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WATCH LIVE: Aurora shooting leaves at least 5 dead, multiple wounded including officers at Henry Pratt Company; gunman also dead..

AURORA, Ill. —

Five civilians are dead, five City of Aurora police officers were injured


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Five civilians are dead, five City of Aurora police officers were injured and multiple other civilians were injured in an active shooter situation in west suburban Aurora Friday afternoon. The gunman is also dead, police said.

Aurora police said that officers responded to the Henry Pratt Company just before 1:30 p.m. Police said two of the four first officers on the scene were fired upon immediately. More officers arrived as backup and were also fired upon.

Police said five officers were shot and injured. Police said they found five victims dead inside the building. More civilians were injured in the shooting.

A SWAT force entered the 29,000 square foot building and found the gunman, identified as 45-year-old Gary Martin. Police said the officers engaged Martin in gunfire and he was killed. Police believe Martin was an employee of Henry Pratt, but that has not been confirmed.

AURORA, Ill. — Five civilians are dead, five City of Aurora police officers were injured…..

Five civilians are dead, five City of Aurora police officers were injured and multiple other civilians were injured in an active shooter situation in west suburban Aurora Friday afternoon. The gunman is also dead, police said.

Aurora police said that officers responded to the Henry Pratt Company just before 1:30 p.m. Police said two of the four first officers on the scene were fired upon immediately. More officers arrived as backup and were also fired upon.

Police said five officers were shot and injured. Police said they found five victims dead inside the building. More civilians were injured in the shooting.

A SWAT force entered the 29,000 square foot building and found the gunman, identified as 45-year-old Gary Martin. Police said the officers engaged Martin in gunfire and he was killed. Police believe Martin was an employee of Henry Pratt, but that has not been confirmed.




Muslims In Indiana Are Ready To Riot After Massive Sign Popped Up Overnight

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Now Muslims in Indiana are completely outraged after a billboard was erected by local residents exposing the truth about the man who founded their religion, and they are demanding that it be immediately removed.

Not beating around the bush about the true meaning of Islam, the billboard crafted by the group “Truthophobes” hilariously mocks their prophet Mohammed as “The Perfect Man” where the gigantic billboard then lists out six truth-filled bullet points to describe him. The bullets include: “Married a 6-year-old,” “Slave owner & dealer,” “rapist,” “Beheaded 600 Jews in one day,” “13 wives, 11 at one time” and “Tortured & killed unbelievers.”

Local Muslims instantly started screaming that the creator of the billboard was a “bigot.”

“I was a little disappointed when I saw that,” Farial Khatri of the Islamic Society of North America told Fox 59. “We do support free speech, but we do realize this is also rooted in bigotry.”

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The Muslim Alliance of Indiana plans to raise money to put a billboard up right across the street in order to try counter the  billboard’s truth-filled message, where they plan to plaster a propaganda-filled message about Islam being about “peace and kindness.”



According to Fox 59:

A billboard on the east side of Indianapolis is catching the eyes of drivers, along with the ire of local Muslim groups.

You can spot the sign from the southbound lanes of I-465 near the Washington Street exit. It claims to list the “perfect man,” but opponents say it degrades the Muslim prophet Mohammad.

“I was a little disappointed when I saw that,” said Farial Khatri of the Islamic Society of North America.

Opponents say the billboard’s bullet points are meant to disparage the Muslim faith and its primary prophet, Mohammad.

“We’ve seen them in New York and several others cities on billboards as well as other transit ads,” said Kahtri.


There’s no company name or identifying group on the display, but Google “Truthophobes,” a word seen at the bottom of the billboard, and you’ll find a range of websites rife with anti-Muslim messages.

“We do support free speech, but we do realize this is also rooted in bigotry,” said Kahtri.

“Peace and kindness” my ass! We’re just into the second week of Ramadan and already these “peace-loving” idiots are already out in full force, as they continue to rock the globe with increasing acts of terrorism as the promise of extra “benefits” for being a martyr over Muslims’ holy month is driving them to commit more acts of jihad for their depraved religion.

While Muslims in America continue to spew propaganda about their “peaceful” religion down our throats, three separate terror attacks since Ramadan began has already taken the lives of 149 people, with the city of Paris being targeted yet again after a psycho Muslim stormed the Notre Dame Cathedral on Tuesday with a knife. The Daily Caller reported:

The major attacks of Ramadan 2017 include twin suicide bombings in Baghdad and a massive suicide borne vehicle bomb in Afghanistan. An unconfirmed terrorist incident also occurred at a casino hotel in Manila earlier this week. These attacks occurred before a reported deadly incident on London Bridge Saturday.

