Of course we couldn’t get through 12 hours after yesterday’s tragic bombing in Boston without people bandying about wild-eyed conspiracy theories about “false flag” operations designed to steal away our civil liberties or what the hell ever. In a pretty unexpected and heartening turn of events, though, the recently registered website bostonmarathonconspiracy.com is not actually a haven for conspiracy theorists. Quite the opposite in fact — the site was registered by someone to keep a real conspiracy theorist from registering it. Which is a pretty forward thinking move, really.
Other sites have followed suit, with like-minded folks (or maybe just one, from the looks of them) taking the cue and registering domains like bostonmarathonconspiracies.com and bostonconspiracies.com to keep them out of the hands of conspiracy theorists while survivors and their loved ones deal with the aftermath of yesterday’s bombing and the rest of us…I don’t know, wait for the facts in a complicated case to start becoming clear before we start drawing opinions on what happened? I mean, I’m just spitballing here.
Of course these websites being registered may only provide fuel for the “How far up does it go?” set, but sometimes all you can do is look at a thing, sigh heavily, and move on with your life.
Look, this is America. Everyone is free to say and believe whatever you want, whether it’s grounded in fact of not. So if someone feels like going all conspiracy theory on this one, I’m not going to stop them. I’m not even going to try. That’s not my place.
What I am going to do is ask — not tell, not demand, but ask in my most reasonable inside voice — that these folks give the rest of us five damn minutes to catch our breath before they start in on the ‘Boston marathon was an inside job’ crap. Okay? Observe a moment of silence. Not because anyone is shutting them up, but because it is the right thing to do.
And anyway, it looks like now they can use the time to think up more creative domain names for the Boston truther movement, coming inevitably to an Internet near you way too soon.
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