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Apple CEO Tim Cook expresses need to protect 'principles of basic human dignity' in Auburn speech

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Tim Cook this week was awarded the Auburn University Lifetime Achievement award, and the Apple Chief Executive used his acceptance speech to push the importance of equality and human rights.

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Cook's 13-minute speech was delivered last Tuesday in New York City, marking the 20th straight year that Auburn haas recognized "significant and lasting contributions to people's well-being." Apple's CEO earned a bachelor of science in industrial engineering from Auburn University in 1982, and the school's College of Human Sciences honored him at its annual International Quality of Life Awards.

Cook spoke of growing up in Alabama in the 1960s, where he saw firsthand the "devastating impacts of discrimination." He said those experiences helped to form who he is as a man today, and help guide his own fight for equality both at his company and throughout the larger world.

The CEO said he personally saw a cross burning as a young man --?an event that is "permanently imprinted" in his brain, and changed his life forever.

"I could never understand it, and I knew that Americans and Alabama's history would always be scarred by the hatred it represented," he said.



Cook's office at Apple features three photos: two of Robert Kennedy, and one of Martin Luther King Jr. Those two men "sacrificed everything, including their lives, as champions of human rights and human dignity," he told attendees at the event at the United Nations headquarters.

His speech also touched on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a measure passed by the U.S. Senate but which has yet to appear before the U.S. House of Representatives for a vote. The proposed bill would bar discrimination of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender workers at American companies.

Cook said he believes that "now is the time to write these principles of basic human dignity into the book of law." Even though such protections are not yet part of U.S. law, Apple has worked to implement its own measures for employee equality.

On the lighter side in his speech, Cook even alluded to Auburn's upcoming appearance in the college football BCS National Championship game against Florida State University, joking that he may ask for an extra second at the end of his speech. In Auburn's recent pivotal matchup against the University of Alabama, an extra second was added to the clock and resulted in a play that led to Auburn's game winning touchdown. The remark drew big applause and cheers from the crowd.

"Yes, Auburn is still very much in me," Cook said with a laugh.
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Seriously, what is the problem with proof reading?
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Tim's such a cool guy.  Excellent speech.

 

The "extra 1 second" comment made me laugh out loud, too. :)

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The "extra 1 second" comment made me laugh out loud, too. 1smile.gif

I didn't get that, was it in reference to something?
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I didn't get that, was it in reference to something?

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Does Andy Rubin and the rest of google know anything about human dignity? Do they even know how to spell them?!!!

....the lack of properly optimized apps is one of the reasons "why the experience on Android tablets is so crappy".

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I didn't get that, was it in reference to something?

 

Solips posted the video, so no explanation really needed.

 

But I've been watching football -- especially college football -- for over 35 years, and that was one of, if not THE, most amazing wins I've ever seen.  And as you can imagine, both being in Alabama, Auburn and Alabama are sort of rivals. :)  Not to mention that this was basically a determination of who would play in the National Championship game.

 

So, yeah.  Kinda Huge. :)

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Does Andy Rubin and the rest of google know anything about human dignity? Do they even know how to spell them?!!!

I don't know where to start here. 1smile.gif
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Solips posted the video, so no explanation really needed.

But I've been watching football -- especially college football -- for over 35 years, and that was one of, if not THE, most amazing wins I've ever seen.  And as you can imagine, both being in Alabama, Auburn and Alabama are sort of rivals. 1smile.gif  Not to mention that this was basically a determination of who would play in the National Championship game.

So, yeah.  Kinda Huge. 1smile.gif

You don't have to be an Auburn, football, or even a sports fan to appreciate how incredible it was.
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You don't have to be an Aurburn, football, or even a sports fan to appreciate how incredible it was.

 

True enough.  I can't argue with that.

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Tim expressing his personal opinions is his business.
 
Apple as a company supporting a divisive political organization that is not related to their business seems questionable and does concern me as a shareholder.
 

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Tim expressing his personal opinions is his business.
 
