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DO YOU REALLY NEED A POLITICAL DIRECTOR?

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The creation of a staffing plan to fit your campaign is never an easy task, but it’s one that’s critical to a candidate’s success.

An early acquisition of a talented team can be the investment that pays dividends in the months to come, or the mistake that leaves your effort struggling for donations in the heat of a hotly contested race.

Many campaigns will take a formulaic approach to hiring staff while others are now looking to rewrite the staffing paradigm. For instance, some managers are foregoing or delaying hiring such staffing mainstays as a political director. They looked at the position’s job description and opted to save those critical campaign dollars by taking on the tasks themselves or offloading them onto the field or finance directors. Still, other candidates swear the position is a vital component to connecting with local organizations and leaders, and a key to victory.

No matter your approach, the tenets that have dictated a staffing plan remain simple. It boils down to whether you can you justify the position in relation to the budget. There’s no right or wrong answer, but here are a few of the key items to look for when considering hiring a political director for your campaign.

Don’t pay for on-the-job training

It’s true that campaigns are often the learning ground for young talent looking to sharpen their skill set. But you will find yourself underserved, and out of campaign cash, if you hire a political director who is either too inexperienced or from outside your market. Do yourself a favor and hire someone that’s already plugged into the local system.

Here’s what to look for: Do you know of a young leader in the local Chamber of Commerce or party apparatus who’s willing to take a leave of absence to join your campaign team? If so, make an offer. This is the ideal candidate to fill your political director vacancy. They’re plugged into the political networks you’re seeking to leverage for support and, better yet, they’re familiar with the history of the local area.

Find a Fixer

The primary role of your political director will be to fix problems as they arise leading up to Election Day. Are you having an issue with an elected official in your district that needs resolving? Send in the political director. Do you have a deep-pocketed donor who disagrees with your position on an issue? Send in the political director. Are you having an issue with a union local that’s not driving out members as promised? Send in the political director. You get my point.

Your manager is busy making sure your campaign is within budget and on message, the finance director is managing multiple donors and developing new revenue streams, and the field director is desperately trying to fill the campaign phone bank. The political director is there to save the day. Use your political director to fix whatever challenging situations that may arise, which don’t require the candidate’s direct intervention. Granted, that’s easier said than done so make sure you’re hiring someone who’s not easily intimidated in these types of situations.

Can your political director facilitate growth in your campaign?

Every position within a campaign staff plan should have to answer this question, but especially the political director. Too often a political director is underutilized or ineffective and this translates to dollars being wasted in your budget. Don’t be afraid to give your political director a finance goal or a field goal.

Have your political director take a leading role in your coordinating your contributions from labor or leading industry with a stake in your election. Have your political director take charge of coordinating field activities that utilize organizations within your district.

Offloading these responsibilities from your finance and field director, respectively, will lead to more efficient work from your other departments and a synergy within your campaign operation.

Kalam and Yakub have a conversation in a place before heaven and hell

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Dr APJ Abdul Kalam is waiting at the lounge of the special airport where you can take a direct flight either to Heaven or Hell, depending on what you deserve.

Kalam is forced to wait as he is the sole passenger in that huge Airbus scheduled to fly to Heaven. The authorities want at least ten per cent of the seats to fill. The wait has been going on for over a decade.

On July 30, around 8 am, Yakub Memon walks in to the airport. He also has to wait as his flight to hell is over-booked.

The moment he sees Kalam, he runs to the former president. His eyes are burning with fury.

“Tell me one thing, Dr Kalam. Why is India so biased?”

“How can you say that? Look at what India has given me. Coming from such a humble background, I could not have imagined becoming a president. And see the affection now pouring in after my death,” says Kalam.

“I can see that. But this country killed me.”

“It’s because you planted bombs which killed 257 people.”

“But you made bigger bombs which can kill millions. Yet you are so revered,” Memon seems extremely irritated.

Kalam is shaken at this counter attack and for a moment he struggles to find an answer.

“See Yakub, I admit I made bombs. But that was to defend our country. You joined hands with an enemy country to kill your own men. Besides you violated the code of conduct. You are a chartered accountant. You had no business to get into making bombs.”

“Quiet,” comes a sudden booming voice from nowhere. It is the recycled ghost of Mullah Omar.

“Memon did not join the enemy. He was a loyal foot soldier of Allah in the fight against kafirs. He was hanged because he is a Muslim. By the way, I’m Mullah Omar, I die every two years.”

This does not amuse Memon at all. He looks around trying to figure out where the voice is coming from.

“I have had enough of you people and your nonsense. A stint in Pakistan made me realise how much better India is and that’s the reason why I returned. It was because of you people I had to pay with my life,” Memon starts sobbing.

Kalam places his arm around Memon and tries to console him.

“I know it was a bit harsh on you as you cooperated with the investigation. If I were the president, I would have accepted your mercy petition.”

“Then why did you not become president again?”

“You know Sonia Gandhi did not want me at the Rashtrapati Bhavan again. She was too impressed with the culinary skills of Pratibha Patil. I knew only how to make bombs,” Kalam says, not hiding his disappointment.

“This is a Christian conspiracy. She knew you would pardon a fellow Muslim. The Italian woman is waging a war against Islam and she regularly goes to the US to get funds for her mission. Let’s bomb America,” Mullah Omar shouts again.

This time the ever-smiling and non-violent Kalam throws his shoes at the direction the voice is coming from.

( Courtesy : Daily O )

Wo The Papa……..

