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Are Mask Face Coverings for COVID-19 the “Mark of the Beast?”

We here at Common Sense Conspiracy have always prided ourselves on taking a common sense approach to conspiracy theories in general and using good old-fashioned logic and reasoning paired with fact-checking and research to form a positive opinion for our readers. That means sometimes we have to tackle more outlandish theories that we may believe on the surface to not be worth the effort. This topic is one of those. We wouldn’t have gone there, but our readers are posing the question. So it’s time for the CSC to take a cold, hard look at the controversy of face coverings and whether any of these theories hold water.

Masks have polarized the nation during a time of crisis.

Using masks to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 has become a lightning rod for controversy in the United States particularly. Some of this is probably due to organizations that are supposed to be providing a united front but have not at all since the pandemic began. For example, even now, the United States Center for Disease Control says that masks are a great way to stop the spread. OSHA that watches over occupational safety hazards says the masks are mostly useless. Anthony Fauci, the leading expert on epidemics in the U.S., says face masks are the key. The President of the United States dismisses this as fiction and absolutely refuses to wear a mask himself, even going as far as to chide reporters and staff around him that do decide to wear a mask. Pair this with the fact that the CDC and international World Health Organization themselves couldn’t decide about masks earlier when this all started, and you will see that there is an awful lot of conflicting information out there.

The reality is that if you do your research, you will find a consensus that masks do help, but they are certainly not bulletproof. The bulletproof solution to stopping the spread is staying at home and away from others. This strategy is 100% effective. The masks are a last-ditch effort to offer some protection if you just can’t avoid going out and being around others. In America, where the lockdowns were mostly half-hearted efforts to begin with, the easing of restrictions just meant that people went back to doing whatever they liked. Wear your mask and you’re invincible! It’s not true, and it’s probably part of the reason the United States continues to see cases swell out of control because people are latching on to the mask-wearing part of the advice more than the stay at home part of the advice.

Having said all of this, it probably makes sense to wear a mask if you are going to a place where you might be in close contact with someone beyond your control. It is probably better than nothing. Still, the policy of social distancing or maybe just not going places that aren’t absolutely necessary is still far superior. So why do so many Americans find face coverings to be so controversial? Well, it’s the shame game at work.

See, people that believe in the masks take it as an offense if someone else isn’t wearing one. They see it as they don’t care if they endanger other people. People who don’t wear masks regard those that do as silly for the most part, or overly paranoid. They don’t shame them for it, though. A certain segment of the population that does believe wholeheartedly in the face masks lashes out at those that don’t, and then they turn to legislation for mandates to force people to wear masks. This only creates more division and controversy between the two factions.

The winner, of course, is the government, who is enjoying every second of this unprecedented situation that has allowed government overreach to extend to levels we simply have not seen before in the United States. Now, as more and more communities are deciding to make the decision to mandate mask utilization in public areas outside the home, conspiracy theories are popping up everywhere that this could be the “Mark of the Beast” that is prophesied in the Bibles Book of Revelations. One of the sure signs of the end being near is this mark which all people have to take to do business, even if they are fervently against what it represents. As more and more places refuse to allow entry or barter with people that won’t don face coverings, some are asking the question. Is this the mark?

Face coverings during pandemics is not a new notion. There is nothing novel about this part of COVID-19.

Well, below you will find some examples of what is going around on the Internet about this, and as you might imagine, Christian fringe conspiracy theorists are really pushing that narrative. As always, though, we caution our readers to take a step back and think this all the way through. Remember, this is not a new phenomenon, although it may be new to these American generations. Back in the early 1900s, the so-called Spanish Flu pandemic caused mass use of face coverings also. Eventually the flu ran its course, killing millions, but establishing enough herd immunity that it ceased to be a big problem in the years thereafter. So, if this were really the Mark of the Beast, then why did it never catch before? Furthermore, while it is becoming more widespread, there are still millions of places in the United States where mask wearing is not only not mandated, but not even encouraged. If this is to be a sign of the things that are foretold in Revelations, mask wearing will have to really gain a lot more acceptance before this pandemic gets under control.

So, is wearing a mask going to save us all? Well, the evidence indicates that it is better than nothing, but a whole lot less effective than just isolation. However, it is far from becoming some sort of government mandated thing to do business. Once the pandemic either subsides on its own or a viable vaccine is produced, then it is a lot more likely that Americans wearing face masks will become something as odd as it seemed back when all this started. In the meantime, we put some examples of people that do not agree with our assessment below so you can make up your mind for yourself. As always, we would love to hear what you think about this in the comments below.

Did Murdered Researcher Bing Liu Have the Answer to COVID-19?

