This Week in ASB
On Friday, November 16th the scavenger hunt 2.0 will be happening at lunch on the front lawn. Throughout this week there will be sign ups on the front lawn. First place gets 300 core points. Second place gets 200 core points. Third place gets 100 core points.
Trivia for Spirit Points
Which president was the only one voted in unanimously?
Win 10 spirit points by dropping off your answer on a notecard in the yellow ASB box in Mr. Rowe's room (503). Remember to include your name and home base!
Last Week in ASB
Lincoln Spirit Day:
Students wore clothing inspired by Lincoln. This included wearing the color red and Abraham Lincoln attire.
For the past few weeks there have been attacks on the Jewish and Muslim people and their “sacred” places. An effect of these attacks include unity and kindness. Last weekend many Muslims formed a wall around six synagogues and Jewish and Christians did the same for mosques. These “rings” have been occuring because of the remembrance of the shooting in Pittsburgh the previous year and the recent attacks. According to CNN a woman named Sajan said, “It’s not just up to the Jewish community to solve Anti-Semitism”. Another muslim, Dr. Hamid Slimi, and others went to more synagogues. If you were wondering Anti-Semitism hasn’t just begun it has been here for millenia. In the early times of Judaism a pharaoh allegedly locked up all of the Jewish community. The most dramatic showing of Anti-Semitism showed in World War II with Nazi Germany killing a total of 6.1 million Jewish people. Over the past years people have talked about how it was so “catastrophic” and “evil”, so with recent events some are becoming quite worrisome. The reason this topic has been chosen is because of the eighth grader’s trip to Barnum hall to see a play on Anne Frank. Anne Frank was a German girl who escaped Germany to the Netherlands because her family was Jewish and her diary tells the tale of her life. The meaning of this article was to warn readers of the fact that history can repeat itself.
This past month was harsh for shareholders across the world. Stock prices drastically decreased in mid to late October all the way from Hong Kong to New York. Unfortunately for the United States, the NASDAQ, a U.S. technology firm average, took a significant amount of the damage. Investors fled from prominent NASDAQ stocks such as Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Netflix. This, in turn, led the NASDAQ to decrease by a whole 9% in October, the largest monthly drop since the great recession in November of 2008. In addition, other significant U.S. stock averages also significantly fell in October. The S&P 500 decreased by approximately 7%; this hasn’t happened since the September of 2011. The Dow Jones decreased by 5% which hasn’t happened since January 2016. To put this into perspective, Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, lost $14 billion in personal wealth on a single day in late October.
This recent economic downturn has been largely referred to as an economic correction, a decline of ten percent of greater compared to its most recent peak. The U.S. economy has recently been experiencing a particularly large amount of economic growth. Investors fear that the economy has reached a peak for the time being and is finally being restored to a normal amount of growth hence “correction”.
Some other reasons for this economic correction include the escalating trade war with China (which we hope to die down). Recently, the U.S. and China have imposed tariffs on each other in an attempt to create American jobs. Investors are worried that this trade war will infringe on the prosperity of the shares they hold. The economic correction could also be a result of higher interest rates. The federal government imposed higher interest rates that affect everything from rent to loans you take from banks. Investors saw this to have a possibility to stifle the economic growth.
The Effects of Immigrants on their Adopted Countries
By: Danny Chmaytelli
LMS ASB (Santa Monica
November 5, 2018
Did you know that the United States has the largest economy in the world? This is mainly because the United States has the largest immigrant population in the world. Further, immigrants cause enormous amounts of innovation, increase economic productivity, and significantly benefit the social services that the natives receive.
One of the many benefits of having immigrants in developed nations is the enormous amount of innovation they contribute. A study has shown that fields of work entered by immigrants experience a 30% increase in patent filings (a government-issued document that gives a person/group exclusive right to a product, method, design, etc). In addition, more than 50% of the United States companies that are valued over $1 billion were founded by an immigrant. The theory behind this is that immigrants, with new sets of theories, methods, and ideas, inspire native born inventors to use this new information on their own work. For an example of immigrants or children of immigrants who have founded innovative companies, Elon Musk - CEO of Tesla, Sundar Pichai - CEO of Google, Jeff Bezos - CEO of Amazon, and most notably, Steve Jobs - co-founder of Apple (he made the first iPhone, if that’s not innovative, nothing is). .
