Apple Pay — The New Bitcoin? Do You Trust the iCloud With Your Money?

The iPhone 6 is out and it’s all the rage.  As usual, thousands stood outside retail outlets for hours to get their hands on Apple’s latest technological nugget.  One of the major features that is on the horizon for all Apple devices is Apple Pay.  This technology is somewhat similar to Google Wallet in that it allows you to store financial information such as credit card numbers and such on your phone.  Through wireless technology, the phone can actually initiate a payment just by being close to one of the Apple Pay-enabled readers.  This is making it easier than ever for you to pay, and supposedly more secure for you to do so.  After all, the iPhone 6 also ushers in fingerprint identification to open the phone which should, theoretically, stop theft or at least make it where a would-be thief can’t glean that much information when a phone is stolen.

All of this sounds good, but what does it really mean?  As you might have guessed, there are plenty of conspiracy theories surrounding Apple Pay and what it might mean in the grand scheme of things.  As many of you already know, Bitcoin has long been rumored to be the future of currency in the internet age, but now some are wondering if Apple isn’t trying to supplant it with its own version.

Whether or not Apple Pay is poised to usher in a new world currency, for now, it is merely a medium by which to access your traditional funds.  However, it is one more step toward eliminating the idea of physical currency and moving toward a completely electronic financial system.  Some say this is great, but do you really trust the cloud with all of your money?  And how much easier is it going to be for hackers to make off with huge heists by finding ways to make it through encryption technology surrounding these readers?  Is hacking really the modern classic bank robbery?

Supposed ISIS Video Shows U.S. “Accidentally” Dropping Weapons to Terrorist Fighters?

With almost three quarters of a million views on YouTube, this video that purports to show the United States forces “accidentally” dropping weapons and supplies to ISIS warriors has definitely gained traction. Is it authentic? Well, as is all too often the case with these things, there is little or no way for the average layperson to determine whether the video is authentic, but there aren’t any glaring problems with it either. Assuming the video is real, there are two possible explanations for it. Depending on which side of the propaganda bandwagon you happen to reside on probably determines how you perceive what you are seeing.
For those of the ISIS persuasion, it probably looks like a small victory as they believe they have intercepted weapons that the United States dropped for others that are supposed to be fighting ISIS. But many in conspiracy circles believe that the United States might be dropping these weapons on purpose. That may seem crazy at first glance, but many believe that the United States and the powers-that-be on the international stage want ISIS to continue to flourish, leading to a real, full-scale war in the future. So, basically, you have to decide between whether you believe there is a massive conspiracy and the United States is secretly supplying its supposed enemy with weapons and supplies, or whether the United States is just really bad at making sure the weapons it is dropping land in the right hands.
Which one makes you feel better?

Did John McCain Accidentally Tell the World He Helped Fund ISIS? McCain’s War or Obama’s War?

You wouldn’t think it would be possible for a person like John McCain to have a secret meeting with ISIS and “know them intimately” right? Well, you might want to reconsider that opinion. There is a growing mound of evidence that indicates that John McCain knows a lot more about ISIS than he cares to admit publicly, and he had a lot to do with their arming and funding as well. Is the war on ISIS John McCain’s war?

Fracking in Colorado Causing Earthquakes and Waking Volcanoes?

This video presents some really good information about fracking operations in Colorado and some of the effects that it is having on Colorado’s seismic activity.  It is now becoming more and more evident that fracking is indeed helping jumpstart earthquakes, and now this video suggests that it might be awakening slumbering volcanoes as well.

