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It will happen eventually – the iPhone will become available to Verizon, and other North American carriers.

That is hardly an issue, unless you are part of the AT&T organization, I suppose. And, the iPhone won’t likely find shelf-space at Sprint because of the on-going iPhone vs. Palm Pre smack-down (read: candid colored Apple). And, as readers of the Blog know full well, I am of the considered opinion that the Pre is by no means an iPhone killer – or, really even much in the way of competition. On the other hand, and it’s challenging for me, as an Apple evangelist, to admit that a Blackberry product (read: The Macberry) is proving more helpful in my quest for world domination than the iPhone.

However, grudgingly returning to my point, a better question than whether the iPhone should move to Verizon is whether the iPhone should move to the consumer.

When might the hapless denizens of our United States wake up? In the rest of the world (well… perhaps outside of Sub-Sahara Africa, and that’s called the “dark continent” for more reasons than even I can go on about) I can easily buy any mobile phone (except the iPhone), then buy a SIM card from any carrier in that country, and shove it (gently) into the phone, and be in business, as it were. If I don’t like the service or coverage, I place my vote and dollars into motion and buy another SIM card from a different carrier that works best for me.

I am hardly qualified as a product specialist; I am a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on consuming, however. I am also a significant controller of Apple stock. And, I do have some influence in-and-amongst those halls, and with a few analysts (who read this Blog, for example).

Apple could likely sell far more iPhones this way – and, the (other) consumers would finally have some real choice: Buy the phone you want; get the service you desire; and, change, either or both, as you see fit.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork


american Trends – We Make Our Stand Here (for now)


President Barack Obama is thumping his chest today because the House and Senate passed one of his Bills.

The House and Senate are thumping their collective chests because they are taking bailout money back from the distressed companies they lent it to. Never mind that they approved the loans (and, how it was deployed).

Wall-Street is thumping it’s chest because it thinks (or, perhaps it has decided) the recession is close to bottoming-out.

Corporate America, in general, is thumping it’s chest because recent layoff’s have inspired analysts to value certain stocks back up – which brings us back to Wall Street.

However, I will stop (the chest thumping part) it there because it’s always going to be about Wall Street. It’s where our fortunes are made and lost, and where we put our hopes and gauge the country’s health (sooo much more on that before, and later).

The last few months, our morally bereft reprehensible ill conceived (dammit) irrational irresponsible media has driven down the American people’s collective moral with insidious stories based on poorly researched and one-sided viewpoints. Remember when “Kramer” (not his real name, we need to be careful about these things [but, it’s actually Cramer]) was trashing Apple on Mortgage news? And people fell for it? Then he probably bought it (or, his cousin Vinny bought it), and without any real rationale, began to tout it again.


“You can’t create yourself an impression that a stock is down, but you do it anyway because the SEC doesn’t understand it … Apple’s very important to spread the rumor that both Verizon and AT&T have decided they don’t like the phone … You also want to spread the rumor that it’s not going to be ready for Macworld. And this is very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim that it’s credible because you spoke to someone at Apple, ’cause Apple doesn’t … they’re not going to comment … So it’s really an ideal short. And again if I were short Apple, I’d pick up the phone and I’d do that today.


However… Apple has snuck crept lunged back up to $115 today.

Last:  115.29
Change:  +2.58 (2.29%)


Americans don’t tolerate lack of progress for long.

Remember in the months to come, that I put it precisely that way. In fact, mark your calendars and come back and review this post in about three months. And, then watch what I discuss in the next few months.

Hopefully that white van does not catch up with me (remember I said that too – for Joanne and the sake of insurance money).

We have stopped paying attention to the media (for now) and have become focused, once again, on the kool-aid.

This is a good thing, and a bad thing. I suppose we make out stand here.

There is going to be a bump or two so Wall Street can rape and pillage a few straggling citizens (apparently with the help of select Congressmen and Senators [oh, and apparently Cramer]). But, we are probably back on the road to world domination – and, just in time for summer holiday and sales at the mall.

My apologies to the Wall Street Journal (in advance) for stealing their thunder. They can fight me behind the public library if they are upset.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork


What’s All This About?

"What am I looking at?", you might wonder.

Lots of stuff.

Meanwhile, here, I discuss events, people and things in our world - and, my (hardly simplistic, albeit inarticulate) views around them.

You'll also learn things about, well, things, like people you need to know about, and information about companies you can't find anywhere else.

So, while I harangue the public in my not so gentle way, you will discover that I am fascinated by all things arcane, curious about those whom appear religious, love music, dabble in politics, loathe the media, value education, still think I am an athlete, and might offer a recipe.

All the while, striving mightily, and daily, to remain a prudent and optimistic gentleman - and, authentic.

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