I can’t and don’t wish to turn this blog into a compendium of Boston Marathon stories but will just bring up anything that I think it really important. There are far better sites that can cover the breaking news. For skeptical analysis and interesting updates, I’d suggest the JREF forum.
Also, here is a preview of tonight’s Virtual Skeptics where CSI’s Conspiracy Guy, Bob Blaskiewicz will talk about the topic. Tune in later tonight here or watch the You Tube video that will capture the hangout (same link).
As we linked to, the “Alex Jones is a jerk” post has gotten huge hits. Not too many Info Wars people came on to yell at me. So, there was a suggestion that several thousand people were Googling “Alex Jones” + “jerk” to reinforce their suspicions. I noted in that post that I indeed violated my own comments policy but there is a point when human decency is lacking and people need to be called out on it. They are doing harm to society – serious harm – by stoking the insane notions that nothing is as it seems, that this was done on purpose as a false flag. It was done on purpose, alright, and THAT is what we need to focus on – go where the investigation takes us. It is completely irresponsible, asinine and disgusting to make up a ludicrous story five minutes after the event based on zero evidence. Alex Jones and his ilk are jerks.
Meanwhile, after the outrage over Sandy Hook truthers, it was easy to predict that any national event would be immediately followed by the conspiracy theorists, the CT-ers. And so it happened. This sparked some forward thinking by an unknown person (WhoIs does not show a contact person) who grabbed some domain names that would have been used to promote CT nonsense.
It is awesome. Sane people are smarter and quicker than those living in an alternate “IT’S A CONSPIRACY” reality. A few other similar domains were also nabbed.
I’m left to wonder if the CT stuff has reached it’s peak. I don’t connect with many truthers or frequent forums but I suspect that the CT crowd has reached its limit of conversions. Anyone left listening to these outrageous claims is hard pressed to buy them – they are so baseless and stupid.
Could this be the case? Could the immediate flair up of CT theories mean they burn and die out fast? I hope so. You can not reason or have a thoughtful discussion with truthers/denialists/CTers because their argument is not based on logic. At that point, I (trying to be the diplomatic, rational person) say to hell with reason, they deserve to be mocked. Sometimes society has to take a stand against extremists that do harm. Alienating them in the culture is one way to marginalize them from actual discussions. It’s hard to ignore in your face people so it’s time to make them a caricature and just point and laugh.
That’s all I have to say about that.