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Michael Hastings: A Non-Conspiracy Theory

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Evidence of one conspiracy does not prove another, yet -- in  today's hyper-vigilant atmosphere , it is easy to jump to assumptions, especially when it's related to a hot button issue.

Conspiracies happen all of the time and they happen all over the world. They are not unique to America or even the internet. The internet however, does allow the conspiracy seeds to grow at astronomical rates . In fact, to some, the mere writing of this piece is a conspiracy and I will be attacked for writing it.

Ironically, I often get attacked more relentlessly because  I myself am a conspiracy theorist   with  deep opinions on things like 9/11 ,  the FDA  and  more  so the expectation of many is that I too will buy into another conspiracy.

But, They're Real"

Although conspiracies are real -- and those trying to expose them are often lambasted, [it has been my experience] the average conspiracy theorist spends little time investigating anything  outside  of the theory they believe and when they do, it is with confirmation biased eyes.  

Of course this only narrows the view of the believer and little else can eek its way through.

To be fair, a turn of the mind after September 11th, 2001 and the previously unconstitutional  legislative constriction on American's rights  has left many feeling [rightfully] suspicious of just about anything.

Michael Hastings

In the case of the unexpected and  unusual death of award-winning journalist Michael Mahon Hastings  (January 28, 1980 -- June 18, 2013), there  are  enough red flags to warrant at least a serious and open-minded look; after all, it's  not like he was just some schmuck reporter no one knew .

Michael Hastings  didn't make waves, he made tsunamis and for  those who have been caught in the deluge , instant enemies; enemies that included powerful people.

There  should  be a  real , and thorough independent investigation and until there is, there are going to be questions and conspiracies.

And, just like those who  do not  believe in "crazy conspiracies" will not take the time to look at any evidence of one, it is unfortunately equally true that  those perpetuating the conspiracies about Hastings' death  also give little credence to things that point away from their theory and corroborate a non-conspiracy.

Alone In LA

Michael had been living in LA [alone] for at least 6-months  renting two apartments in the same building; one for living, one for writing.  

Michael and Elise Jordan had been married less than two-years at the time of his death.

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