Category Archives: International Conspiracies (Princess Diana, Libya, etc)

What is a VPN and Do You Need One?

VPN is a term that once would have never found its way into the average layman’s vocabulary, but the world has changed.  VPN stands for virtual private network, and the long and short of it is that a VPN keeps your Internet browsing and activities private.  Most VPNs operate under the same premise.  They are a middle-man of sorts for you and your online activities.  You go through the VPN service which bounces your signal around the world and then some, resulting in prying eyes not being able to figure out what you are doing.  You’re at a conspiracy site already.  You love Common Sense Conspiracy, but maybe you get a little nervous when reading all this truth we are throwing out there.  That’s where a VPN comes in.  No one that works for the CSC would dare log into the administrative section of this website without a VPN securely in place, so the question is why would you?

But Isn’t That For Illegal Stuff?

It’s true that VPNs conjure up images of the dark web, illegal prescription drug deliveries, and people hiring hitmen to kill their spouses.  While it would be silly to try to say that VPNs are not popular among those doing some shady stuff in this world, that doesn’t mean it is exclusively for that.

Yes, VPNs are used for those trying to do super-illicit things on the Internet.  This includes the worst of the worst, right up to really terrible things like child pornography and human trafficking.  Then there’s that next tier.  People that like to watch a few free movies on Kodi from time to time or want to download some HD movies or video games.  Illegal, although obviously not on the level of some of the stuff you might find on the dark web.  Still, you are saying to yourself, what if I’m on the up-and-up?  Do I still need a VPN?

The answer is yes.  There’s more than just illegal stuff to consider.  We don’t advocate using a VPN to do anything illegal, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t necessary.  Think of sites like this where you are reading about massive government conspiracies.  Do you want just anyone out there to be able to follow your trail?  What if you want to sign up for a perfectly legal service but don’t want anyone to know what you are up to?  A VPN is where it’s at for you.

At its heart, a VPN is all about privacy.  It’s even right there in the title:  virtual private network.  There’s nothing illegal or immoral about wanting your privacy.   There’s nothing illegal or immoral about having a problem with every little thing you do being tracked to death by everyone from the government to political organizations to people desperately trying to sell you something.  VPNs are for everyone, and there has never been a time where it was more important.

But Is It Really That Dangerous?

Put simply, yes.  Even if you are not even dreaming of doing anything illegal on the Internet, those that are will find you and make you their victim.  We all know about identity theft.  That’s old news.  It goes further though.  Companies are tracking your every move on the interwebs to try to make sure they are putting the best advertisements in your inbox, in banners along sites you are browsing, in Facebook and other social media, and even in your good, old-fashioned snail mailbox.

They track everything.  Big Data is relentless.  Your age, your birthday, your political and religious affiliations.  Who did you give money to?  Charities?  What concerts did you go see?  Did you take a trip?  Did you fly?  Drive?  Did you go to an amusement park?  Visit a museum?

Do you subscribe to things online?  What’s your health like?  Do you search for things that indicate you might some sort of illness?  Can we use that to target you further?

VPNs take one major piece of the puzzle out of action for those watching and listening.  Location is everything in their business, and a VPN cloaks your location completely.  They will never be able to tie it all together, even if they are able to pick up snippets of your trail.  Take away location and you take away everything.  That’s why the crooks like it.  It does law enforcement no good to find out that someone bought some drugs online but they traced it down to India.  While you are not doing anything illegal on your VPN, it still offers you the same protection that makes those on the wrong side of the law seek it out.

So What Does Common Sense Conspiracy Recommend?

Well, as we said before, no one here at the CSC would log in to this website remotely without having a VPN in place, and we have our preferences.  Make no bones about it.  The CSC does advocate Surfshark.  We are an affiliate to them, which means that if you sign up with our banners and links, we get a little thrown back our way.  We didn’t sell out to them.  We like them.  We honestly believe this is the greatest VPN service.  We say that from the place of a consumer that needed a product.

Surfshark has good rates and great performance.  No one wants to sacrifice all their wonderful Internet speed that they pay good money for just to cloak themselves with a VPN.  Surfshark makes sure you won’t see performance issues while staying safe online.  Their rates are some of the best across the industry, and they offer different subscription lengths to fit every need.

Surfshark understands the customer load it has and they expand when they need to.  Currently, they have 500 servers spread out across 50 countries.  Every continent but Antarctica.  And no one would believe you were in Antarctica anyway.  That’s pretty impressive coverage and variety no matter where on the Earth you currently reside or where you plan on going while using their VPN service.

Surfshark also has great customer service.  They are available literally all the time and even have cool internet chat help if you aren’t real keen on talking on the phone.

