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A Slip-Up Is Just One Difference Between English and Spanish Videos for Quinn

Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, is a granddaughter of Irish immigrants, according to a splashy video released Sunday officially announcing her mayoral campaign.

But not according to the original Spanish-language version.

That video, which was also released on Sunday, called her a bisnieta, or great-granddaughter.

When alerted to the discrepancy, Josh Isay, a campaign consultant whose firm, SKD Knickerbocker, and Mark Guma produced both ads, said that there had been an error in translation, and that a corrected version would be available later Monday.

Minor though it may have been, the error illustrates a complication in appealing to Latino voters in Spanish. And this year, the stakes are especially high, since all of the mayoral candidates are aggressively courting the city’s growing Latino population, which could make up 20 percent of the electorate.

For the most part, Ms. Quinn’s Spanish-language video hews to the same outline as the English-language one: a biographical opening followed by her record as the Council speaker and finishing with her top priorities if she is elected mayor.

But there are notable differences. For one thing, the English video clocks in at over five minutes and features Ms. Quinn addressing the camera at length, and sometimes emotionally, especially when talking about her mother, who died of cancer when Ms. Quinn was 16.

The Spanish one, by contrast, is only 98 seconds. And it is much less personal and in large part is narrated by a man. That is because Ms. Quinn does not speak Spanish, and has no desire, she has said in the past, to utter a few phrases in a way that two of her Democratic rivals, Bill de Blasio, the public advocate, and John C. Liu, the comptroller, did at a recent forum.

There is less immediacy in the Spanish video, too: the narrator never specifically mentions that Ms. Quinn began her campaign on Sunday with a “walk and talk” tour of the five boroughs.

And it’s telling that Ms. Quinn’s Spanish ad highlights several quotations from El Diario while the English one quotes often from The New York Times and other English-language publications. As a result, the Spanish video has the feel of a political ad that could run on television, anytime between now and November.

There are also subtle differences in emphasis, if not content.

In the English-language video, her top goals, she says, are middle-class housing, child care, good public schools, safe neighborhoods and jobs in all five boroughs. The Spanish-language one lists jobs as No. 1, followed by education, crime and housing.

As for immigrant roots, Ms. Quinn, in the English version, doesn’t talk about her Irish heritage, as the granddaughter of immigrants, until the 3:15 mark. But all it takes is four seconds for the narrator in the Spanish version to describe her, erroneously, as a great-granddaughter.

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Car Companies get rich off of you

Car Companies get rich off of you

March 11, 2013 by crodney

Please enjoy another guest post from CRI contributor and author of, Lindsay Leveen.

$40 million Of Green For Gangrene


The Federal and State governments are transferring over $25,250 of poor people’s money to the super rich for each and every car that only achieves the emissions equivalent of a car that achieves 19.04 miles per gallon.  I was disgusted with the waste of money in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  I am not surprised by the utter waste of money in subsidizing the toys the rich buy in the name of green.  We are living aboard a ship of fools with the captain navigating using a moonbeam.

Post Script —-  I did some additional checking and the US DOE Argonne Lab states the primary power as 472 kwh not the high of 694 kwh in the UK report.  Using the 472 kwh we get hte 85 kwh Tesla battery pack will need 40,120 kwh of primary power.  Dividing by the 100,000 miles we have 0.401 kwh per mile for the production of the battery pack.  Add the 0.42 kwh/mile for the charge energy for a total of 0.82 kwh per mile.  Performing the same calculation to get the equivalent mpg for CO2 emissions the result is 23.45 MPG.  Therefore even in the best case using the most optimistic DOE data the policy still makes no sense

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With a New Web Site, Betting on Brooklyn

Will New Yorkers pay for a new Web site offering detailed coverage of Brooklyn? And will a new Web site offering detailed coverage of Brooklyn pay New Yorkers?

These questions can’t be answered yet, but they have been posed appealingly in the online prospectus for Bklynr (pronounced “Brooklyner”), a subscription-only Web site that says it will publish three new in-depth articles every two weeks, beginning April 4. It is the creation of three Columbia Spectator alumni: Thomas Rhiel, 24, who lives in Fort Greene; Raphael Pope-Sussman, 25, who comes from Park Slope but now lives in Crown Heights; and Ben Cotton, 24, of the West Village. (The West Village?)

“Neither Ben nor I went into journalism,” Mr. Rhiel said. “He’s a McKinsey consultant and I’m now a ‘user education specialist’ at Google, on the Docs and Drive team. Raf’s at Law360, a legal wire service, which is journalism-like, but it doesn’t quite scratch the itch. All three of us were looking for a passion project related to journalism, and now Bklynr’s it.”

Among the contributors who have already signed on is Alexandria Symonds, 24, the online editor of Interview magazine, who lives on the Lower East Side. (The Lower East Side?) As an example of the kind of article Bklynr readers might expect, Mr. Rhiel offered Ms. Symonds’s 2011 report on the phenomenon of “authentrification” — in which high-priced new commercial establishments take on the aesthetic trappings of the industrial or modest businesses they’re displacing.

