Michael Hastings-We’re Not in Kansas Anymore!!!
I am sure that most people have seen the movie “The Wizard of Oz” at least once. The movie starts out in black and white as we are introduced to the simple life on a simple farm in the state of Kansas.
It’s only when the character, Dorothy, wakes up to the world of Oz after a nasty bump to the head that everything changes. Reality becomes an entirely different place., unbelievable yet entirely real, complete with horses of a different color!
The story, penned by L. Frank Baum , is a breathing metaphor to be enjoyed by children and adults alike. This is a story with many levels and most certainly, Baum has gifted us with a rare and timeless gem.
Now, on with our metaphor-
The Black and White
The basic narrative was fed to us this way:
Not long before Michael Hastings’ crash, the scene was being set over a period of a few weeks that he was becoming paranoid of the government, most particularly the FBI. Hastings’ association with Barrett Brown was bringing unwelcome scrutiny to Hastings, we were told.
Only hours before the horrific crash, he had dashed out an email informing friends and associates that he was working on a very, very big story and had to lay low for awhile. At first, it was reported to be a story on General Petraeus’ friend, Jill Kelly. (When that was refuted by Kelly, others began to offer that the story was really about the CIA’s chief Brennan or possibly the NSA).
The next thing we knew, at 4:19 in the morning on June 18th 2013 , Hastings sped through a red light at Highland and Santa Monica Blvd. doing 100 mph, lost control of the car just south of Melrose Ave., climbed the median, hit a fire hydrant, and slammed face first into a tree. It was just another case of Paranoia Percussion….obviously.
There are no fire hydrants anywhere on any of the Highland Avenue medians. Here is an example of the killer PVC pipe that is actually used on the medians. This is the tallest one. The other medians sport shorter ones. In any event, they are plastic.
The fatal crash with its two story high, inferno-like white hot flames was apparently so routine that LAPD did not see any need to bump the case up out of traffic investigation. Even the find of an engine block complete with transmission and drive shaft some 180 feet away from the impact did not raise an eyebrow at LAPD. The phrase “Immaculate Ejection”** had not yet been coined.
The Immaculate Coincidence
On the morning of June 18th, in the wee hours of an ordinary Monday, a recently acquired Mercedes C 250 tore through a red light at Highland and Santa Monica. A Crown Victoria belonging to Loud Labs, complete with running dash cam, just happened to be parked at the corner in a gas station parking lot. Facing west, dash cam running, Scott Lane got a super-sized squeeze from the universe as the Mercedes flashed by right in front of his dash cam!
The distracted Lane hadn’t noticed and a few minutes later, he began to pull out of the gas station heading for home when he heard a police broadcast on his scanner about a big crash on Highland south of Melrose! Off he went to capture the footage of a lifetime. Double bonus.
The notoriety for having done so has netted Scott Lane and Loud Labs millions of dollars worth of free publicity. For Scott, this was a lottery mega prize. and even better, with no tax consequences. Scott Lane, kissed by coincidence! Sweet!
A man named Jose was getting his coffee at Yum Yum Donuts at the corner of Highland and Melrose when the Mercedes whizzed by. Jose starts work early at ALSCO just up the street at Highland and Willoughby. Loud Labs gave Jose some face time as Jose struggled to tell what he saw…fire in the back of the car, the gas tank dragging on the ground making lots of sparks, the car bottoming out three times just as it crossed Melrose, the car must have hit a pothole and the driver lost control. Jose shaped the narrative through three on camera interviews. Just a humble working man, he saw it all….in the dead of the night…through the inky blackness of an un-illuminated median and a long row of fat palms…from here
Here is an enlarged version of the view down Highland from an area parallel to the front window of Yum Yum Donuts which sits behind a large gas station. The strike palm would be the 5th one down. No doubt, Jose could see the massive explosion with clarity, but not much else.
At night, there are shadows and thick palm trunks to see through. Did he have binoculars? Night goggles? X-ray vision?
The Immaculate Ejection
The white pick up truck along with its fascinating cargo was photographed exiting Formosa Street at Santa Monica Blvd. What might you suppose is just up the street a few yards down Formosa? A movie lot, that’s what. It’s the location of long ago Pick Fair (belonging to Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks). Many years later, it was purchased by United Artists, but currently does business as Lot 1. What do we typically find at a movie lot, do you suppose? Props? Powerful lights? Generators?
And Scott Lane’s zoom lens caught this. Look at the funky silver thing to the right of the tree trunk. What the hell is that? Just a distortion from light reflected in windows further down the street? Then why is it riding on the trailer along with the engine looking thingy? :
It’s hard to see, I know, so let me help you. I have placed small red dots under the two “protuberances” that remind me of bulging eyes. Is this part of a lighting set up? Is it part of a generator? This was captured by Scott Lane as he waited for the light to change. A large, white pick up truck pulled out from the right and turned left onto Santa Monica Blvd. Looks to me as though it ended up at Highland near Clinton. :
So clearly, we are not in Kansas anymore. We are in La La land
Part 2 forthcoming
** credit: Olballcoachray
- A Short List of Michael Hastings WTF (adriaen22.wordpress.com)
- Michael Hastings-Death by Mercedes? (adriaen22.wordpress.com)
- Witness: Michael Hastings Feared His Car Was Tampered With Just Before His Death (jewishterrorism.com)