The Baghdad bombings targeted both an ice cream shop and elderly pension distribution center. The ice cream shop was frequented by families with small children and killed 10. The first bombing killed 12, and nearly 100 were injured between the two blasts.



The second bombing in Afghanistan killed nearly 100 people and injured hundreds more. The massive suicide vehicle struck one of the safest areas of Kabul in Afghanistan and destroyed parts of the German embassy. Several German and U.S. citizens were killed in the attack. Afghan officials believe that Taliban elements headed by the Haqqani network are responsible for the attack.

A gunman also stormed a casino hotel resort in Manila Friday and set fire to a hotel while attempting to steal nearly $2 million in gaming chips. He engaged casino workers in a firefight and then appears to have killed himself. ISIS  claimed responsibility for the attack, which killed nearly 40 people. All casualties in the attack were caused by smoke inhalation by fire.

H/T [Breitbart]







Muslim migrants leave Germany “We did not get free stuff. Nothing is free here”

This is what will happen if these so called “Refugee’s” are allowed into the USA!

All they want is to spread Sharia Law and take!!  They Contribute NOTHING!!!

Every month the Iraqi embassy in Berlin issued nearly 1,000 travel permits for the return of their citizens. Every week a plane leaves from Berlin’s Tegel airport to Iraq.
This proves that they are not refugees but illegal immigrants who want to invade Europe and exploit the welfare system of the European countries at the expense of the taxpayers.
Germany can not provide free housing, money and food to millions of illegal immigrants from all over the world.
Every country has the right to defend itself to close its borders and to deport illegal immigrants back to where they came from.


The German government expects to spend around 93.6 billion euros by the end of 2020 on costs related to the refugee crisis.
Its the impact on housing, healthcare, the rising costs of welfare, schools that are brought under horrific burdens trying to teach an influx of children who don’t speak the Language yet fill up the classrooms and competing for already scarce jobs with workers who are willing to take less money for the same job – these are the day to day burgeoning effects of mass immigration. Populism has ONLY arisen because the elites of Europe have neglected their duty towards the very people that put them in power.
Instead of serving the people they have falsely assumed mastery over them and the people will simply not stand for it.
The only solution to the immigration crisis is to close the borders and deport illegal immigrants back to where they came from.

Most of the immigrants who arrived in Germany are not refugees from Syria. They are Muslim immigrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East who exploited the flow of immigrants from Syria to invade Europe as “refugees.”
Multiculturalism has failed in Europe.
Most people are unaware of the consequences of the illegal mass immigration into Europe that lead to the changing face of Europe.
There are Western countries that do not even acknowledge that there is a lack of integration within the immigrant communities.
The Western world must close the borders before it is too late.




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This proves that they are not refugees but illegal immigrants who want to invade Europe and exploit the welfare system

Posted by ‎Support Israel – תמיכה בישראל‎ on Sunday, April 29, 2018




Halal is Paramount for Toronto butcher shop

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Paramount Butcher Shop officially opened its second location in the GTA in the Yonge and Eglinton neighbhourhood, marking its expansion to bring premium-quality Halal meat and Lebanese tradition to midtown Toronto.

Paramount offers guests a wide selection of poultry, deli meats, lamb, veal, goat and beef with a specialization in marinated meats infused with traditional Lebanese flavours. Part of the butcher shop’s unique selection is its dry-aged cuts, which are matured in a Himalayan salt wall. In addition to the array of meat products, the butcher shop is stocked with traditional Middle Eastern accompaniments including labneh, dips and specialty condiments, and features a cold bar with ready-to-purchase garnishes.

“We’re excited to bring true Halal tradition to Toronto,” says Paramount’s founder and CEO, Mohamad Fakih.


Paramount Butcher Shop, 2313 Yonge St.





California: Hundreds students gathered to pray to Allah to honor Islam “Islam is part of America”



Happening Right Now Here in The USA!

