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Ashton Kusher sickened by Jobs “apple diet”

English: Steve Jobs shows off the white iPhone...

English: Steve Jobs shows off the white iPhone 4 at the 2010 Worldwide Developers Conference Español: Presentación del iPhone 4 por Steve Jobs en la Worldwide Developers Conference del año 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As a vegetarian I have also been a fruitarian and a raw foodist and a macrobiotic and a vegan.  I also fasted with stuff like garlic and lemons! Not only done everything but read everything about diets and types of diets.  I am trying to incorporate more fruit in my diet and vegetables because of my high cholesterol which I have brought down quite a bit.

I know you can’t do the imbalanced nutso thing for very long.  Jobs was not balanced but he was a creative genius and they are often unbalanced and don’t see what others see and see what others don’t see.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/29/health/steve-jobs-all-fruit-diet/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

 

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • Ashton Kutcher is playing Steve Jobs in Joshua Michael Stern’s biopic “Jobs”
  • Kutcher ended up in the hospital after trying to follow Jobs’ all-fruit diet
  • All-fruit meals can exclude valuable nutrients from your diet, nutritionist says

(CNN) — After learning that Ashton Kutcher had landed in the hospital trying to follow Steve Jobs’ all-fruit diet, CNN reader Sumday had just one question: “All I really wanted to know was why this diet was bad?”

Jobs first fell for extreme diets during his freshman year of college, according to Walter Isaacson‘s biography “Steve Jobs.” Jobs and his college friend Daniel Kottke became vegetarians after reading “Diet for a Small Planet.”

Then Jobs read “Mucusless Diet Healing System” by Arnold Ehret; Ehret believed in eating nothing but fruits and starchless vegetables like spinach, carrots and cucumbers. Jobs began with two-day fruit fasts, eventually going for a week or more. “I got into it in my typical nutso way,” Jobs told Isaacson.

Ehret’s fruitarian diet, also called the Eden Garden Diet or Ehretism, is often used as a type of cleanse, according to LiveStrong.com. Designed to detoxify the system, it can do more long-term harm than good.

Apple earnings blowout! (April 24, 2012 2nd quarter report)

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Heloise had to sell a couple of shares of Apple because she wanted a taste of SPLUNK which I managed to get at 32.00/share but wanted a few more.  Apple has taken a nose dive as well as Google.  But I am bullish on both. Here’s the report below and the link:

http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/24/apple-q2-2012-earnings-report-ipad-iphone-sales/ with press release

Apple Reports Second Quarter Results

Record March Quarter Sales of iPhones, iPadsand Macs

Net Profit Increases 94% Year-over-Year

CUPERTINO, California—April 24, 2012—Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2012 second quarter ended March 31, 2012. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $39.2 billion and quarterly net profit of $11.6 billion, or $12.30 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $24.7 billion and net profit of $6.0 billion, or $6.40 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 47.4 percent compared to 41.4 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 64 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

The Company sold 35.1 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 88 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 11.8 million iPads during the quarter, a 151 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter. The Company sold 4 million Macs during the quarter, a 7 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 7.7 million iPods, a 15 percent unit decline from the year-ago quarter.

“We’re thrilled with sales of over 35 million iPhones and almost 12 million iPads in the March quarter,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The new iPad is off to a great start, and across the year you’re going to see a lot more of the kind of innovation that only Apple can deliver.”

Apple and Google gag on profitakers and lawsuits

Apple Inc.

Apple Inc. (Photo credit: marcopako )

It makes no sense for lawsuits to affect Apple because they have more money than God.  Same for Google.  Mostly it seems that some profitakers are at it and it is not the market or the labor news or European news that is driving the decline.  I still have a profit margin in my few apple shares but I will add to my position should Apple really drop much more.  And hey I ain’t selling that position any time soon.

I have my eyes on the Splunk IPO and of course FB IPO which are due out soon.  My plans were to sell apple in order to buy into FB or SPLK.  However I have some cash I can move into my account if need be.  I am not sure how much I should buy into FB all depends on what the price is.

If it starts out high like 80/share I will not get in too deep.  If it starts at 50 I might go in the deep end and watch how high it flies.

