Category Archives: Natural Disasters, Environmental, and Climate Change

Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth — Millions of Viewers?

Al Gore’s much-championed “24 Hours of Reality” broadcast to further expand his climate change agenda was even more championed after it aired on the Climate Reality Project, Al Gore’s personal internet home for pushing the issues surrounding the devastating effects of global warming.  Successful doesn’t really describe it.  8.6 million viewers apparently tuned into the internet marathon of climate change propaganda.  The only problem:  an internet syndicate that estimates traffic for sites says that Al Gore’s climate change bonanza actually received a whopping 17,000 dedicated viewers worldwide during the climate marathon.  A slight discrepancy, Al?  Maybe there were more hits from users on the other Internets, as Al Gore is famous for indicating.

For the record, Common Sense Conspiracy received 115 million hits yesterday.  That’s right.

Just because you say it in a press release doesn’t make it true.  Or does it?

Times Atlas Records False Effects of Global Warming

The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World has long been a gold standard for recording every nook and cranny of our precious Earth in painstaking detail.  However, they are now scrambling to fix the latest edition of the atlas after scientists found that it misrepresented the global warming effects around Greenland.  According to the Times Atlas, Greenland has lost 15% of its ice cover over the last fifteen years.  That would make it decreasing at a staggering 1% per year, meaning in just 85 more years at that rate, it would be gone completely.

Scientists and climatologists were quick to point out that while global warming and climate change are something that deserves attention, the real figure for Greenland’s loss of ice cover is somewhere around 0.1% over the last fifteen years.  While that is still a significant figure in the history of the Earth, it is nowhere nearly as damning as the figures represented by the Times Atlas.

The real interesting part is it is kind of hard for the Times to sell the idea that this was just an accidental misprint when they represented these figures not only in facts in the atlas, but also on the map itself.

Check out all the facts here.  The comparison of Greenland’s ice cover can be viewed below:

Hmm..

 

 

Earthquakes Rock Three Continents Ahead of Elenin Alignment

At Common Sense Conspiracy, it’s fair to say that we have reported on the panic surrounding the Elenin comet with some disdain.  As the theories seem to grow and get more and more ridiculous in nature, it became easier to dismiss it as a foolish notion probably conceived by aluminum foil-wearing maniacs.  After looking at the facts objectively over the last several days, we determined that most of the Elenin paranoia is probably unfounded.  The reason for this is there just simply isn’t enough factual data to tie it all up into a nice bow, and then the merging of Elenin with other conspiracy standbys, like Nostradamus predictions and the complete insanity surrounding the Nibiru planet, only took away from its credibility.  However, our mission statement here is to present the facts and let you decide for yourself, and some new developments have to be reported.

On September 16, 2011, which is tomorrow for me as I write this article, the comet Elenin will reach a

It's coming. Are you ready?

state of alignment between the Earth, the planet Saturn, and the sun.  What does this mean?  As usual, it depends on who you ask, but one of the main effects that almost all of the theories about Elenin agree on is that these alignments cause earthquakes, in some cases, massive ones.  Now this is where the inconsistency in data comes in.  Do a quick search for Elenin on the net, and temporarily ignore Common Sense Conspiracy, where you know you will get only facts.  Visit a few sites that claim to explain this phenomenon and then come back here and exchange results.  What we found was that the information across the web is terribly, horrifically inconsistent.  For example, one site is trying to create panic for tomorrow because it is the first planetary alignment of the comet Elenin.  Cue the scary music here, but if you really stop and think about it, how can this be possible?  The comet Elenin has been around for thousands of years and this is not the first time it has aligned between the planets, our Earth, and the sun.  As a matter of fact, another website, The Elenin Timeline, actually breaks down each planetary alignment, dating all the way back to 2004.  According to this site, not only have there been plenty of alignments, but almost every possible configuration you can think of is documented.  They even document the phase of the moon here, insinuating that a full moon during an alignment can have even graver consequences for our tectonic plates. Continue reading Earthquakes Rock Three Continents Ahead of Elenin Alignment

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?

 

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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