The Verdict — Protect Yourself and Your Privacy

Get a VPN and use it.  It’s that simple.  We recommend Surfshark, but more importantly, we recommend that you use some VPN.  Do yourself a favor and make this happen today.  You can’t put a price on peace of mind.

The How hard did aging hit you challenge conspiracy — photo update time?


Anytime there is a viral anything on the Internet, we here at Common Sense Conspiracy can expect a few emails or messages about whether there is some sort of conspiracy involved. After all, people in conspiracy circles can be a tad bit paranoid at times, and when they see almost everyone biting on something hard, they start to wonder just what it all means in the big picture.

There have been dozens of these over the years. Remember the cinnamon challenge? The ice bucket challenge? That weird dress where everyone just had to let you know what color they see it as. Yes, the list goes on and on. For 2019, we are starting out with something called “The How Hard Did Aging Hit You Challenge.”

It’s catching fire on social media as we speak, and no doubt within hours, you are going to see tons of friends, co-workers and relatives taking to Facebook or their social media drug of choice to post before-and-after style pictures of them several years ago versus now. Like most of these challenges, you can look high and low, but you will never figure out just where this started. Viral things on the Internet are almost always like that. It just takes off and no one really knows whose brainchild they are partaking in. So, many of our loyal readers suggest that maybe it all starts with your favorite uncle — Uncle Sam. That’s right, a lot of people think the How Hard Did Aging Hit You Challenge may have been sanctioned by the government.

But why? What possibly could be the reason for the government to want to start a movement like this? That’s an easy one. See, facial recognition is all the rage in the cyber-security world these days. Turn on any of your favorite CSI-style shows and you’ll see FBI or other agencies using cameras everywhere to scan faces and see who is going where in seconds.

The real world is not as easy. Yes, they have the technology. We know that just by looking around. Facebook has long identified faces and put them with names, albeit with help from their amazing base of users. No doubt the NSA, FBI, and CIA are using facial recognition more and more as the years go by. However, did you ever think about how these databases get populated?

Driver license photographs and mugshots when someone finds themselves on the wrong side of the law are a big chunk of it, no doubt. These standard kind of photographs don’t work that well for facial recognition though. How many times out in the subway are you posing exactly like your driver license picture, or worse yet, your mugshot from a night that turned wrong? We’re guessing not that many. And these don’t get updated for years at a time if they get updated at all.

So, how do you keep a vast database for facial recognition updated all the time? You scour places where people like to put pictures of themselves. Over and over again. Over periods of years. You scour Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, the web for blog pages, high school yearbooks, you name it. The selfie movement helped the government out big time, but how could you make it catch fire again and get everyone to willingly provide you with some pictures showing how they have aged over the years? They even enjoy it. They laugh about it and pass it around to their friends and family.

Is the How Hard Did Aging Hit You Challenge a massive conspiracy? We can’t know for sure. Think about this though. Even if the government had absolutely nothing to do with this viral challenge and it was all the brainchild of someone completely innocent who just thought it was interesting to get people to post pictures of themselves in the past and now, can you imagine for one second that someone in the government hasn’t at the very least thought this a fortuitous turn of events?

It may not be a conspiracy and it may be. The outcome is the same. There is a 100% chance that the government is watching this challenge and using it to increase the accuracy of its facial recognition software. Will you be a willing participant or will you resist the viral movement?

Khashoggi Crisis Highlights Years of Conspiracy Theories About Saudi Arabia

The apparent murder of the 59-year-old journalist (and harsh critic of the policies of Saudi Arabia) Khashoggi has caused quite a stir this past couple of weeks.  Now, President Donald Trump is calling this a cover-up.  The United States is proclaiming that those responsible will be punished, and it is openly questioning the official account of things by the Saudis, which is that the journalist was murdered in a Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

Saudi Arabia is a longtime ally of the United States in an area of the world not known for allies of the United States.

Further clouding the situation is a slowly revealed narrative that shows that this was no chance happening, but a premeditated plot to savagely murder a person.  The motive, most believe, is just to silence someone who frequently and provocatively spoke out against the Saudi Arabian government.  Now, a fragile dance is going on between Donald Trump and the Saudi prince as they try to look tough on the international scene while attempting to preserve an alliance that has stood the test of time.  Yet, America’s relationship with Saudi Arabia is frequently the target of conspiracy theories.  Let’s have a look.

Saudi Arabia and 9/11

On September 11, 2001, we all know what happened.  It would lead to the wars in Afghanistan and eventually Iraq.  Yet, Saudis were proven to be a major part of the plot, not just in terms of being on the planes, but in terms of the Saudi Arabian government financing parts of the operation.  It is well known in conspiracy circles that the Saudi prince and a collection of other notable Saudi figures were actually with President Bush just mere hours before the attacks happened.