For all you traders out there don’t panic.  I am both a trader and an investor because I trade online and invest at work where I don’t touch that money until I retire. 

I am in good shape financially because I bought  my house at the low end of the market and it is worth way more than I paid for it. I also had a garage sale over the weekend and made a hundred bucks before noon and then closed up shop. 

Apple to pay $2.65 per share dividend and buyback stocks

Apple Inc.

Apple Inc. (Photo credit: marcopako )

This is very good for the market:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/19/us-apple-idUSBRE82F03N20120319

Apple Inc will start paying a regular quarterly dividend of $2.65 a share in July and buy back up to $10 billion of its stock beginning in the next fiscal year, the world’s most valuable company said on Monday.

The company expects the share buyback program to run over three years, with the primary objective to offset the impact of employee stock options and equity grants.

Apple Inc expanding in Texas

 

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http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/09/us-apple-texas-idUSBRE82812J20120309

Reuters) – Apple Inc is expanding its presence in Texas with a $304 million investment to build a new campus in Austin, which will add 3,600 jobs over the next decade, more than doubling its workforce in the city.

The Cupertino, California, consumer device giant already employs thousands in Austin, whose tasks include handling customer complaints and support.

“Our operations in Austin has grown dramatically over the past decade from less than 1,000 in 2004 to more than 3,500 today,” Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said.

Facebook (FB) IPO: Morgan Stanley and Bank of America partner-up

English: Logo of Morgan Stanley

The big winner

We now know that facebook will trade under “FB” but not which exchange it will be traded on.  Google and Apple trade on the Nasdaq as do most technical stock.  So that’s my bet.

Huffpo got it wrong on the leader and the symbol.

As I stated before I bought BAC at prices as low as 5/share and even 6/share.  The stock is over 7/share.  The company looks good on many fronts. One it is going to help facebook with its IPO.  But MS or Morgan Stanley will manage the bulk of the IPO with other banks lending a hand.

I bought MS yesterday and it went up a whole dollar today on the news that last night FB chose it over Goldman SachsWall Street was surprised.  On Monday it was in closed talks with FB and the name of MS was bandied about as possible keeper of the huge IPO.  It was good public info and I acted on it.  People are often advised to buy or hold options in stocks that partake in larger banks such as those who make parts for Apple.

Yes, I do plan to put money in the new FB IPO but it won’t be available until May.  Until then I will let my stocks gain in value and sell what I need and bring in more funds to buy stock.  I will be able to see which stocks are gaining most.  But guess what January is the best month in years.  Except for ONE stock all have increased greatly in value including AMD which has gained over 2/share since I bought it.

I tried to give advice however I am not a licensed broker or anything just friendly advice based on my research.

The financials and the banks are back.  They are more expensive but at 7.39 I think BAC is still a bargain and at 19.69 MS is still a buy because Goldman Sachs is selling at over 100/share.

Here are some of my stock picks

SIRI=sirius has the potential of going big. I usually check with about five different sites before I decide like “seeking alpha” “Barrons” and Reuters.   So I stocked up on Sirius because it is under 2.00 I think. It’s my radio stock.  But I went with Al Gore and his Centinel back when and then the dude got sued for 75 M I think and of course the stock went to zero.

No matter because Al Gore is now super rich because he invested and is on the board with some of the richest Jewish and non Jewish geeks in the tech biz i.e., Facebook, Google and Apple.  However his own company which was some kind of radio plus there was the TV station but the stock was for the radio station .

Something about Fridays: that is actually a good day to buy stocks because the prices drop on that day as sellers are getting money for the weekend or something.  I am not taking my own advice on this as I should but this Friday the gains on the Dow and Nasdaq did hold so that’s a good sign.

I could have gotten all the stocks I have now if I had bought when the Dow did that big drop a short while back.  Here’s one way the 99% can strike back–with stocks!

