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A Word About Soulja Boy, Conspiracies, and Our Armed Forces

Soulja Boy found out firsthand that our troops have their pride.

In light of the recent backlash rapper Soulja Boy encountered after allowing a song to leak on the Internet that featured some less-than-flattering lyrics about the United States Armed Forces, we at Common Sense Conspiracy feel moved to comment on the relationship between what this site, and others like it, is all about and the men and women of the military going about their dangerous business each day overseas. Granted, it’s hard for a reasonable person to really get behind what Soulja Boy had to say in the song “Let’s Be Real.” After all, lines like “F–k all the Army troops/b**tch, be your own man” are somewhat indefensible. After hearing from a few real soulja’s that were not impressed, Soulja Boy subsequently issued an apology that seemed genuine enough. He invoked his frustration with the wars we’ve been fighting as the inspiration for his lyrical tirade and said that he never meant to insult the troops. Okay, so looking at the lyrics above, it’s a hard sell, but at least the man had enough decency to apologize.

So what does this have to do with Common Sense Conspiracy, you say? Nothing especially, but it brings to mind a point that needs to be made as we continue to delve more and more into some of the popular, and not so popular, conspiracy theories being tossed around the web right now. Let’s face the facts; government and conspiracy go hand-in-hand. Many of the theories we will be examining here involve the government having sinister intentions for their operations, covering up the truth, and trying to promote a new social order which promises “freedom” while supplanting it with “control.” The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and now the ongoing situation in Libya as well are thought by many to have been manufactured by our government for different reasons. These kinds of sentiments are nothing new in American history; conspiracy theories can be traced back all the way to the Civil War right up to present day.

The point we want to make here is simple. We believe that the American people have every right to have a problem with what their government is doing. That right is kind of what the whole country was based on originally anyhow. We also believe that there is not only a right, but a need for Americans to investigate, dig deeper, and seek the truth about what is happening in the world around them. However, we want to make it abundantly clear to our readers that Common Sense Conspiracy may have issues with the wars that our country has found itself in, but we never for one second waver in our support of our troops. Whatever our convictions about the reasons for war and military action, our troops are there in our stead, representing not only our government but each and every one of us, and the dangers they face day-to-day are, for most of us, unimaginable. So, let’s all remember that our American soldiers theoretically fight so that we can discuss these very issues in peace, and we must never forget them.

For the record, another lyric in the song “Let’s Be Real” goes: “F–k the FBI.”

Thanks Soulja Boy. That’s one we can live with.

2012 — The End of the World or Y2K Over Again?

Some 2012 believers think that a massive solar event on December 21, 2012 will have unthinkable consequences for our beloved planet.

In case you’ve been living under a rock or something, there is a lot of buzz on the net these days about the year 2012 and the supposed end of the world as we know it.  Hollywood capitalized on the hysteria with the lackluster film 2012 (very creatively named, by the way).  The basic concept here is that the Mayan civilization that flourished in Central America from 2000 BC to the ninth century was very much in tune with the world around it.  They are known for being technologically advanced for their time period.  The Mayan calendar is the crux of the 2012 apocalypse theories.  The Mayans painstakingly plotted out their calendar over a thousand years after their demise, but on December 21, 2012, the calendar abruptly stops.  The theory here is that the calendar stopped at this date because either the world would enter a new age or it would end in a global extinction event.

A lot of the fervor over the 2012 theory revolves around the Mayans’ keen eye toward the sky.  That’s right, even in the times before Christ, the Mayans were busy stargazing and assembling their knowledge in a remarkable manner that showed an understanding of the cosmos that rivals that of our today.  Without all of our modern technology, the Mayans were able to figure a lot out by simply keeping good records, noting patterns, and making good assumptions based on their information.  Another marvel of the Mayan civilization was there advanced skills in mathematics for their time period.  The Mayans believed in astrological cycle called the Procession of the Equinoxes.  Put simply, this is a cycle of the Earth passing through the twelve signs of the Zodiac methodically.  The entire cycle takes 26,000 years, with the Earth pausing in each sign of the zodiac for a period of around 2000 years, give or take a half-century.  While this may not be perfect science, it was pretty sound for their limited knowledge in 2000 BC.  To figure out the Earth’s march through the configuration of the stars for a period of 26,000 years would be difficult for our scholars today, and yet the Mayans were able to calculate it with remarkable accuracy.

