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We may be on what's popularly called the "fringe," but that's only because we anticipated the curve. Sooner or later, sad to say, the fringe is where everyone is going to wind up, though when they do they'll call it conventional wisdom. And it will be too late.

From the excellent Rigorous Intuition.

Of course this raises the question "Is it better to anticipate an unpleasantry, or not?" Ignorance, after all, really does seem like bliss — at least for those blessed with it. Must be nice not to know or care about anything outside one's petty needs, to not be intellectually burdened by anything more complicated than learning how to use a TV remote or figuring out what color slippers to buy. Must be great to just believe the lies you're told to believe, and hold them tighter to yourself, like some plush toy, when doubts tickle you.

Always look on the bright side of death,
Just before you draw your terminal breath.

[RI's also got other cool things in this post. Check out the new artillery toys — cool robot mercs and neato microwave weapons! — about to be battlefield tested on the kids, moms, and old people in Iraq! He also has quite a few excellent reads on various assassinations, such as this one about Paul Wellstone. (I knew, the moment I heard of it, that he was assassinated. The one I wonder about is Abbie Hoffman.) Of course, there's always his masterpiece: The Coincidence Theorist's Guide to 9/11. Great stuff; important blogger.]