GE = General Electric

Disney= DIS

Dreamworks

BAC – Bank of America

F = Ford

AMZ= Amazon

AUQ= a gold mining company out of Mexico that sounds promising

a new stock relatively SIRI see above note

Yahoo

Cisco

Oracle

I got burned on the Microsoft and Yahoo last time.  I did not buy Micro because it seems stuck in the 20-dollar range forever lately.  I lost on Micro last time.  Lost on Yahoo but got a few stocks cheaper.  BAC was just too cheap to resist.  I think I paid like 5.02 per share at the last batch but more like six something on the first go round.  But obviously the short or long sellers took their cut but the BAC is back on the rise.

U.S. stocks closed near flat Friday as investors considered a drop in America’s jobless rate and the ongoing European debt crisis. Friday’s mixed trade came after this week’s bullish winning streak. The Dow had its biggest weekly point jump in three years.

After a sharp jump, stocks came off their highs as investors assessed the jobs report. This morning, the Labor Department said the U.S. gained 120,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 8.6% from 9.0%. The government also revised jobs data for October and September to show that 72,000 additional jobs were created over the two months. Private-sector hiring in November reached 140,000, the agency calculated. http://seekingalpha.com/article/311578-dow-posts-biggest-weekly-gain-in-3-years

DVD Review: Facing Death & Dying Well

First published at blogcritics.org

http://blogcritics.org/video/article/dvd-review- 

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…all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure—these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die… Steve Jobs (June 14, 2005, commencement address at Stanford University)

 

The expected but early death of Steve Jobs–technology compositional genius who orchestrated a new age of electronic icons—creates a teachable moment about death and rebirth. I think it is fitting to weave these current events with cosmic change. Ironically recent remarks above from Jobs set the scene. He traveled with a friend in 1973 to India returning a shorn Buddhist complete with robes; however, Robert Thurman said he would not consider him a “practicing Buddhist.” But perhaps we can incorporate Buddhist’s beliefs with how Jobs conducted his death as well as his life and Apple Corporation.

In this DVD the 14th Dalai Lama spoke about death but did not recount how he was located by the monks who visited his home and tested him with objects when he was just a small child. But full-length movies and documentaries are available that recount his humble beginnings.

According to His Holiness, it is not what the man believes in when he shakes the mortal coil but how he dies. And this DVD is about helping everyone to face death and to die well. One ingredient that aided Jobs in death was a peaceful setting surrounded by loved ones. The Buddhists believe this is the only (preferred) way to die because it opens the door to a good rebirth.

The discussions in this 165-minute DVD: “Beginning,” “Facing death in a peaceful manner,” “How to deal with death from a Buddhist viewpoint,” “Importance of good preparation for death,” “Value of a peaceful mind at time of death” and Questions and Answers.

The Dalai Lama talks about the four noble truths the Buddha taught. He explains, first is the truth of suffering and it is taught within three characteristics. The first being “Impermanence,” and when talking about the nature of impermanence there are two levels: the coarse level which is the cessation event we call death.The transitory nature of existence means the changing nature is more subtle. The aim of the subtle nature when taught by the Buddha is to get at the basic unsatisfactory nature of existence. Any existence which is brought about by causes and conditions depends on them.

The subtle nature of impermanence depends on causes and conditions. The seed of cause is already there. Ignorant state of mind is the root of our existence
and governs it.

On the coarse level of impermanence: Dalai Lama teaches that first reflecting on the coarser levels leads one to appreciation of the subtler levels. One can grasp with the eternal or permanent existence after such reflection. It cannot be done in one lifetime alone.

One of the reasons why the awareness of death is so crucial because the state of mind at the time of death will determine the next birth or have great affect upon it.

Secondly, one of the positive side-effects of attaining the awareness of death is so that one can be in positive state of mind, including meditation; it will prepare an individual for the death event and he will be better able to maintain that state of mind.

In Tantric Buddhism it is maintained that the state of mind one has at death is extremely subtle and has a great impact on one’s mental continuum. So we find a lot of emphasis on death meditation. Individuals at the time of death can maintain his presence of mind and subtle state of mind for the realization of calm. In many countries, yoga meditation or on deities, involve reflecting on the dissolution process at the point of death.