So how does this all tie in to the 2012 apocalypse?  The Mayans also watched the sun.  The closest star to Earth, they watched its cycles, the ebb and flows of the sunspots and cycles.  Once again, a lot of kudos to the Mayans here.  They didn’t observe the solar cycles through practice like we do today.  Today, scientists understand how the solar cycles have effects on the magnetic field and even radio wave propagation.  In the Mayans’ time, they didn’t have this kind of technology, but they still observed, documented, and broke the sun’s cycles down until they understood it.  Now, here at Common Sense Conspiracy, you know we try to present the facts without over-dramatization, so here is where the break occurs.  The “break” is how we refer to where the theory which appears at first to have some merit starts to take the long, downward slide to “what the hell were you thinking”-land.

Some of our more enterprising 2012 theorists have married their apocalyptic fears with religion, even finding a way to tie the 2012 apocalypse to The Revelation of St. John the Divine.

Look it up on the web.  We encourage you to do so.  Depending on your source, you will find that the Mayans simply plotted these cycles.  Find the right site, and you will find that the Mayans actually figured out that a massive solar cycle event would take place on December 21, 2012, flipping the Earth’s magnetic field and causing atmospheric conditions like we’ve never seen here since intelligent life existed.  The effects of this massive solar shift will cause the very plates of the Earth to start moving in ways they haven’t moved before in our experience.  Massive earthquakes, flooding, weather conditions that we can’t even describe will begin to occur, leading to the massive extinction event on the big day… December 21.

Other 2012 enthusiasts think a super-rare galactic alignment will cause the universe to degenerate into a Swiss cheese state reminiscent of Charlie Sheen's mind during an interview. Winning?

Where do they get this from?  Did the Mayans write it all down, warning future generations to look out for this date?  Once again, depends on who you ask.  One “expert” source will tell you how the Mayans documented this extensively, and they really all got together and said “We have to warn our fellow man almost 1200 years in the future that doom will fall on December 21, 2012.”  Other sites explain how the Mayan calendar simply ends without explanation.  Who is right and who is wrong?  Well, therein lies the problem.  As our motto here at Common Sense Conspiracy goes, we filter through the bullshit so you don’t have to.  The only problem here is that the 2012 apocalypse theory is so ripe with bullshit that we don’t even know if we are qualified to sift through this pile.

As panic over the magical December 21 date continues to build, we will dutifully post our analysis and counter-arguments as 2012 comes up more and more on our favorite conspiracy sites and the evening news.  For now, we see little reason to believe that the world is any more likely to end on this date than any other.  The reasoning:  Well, the Mayans had to stop the calendar sometime.  Is it not possible that 2012 is just when they chose to give up the endless fight and call it a finished product?  Maybe there’s other reasons we can’t even fathom why they would stop on that date.  For instance, December 21 is the day of the equinox in 2012 by modern-day calculations.  Are we to believe that it’s completely coincidental that the Mayan calendar ends on the exact day of the equinox for 2012?  An equinox is, of course, an event that happens twice a year in which day and night are equal for one day.  A civilization with so much knowledge of mathematics, astronomy, and technology would almost certainly recognize the equinoxes as the halfway point of the year.  Maybe the calendar ends on that day because that is the end of the year.  Why 2012?  Beats us.  But Common Sense Conspiracy says this… If it were 2011, why 2011?  If it was 3033, why 3033?  Whatever date the calendar ended, invariably the same apocalyptic theories would arise.

We will continue to delve into the matter for the next fourteen months until either the world ends, or we find out the 2012 apocalypse wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.  In the meantime, let’s have a vote.  What do you think about the 2012 apocalypse?

 

The Tenth Anniversary of 9/11: An Inspirational Look

As most of you realize, Common Sense Conspiracy has only just recently opened its doors, so to speak, and over the coming weeks and months we will be filling up this site with well-researched information about conspiracy theories of all sorts.  Naturally, the tragedy of September 11, 2001 will be major topic.  We will strive to bring information in our typical common sense manner about the many theories as to what really happened that day.  Ten years later, there is still a huge public sentiment that not all of our questions about this polarizing event have been answered by our government.  September 11, 2001 is one of those moments in time in which everything in our lives seems to be split between before and after.  When a single historical event carries that kind of gravity, it should be expected that it will be scrutinized, and many conspiracy theories have been born of the simple fact that while we, the people, continue to ask questions, it seems that our government does not.  The events are laid down through miles of governmental red tape as if they were fact, and as far as they are concerned, the case is closed.  Here, on this site, we beg to differ, and we will examine it from every possible angle.