Calm Before the Storm? Conspiracy Theorists Continue to Predict Total Economic Collapse Despite Good Indicators

To the casual observer, it may actually seem like things are getting a little better, at least in the economic sense.  Unemployment numbers are not something you can trust, but just looking around, it does seem like most people have jobs.  Gas prices have plummeted in the last month or two, and despite a little Ebola scare this week, the stock market has been breaking records and showing overall improvement.  We are heading into the fourth fiscal quarter, the time when holiday sales take over and businesses normally thrive.  Mortgage rates, long predicted to rise sharply in October of 2014, are actually rivaling the lowest rates ever.  What could go wrong?

economic-collapseWell, to many conspiracy theorists on the internet, a whole lot.  Despite all of these reasons to believe that things are moving in the right direction, there is still a huge movement in conspiracy circles that insists that we are on the brink of a total, unprecedented collapse of the United States and world economy.  It’s pretty unanimous.  It doesn’t matter which source you go to, if it’s not mainstream media or government-sponsored, chances are they have something up for you to read about how this is all just the calm before the storm.  The last moments of safety and security before the net is snatched out from beneath all of us.

While Common Sense Conspiracy does not necessarily wish to cast doubt on these theories, we encourage our readers to think about what the information they are reading consists of.  There are some really good sites out there that have verifiable, documented evidence that backs up what they are trying to say.  There are also people that have absolutely no evidence but speak with authority anyway.  Those are the people that give conspiracy theorists everywhere a bad name, and those are the people we do discredit from time to time.  So, to keep our readers reminded of how to discern between what is legit and what is not, we have assembled some tips.

  • DO check for links and sources for claims made.  Statistics can be made up quite easily.  As an example, we base this article on the statistic that 99.5% of all conspiracy sites are full of you know what.  No link, no evidence, no nothing.  Just take our word for it.  Pretty statistics don’t mean much if you can’t see how they came by them.  While citations aren’t necessary for every little thing, really big and bold claims should have some corroboration if the site wishes to be truly legit.
  • DO look at the history.  A tremendous amount of the sites we are talking about right now calling for the collapse of the American and world economy have articles with very recent dates on them.  If you dig further, however, you will find that they have been calling for this collapse ever since the last one happened.  Calling for something perpetually is definitely a detriment to a site’s credibility.
  • DON’T use the mainstream media or government sites as a measure of legitimacy.  As Common Sense Conspiracy constantly reveals to our readers, the mainstream media and government publish propaganda all the time that supports their agenda.  They have pretty statistics too.  Any site that uses only mainstream media or government sites as their corroboration is no more trustworthy than the corroborators.
  • DON’T panic.  While Common Sense Conspiracy doesn’t necessarily declare that none of these sites are correct, we do have to admit that there is no site we have seen with information so solid that there is any reason to go into hysterical paranoid mode just yet.  When we find a site with a theory that obviously is 100% legit, we will not hesitate to alarm our readers.  If there’s a reason to panic, we’ll panic with you.  In the meantime, it’s perfectly normal to read the theories, check the facts, and process the information for yourself, but at this time, none of the theories out there foster a need for real panic or stockpiling of money or goods.  This could change quickly, so stay alert.

These tips are just a few things that we at Common Sense Conspiracy consider on a daily basis as we peruse the thousands of articles out there and what they mean to us and our readers.  We hope this will help you filter through the BS on your own when we aren’t able to save you in time.  Thanks for reading.

Houston Sermon Subpoenas: War on Christianity or Really Mad Lesbian?

The mayor of the city of Houston is a woman named Annise Parker.  Mayor Parker is gay. These are the only inescapable facts in this case.

You Christians can't hold me!
You Christians can’t hold me!

The internet is abuzz with viral emails and social media messages about how Parker has subpoenaed the sermons of local Christian pastors because she passed a law outlawing saying anything publicly about homosexuality being wrong.  While this work of fiction is based on a true story, the authors have definitely taken some liberties with the facts.

Mayor Parker passed a law in Houston that is anti-discrimination of all kinds, including those based on sexual orientation.  The law specifically exempts religious institutions.  Basically, the law couldn’t be more fair.  Nevertheless, petitions with thousands upon thousands of signatures were quickly delivered asking for the law to be repealed.  This caused several people to believe that local pastors had sort of a “signature drive ” by engaging churchgoers with their sermons that misrepresented the facts about the law.  As part of the investigation into how these signatures were obtained, subpoenas were issued to obtain access to the preachers’ sermons.