Apple as a company supporting a divisive political organization that is not related to their business seems questionable and does concern me as a shareholder.
 
http://www.americanprogress.org/about/our-supporters/

Where does politics end and civil rights begin? It seems to me Apple is supporting equality, not a specific party's political agenda.
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Oh god.  Here we go again. :(

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Where do politics end and civil rights begin? It seems to me Apple is supporting equality, not a specific party's political agenda.

 

As I said, Tim is free as an individual to voice his personal support for any cause he wants. No question there.
 
However, Apple contributes to a far-left organization. They are publicly traded and for the first time the donor list was divulged. I plan on voicing my disapproval.

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Oh god.  Here we go again. :(

 
No, it’s different this time. :)

 

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The CAP is pro-big government. I like most of what Apple is about, but their politics (even under Steve Jobs) have been misguided. Hell, the giant "progressive" government they think they want is also the one that wants to steal Apple's wealth and hamper their innovation!


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Tim, that is not equality. You got it wrong.

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Thank you Tim. I can't think of many more important issues than human dignity.
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As I said, Tim is free as an individual to voice his personal support for any cause he wants. No question there.
 
However, Apple contributes to a far-left organization. They are publicly traded and for the first time the donor list was divulged. I plan on voicing my disapproval.

Unfortunately there's not much one can do as every other tech company is just as bad. I see AT&T is on this list too. Sigh...
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No, it’s different this time. 1smile.gif


The CAP is pro-big government. I like most of what Apple is about, but their politics (even under Steve Jobs) have been misguided. Hell, the giant liberal government they want is also the one that wants to steal Apple's wealth and hamper their innovation!
Boggles the mind doesn't it!
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Unfortunately there's not much one can do as every other tech company is just as bad. I see AT&T is on this list too. Sigh...

 

And I own stock in AT&T also. The only way to really influence companies is to own their stock. As voters, our voices are ignored.

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Tim expressing his personal opinions is his business.
 
Apple as a company supporting a divisive political organization that is not related to their business seems questionable and does concern me as a shareholder.
 

I suspect there's something more specific you dislike about them rather than the "big government" catch all. I am somewhat curious about it in case you happen to write more later.

 

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Where does politics end and civil rights begin? It seems to me Apple is supporting equality, not a specific party's political agenda.

 

I am not really familiar with the organization. 501(c)3's come with some restrictions in terms of political activism. If you recall the issue with the IRS a while back, there were complaints regarding which ones were flagged for further review, or that they were flagged at all. Glancing through their site, they back specific causes. Someone will have to explain to me how that makes them divisive. Nothing really grabs me as being partisan nonsense. They don't seem to print attacks on various politicians, as that would be illegal given their filing structure. I stayed away from writing in absolutes, because that site has a huge number of articles. It's not like I can go through every one of them.

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Tim expressing his personal opinions is his business.
 
Apple as a company supporting a divisive political organization that is not related to their business seems questionable and does concern me as a shareholder.
 

 

You don't get it. This speech is one of the reason's Tim Cook was hand-picked to represent Apple Inc. He's expressing the views that are at the core of Apple.

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Note that Apple removed the app from that App Store yet there is no mention of Apple sending the kill signal to devices to keep those that installed the app from continuing to use it. This may be the delicate balance Apple is playing in China. They let something they know will be flagged as going against current law but then also remove it when they are told. I think that's a better solution than to simply not do any business in China which helps no one but Apple's competitors.

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Unfortunately you are pretty much subject to the laws of a given country if you want to do business there, even if it clashes with your own cultural values. This is especially true with a corporation the size of Apple, as they are too big to be overlooked. I wonder if the posted app guidelines are different there or if there's a clause anywhere that references compliance with local laws.

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Tim expressing his personal opinions is his business.
 
Apple as a company supporting a divisive political organization that is not related to their business seems questionable and does concern me as a shareholder.
 
http://www.americanprogress.org/about/our-supporters/

Based on your previous rants posts, I assume you have no problem with this:

Google Funding a Slew of Right-Wing Groups:

American Conservative Union
Americans for Tax Reform
CATO Institute
Federalist Society
George Mason University Law School Law and Economics Center
Heritage Action
Mercatus Center
National Taxpayers Union
R Street Institute
Texas Public Policy Foundation


Someone's ox is always getting gored.