Conspiracy theorists are often the butt of jokes, especially in the mainstream media, but here we have another situation where it just goes to show that conspiracies are very real and everywhere around us.

Bing Liu, a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh, was “on the verge of making significant findings” when he was mysteriously the victim of a murder-suicide combo.  At just 37 years of age, Liu was apparently a gifted and well-respected researcher that was eagerly pursuing knowledge about the novel coronavirus that has swept the globe, destroying lives both through disease and economic impact.

The murder-suicide came as a surprise, as Liu was not involved in anything that would make you think something like this would happen to him (unless, of course, you count doing meaningful and successful research on COVID-19).  While early reports indicate that Liu did have some relationship with his killer, a motive has not been determined.

So, those in conspiracy circles around the world are asking the obvious question here.  What did Liu know and how close was he to going public with his findings?  And was this a potential game-changer for fighting the virus?

On the surface, you may ask why anyone in their right mind would oppose someone making a breakthrough on COVID-19.  Yet, there is a huge demographic in the United States that does not want to see the virus end for a variety of reasons.  There are some that want to see this continue for political advantage.  Others are playing a stock market game (notably China), buying up American stocks while they are in crisis mode to reap huge rewards down the road when it rebounds.  Also, remember that the doctor that was about to warn the world about COVID-19 died quickly in China.

The bottom line here is that knowing something about COVID-19 that may make a positive impact usually means you stop breathing shortly thereafter.  And then there is the way it occurred.  No COVID-19 diagnosis here.  A murder-suicide is abrupt and indicates that someone out there knew Liu had to be stopped sooner rather than later, and there was no time to arrange a less mysterious accident.  This was almost an act of desperation.  Obviously, a murder-suicide leaves no one to ask why.

As more facts come out about this, we will certainly rehash this again, but the reality here is that there is almost zero chance that there is not something going on with this story.  It serves multiple purposes too.   It silenced Liu, but it also sent a very real message to other people out there that might be getting close to a breakthrough on COVID-19 that they best turn out the lights and go home.  If you get too close, bad things happen.  The message sent may be more important than the silencing of Mr. Liu.

What did he know?  Now, we will probably never find out, but it does seem to indicate that there is someone out there that knows the truth about COVID-19, and they will stop at nothing to keep that from getting out there.

Is COVID-19 the Greatest Hoax of Our Time? Doctors Speak Out

No one wants to discount lives lost, and we at the CSC are no exception. However, the time has come for those that claim the monicker of common sense to start asking some questions about the official account of things here. After all, that is what we do. So, we are opening the discussion now. Is COVID-19 a hoax? And if so, is it the greatest hoax of all time?
Well, the answer lies in interpretation, like most things in our world. What makes a hoax a hoax? Well, in the purest sense of the word, COVID-19 is definitely not a hoax. What we know is that it is a real virus that is apparently never been seen on Earth before, and it has spread to millions of humans. It has killed many, but nowhere near the doomsday projections. Those in the medical community in positions of influence have set forth unprecedented, martial-law like restrictions on the population that they are now heralding as the reason the virus has not been worse. This may be true, and it may not be. The initial projections of 2.7 million Americans dying were very dire. Now, we find out that 2.7 million Americans have already had the virus in New York and many didn’t even know about it. The numbers, quite frankly, are suspect.
We’ve gone over all the conspiracy theories. Did China create the virus to harm us? Is the government seeing how much freedom we will give up under the threat of a pandemic? Is this all a ploy to sidetrack an election year?
Maybe the real mastery of COVID-19 is that the answer to all of these questions could potentially be yes. So is it a hoax? No, it’s real. The reactions to it may be the hoax part. It may be that when all is said and done, all of the measures taken to fight this virus were the real enemy instead of the virus itself.

It is becoming increasingly clear as more data from testing comes in that the narrative the media and the various health organizations of the world were pushing on the general public were grossly incorrect.  This will be blamed in part on the recommendations of those very people and organizations that put us in this situation.  Social distancing, wearing masks, and quarantine will be heralded as amazing strategies that were amazingly executed, leaving millions of lives unaffected by COVID-19.  Most of the general public will buy this, and when the next nasty flu season comes around, they will happily shut things down again.  Governments all over the globe have been given a kill switch to use at their leisure.  Sadly enough, those people that accept this are not the people that will be reading things at sites like Common Sense Conspiracy, and if they are exposed to it, they will brush it off as fiction when everything we are saying here is actually based on factual data.

In Sweden, where they basically carried on as normal with some social distancing recommendations, the percentages of cases versus deaths versus the population was almost identical to neighboring country Norway that aggressively practiced all of the nonsense we are seeing America.  The payoff was a statistically insignificant savings.  When you figure out the economic impact and the spike of other illnesses that are not being treated during the culture of fear that has been created, it will look more and more like we did the wrong thing in the rear view mirror.

