Uber is currently being massively smeared and witch-hunted across all media outlets.
There’s a small news outlet called Pando involved in tech journalism. They have accused Uber of misogyny and given them grief many times in the past. They also have a horrible reputation of bullying and extortion(1).They’ve published stories about Uber founders being ‘bros’ and fratboy misogynists. Uber, a 30 billion dollar company, isn’t all too fond of these cretins.
Several days ago, Michael Wolff(2) a reporter for USA today invited a fellow journalist from BuzzFeed to an exclusive private dinner party with Uber CEO and several other high profile guests such as celebrities, actors, etc. including Ariana Huffington. The party was private and hence the standard journalist assumption would be that any statements at the party were off the record. Michael thought this much was obvious but his guest from BuzzFeed wasn’t on the same page. Michael was given the privileged position at one end of the table next to Uber’s CEO and other celebs. His +1 the BuzzFeed journalist sat next to a lower ranking Uber executive at the far end of the table. The dinner went by normally. The Uber executive BuzzFeed guy sat next to vented a little about how he’d like to shutup a feminist blogger by digging up some dirt on her. Why not? Feminists do the same thing all the time.
We all know BuzzFeed’s radical feminist leanings. Well, BuzzFeed guy knew the girl from Pando and called her up to tell her what he overheard at the dinner. Together, suddenly they publish an all out attack on Uber with a huge victim-baiting article(3) that set the internet on fire. In the article, she makes the claim that she fears for her life and the safety of her family because of some off hand quips the lower ranking Uber executive made under the influence of alcohol to the BuzzFeed guy. No one else heard it or confirmed it, including Ariana Huffington or any of the other esteemed guests at the dinner. There is of course, zero evidence of the tone or context of what was said other than the BuzzFeed guy’s word. Mike, who invited him told him he felt disrespected as it was a friendly dinner and everything was off the record(4). They’ve since had a falling out as the BuzzFeed douchebag has stuck to his story. Here’s where things get even more corrupt, the BuzzFeed guy’s boss owns a stake in Sidecar(5), one of Uber’s primary competitors. The whole thing reeks of collusion, corruption and a smear job against a company that has refused to pay lip service to the feminist narrative.
Meanwhile, Sarah Lacy is now making a boatload of money from playing the victim. Sound familiar? She’s doing a tour on the news circuit right now. She is being featured all over the mainstream media(6) as this story is blowing up. She’s even claiming that she has hired a bodyguard, even though there was never any real credible threat. Her widely hated rag Pando is gaining a ton of notoriety and fame in the mainstream media while Uber is getting smeared.
Sarah Lacy, a privileged and wealthy female ‘victim’ has had no harm whatsoever done to her. She has turned her accusations of misogyny against a multi billion dollar company into a business model and the mainstream media is currently using her victim story as clickbait. The similarities between #UberGate and #GamerGate are uncanny.
EDIT: I’d like to correct an inaccuracy in my initial post and address edits I’ve made to the post. I first accused Pando of being a feminist leaning blog and after doing more research, they are not. Although Carr who is associated with them is an SJW styled asshat and they’re using feminist tactics in this case (‘how dare you hurt a woman journalist!’). Lacy is actually on the record as pissing off feminists and she’s somewhat known as a conservative in the industry. We all know when the ethics are questionable people stoop to identity politics. Lyft & Sidecar are going to gain market share. And she’s profiting big time.
TL;DR: A tech blogger has been hounding Uber for over a year over their supposed misogyny. She used a BuzzFeed informant who wasn’t even invited at the private dinner to take an out of context rant from an Uber executive to generate publicity and make herself a victim. She’s undoubtedly making tons of money + publicity from the whole fiasco while claiming to be oppressed.
Walk in Islamic Info Center (WIIC) is a Toronto-based organization dedicated to Dawah (propagating to Islam) activity in order to extend the influence of Islam in society as part of a global Islamization.
On its official website WIIC states that its mission “is to create awareness & understanding about the religion of Islam and correct misinformation about Islam amongst Muslims & non-Muslims” by giving “street Dawah,” distributing free Quran and books on introduction to Islam, supplying Quran and Islamic books to detention centers (jails), operating dawah office and musallah (Prayer House) in downtown Toronto (at Yonge & Dundas Street across from Eaton Center) and offering Free Dawah Franchise worldwide.
WIIC activists, who operate a portable Dawah booth From at Dundas Square, have been recently distributing the book “Human Rights in Islam and Common Misconceptions” authored by Abdul-Rahman al-Sheha. On the back cover of the book an official sticker of WIIC was attached containing a verse of Quran and WIIC’s contact information (address, phones, email and website).
