You are correct that I am sensitive to this, since I have been trying to do the same. I actually own and use apple products (there are about five of them on my desk right now), and I also own Apple stock (something that has not brought me much happiness lately) , which is why I would rather Apple were managed intelligently. At the moment it is not, as shown by the deep observation that it has lost 30% of the stock price (market adjusted) in the last year or so. Despite your views that this is a criminal cabal trying to screw your beloved gadget maker, that's not how the world works -- the market is losing confidence in the management and voting with its wallet DESPITE the good numbers, which leaves fundamentals investors like myself, David Einhorn, and (I am guessing) jdnc123 flummoxed: it feels wrong to sell the stock, but every day you get punished for holding it.
Do you get it? No, I didn't think so.
Hey, you said you are part of a criminal cabal, I didn't. (Just kidding.)
I just think you guys are playing hardball FUD mongering against Apple for money.
If i'm wrong, my apologies.
It's not about anybody's beloved gadget maker. It's about whether an American company can win by doing a good job in a new technology industry while still being good global citizens.
The corollary is that they are going up against established businesses that aren't such good global citizens. It's a struggle with epic, mythic, overtones, so there is a fan base cheering them on and taking it very personally. These are your "KoolAid" drinkers, like me. I hate to see the good side lose because the other side plays unfairly, with lies and creepy propaganda.
Edit: added "Just kidding"; I see you took out the KoolAid reference.
Edited by Flaneur - 4/22/13 at 9:43am