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let’s Bitch-Slap North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

April4

I love strategy. it’s something I’m genuinely good at.

looking at a map, North Korea finds itself framed by China and South Korea.

if Teddy Roosevelt were looking at the same map and faced with the choices we are today, I’m thinking he would essentially bitch-slap North Korea’s little sissy of a leader, Kim Jong Un.

that’s a tactical move. but, it sets-the-stage for a reasonable strategy.

and, it’s a bit contrary to my earlier post today, a Purposeful RESULT of Random Love. but, that just brings us back to Roosevelt and how some historical lessons are always relevant, as is my reference to my Dad below.

I’m thinking that China is massing on North Korea’s border (…wait… did you know that is what’s happening? it sure is) because they can’t take the chance that North Korea pisses off the United States enough to elicit a preëmptive strike that casts nuclear fall-out into China and South Korea. think about what Israel did with the Yom Kippur War in 1973.  that would make for a Chinese interesting” forty-year anniversary.

more importantly, China takes Korea and ultimately puts them in the hands of South Korea making for a terrific and powerful trade-partner.

“SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hackers have apparently disrupted North Korea’s government-run Twitter account. The disruption comes at a time of rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The North’s Uriminzokkiri’s Twitter…”

kim jong unhere’s an interesting angle… by reputation, some of the finest hackers hail from China, itself. so, if I’m a shadowy Chinese Central Communist Party member (for the record I’m not. I am in-fact, a Prudent and Optimistic Gentleman – look it up in this blogs archives), and I want to stir-the-pot and instigate change, I give the order to attack North Korea at its bitter black heart – their ridiculous parody of a leader, Kim Jong Un, himself. he apparently drives everything rampant through a run-away ego.

everything about the little sissy makes you want to bitch-slap him.

“…a picture posted Thursday on the North’s Flickr site shows Kim’s face with a pig-like snout and a drawing of Mickey Mouse on his chest. Underneath, the text reads: “Threatening world peace with ICBMs and Nuclear weapons/Wasting money while his people starve to death.”

My Dad served in the United States Air Force under the Strategic Air Command (“Peace is our Profession”). he took détente seriously, and reasonably expected everyone else to do so as well. “Big planes with big bombs make other people think small”.

maybe the Chinese are gonna go “Roosevelt” on North Korea by speaking softly and use a big electronic stick.

is that poetic and justified irony?

they could call it the “Roosevelt Plan”. that would define irony.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork


brian cork is a Smarty pants

April25

Apple is not only rocking your world…

…it’s shaking China like Rottweiler with a rubber ducky.

okay… so that image makes little sense. but, it’s dramatic, and fun.

and, I TOLD you, all of you, collectively, this was going to happen. so, that gives it “foretold” status.

I’m talking about this,

Apple Profit Rises on Higher iPhone and iPad Sales

here’s another link (right, → HERE) just in case you can’t sort out that offered above.

I do, in fact, discuss Apple a lot on this Blog. but, that’s because I’m passionate about the company, it’s products, the people (that make and use those brilliant products) around the company, the way it changes our lives, comprehensively, the manner in which it kicks Google’s (silly Android, anyway) and Microsoft’s asses, and the way we can all build wealth because all of that is good. … as in, using your super powers for good, good.

to wit, I gave you a heads-up around that article above when I posted, Apple’s Siri will definitely speak Chinese.

meanwhile, there was some serious profit-taking in the last week that dropped the stock almost one hundred points leading up to Apple reporting it’s numbers at the bell yesterday. just so we are clear, that was financial services insiders taking profits and shorting the stock to create room to buy it back-up  again.

Jon Coriel emailed me Monday saying, “I wish I has listened to you five years ago when you told me to buy Apple. I could have retired by now”.

can you imagine what those people that listened to me back in 2000 are doing, today (remember that 2000 figure as you continue to read this post)?

…what ever. but, Jon is correct.

so… here’s another chest-thumping prediction… I’m still saying that I believe Apple is a $1000 stock – unless it splits before that. but, if it does split, it will still go to the equivalent of $1000, which means it will be a $2000 stock by today’s standard.

don’t take my word for it. just ask over a BILLION (1.324 billion as of Monday) Chinese that understand just how profoundly Apple products are changing the world. how many more people are there in China than we have here in just the United States? is it double? more? well… its actually about three times our own population, just so you know. is it possible Apple could hit the same percentages in China it has in North America?

for it’s best perspective, just go back and pick-up Thomas Friedman’s The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century (and, → here, for a different look) and you just might have that perfect epiphany. Do it!