Students in California embrace Islam and Sharia in order to show respect for Muslims.
Muslims often feel offended and claim to be victims. Many students wanted to embrace the Muslim community and so they joined a huge public prayer for Allah to make Muslim students feel welcome.
According to sharia laws:
– There is no freedom of religion or freedom of speech.
– There is no equality between people (the non-Muslim is not equal to the Muslim).
– There are no equal rights for men and women.
– There is no democracy or a separation between religion and state politics.
Sharia is incompatible with Western values.
Liberals really think that they should adopt the culture of Islam so Muslims will not be offended.
What do you think about this?



Liberals and leftists in the West use the made up term “Islamophobia” to portray anyone who criticizes Islam as a “racist”.
Radical Muslim terrorists all over the world carry out terror attacks “in the name of Allah”.
They justify their violence by quoting verses from the Quran.
Islamophobia is a made up word created by the Muslim Brotherhood specifically to silence debate.
Liberals and leftists ignore the fact that Islam is an ideology that has nothing to do with race.
Islamophobia is a neologism created to silence any possible debate about the problems Islamic extremism has got with modernity, with the intention of using the collective post-colonial “guilt” to exempt a particular set of beliefs from scrutiny, analysis and criticism.
It’s a buzzword used in an attempt to silence anyone, whenever had legit questions or criticisms about the religion.
Islam is not a race. It’s a religion.

There is an attempt in the West to impose a sharia-blasphemy law to criminalize criticism of Islam.
It started when Saudi Arabia and Muslim countries tried to pass a UN resolution to force Western states to criminalize criticism of Islam.
The Parliament in Canada passed “Motion M-103” to condemn the so-called “Islamophobia (Fear of Islam)” in a preparation for a blasphemy law in Canada.
According to the sharia blasphemy law anyone who criticizes Islam or the Prophet Muhammad should be killed.
Under Sharia blasphemy law in Saudi Arabia and Iran Muslims are executed if they are accused of blasphemy.
In Pakistan, the situation is even worse, radical Muslims use the blasphemy law to persecute the Christian minority.
Is this the law the liberals in the West want to adopt?
If you think Sharia blasphemy law has no place in the West, share this post!





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Posted by ‎Support Israel – תמיכה בישראל‎ on Friday, April 27, 2018





Stop the Invasion: America Is Not Obliged to Take the Refuse of Failed Nations




“As a backup measure, I say trained, armed patriots should be prepared also to defend our nation against unlawful invasion…”

Finally, a President leads this country who is dedicated to this country. Finally, a man who is not guilt-conflicted and who acts only in the nation’s best interest. Finally, someone with the good sense to say, effectively, “You will not topple this nation from within, using invading hordes from foreign countries.”

The sheer madness of the response from the Left to President Trump’s decision to deploy National Guard troops to the southern border, to stop a “caravan” of illegal aliens from entering our country, speaks volumes about the hatred the Left holds toward this country.

Their disregard for our sovereignty is breathtaking. What’s even more stunning is they think we patriots will sit quietly by as they manipulate current suicidal laws. Laws that enable the least productive from other countries to violate our sovereignty. If laws exist that not only do not ensure our survival against an enemy, but also actively lend to our demise, those laws are in need of suspension. Prime example, the Asylum law.1

Such laws may have been beneficial during an earlier time in our nation’s history, but today they are being used against us.


This latest leftist fiasco has even brought former President of Mexico Vincente Fox out from under his rock to tell us how to run our country. That the media even prints the garbage this man spews is an insult to all patriots.

We have reached a point where either the patriots who want to preserve this nation as a Constitutional Republic will run it, or the socialist secularists who want to transform it will run it. It cannot be both. There is no sharing of leadership when worldviews are at opposite ends of the spectrum. And anybody in this country who is not aware by now that the progressive Left are enemies of this nation’s survival as a Constitutional Republic, is delusional. Thankfully, President Trump is not among them.

The President has directed Defense Secretary James Mattis to deploy troops to the southern U.S. border, as any strong leader would do when sovereignty is threatened. And every one of those 4,000 troops (an estimate) should be armed to show that this President is serious. Currently, Secretary Mattis has approved troops with weapons for self-defense only. They will leave enforcement duties to the Border Patrol. The Secretary leaves open, however, the possibility he could approve such involvement in the future if necessary.2

As a backup measure, I say trained, armed patriots should be prepared also to defend our nation against unlawful invasion.

To show he means business, the President has also directed Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to prevent the illegals from crossing our border as a matter of national security. I am certain some traitors ensconced in the federal bureaucracy (Obama leftovers) are working overtime to thwart the success of that directive. But if the Homeland Security Secretary is worth her salt (and there is no guarantee she is), she will do her part to ensure that the invaders will not be allowed to enter.

