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Bin Laden’s Death Offers Fodder of Conspiracy Theorists | Osama bin Laden & Barack Obama & 9-11 | LiveScience.

This is really all I’m going to say about Osama bin Laden’s death. I’ve been skeptical that he was still alive for years, thinking he was killed in a cave, and now I’m a bit skeptical that he was really killed, since there is no way to independently verify his death. We only have the US government to rely on.

But let me not become a conspiracy theorist, for that is not what I’m interested in; I’m more interested in the story ideas that could blossom from it. I, personally, will not write about Osama bin Laden or the War on Terror; I don’t think I could do such a subject justice. But there is ample room to maneuver when it comes to who the conspiracy theorists are:

Conspiracy theorists tend to be “people who feel like they don’t have power in the world, they feel like they have been victimized, they often come up with these explanations how somebody must be behind it,” Donovan said.

Mindset is important, according to Turner, who has followed the birther trend. Conspiracy theories regarding an event often arise when “an official explanation of it seems incongruous to some people who have a worldview that doesn’t accommodate that legitimate explanation,” she said. “Or that the information that one is getting is confused, chaotic and contradictory.”

Absolutely wonderful characters, who feel they are victimized. I like writing about underdogs and victims, since it matches much of my childhood experience being beaten up and harassed by bullies all the time. They’re the best sort of protagonists, even if they’re in the wrong, because everyone can sympathize with and connect to them (well, aside from maybe Donald Trump.) What sort of crazy things will people believe when they feel marginalized? That aliens control the world and are out to make them suffer? That their entire life is in fact a very sophisticated simulation? (I’ve thought about the latter many times myself.) That the reason their socks keep disappearing is because of an extra-dimensional evil gnome named Charlie who needs them to build his castle to repel invaders from the land of cheese? Okay, enough with the drugs there.

I’ve always been interested in how people come to believe what they do despite all the evidence to the contrary. Religion is one big thing for me, but so are some conspiracy theories, more general spiritual and supernatural stuff, radical environmentalism, and of course the belief that government is the solution to all our ills. There is a significant amount to investigate and research, which has already been done by far more talented authors than I, but still, there is always more to write about.

As for direct story ideas, I’m already thinking about a young man who is madly in love with a girl but she doesn’t seem to be all that interested in him, and then she leaves. Not knowing what is going on, he starts blaming aliens for her departure, and then goes out to “rescue” her from her kidnappers, thinking he is being the great hero, when in fact he is being the great idiot. No idea how to end it, but an interesting idea.

Oh look at Dunham being pretty...

Everyone: Buy It.

Now when I write, I always need to have good music. And what better music for conspiracy theories than the Fringe Season 2 Soundtrack by Chris Tilton. (Or the Season 1 Soundtrack, for that matter.) Fringe is an amazingly good science fiction TV show, which I think is excellent because everything is about its characters, and the drama is dependent entirely on its characters. If you had different people, it would be a fundamentally different show. Yet the characters are fully-fleshed out, living beings, the drama is around them and based on them, the science if not completely accurate is at least plausible (or more importantly, enjoyable), and the best part: the music fully immerses you in it. Tilton is quite subtle, I feel, but that is what makes his music so good for the atmosphere and tone that Fringe elicits (what’s out there? I don’t understand. It’s the Boogeyman–No, it’s “Mr. Papaya, the most noble of the fruits.”)

It’s a fantastic score to underline any sort of crazy conspiracy theory or secretive operation. Subtle, dark undertones for the mystery and the unknown out there, followed by a soft piano piece for when you have a moment of genuine genuflection–and then highly punctuated, fast, strong, brutal attacks for when something is going to blow up, and let’s face it, in any conspiracy theory, something blows up eventually.

The soundtrack is only $9.99 on iTunes, and I highly suggest you buy it. If you got the Season 1 Soundtrack, then you’re in for a treat: this one includes not only the ending theme (which was sorely missed on the former) but also the special theme for the 1985 episodes, and that’s a crazy, quirky theme that just bubbles out of the speakers. I’m thinking of making it my ringtone for whenever a mad scientist calls.

Buy it, then watch the season 3 finale this Saturday (and if you haven’t watched it yet, you can get the show on either iTunes or on Amazon Unbox for relatively good prices. And you need to; this is literally the only show I watch anymore. Which probably says something negative about me rather than positive about the show, but whatever.)