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(Rolling Stone)   Michael Hastings, 33, the journalist who exposed the train wreck known as Stanley McChrystal which ended the general's career, involved in auto wreck that ends the journalist known as Michael Hastings   (rollingstone.com) divider line 35
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2013-06-19 02:48:56 AM
4 votes:
This sucks.

Michael Hastings was young, talented, appeared to give a damn, and called people in power on their bullsh*t in a way that actually changed things. In many ways, he embodied the ideals that many journalists aspire to. I am noting with incredible cynicism how much the hacks who do the  least to uphold those ideals are mourning him the hardest on Twitter right now, like the trend-following stenographers they are.
2013-06-19 01:43:16 AM
3 votes:

randomjsa: "Train wreck" as in "dared to actually say what a lot of military leaders thought about the Obama administration"


Do you know how I know for a fact that you've never served your country a single day in your life? I'm not going to tell you, but I guarantee you that anybody that's actually served knows how utterly stupid your statement is.
2013-06-19 01:41:16 AM
3 votes:

you are a puppet: shower_in_my_socks: [www.trbimg.com image 600x340]

Highland isn't really a "fast" street. I guess at 4:30am there weren't many people on the road, and for whatever reason he decided to drive really farking fast. Getting a Mercedes to throw its engine a half a block down the road, and explode into flames, isn't an easy thing to do.

Probably granny shiftin not double clutchin like he should. He's lucky that hundred shot of NOS didn't blow the welds on the intake.


He's dead.  I don't know if there's anyway you can consider him "lucky."
2013-06-19 12:56:36 AM
3 votes:
Trying to think of a joke here, but really just kinda bummed to hear that the guy who didn't fall in love with the military leadership simply because he was embedded (but, rather, told things as they were) won't be able to write more stories.

Maybe the conspiracy theory crowd will find a way to tie it into Benghaziruguladijonacorngate. Or something.
2013-06-19 12:49:49 AM
3 votes:

Iczer: This is going off my memory, but IIRC my mom's 2011 Sonata features breakaway bolts on the engine so it drops when hit in a front-end collision.


This is standard equipment in all modernish cars. Keeps the engine from going through the firewall.
2013-06-19 12:30:58 AM
3 votes:

Dave and the Mission: I'm no car guy, but how does one's engine (transmission?) wind up half a block from the wreck?  Is it one of those 'crumple zone' kinda things?


You center punch a tree at over 100 miles an hour, and all kinds of shiat breaks free,
2013-06-19 07:39:21 AM
2 votes:

Lsherm: That miller lite bottle in the video was probably apropos of nothing.   Journalists don't like to drink.  It clouds their judgement.


I really, really hope this is sarcasm I didn't catch. Every journalist I've met loves to drink.

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2013-06-19 04:54:17 AM
2 votes:

Fenrisulfr: Good.

My sympathies for his family and all, but Gen  McChrystal is a good and honorable man who took a bullet for his subordinates because this (yellow) "journalist" could not differentiate blowing off steam in a pressure cooker environment and real insubordination. Wonder if alcohol was involved in his  "accident"....

The General should never have accepted his 4th star - It was a setup for failure all along.

/ Cannot confirm or deny I worked for him or his command


You mean the fark-rag who authorized the propaganda campaign behind Pat Tillman's death?
2013-06-19 03:27:41 AM
2 votes:

Fenrisulfr: Good.

My sympathies for his family and all, but Gen  McChrystal is a good and honorable man who took a bullet for his subordinates because this (yellow) "journalist" could not differentiate blowing off steam in a pressure cooker environment and real insubordination. Wonder if alcohol was involved in his  "accident"....

The General should never have accepted his 4th star - It was a setup for failure all along.

/ Cannot confirm or deny I worked for him or his command


I dont give a good two craps about who you worked for, but McChrystal is an ass. Well, he was an ass. He might still be. I will make this simple- a general officer does not do her or himself any good at all being critical of the standing CIC, except by her or himself . Period.
Citation ? Best one  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_MacArthur
2013-06-19 01:45:33 AM
2 votes:

Fenrisulfr: Good.

My sympathies for his family and all, but Gen  McChrystal is a good and honorable man who took a bullet for his subordinates because this (yellow) "journalist" could not differentiate blowing off steam in a pressure cooker environment and real insubordination. Wonder if alcohol was involved in his  "accident"....

The General should never have accepted his 4th star - It was a setup for failure all along.

/ Cannot confirm or deny I worked for him or his command


I'll go ahead and confirm you're absolutely full of shiat and are completely retarded as far as the UCMJ goes.
2013-06-19 12:57:13 AM
2 votes:

Brontes: False flag attack.


www.teesforall.com
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But which is the false one?
2013-06-19 12:53:40 AM
2 votes:

YoungSwedishBlonde: Iczer: This is going off my memory, but IIRC my mom's 2011 Sonata features breakaway bolts on the engine so it drops when hit in a front-end collision.

This is standard equipment in all modernish cars. Keeps the engine from going through the firewall.


Yup, it's a safety feature. A very good one.
2013-06-18 11:48:51 PM
2 votes:
Message killings need video, so here ya go.
2013-06-19 09:24:33 AM
1 votes:

tbeatty: Buh-bye,  Who was he again?  Oh. Nobody.


Speaking of "buh-bye," what does this little icon over here do?

