Interview Do’s and Don’ts

One of the advantages of years and my grey beard is the assumption of wisdom by others. In reality an old person can be just as foolish as a young one however age brings a degree of wisdom that comes from the basic experience of life.

Take interviews I have my own style and it’s perhaps not suited to others but it has served me in good stead. Every CPAC I conduct at least 100 interviews usually 4-5 minutes long or less as you can see from the uploads on my YouTube account, so while I don’t have the years of experience of some I have a volume of experience

Therefore for those who might be curious let me give you some interview do’s and don’t.

Do Know your subject: An interview is different when dealing with an elected official, vs a candidate, vs an organization, vs a member of the general public understand how they deal with people and interview accordingly.

DO Have a clear idea of what you want to talk about: If you have a clear idea of where you want to go your questions will be crisper are more likely to produce an answer.

Do consider time and place: Remember that the subject of an interview is going to be in a different condition at the start of a day, after a full meal or after some exciting event than at the end of the day after a lot of work, plan accordingly and ask accordingly.

Do be considerate: You catch more flies with honey than vinegar, if you are considerate with a subject even if it one you disagree with you will not only get a follow-up interview but that subject colleagues will be told that you are “tough but fair”.

Do Remember even your worst political enemy is a person. The Golden rule always applies.

Do understand the goal of an interview: If you go into an interview with a known goal you are more likely to achieve it.

Do Thank the person or their staff for their time: This is particularly important with a sitting pol or a person who stands to gain nothing from your interview. Plus it’s basic courtesy.

and with the Do’s in life there are also some don’t that come to mind, here are a few.

Don’t get full of yourself. A person overconfident at an interview tends to do a sloppy interview.

Don’t get distracted. On occasion an answer will surprise you and try to take you in another direction, if the answer isn’t newsworthy don’t let it take you off your course..

Don’t forget your customers: Your customers are the viewers of the interview (and or the person who paid you to do it) If you forget who you work for you might not work for long.

Don’t be unaware of the costs: An ambush interview can be fun and might generate laughs and pats on the back from friends but unless you are an A-List interviewer it will likely it will likely be the last interview you will get from that subject or the people they work with and their friends.

Don’t fake knowledge you don’t have: People will see right though that.

Don’t be overwhelmed by a mistake: You are human, on occasion you are going to make mistakes, learn from them but don’t let a mistake overwhelm you. Otherwise you will have made two mistakes

Time for Western civilization to make a stand for itself

Danish flagBy John Ruberry

Western civilization is under attack by radical Islam.

Two men were murdered yesterday in Copenhagen, Denmark in separate terror shootings, although the now-deceased killer–who as of this writing has not been named–is believed to have been the gunman in both incidents.

The first shooting occurred at the “Art, Blasphemy and the Freedom of Expression Event” held at a café in the Danish capital city. Swedish cartoonist, Lars Vilks, who drew Mohammed as a dog eight years ago, is believed to have been the intended target. Vilks was not harmed, but another man was killed–and three police officers were wounded. Later that night a Jewish man was shot to death when the assassin opened fire at a synagogue–and two other cops were wounded.

Vilks is on al Qaeda’s most-wanted list.

Needless to say, the murderer is almost certainly not a Lutheran.

The murders happened a little more than a month after the jihadists murdered 12 people at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris–the magazine regularly portrayed Muhammad in  satirical cartoon form. Two days later–although a separate terrorist was responsible–four people were murdered at a kosher market in Paris.

Folks–by now a theme should be apparent.Mosque

Now what?

Well, it’s time that Western civilization stand up for itself and avoid milquetoast defenses such as the one offered yesterday by Denmark’s prime minister, “This is not a battle between Islam and the West, and it is not a battle between Muslims and non-Muslims, but a battle between the values of freedom for the individual and a dark ideology.”

Let’s look back to the 19th century when the West wasn’t rooted–if such a thing is possible–by nihilism. The practice of sati in India, when the widow would join the funeral pyre of her husband was widespread until the British decided to end it. The commander-in-chief of colonial India, Sir Charles James Napier, had this to say:

Be it so. This burning of widows is your custom; prepare the funeral pile. But my nation has also a custom. When men burn women alive we hang them, and confiscate all their property. My carpenters shall therefore erect gibbets on which to hang all concerned when the widow is consumed. Let us all act according to national customs.

