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CSC Looks Back at Biggest Conspiracy-Related News of 2014

Everyone is doing year-in-review stories, so Common Sense Conspiracy wants to take a look back at some of the biggest stories of 2014 as related to conspiracy circles. While this often correlates to news stories in general, it is always interesting to pause and reflect on those things that had our conspiracy wheels turning overtime this past year.
2014 was not one of the most active years for conspiracy theorists.  However, there were several stories that caused a lot of speculation.  Many of these had a long story arc that stretched across much of the year.  For example, look at the conflict between the United States and Russia over Ukraine.  That story had conspiracy theorists expecting World War 3 to be right around the corner any minute.  That’s not to mention the implications it could have for a potential New World Order scenario.  This story wouldn’t go away, lingering through most of the year.  And while it seems to have melted out of the mainstream news cycle for now, Common Sense Conspiracy fully expects this one to rear its head again in 2015.

2014 was chock full of asteroid scares.  It seemed like every other week there was a new previously undiscovered asteroid that was about to fly dangerously close to Earth.  Of course, none of these proved to be a real threat to our planet, but that didn’t stop conspiracy forum after conspiracy forum blowing up with speculation not just about these asteroids, but about all of those that could be out there that we know nothing about.  It is definitely troubling that these asteroids are this close and are being discovered just in the nick of time by amateur observers.  You may think technology has us covered on this one, but there is an ever-growing pile of anecdotal evidence that indicates otherwise.

One major story was the Ebola outbreak, which many saw as conspiracy central as it really gained steam in Africa.  The theories about this ranged from government coverups to all-out population-threatening epidemics.  Some believed Ebola would be a springboard for mandatory vaccinations that might have some more sinister passengers on board.  Others went for more traditional conspiracy theories, like manmade biological agents to initiate population control.  Ebola seems to have died out of the news cycle too, but it could just be the calm before the storm.  We’ll see in 2015.

The death of Robin Williams in an apparent suicide was a major story for conspiracy circles in 2014.  People flocked to forums and sites to discuss the possibility that Williams was yet another victim of the Illuminati.  Despite what seemed to be a pretty straightforward case of a depressed man taking his own life, the idea that Robin Williams may have been the victim of some sort of occult sacrifice continued to capture the minds of many.  This was the kind of story that broke down the usual barriers.  We saw hundreds of people interested in these theories that aren’t your average conspiracy junkie.  Personas like the one that Williams possessed inspire that kind of intrigue.  Even people that normally dismiss all of the above as whimsical couldn’t help but want to know what may have driven this man who outwardly seemed to have a pretty satisfying existence over the edge.  Celebrity deaths are always big news in conspiracy circles.  Unfortunately, the bell will keep ringing, and we hold our breath to see who might leave us in the coming year unexpectedly.

The death of Michael Brown and Eric Garner brought America to the brink of all-out race war in 2014, not to mention bringing about far-sweeping criticisms of police throughout the nation.  This issue is still ongoing and will continue to be a big story in 2015.

President Obama continues to keep conspiracy tongues wagging full speed ahead.  This year, he supposedly ended the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and yet, as predicted, almost immediately had to send troops and support right back in.  Then came the rise of ISIS, the new terror network for us all to fear.  As 2014 closes, we are hearing more and more threats of attacks and speculation that there could be many ISIS operatives living in the United States already.  Real or fake, there has never been a more clear setup for a false flag than the mysterious ISIS, with no real face for a leader and no real clear intentions on what they want to do.  That’s the kind of organization others can blame a lot of stuff on if they so desire.

Cyber wars became a big story throughout the year.  Hackers continue to infiltrate networks of major retailers, harvesting thousands of names, phone numbers, addresses, and credit card numbers.  The crippling attack on Sony, initially blamed on North Korea, spotlighted this new frontier for war.  Expect hacking and cyberattacks to be a major news story throughout 2015.  We haven’t seen anything yet on this one.

