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Apple CEO ´not satisfied´
with company´s diversity: report

Christian Science Monitor, by Jacob Axelrad

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 8/13/2014 6:49:30 PM

Going by the numbers, Apple fits into a stereotype of many tech companies in Silicon Valley: its workforce is overwhelmingly white and male. Overall, 70 percent of Apple employees are men as opposed to 30 percent women, and 55 percent are white, according to statistics provided by Apple. In addition, 15 percent of its overall workforce is Asian, 11 percent is Hispanic, and 7 percent is Black. (Snip) In the letter, Cook added that Apple´s definition of diversity extends beyond race, gender, and ethnicity to include such categories as "sexual orientation, veteran status, and disabilities."

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I can see the day when ex-cons form a union and hire lobbyist to become America´s next "minority" group that needs protection from the stereotyping of the negative label they created for themselves.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Northcross, 8/13/2014 6:54:40 PM     (No. 9964928)

55% white 15% Asian 11% Hispanic 7% Black.

12% Extraterrestrial?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: trapper, 8/13/2014 7:00:37 PM     (No. 9964929)

Who cares if a new O/S is full of bugs, so long as the team that wrote the code fits the proper statistical makeup. Hiring and promotion based on gender/race/ethnicity/orientation as opposed to performance. Say "goodbye" to Apple.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: debaser, 8/13/2014 7:06:58 PM     (No. 9964935)

There: Apple holds its employees in as low esteem as they do their customers.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 8/13/2014 7:15:33 PM     (No. 9964947)

During the last days of Lehman Brothers, COO Joe Gregory spent the majority of his time (and a great deal of money) pursuing diversity in the corporation. The managing director of their Diversity Department was making $2 million a year and bonuses were based upon managers´ dedication to the cause. He was never satisfied, either.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 8/13/2014 7:19:21 PM     (No. 9964954)

screwballs

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Megrits, 8/13/2014 7:20:24 PM     (No. 9964957)

A little off topic, but has anyone else noticed the Subaru commercial where the mans voice in the end has a decidedly gay inflection? I asked a gay friend to listen and he said he thought so too. Just askin.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: bpl40, 8/13/2014 7:25:14 PM     (No. 9964965)

Some people are destined to be Bankers, some Software Designers, some Grass Cutters, some Basketball Stars, some Muggers. Nature is already administering ´natural´ diversity.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: 6079 Smith, W, 8/13/2014 7:25:33 PM     (No. 9964966)

Diversity for the sake of diversity is as stupid as exclusion for exclusion sake.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: aasilver, 8/13/2014 7:28:59 PM     (No. 9964970)

The CEO Tim Cook is out_of_the_closet gay. He will insist that at least 10% are LBGT.

Good-by Apple.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: daveman55, 8/13/2014 7:31:18 PM     (No. 9964972)

Affirmative Action 2.0

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Reply 11 - Posted by: billa, 8/13/2014 7:33:45 PM     (No. 9964977)

I thought that hiring based upon skin pigment, gender & ethnicity was not only racists/sexist but also illegal.


My advice to current and prosepective white employees...let the lawsuits begin. Because you know that lesser - qualified "minorities" will be kept and/or hired in lieu of whites.

Mirrors the admission procedures in colleges and universities.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: uno, 8/13/2014 7:34:01 PM     (No. 9964978)

12% Extraterrestrial?
#1 - One thing´s fer sure, nobody there is Extratesticle!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: planetgeo, 8/13/2014 7:34:30 PM     (No. 9964979)

as soon as Tim has Apple´s diversity squared away, perhaps he can get to work on the NBA´s, the US Postal Service´s, and a number of other places that "don´t look like America." Maybe AG Holder can help him.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 8/13/2014 7:39:00 PM     (No. 9964985)

My entire career has been in the technical field. As Cook is my age, he should know better, and he should know these answers.

It is debatable that all this inclusion nonsense is because he sees everything through gay optics, but that´s a job for psychiatrists.

What have I seen through my career? Let´s see. I started out in an unheated, un-airconditioned warehouse building IBM computers and servicing printers. With asthma. In 113 degrees. Then stacking those units onto trucks breathing in propane fumes from the forklifts.

No women interested in that job.

