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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

The Ridiculous Minimum Wage Argument

(60) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 5:32 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 | 8:49 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 | 7:59 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 | 7:15 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 | 8:18 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 | 12:00 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 | 10:23 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 | 6:39 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 | 8:56 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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It's Business As Usual When It Comes to Foreclosure

(15) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 8:25 AM

Five years after the near complete financial meltdown of the economy in this country, resulting in millions of people losing their homes, nothing has really changed. Despite the billions of dollars in settlement fees the banks have shelled out, bad press, and loss of trust, it's pretty much business as...

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Petition to Audit the Land Record

(7) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 8:04 AM

Land records across the country have been polluted, diluted, laundered and rendered useless by MERS (the Mortgage Electronic Registration System), and Landtegrity.com has posted a petition demanding answers from the White House. The site is here and the petition can be found here.

One of the paragraphs from...

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California State Bar May Just be Lazy

(9) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 1:44 PM

Last month I wrote a piece about SB-94 in California and how the State Bar out there is running a bit fast loose with its interpretation of how it applies to attorneys.

In fact, what I wrote was:

In an unprecedented move that can only be described as stunning...
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California State Bar Leaves Homeowners to Fend for Themselves

(12) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 1:39 PM

In an unprecedented move that can only be described as stunning ignorance, the California State Bar recently released a legal opinion that will effectively deny legal representation to millions of homeowners faced with foreclosure. The controversy is around SB 94, a law put into effect in 2009 that was meant...

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Below the Fold: Wells Fargo Thumbs its Nose at Judge and Evicts Anyway

(123) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 12:09 PM

Update (7:51am EST 11/02/2012):

Wells Fargo and Carrington Mortgage Holdings, LLC, the servicer for Niko Black's home, contacted Huffington Post editors about this blog post on Thursday, November 1, 2012 claiming that the facts were wrong. "Both of the key premises of this article are factually incorrect," they wrote.

Wells...

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Elizabeth Warren: 2 | Scott Brown: Duh

(58) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 12:16 PM

The first debate between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren was riddled with racial undertones and cheap shots from Brown on Warren's heritage among other things. The following week, a video of Brown's staffers was released showing them making tomahawk gestures and yelping like Injuns from an old episode...

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Scott Brown: Mean Girl

(220) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 8:53 AM

Scott Brown is running against Elizabeth Warren here in Massachusetts. They both agreed early on that the race would be about issues. That's a promise that Warren has kept, but that Brown seems to have forgotten as soon as he uncrossed his fingers behind his back.

Warren continues to talk...

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Below the Fold: Where did the $26 Billion go?

(31) Comments | Posted September 14, 2012 | 10:45 AM

A wrap-up of stories and posts you might have missed or overlooked -- the ones below the fold.

You may remember some hubbub back in February about some talks involving a $26 billion settlement that was supposed to provide relief to nearly two million American homeowners. Many homeowner activists,...

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Below the Fold: Credit Card Robo-Signers, Bogus Debt and Comcast Blocks a Site?

(1) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 11:53 AM

A wrap-up of stories and posts you might have missed or overlooked -- the ones below the fold.

Let's say I loaned you $500. It's a friendly loan, so we agree to some terms and you start sending me a check every month. I'm a little fickle however, so I...

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Below the Fold: Ed DeMarco Should Do His Job -- It's a Matter of Principal

(32) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 1:45 PM

A wrap-up of stories and posts you might have missed or overlooked -- the ones below the fold.

Acting Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Ed DeMarco has not been shy about letting underwater homeowners sink. This week, he made it painfully clear that despite the Administration calling for principal...

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Below the Fold: Rumor Has It We're Screwed

(47) Comments | Posted July 26, 2012 | 1:07 PM

A wrap-up of stories and posts you might have missed or overlooked -- the ones below the fold.

We're screwed. That's as good a place to start this post as any. Congress and the Administration have been co-opted -- bought and paid for. Financial regulation is a joke and fraud...

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