Another one of the benefits of having immigrants in developed nations is their level of economic productivity. Immigrants are responsible for 15% of the economic output while they only make up 13% of the population in the United States! This mean immigrants contribute over 13% more than the natives do towards the economy. To add on, a whopping 40% of fortune 500 companies (a list in which the 500 most profitable United States companies are shown) were founded either by immigrants or children of immigrants. The top nine of the fortune 500 companies founded by an immigrant of children of immigrants, altogether, create nearly a million jobs and are worth almost $3 trillion. On the other hand, immigrants own 20% of the small businesses in the United States, these small businesses alone employ over 10 million people. Clearly, not only do immigrants create jobs, they generate money.
A third benefit of having immigrants in developed nations is how they positively affect the social services the natives receive. For reference, social services are services paid for by the government with a goal of benefiting the community. Immigrants contribute more in taxes than they receive in social services by the government. Specifically, in 2002-2009, immigrants paid the government $115 billion more than they received through Medicare (a social service that is mainly designed to insure seniors). So, in simpler terms, immigrants contributed $115 billion towards the government for social services. Thus, the government is able to spend more on socials services which directly benefits the natives. Secondly, as populations grow older and older, they require more in social services which means they require more government finds. This is usually offset by the younger populations’ entrance into the workforce as they pay high taxes and receive relatively meager social services. However, with lower fertility rates in developed parts in the world, the government social services budget would simply deplete, resulting in less and not-as-substantial social services the population receives. With immigrants however, they are able to singlehandedly offset the population with younger people. This is because immigrants usually have higher fertility rates in their home country compared to their adopted country. This results in social services being adequately financed.
In conclusion, immigrants are blatantly beneficial to their adopted countries. They cause innovation because they introduce new methods and ideas. They cause economic productivity by generating a significant amount of economic output and by creating a phenomenal amount of jobs. And last, they directly benefit the natives by improving the social service they receive as immigrants pay for more than they receive.
Modern Immigrants in Germany
By: Alex Owens
LMS ASB (Santa Monica)
In 2015, Germany was expecting a total of 800,000 refugees to flood into the country, but received more than a million. Within the past few years, more and more people are immigrating. This can be causing people to feel aggravated and may cause countries such as Germany to become fragile. There are people in Germany who are trying to stop it using violence, people who are trying to stop it peacefully, and people who are letting it continue.
Seventy-one immigrants were found in a locked truck in Austria dead. Neo-Nazis were attacking the police outside a shelter in Dresden. Although, the Neo-Nazis are attacking them according to The German Constitution these immigrants are to be allowed to live in Germany. Angela Merkel, The Prime Minister of Germany:, however, seems to be okay with the idea of so many immigrants stating, “Human dignity shall be inviolable.”
National geographic states “With the worst history of xenophobia, Germany has taken in the most refugees of any European country. The stakes of the experiment are high.” In other words, the track record of immigrants in Germany has not been positive, so it is quite a precarious situation to have so many immigrants in the country again. Considering this statement we can determine that there could be a breaking point for the Germans and it might be World War II all over again.
Although the Germans are allowing a large mass of immigrants into their country, many others are not following their lead. “The European Union is in a very, very fragile state,”Michael Roth, Germany’s state minister stated.
One of the reasons for this could be that Germany is allowing the majority of the immigrants into their country whilst the others are timid. This shows in a graph made by BBC showing that in 2017 Germany has had about 275,000 more successful asylum applications than France. This shows the magnitude of the situation because France is the second highest country in the EU in successful immigrants.
In conclusion, the immigration problem is becoming more and more evident as time goes on and it is revealing those who are extremists and those who protect them. Immigration may cause Germany to become more fragile and could collapse. The question is, will immigration continue, or will it be stopped?
By: Ben Click
ASB Lincoln Middle School (Santa Monica)
In the late 19th century, a creative guy was born. This boy grew up in Belfast Ireland with a sister and an older brother. His father was the priest of a church in Ireland and his grandfather was a Bishop. When he was seven he loved to illustrate anthropomorphic animals. He loved to read and had a private tutor till the age of 9. He became more interested in mythology. He graduated from Oxford University in the early 20th century. Not long after he was shipped to fight in the first world war.
In war he met with another person who he worked with in training and they became close and after a while they decided to make a mutual pact. Which means that if one died the other would take care of his friend’s family. And during the war, the man’s friend died so when the war was over, the man lived with his friends family. As for the man's parents, his mother had died and the father did not see him. The man became very close with his friends sister. She was 24 years older than him and was like his mother. The man lived with this family for many years and after a long time became an author. In his 50s, World War II broke out, but he didn’t go back to war. He began to write and in the years that he spent writing, he met J. R. R. Tolkien and they became close friends. In 1961, he began to suffer from nephritis. A sickness in your kidney. 2 years later he had fully recovered and was fine. Later that year he grew ill and had a heart attack. When he had recovered enough, he was sent home and very soon after died in his bedroom 55 minutes before John F. Kennedy died.