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Why in the world would I care what Google does? I don't own their stock.

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You don't get it. This speech is one of the reason's Tim Cook was hand-picked to represent Apple Inc. He's expressing the views that are at the core of Apple.

My concern is with Apple funding a political organization that supports big government and far-left legislation. I'm a shareholder and I don't think this is even remotely an organization Apple should be supporting. Apple should support pro-business, pro-privacy, pro-shareholder measures.

Ignore for 10 seconds Tim's speech. His speech is his opinion.

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Yeah, yeah, excellent speech. Why can't he ever convince investors with some silver-tongued rhetoric. Every time he talks about Apple doing this or that, the stock drops like a one-ton boulder and Wall Street investors run away like a plague was unleashed. Maybe he missed his calling. Everyone says his Apple speeches are like listening to a wet noodle talking. A really boring wet noodle. If he could only muster up some awesome "Apple is the shiznit" speech to woo Wall Street investors instead of the gay community. I know it's not going to happen so that's the end of that. Apple shareholders don't stand a chance of getting any satisfaction from Tim Cook.
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My concern is with Apple funding a political organization that supports big government and far-left legislation. I'm a shareholder and I don't think this is even remotely an organization Apple should be supporting. Apple should support pro-business, pro-privacy, pro-shareholder measures.

Ignore for 10 seconds Tim's speech. His speech is his opinion.

How it's branded shouldn't really matter, just like I wouldn't care if something was branded "far-right". I care about its implications, not nonsensical ideologies that should have died with the last century.

 

edit: Bleh that probably sounds rude, but there should be some reason that specific causes they support are detrimental, not just broad opinions that it's bad by affiliation.

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Unless of course you are a Chinese dissident trying to use an app on the app store that could allow you do communicate anonymously. Then you are just on the wrong side of a good business decision.
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I do think people need to be more tolerant, not just of other races and sexual orientations, but also of disabilities and/or birth defects.

 

Some people don't like anyone they perceive as "not normal." I don't know why this is, perhaps because in the wild our survival depended on predicting the future (e.g. predicting what the tiger was going to do next), and you can only predict what you know, so anything different will be instinctually scary/unpredictable.

 

But in that case, the way to make people more tolerant is to expand their definition of normal, and that is done by exposing them to more examples. Very young children can be cruel, but it's not their fault because they are simply too young to have seen many examples. Also people from small towns where your whole life you only see only a few kinds of people (as against the city which is far more diverse) may be intolerant.

 

But the Internet can help with this, because examples from all over the world can each people, no matter how small the variety around them. What if by default the lock screen on the iPhone automatically displayed examples of a wide variety of people (e.g. downloaded from National Geographic). Would that widen people's concepts and make them more tolerant? 

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My concern is with Apple funding a political organization that supports big government and far-left legislation.

 

Your world view is very warped if you think that CAP is a far-left organization.

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iPad Air with Product Red cover. Nice.

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Tim expressing his personal opinions is his business.
 
Apple as a company supporting a divisive political organization that is not related to their business seems questionable and does concern me as a shareholder.
 
http://www.americanprogress.org/about/our-supporters/
Good to know. Why don't you start a thread about it instead of derailing a thread about Tim Cook and a speech with partisan baiting?

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Good to know. Why don't you start a thread about it instead of derailing a thread about Tim Cook and a speech with partisan baiting?

You mean people are actually interested in staying on track in these threads? That's great. The world has changed.

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You mean people are actually interested in staying on track in these threads? That's great. The world has changed.

Of course we're interested in staying on track and speaking of tracks did you hear about that NYC train wreck?¡ 1tongue.gif

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Why own AAPL when the operative social part of your brain predates electricity?

Hah, exactly the right question.

Another: how to awaken empathy circuits in brains that are locked up in 19th-century social Darwinism?
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Of course we're interested in staying on track and speaking of tracks did you hear about that NYC train wreck?¡ 1tongue.gif

Tell me more! 1biggrin.gif

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Hah, exactly the right question.

Another: how to awaken empathy circuits in brains that are locked up in 19th-century social Darwinism?

It comes down to whether or not one believes government solves more problems than it causes.

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