There is a temptation in a new website such as this to flood our little piece of the Internet with articles about 9/11 quickly to try to piggyback onto all the attention it’s getting from the upcoming anniversary.  While we fully intend to present arguments and counter-arguments regarding the events on and leading up to that day, but we place a very special premium on delivering quality content.  That is why there has been no mad rush to stockpile our 9/11 category.  It will be full, we assure you, in due time.  For now, we take a look at the anniversary of our generations day of infamy with a slant on what really matters.

All theories aside, here is a fact:

Those that lost their lives on that horrific day

On the morning of September 11,2001, the sun rose in the sky just like it always did.  We all went along our morning rituals with no idea about the life-changing horrors that lay just around the corner, but for most of us, it was viewed from afar.  We glued ourselves to CNN and other news broadcasts, fascinated as our nightmares roamed in the glow of an otherwise gorgeous late-summer morning.  We watched people actually decide that jumping out of a building was a better choice than burning alive on live television.  We held our children and tried to explain, but there were no words for it.  Ten years later, not much has changed.  The unfortunate thing about the human condition is that it does fade.  None of us can truly recapture the emotion of what we felt that day and in the days afterward.  If only we could all put that feeling in a bottle, that mixture of wonder, anger, and true, unadulterated concern for our fellow man, then we could tap into it when it were needed to push forward for change.  Justice.  Retribution.  They told us we were fighting an enemy masked in disguise, and now we still wonder who that enemy really is.  As we investigate and enrich ourselves by not simply accepting the “official” account of things, we also must take a moment to remember.  I don’t mean remember in the classic sense.  No “where were you when the first tower fell?”  No “what were you doing when the second plane hit?”  Not that kind of remembering.  Let’s remember together the people that went to work that day, just like you and I do day in and day out.  They were just simply doing their jobs, clocking in, heading to their desks or sweeping the hallways or cleaning the bathroom or plotting the next move of a multi-billion dollar company.  It doesn’t matter what they were doing.  They didn’t deserve it.

A lot of people compare 9/11 to Pearl Harbor.  Don’t misconstrue our message here; we at Common Sense Conspiracy fully realize that Pearl Harbor was tragic as well.  We also know that there are plenty of conspiracy theories floating around about that day of infamy as well, and no doubt they will soon make their way into our files here in due time.  However, Pearl Harbor was at the very least a military installation.  Can you imagine going to your workplace on any given day and dying at the hands of an attack like this?  No, of course you can’t.  None of us can, but it happened.  Not to soldiers or politicians.  It happened to people like you and me.  Everyday, ordinary people going about their lives the best way they knew how.

Even in the midst of despair come images of hope.

So as we commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11, let’s all remember those that lost their lives that day in New York, Washington, and a Pennsylvania field.  Let’s remember those that rushed to the aid of those that were lucky enough to escape with their lives.  There is no doubt that the tremendous acts of heroism that day by police, firefighters, military personnel, medical professionals, and yes, ordinary people, prevented that death toll from being even more than the staggering number it became.  We must remember not just on September 11, 2011, but all the time.  Instead of saying we must remember, it’s actually more fitting to say that we must not forget.

Was 9/11 a terrorist attack by religious extremists?  A false-flag operation?  Did our government stand by and let it happen?  These are questions we will ponder in detail, but as for now, all we can do is pledge each and every one of ourselves to not forget.  We won’t forget the fire and smoke, the awe and wonder intertwined with ash and dust.  We won’t forget the heroic acts of others that were just simply doing what they do.  We won’t forget the leaders that did forge a path to get New York, Washington, and the rest of us through a national tragedy.

We also won’t forget the unanswered questions.

Comet Elenin Update

According to a post at our good friends Above Top Secret, now on the very day that Comet Elenin is supposedly going to pass so close to the Earth that we will inevitably be caught in its tail of dust and space garbage, President Obama will be in Denver, Colorado.  What will he be doing?  Campaigning.  So, you say?  The airport at Colorado has some of the best bunkers in the country.  Looks like Obama is playing it safe, just in case.

Check out the “facts” at http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread749038/pg1.

Now, the newest theory is that the comet’s pass will somehow interfere with the Earth’s tectonic plates, unleashing yet more devastating earthquakes the world over.

Now we’re really screwed.

Comet Elenin on Save the Date cards — Real Danger or Fear Mongering?

The end of the world as we know it?