What is his name?
By: Alexander Owens
ASB Lincoln Middle School (Santa Monica)
Once there was a dog named Baxter who didn’t appreciate his imperious owner. He believed that his owner was a person that was made of malice, but put on a placid face. He had never envisioned that his life would turn out so. He was allowed no treats and couldn’t relieve himself when he wanted to. This was an outrage, so he was going to teach this person a lesson and leave for a while. At that moment he peered through the window and saw a street cat who had no home and was as skinny as a pencil. He realized his life wasn’t that bad, his owner had quite a suave house and Baxrer had a peaceful life. Most of his owner’s actions were benign and not purposeful. When his owner came home Baxter felt very guilty for ever even contemplating the idea of running away. His owner gave him his food and this time he actually appreciated it. After a long day of thinking, Baxter started to lay down for a long nights sleep.
The next day he sprinted into his owner’s room to jump on his bed and lick his face, but the owner didn’t react. His heart sank into a dark pit. He didn’t wake up even after Baxter had pawed his hand for an hour. Why won’t he wake up? Baxter thought. That day Baxter snuggled next to his owner hoping he would wake up. Suddenly, in the middle of the night the owner’s son walked into the house and whimpered, “Dad why didn’t you come to mother’s funeral?”
He repeated this phrase for a few times before realizing that he wasn’t coming. As he walked into the room his son understood the gravity of the situation and got people to come and take his father, but he didn’t see the dog in the corner. Now Baxter was alone, waiting by the door, waiting to be remembered, but that day never came.
October 19, 2018
Kavanaugh and The Supreme Court
By: Alex Owens
LMS ASB (Santa Monica)
October 19 2018
For the past few weeks, there has been much controversy regarding Brett Kavanaugh and whether or not he is qualified to hold “the wisdom” of The Supreme Court. Kavanaugh was nominated for the place of Anthony Kennedy who had announced that he was retiring in June of 2018. Although most Judges are just sworn in after being nominated, having a special review, and finally having The Senate vote on the judge’s ability. The reason Kavanaugh was questioned was because people believed he “wasn’t qualified because he has a drinking problem and had supposedly harassed women”. Although there were many accusations he had been sworn in a few days ago. In his fight to be a justice he said beer a total of 33 times and stated how he loved drinking, so many people used that against him, but he also mentioned how he got into Yale. In the end Kavanaugh won and now is a justice.
A New Generation
By: Danny Chymaytelli
LMS ASB (Santa Monica)
Millennials (those born from 1981 to 1993) weren’t like any other generation. They were the first to be able to “simultaneously use their phone to order a cup of coffee from Starbucks, Instagram a photo of their name spelled incorrectly on the coffee cup, reply to a friend via text, and talk to their co-worker about the company softball tournament.” Now, there is an even more unique generation arising, the I-Generation (those born in 1994 or later). The following are some tips for brands trying to reach the IGens.
1. Personalization! Personalization! Personalization!
Probably the most important aspect of this list is the fact that that this generation requires personalized communications. According to the Harvard Business Review, “IGens want brands to be aware of them as individuals rather than a name or number on a list. Repeated emails and generic email blasts addressed to “Dear Student/Customer” instantly turn this generation off. So how do you reach this audience on a personal level? Think of the data they willingly share on social media and use it to your advantage when personalizing communiques.” Previous generations didn’t look twice at the generic styling of communication, but this makes it clear that they do. And if your brand doesn’t start personalizing, the IGen will move onto brands that do.
2. Take full advantage of social media
The belief that IGens solely use social media to connect with friends is quite simply false. IGens also use social media as information sources. According to the Harvard Business Review, “When researching new consumer products, 81% of IGens use social media as a resource. They’re connecting with brands through their social networks and communicating with others who like the same products. Brands that are not taking full advantage of the real-time engagement that social media provide are missing the boat on reaching an entire generation.”
3. Have a mobile presence
As you probably already know, the world of the I-Generation revolves around their smartphone. We use them to make decisions all of the time. According to the Harvard Business Review, “”Tweens” hold about $43 billion in annual spending power - and with increasing mobile and e-commerce, that number will only climb. Instagram is recently moving toward a “click to shop” option for retail brands, and mobile apps are adding to the wide selection of information sources for products, services, and education. Brands are missing major marketing opportunities by not taking full advantage of mobile optimized messaging.”
It is clear that if your brand doesn’t make these key changes, your brand won’t survive in the coming years.
P.S. The “I” in “I-Generation” stands for iPhone as people of this generation grew up with a smartphone..