I am hearing blather from so-called legal experts about what President Trump can and cannot do about this matter. Frankly, I’m sick of laws being used to hamstring people who have this nation’s best interest at heart, as President Trump does. Suicidal laws that say we must take people from anywhere if they can qualify for asylum have no place in a strong nation, not if that nation wants to remain strong.

We know these people have been prompted by traitorous lawyers and open-borders operatives to lie about their circumstances, to get into our country. And when they are in, they disappear into the populace to sponge off of American citizens, natural born and naturalized legal immigrants.

I, like President Trump and many other citizens, have had it with twisted arguments about our duty to assist people who scheme to enter our country. Those who advance these pernicious arguments are preying on the ignorance and idiocy of “bleeding hearts.” Enough with this insanity. The Left wants this nation overrun with third-world people who offer no real value to our country, so that these people will vote for the Democrats’ socialist agenda. That fact is incontrovertible.

It’s time the “conservatives” in positions of leadership stop playing pansies and man up to the fact that we are at war (albeit not yet “hot”).

Admittedly, we are still up against folks on our side, like Dinesh D’Souza (noted author and political commentator), who think we are all one big national family. We must, therefore, not look upon our progressive brethren too harshly. They merely have a different perspective on how we go about doing what’s in the best interest of the country, so they say.

That kind of thinking will turn this nation into a socialist hell-hole, for sure, because you can bet the Left does not view patriots and conservatives as “brethren.” In their eyes, we are the enemy. Like the loathsome character Barack Obama, who set this nation on a path of “transformation” into a hell-hole, his leftist minions remain set on carrying out his wishes regardless of a plurality of patriotic citizens saying, “No you will not!”

Fellow America patriots, we are at war. The sooner that reality sinks in, the more likely we can win it.


1 From the Homeland Security Web site, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services:

Every year people come to the United States seeking protection because they have suffered persecution or fear that they will suffer persecution due to:
· Race
· Religion
· Nationality
· Membership in a particular social group
· Political opinion
If you are eligible for asylum you may be permitted to remain in the United States.

2 Defense Secretary James Mattis deploys National Guard troops along the U.S. southern border.

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The Muslim Invasion of America must be STOPPED!!! What do you think??





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NO SHARIA LAW !!! Obama needs to be arrested for high treason. HE IS SUCH A LIAR, HE SUPPORTS ISIL AND TERRORIST GROUPS, HE SUPPLIES THEM GUNS AND AMMUNITION THROUGH THE CIA AND OTHER COVERT MEANS. And he is deliberately trying to provoke instability by allowing possible criminals and terrorists into the country. THIS IS TOTALLY INSANE. Plus at the same time, he is doing everything he can to make new laws to take away our freedoms, and to leave us defenseless against these Muslims jihadist invaders.

Obama is literally bringing the enemy into America without a fight. He is a criminal, and a Muslim terrorist sympathizer. Most of these so called Muslim refugees are men of fighting age. SO WAKE UP YOU DUBBED DOWN SLEEPY AMERICANS, YOU NEED TO GET OF YOU ASS’AS AND START PROTESTING, BEFORE YOUR NATION BECOMES A COUNTRY FULL OF DEMONS AND PAGAN SATANISTS.


Hello folks, thanks for watching the video’s i put up, i put them up for mainly only one reason, and that is to try and wake up the sleepy people of the mainly western world, to what is really going on behind closed doors, and to what our secret hidden world government is up to. Much of what you here on my channel, you wont hear on main stream illuminati owned media TV. Why ? Simple! Because Lucifer does not want you to hear the real truth, and he is behind the western owned News Media channels, like Fox News and CNN. They only give you half the truth, along with stacks of propaganda and lies.



Can This Man Help Uber Recover From the Travis Kalanick Era?




CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is a champion of everything Uber once rejected: caution, discipline, and tact. Can he reform Silicon Valley’s most audacious company?

In the late 1950s, a weapons maker called the Martin Company received a contract to build the first Pershing missile. It was to be the most sophisticated mobile weapons system on earth: 5 tons of metal and precision technology designed to deliver a nuclear warhead from up to 460 miles away. Should it ever be used, there would be no margin for error. It had to be perfect. And the US Army wanted it delivered quickly.

