Weekly Roundup: Own Goals Edition

Diversity is, truly, our strength. When I look at the Opinion page of the Huffington Post, I see a veritable Benetton advertisement’s worth of diverse people writing diverse articles with the following diverse titles:

  • Blessed Are The Religious Right, For Theirs Is The Presidency Of Trump
  • Why The Politics Of Hate Will NEVER Win (with photo of Trump)
  • Trump – ‘The Grand Experiment’ (Video) (Poetry & Politics)
  • I Persuaded My Parents To Dump Trump… I Think
  • Hillary Clinton — Why I Trust Her
  • The Moment This Republican Decided To Vote For Hillary

That accounts for half the front page; there are also three pieces that mention “luxury travel”. I can’t say that any of these articles were particularly engaging or well-written, but they were very much on-message, which is more important. Is this really the future of journalism? Diversity quotas for how somebody looks or “identifies”, while all of the content hews the same strident line?

Here at Riverside Green, we’ve published black people, white people, Jewish people, Asian people (what an odd catch-all for what is essentially two-thirds of the world population!), men, women, trans people, and teenagers. Never have we published anyone to meet a quota. We try to maintain a broad acquaintance of potential writers, both ideologically and DIVERSITY-wise. There are going to be months where you read this site and it’s all pretty much “white” men — meaning people who trace their ancestry to cultures as diverse as Eastern Europe, South Africa, and South America. Sorry about that. I suppose I should do more to embrace the bright future. I have a dream that my son will one day live in a nation where he will be judged not by the quality of his writing, but by his ability to fit into an approved victim-status group.

Alright, let’s see what your local chapter of the Literary KKK got up to this week.

Since this was my first week as a reduced-content TTAC contributor, I thought I would take one final stab at the way things used to be. The resulting article, titled Buick Must Die, was a roaring success. I expected there would be some blowback, but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that the enfant ignorant of Buick, Stu Fowle, would pen an illiterate and mostly incorrect “rebuttal” to TTAC that I would then be permitted to refute point by point. Some days the good guys really do win.

At R&T I discussed the characterless limbo of the Toyota GT86. More importantly, I covered the MSF Level II instructor school and my experience there. Needless to say, I’m very pleased and proud to be among the first driver coaches to receive MSF Level II certification.

Brother Bark wrote a eulogy for the lightweight sports car. He should have offered to buy that S2000 he’s driving in the photo. For reasons that only partially escape me, I think the S2000 is the next air-cooled Porsche — at least when it comes to hysterical market values.

He also penned a review of the Lotus Evora 410 GP Edition for Jalopnik, his first piece for the Univision Empire in a little while.

Stay tuned for a great week at Riverside Green, where we will have, uh, something really great!

60 Replies to “Weekly Roundup: Own Goals Edition”

  1. Booty_Toucher

    I’m registered independent, but almost always vote democrat. This identity politics BS is ruining the party, along with the absurd prioritizing of illegal immigration issues. That being said, Huffington Post is a rag, and the real problem is folks using that site (or their conservative equivalents) as their primary news source (or worse, Facebook links).

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    • -Nate

      @B.T. :

      The ‘good news’ (?) remains that the DNC _always_ falls apart into endless internecine squabbling so the gop and alt-right nut jobs really have little or nothing to worry about in the long run .

      I too registered independent even though I’m conservative by nature .

      -Nate

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    • safe as milk

      huffpost is emblematic of the failing democratic party. arianna huffington was a devoted republican before she became “liberal” just like hilary. you will never see them support ending foreign wars or single payer healthcare. it’s just bs virtue signaling by corporate democrats.

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  2. stingray65

    Diverse contributors to HuffPo, and most of their work is judged to be poorly written and poorly argued. Could it be that knowing a particular outlet is saving spots for victim class contributions is not inspiring and motivating the “victims” to do great work? Do reverse quotas for white male heterosexuals inspire them to do better work, knowing they have much higher hurdles to clear to get one of the shrinking number of spots? Will the quality disparity between the shit written by the “protected” victims and the contributions from the motivated white “patriarchy” reinforce the stereotype that certain groups are inferior? The research suggests the answer to all 3 questions is YES.

