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The Deceiving Advertisements You know when you buy something new… that appeals to you because of the advertisement… that you saw on television…and it turns out to be a rip-‐off? Well, you’re not alone. I have seen companies lie about how their products perform admirably. For example, there is the Chinese iPhone 4 or Airphone no.4. This Chinese company, which made the Airphone no. 4, lied about the “high-‐ performance tempered glass touch screen”, the “3D three-‐dimensional games”, the “flash” for the camera, and the “3.5-‐inch WVGA screen Village”(what is a village anyways?). My good friend, Maya, bought the Airphone 4 about 2 years ago. She says, "The Airphone is a useless device. The Airphone is supposedly light as air and thin, it is as thick as the IPhone 3 and I'm literally punching the screen to access, move or do any thing on the phone... I EVEN HAVE TO PUNCH THE HOME BUTTON. You supposedly can’t download any app you can't even access the app store, I couldn't even get any WIFI access LAME. I only got three games and two of them didn't work. You can't download anything; no music, no games and when you call you can only talk for 2 min before the Airphone cancels the call because of "Bad Connection". I'm shocked that they sold it in 2011. I expected better quality from China. I thought that was were everything was made." Why keep on buying from the same company when you know their advertisements aren’t true? One of the more famous advertising cheats were tobacco companies who have been lying for a great amount of time. One company called “Camel” said, “Doctors smoke Camel more than any other cigarettes!” Recently, judges told the companies that they have to tell the truth now. I feel like this is a great decision, since a lot of people trust them. Advertisements should be checked before being presented to the public. Advertisement frauds aren’t always transparent and easy to avoid. Some crooks make a fake ad that makes you write personal information such as credit card numbers and addresses. These schemes are usually to steal your money, usually from your bank account. The most common type of this is, “You have won a lottery!! Click here to claim your prize!!” or, “ You are the 1,000,000th person to visit this page. Click here to claim your prize.” If you happen to tumble across these advertisements, be sure to not to click on these…because you will end up in some giant mess. But, many ad frauds are easy to tell if it is phony or not. Here are some. If it appears in many different countries, it is probably facade. Usually, an advertisement is only local. Not many are international ads, unless the company is extremely famous and practically everyone knows it. Here’s another example, found on the sales pages of hundreds of information products being sold online. The copy goes something like this... “Dan
was a plumber before reading this e-‐book. And now he’s making $30,000 a month from his own web site.” And here comes a lie... “If he can do it, anyone can.” Not true. If Bob started making $30,000 a month with his web site, it is not because the system is foolproof and guaranteed to work for ANY plumber. It’s because, during all those years plumbing, Bob was unaware that he had an enormous but latent marketing talent that would fit perfectly with the online system he purchased. BUT, this doesn’t mean every plumber has that skill. Keep that in mind, always. You see, advertisements are all around us, but some are real, some are bogus. You have to keep a keen eye on all those advertisements. Maybe the ones that look truthful are the most useless ones. You never know…do your research…then trust them!!
Devilâ€™s Arithmetic By Jerome
Do you ever wonder about why relatives talk about your history all the time? Have you ever think why your past is as important as the present? Well, you might as well as think twice. A 12-year-old girl named Hannah Stern (her Hebrew name is Chaya) was thinking the exact same thought you were thinking just now. She is a young Jewish girl living in the present day. Like you, she is bored by her relative's stories about the past and not looking forward to the Passover Seder and is tired of her religion. While at it, she says she is exhausted of remembering. When Hannah figuratively opens the door for the seer Elijah, she is transported back in time to 1942 in Poland of World War II. At that time and setting, the people believe she is Chaya Abramowitz, who is recovering from cholera, the fever that killed her parents a few months ago. The odd remarks Hannah/Chaya makes about the future and her failure to identify her "aunt" Gitl and "uncle" Shmuel are blamed on the fever. At her "uncle's" wedding, the Nazis come to transport the entire population of the village to a concentration camp near Donavin, and only Hannah knows all the terrors that they will face: hunger, abuse, forced labors, and finally execution. She struggles to survive at the camp, with the help of a girl named Rivka. At the concentration camp, Aunt Gitl, Hannah, Uncle Shmuel, and some other men try to escape. The men are caught and are shot in front of the inmates, except for Gitl and Hannah who return to their barracks and Yitzchak who escapes. Fayge, Uncle Shmuel's fiancĂŠe, is also killed since she rushes to him when he is about to be shot by a Nazi soldier. Later, when Hannah and the girls from Viosk are talking while waiting for water, new Nazi soldier catches them, and sends Esther, Shifre, and Rivka to the gassing ovens. As Rivka is about to leave, Hannah takes Rivka's place and tells her to run, since the lookout doesn't know their faces.
Then, after she walks into "Lilith's Cave" to be gassed, she is transported back to her family's Seder. She notices Aunt Eva's number was the same as Rivka's, and while recounting her experience to her aunt, the aunt reveals that when she was in the concentration camps, she was called Rivka (and her brother was called Wolfe, which actually was Grandpa Will) and was saved by a girl named Chaya Abramowicz while in a concentration camp. In conclusion, this book is a perfect book for people who are hungry for suspenseful books. And it certainly will satisfy those who pick this book off the shelves of the library or someone just looking for something to entertain you. This is a must for elementary students.
Teachers Aren’t Can Trusting Boys!!
By Jerome Usually, boys are the most responsible kids in the elementary school. Now, teachers don’t let them do what they deserve. THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!!! We are smart! We are strong! We are responsible! Why don’t the teachers trust us? I think we deserve better than this. We need more of privileges. Why can’t we do what we want to do even though the teachers pity the girls? I really don’t get it. I do understand that boys may be a tiny bit reckless compared to the girls, I really do, but gender doesn’t matter, does it? That is what we were taught when we were younger. Now, the teachers are acting like girls are more important than boys. Why do they do that? I do not know at all. We must be trusted. We could be trusted. We will be trusted. I am determined to change this rule-ish thing. It is not just a statement. I really might actually do it. I’ve seen teachers looking at boys, suspiciously. It makes me feel like we are being watched every second and trust me, it doesn’t feel protective in any way. Instead, it makes me feel like they will bite me if I take one wrong step. I can’t be happy as long as teachers are looking at me. If you don’t trust me, why don’t you exchange your soul with me? (I doubt you will Christopher, my great friend, agrees with me. He says, “ Teachers treat us like scabs. They always try to find a time to flick us away.” Even a teacher even agrees with my idea. Mr. Murphy, my 5th teacher, says, “School was for girls. It is unfair for boys.” Another friend of mine who wishes to be unnamed said, “My first grade teacher didn’t even let me go to the bathroom because she thought I was going to go to a different place!!
I hope you will see that I am not lying. I hope you will understand me. People of asij, I am pretty sure you can tell that this is completely true. Teachers should see boys differently than they are right now. We need to change this so the other boys will suffer no more!!