Other contributors include Zach Meyer, 22, an illustrator, who lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant; Naima Green, 23, a photographer, of Bronxville (Bronxville?); and Julia Halperin, 23, a writer and the news editor of Art + Auction, who lives on Union Square. (Union Square?)

The subscription rate of $2 a month works out to 33 cents an article. That drops a nickel, to 28 cents, with a yearlong, $20 subscription.

Incredibly enough, Bklynr plans to pay for work. “Thomas and Raphael have a very specific and well-developed payment plan for their contributors,” Ms. Symonds said.

“I’m used to being paid more than Bklynr was able to reasonably promise at first, and I imagine that’s probably true of at least several of my fellow contributors as well,” she added. “The primary draw for me — and, I would imagine, for them — is the chance to write pieces about which I’m really passionate, and to work on those pieces on an in-depth level with talented, thoughtful editors who aren’t overextended by a glut of content. That’s getting harder and harder to find.”

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At 64 Percent, Cuomo’s Favorability Rating Marks a New Low

Heading into this year’s budget negotiations, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo remains popular with New York voters, but he is no longer drawing the sky-high ratings that he enjoyed for most of his first two years in office, according to a poll released Monday by Siena College.

Sixty-four percent of voters said they had a favorable view of Mr. Cuomo, compared with 30 percent who had an unfavorable view, the poll found. That result would be enviable for most elected officials, but for Mr. Cuomo, it marks his lowest favorability rating as governor.

As measured by Siena pollsters, Mr. Cuomo’s standing with voters has dipped modestly but steadily for three months in a row – suggesting, at least in part, a backlash to his push to enact restrictive new gun laws following the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., in December.

“By mortal standards, his ratings are terrific,” said Steven A. Greenberg, a Siena pollster. “By Governor Cuomo’s standards, they’re the weakest they’ve been.”

Mr. Cuomo’s favorability rating declined eight percentage points from a poll released in December to the one released Monday, which was conducted from March 3 to 7.

The share of voters who said they would re-elect him in 2014 has fallen as well – to 54 percent from 62 percent in December.

“There’s no reason to hit the panic button,” Mr. Greenberg said. “This is a mini-trend. Will it reverse itself next month after we see the enactment of the budget? Maybe, maybe not.”

Voters were also divided about what was motivating Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat who is seen as a possible presidential candidate in 2016. Forty-nine percent agreed that he made decisions based on what he concluded was best for New Yorkers, while 47 percent said he took actions based on what he believed was best for his political career. A majority of independent voters – to whom Mr. Cuomo has sought to appeal – said they believed he made decisions in an effort to further his political ambitions.

Still, the poll backed up Mr. Cuomo’s assertion, repeated over the past few weeks, that people outraged over the state’s new gun laws represented a vocal minority, and that most New Yorkers did not share their views.

Sixty-one percent of voters across the state said they supported the laws, which include an expanded ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, as well as measures to keep guns away from people with mental illnesses and toughen penalties for gun crimes. Fifty-six percent of voters said they opposed a push by some Republican state lawmakers, gun rights groups and upstate county legislatures to repeal the gun restrictions.

The poll also found significant support for one of the most hotly debated elements of Mr. Cuomo’s legislative agenda: a proposal that would shore up abortion protections in state law. Eighty percent of voters – including 72 percent of Roman Catholics and 64 percent of voters who identify themselves as politically conservative — said they supported the governor’s proposal.

The poll, which was conducted by telephone of 803 voters, has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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Cabdriver’s Book Club

Dear Diary:

I met with the author Will Schwalbe on a raw January afternoon at Café Cluny in the West Village to chat with him about his nonfiction book, “The End of Your Life Book Club.” In it, he establishes a book club for two to pass the time with his mother, Mary Anne, while she receives chemotherapy treatments for pancreatic cancer.

He advocates mini-book clubs, too, asking anyone, anywhere, what they are reading, especially cabdrivers.

“There are some highly intellectual cabbies in this city,” he said.

On the way back to Pennsylvania Station, I tested his theory.

“What are you reading?” I asked the wild-haired Greek driver, before he pulled away from the curb.

“What? Are you kidding me? I can’t believe you are asking me that question!” he said excitedly. Uh-oh, I thought.

“I am reading my own book; it’s called ‘Little Book of Revelation’ and it is about the Bible: my theories on the Judeo-Christian prophecies.”

His hands flew off the wheel and clapped together.

“Praise God! I can’t believe you asked me that question. Why did you?” he asked, as we arrived at my destination.

I showed him Mr. Schwalbe’s book and said, “Because this author says I can start a book club with anyone, anywhere.”

He took the book, looked at the title, the spine, and said: “Yes, I know this book, and the publishing house (Knopf). It’s editor in chief is Sonny Mehta, right?”

“Right!” I said, handing him the fare and an extra big tip.

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