So, there you have it.  These were just some of the major stories of 2014.  As always, you can access our archives if you want to see some of our day-to-day stories throughout the year.  Common Sense Conspiracy continues to thank our loyal readers for making 2014 a success, and we look forward to serving you with more great stories in the New Year.

Lizard Squad Hacking Group Takes Down Playstation Network (PSN) and XBox One Live — Thanks Guys!

Hacking group Lizard Squad has flexed its muscles once again, taking down the Playstation Network (PSN) and Xbox One Live on the same day within mere hours of one another.  Millions of gamers across the world were left with no way to play the video games they had invested hundreds of their hard-earned dollars in.  Meanwhile, Lizard Squad revealed on its Twitter account that the best is yet to come.  Whatever that means.

Lizard Squad is, as everyone knows, a group of hackers that don’t even try to steal money or private information, but just really enjoy being  a general nuisance to the general public.  They consist of several middle-aged men that work in the IT field and have currently never had sex with a woman or a man.  They have no message to spread, positive or negative, but exist only to try to make good, hard-working people’s lives at home suck a little more than they did before, and of course, to avenge years of “bullying” during high school.

Bottom line:  sucks to be a gamer for a little while till the folks at Sony and Microsoft get this fixed.  Sucks to be a member of Lizard Squad 24/7, 365.

Solar Roadways — Is This the Answer to America’s Energy Problem?

This video is being passed around pretty aggressively in social media here the last few weeks.  A company that has come up with the concept of solar roadways created the video and is trying to solicit donations to potentially get this thing off the ground (or on the ground as it were).  As you might imagine, not everyone is excited about solar roadways for a variety of reasons.  And as you also might imagine, the concept is being boldly ignored by our friends in the mainstream media.

What do you think?  Could this be the wave of the future?  Answer to America’s addiction to energy?  And if so, will Big Oil and other interested parties ever let this technology see the light of day (pardon the pun)?  Let us know what you think in the comments below.

The Problem With Raising Minimum Wage — A Real Story and Real Experience

images-45EDITOR’S NOTE:  This article was originally run after a Michigan legislative vote about raising the minimum wage last year.  In light of Connecticut’s decision to raise the minimum wage to the rate of $10.10 today, we have decided to move this article to our front page temporarily.  Thanks for reading.

In Michigan, they are working toward raising the minimum wage to $10 per hour.  Now, at first glance, this sounds like good news.  For, we all feel like we should be making more money than we are, and seeing a movement toward raising the bottom has got to be good news for everyone, right?  Well, Common Sense Conspiracy wants to explain why raising the minimum wage doesn’t always work like it should.

When I was younger, I worked in a retail establishment and I was paid the current minimum wage of $4.25 per hour (giving away some age details here, aren’t we?).  I worked hard, day in, day out, and over time, the management thought well of me and gave me a big quarter raise.  Now I was toiling away for $4.50 per hour, and things were really looking up.  Then, I got a small promotion of sorts, moving from the bottom of the totem pole to a little higher rung, and they raised me all the way to the staggering wage of $4.85 per hour.  I was overjoyed.  This was some real money, and soon I would be able to afford a car, insurance, and gas to put in it (which was less than a dollar a gallon, I might add).

At about that time, a good fellow named Bill Clinton was President and he was working hard to get the federal minimum wage raised.  He believed that $4.25 simply wasn’t enough to be the floor here; almost everyone in America that was making $4.25 agreed.  So, he fought the usual Congress battle and pushed through legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $5.15.

The buzz around the workplace was amazing.  Everyone was upbeat.  After all, almost everyone at the bottom of the spectrum was about to get what was at that time a massive raise.  The most you could ever hope to get out of the bloodsuckers at “raise time” was a quarter, and now President Clinton was tossing them at least a $0.90 per hour a windfall.  That’s like almost a dollar.  We started looking at new cars, dreaming of moving into our own place, and maybe being able to buy the processed meat in the little plastic bags instead of the kind in the can.  It was good times.

