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Wall Street Journal and Apple


so… let’s doing some reading between the lines.

I completely understand why some brian cork nay-sayers (and Apple-haters) are crowing over the recent pressure on Apple’s stock. but, as a shareholder I am still pleased with both the company’s stock, and it’s terrific products. and, there is probably a reason why Al Gore just exercised a lot of his options in Apple stock. read more about that here, Al Gore Nets Another Fortune on Apple Stock, despite the piece finding a start on CNBC, mind you.


Apple Bloggers Seem Convinced The WSJ Got Played By Stock Manipulators – (and, other, even credible news sources).

“If you don’t  smell stock manipulation  here, I have a bridge to sell…”.

let’s be clear… there is evil at play, amongst all of this. possibly even tomfoolery.

from Brian Patrick Cork on LinkedIN:

this language may be a bit broad. but, here is your driving cause for Apple stock being under so much pressure (Chip is nodding as he reads this). Apple tends to under report it’s forecasts and then outperforms. however, for the last five months “analysts” have touted numbers (expectations?) outside of Apple’s that are not reasonable. then Apple shares get punished because inflated numbers aren’t met. no one (at least those that make a stand for situational awareness, any way) will claim that the Wall Street Journal is a bastion of integrity… But, this was REALLY bad, and blatant. We must read between the lines and hold the media accountable. I address all of this constantly in my blog:

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork




the big BOX theory


So… Today’s words might be “box” and “paradigm”.

Most of you know what a box is. And, others think they understand the concept of paradigm. However, just to nudge things along here is a definition:

par·a·digm  (pr-dm, -dm)


1. One that serves as a pattern or model.

2. A set or list of all the inflectional forms of a word or of one of its grammatical categories: the paradigm of an irregular verb.

3. A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality for the community that shares them, especially in an intellectual discipline.

…what’s that? who’s insufferable?

In any event, I was involved in a multi-voiced electronic conversation (Cisco has some real bad-ass communication technology) late yesterday morning – to accommodate the West Coast, when, while commenting on my photo on my business website,  AG said: “Cork appears to be crouching in a box”. And, in response, SJ quickly retorted: “No box could possibly hold Brian Cork”.

I reasonably certain more was said, especially with those two. But, I lost track of it all as that box comment sent my thinking down an entirely different path.

I’ve never subscribed to the idea of: “thinking outside the box”. Being the contrarian and Heterodox that I am, I would often say things like: “box?”, “what box”. But, looking back, I feel that was all rather sophomoric, now.

But, circling back to what you know, and what you think you know, I believe I do know that most information, money and power are in the hands of a minority. And, I don’t believe “they” think  or see outside of any box. Instead, what if we took the position that being in a box, and possibly an VERY LARGE CLEAR box gave a select few a 360 degree view of everything and everyone?

Stand back, you. Say’s, I.

I’m calling this the Big Box Theory.

The less inspired amongst you might be thinking: “yeah… but, that means everyone can see you and there is a loss of advantage”. However, the masses can’t read my heart. They’ll only realize my actions. Much of it what I choose, and want them to see.

The media is very much like this.

My box is bigger every day. And, its clear – as in transparent. But, as it spins both fast and slow, as I decide, I can view, gaze upon, consider and ponder everything around me and choose my own course and path. The collective outside is left to gaze in and wonder as that shiny object catches their attention.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork


obama and the List


We’ve seen President Barack Obama in action for a bit more than six months.

Now you see what I meant by “Obamacracy”.

What we can say with confidence, now that we have the evidence of his actions, is that had he based his campaign platform on the following actions that summarize his administration to day, Obama would not only have lost the election, he would have received fewer votes than the hapless Thomas Dewey in the 1948 General Election.

Obama Administration Highlights – First Six Months:

(a) transforming the U.S. economy by massive federal government intervention;

(b) taking an owner’s stake in the automobile industry;

(c) transforming the rules of America’s energy economy; and,

(d) instituting a (socialized) national health-care system.

