Nicholas Alahverdian releases excerpt from “Dreading and Hoping All”

Excerpt from Dreading and Hoping All
By Nicholas Alahverdian
Copyright © 2019 by The Nicholas Edward Alahverdian Trust. All rights reserved.

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Once I reached Manhattan, I went to each of the major news networks and newspapers to speak with producers, receptionists, and researchers. I was armed with documents and proof of the corruption, abuse and negligence that was ensuing in the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families.

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Nicholas Alahverdian holding his Urban Debate Championship Trophy in 2002

I scheduled appointments with producers from NBC’s Today show as well as The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News among other networks. Those were the two shows that confirmed my appearance during the first episodes of the New Year. The other appearances were to be solidified within the coming weeks.

I finished my work on Christmas Eve. Everything was sorted out, and I was excited. One of the producers bought me a hotel ticket for my final evening in Manhattan so that I didn’t have to sleep on the subway again.

I made my way back to Rhode Island with train tickets in hand — paid for by a television host himself — for the appearances in January. All I had to do was keep quiet and let Jeremiah (who bore an uncanny resemblance to Jabba the Hut) enjoy his Christmas feast. And then I would strike.

Unfortunately, Jeremiah had been tipped off that I was meeting with the press locally — WJAR (the NBC affiliate), WPRI (the CBS affiliate), and The Providence Journal had all done stories on me again — yet Jeremiah had no idea about the national news that was about to break.

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Nicholas Alahverdian surrounded by Representatives and Senators outside the House of Representatives Chamber

And he wouldn’t, because he single-handedly killed the stories without even knowing they were going to be aired.

He had the power to keep me from contacting anyone after placing me in a secure facility in Rhode Island until I could be flown to Nebraska. I was literally Court-ordered to not leave the youth shelter and the staff were similarly ordered to not allow me to use the telephone, send letters, or leave the property. I was devastated.

Said another way, he proceeded to deem me a threat to myself because I was “not complying with my treatment” — that was always their go-to excuse when I arranged to have the truth about the abuse and negligence inherent in the DCYF and the Family Court illuminated in the press and the court of public opinion.

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Apple Announces New iPhones, Apple Pay, and Apple Watch

By Nicholas Alahverdian
Apple’s new series of iPhones came out with a bang today, with CEO Tim Cook calling the day one of the “most important in Apple’s history.” Apple Pay and Apple Watch have also been announced.

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Apple Watch

Both iPhone 6 models feature a new Retina HD display. These displays have the full sRGB wide color gamut. The new iPhones have over 1 million pixels and 2 million pixels according to each larger size. Both phones are thinner than any Apple has ever made. The contrast is higher and the angle of view is broader.
Messages now has a horizontal view, as does Weather.
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Apple Event 2014

When you bring up the keyboard, you have additional key options, and the home screen has also been formatted to respond horizontally as well.
The new phones are named the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Also noted that the AppStore now has over 1.3 million apps available for download.
The phones now have an A8 chip and it is 13% smaller.
Up to 50% faster graphics performance.

iPhone 6 is up to 50% more energy efficient, so you can have higher sustained performance.

The iPhone also has 50/80 hours of audio playback depending on selection of iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.

iPhone is now capable of making phone calls over wifi.

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Example of iPhone 6 photograph

There is an all-new 8 megapixel camera with a fast 2.2 aperture with a new feature in the sensor called focus pixels, dedicated pairs that can conduct phase-detetection autofocus, features common in high-end cameras.

A new feature called burst mode detects smiles and blinks, then recommends the best picture.

The new iPhone starts at just $199 with a 2-year contract and 16 gb of space. The colors are gold, silver, and space gray.

It has also been announced that iOS 8 will be released on Sept. 17.

Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake are announced as being featured in commercials for the new iPhone lineup.

Cook details a new service called “Apple Pay.”

The process basically entails using the Touch ID feature on the iPhone to pay a merchant at a point of sale.

“ApplePay is easy, secure, and private.”

The debit cards and credit cards are added to Passbook.

Apple will not store the credit card number, but will use a unique payment identifier for each transaction. The credit card information will not be stored on the device.

The cashier does not even get to see your name or your credit card number.

80% of credit card volume has enabled ApplePay.

McDonalds will be adding ApplePay to its drive-thrus.

Other retailers include Apple (obviously), Disney, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Whole Foods, and Subway.

Retailers are also incorporating Apple Pay into their online apps so that consumers can purchase goods, items, and services from the touch of their fingerprint. MLB tickets will even be available to be purchased through Apple Pay.

Apple Pay will be available in October 2014 in the United States.

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Apple’s new watch

Apple Watch is announced by Tim Cook.
“It’s a comprehensive health and fitness companion.”
An iPhone will be required with Apple Watch.
You can even unlock your hotel room door with the tap of the watch!   You can also control lighting, heating and cooling, and other awesome features soon to be announced.
The Apple Watch is compatible with iPhone 5, 5S, 6, and 6 Plus.
Apple Watch will start at $349, becoming available “early next year”, according to Cook, who called it “the most personal device Apple has ever created.”
Apple Pay will also work with Apple Watch.
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Bono and U2 perform at the conclusion of the Apple Event