Jane Mayer interviews Billionaires who use their money to finance politics

Jane Mayer writes for the New Yorker. She’s written two articles about Billionaires from different sides of the political fence who use their money to advance the political views.

George Soros

Koch Brothers

The Koch Brothers is the more interesting one to me, as it explains how they’ve used their money to covertly fund the Tea Party and co-opt it’s politics for their own. It also talks about how David Koch has cancer, yet his company continuously battles to keep formaldehyde unregulated even though it’s one the most common cancer causing agents in use today.

“What was your biggest challenge?”

Just now coming up on the one year mark of being unemployed, and having gone to about a dozen different interviews now, one of the most common questions I hear is “What was your biggest challenge?” or “Describe a time when you had a particularly difficult challenge and how you resolved it.”

In order as I think of them:

  • Apple and it’s lack of Enterprise support
  • Node locked software on a machine that just died, it out of warranty and the company refuses to return support phone calls or emails.
  • The user who doesn’t understand that going to certain web sites pretty much automatically means the machine is getting a virus.
  • Being asked to deploy non-existent machines to user who were hired only a few hours earlier and are scheduled to start the next day.
  • Explaining what “Corporate Standard Software” means, and why I can’t simply give you a license number so that you can install at home “to learn”
  • Complaints about machine slowness and weird problems to find that the uptime is 45 days.
  • User who upon being told “Those computers are too old, you will not be happy with them when I’m done,” buys new computers (from someone else,) the next day and then expects them to be installed for free after I’ve already done all the work.
  • Users who do not contact their IT support at all when there is a problem, then go home for the day because they “can not get any work done.”
  • Being expected to install a 15 computer network within 8 hours, never having done so ever before (it’s harder then it sounds)
  • Users who expect something done their way when it’s technically impossible.
  • The above, but when it’s illegal or unethical
  • Explaining to your direct supervisor why you REALLY don’t want to see the Midget Porn Website they found
  • Yeah. All of those.