:CLICK:
d23 [TotalFark]
2013-06-19 08:56:42 AM
1 votes:
I find it sad that the only decent journalism we've had in the last 5 years or so has been Rolling Stone.  I mean, kudos to them and we'll miss Michael Hastings, but the fact that you have to go to a music mag to get these things published fills me with despair.
2013-06-19 08:49:12 AM
1 votes:
very unfortunate. there are just so few journalists of his caliber, and he was young and had so much potential. he was serious, even though he worked for buzzfeed, he wasn't interested in trite stories.
2013-06-19 08:42:45 AM
1 votes:

jpo2269: Stanley McCrystal was a train wreck?  While I certainly do not condone, or approve of his comments or how they came to light, I was under the impression he was pretty well respected before his PR nightmare...



uh dude, Pat Tillman?
2013-06-19 08:07:23 AM
1 votes:

Fenrisulfr: Good.

My sympathies for his family and all, but Gen  McChrystal is a good and honorable man who took a bullet for his subordinates because this (yellow) "journalist" could not differentiate blowing off steam in a pressure cooker environment and real insubordination. Wonder if alcohol was involved in his  "accident"....

The General should never have accepted his 4th star - It was a setup for failure all along.

/ Cannot confirm or deny I worked for him or his command


And McChrystal is still out of a job.
Which is good.
2013-06-19 03:28:40 AM
1 votes:

FabulousFreep: Bet there's some celebrating in the McChrystal's  house tonight!  Drinks all around!


I doubt that. McChrystal isn't the kind of person to be happy someone died in such a horrible way. He of all people knows what it's like to die in a fire. Anyway, it's not like Hastings PERSONALLY got McChrystal fired--that was his own inability to keep his mouth shut (or, alternatively, his blunt honesty, depending on which side of the debate you're on).
2013-06-19 02:52:40 AM
1 votes:
An accident? Come one editors. That's a crash.
2013-06-19 02:48:40 AM
1 votes:

FabulousFreep: Bet there's some celebrating in the McChrystal's  house tonight!  Drinks all around!


Why?  It's not like this goes all CTRL-Z over the past 3 years.  McChrystal doesn't get his job back
2013-06-19 02:43:26 AM
1 votes:
Bet there's some celebrating in the McChrystal's  house tonight!  Drinks all around!
2013-06-19 02:12:49 AM
1 votes:

EdNortonsTwin: It shouldn't matter if you personally care for the work this man did - the Fourth Estate took a significant loss here.


If the forth estate had any credibility anymore, I would agree with you - but it is mostly Pravda now....
2013-06-19 02:01:13 AM
1 votes:

Bender The Offender: Fenrisulfr: Good.

My sympathies for his family and all, but Gen  McChrystal is a good and honorable man who took a bullet for his subordinates because this (yellow) "journalist" could not differentiate blowing off steam in a pressure cooker environment and real insubordination. Wonder if alcohol was involved in his  "accident"....

The General should never have accepted his 4th star - It was a setup for failure all along.

/ Cannot confirm or deny I worked for him or his command

I'll go ahead and confirm you're absolutely full of shiat and are completely retarded as far as the UCMJ goes.


UCMJ has not applied to me for well over a decade....
2013-06-19 01:42:19 AM
1 votes:
In addition to his work as a contributing editor for Rolling Stone, Hastings also reported for BuzzFeed. He leaves behind his wife, the writer Elise Jordan.

I look forward to Buzzfeed's followup listicle, "27 SEO optimized quotes about Michael Hastings"
2013-06-19 01:30:49 AM
1 votes:
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Highland isn't really a "fast" street. I guess at 4:30am there weren't many people on the road, and for whatever reason he decided to drive really farking fast. Getting a Mercedes to throw its engine a half a block down the road, and explode into flames, isn't an easy thing to do.
2013-06-19 01:24:43 AM
1 votes:
Good.

My sympathies for his family and all, but Gen  McChrystal is a good and honorable man who took a bullet for his subordinates because this (yellow) "journalist" could not differentiate blowing off steam in a pressure cooker environment and real insubordination. Wonder if alcohol was involved in his  "accident"....

The General should never have accepted his 4th star - It was a setup for failure all along.

/ Cannot confirm or deny I worked for him or his command
2013-06-19 01:21:08 AM
1 votes:

eventhelosers: Triumph: Message killings need video, so here ya go.

Is that what I think it is at 3:13?


The flash? Not sure what you mean, but it was 4:20 that grabbed my attention as being a little too, um, "artistic" in this Johnny-on-the-spot video.
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2013-06-19 01:18:23 AM
1 votes:

eventhelosers: Triumph: Message killings need video, so here ya go.

Is that what I think it is at 3:13?


If what you think it is is the body, yeah, that's what it looks like.

I'm not given to crazy conspiracy theories, but I've NEVER seen a street crash like that. Freeway crashes, yes, but never a surface street crash. Any of our resident medics know more than me? Cuz that looks like there was an accelerant involved.
2013-06-19 01:02:13 AM
1 votes:
"Train wreck" as in "dared to actually say what a lot of military leaders thought about the Obama administration"
2013-06-19 12:43:25 AM
1 votes:

Dave and the Mission: I'm no car guy, but how does one's engine (transmission?) wind up half a block from the wreck?  Is it one of those 'crumple zone' kinda things?


This is going off my memory, but IIRC my mom's 2011 Sonata features breakaway bolts on the engine so it drops when hit in a front-end collision.
2013-06-19 12:41:27 AM
1 votes:
Buh-bye,  Who was he again?  Oh. Nobody.
2013-06-19 12:28:25 AM
1 votes:
img.fark.net
2013-06-19 12:21:08 AM
1 votes:
s11.postimg.org
2013-06-19 12:16:36 AM
1 votes:
I'm no car guy, but how does one's engine (transmission?) wind up half a block from the wreck?  Is it one of those 'crumple zone' kinda things?
 
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