Conspiracy theories about the Saudis involvement in 9/11 are all over the place, and there is not a lot to discredit them.  As a matter of fact, multiple news outlets publicly reported that Saudi Arabia had been proven to have financed a “dry run” before 9/11.  The concept was that Saudi Arabia footed the bill to allow a couple of nationals to try to test out their theories on how to get around American airline security protocols.  This led to the real deal on September 11 that would change the world and kill thousands.

Saudi Arabia and The Oil War

No doubt the abundance of oil Saudi Arabia is sitting on is a big reason America plays nice.

Oil is the most valuable resource on Earth today, and the Saudis have unbelievable stockpiles of it.  It has long been suspected that this is one of the only reasons that the United States continues to play nice with Saudi Arabia despite numerous acts of hostility believe to be perpetrated by the oil-rich country.   It has also long been suspected that Saudi Arabia squeezes the United States at times by arbitrarily raising or lowering the cost of crude oil.

Saudi Arabia was virtually untouched by the wars on Iraq and Afghanistan, and has enjoyed even more wealth and success through its relationship with the United States, especially in the wake of more drama for Iran.  Most American Presidents give the Saudis a really big pass because of oil, and 9/11 was probably the most sensational example of this.

Will This Alliance Survive Khashoggi?

It’s the question on everyone’s mind.  Will Donald Trump cross the line and say something that sparks an end to the alliance that has been so fruitful for both parties over the years?  And was Saudi Arabia really an ally to the United States in the first place?

Happier times for Trump and the Saudi prince.

The answer is only by necessity and by getting something out of it.  There is no question that Saudi Arabia is not supportive of the United States any more than any other Muslim country in the Middle East.  However, the Saudi family of royalty forged this friendship over the years because of mutual benefit.  It has protected the ruling family as other regimes in the same area of the world have fallen.  Many of those were at least in part because of the United States.  From the Muslim perspective, Saudi Arabia made friends with America, the bully, and then used its economic prosperity to influence it.

Ultimately, it is unlikely that much will come of this.  Much like Donald Trump’s spirited exchanges with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, this will probably be a war of words with no real direction.  If there’s one thing that Trump understands, it’s money, and he will not jeopardize the fruitful economic situation that an alliance with Saudi Arabia offers.  Despite his insistence that America is involved in bad trade deals all over the world, even Trump will find little wrong with the economic ties to Saudi Arabia.  He certainly won’t be willing to give up the cash and the alliance over one journalist.

This will blow over, and if anything, it may very well strengthen the ties between the Saudi Arabia royal family and the United States.  The worst repercussions to be felt right now, as usual, will fall on the common man.  Expect some jerking around of crude oil prices as the war of words continues.  In the end, though, the anti-Trump media in America is probably going to make a much bigger deal of this than anyone else.  This may very well become the Democratic Party’s “Benghazi” battle cry over the coming midterms and eventual 2020 Presidential Election.  Investigations will be performed, but little will be found.  In the end, Khashoggi is gone, and the world will march on.  The conspiracy world will too.

Conspiracy Definition — You Have to Start Somewhere

Most of our loyal readers can spot a conspiracy when they see one, but not everyone out there is as comfortable with the label. That’s why we are going to take a quick moment here to talk about the definition of a conspiracy. However, we are not talking dictionary definitions here. We are talking about what it means in the real world.

The conspiracy definition according to Merriam-Webster is simple. It’s a plot against something. Maybe unlawful. Maybe not. Some other sources quote a conspiracy as having to have a certain number of people involved, even going as far as to say that any plot between two people is a conspiracy. These definitions are true enough if you are getting technical, but we at Common Sense Conspiracy realize that the average person looking for the definition of a conspiracy on Google is probably not looking for these textbook definitions. They want insight into just what this magical word really means.

Around here, a conspiracy usually means a powerful entity trying to pull the wool over the eyes of a less powerful entity for its own advancement or advancement of its agenda. The most classic example of that would be your standard government conspiracy. Cover-ups are included. Think about the gun control debate. There are many in conspiracy circles that believe the gun control debate is really about the government finding a way to convince citizens to give up their weapons without a fight. It can get really deep from there, but that is the general concept behind that conspiracy theory. A lot of others revolve around the government trying to control things or give up other civil liberties. If it’s not that, then it’s the government trying to hide something that it believes will either cause hysteria or give the people more reason to stand their ground.

Government conspiracies are almost synonymous with conspiracy theories, but that is hardly the only type. Business is another realm where we often hear this term being tossed around. Then there are religious conspiracies a-plenty. However, at their roots, all of these types of conspiracies follow our general definition above. All conspiracies are going to probably involve a higher power trying to hold a lower power down for whatever reason.

