Dripstick, I almost really did bash my head in the computer last night...
My concern with conspiracy theories has less to do with the outlandishness of their claims and more with the gullibility and lack of incredulity of those that give them credence. With the advent of e-mail, I've been flabbergasted by how many of my friends fall for the chain letters and hoaxes that propagate. That ridiculous "Tourist Guy" photo was the kicker. If anyone thought that was real, they should not leave the house.
I really like About.com's site and have it bookmarked. I check it whenever I get an e-mail I am skeptical about. I wish everyone would.
Yes, everyone is entitled to their opinion. My hope is not to silence anyone. But, instead, to raise the level of awareness and healthy suspicion that I see deteriorating in our sensational, ratings driven news culture.
BTW: Another website I like is James Randi's. He has somehow made a career of debunking claims of the paranormal. I especially like his "Million Dollar Challenge." (http://www.randi.org.