From the Tantric perspective, the entire process of existence is explained in terms of three states: death, intermediate state and rebirth and all are seen as various states of manifestations of consciousness. The three are just levels of
consciousness. The indications of such fluctuations we find in our own daily existence. Within a 24-hour day we go through a cycle of awake, sleep, dream sleep and deep sleep that is comparable or a microcosm of the consciousness, a deep ebb and flow of consciousness.

When talking about the distinction between subtle and gross levels of mind bear in mind what we mean by “mental consciousness.” Do we mean that there is some sort of autonomous level that is independent of the bodily states, like a soul? I think this is a mistaken idea. His Holiness thinks that if you would examine our mental world you would find that most of our functions have direct
physical basis. The brain and nervous system is the base of much of our conscious experience and I agree with the scientists on this. They are linked intimately with the body states so when one dissolves the other dissolves. What
gives rise to a cognitive event? His Holiness continues.

What is the mere state of knowing and what makes it possible? Buddhist explanation: we point toward the clear light state which is independent and the subtlest level of consciousness giving rise to all our consciousness events. There are certain indications of the existence which are more possible for religious persons. A person can be pronounced clinically dead and remain in
that state for days and the body does not decompose.

The Buddhist explanation for this is that the individual is not actually dead but is in the process of dying. Although the mind body nexus may have ceased at the grosser level but it has not ceased at the subtle level. That is the tantric Buddhist explanation for the “near-death experience” which I saw when my own master’s life was suspended for 16 days and his body remained fresh during that time he was consciously away from it.

His Holiness humbly shared his attitude toward death: I don’t know what really happens at death. Sometimes when I think about death I get some kind of excitement. My only burden at this moment is if I die what will happen to Tibet. To think about death is helpful to reduce fear about it. When death finally comes all my preparation may fail (laughter). It is helpful mentally to think
about death and it releases much fear to contemplate death and the next birth this is what Buddhists do.

He affirmed that if you prepare fully for death then you can prepare for it. So if the moment of death is peaceful then your peace of mind can be sustained and that is the foundation for death. That is a guarantee for a good life the next life. That’s about death…then what else?

Conclusion: for those who practice this belief no matter the religion at the time of death the peaceful mind is the goal. A religious believer may be looking for a heaven but regardless to belief a person needs a peaceful mind in the final hours. If you develop a virtuous state of mind then no matter what you did in your lifetime, at the moment of death with a forceful positive mind it is
guaranteed that the immediate next life will be a good one.

Those who attend the person at death should not create any factor which will disturb the person’s mind and should not raise some reminder of negative past experiences.

The DVD ends with a Q&A session where the audience writes their questions and they are answered thoughtfully by his Holiness. His ability to not take himself too seriously elicits laughter from the audience at the disarming answers from this guru who is not afraid to say that he does not know even when he does know.

For Western audiences gurus often treat a topic like death as an unknown experience. In this country death and dying is an academic discipline but an infant science in practice that will one day lead to the practice of dying while living.

Steve Jobs the bio

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

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Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson  $17.88 from Amazon

It is already #1 on Amazon and release date will be moved up.

Steve Jobs has died

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It’s official: Steve Jobs has died. The founder of Apple has died. It’s so ironic that all these years I’ve NEVER bought an Apple product.  Then last year when Jobs launched the iPad I just had to have one.  Something told me it would be a collectible in a sense because I knew he would not live much longer, not with pancreatic cancer.  That’s so fatal dude.  He’s gone but not forgotten.  Thanks for the iPad. 

http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/05/us/obit-steve-jobs/index.html?iref=BN1

After years of battling pancreatic cancer.

(CNN) — Steve Jobs, the visionary in the black turtleneck who co-founded Apple in a Silicon Valley garage, built it into the world’s leading tech company and led a mobile-computing revolution with wildly popular devices such as the iPhone, died Wednesday. He was 56.

The hard-driving executive pioneered the concept of the personal computer and of navigating them by clicking onscreen images with a mouse. In more recent years, he introduced the iPod portable music player, the iPhone and the iPad tablet — all of which changed how we consume content in the digital age.

Fortune: Ten ways Steve Jobs changed the world

His friends and Apple fans on Wednesday night mourned the passing of a tech titan.

“Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives,” Apple said in a statement. “The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.”

See reactions from Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and many others

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