So, we don’t know if we really cleared up anything, but it was worth taking a moment and a post to try to clear this up and help people out there that want a better picture of just what the “C-word” really means. They are all around, that’s for sure, and Common Sense Conspiracy will continue to shed light on them when it can.

Royal Wedding 2018 — Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Not Immune to Illuminati and Reptilian Conspiracy Theories

It’s a beautiful and lavish affair that only comes around every so often…a Royal Wedding. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s whirlwind romance has captured the hearts of people worldwide, and now it has culminated in their wedding which attracted plenty of stars and powerful people. So, with this kind of audience on hand, there has to be some conspiracy theories, right? You don’t say. Common Sense Conspiracy has you covered.

The British Royal Family has always been a conspiracy playground. The death of Princess Diana is to Britain what JFK is to America. Also, there is a long-standing if not unusual theory that the Queen and perhaps others are actually reptilians. We’ve never been really hot on that theory but there’s plenty of videos and analysis out there of her “shapeshifting” in front of thousands of live viewers and millions back home. There is also plenty of Illuminati theories around Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. It wasn’t but just a couple of months ago that Prince Harry was being accused of making Illuminati hand gestures in a picture with American First Lady Melania Trump.

While there is a bit of a hangover because of the time difference, you can bet some videos of the wedding itself and Illuminati symbology are right around the corner. We will continue to update you as more theories are suggested, but for now, we leave you with some videos explaining some of what we discussed here. Did you notice something fishy at the wedding itself? Let’s talk about it in the comments below.

John Kerry and the Logan Act — Is This For Real?

A lot is being made, especially in conservative circles, about John Kerry and something called the Logan Act.  This is a statute that many point to as prohibiting a citizen from negotiating with a foreign government without the authority to do so.  John Kerry’s recent attempts to communicate with the Iranians in a failed effort to keep the deal he helped broker alive is being pointed out as a clear violation of this act, which would make John Kerry essentially a traitor to America.  We have included an informative video below about the Logan Act and what it is and what it isn’t so you can make up your own mind.

Like plenty of laws on the books, the Logan Act is outdated and unenforceable.  No law organization would ever in a million years try to prosecute someone on these grounds.  Yet, the law still exists for one reason and one reason only:   for the government to pull it out and dust it off for special situations when it sees fit.  This law is never used to actually charge someone with a crime.  It is only ever used as a reason to investigate someone or push an agenda forward.  Just recently, you can see that with several Trump associates in the Russia investigation.   No one will ever go to prison because of the Logan Act, but it just may over their coffers to federal agents everywhere.

What America Pulling Out of the Iran Deal Means For the Conspiracy World

Well, we could pull a fast one on you here and just simply say “Not much” and move on.  But we’re not going to do you like that.  American President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to pull out of the Iran deal brokered by his predecessor in 2015 is going to cause a lot of speculation, so let’s take a look at what has really happened here.

And both sides said “Whew, that was easy.”

Back in 2015, then Secretary of State John Kerry (also the man who actually lost an election to George W. Bush to grant him a second term as one of the most unpopular Presidents in history) and President Barack Obama were major players in an international agreement with Tehran.  The terms were simple enough in reality.  Tons of money that was frozen was given back to the Iranians and all the crippling sanctions were lifted.  In return, Iran agreed to put the brakes on its nuclear weapons program (you know, the one they insist to this day never existed).  There were going to be inspections albeit on Iran’s terms, a la Iraq in the 1990s.  Of course, those politically affiliated with Obama and Kerry heralded it as an unbelievable moment for peace.  Those that politically opposed them saw it as making a deal with an entity that 100% could not be trusted.

The truth is the original Iran deal was nothing but a political ploy, and it has worked just as Barack Obama intended.  John Kerry nor Obama are stupid (well, maybe John Kerry, but anyway); they know good and well that Iran cannot be trusted to hold up its end of the bargain.  Iran accepted the deal with open arms and probably enriched some uranium to celebrate their success.  In their own country, they probably thought it was the greatest scheme of all time, tricking the Americans into this agreement.  In reality, they were pawns all along.  Obama and Kerry knew it was a useless agreement, but now, they are getting to complete their political chess game with the American public.  As Donald Trump declares the useless and pointless agreement null and void, Obama and Kerry are outraged at this war mongering.  How could he do this?

The truth is, folks, that what this really means is absolutely nothing changed.  Iran never actually stopped what they were doing, and they had no intentions to do so.  What did stop was any pressure from the outside.  Now, the Iranian economy may suffer some repercussions from this, but for the rest of the world, the threat of Iranians with nuclear weapons is no more or less than it was yesterday.  And no deal brokered that hinges on the Iranians doing what they say is likely to ever change that.

So, if you slept good last night with the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran off your mind, nothing has changed, except it turns out you shouldn’t have slept last night either.