Now Parker claims she had nothing to do with this and local lawyers gift involved leading to the subpoenas.  That may be technically true, but no one with any sense in their head would believe that she wasn’t involved in it in some way, albeit behind the scenes.  In any case, the subpoenas quickly got turned into a massive crackdown on Christianity and a grievous violation of the First Amendment.  So who is right and who is wrong? Is this a sign of a raging war on Christianity or just a really belligerent lesbian who has found herself in a position of power?

Any reasonable person that actually read the law that Parker passed in its entirety would have a hard time figuring out what she’s so mad about. The law is remarkably fair and even specifically exempts religious institutions.  In this way, there is no war on Christianity.  However, pastors probably did make it sound that way to get signatures from their congregations.  Why would they do this? They oppose anything Parker does, probably because she is a homosexual.  However, deluding your congregations into thinking the law is against their interests is not illegal.  In fact, your government and president engage in such behavior on a daily basis.  So, it really doesn’t matter that much how they got all those signatures.  Unless they were threatening people to get them to sign, it’s hardly illegal.  The decision to subpoena the sermons was not a real viable legal strategy, but just a tactic to send a message and set off a pissing contest between Parker and Christians, Republicans versus Democrats, gays versus straights.  You know, the usual act of bitterly dividing our country on the basis of hate but fueled by a new all-encompassing super-hate.   Mayor Parker has already backed down from the subpoenas, you know, the ones she claimed originally that she had nothing to do with.  That kind of says it all, doesn’t it?

It should be noted that instead of subpoenas, one excellent way to find out what the parks are pissing about would be to simply attend their services, which are free and completely open to the public.  In fact, they actively encourage people to attend.

Jon Stewart or the Mainstream Media — Who is Right and Wrong About Ebola Risks?

Let’s start by being very clear here.  A couple of nurses contracting Ebola after treating patients that had Ebola does not an epidemic make.  Non-stop 24/7 news coverage from the fear-mongering mainstream media is fueling panic surrounding what has still so far only been very isolated and explainable cases of Ebola in the United States.

Meet the nation's leading Ebola expert.
Meet the nation’s leading Ebola expert.

Now that we’ve got that disclaimer out of the way, the funny thing is that like with so many things in America, there are only two polar opposite sides of this thing and not enough people voicing concerns from the middle.  Enter Jon Stewart, the host of the wildly popular Daily Show that too many people mistake with being real news (incidentally, people also make this mistake with Republican counterpart Bill O’Reilly).  Stewart blasted the way Ebola is being portrayed in the mainstream media and the panic resulting.  We’re with you that far Jon.  But then he turns around and mocks members of Congress for asking that flights from Ebola-stricken countries in Africa be banned for some amount of time.  What’s wrong with that?  Don’t worry, we are about to tell you.

Like we said, you have two polar opposites at work there both spreading their own version of propaganda.  The mainstream media is trying to panic people with its portrayal of the Ebola “crisis” in America.  Jon Stewart goes the other direction, slamming this portrayal, but at the same time, acting like it’s equally as ludicrous to take a very reasonable safety measure that many other nations around the world have had in place since the very beginning.  So, there you go.  You can only have your news vanilla or chocolate.  No swirl.

Common Sense Conspiracy represents the middle way of thinking, so here is the voice you are not hearing anywhere.  Basically, there is no reason to think that America is about to experience a plague-like Ebola crisis.  There’s no reason to call into work tomorrow or keep your kids home from school.  But not letting people that have an excellent chance of carrying the virus into the country by the minute with no restrictions whatsoever… that is equally as dumb of a way to look at it.

There is a such thing as a moderate reaction, but you won’t get it from the mainstream media or Jon Stewart.

By the way, we do know and understand that Jon Stewart is actually a part of the mainstream media.