    On the other hand, it is funny that we never hear our leftist friends suggesting that NBA teams should look like America – every team should have 3 whites, 1 black, 1 Hispanic, and 1 Asian (starting 5 + six “man”), 51% should be women, and average height of the team should be 5 foot 7. Why should tall black males be getting 80% of those multi-million dollar contracts just because they play the game better than short Asian women? Where is the social justice when you need it?

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  3. Arbuckle

    I’ll give TTAC credit for letting you do the second Buick article rather than breaking out the kneepads and throwing up a hasty “Actually, Buick is Great!” counterpoint in response to someone with an OEM email address writing them.

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  4. Felis Concolor

    You forgot “Why a Wise Latina Makes for Better Engineering.”

    “Huffington Post pays in exposure. Exposure is what you die from when you don’t get paid.” I forget which member of the Sad Puppies said that – although I might be mashing up a couple of them in that line.

    Having recently watched the last Buick I gave a damn about (’96 Roadmaster wagon) leave my back yard, I couldn’t agree more regarding the deserved demise of a once storied nameplate. I only have one major concern once they’re gone: seeing as Rover bought their only good engine from Buick, from whom are they going to source their next decent power plant? I hear there’s a thriving aftermarket for the LSx . . . .

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    • Kevin Jaeger

      I’m very interested to see exactly what the cause of that bridge collapse turns out to be. Not knowing any of the facts I won’t speculate on the root cause of the failure, but once upon a time we had the expertise to build such a simple structure as a pedestrian bridge.

      It is truly amazing how we are losing such a basic competence in some things. Maybe this will indeed turn out to be quota-based diversity hires outsourcing the actual engineering work to India while importing fraudulent enviro-friendly building materials from China to meet Federal enviro-mandates.

      Or maybe vicious Republican budget cuts eliminated life-saving government oversight and rapacious capitalists cost-cut materials quality with indifference to cost of human lives. But I’ll wait to see where the facts lead.

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      • safe as milk

        the bridge was built offsite and then rolled into position. cracks had been investigated 2 days earlier and deemed safe. my guess is that the structure was not tied into it’s anchors properly. how they missed that is beyond comprehension.

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      • fvfvsix

        Long story short – the bridge wasn’t finished when it collapsed. It would have likely been fine had they not removed the supports (the big tractors that moved it into place) before they built the shorter second span + the “sail” like cable support structure….but the idiots that built the bridge promised the governmental authorities that they could make it happen without closing the roadway below. So, they basically left a concrete “i-beam” in place over the roadway for 6 days while it basically ripped itself apart under its own weight.

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        • Dirty Dingus McGee

          I’m not a bridge engineer, nor did I play one on tv, but there could be several causes for the failure. From what I have read so far, it was designed to be self supporting (the tower and cables to be added later were to be ornamental, not structural). It could be that the load calculations were incorrect, it could be defective materials (either concrete or reinforcing steel), or it could be errors in the placement of the reinforcing steel (see example)

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harbor_Cay_Condominium_collapse

          Until there are more details on the root cause, it’s all speculation at this point.

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          • Harry

            +1

            I think we have to assume, until the course of investigation proves otherwise, that load calculations were done on the structure as it stood at the time of collapse. It wasn’t even that large for a self-supporting span.

            Occam’s razor would indicate that there was either an improper installation, mistranslation of drawings, or materials that failed to perform as accounted for in said calculations.

            The interesting part, and the part that can provide useful lessons is how those things happened.

          • Ken

            One other point – ABC – Accelerated Bridge Construction was utilized. Emphasis on “Accelerated”.

          • Disinterested-Observer

            A long old time ago when a road near my high school was being repaved, my friend’s dad, who had a pHD in runway construction of all things, pointed out they were doing it all wrong. Luckily the road was on the ground, not in the air, but sure enough they had to tear the whole thing up a couple months after it was done. It wouldn’t surprise me at all to learn that someone spotted the error but was not heeded.