Then I became a technician. I went to training at Compaq, Apple, and IBM. They did not keep women out of the training. On a team of 30 technicians in LA, 2 were women. We had about 1/2 of our sales force as female, but carrying a tool bag and installing servers in yet-to-be air conditioned data centers was not something that seemed to appeal to women.

Because of this background, I moved to systems engineering, network consulting, and design work. About 2% of women were in those jobs. There was nothing to keep women out of those jobs. They just weren´t interested in them. And they didn´t have the valuable hands-on experience because they didn´t want those jobs above.

Having been in this industry since 1981, working my rear end off to get where I am, it´s pretty insulting that a largely male, largely white workforce of dedicated, hard working professionals who paid their dues is somehow not "good enough". I would like to have this jerk explain to me why someone should care what sex an employee sleeps with as a consideration for a job. How perverted can you get. I´ll go one further, how UNAMERICAN can you get.

Go pound sand Cook.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: velox, 8/13/2014 7:52:50 PM     (No. 9964989)

If this guy stays at Apple very long the company will simply go down in flames. (no pun intended)
A for profit business exists for one reason and one reason only, and that is to make money.
Social justice sounds great, but that is not what a corporation is all about.
This BS sounds just like "Atlas Shrugged".
Every great corporation has a life.
In the beginning all of the employees work hard so the company can succeed, Next the employees work hard so they can make more money. After a while employees work to not lose their position. Finally the original leaders are replaced with totally political people that end up destroying the company.
The faster a company rises the faster it can fall.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: SouthSanAntonio, 8/13/2014 7:58:46 PM     (No. 9964994)

Lie-berals demand that we are "color blind" and "gender blind" when it would be to the white male´s advantage.

But then they want us to keep detailed quotas when it is to the advantage of everyone else.

What ever happened to hiring the best person for the position regardless of race or gender? Nah, I guess using lie-beral "logic", that wouldn´t be "fair"...

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Reply 17 - Posted by: lyndsey, 8/13/2014 8:01:30 PM     (No. 9964995)

Apple needs a new CEO. Business is about making a profit. In the computer business like the drug business and many others in order to make money you have to spend money lots of it in R and D to keep producing better products. If you are spending money on R and D you want the best and the brightest doing that research and development work. And in the business part of the company, marketing, sales, customer service...again you need the best and the brightest. Up until now that is what Apple has hired and that is part of the secret of their success. This new CEO is sowing the seeds for their demise.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: oldmagnolia, 8/13/2014 8:02:28 PM     (No. 9964996)

If this idiot put this in practice, goodbye Apple. What are all the zombies that hang out at the stores in the malls going to do all day I wonder?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: MissMann, 8/13/2014 8:19:42 PM     (No. 9965013)

Well, you can look at your hiring practices and do all that you can to assess only people´s abilities, not race or gender or whatnot. But then, if you end up with only 6´ Himalayan female basketball players, then accept that they are who are the very best fit for Apple.

Trying to get so many of this group and a few more of those people, is discrimination, pure and simple.

(Might be time to sell the Apple stock...)

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Twinkle93, 8/13/2014 8:24:56 PM     (No. 9965016)

If Cook has to be operated I hope he demand diversity in the operating room.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Safari Man, 8/13/2014 8:29:52 PM     (No. 9965019)

Steve made a huge mistake putting Cook in charge. He´s a total drip. I think Steve was making a diversity statement when he chose Cook -- he´s gay, not that there´s anything wrong with that...

I say drop him and put Federighi in charge. I have never known Craig to be motivated by anything but merit.


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Reply 22 - Posted by: voxpopuli, 8/13/2014 8:41:15 PM     (No. 9965029)

he´d love the brokerage business..
i´ve met one black stock broker in 28 years..
and that´s in PC minneapolis..

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Reply 23 - Posted by: peebster, 8/13/2014 8:55:41 PM     (No. 9965037)

...playing golf with a Venture Capitalist one day, I remarked at the huge and obviously expensive buildings that Silicon Graphics erected as monuments to themselves. With a knowing but slightly pained look on his face, he softly said..."the beginning of the end". That may apply here....