One of the biggest topics on conspiracy-themed websites right now is a comet named Elenin that was discovered by a Russian astronomer just last year.  Apparently, this comet’s trajectory will put it coming really close to Earth, perhaps closer than a comet has ever before.  This info has people writing on save the date cards in anticipation of this event.  Mind you, NASA and the government have reiterated over and over again that the comet is no threat to Earth whatsoever, but there are plenty of “experts” on the Internet standing bravely on their soapboxes to declare this as a possible calamity on par with the extinction of the dinosaurs.  The pass should come between the months November and December of this year.  That’s the basic facts behind this… the conspiracy theory revolves around the government downplaying the possibilities here to prevent worldwide panic.  Okay, at Common Sense Conspiracy, we check out and research these things, and up until point we’re with you.  Comet coming close to Earth.  Check.  The government probably wouldn’t tell us if a disaster of this magnitude was approaching us.  That is agreed.  However, there are some problems with the theory.

1.  No one seems to agree how close Comet Elenin will pass to Earth.  Do some research on your own if you like.  Visit our friends at Above Top Secret to get the whole doomsday scenario.  From our own investigation, it seems that even the worst estimates put the comet potentially passing at 8.8 Astronomical Units away from the Earth.  An AU is a unit of measure used in astronomy as a baseline for huge distances.  Put simply, it is the distance from the Earth to the Sun.  So, in the worst possible scenario, Comet Elenin will pass at just under 9 times the distance from the Earth to the Sun.  If you’re wondering, that’s around 720 million miles.  Not exactly a stone’s throw.  A lot of the doomsday scenarios concede that the comet will not strike the Earth, but the threat would come from the massive debris path behind the comet.  This would be true if the comet was passing, I don’t know, about 719.5 million miles closer.  However, there is absolutely zero chance that the Comet Elenin has a debris field behind it that will blindside the Earth from a 720 million mile distance.

2.  And then it gets crazy.  Like we said before, we understand the basic conspiracy theory here.  The government knows that something terrible is going to happen and doesn’t want the

Comet Elenin in all it's glory.

average person freaking out about it.  We fully believe that things like this happen at Common Sense Conspiracy; at least one of our scenarios about 9/11 involves just such a theory.  However, the conspiracy quickly turns from somewhat sensible to complete gibberish.  That’s right, in response to our claims that the Comet Elenin will not come anywhere near enough to the Earth to cause any effect at all, really, the conspiracy theorists have taken it to the next level.  Now, there is a huge extraterrestrial space object behind the comet, using its force to guide it to the Earth.  They’re coming.  Soon.  And you guessed it.  The government knows that E.T. is on the way, and they aren’t saying anything about it.  They are definitely not picturing the friendly E.T. you see in the dvd you picked up at the movie rentals place either.   Naturally, these theories are interesting, but there is absolutely not one shred of evidence that there is anything coming behind the Comet Elenin except an impressive tail of space garbage.

3.  Conspiracy theory spill-over.  This is a term we use here at Common Sense Conspiracy to describe how when one conspiracy theory needs some extra oomph, the first thing overzealous theorists do is reach for another conspiracy theory.  In this case, the Comet Elenin is now being tied to all sorts of nonsense.  Nibiru is a theory that has been in place since 1995.  Nancy Lieder, who has the dubious credentials of being the founder of the website ZetaTalk, put forth the Nibiru collision theory that involves an object striking the Earth sometime in the 21st century.  How does Ms. Lieder know this?  Hard astronomical data?  Facts and figures?  Expert opinion?  Absolutely.  It turns out that when Nancy was just a young girl, she was abducted by extraterrestrials.  They called themselves Zetas.  And they gave her the harrowing warning that Nibiru was coming.  Now, Comet Elenin enthusiasts are reaching for the obviously factual Nibiru collision theory as extra support for what is about to happen.  In conclusion, that means that the Comet Elenin, that is coming nowhere near the Earth really, in astronomical terms anyway, is actually the long predicted Nibiru object that we know must be coming because the Zetas told Nancy Lieder.  Thank God they gave her the warning right.  It gets better.  It turns out that none other than Nostradamus predicted the same event.  Clearly, we’re screwed.

We here at Common Sense Conspiracy certainly believe in conspiracies, but only when they are based in factual evidence or at the very least well-conceived.

Unfortunately, in the case of the Comet Elenin, neither is true.  But as always, we leave it up to a vote.  So what do you think about the Comet Elenin?

Comet Elinen — Real Danger or Fear Mongering?
  
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