The following are excerpts of the book that addresses human rights in the ideal Islamic State “in the light of perfectly balanced system of laws and principles of Islam” and contends that “both the Glorious Qur’an and the Sunnah aim to produce an ideal individual in an ideal society”:
Palestine House board member criticizes Palestinian President for condemning Jerusalem Massacre
Dr. Nazih Khatatba, editor of the Toronto-based Meshwar newspaper, a member of Palestine House in Mississauga, and a former senior official (1994-2002) of the Palestinian Authority, seems to not regret his latest editorial, in which he implicitly justified the ‘run-over’ and stabbing attacks against Israeli Jews and called for launching an all-out struggle with weapons against Israel.
On his Facebook page Khatatba harshly criticized the Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), for issuing an official announcement condemning (however faintly) the Jerusalem massacre on November 18, 2014, in which 4 rabbis and an Israeli officer were murdered by Palestinian terrorists armed with a handgun, an axe and a knife.
Palestine House board member praises the terrorists who committed the Jerusalem massacre and calls them: “role models”
Following the news reports on the massacre carried out by Palestinian terrorists in Jerusalem synagogue, Monira Kitmitto posted (November 18, 2014) the following on her Facebook page (translated from Arabic):
Monira Kitmitto also posted a poster featuring a man brandishing a long knife and the pictures of terrorists with the caption: [Ghassan and] Udai Abu Jamal, you are the pride of our nation.”
“Starbucks, McDonald’s, Coca Cola = All Zionist Companies,” poster made by children who took part in Art Camp in the Palestine House and learned also on the Palestinian “heroism” in the recent Hamas war against Israel.
The Palestine House organized (October 10-13, 2014) in its head office in Mississauga an autumn Art Camp for a group of 20 Palestinian Canadian children aged 7 to 13 years. The Art Camp was held in collaboration with Sarah Abu-Sharar, an Expressive Art Therapist and supervised by Monira Kitmitto (منيرة كتميتو), a board member of The Palestine House.”.
In a press release quoted by rabble.ca Abu-Sharar said that the goal of the Art Camp was to introduce the children to the “discourse of the political situation in Palestine, through their own language, which is the language of art, magic and play.”
She added, “The witnessing of art work is very important, empowering and healing for the child artist and it is also a great opportunity for the children to educate the wider Canadian community on what is really happening in Palestine through the eyes of a child.”
“The Palestinian children in Canada have been exposed to horrific images of children who look like them. They have seen their parents worried and desperately trying to reach their loved ones in Gaza and the West Bank, wondering if their homes are next to be abolished, if their relatives farms are the next to be burned, if their relatives children are the next to be killed. Through art these children can express their feelings while having fun with their peers who have experienced similar tragic realities. We have seen images of adults protesting the occupation in very adult ways and now it is time to hear the children’s voices through art,” said Sarah Abu-Sharar.
The Toronto-based newspaper Alayam (Issue 16, October 20, 2014, P. 13) reported on the content of the Art Camp as follows (translated from Arabic):
[Title]: “How did children of Palestinian and Arab descent express [their thoughts] on the actions of heroism in Gaza?
“The young children were trained in executing a variety of art works and later their reactions to what has happened recently in Gaza and to what they watched on the media or other outlets were collected and organized.
“We attended the closing event of the workshop in which a small ceremony was held and the participants showed their creativity and the way they used to write a poem, banners, pictures, short stories and pictures dealing with faith regarding what has occurred during the barbaric attack on Gaza and the other Palestinian cities.
“The guide Sarah Abu Sharar (سارة ابو شرار) ran the workshop under the supervision of Monira Kitmitto (منيرة كتميتو) from The Palestine House.”
“The Palestine House organized three day workshop for children of Palestinian descent in order to study the effect of the Israeli aggression in Gaza on their behaviour, the way they responded to it and their reaction to the events occurring in the homeland. Through paintings, slogans, poems, prose and the banners they created, the children demonstrated a high level of political maturity and rejection to the Israeli occupation and aggression.”
Meshwar (Issue 115, October 15, 2014, P. 28) published few pictures documenting the children’s art works, which included a poster that reads the following: “Starbucks, McDonalds, Coca Cola = All Zionist Companies.”
On the wall of the room, in which the Art Camp was held, a poster was hung featuring a map of Palestine with handcuff and beneath it the slogan: “Freedom for Palestine prisoners.” The Palestine House regards all Palestinian prisoners incarcerating in Israeli jails, including those of were convicted and proudly confessed of murdering Jews, as freedom fighters who should be released from jail with no delay.