The task of ensuring this timely perfection fell to Philip Crosby, a quality-control manager at Martin. To break with his industry’s wartime habit of tolerating small mistakes in feverish production, Crosby came up with a philosophy he would later call Zero Defects. The idea was, basically, to instill in workers the will to prevent problems during design and manufacture rather than go back and fix them later. Crosby’s philosophy went on to become a management buzzword, especially in the aerospace and auto industries, where a faulty gasket or a weak bearing could mean a fiery catastrophe. During the Apollo program, NASA even gave out little Zero Defects trophies—each one a cute pewter spaceman standing on the moon with the letters “ZD” emblazoned on his chest.

“I’m a big believer in the Zero Defects strategy,” said Dara Khosrowshahi, the CEO of Uber. It was an overcast day in January, and Khosrowshahi leaned back in a chair at Uber’s San Francisco headquarters. Khosrowshahi had been running Uber for four months at that point. He’d left a stable perch at Expedia, the travel-­booking service, to take over a company that had become synonymous with scandal and rule-breaking excess. And, having doused some of the raging fires left behind by his predecessor, Travis Kalanick, Khosrowshahi had determined that what Uber needed most was a quality-control philosophy borrowed from the middle of the last century.

This was, it must be said, a bit weird. Tech companies tend to celebrate the inverse of Zero Defects. Push out new code, experiment, screw things up, and fix them. “Move fast and break things,” as Mark Zuckerberg famously said in the early days of Facebook. And arguably, few companies have moved faster and broken more things than Uber.

In just nine years, Kalanick’s company grew from a vague notion that anyone should be able to summon a ride from their phone into a business valued at $54 billion and available in more than 600 cities on six continents. And it kept adding new services: Today Uber can facilitate a carpool to work and deliver your Dos Toros burritos so they’re still hot when they reach your table. Not satisfied with merely replacing taxis, Kalanick’s Uber began developing autonomous cars and trucks and even set up a skunkworks for flying electric cars. Along the way, the company left a trail of wreckage. It disregarded and even undermined laws and regulations; it squandered the loyalty of its drivers, who felt mistreated under its contractor system; and it became notorious for a workplace culture that exemplified the worst tendencies of the Silicon Valley bro. By the time investors moved to demand Kalanick’s resignation in June 2017, observers were calling Uber the world’s most dysfunctional startup.

But where others saw Uber’s travails as a symbol of Silicon Valley comeuppance, Khosrowshahi saw something less loaded: a sophisticated tech company that had taken on too much, too quickly, and whose systems groaned under the weight and confusion. Growth, not quality, had been its guiding principle for too long, he said.

Khosrowshahi, 48, has a neatly trimmed salt-and-pepper beard. On that day in January, he wore a long-sleeved black crewneck sweater, black pants, loafers, and brightly colored striped socks. In contrast to Kala­nick, who is an inveterate pacer, he sat very still with his ankle crossed over his knee. Khosrowshahi’s vision for Uber, as he relayed it, was to ask people to do their jobs correctly every single day. “It’s a game of inches,” he said.

At the time, Khosrowshahi was referring to the need to fix small-bore things—a rider has to wait a few minutes longer than the app promised, a driver can’t get help with a technical issue—that add up to larger reputational problems. Then, in mid-March, came a true catastrophe. An Uber car operating in self-driving mode struck and killed a woman crossing the street in Tempe, Arizona. Within a few hours, the company announced that it was suspending its testing of driverless vehicles. When this article went to press, there was no official answer as to what had gone wrong, or whether quality controls would have made a difference. But suddenly, getting things right, every single time, seemed a lot more consequential.


The story of Uber is so well known now that it feels almost like a parable: Kalanick, a reader of Ayn Rand and self-styled badass, teamed up with a friend to start a service that would help their buddies get around San Francisco “like ballers.” Uber blasted through every expectation to become a new genre of company, inspiring a bonanza of “Like Uber, but for X” clones (along with direct competitors like Lyft and, in China, Didi). The company came to embody a culture in which almost anything was acceptable. In a 2013 email instructing employees not to party too hard during a retreat in Miami, Kalanick summed up the ethos: “We do not have a budget to bail anyone out of jail. Don’t be that guy. #clm”— internet slang for “career limiting move.” The subtext: Your career won’t be limited by bad behavior, so long as it stops short of arrest.

