation of family gatherings, holiday parties, and otherwise festive occasions, I comb through a year's worth of articles and factoids I've collected in Evernote or Pocket and prepare for battle. I spend hours arming myself...

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Kill Net Neutrality, Because Obamacare

(22) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 10:19 AM

Earlier last week, President Obama publicly threw his support behind Net Neutrality, which immediately launched conservative wingnuts into apoplectic tantrums. The tea party's Ted Cruz (R-TX) turned up his inner hysterical, screaming toddler to 11, leaving no doubt as to the depth of his ignorance and his ability to hold...

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Democrats Ran Away From, and Against, Everything

(14) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 9:59 AM

I woke up the Wednesday morning after the midterm elections feeling like the guy who had slept through a tornado, was now surveying the damage, and hearing third-hand what had happened. It's not as if, Tuesday night, I hadn't been refreshing Facebook incessantly while simultaneously glued to the three or...

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You're All Idiots, So Vote

(4) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 10:01 AM

The midterms this election cycle have seemed more contentious and looney than usual. The lead-up by the media, which is always overwrought with coverage and ads, has felt more like a constant insufferable pummeling from an abusive priest warning us of fire and brimstone. The warnings from pundits and campaign...

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Screwing Our Vets Is an American Tradition

(9) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 3:45 PM

We have a long and proud history in this country of neglecting our veterans. It's a tradition that goes back as far as the Civil War, if not longer. In the last few decades though, that we've allowed the behavior to not only continue, but to be ratcheted up a...

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HBO Going Rogue Could Get Us to Net Neutrality

(10) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 8:37 PM

Recently, a couple of cable content providers have announced that they're going rogue and are going to start providing content independently of cable companies. That's good news for consumers who have, until now, been at the mercy of companies such as Comcast and Time Warner. It might also be good...

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Facebook vs. the Supreme Court

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 4:07 PM

The Supreme Court reconvened this month for a new term with the list of pending cases it will be tackling. On the list is a free speech case to determine what constitutes a threat on Facebook. Yes, Facebook. Somehow threatening to kill, rape or maim someone is different...

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WTF Happened to TV News?

(6) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 6:33 PM

If you've never seen Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom on HBO, you need to. If you don't have HBO, get it and binge watch the first two seasons and then wait patiently for season three coming this fall. I'm not generally a weepy guy, but I found myself getting choked up...

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The Ridiculous Minimum Wage Argument

(60) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 6:32 PM

It is nothing short of disgusting that the self-proclaimed "greatest country on earth" is engaged in a vehement discussion on minimum wages. It's particularly offensive when politicians, charged with the will and well-being of the people they represent, oppose it while the rest of the civilized world is...

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Morons March on Mall

(34) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 9:49 AM

In yet another feeble attempt to overthrow our supposedly fascist and oppressive government, right-wing lunatics once again took to the street in a horrendously embarrassing fizzle.

According to the "Operation American Spring" Facebook page, on Friday May 16th ten or possibly thirty million people were to storm the nation's...

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Walmart Day Parade. Anyone?

(15) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 8:59 AM

We're finally having a discussion about income inequality and the enormous disparity in wealth in this country. Is it really a surprise to anyone that Walmart is the go-to example of what's wrong in this country? They are, by some accounts, one of the most hated companies in America.

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Could The Fair Housing Act Keep You in Your Home?

(7) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 8:15 AM

Discrimination and civil rights can be a pretty murky topic and not as cut and dry or "black and white" as one might think

It's easy enough to think of these topics in terms of blatant acts, such as requiring someone to sit at the back of the bus, drink...

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Whistleblower Lynn Szymoniak, Accused Shyster

(21) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 9:18 AM

Do you remember how you felt when they told you the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus weren't real? Maybe you'd figured that out on your own, or maybe you were like my younger brother and heard it from me when you were five years old -- he's still recovering from...

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1 Percent to the Rest of Us: Suck it Up Losers

(125) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 1:00 PM

Lately there's been a flurry of activity from the one percent trying to set the record straight about what's really important. The underlying message in this latest public relations blitz seems to be that the rest of us have it all wrong and whatever we think is going on is...

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Jack Lew: Treasury Secretary and Oblivious Bank Shill

(33) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 11:23 AM

On Tuesday, May 21, Elizabeth Warren, one of the few members of Congress left who might actually care about the rest of us, grilled the new prospect for Treasury Secretary Jack Lew during a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing.

Warren asked Lew, going into overtime, about the...

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Get to Know Yourself -- It's Masturbation Month

(27) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 7:39 PM

One night, when I was about 13-years-old, my dad caught me doing unspeakable things to myself and said, "You know, if you keep that up you're going to go blind." And I said, "Dad, I'm over here."

I've been telling that joke since I was 19-years-old, working in a bar,...

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Try Saying That in Boston, Gun Nuts

(205) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 9:56 AM

Apparently the GOP and the gun nuts funding them have decided that not being the party of stupid, as Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal suggested, is not for them. It's not even on the horizon. In fact, they've served up a whole new flavor of lunacy these days. The Boston Marathon...

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