I’m Ronnie Calvin

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This is an excerpted chapter from my nonfiction work I Suck at Everything. If you like this excerpt, buy the book at the link below. I’m Ronnie Calvin With four degrees under my belt and parts of two more, I have always fancied myself an intellectual, but in reality, I’m just really good at falling into rabbit […]

This Is Exactly Who We Are

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It’s been almost two weeks since a mob attacked Congress in hopes of subverting the presidential election results. In those two weeks, I keep hearing the same thing. “This is not who we are as a nation.” I challenge this notion. Looking at our own bloody history, this is very much who we are. The […]

Running to Conception

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This is an excerpted chapter from my nonfiction work I Suck at Everything. If you like this excerpt, buy the book at the link below. I suppose you could look at my failure in pararescue training and my success at DLI as a life lesson. Though my body is strong, my mind is the far […]

How Pro-Defendant Defamation Law Empowered the #MeToo Movement in the U.S.

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This article was originally published on the Concord Law School Blog. The author is a professor at Concord Law School. While the #MeToo movement in the United States has resulted in an upset of numerous prominent leaders in government and industry, there has been a relative lack of results overseas. This is in part because […]

The Dangers of Single Source Financial Journalism

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Dear Ben Winck, I am writing in regards to your July 27 article regarding the SunTrust position on the Tech rally (Winck, 2020). While I understand your role as a journalist for Business Insider involves reporting on financial institutions, I am concerned about your single-source article. To assert the stability of the Nasdaq and Tech […]

Shit

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This is an excerpt of my book Parenting as a Contact Sport. If you enjoy this excerpt, please consider purchasing it through the link at the end of the story. Shit “There’s shit everywhere!” [Adorable Giggles] “THERE’S SHIT EVERYWHERE!” [Adorable squealing] There was shit everywhere. Oozing out of the leg holes of a diaper and […]

Trump as Kafka’s Merchant

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In rereading Kafka’s The Trial I am struck by a similarity between Herr Block and President Trump. Block is a merchant who has been enduring his own version of the legal system* for nearly five years. His character exists as a contradiction of itself. One minute he is on hands and knees in complete obeisance […]

A Look at Media Bias in Coverage of Elizabeth Warren’s Defense of Paying for Medicare for All

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For an explanation of why I have done this writeup, please see the Week 1 write up at the following link: www.stevenspecht.com/2019/10/a-look-at-media-bias-in-coverage-of-the-cnn-lgbtq-candidate-town-hall/ This week, Media Bias Chart considered how six news sources covered Senator Warren’s defense of how she plans to fund her Medicare for All plan. On Friday, November 1, 2019, Warren released a […]

A Look at Media Bias in Coverage of Governor Newsom’s Pardons

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For an explanation of why I have done this writeup, please see the Week 1 write up at the following link: www.stevenspecht.com/2019/10/a-look-at-media-bias-in-coverage-of-the-cnn-lgbtq-candidate-town-hall/ This week, Media Bias Chart considered how six news sources covered pardons and commutations by California Governor, Gavin Newsom. The governor pardoned four ex-convicts who had served their time for crimes committed more […]

How Search Engine Optimization Undermines Original Reporting

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How Search Engine Optimization Undermines Original Reporting Search Engine Optimization, commonly referred to as SEO is the method by which websites direct traffic to themselves through searches online. For example, if I finally give in to my wife’s requests to not go up a 20-foot extension ladder, I’d type in “Gutter Cleaning Stafford Virginia” into […]