Does that mean that everyone overreacted?  Yes, that’s what it means.  We have empty hospitals and doctors and nurses being laid off because the surge never came while people that need care for other things are either too afraid to come or are being told that they can’t come because we must keep space for the surge of COVID-19 patients in critical condition that is probably never going to come.  But were we wrong to overreact?  That’s a different question.  The models were doomsday.  So-called experts said it was going to be really bad and overwhelm our medical facilities.  We took action, and while it may have not been necessary at least at this level, it’s not necessarily a bad decision to make that call based on the what we knew then.  The question is why are we continuing this when we know what we know now.  The data is in.  It’s not going to be that bad from here.  Maybe what we did helped, and maybe it didn’t.  There’s certainly no evidence that it did if you look around the globe and compare real statistics and not anecdotal evidence.  Also, remember that many, many people did not follow most of these guidelines at all.  Many, many businesses kept right on going through the crisis.  How effective could these measures really have been when you factor in all the folks out there that didn’t participate from the start.

We have included an absolutely incredible video below of a physician from California who decimates the mainstream media’s narrative of COVID-19 in an hour-long analysis of real facts.  As you might imagine, this will not be reported on CNN, Fox News, or any organization associated with the mainstream media.  They only report death and destruction, because that is what they seek, and that is what they continue to hope for.

If you watch these videos, and we hope you will give it a chance, notice how the members of the media that were present try to roadblock the discussion at every turn and then act incredulously ignorant as to everything that is coming out of these doctor’s mouths. They literally are trying to make sure the truth does not get out by actively railing against it at every turn. You think they do that on their own accord? You think they were taught that in journalism school? There is something much deeper at play here. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Does the United States Have a Patent for the Coronavirus?

United States patent #10130701B2 has many in conspiracy circles in an uproar.  It’s kind of eerie to look at when you consider what is going on in the world today.   Did the United States really grant a patent for coronavirus in 2014?

The answer is yes.  People pushing this around on the Internet are making it sound like they have found the smoking gun where the United States government unleashed a huge population control campaign or a biological weapon.

The reality is that while COVID-19 is new to the world, coronaviruses are not.  This is simply a class of virus, and they are actually quite common in our world.  So, back in 2014, a pharmaceutical company, the Pirbright Institute, did apply for a patent relating to coronaviruses.  The patent is not for the virus itself, but for the creation of one that lowers the harmful parts of the virus so that it can be used in vaccine development.

This patent is not part of the problem.  It’s part of the cure.

So, who is the Pirbright Institute?  They are a leader in research and development of things like the coronavirus.  They are currently working overtime trying to help fight COVID-19.  However, there are a lot of people in conspiracy circles trying to tie Bill Gates to Pirbright, and then making the leap in logic that Bill Gates actually owns the patent for the coronavirus.  The reality is that Gates has donated millions to the research Pirbright is doing because he believes they will be the key to eradicating this problem.

Not that we just enjoy shooting down conspiracy theories.  Take a look around our site and you will find plenty of times that we fell on the side of the conspiracy theory being valid.  This is not one of those times.  Remember, conspiracy theories analyzed with a common sense approach.

We know that not all of our readers are going to accept this explanation at face-value, and we are bracing ourselves for being called a government sham.  It wouldn’t be the first time, but the CSC continues to report the facts when we can find them.  Thanks for reading, and as always, let’s hear what you think in the comments below.  We included one video from YouTube that examines some of the possibilities we discussed above so you can see what is being said out there.

Coronavirus Crisis Inches United States Toward Martial Law Declaration

Can you hear that drum beating?  It’s not the drum of civil unrest or war, like many of us expected.  This is the drum of the coronavirus, and each day we are watching the United States of America inch closer and closer toward a day that many in conspiracy circles have been waiting for suspiciously for decades.

After September 11, 2001, many thought it wouldn’t be long.  Then the brutal hurricanes that are now synonymous with that decade.  Then, the Obama years where many thought the New World Order was firmly in control and chaos would give way to the announcement soon.  However, in March of 2020, it is the coronavirus, COVID-19, that many are looking to as the final completion of the mission.

Why would the government even want martial law?  That’s an easy one.  Martial law is a suspension of liberties, and during it, the government can do pretty much anything that it wants.  This would be the easiest way to get Americans to give up their guns, their freedoms, their property, and their money without much of a fight.  For years, though, it was the American spirit that made such a declaration so difficult for the government.  COVID-19 changed all that.  Americans are now putty in the government’s fingers.