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

 

Apple’s Siri will definitely speak Chinese

October24

Tim Cook, Apple’s new(ish) CEO, has advised us that China continues to be the fastest-growing market for the company.

I eluded to this, and more in one of my earlier posts: Apples are good for you Androids not so much.

In the latest quarter, sales were up nearly four times from last year and made up one-sixth of Apple’s overall sales.

peace be to my Brothers and sisters.

brian patrick cork

Apples are good for you Androids not so much

October13

last week I saw the new Samsung handset that is running the latest Google Android Operating System: “Ice Cream Sandwich”.

it’s a good device.

…seriously.

solid. and, the OS feels vibrant.

here is some recent press that adds some relevant perspective:

“Google is also helped by its expansion into mobile phones with its popular Android software. The company’s mobile revenue is now running at about $625 million per quarter, a crowing [Larry] Page said Thursday. He sounded confident that mobile will become an even bigger moneymaker with next week’s scheduled release of updated Nexus phone from Samsung and Google’s proposed $12.5 billion acquisition of cell phone maker Motorola Mobility Inc.”

but,  all that said, there’s been some media “stuff” around Samsung and Google holding-off from announcing the Samsung device running the newest Android Operating System out of respect for Steve Job’s recent passing.

that’s rubbish.

and, it’s “reverse marketing” with them trying to come-off like nice guys. the reality is Steve would have RELISHED the competition, and APPRECIATED any announcement coming out, even at his service, because he believed with all his heart that ANY innovation was great for us all. he was confident in his own vision-driven road-map to stand before all-comers.

see a pending Blog post for more. but, of miner consequence, here is a recent article from the The Milton Herald that includes a few quotes from me around Jobs.

now we have even more perspective as to why Apple stuck to it’s standard product roll-out strategy in rolling with the “4S” and not appeasing some people with a preemptive “5” (well… other than the fact that Apple always sticks to it’s, collective, guns). ha! once people see the iPhone 5 (the iPhone 4S is really is already quite a remarkable upgrade), Android will have to stop trying to compete.

and, for the record, the following press offers additional, and relevant, perspective…

Apple has claimed that pre-orders of the iPhone 4S are breaking prior records.

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple says first-day pre-orders of the iPhone 4S topped 1 million, breaking the record set by last year’s model.

Apple Inc. and various phone companies started taking orders for the phone only last Friday. the new iPhone hits stores today. it looks the same as the base “4”. but, in truth, it’s a significant upgrade – but barely heralds the great promise of the iPhone 5.

so… first-day orders for the iPhone 4 were 600,000 when it launched last year (that puts the numbers above around Google in it’s place. “crowing”, indeed.). and, as most of you know, it was then sold in the U.S. only by AT&T Inc. now, the iPhone 4S is also sold by Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp.

keep watching Sprint. as I predicted several weeks ago, it’s offering unlimited DATA for Apple’s iPhone users, something AT&T and Verizon can’t and won’t do, [yet]. I’m planning on making the jump to Sprint, myself. and, Sprint has something up their sleeve. look at China as part of the plan. any Android device strategy is going to be kicked-in-the-teeth.

it’s now no secret that Sprint has made what appears to the unwashed unknowing, a Risky $20 billion bet on the iPhone: http://mashable.com/2011/10/03/sprint-20-billion-iphone/?utm_source=iphoneapp.

twenty billion is a debatable figure. or, maybe it’s relatable. but, to be clear, Sprint has reportedly agreed to purchase 30.5 million iPhones, regardless of whether it can find customers that will buy them. in fact, for the moment, Sprint does not, currently, have anything near that size in terms of smartphone customer-base.

but, that public information is a bit misleading.

my take?

watch what happens with Sprints indirect “partners” in China. this way you (as defined by those that do the research) won’t be surprised by the nationalization of the cellular industry and where the supply of iPhones comes from.

the demand for iPhone (and, NOT Android devices) coming from that region is going to be insatiable.

consider this for additional perspective (I know I’m probably over-using the word: perspective. but, it’s working, today)…

Sprint did not commit to buying $1 billion dollars worth of Android devices.

the companies CEO is betting the house, and his reputation on Steve Jobs’ (and, that of new CEO Tim Cook) go-forward thinking. I’ll be covering this in a great amount of detail in just a few weeks. first, I’ve got some meetings on the West Coast, and some intelligence gathering  work afoot outside of Shenzen, China to work through. but, just be ready. do it!

Larry Page may be crowing today. that’s fine. but, Steve Jobs is likely beaming. and, more of us are with him every day.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

 

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