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Beating Conspiracy theorists at their own game

1:07 pm - 04/16/2013

The Boston Marathon Truthers will have to find another URL, the site's creator tells Salon


Since conspiracy theories have already arisen surrounding the Boston Marathon bombing, one man in California is doing what he can to head them off by registering the domain name bostonmarathonconspiracy.com. If you visit the site, you get this message:



I BOUGHT THIS DOMAIN TO KEEP SOME
CONSPIRACY THEORY KOOK FROM OWNING IT.

PLEASE KEEP THE VICTIMS OF THIS EVENT
AND THEIR FAMILIES IN YOUR THOUGHTS.


It’s a simple, small, but powerful gesture of goodwill from a stranger 3,000 miles away from the scene. Jaimie Muehlhausen, the man behind the site, explained in an email to Salon that he wanted to do something after seeing so many other tragic events become fodder for theorists:



Sadly, one of my first thoughts was that it would only be a matter of hours before a certain group of people would begin to say it was a government conspiracy; an act of terror on our own people for political gain. It’s sickening, but take a look at the massive numbers of 9/11 conspiracy nuts…people who think Bush and the gang took down the twin towers and ended the lives of nearly 3000 people so we could go to war. The heartless and sick Sandy Hook conspiracy theorists who think the Obama administration killed kindergartners to bolster the gun control debate. And there are plenty of others. Well, I was wrong. It didn’t take hours…it took minutes.


He didn’t post his name on the site, but didn’t hide it either from people who know how to look up such things, and feared he would be inundated by theorists. Instead, he said, “I have been encouraged by the number of emails from people literally all over the world who took the time to dig into domain records, figure out that I owned the domain, and send me a message of thanks for making sure the irrational assholes don’t win this one.”

Of course the theorists will will find another domain to use, “but this one is the most obvious name and it’s now unavailable for their bullshit,” he added.

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Good!  Good for him.
mercystars 16th-Apr-2013 06:12 pm (UTC)
god this conspiracy theory shit makes my head hurt
yamamanama 16th-Apr-2013 06:21 pm (UTC)
Of course it does. For you see, the government is setting up fake conspiracy sites to discredit the real conspiracy theories. Conpiracy theoryception.

Edited at 2013-04-16 06:21 pm (UTC)
mercystars 16th-Apr-2013 06:38 pm (UTC)
i've actually heard people seriously suggest that. it's like a never-ending rabbit hole of kookoo-caca
free_spoons 16th-Apr-2013 09:19 pm (UTC)
On the "conspiracy theoryception" thought line: Remember when people started saying Stargate SG-1 was an Air Force conspiracy to cover up that the Air Force really had worm holes...and then S:SG1 had an episode about the Air Force starting a show about the Air Force hiding worm holes (Wormhole XTEME) so people wouldn't suspect the Air Force had worm holes?
evilgmbethy 16th-Apr-2013 09:52 pm (UTC)
LMAO I had never heard of that but it's hilarious
mercystars 16th-Apr-2013 09:56 pm (UTC)
lololol

also

crazy pills
paksenarrion2 17th-Apr-2013 03:21 am (UTC)
It's like a big Mobius strip of illogic.
fluffydragon 17th-Apr-2013 11:17 am (UTC)
That really was an awesome episode.. I miss the series.. Except for the last season. Fucking Ori.
tabaqui 16th-Apr-2013 06:17 pm (UTC)
Good on him. The people who actually think that Newton and 9/11 were 'hoaxes' or that the 'CIA did it' make me want to smack 'em. Mostly because they go so far as to harass the families of the dead and call them names/accuse them of being bribed or of being 'actors'.

It's revolting.
tinylegacies 16th-Apr-2013 06:23 pm (UTC)
Not that it will stop the hardcore kooks from making a website, but it's still a great gesture.
hilsongirl 16th-Apr-2013 06:26 pm (UTC)
he is obviously a government agent and had this site up even before anything happened.


jk. jk
the_glow_worm 16th-Apr-2013 06:27 pm (UTC)
I wish someone had done that for martinlutherking dot org. I found that site when I was 11 and was so shattered by it :/
gambitia 16th-Apr-2013 06:44 pm (UTC)
Do I want to know?
yamamanama 16th-Apr-2013 07:01 pm (UTC)
It's run by the same people who run Stormfront. That's all that needs to be said.
gambitia 16th-Apr-2013 07:04 pm (UTC)
Oooooooooooh dear.

