Originally Posted by Jensonb
A suspect commenter quoting another suspect commenter quoting John Doe 3rd parties. That's quite a paper trail of unreliable sources using nothing but hearsay, it comes across as an orchestrated attempt to create a grassroots panic.
Whoever is behind all this will clearly go to some lengths to spread their lies...But what for
? That's the question we need to be asking. There is no merit to these rumours, we know that. So for what purpose are they being propagated.
You allege that "There is no merit to these rumours" but do you actually possess any tangible evidence that contradicts them? If so, then perhaps here would be a great place to freely share such hypothetically non-existent information instead of cowardly throwing your accusatory stones at those who are neither afraid to embrace the truth or speak it.
All it would take is one live Steve Jobs interview in front of a video camera (that anyone but you is holding) to instantly and irrevocably dispel the rampant speculation regarding his declining health status that by the way, he does have a fiduciary responsibility to disclose to Apple's investors (it's not an option you see, as some of his less informed supporters appear to believe).
APPLE THEMSELVES WON'T EVEN DENY THESE ALLEGATIONS ABOUT STEVE JOBS' DETERIORATING HEALTH saying only:
"If Steve or the board decides that Steve is no longer capable of doing his job as CEO of Apple, I am sure they will let you know."
One thing that is conspicuously missing from this statement by Apple is precisely how do "they" define "doing his job as CEO" and does "their" definition differ from their stockholders' definition.
The other thing that is conspicuously missing from Apple's statement is a direct denial of these allegations about Steve Jobs being sicker than usual as of late. If you call me "a bird" and I am "a tree", I will boldly challenge your assertion along with an immediate presentation of evidence supporting my position...unless I really am "a bird" (perhaps one who's in denial or one who recently ate some funny-looking mushrooms).
So one train of thought about why there was no direct denial by Apple of what you claim to be "lies" about Steve's declining health condition is that they cannot truthfully proclaim something that they know to be true to be a lie (without suffering the dire consequences later on when perhaps it shall be revealed to the world that they knew more than they were leading others to believe that they knew but maintaining their disposition of silence was their chosen course of action). So apparently their PR guys drafted their casually committed statement that offers no enlightenment whatsoever as to whether or not Steve Jobs' health has gone from bad to worse lately and whether or not that could have anything to do with why he won't be delivering the keynote address at Macworld 2009.
In my opinion, Apple's statement (quoted above) already contains a public declaration that has the pungent aroma of untruth to it. Steve Jobs is NOT giving the keynote address at their last Macworld next month (or haven't you heard?)! And is not that part of being "capable" enough to do "his job as CEO of Apple"? I doubt I'm the only one who thinks so. But Apple's lawyers have probably told them (Apple) that as long as Steve Jobs is still breathing and is generally cognizant of himself, others and his surroundings, then he is still partially "capable" of handling some of the CEO's responsibilities and therefore in order to hopefully avoid the widespread panic that could create a devastating decline in the value of Apple's shares, saying little to nothing is the lesser of two evils (a legally questionable position though one minimally backed by a logically sound argument).
HERE ARE A FEW FACT-BASED THINGS THAT WE DO KNOW (not rumors to anyone who has an average or better level of functioning intelligence):
1) In mid-2004, Steve Jobs announced to his employees that he'd been diagnosed with a malignant tumor in his pancreas ("an islet cell neuroendocrine tumor"). And yes I do know that this is not the kind of pancreatic cancer that is the more aggressive version and although that's a good thing "the median survival duration from the time of diagnosis for patients with non-functioning metastatic islet cell tumors approaches five years" according to the "Pancreatic Cancer Frequently Asked Questions" found at:http://www.pancreatica.org/faq.html#anchor2193376
2) Regarding his physical condition, Steve Jobs hasn't looked all that great in live appearances over the last year (and based on a little bit of Google research, I know I'm not the only one who thinks so). And I'm not talking about the occasional "bad-hair" day either.
3) Steve Jobs is NOT giving the keynote address at Macworld 2009.
4) Apple waited until December 16th of this year (still 2008 as of the time I am writing this) to announce that "Philip Schiller, Apples senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, will deliver the opening keynote for this years Macworld Conference & Expo, and it will be Apples last keynote at the show."
So the real question I am asking myself tonight is:
"Why is it that some people can smell the iSmoke but can't see the iFire?"
For the record, I am NOT part of some stock-manipulation scheme (and shorting Apple stock is not all that common from what I've read at financial websites). I can't think of anyone who would really gain anything from significant drops in Apple's stock (not even their competitors). The optimistic long-term Apple investor might speculatively buy some additional Apple shares after these periodic declines in stock price in the hopes that they will appreciate in value over time (along with other Apple shares previously acquired) but with all of the recent roller-coaster fluctuations in the market as a whole and with Apple's stock in particular, I sincerely doubt anyone out there (with any discretionary income to play with) is attempting to derive any short-term capital gains using Apple as their bridge to what appears to me to be a Growing Mountain of Uncertainty.