Caught On Tape: Uber CEO Argues With Driver Over Declining Fares – “Take Responsibility For Your Own Shit”

Caught On Tape: Uber CEO Argues With Driver Over Declining Fares – “Take Responsibility For Your Own Shit”:

Earlier this month, on Superbowl Sunday, in fact, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick hopped into an Uber Black Car with two female companions for what he thought would be just another easy trip to the destination of his choice.  Unfortunately, this particular ride got a little more complicated than he had hoped when his driver, 37-year-old Fawzi Kamel, decided to confront him on Uber’s falling fares, which he alleged had cost him a total of $97,000 and forced him into bankruptcy.  After the ride, Kamel rated Kalanick at 1-star and submitted his recorded conversation with the confrontational CEO to Bloomberg

The first 3 minutes and 50 seconds of the video is nothing more than a series of awkward exchanges between Kalanick and his special lady friends along with a series of random body gyrations to the tune of Maroon 5’s “Don’t Wanna Know”.

That said, things start to heat up when one of the young ladies implies that Uber is having a rough year financially (she must be a reader).  Of course, Kalanick responds by implying that burning hundreds of millions of dollars annually is all part of his master plan:

“I make sure every year is a hard year.  That’s kind of how I roll. I make sure every year is a hard year. If it’s easy I’m not pushing hard enough.”

But things really get interesting when Kalanick’s driver decides to confront him on falling Uber fares:

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Trump Proposes Cutting State Department Budget By 37%

Trump Proposes Cutting State Department Budget By 37%:

The White House is proposing to cut spending by 37% for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development budget, in order to free up some of the billions in funding Trump has promised the Defense department.

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The Stupidity of Jeff Sessions Could Single-Handedly Bring Down Trump

The Stupidity of Jeff Sessions Could Single-Handedly Bring Down Trump:

The corporate media would have you believe that the key to resisting Trump lies in the embrace of heinous individuals and institutions such as themselves, George W. Bush, and the CIA, as well as clownish figures manufactured by neocons such as Evan McMullin (formerly of both Goldman Sachs and the CIA). Ironically enough, though Trump supporters see these nefarious outside forces as the biggest threat to his administration, I believe that if Trump’s Presidency goes up in total flames it most likely will be the fault of the ridiculous fossil he chose as Attorney General, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III.

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France: Deradicalization Of Jihadists A “Total Fiasco” – #MigrantCrisis

France: Deradicalization Of Jihadists A “Total Fiasco”:

  • The report implies that deradicalization, either in specialized centers or in prisons, does not work because most Islamic radicals do not want to be deradicalized.
  • Although France is home to an estimated 8,250 hardcore Islamic radicals, only 17 submitted applications and just nine arrived. Not a single resident has completed the full ten-month curriculum.
  • By housing Islamists in separate prison wings, they actually had become more violent because they were emboldened by “the group effect,” according to Justice Minister Jean-Jacques Urvoas.
  • “Deradicalizing someone does not happen in six months. These people, who have not been given an ideal and who have clung to Islamic State’s ideology, are not going to get rid of it just like that. There is no ‘Open Sesame.'” — Senator Esther Benbassa.
  • “The deradicalization program is a total fiasco. Everything must be rethought, everything must be redesigned from scratch.” — Senator Philippe Bas, the head of the Senate committee that commissioned the report.

The French government’s flagship program to deradicalize jihadists is a “total failure” and must be “completely reconceptualized,”according to the initial conclusions of a parliamentary fact-finding commission on deradicalization.

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Police Sharpshooter Accidentally Opens Fire At President Hollande Speech, Two Injured

Accidentally?


Police Sharpshooter Accidentally Opens Fire At President Hollande Speech, Two Injured:

A police sharpshooter accidentally opened fire during a speech by French President Francis Hollande, injuring two people in the process, AP reported. “I hope that wasn’t serious,” Hollande said nonchalantly after the loud shot rang out, before continuing with his speech.

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Sweden: 58% of welfare payments go to immigrants, 16% of the population

From 2015:

Report: Sweden’s Pro-Refugee Policies Aren’t Working Out So Well:

Open borders + welfare state = bad news for Europe’s most “welcoming” country

The Globe and Mail’s Margaret Wente has been doing a little research into how things are going with Sweden’s left-lauded “welcoming” and “generous” immigrant policies. Her conclusion: “Not so well.” At all.

“In Sweden, where equality is revered, inequality is now entrenched,” writes Wente. Citing staggering unemployment rates for immigrants, even after 15 years of living in the country, and skyrocketing welfare costs (58% of welfare payments go to immigrants, 16% of the population).

Meanwhile, the population is getting increasingly bulkanized, with more and more immigrants uninterested in assimilating while now around a quarter of Swedes side with the country’s anti-immigration party. 

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Massive East Coast Internet Outage Pinned On Amazon Cloud Failure

Massive East Coast Internet Outage Pinned On Amazon Cloud Failure:

“We’ve identified the issue as high error rates with S3 in US-EAST-1, which is also impacting applications and services dependent on S3. We are actively working on remediating the issue.”

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