          • Kevin Jaeger

            I don’t understand why it seems tasks that used to be very simple have somehow become very difficult in the modern world. It isn’t just this bridge in Florida. The City of Ottawa was building a similar pedestrian bridge over a highway. While it didn’t fall down the first construction attempt was deemed a failure and the main tower needed to be demolished and rebuilt at double the original cost and after years of delay.

            As civil engineering tasks go a pedestrian bridge is a trivial exercise. When I was young a popular burger joint nearby put one up when the highway was widened and a center divider was installed so southbound customers could still stop. That was decades ago and the bridge is still standing:
            https://www.flickr.com/photos/55976115@N00/3696063181

            A lone businessman whose main job is to run a seasonal burger joint had no difficulty putting up a bridge but now two major cities spend many millions and fail at it? Not to mention the fatalities.

          • Ken

            “There is never enough time to do it right the first time, but there is always enough time to do it over.”

            Its a growing trend, tight timelines,cost reductions, and an over-reliance on technology push these “efficient” project approaches. “ABC”, “FastTrack”, “Design-Build”, etc. They all have their place, but they are no replacement for experience, discipline, and thoroughness.

        • Disinterested-Observer

          Not sure if it was a coincidence or more likely I was subconsciously reminded of the Hyatt because of the FIU disaster but I was just telling my kids about the Hyatt mistake.

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  5. JustPassinThru

    Of all the brands GM offered, THE…BLANDEST…was Buick. Chevrolet was meat-and-potatoes; and we know what Cadillac WAS…what it is, now, is open to interpretation. But Buick was neither entry-level nor performance nor cutting engineering. It was a Chevrolet for someone who wanted to proclaim he was better than Chevrolet people.

    Buick must die. “New” GM, with its imbecile managers, subservient to government, must also die. Soon.

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    • stingray65

      If you go back far enough Buick had a very good and solid position in the GM hierarchy – they were for people that were successful enough to afford a Cadillac, but too conservative to want the Cadillac flash and swagger (i.e. bank and college presidents). There was also a period in the late 1930s into the early 60s when Buick made quietly hot cars (the Century got its name from the fact that it could do 100 miles per hour when most cars had trouble breaking 65). The problem for Buick and GM is that Cadillac got more conservative in the mid-1960s and flash and swagger became more popular even among conservative people by the late 1960s, and meanwhile Chevy and Pontiac kept marching upmarket into Buick and Olds territory with their luxury and flashy Caprices and Bonnevilles.

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      • Danio

        My great grandfather and thus my grandmother to a point, bought Buicks because they were a more humble proclamation of status than a Cadillac. They were for the working rich, doctors, lawyers, businessmen.

        My grandmother stopped buying them in the 80s when they became little more than Chevrolets/Pontiacs and GOD FORBID even had Chevrolet engines!

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  6. JustPassinThru

    As for this “Diversity” rotgut…it’s a way to replace meritocracy and personal interests and talents, with quotas based on group identity. Quotes SET BY GOVERNMENT. Quotas to administer the spoils, the plum jobs, to those selected out of favored “groups.”

    Know where this leads? To unreadable trash, published in your local PC bookstore and on Amazon. To bridges like that one in Florida, collapsing upon completion.

    To an unworkable society that melts down. Which, too, is what the Left wants.

    Only in that chaos can they impose their real plans.

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    • Kevin Jaeger

      If you want to see what the future of news looks like, check out the unreadable garbage churned out by Canada’s government-owned and operated CBC. It is exactly like HuffPo but Canadian taxpayers get to pay for it and their employees move seamlessly into other government appointments in their retirement.

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      • Danio

        The CBC boggles the mind. The taxpayers get to fund it to the tune of $750M a year!

        There are of course other media companies, so why are we doing this?

        1. Nationalism. Canadians are terrified of American companies “taking over”, even if they overwhelmingly prefer their content.
        2. Votes. The media unions and everyone associated won’t bite the hand that feeds.

