Another fantastic photo series from the Boston Globe.
Last Monday (March 1st), people in India and other countries with large Hindu populations celebrated Holi, the Festival of Colors. A welcoming of Spring, Holi is celebrated as the triumph of good over evil. Hindu devotees and others enthusiastically drop their inhibitions, and chase each other in temples and through the streets, playfully splashing colorful paint, powder and water on each other. People also attend bonfires to commemorate the story of Prahlada, a Hindu figure and devout follower of Lord Vishnu who prevailed over his father and the demoness Holika with the power of his devotion.
A font based on the handwriting of Franz Kafka, created by the Finnish designer Julia Sysmäläien. Via Nerdcore.
Een kleine, relatief ongefundeerde observatie tussendoor: het CDA is losing it. Ze overspelen hun hand. Ten eerste: ze zijn veel te snel geweest met het opnieuw aanstellen van Balkenende. Binnen de partij realiseren ze zich waarschijnlijk niet de immense impopulariteit van deze laatste buiten CDA-kringen – alhoewel het een publiek geheim is dat een actieve Verhagen-lobby de dag na de val van het kabinet intern de kop is in gedrukt. Ten tweede: ze schurken, met name bij monde van Pieter van Geel, veel te hard tegen de PVV aan. Dat gaat ze kiezers kosten. Ten derde: ze proberen er weer een tweestrijd van te maken met de PvdA. Maar dat is een campagnestrategie die drie jaar over datum is.
Mijn voorspelling: het CDA gaat hard verliezen. De oude kliek, ooit succesvol in campagnes van weleer, is net iets te lang blijven zitten. Op zich fantastisch. Maar: welkom in Wildersland.
It is common knowledge that the Republican Party is willing to use cynical and vile campaign and fundraising strategies, which they have show on numerous occasions during past campaigns. Now, Politico has found an official 72-page fundraising presentation which shows they are training their people to use a strategy which capitalizes on “fear” and portraying Obama as a socialist. In Exclusive: RNC Document Mocks Donors, Plays On “Fear” Politico writes:
The presentation was delivered by RNC Finance Director Rob Bickhart to top donors and fundraisers at a party retreat in BocaGrande, Florida on February 18, a source at the gathering said.
In neat PowerPoint pages, it lifts the curtain on the often-cynical terms of political marketing, displaying an air of disdain for the party’s donors that is usually confined to the barroom conversations of political operatives.
The presentation explains the Republican fundraising in simple terms.
“What can you sell when you do not have the White House, the House, or the Senate…?” it asks.
The answer: “Save the country from trending toward Socialism!”
Manipulating donors with crude caricatures and playing on their fears is hardly unique to Republicans or to the RNC – Democrats raised millions off George W. Bush in similar terms – but rarely is it practiced in such cartoonish terms.
One page, headed “The Evil Empire,” pictures Obama as the Joker from Batman, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leaders Harry Reid are depicted as Cruella DeVille and Scooby Doo, respectively.
The document, which two Republican sources said was prepared by the party’s finance staff, comes as Chairman Michael Steele struggles to retain the trust and allegiance of major donors, who can give as much as $30,400 a year to the party.
Under Steele, the RNC has shifted toward a reliance on small donors, but the document reveals extensive, confidential details of the strategy for luring wealthy checkwriters, which range from luxury retreats in California wine country to tickets to a professional fight in Las Vegas.
The 72-page document was provided to POLITICO by a Democrat, who said a hard copy had been left in the hotel hosting the $2,500-a-head retreat, the Gasparilla Inn & Club. Sources at the event said the presentation was delivered by Bickhart and by the RNC Finance Chairman, Peter Terpeluk, a former ambassador to Luxembourg under President George W. Bush.