Kalanick also fostered an undercurrent of paranoia and suspicion in the ranks. He had architects design difficult-to-find conference rooms at the end of dead-end hallways. The glass partitions were often covered over with paper, and inside small groups of people worked, empowered to launch new projects that no one else at the company knew about.

This cloak-and-dagger behavior extended outside the company. Richard Jacobs, a former Uber security employee, asserted that in 2016 the company hacked into competitors’ networks, impersonated riders on their platforms, secretly recorded people, and communicated internally using the encrypted Wickr app “for the express purpose of destroying evidence of illegal or unethical practices,” as Jacobs’ lawyer wrote in a letter in May of last year. (Uber says it hasn’t substantiated those claims but intends to “compete honestly and fairly” going forward.)

To Kalanick, any outward display of insecurity was a liability. He didn’t show it, nor did he tolerate it in others. He ran toward conflict, an attitude that helped the company push into new markets, and inspired staffers to put in long hours. But when Uber began to enter a tailspin—as it did precipitously in early 2017—this approach no longer conveyed authority.

The final unraveling of Kalanick’s reign started the week after Donald Trump was inaugurated as president. On January 27, Trump signed an executive order barring people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. Protests sprang up all over, and New York City taxi drivers went on a one-hour work stoppage at JFK Airport to protest the ban. Uber, however, kept its drivers on the road, fueling the perception that the company was profiteering. A #deleteuber social media campaign went viral, and more than 200,000 people wiped out their accounts.

Things got much worse from there. In February a former Uber engineer named Susan Fowler published a blog post alleging that her manager had propositioned her and that, when she complained to human resources, the company not only failed to act but lied to her and other women about his history of transgressions. The company, she wrote, defended the harasser as a “high performer.”


Just days later, another crisis hit. Waymo, the self-driving division of Alphabet, ­Google’s parent company, filed a suit against Uber, charging that the company had stolen trade secrets and technology. Then, in March, The New York Times revealed that Uber had used a secret software tool to circumvent government inspections. That same week, a video surfaced in which Kalanick sat, legs splayed, between two female companions in the back of an upscale Uber Black car. When he berated the driver, he didn’t come off as powerful. He came off as an asshole.

By then, Uber was in full-on crisis, and it didn’t have systems in place to fix itself. For six months there had been no head of human resources. Liane Hornsey, who’d worked at Google in its fast-growth days, finally came aboard in January, just three weeks before Fowler published her post. Hornsey remembers attending her first all-hands meeting the next Tuesday. It was then that she realized the enormity of the task ahead. As Kalanick—the guy who’d referred to his startup in a 2014 GQ article as “Boob-er,” for the way it delivered women to him on demand—promised that things would get better, she watched a range of emotions play across employees’ faces from her seat on the stage. “There were people crying,” she recalls.

In the following weeks, Hornsey held listening groups. Many people began reporting their own mistreatment, while others defended Kalanick. Hornsey received 215 complaints about sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying, or retaliation. More than 20 people lost their jobs.

As scandal and reports of feuding between Kalanick and his board surfaced in the press, the company’s midlevel managers struggled to hold together what’s known at Uber as “the marketplace”—the network of drivers and riders, as mediated by the company’s technology. Daniel Graf, who worked in the product division, recalled “nonstop fire drills” during this period. His team knew the problem: The Uber app’s technological foundation needed an overhaul. Because the company had built its tech for a smaller service and added to it rapidly as Uber expanded, it had to be fortified and rebuilt. Meanwhile, the senior managers kept disappearing. Kalanick asked Graf to head the product division after his predecessor resigned abruptly. Then, on June 20, after a long battle with investors on his board, Kalanick resigned.“I had three bosses in one week,” Graf said. It was a destabilizing time.

Both Hornsey and Graf were named to a 14-person executive leadership team that ran the company while the board looked for a new CEO. Some, like Hornsey, were new. Others, like Graf, had been promoted when their bosses left or were fired. Among them were a vocal group of Kalanick supporters, who felt that even if he had been a belligerent jerk, his vision was essential to Uber’s future. Most knew little about any part of the company other than their own.

There was nothing glamorous about leading a fast-growing tech company by committee. The business was in chaos; Uber lost about 10 points in North American market share in less than a year. The team agreed that Uber was doing too much. It needed to address the basics. “We put 100 projects on pause right away,” Graf remembers. One project they prioritized, however, was building a new app for drivers, codenamed Carbon.



As head of human resources, Liane Hornsey received 215 complaints about sexual harassment, retaliation, bullying, or discrimination.