We are not saying that this is not bad.  It is.  We are not saying that it is necessarily being exaggerated.  It may be that this is not the case.  What we at the CSC are saying is that the general public in the United States of America has already given up a lot without really seeing the disaster that has been promised.  The number of deaths from the coronavirus may end up in the millions, but it isn’t right now.  As of this writing, it is around four hundred.  Yet, people are giving up normal liberties left and right.  There are entire metropolitan areas on “lockdown.”  Regardless of how bad this gets, we are witnessing a grand government experiment for the ages.  They want to see how far they can push it, and what really instills the fear that gets Americans to fall into line.

It’s only a matter of time.  COVID-19 probably isn’t the endgame here.  This is not going to usher in the one world government.  However, it is going to give them a blueprint for how to bring it about, and later, it will show its head again if Americans are this willing to give up liberties based on dire predictions without necessarily seeing it thus far.

Will it come as a nationwide lockdown, full-on martial law declaration?  Or will they experiment with a large city or perhaps a state?  It’s hard to say, but this is for certain:  the United States has never teetered this close to a martial law declaration in its history, and the next few weeks are going to be very interesting.

We want to hear your opinions.  Where do we go from here?  Is this virus currently frightening enough to you to accept full-on martial law?  Is it time for people refusing to “social distance” to be shot on sight to save the rest of us?  Are you willing to give up your guns?  Your money?  Your property?

And if not, how many people have to die before you are?  That is what they really need to know.  How bad does it have to be for the most steadfast among us to break?

Now, having said all that, this is not a fear-mongering site.  It is the CSC’s sincere hope that the government continues to act in the public’s best interest and does not use this as some sort of power grab or experiment.  History would dictate otherwise.  There is a saying in Washington that you all have heard before.  Never let a crisis go to waste.  It is doubtful that they will waste this one.

Did Sylvia Browne Predict COVID-19 Coronavirus? And What Else Did She Say About It?

As coronavirus fever (pardon the pun) takes over the globe both figuratively and literally, conspiracy theories are flying across the Internet at a dizzying pace.  Fortunately, your friends here at Common Sense Conspiracy are working overtime in quarantine to make sure you hear the newest, greatest theories out there from our trademark common sense perspective.

Sylvia Browne is dead.  However, she is a fairly well-known psychic.  Like a lot of psychics going back all the way to folks like Nostradamus, she generally predicts things in very abstract terms.  She also tends to be wrong a heck of a lot of the time.  Occasionally, she nails it, and then the people get excited.  Over time, she was right just enough to be famous.  Now, one of her predictions in a book she wrote over a decade ago is causing quite a stir on the Internet.  We included some videos from YouTube that are going around about this.

Our take:  well, you can’t fight the facts.  The fact is she did predict this abstractly in one of her books over a decade ago.  Can’t fight that.  Now, on the same page as this prediction she predicted a lot of other abstract things, that may or may not turn out to be true.  That’s the problem with abstract predictions.  It’s hard to tell if they are right or not, because there are no details to fact-check.

It’s entertaining.  If she’s right, the corona virus is going to disappear as quickly as it showed up.  If it doesn’t, I guess we can chalk this up as another one on the wrong side.

Coronavirus and Martial Law — Conspiracy Theories Heating Up

Well, when we launched our article unpacking the latest conspiracy theories about the novel coronavirus that is sweeping the world in an epic pandemic, the conspiracy theories were pretty tame.  Things are heating up, however, and the theories are becoming more far-reaching than ever.  Far-reaching doesn’t necessarily mean untrue.  Don’t misunderstand.

We are seeing some unprecedented cancellations of sporting events that generate millions not just in tickets and concessions but for hotels, travel, dining, and pretty much all sectors of the economy where these events were to be held place.  We have seen the President of the United States ban travel from friendly places in Europe.  And now, people are starting to ask the questions that have to be asked.

What if this is as bad as they say and what if it only gets worse.  What if we see a lockdown like in Italy where 16 million people are basically barred from going on with their normal lives?  And what happens if on Election Day, the nation is on lockdown, or so afraid of the coronavirus that they dare not venture out?

What if Donald Trump declares martial law and remains the President regardless of the election?

These are no longer conspiracy theories, folks.  These are legitimate questions that might come into play if this crisis plays out much longer.

Now, many believe that COVID-19 will decrease in intensity as the weather gets warmer.  We certainly hope they are right about this.  It’s possible that we may be witnessing one of the biggest over-reactions to a crisis in the history of the world.  Or they could be right.  It’s so hard to say.

All we can do right now is watch and learn.  Always taking whatever the media and the government tell us with a grain of salt, but observing nonetheless to try to figure out where this thing is going and what the big picture may look like.

As always, please share your thoughts and concerns in the comments below.