Well, I was pretty happy about it too.  First of all, I’m a pretty nice guy that wants the best for everyone generally.  I didn’t begrudge that all my coworkers instantly jumped up over the level that I worked hard and eventually gained recognition to get to.  I believed in the system and just good old fashioned human kindness.  I believed the company would know that this wasn’t right, and this windfall everyone got would extend to me as well.  See, I believed that people like me that had managed to separate themselves from the others through hard work and dedication would be further rewarded to put that pay scale back into place.

I was wrong.  Dead wrong.

images-46What the company did in response to the minimum wage increase was not only to not alter the pay scale (meaning the top pay at the high end stayed exactly the same) but it even decided to count this government-mandated raise as our next two “raise times” at once.  So, everyone in my class was moved from their current rate to $5.15 per hour.  That was our raises for this year.  Next year, we could then set our sights on moving up to $5.40.  If we were lucky.  But times were tight and there were pretty little memorandums on white paper hanging around everywhere about how we all just had to pull together and get through this.

I did get a raise.  I was making $4.85 before; $5.15 after.  I got a $0.30 per hour raise, which I concur would have probably been greater than the next raise I would have gotten by the ordinary trend…I probably would have got stuck at $5.10 without Bill Clinton’s intervention.  So, yes, I “benefitted” but in reality, I was then leveled out with everyone else at $5.15, even though I had been able to separate myself and move beyond that.  In recap, everyone got an even bigger raise than I had gotten up to that point, and not because they were necessarily a good or bad worker, but because they were alive and breathing.  And for those that had been there for years and years and reached the top of the scale, nothing happened for several years after that.  Finally the company instituted a “cost-of-living” raise and gave the oldtimers a lousy quarter for their loyalty.  By then, the ones that had received the minimum wage windfall had already gotten more raises and the result was that the difference between top pay and just starting today became less and less.

As a side note for sticklers, the minimum wage back in 1996 was raised in two parts, but the result was the same as what I have noted here.  Just saying.

So, the problem with raising the minimum wage is that the American government believes that everything else will just fall in line.  In reality, employers often use it as an excuse to avoid further raises at all ends of the pay spectrum.  It also results in workers feeling belittled that had earned the right to make more than the minimum wage and saw everyone catch up with them overnight.

It’s simple.  As usual, the government only is doing half of what it needs to do.  Raising the minimum wage could be a good thing, but only if you make laws that this raising must affect everyone no matter what pay level they are at.  Meaning, pay scales must be changed to reflect the new normal.  Leaving it up to companies to do this on their own creates nothing but the same situation all over again.

What is Daylight Saving Time All About and Is It Really Necessary in this Era?

Spring forward! Fall back! But why?

We’ve all heard the catchy slogan…Fall back, spring forward.  It refers to the concept of Daylight Saving Time, which pretty much all of the United States has to adhere to in order to make sure we are not out of tune with the rest of the world come Sunday morning.  It is like a rite of passage for us.  We blindly go with the flow, but how many people really understand the history of Daylight Saving Time and where it comes from?  Well, don’t worry, as always Common Sense Conspiracy has you covered.

A man you might have heard of named Benjamin Franklin first coined the Daylight Saving Time concept way back in 1784, but it wasn’t until 1895 when it was first really given serious consideration.  The concept behind it is tied to many advantages that come with having some extra hours of daylight at certain times of the year.  The biggest one is energy conservation.  By adjusting clocks and adapting to a little different schedule, it is theorized that tons of energy resources can be conserved because that extra daylight hours means much less demand for artificial light.  Also, it gives more time for recreational activities during the pleasant months of the year.  Additionally, Daylight Saving Time has been credited with a reduction in automobile accidents.  The idea is that since the adjusted clock schedule keeps more people out in daylight instead of dark, less accidents occur.