Alex Welsh

Of all those Uber has managed to anger—regulators, cabbies, riders—it has done worst by its own drivers. Treated as contractors, not employees, drivers have complained that they can’t make enough money under Uber’s pricing system. They have protested the service’s constantly changing rules. They’ve been frustrated when no one at Uber has helped to resolve problems quickly. At best, Kalanick seemed to ignore them, and at worst he intimated they’d be eventually replaced by autonomous vehicles.

By the start of 2017, the company recognized it had a problem. Only a quarter of the people who’d signed up to drive for Uber were still doing so a year later, according to news reports. Uber hadn’t made it easy for them. It hadn’t overhauled its driver app since 2015, and in that time it had added new services like Eats, in which drivers deliver food. To find their way, drivers had to switch back and forth between Uber and mapping apps like Waze, creating friction and frustration. Anything that goes wrong—a rider is standing on the other side of a busy intersection, say, or a carpool rider asks for a different drop-off spot—costs time, which is money.

The goal of Carbon—the new driver app—was to foster a perfectly efficient ride that would reduce the chance a driver would also drive for Lyft. But there was no way to roll out a driver app quickly, or even sort of fast. As Graf had found, the technology under­lying the app needed a total rebuild.

There was also much more to address beyond building a sturdy tech foundation. To achieve maximum efficiency, Uber needed to create a map of a constantly changing world exactly as it exists in any given moment. A garbage truck is blocking a lane. There’s road work. A fender bender stops traffic for half an hour. All of these things can slow a driver down. And Uber provides rides in real time. Order a package on Amazon and you hope it’ll arrive tomorrow. Order a ride on Uber and you hope it’s already here.

With newer food delivery and also carpooling services, the challenges grow exponentially. Say a driver is delivering a burger. How do they locate an apartment on the seventh floor of one of several buildings in an apartment complex? Where do they leave the car while making the drop-off? The challenge of simply locating customers in three-­dimensional space is huge.

Consider the blue dot that signals where you are when you open the app as a rider. If you’ve been using Uber for a while, you’ve probably noticed that the placement of that blue dot is more accurate than it used to be. But it still often locates you pretty far from where you are in real life, particularly when you’re in a dense city. Uber— or, more specifically, Danny Iland and Andrew Irish, whose startup, ShadowMaps, was bought by Uber in 2016—are working on that gnarly problem.

Mapping services typically use the government-owned Global Positioning System, but GPS, Iland explains, was designed for things that fly or sail. Buildings can block your phone from receiving satellite signals, which can cause your phone to misidentify your location. Uber, along with many other mapping companies, has tried to solve this problem through map-­matching, which combines GPS data with mapping software from a number of sources to guess your location. But it’s far from perfect.

Iland and Irish, who were PhD students at UC Santa Barbara when they started Shadow­Maps, use a different process. They superimpose the signals your phone is picking up against a 3-D map—a technique called occlusion modeling—so they can see which signals are coming from satellites that have you in their direct line of sight. They combine the data points from those satellites to make a more accurate guess about your location. The process can even correctly identify whether you’re on the south or north side of the street.

This is just one of the technologies Uber is developing to improve maps and navigation. Another uses digital imagery to improve the accuracy of a driver’s estimated time of arrival. A different team is trying to improve the navigation system for drivers.

Carbon needed to combine these efforts elegantly, a process that would take at least 18 months. But in 2017, as competitors tried to lure Uber’s disgruntled drivers to their services, the company began introducing a series of small changes that drivers wanted. Riders could now tip, and drivers could organize their lives a bit better by setting in advance a general location for a few pickups each day, a feature known as Star Power. Uber also provided a phone line so drivers could speak to a customer service rep rather than sending urgent emails into the ether.

These changes bought Uber some time to build and test Carbon, but also introduced glitches. Over the summer, the new features had altered the delicate balance of demand and supply, so that riders were waiting slightly longer for pickups in some markets. At first it was hard to tell which features were responsible. Then, in August, the company put out a Star Power update that let drivers choose six daily destinations. If a driver wanted to, say, end up near their child’s school around 3 pm, they could request a trip in that direction. It was such a good idea that too many drivers used it. Gradually it became obvious that allowing drivers to choose so many daily destinations was the problem.

The Star Power update came in the same month that Khosrowshahi was named Uber’s CEO. He leaned on the product team to solve the wait-time problem.