जब
मम्मी
डाँट रहीं थी
तो
कोई चुपके से
हँसा रहा था,
वो थे पापा. . .
.
जब
मैं सो रहा था
तब कोई
चुपके से
सिर पर हाथ
फिरा रहा था ,
वो थे पापा. . .
.
जब
मैं सुबह उठा
तो
कोई बहुत
थक कर भी
काम पर
जा रहा था ,
वो थे पापा. . .
.
खुद
कड़ी धूप में
रह कर
कोई
मुझे ए.सी. में
सुला रहा था ,
वो थे पापा. . .
.
सपने
तो मेरे थे
पर उन्हें
पूरा करने का
रास्ता
कोई और
बताऐ
जा रहा था ,
वो थे पापा. . .
.
मैं तो
सिर्फ
अपनी
खुशियों में
हँसता हूँ,
पर
मेरी हँसी
देख कर
कोई
अपने गम
भुलाऐ
जा रहा था ,
वो थे पापा. . .
.
फल
खाने की
ज्यादा
जरूरत तो
उन्हें थी,
पर
कोई मुझे
सेब
खिलाए
जा रहा था ,
वो थे पापा. . .
.
खुश तो
मुझे होना चाहिए
कि
वो मुझे मिले ,
पर
मेरे
जन्म लेने की
खुशी
कोई और
मनाए
जा रहा था ,
वो थे पापा. . .
.
ये दुनिया
पैसों से
चलती है
पर
कोई
सिर्फ मेरे लिए
पैसे
कमाए
जा रहा था ,
वो थे पापा. . .
.
घर में सब
अपना प्यार
दिखाते हैं
पर
कोई
बिना दिखाऐ भी
इतना प्यार
किए
जा रहा था ,
वो थे पापा. . .
.
पेड़ तो
अपना फल
खा नही सकते
इसलिए
हमें देते हैं…
पर
कोई
अपना पेट
खाली रखकर भी
मेरा पेट
भरे जा रहा था ,
वो थे पापा. . .
.
मैं तो
नौकरी के लिए
घर से बाहर
जाने पर
दुखी था
पर
मुझसे भी
अधिक
आंसू
कोई और
बहाए
जा रहा था ,
वो थे पापा. . .
.
मैं
अपने
“बेटा ” शब्द को
सार्थक
बना सका
या नही..
पता नहीं…
पर
कोई
बिना स्वार्थ के
अपने
“पिता” शब्द को
सार्थक
बनाए
जा रहा था ,
वो थे पापा. . .

How to find volunteer work online

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There’s an infinite number of worthy causes and organizations eager to have volunteers, but if you’re just getting started, it can be difficult — even discouraging — to weed through all the options.

Luckily, many sites and platforms can help you find the best volunteer opportunities that fit your interests and skills. From Catchafire, which helps busy professionals apply their skills to volunteer work, to DoSomething, which helps young people take meaningful action based on their passions and time preferences, you’re bound to find volunteer work among the eight resources we’ve rounded up below.

This list isn’t exhaustive, and doesn’t include extended, government-sponsored volunteer opportunities such as AmeriCorps or the Peace Corps. But these resources will help you get started volunteering, and find local, convenient opportunities near you.

Instagram tops 300 million active users, likely bigger than Twitter

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Facebook’s billion-dollar Instagram acquisition is looking better and better.

Instagram announced Wednesday that it now has more than 300 million monthly active users, up from 200 million in March.

At that level, Instagram likely has about as many or more users than Twitter, which announcedin October that it had 284 million active users in the third quarter. Either way, what’s clear is that Instagram’s user growth is far outpacing that of Twitter.

“We’re thrilled to watch this community thrive and witness the amazing connections people make over shared passions and journeys,” Kevin Systrom, Instagram’s cofounder and CEO, said in a blog post.

In addition to the user numbers, Instagram announced that it will be introducing “verified badges” for celebrities and brands. It is also in the process of cutting down on “spammy” accounts.

The app is still in the process of monetizing its audience, having introduced ads in November 2013 and rolling out video ads in October 2014.

Facebook agreed to acquire Instagram for $1 billion in 2012, an amount that shocked people at the time, but now sounds comparatively cheap.

“There’s no way you could figure out how much we’re worth independently because so much of our growth and our success is because of our very tight-knit relationship with Facebook,” Systrom told The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday in response to a question about what Instagram would be worth today. “As an independent company, it would have taken a lot longer to get to this point.”

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World Wide Web inventor says Internet should be ‘human right’

The computer scientist credited with inventing the World Wide Web says affordable access to the Internet should be recognized as a human right, as a report showed that billions of people still cannot go online and government surveillance and censorship are increasing.

Tim Berners-Lee said Thursday the Internet can help tackle inequality — but only if it comes with the rights to privacy and freedom of expression. The Briton, who launched the Web in 1990, made the remarks as he released his World Wide Web Foundation’s latest report tracking the Internet’s global impact.

The Web Index found that laws preventing mass online surveillance are weak or nonexistent in more than 84% of countries. It also said that almost 40% of surveyed countries were blocking sensitive online content to a “moderate or extreme degree,” and that half of all Web users live in countries that severely restrict their rights online.

Almost 4.4 billion people — most of them in developing countries — still have no access to the Internet, the Web Index said.

“It’s time to recognize the Internet as a basic human right,” Berners-Lee said. “That means guaranteeing affordable access for all, ensuring Internet packets are delivered without commercial or political discrimination, and protecting the privacy and freedom of Web users regardless of where they live.”

Denmark, Finland, and Norway were ranked as top overall, meaning they were best at using the Internet for economic, political and social progress. At the bottom of a list of 86 countries were Yemen, Myanmar and Ethiopia.

Berners-Lee was working an engineer at the CERN laboratory in Geneva when he proposed the idea of a World Wide Web in 1989.

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