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  7. Dirty Dingus McGee

    There are, and have been for a long time, writings which I find impossible to read. In no particular order;

    Huffington Post
    Infowars
    Poetry
    Louis Farrakan
    NPR website
    Rush Limbaugh
    SPLC

    Why? Because they are all at the far end of their spectrum. I try to find writings that are more mainstream, but that is getting more difficult by the day. End result might be me being less informed, but it help keep my blood pressure below 300/190

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    • MrGreenMan

      The mainstream doesn’t survive because it’s not supposed to live in Facebook/Twitter world. Social media is built to rip society apart, atomize us, destroy any ability to have anything in common (check your count: social media has only reduced the # of people you call actual friends), so it can be centrally controlled like the old Roman Empire or the medieval Catholic Church or Joseph running ancient Egypt or the petty party members dreaming of managing the USSR.

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    • -Nate

      You might be surprised to discover that when limbaugh failed as a disc jockey he began his talk radio career and was actually fun to listen to for the first few years before he discovered hate and fear sells better .

      -Nate

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    • yamahog

      It might not be the far ends of the spectrum that you dislike, it might be windbags that can’t see anything other than their point. Nothing on your list can be described as level-headed and there are some level-headed people who have extreme viewpoints.

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    • Dirty Dingus McGee

      My biggest issue is that most all “news” is now more opinion than news. I understand that different folks have different viewpoints on everything, but it’s increasingly difficult to find actual facts. Everyone from Hannity to Maddow is biased in one direction or the other and it shows in their diatribes. It’s gotten to the point where both could be looking at the same tree, and one describes it as a scrub pine, while the other insist’s it’s a towering oak. Meanwhile the truth is it’s actually a half dead apple tree, but that doesn’t fit their particular narrative.

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  8. hank chinaski

    I want to hear more about that Corvette at 110mph.

    Regarding lightweight sports cars, which I’ve daily driven for more of my life than not, owners tend to keep them longer, and often customize them, perhaps at most replacing them at each generation refresh. That’s usually not a formula for big sales numbers, at least compared to rolling toasters and mid-lux sedan lease bait. As long as Mazda never effs up the Miata, the format will survive.

    The s2000, though a marvel in the way the original NSX was, contained too much unobtainium. The shared econobox motor /small body formula is more likely to survive.

    The narrower 1.8 I4 might allow for wishbones instead of the struts in the GT86, but may not fit under such a low hood with room to spare for bouncing pedestrians. +1 on returning to the Celica moniker.

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  9. Steve Ulfelder

    At Flatout Motorsports, we did a no-expense-spared build on an S2000 to run SCCA’s ITR class. God that was a gorgeous car. Damn near bankrupted me. It outhandled the BMWs I ran against, but SCCA gave it a ridiculous racing weight and I got pulled on the straights. You can see a pic of the car at my Twitter page (@SteveUlfelder).

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  10. Bigtruckseriesreview

    Identity politics is what the DNC is all about.

    The problem is that the Republican Party has been polluted by White supremacy/ homophobia and xenophobia – and the minorities have mostly fled to the left regardless what their economic ideologies are.

    In the end, the left has the power to OUT VOTE the right so long as they actually show up to the polls.

    And believe me, to get rid of Trump, they will show up.

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    • Dirty Dingus McGee

      Much of the problem is that these days it’s the extreme views that get all the attention. Doesn’t matter if it’s StormFront, Antifa, Militant gays or Westboro church types. The “middle of the road” folks, the ones that don’t give a rats ass about someones extreme views, get ignored because they don’t generate page views. Everyone now thinks their view is the only one that’s right, and those who don’t toe that line deserve to be killed, or at least made out to be some type “phobic”. Look, I don’t care if your gay, I don’t care if you think I need more JAYSUS in my life, I will choose how I live my life and I don’t need someone telling me I’m wrong and should therefor me punished in some way. Their views and “rights” do not trump mine.

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    • -Nate

      “And believe me, to get rid of Trump, they will show up.”

      I’d not be holding my breath on that, BTSR .

      -Nate

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      • Bigtruckseriesreview

        Whether you hold your breath or not: METOO, ENOUGH, ANTIFA, BLM, and a bunch of other conglomerates are coming to do to the GOP what they did in 2006…and will do to Trump what Fox news wanted to do to Obama.

