The news of the guilty verdict in the Boston Marathon Bombing has elicited something like a shoulder shrug from a lot of people, including me. I wasn't paying attention, but then neither was the media. I was more than a little surprised then to read Masha Gessen's column this morning at the Times about what the unanswered questions that remain and the rather pathetic job the responsible organizations have done explaining the thing.
That bothers me. In my journeys amongst the Conspiracy Theorist Collective, I have learned one thing about the Conspiracy Paranoid Mindset. Things that set them off down the rabbit hole occur when something doesn't make sense to them and to a lot of people. Their lack of reason comes from asking reasonable questions and getting silly answers or none at all. "We're the government, trust us" pretty much should have stopped working in 1775 but it found a new life in 1803 . Since Vietnam and the Kennedy assassination, it's continued to fester...and outliers are now getting to be mainstream.
Missha Gessen is well worth your time and effort. Spend it and see what questions now bother you.