How Much Profit Does A Company (Microsoft) Need To Make Before They Stand By Their Products and Customers?

As with many businesses, organizations, and even government, what matters most is the majority, while the rest, especially people living below the poverty line (due to low-paying, contract part-time wages, unemployment, or limited income, such as seniors, people on disability, etc.) scramble to pay the hundreds of dollars Microsoft is forcing people to pay because business-wise they cannot afford to support what they created and sold. Makes one wonder how much profit is enough for a company?

https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows/windows-7-end-of-life-support-information?fbclid=IwAR1rM_teoxD1ENFp2-IV2WiAd6vFOBI0xcMuXgIsic5PVk9NvSf8BfyvxCc

As one of the above with a low income at this time, as of Monday January 13th, I will no longer be able to use my functioning laptop online unless I pay $250.00 to have it upgraded to Windows 10, plus have my files backed up and transferred or as Microsoft suggests in the link, I should instead be buying another laptop from them in order to add to the already overloaded landfill sites.

So, until I can do one or the other, my online activities will be restricted by the local library’s part-time access hours. Hope your January is better than mine is looking today.

KAITLIN ANN TREPANIER

Specialist Writer Speaker Social Entrepreneur Founder and President

of Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle

Smashwords interview @  www.smashwords.com

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January 12, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

“The Ultra-Wealthy Who Argue That They Should Be Paying Higher Taxes”

“In the U.S., executive compensation has increased, on average, by nine hundred and forty per cent since 1978, according to one estimate; during the same period, worker pay has risen twelve per cent. Income inequality hasn’t been this extreme since the nineteen-twenties.”

Quote from the following linked article by Sheelah Kolhatkar for The New Yorker

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/01/06/the-ultra-wealthy-who-argue-that-they-should-be-paying-higher-taxes?utm_source=pocket-newtab

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January 7, 2020

“The Flaw A Nobel-Prize Winning Economist Wants You To Know About Yourself”

Linked article by Esha Nelson for Quartz on Pocket

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-flaws-a-nobel-prize-winning-economist-wants-you-to-know-about-yourself?utm_source=pocket-newtab

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January 3, 2020

 

What Is Going On In The World Is Everybody’s Business

The world’s problems may feel overwhelming as can our thoughts about how we may not believe what we can do will make a difference. But just like those who give no thought or care to what they do to cause harm, through indifference or anger or hate, we can counter their harm by doing good.

And in fact we must for many reasons.

One, for survival.

You have probably heard the story about the scorpion and the frog.  Paraphrased here, the scorpion comes to the edge of a body of water and says, “Hey frog, give me a ride to the other side.” The frog laughs and replies, “No way! You will sting me and we will both drown.” Now the scorpion, being the charmer he is, replies, “No I won’t because I don’t want to drown!” Wanting to believe because he’s a good guy, the frog slides close to the scorpion so the scorpion can climb on his back and says, “All right. Hop on.” When the frog finally hits his stride in the water, suddenly he feels the scorpion’s sting and he yells, “Aah! You said you wouldn’t sting me!” Sadly, knowing they are both going to die, the scorpion sighs and replies, “I know. But it’s my nature” as they both slip below the water’s surface forever.

Thankfully we are not scorpions. As human beings, we have the power to change our beliefs, our thoughts, words, and actions.

Not doing our part to steward the earth responsibly contributes to our and the future generations demise. Our contributions to buying less, using less, especially plastic, re-purposing as well as re-cycling, buying from responsible companies and countries are just some of the positive contributions we make to our environmental world that supports our existence.

Not doing our part to change how we treat each other also contributes to most of the societal and economic problems that could be solved individually and collectively. Instead of ostracizing those struggling in our families, communities, nations, and globally, pulling them into the circle, not by force or manipulation, but by acceptance, seeking to understand, and aiding diminishes the need for government intervention and extra taxes because citizens are addressing needs at the grass roots level rather than the need for taxes beyond infrastructure needs.

Not doing our part to keep learning to enlarge our understanding about our differences, inhibits our willingness to accept people’s differences and therefore our compassion, instead forcing people to conform to the point that we foster mental and physical illnesses, plus addictions and even crime that further send people off balance and add more strain to our social structure, including increasing violence.

Not doing our part to live and let live, breeds the prejudice and hate that fuels everything from bullying to sexual abuse/assault, from caregiver abuse to domestic violence, from employee abuse to employer abuse, from leadership tyranny to financial abuse, from local violence and crime to terrorism and wars.

Not doing our part to help each individual discover and develop their unique blend of talents and potential in the end is comparable to the scorpion stinging and killing the frog because we poison, destroy, and even contribute to, or even kill the unique value each person, each life’s potential could add to the quality of our own lives.

For these reasons and more, we do not need to feel overwhelmed by the state of the world nor do we have to write off that what we could do as unimportant because the point is everyone matters as does what we choose to do, personally and together.

KAITLIN ANN TREPANIER

Specialist Writer Speaker Social Entrepreneur Founder and President

of Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle

Smashwords interview @  www.smashwords.com

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January 2, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Why Do People Mistake Narcissism For High Self Esteem?”

If not right away, time will reveal the truth: a narcissist’s perspective is, “It’s all about me at any cost to anyone else.”

Linked article by Scott Barry Kaufman for Scientific American on Pocket

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/why-do-people-mistake-narcissism-for-high-self-esteem?utm_source=pocket-newtab

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December 28, 2019

“How Millennials (& Other Smart Folks) House Hack Their Way To Home Ownership”

Linked article by Shaina Mishkin for Money

https://money.com/money/longform/millennial-house-hackers/?utm_source=pocket-newtab

KAITLIN ANN TREPANIER

Specialist Writer Speaker Social Entrepreneur Founder and President

of Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle

Smashwords interview @  www.smashwords.com

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December 9, 2019

 

“Six things almost every parent does that set kids up for financial misery”

Linked article by Jill Cornfield for CNBC

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/27/redline-these-money-moves-if-you-want-to-raise-financially-smart-kids.html?__source=sharebar|facebook&par=sharebar&fbclid=IwAR18mm1XrSG3GGJ-zNKroShvruAW83Fl_4XoWXK9MEtbtsh8y5qdDxzzw6A

I would also like to add that teaching kids to also budget to give a percentage of their money away to those in need also fosters gratitude for what they have as well as compassion for those in need.

 KAITLIN ANN TREPANIER

Writer, Founder and President of Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle

Smashwords interview @  www.smashwords.com

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December 2, 2019