Denmark–and the rest of the West–needs to defiantly stand up and define itself to the rest of the world and also to its still small Muslim minorities living within.

There is hope. Shortly after the Charlie Hebdo murders, the Morroco-born mayor of a Netherlands city advised those who are offended by Western free expression to “pack your bags and leave.”

That’s a great idea.

UPDATE 7:00pm EST: The killer has been identified as Omar El-Hussein.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Liberalism: How the left keeps score

Amy Pond: You’ve got a time machine. What do you need museums for?
10th Doctor: Wrong. Very wrong. Ooo, one of mine. Also one of mine.
Amy Pond: Oh, I see. It’s how you keep score.

Doctor Who: The Time of the Angels 2010

One of the things I’ve argued many times here is that human beings and human nature really haven’t changed over the centuries. Technology might change culture might change but what drives a human has not.

This came to mind when I read Glenn’s link to Ed Driscoll’s piece which quoted Christopher Caldwell:

For these people, liberalism is not a belief at all. No, it’s something more important: a badge of certain social aspirations. That is why the laments of the small-town leftists get voiced with such intemperance and desperation. As if those who voice them are fighting off the nagging thought: If the Republicans aren’t particularly evil, then maybe I’m not particularly special.

This really crystallizes my longtime argument that liberalism has becomes a religion for those who have abandoned pretending they believe in Christianity but still want to keep up appearances.

The two virtues that Christianity demands are the love of God and the love of your neighbor as yourself.

Since church congregations cross social and class lines the majority of people in attendance would be unaware of a person’s actions toward their neighbor. This would be a problem for a prideful person wanting to flaunt their righteousness and an advantage for a person trying to hide their unrighteousness toward their neighbor.

Thus attending church in the old days when Christianity was the culture of America attendance served the purposes of both the prideful and the unrighteous allowing them to project the “love of God” for their own satisfaction (and for any judgemental busy bodies in attendance who were keeping score).

Of course said attendance didn’t do much for the cause of their salvation:

“When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

Matthew 6:5-6

But since salvation wasn’t the goal for those who didn’t actually believe or only believed in their own righteousness it didn’t matter.

However dropping feigned Christianity came with a catch for our liberal friends. While in some circles , the abandonment of Christianity allow them to pretend a false intellectual superiority of Christians while freeing up an extra hour or two on the weekends, the problem of projecting virtue to society for the prideful and the unrighteousness remained.

And that why so many are so vocal, nay even strident, concerning their liberalism and the evilness of their political opponents, (particularly feminism). Not only does it remove the actual need to perform either the corporal or spiritual works of mercy because it’s their way of making sure their virtue is on display for the world to see.

It’s how they keep score.

Ransomware comes to Android

By Steve Eggleston

Hopefully you haven’t had to deal with this, but there has been a rather nasty set of malware that has been running through the PC world called “ransomware”. The original, and most virulent, versions encrypted the hard drive, and then displayed a lock screen purportedly from law enforcement that directs the user to make a digital-cash donation to some “third party” to regain access. Subsequent versions, which I’ve had to deal with on friends’ and family’s computers, thankfully dispensed with the encryption, but kept the lock screen.

The PC versions typically arrive via e-mail, though unsafe browsing can also introduce them. That brings me to the latest target – Android devices.

The first version of encrypting ransomware, called Simplocker, actually showed up back in June. However, that had a “flaw” – its encryption key was encoded in the malware, so once it was discovered by security experts, the encryption could be broken and the files recovered.

That changed earlier this week. The newest version of Simplocker generates a unique key for each device that is infected.

So, how does one get infected on an “uninfectable” device? Avast has the answer – trick the user to download and run the malware app. There is a reason why Android by default prevents apps from unofficial sources from being installed – they’re far more likely to be malware.

Specifically for the new version of Simplocker, it is to ostensibly download and install Flash Player, playing on the fact that Adobe used to make Flash Player for Android. The thing is, Adobe stopped making Flash Player available in August 2012, and never made it available for devices running Android 4.1 and newer.

The bad news with the new version of Simplocker is already stated above – once it’s allowed to run and encrypt the files, those files can’t be unlocked. The “good” news is removal of the malware app isn’t nearly as hard as it is on the PC.