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Reply 24 - Posted by: planetgeo, 8/13/2014 9:12:11 PM     (No. 9965048)

Tim Cook is a nice guy. Tim Cook is a good manager. But Tim Cook is no Steve Jobs. Apple will start a long, slow, painful (for its shareholders) slide. A good company manager is not the same thing as a creative genius. It´s over. (And I´m a happy user of both an iPhone and an iPad.)

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Safari Man, 8/13/2014 9:18:17 PM     (No. 9965055)

#23 Hah! I worked in some of those buildings after SGI started downsizing. But that was not as big a flame out as Sun Microsystems, and I worked in some of their old buildings too. Apple needs to be careful, you are correct.


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Reply 26 - Posted by: Tall Oak, 8/13/2014 10:16:40 PM     (No. 9965114)

15% Asian? Where are their products made? Must be in the WASP province in China.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: shimmer128, 8/13/2014 10:33:10 PM     (No. 9965122)

Hey Cook, how about sexual position, not only sexual orientation. I mean, how come one and not the other??
Makes just as much sense.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: snakeoil, 8/14/2014 12:46:44 AM     (No. 9965225)

In a way I agree with him. The organization I work for is overstocked with idiots. I notice there was no number for Eskimos, pygmies, or guys who never leave the rain forest. If you are really committed to diversity you must kiss as many ugly girls as foxes. You must eat just as much road kill as prime rib. You must drink as much wine as cat whizz. The dirty little secret is no one really wants diversity. Just political correctness.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: NYbob, 8/14/2014 1:06:46 AM     (No. 9965240)

Wow, welcome to Kodak. This is how it starts and it only took 10 years for a once great company to die. Tim better focus hard on this ´crisis´ and make sure he has a diverse work force in that giant, new, doughnut headquarters, or he could fix his new OS.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Trigger2, 8/14/2014 3:10:35 AM     (No. 9965291)

Don´t hire the best person for the job. Hire an incompetent so you can brag about your diversity statistic. Goodbye Apple.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: toddh, 8/14/2014 10:51:35 AM     (No. 9965700)

Tim Sculley is just a placeholder until, as #21 suggests, Craig Federighi becomes the next Steve Jobs.

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WASHINGTON — Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland was at the grocery store the other day when he ran into an elderly black woman who expressed growing concern about President Obama’s safety. Why, she asked, wasn’t he being better protected by his Secret Service agents? The furor that led to this week’s resignation of the director of the Secret Service resonated deeply among blacks, outraged that those supposed to be guarding the first black president were somehow falling down on the job — and suspicious even without evidence that it may be deliberate. “It is something that is widespread in

White House says it has
Ebola virus under control

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The Hill [Washington, DC], by Sarah Ferris    Original Article
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Top White House officials on Friday worked to reassure the American public that the national response to Ebola is under control. Leaders of the country’s health, defense and military branches stressed that they are taking the right steps to contain the spread of the deadly virus, which was first diagnosed in the U.S. on Tuesday. Top White House officials on Friday worked to reassure the American public that the national response to Ebola is under control. Leaders of the country’s health, defense and military branches stressed that they are taking the right steps to contain the spread of the deadly virus, which

Most Texas abortion clinics shut down
as abortion rights recede in South

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Christian Science Monitor, by Patrik Jonsson    Original Article
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ATLANTA — Texas, America’s second-most populous state behind California, saw 13 of its last abortion clinics turn away women on Friday, after a federal appeals court upheld a law that practically guarantees that only a handful of clinics will remain open in the state. The strictest-of-its-kind Texas law requires abortion providers to build hospital-grade facilities and obtain sometimes impossible-to-get hospital admitting privileges. After signed into law last year by Gov. Rick Perry (R), the law forced most of the 41 clinics operating to close. Thursday’s ruling wiped out a brief victory this summer for abortion rights proponents,

Michelle Obama: U.S. Has Improved
´By Almost Every Economic Measure´

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Breitbart Big Government, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
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In a speech in Boston, First Lady Michelle Obama left behind talk of exercise and school lunches, exchanging it all for bald politics by claiming that under her husband the US economy is now better off "by almost every economic measure." The First Lady appeared at the Strand Theater Friday to stump for Martha Coakley´s campaign for Governor of Massachusetts. Coakley needs help badly, as even in blue, blue Massachusetts, the race between Democrat Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker is essentially a toss up. In her remarks, Obama pushed the President´s newest campaign line that he has saved the economy based on


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