Forgive the gawdy music (what is with YouTube and the terrible soundtracks?), but turn the volume down and sink your teeth into this interesting video detailing an article on CNN’s iReport site entitled “Comet Elenin, Earthquakes, and You.” Apparently this article was posted on September 26, 2011 during the Elenin hysteria revolving around an alignment (that passed by without incident, by the way). CNN removed the article from its site quickly, but not before many people viewed it.
The problem with this video is that while it claims to be uncovering a conspiracy, it is actually a part of one itself. The conspiracy is that this video is created to give you, the viewer, the impression that CNN actually published a legit, professionally-written article about Elenin and the doomsday prophecies, it somehow passed the normal screeners and censors to make it online live, and then was spotted and yanked down immediately. If that were true, this would be very interesting news. A real news organization apparently recognizing that Elenin is more than it seems, against the statements of NASA and other media outlets. Unfortunately, what the video fails to explain is that the site that this article appeared on is iReport, a special area of CNN’s website that allows ordinary people to post their own news articles. These articles are not fact-checked or censored before they appear online. So, while it is true that CNN did decide to take the article offline, it is more like they just didn’t want to be associated with the drama surrounding the comet Elenin. It’s not like they actually considered it legitimate enough to pay one of their veteran authors to pen an article on the subject.
By the way, conspiracy theory friends. Professional articles don’t have titles with capitalization like this: Comet ELENIN, Earthquakes, and YOU.
This video results from an interesting investigation into the supposed rogue planet Nibiru that many believe is currently barreling toward Earth. It turns out that the coordinates of some celestial objects that have been labelled as possibly being Nibiru come up to a completely empty area of sky when entered into Google Sky, a complement to Google Earth that allows viewers to explore the nighttime sky. Fascinated, I decided to confirm this on my own. The video is absolutely correct. If you use these coordinates in Google Sky, the program automatically centers in on the region you requested. At this point, nothing seems to be amiss. However, as it zooms in, it is designed to look as if the blacked-out region of the sky is perfectly natural (even though a starless region of that size is unlikely anyway). It’s not until you zoom out a little bit that you clearly see that a black box has been placed over the region.
I had to admit, it seemed pretty interesting to view it for myself. We at Common Sense Conspiracy always look further. My next step, I decided, was to see what other sources had to say on the
matter. Another popular online program to view the nighttime sky is WikiSky. So, I took the same coordinates over there and did a new search. Adding to the mystery, WikiSky featured the blacked-out region of sky as well. As a matter of fact, it is exactly the same. You can even see where a bright star at the bottom of the black box was cut off. Always one to be thorough, I tried a third source. Microsoft’s World-Wide Telescope is yet another online sky-exploring program. I entered the magical coordinates and once again was greeted with the mysterious box. Now that’s three sources all with that region of the sky blacked out.
At first glance, this does seem a lot like a cover-up or conspiracy of some kind. Just what is behind the black box at the coordinates 5h 53m 27s -6 10′ 58? One fundamental problem I had with this was the black box itself. We’ve all seen what can be done with special effects in Hollywood movies, and we all have witnessed the magic of Photoshop where popular celebrities have been edited very realistically. So, if this massive conspiracy between Google and NASA to conceal this region of the sky that supposedly contains the planet Nibiru were indeed true, don’t you think they have the capability to do better than simply throwing a black box over the area in every major sky map program. Wouldn’t it be much easier to create a panel to put over the region by using other pieces of the nighttime sky and simply pasting it into to cover up what you didn’t want the public to see? Continue reading Video Reveals Conspiracy Between Google and NASA to Conceal Nibiru→
One of the most interesting things we here at Common Sense Conspiracy have noticed during the past several months of intense speculation about the comet Elenin’s approach is the striking similarities it shares with another
famous comet, Hale-Bopp. Dubbed the “Great Comet of 1997,” Hale-Bopp was one of the brightest ever seen. In fact, it was visible by naked eye for a staggering eighteen days. Like Elenin, it was discovered by amateur astronomers in 1995. The names of these two skywatchers is the name of the comet. To illustrate just how much these guys were amateurs, consider that Bopp didn’t even own a telescope. Bopp found the comet by viewing it with the naked eye and then comparing it to star charts to eventually conclude that it was indeed a comet. Astronomers quickly did the math on Hale-Bopp and determined that it would reach perihelion (the point in its orbit when it is closest to the Sun) on April 1st, 1997. It was predicted that the comet would be exceptionally bright, and when the day of reckoning arrived, Hale-Bopp exceeded expectations.
Like Elenin today, the two years between Hale-Bopp’s discovery and the date of perihelion were met with much paranoia. The year after it was discovered, another amateur astronomer, Chuck Shramek of Houston, Texas, studied the comet extensively and eventually took a CCD (charge-coupled device) image of it. CCD digital imaging is a major development in this technology that allows much more exposure of light in a photograph than normal equipment. The results set off a wave of hysteria; the comet was accompanied by an elongated object. Shramek used computer programs to cross-check this finding with star maps and found it to be an unknown object travelling along with comet Hale-Bopp. He then proceeded to call in to the Coast to Coast AM radio show (a program that frequently deals with subject matter such as this) and reported to a national listening audience the presence of a “Saturn-like” object tagging along with the comet. Much like today’s adventures with Elenin, the UFO community quickly pounced on the finding and declared that an alien spacecraft was accompanying the comet dangerously close to Earth. Continue reading The Fascination Behind Comets and UFO’s — Elenin versus Hale-Bopp→