Author Archives: alanpzendell

Democrats Must Get Their Act Together or Admit They’re Unable to Govern

Alan Zendell, October 28, 2021 Presidential candidates spend every year divisible by four making promises. They argue about them at town halls and during televised debates. They attack each other’s ideas, nitpick the details, and vie for voters’ support for … Continue reading

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Sitting on the Sidelines

Alan Zendell, October 27, 2021 As a kid trying to absorb the sanitized fantasy that my public schools called American History, I wondered how the world continually got itself into situations in which there was suddenly no alternative to war … Continue reading

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Today’s Republican Party

Alan Zendell, October 19, 2021 “We’re going after them!” That was what Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) told Stephen Colbert last night, referring to people who refuse to respond to subpoenas from the Special House Committee investigating the violent January 6th … Continue reading

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Trump’s Legal Jeopardy

Alan Zendell, October 15, 2021 Give the former president credit for one thing – he can still make people wring their hands worrying about the future. It’s his principal stock in trade, and he uses it indiscriminately. Upsetting and frightening … Continue reading

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America’s Second Civil War

Alan Zendell, October 14, 2021 Make no mistake, our country is at war with itself. No one has deployed armed forces or launched missiles, but there have already been far too many casualties. The first was Heather Heyer, who was … Continue reading

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Taking Proper Care of Your Books

Ed Carter, October 10, 2021 In this antiintellectual age when science is ignored and curiosity seems limited to 140-word tweets, it’s easy to forget that badly worded, misspelled rants by angry people were not why we learned to read. Assuming … Continue reading

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Integrity, Elections, and Trump’s Eroding Base

Alan Zendell, October 8, 2021 When lawmakers and statesmen still valued integrity, opposition politicians would often resign in protest when they believed their government was acting illegally or about to do something that would damage their country. It was a … Continue reading

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Artificial Intelligence

Alan Zendell, October 6, 2021 The phrase artificial intelligence (AI) literally means intelligence displayed by inorganic entities (i.e., machines, computers) as opposed to humans and other animals. Beyond that simple definition lies much confusion and misunderstanding. In practical terms, AI … Continue reading

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The Abomination That is Facebook

Alan Zendell, October 5, 2021 My first career job was as an aerospace engineer at Grumman Aircraft (now Northrop-Grumman) working on America’s moon missions. Fresh with degrees in physics and engineering, very full of myself, certain that my prestigious education … Continue reading

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Overcoming the Blank Page: Reducing the Stress of Writing

Ed Carter, September 30, 2021 We met Ed Carter here on August 19, with his article on disabled parents starting small businesses. His first post was well received, earning forty-five Likes. He’s back now, helping writers get past their blocks. … Continue reading

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