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We all know that corporations are people. The United States Supreme Court made that abundantly clear and the equally abundant political ads, courtesy of the Super-PACS are testament to the privilege of being a person.
Best of all, the beneficiaries of corporate largesse can wash their hands of all responsibility, as they must have an arm's length relationship with their friend, the Super-PAC.
It's so nice to be able to keep a straight face while totally disowning some egregious allegation or claim.
It may not seem as if its a privilege to be a viewer, but someone has to pay the price for someone else to have rights.
Apple is a person among persons. WIth a market capitilization is large as it is, it definitely warrants attention when it does anything.
Today it shook the ground enough to even get the attention of its co-founder, Steve Jobs.
The singular issue of the day was the Apple decision to offer a meaningful dividend and purchase back some $10 Billion in shares, which at its current rate of climb would be about 12 shares.
The certainly not something that Mao Tse Tung or his successor Mao Zedong, would have done in his lifetime.
In fact, the announced dividend, if paid in $1 bills that were laid end to end would circle the globe six times. If paid in Chinese Yuan it would also circle the globe sx times, but only because the size of their note is artificially pegged to our dollar's dimensions.
The truly amazing thing is that if you followed that trail of singles around the globe again and again, you'd likely never run into a single Research in Motion Playbook owner.
That fantasized fact may be somehow related to Apple's incredible recent success.
But how do you deal with such success, especially when the underlings get restless?
Just thrown a curveball, Apple has emerged unscathed as it turns out that the Chinese FOXConn controversy may have also been a fantasy. Apple has never been accustomed to being scrutinized or criticized.
In size, impact and imperiality, Apple is China.