by Cheri Roberts
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.
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.