I am Posting this as a response In light of a recent post regarding:
"Hastings drove like a Grandma" (Says friends and relatives)
I am posting this here because I did not want to derail the thread.
You will find here a presentation of facts. No suppositions, no speculations, and no “Possible Maybes”. If you find a discrepancy with the
criteria, please, by all means point it out. To have a common frame of reference we need to define what the word “fact” really means.
The word FACT is defined as:
1. Something that actually exists; reality; truth
2. Something known to exist or to have happened
Areas I am going to cover include:
The Loud Labs Red Light Video
The Mercedes C250 2013
The Crash and Engine Ejection
I think by now that almost everyone knows who Michael Hastings was. If you do not know who he was here is a Wikipedia link that gives his bio.
One thing he is known for is his piece that Rolling Stone published entitle “The Runaway General” which caused General Stanley McChrystal to be
relieved of his command. He later wrote a book called “The Operators” which detailed his travels with General McChrystal.
On June 17 Hastings sent an email to his collegues indicating that the FBI was going to investigate and question them about their news gathering
practices. On June 18 at around 4:30a.m. witnesses saw his car, traveling at a high rate of speed, crash into a tree causing a huge fireball. Due to
shody evidence and lack of informative facts, there are those who find the circumstances highly suspect.
Regarding the families comments that he “Drove Like A Grandma”, I believe that they believed what they were saying, however, there are a couple of
very important facts that where never mentioned, that his family and friends knew about. Michael had battled an alcohol problem for many years and had
his first DUI accident when he was 19 which was documented in his first book. He was also an admitted Drug Addict. In 2010 he wrote an article that
appeared on his bolg called The Hasting Report, where he had talked about smoking a CR**K Pipe during his college career and said “Well, I have
smoked CR**K. I recommend it for all writers to try at least once”.
The Loud Labs Red Light Video
There are allot of things that can be said about this video and that it is Fact is Not one of those things. It is really a shady video in that the car
seen driving passed the camera can Not be positively identified as being the Hastings Mercedes. In addition, since there was a loss of visual contact
and a time lapse of about 6 minutes, it is merely impossible to establish as a fact that it was the Hastings vehicle running the red light and is
circumstantial at best..
This video should be pitched on the Out Pile and completely disregarded.
The 2013 Mercedes C250
This is the Owners Manual in .PFD Format. It is a 350 page document that takes a while to read but I have attached it as a reference of the preceding
The first thing I always do when I buy a new car is to read the manual. I do this because the manual can be quite informative. There you can find
useful information like tire pressure data, passenger weight ratings, fuse block location, and how to open the sliding sun roof among other operating
Here are some Facts that I felt were fairly important to add.
Declarations of conformity Vehicle components, which receive and/or transmit radio waves
"The wireless devices of this vehicle comply with Part 15 of the FCC Rules Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
1) These devices may not cause harmful interference,
and 2) These devices must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the
Information about electronic data acquisition in the vehicle
(Including notice pursuant to California Code § 9951)
Your vehicle records electronic data. If your vehicle is equipped with MBRACE, data is transmitted in the event of an accident.
Equipped with MBRACE (emergency call system), telephone and the Voice
Objects in the driver's footwell can restrict the pedal travel or obstruct a depressed pedal. The operating and road safety of the vehicle is
jeopardized. There is a risk of an accident. Make sure that all objects in the vehicle are stowed correctly, and that they cannot enter the driver's
footwell. Install the floormats securely and as specified in order to ensure sufficient clearance for the pedals. Do not use loose floormats.
I find this last warning rather interesting as there has been a recall on 2012-2013 M-Class model because of floor mat issues.
Here is a good article written by Computer World from August of last year about the University of Washington “Hacking” a car.
If you read the article you see that the only way they were able to do it was to plug directly into OBD-II pass-through device. That means physically
connecting with a cable. Not Wireless. Another interesting note: although there are 50-70 different computers in a car, you can only access one at a
time. All of the computers run through a CAN bus and are not equipped to operate wirelessly.
On the other hand although someone might gain control of your vehicle during operation, the computers are smart enough to accept a manual input as
apposed to a digital if it had to choose.
I also want to add a comment by Richard Clarke, a former State Department official and adviser to a few US presidents. He said “The crash that
killed the Rolling Stone journalist appeared to be consistent with what he called a “car cyberattack.”
There are a couple of more facts that I need to add to this pile.
Universities possess some of the smartest people on the planet. The Alphabet Agencies Also have some pretty smart people though I have Never heard of
an alphabet agency making a technological breakthrough. Although I am smart enough to know that they certainly keep that kind of information Super
Secret. The point is that the agencies more than likely don’t have much better technology than the universities.
edit on 30-6-2013 by ShadellacZumbrum because: (no reason given)