Sometimes I wish I was rich so I could buy up these domains and put the sites that should be on them, on them.
skellington1 16th-Apr-2013 07:26 pm (UTC)
Holy shit. NOT OKAY.
romp 16th-Apr-2013 09:35 pm (UTC)
Oh fuck! If there was ever a reason for the US to have hate speech laws. Damn.
girly123 16th-Apr-2013 06:51 pm (UTC)
That site is so fucking awful.
fluffydragon 16th-Apr-2013 06:44 pm (UTC)
someone grab bostonmarathontruth too!
free_spoons 16th-Apr-2013 09:20 pm (UTC)
you can still buy it for $7.99...tempting....
16thcentmargot 16th-Apr-2013 10:03 pm (UTC)
DOOOOO EEEEEEEET
fluffydragon 17th-Apr-2013 11:27 am (UTC)
I should have grabbed it when I saw it. Someone else got it, hopefully a decent person.
nextdrinksonme 16th-Apr-2013 06:47 pm (UTC)
I really want to punch these conspiracy nuts in the throat.
nitasee 16th-Apr-2013 07:02 pm (UTC)
I want to punch these nuts in the nuts.
yeats 16th-Apr-2013 07:06 pm (UTC)
fuck yeah.
a_grumble_cake 16th-Apr-2013 07:10 pm (UTC)
I doubt the first thing conspiracy theorists do is type "______conspiracy.com" when they're trying to find stuff so it's kind of a waste of money but w/e.
bnmc2005 16th-Apr-2013 07:39 pm (UTC)
And yet it made the news... which makes the point, IMO.
wrestlingdog 17th-Apr-2013 01:40 am (UTC)
I wouldn't be surprised, tbh.
agatharuncible 17th-Apr-2013 01:40 am (UTC)
He's thinking of the people who would create that site, so people who want to make a site about it will have to be more creative with their domain names and choose something less catchy, not of the people who will type that into the address bar.
nonnycat 17th-Apr-2013 09:43 am (UTC)
OTOH, it's obviously worth $10 to this guy to annoy the fuck out of the conspiracy theorists. (Assuming he already had a server host set-up. If not, there are free or cheap options for that too.)
wrestlingdog 16th-Apr-2013 07:13 pm (UTC)
Well played!
agatharuncible 17th-Apr-2013 01:42 am (UTC)
Wtf? How about no

It's horrible what they're doing, but dismissing it as a mental disorder (especially one that would warrant being "rounded up and medicated") is really offensive, both because that's not a very realistic way of viewing things, and because it's offensive to people who do have some type of mental illness.
zinnia_rose 17th-Apr-2013 03:11 am (UTC)
Uh...no. Mental illness or not (and I'm not speculating one way or another about these particular conspiracy theorists, but it's preposterous to say that all conspiracy theorist are mentally ill), rounding people up and medicating them is full of WTF.
schmanda 16th-Apr-2013 08:42 pm (UTC)
Full marks to whoever got bostonmarathonfalseflag.com as well.
nitasee 16th-Apr-2013 09:50 pm (UTC)
"Why don't you go donate blood?"

*applauds*
kittenmommy 16th-Apr-2013 11:06 pm (UTC)

OMG. That's amazing! :D
zinnia_rose 17th-Apr-2013 03:14 am (UTC)
That is fantastic!
harumi 16th-Apr-2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
The site seems to be down now. Does anyone know what happened to it?

aviv_b 16th-Apr-2013 09:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah its the usual stuff. Obama did it, or the United Nations or...my personal favorite:

vend fin
yamamanama 16th-Apr-2013 09:20 pm (UTC)
Did I just read an intelligent comment by Weasel Zippers?
pachakuti 16th-Apr-2013 09:42 pm (UTC)
Four for you, Weasel Zippers
openpick 17th-Apr-2013 02:21 am (UTC)
...Wow.
zinnia_rose 17th-Apr-2013 03:14 am (UTC)
Why am I surprised that there are Mossad conspiracy theorists?

(Well, I'm sure Mossad is up to all kinds of stuff we don't know about, but bombing Israelis, not so much.)
its_anya 16th-Apr-2013 09:35 pm (UTC)
Pretty much seconds after the explosions were announced (before it was even a confirmed bombing, before they even had any information on the numbers of dead/wounded), I saw people on my FB feed saying they were "trying to figure out who did it" and "it might have been North Korea". Today people are uploading pictures of the scene with individuals circled and attached comments like "I saw this guy in several photos, he's suspicious so repost the fuck out of this!".

I wonder what is wrong with these people.
quizzicalsphinx 16th-Apr-2013 10:12 pm (UTC)
I would honestly say that what is wrong with these people is egotism clashing with essential powerlessness. They, in their all-consuming self-worth, could not stop this tragic act, so badda-bing, they are also the only ones to notice the smoking gun that will make the senselessness make sense. The rest of us are mindless sheeple blindly swallowing the government-controlled media's Kool-Aid.
crooked_halo 16th-Apr-2013 11:58 pm (UTC)
Flawless comment is flawless.
agatharuncible 17th-Apr-2013 01:39 am (UTC)
I think that the FB people are actually trying to help law enforcement look for clues, even though they're doing it in a way that is seriously misguided and awful. I could more easily see bored and average but slightly overenthusiastic people doing that, than conspiracy theorists. Conspiracy theorists are probably busy blaming Obama instead.
snarkbite 17th-Apr-2013 09:46 pm (UTC)
This comment is perfection.
romp 16th-Apr-2013 09:36 pm (UTC)
How cool! And now I'm bummed because the comments here show how many variations need to be bought up. :/
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