        TRUMP WILL BE A ONE TERM PRESIDENT – assuming he even makes it that long.

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        • safe as milk

          trump should be a one term president, but because the dnc is doubling down on russia instead of offering something to workers, barring impeachment, i think trump will be a two term president. if the dnc doesn’t retake the house in november, they are done.

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  11. Harry

    I agree that the BRZ engine is awful in a way that isn’t told by the HP/Torque numbers or even a dyno curve. The bleh nature of the Subaru engine, and the certainty that years later I would be selling a “90% done!” 818c is why I havn’t bought that kit.

    Can we have an explanation of what makes it so terrible? Both a comparative “feel” of an engine and the engineering choices that go into it along the lines of Timur Apakidze saturation dives from a former TTAC?

    The feel portion could help codify a vocabulary for a problem being written about with greater frequency. The saturation dive can provide a bit of a counterpoint on why it happens.

    I hope both answers don’t boil down to “variable valve timing systems produce a flat torque curve.”

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    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      My offhand recollection is that the engine is unnaturally slow to rev under load, as if it had a very heavy flywheel, and it is outright breathless up top. I agree with you that something fact-based would be extremely helpful.

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      • Lucas

        It sounds like it drives like a turbocharged engine where someone removed the turbo but didn’t make any other changes necessary for it to run that way. I wonder if Toyota could just rework and turbocharge the 1.5 from the Yaris or the 1.8 from the Corolla. I know you said you’d like to see a Celica, but I wouldn’t mind another MR2 (a true successor, not the Spyder).

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      • stuntmonkey

        > a very heavy flywheel

        If I recall, boxer engines by nature have to use a heavier flywheel, going into TDC both opposing pistons have reached the extreme’s of their travel, but the inertial is still pointed “upward’s”. For outright power, this is why MotoGP has coalesced around the V-4… I think.

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  12. tyates

    “It’s ridiculous to have a Supra if you don’t have a Celica, for reasons that anyone born before 1980 will understand.”

    Quote of the week, JB! (From the BRZ article)

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  13. Spud Boy

    The whole concept of “diversity” is a joke, and I can prove it with a simple example:

    Which Group is More Diverse?

    Group A:
    Newt Gingrich
    Bernie Sanders
    Rand Paul
    Ralph Nader
    Jerry Brown
    Richard Spencer

    Group B:
    Clarence Thomas
    George W. Bush
    Condoleezza Rice
    Michelle Malkin
    Ann Coulter
    Thomas Sowell

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    • stingray65

      I see where you are going with your lists, but the correct answer is neither, because neither has any obvious gays, transgenders, Hispanics, or Muslims, and diversity obviously requires that all victim groups have adequate representation. Both groups also have white heterosexual males, who need to have their privileges checked and should therefore be excluded due to their membership and perpetuation of the racist patriarchy. Its time you got WOKE Spud Boy.

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    • Ronnie Schreiber

      Technically, at least according to the racialist calculus of the intersectionalists, Ralph Nader is “brown” since he’s of Arab ancestry. Bernie Sanders, who is of Jewish ancestry, should be closer to Nader genetically than to those white males, but the intersectionalists won’t consider the Jews to be people of color, not even beige to the Arabs’, Jews’ genetic cousins, brown. Jews today are honorary whites because that’s considered a bad thing. So are east Asians. I think it has something to do with material success in America’s meritocracy.

      For the sake of debate, I’m sure there are disagreements between Thomas and Sowell on one hand, who are more libertarian inclined, and Bush and Rice, who are more traditional moderate Rebublicans, on the other.

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  14. Danio

    That Huffpo garbage sickens me. I won’t read any rag that makes racism/sexism it’s core mission before all else.

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  15. Memento Morris Minor

    I have a question for “Ask Jack” but I can’t seem to find a way to actually submit questions to Ask Jack. Since TTAC doesn’t not include any helpful information on how to do that I figured I might as well go directly to the source, what’s the best way to submit a question to Mr. Baruth?
    Thanks!

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