Never mind the, now waning, financial crisis debacle meltdown because that was not initiated on his watch.

It doesn’t matter that Dewey was so far ahead of Truman that George Gallop stopped polling people in October. Dewey just quit campaigning while Truman ran the finest campaign in American history. Obama would still have lost.

Just for fun I will point out that had Obama played his hand early on, we might have ended up with McCain and Palin. But, McCain would probably have died within the first half his first term and we would have then been stuck with Sarah Palin – and, she is just a quitter.

I keep looking at Al Gore. He has enough business acumen to earn compensated Board seats for mighty corporations. And, he was part of a prior administration that handled foreign policy and economic balance with a kind of flair. And, that team had a notion of what a real Healthcare policy should look like.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork


The Dark Monkey


I was sliding into a coma last night when Joanne storms into the room with the heart-stopping words:

“We have a problem”.

Then she stands there and looks at me in that unnerving way that simply says:

“You better be able to fix this.”

I was not sure what I was going to hear.  There has been a lot going on around the household in the past few months – and, the world of course. And, with me being Racer X, and likely able to to think through, and solve, most of the worlds challenges and problems (clearly evidenced through this very Blog), I always need to be ready for any thing (action?).

But, Joanne froze my blood with:

“Haley is having inappropriate email exchanges”.

Joanne had begun investigating Haley Anne’s email (I fully support this). Most of you know Haley Anne is twelve.

In short, somebody named ‘Meghan’ found Haley Anne on My Diva Doll. The topicology, as reported by Joanne, was, at best, marginally disconcerting. However, this was the first step (or is it?) that parents simply must fear. Worse, as a self-proclaimed champion, I let something potentially HUGE get by me.


“We are taking away her email, and you have to change the internet”

So, I started considering how best to reach out to Al Gore and initiate global reforms around the World Wide Web.  But, it was clear by Joanne’s demeanor that immediate (and, possibly less drastic action was required). I agreed (that something had to be done at some level) any way so I padded upstairs to visit the hallowed place that is Haley Anne’s room.

I had to set aside being angry with myself for allowing [what exactly?] this/something to occur in my house with my daughter. This could not be about me. I had to act like an adult (but, that is soooo hard) and convert this moment into an opportunity for a life lesson.

Haley Anne was ready for me.

“Daddy – my stomach hurts. I think I am gonna throw up”.

Okay… So, now I am a big ‘ol wet noodle and useless.

No!  I rallied.

“Haley Anne, you are not in trouble. But, I need to know who Meghan is; and, where did you meet her?”

This is when Joanne (she had followed up me upstairs) chimes in with:

“She has a “Gmail” account.

I think this is where it dawned on me just how tenuous the situation might be, or could be. 

Haley Anne was quite matter-of-fact:

“All my friends have Gmail accounts.”

What? My family uses Apple’s .Me for personal email. But, there you have it. I have long had this smug sense of myself that I was this hip Dad that had all this stuff in hand and under control. Then some ‘kid’ named Meghan (if this really is a child [Meghan is apparently from Hawaii – but, who knows?]) blows my mind.

Or, is this an opportunity?

I pick that (for now).

I will go over board. I will hire a consultant to teach me all about parental controls, and monitoring the internet, and child safety.

I understand this is (yet another) verbose Blog entry that might have your eyes rolling into the back of your head. But, this is REAL.  This is me being transparent. Haley Anne is my baby (well…  Maybe Emma Jo is the baby… However, for the sake of this Blog post – and, the requisite dramatic effect, Haley Anne is my baby). And, A LOT of people, across four generations, read this Blog daily (Students at Radford University to Members of the House and Senate).

Google is going to hear from me. I want them to hear from you as well.


I don’t fear ANY THING. I have faced too much evil and survived. But, my children are my achilles heal. Check in with me around this.  Keep me on my toes.  Help me stay accountable.

I will accept comments on this post.

No peace or music for me this day. The dark monkey /1 is at my door.

Brian Patrick Cork


/1 Grandad used this term to make his point when evil was in-motion.

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