Hastings Crash-Anatomy of an Illusion Pt 2
The more closely one examines the Loud Lab video and the Pizzeria Mozza security video, the more it feels like a Rorschach test…look at the picture and tell us what you see.
Unfortunately, the Pizzeria Mozza security video is blurry and grainy. The awning above the camera, the scalloping on the awning, the angle of the security camera , the darkness on the median, the sudden dousing of the car lights- all work together to create a dangerous playground for the mind.
The surveillance video does nothing to solve the mystery of how the car managed to eject its transmission and catapult it nearly two hundred feet. Instead, the video lays waste official proclamations of a high speed car crash into a palm tree, refutes eye witness accounts of sparks and fire, fish tailing, and jack knifing (how does a passenger car jack knife, anyway?)
It ends with a series of light blasts that are just as impossible as its six hundred plus lb. engine/transmission/drive shaft launching through a palm tree (leaving the palm tree intact) and fluttering to the concrete corner two hundred feet away on a diagonal, landing with such gracefulness that it did not leave so much as a hairline crack beneath its landing spot.
This is the kind of blast that you bring a radiation detector to:
Wikipedia says “A vanishing point is a point in a perspective drawing to which parallel lines not perpendicular to the image plane appear to converge”.
From the point of view of the security camera at Pizzeria Mozza, the first palm following the kill palm is pretty much the camera’s horizon or vanishing point.
This spot is depicted by the red dot in the screen capture below.
If bright light were flooded across this point, it would function like a curtain. Things can appear, things can disappear, all quite unobserved in spite of being watched.
The Mozza Security Video
I can’t say how many times I watched that video. I also can’t tell you how long it took me to notice what I am about to show you next. I was so focused on the car, the median, the double palms just before the water pipe, the eerie light and the massive explosions. And then, it finally registered. Here is a screenshot of the 1st second of the video, just to show you that these strange objects were there from the start. I do not know what they are and if you do, please let me know.
Both of these items appear in all frames until the large burst of light near the end, at which point, the item in the upper right corner joins the other item in the driveway, leaving behind what looks like an empty shelf or bracket:
Somewhere around 17 seconds, the mysterious object in the upper right corner disappears and is replaced by an image of a man’s face. I will assume that the security camera recorded a man who was inside the building and came to the window in response to the sound of an explosion:
But at 19 seconds following the peak blast, now this:
But here is the best one of all. In the previous article, I posted a screenshot taken of the car as it first comes in to frame. Everything is stretched…the light from the headlights, the car itself. Clearly, the camera is overwhelmed by the sudden increase in light as well as the speed of the car and takes a second or two to adjust focus. To the right side of the car is something that looks like a streaking missile. Here is that shot again:
Remember that there is a protective dome over the surveillance camera lens. I remember when I was standing under them taking photographs, it occured to me that I was being photographed. I wondered what I looked like….if the dome would distort my face.
- Hastings’ Crash-Anatomy of an Illusion (adriaen22.wordpress.com)
- Michael Hastings Surveillance Tape!!! (adriaen22.wordpress.com)
- Michael Hastings-The Witnesses-But Wait… (adriaen22.wordpress.com)
- New Crash Footage Fuels Rumors Surrounding Journalist Michael Hastings’ Death (mintpressnews.com)