This all sounds really great, but many authorities disagree on whether Daylight Savings Time actually provides any of the benefits advertised.  For example, recent studies in the modern era show that Daylight Savings Time does reduce the need for artificial light in the afternoons.  However, the light beats down on the interior of homes, causing it to stay warmer inside than it does when the sun goes down earlier.  Since people are up and about at these times, studies found that people were cranking their energy-hogging air conditioners up even more to accommodate the temperature difference.  Because running an air conditioner units uses a lot more energy than artificial lights, many are pointing out that it actually has a negative effect on conservation of resources.  The automobile accident benefit is another area that is under fire.  While it is true that fewer accidents are reported during the summer months when DST is in effect, it only changes the time frame.  Basically, when the clocks go the other way and it gets darker right around rush hour, even more traffic fatalities are recorded.  So, many experts are saying that DST doesn’t make the roads safer, it just makes them safer at a particular time of year.

Then there’s the health aspect.  Yes, it’s great for the kids and adults alike to have extra time to bask in the sun in the summertime.  However, in the winter, when it gets dark earlier due to DST, the opposite effect happens.  Now, most say that this is okay because winter temperatures keep the kids in anyway.  However, with a population that shows a strong propensity for being Vitamin D deficient, less hours of sunlight in winter just mean that more people are not getting their needed Vitamin D totals.  Vitamin D is created in the body when it is exposed to sunlight.  It does not occur naturally, which is why orange juice and milk were fortified with supplements to help the population fight the deficiency.  Furthermore, the loss of an hour of sleep when we spring forward causes a surge in heart attack prevalence as well as those that have trouble adjusting to sleep cycles anyway.

Obviously, Daylight Saving Time has big fans in various industries.  For example, if you are running a golf course, it’s pretty easy to see that DST is your friend.  It has mixed effects economically.  Daylight can be a golf course owner’s friend, but the movie theater is sucking wind.  Concession stands are flourishing at softball games while retailers find their stores empty.  Put simply, every cause has an effect, every yin a yang.  If one thing is doing better, then something else is doing worse.

Not every state in the United States observes Daylight Saving Time, even now.  Hawaii, Arizona, and the Midway Islands (a United States territory in the Pacific) choose not to observe it at all.  While this doesn’t really matter for Hawaii and the Midway Islands, imagine the dilemma of those living on the state lines in Arizona (which is not a small state, by the way.)  If you live close to the state border, and perhaps even commute to work in another state, you are constantly fighting the DST battle.

So, when it’s all said and done, Daylight Savings Time is something that many are unsure if it is even necessary in this day and age, or if it presents any positive results from its’ institution.  What do you think?
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When Scientists Get It Wrong — “The Door to Hell” Burns 40 Years After Being Lit

This article is part of a little series we are starting up here at Common Sense Conspiracy about when scientists get it wrong.  Meaning, when scientists think they have it all figured out, and then old Mother Nature or whatever you want to call it throws a big wrench in their plans.  The spirit of the articles is to point out that for all of our technological advances as a society and all that we understand about this planet and the universe, we still have so very far to go.  So, without further ado, we want to tell you a story about “The Door to Hell.”  It sounds like something out of a movie or sci-fi novel, but this is 100% factual, and in fact, it can still be seen today.

Talk about an eternal flame.  “The Door to Hell,” as it has been dubbed, is a cavern in Derweze, Turkmenistan.  The town doesn’t have much going for it except the cavern.  With only 350 people living in the area, this is far from a bursting metropolis.  In fact, the people there are tribal and continue to live in a semi-nomadic culture.  Anyhow, Derweze has bountiful amounts of natural gas in and around it.  Back in 1971, Soviet geologists were drilling for it when they tapped into a cavern beneath the surface absolutely packed with natural gas.  Excited at the find, they kept on doing their thing, but the ground collapsed, opening a gaping hole in the Derweze landscape over 230 feet wide.  An eyesore, sure, but more important was the threat of natural gas seeping out of the cavern perpetually.  The scientists scratched their heads and came up with a plan to eliminate the gas and make the area safe.

The plan was simple.  The geologists decided to burn the gas off.  By their calculations, the natural gas in the cavern should burn off in a matter of days, so they lit it on fire in a controlled environment and watched.  It was considered the best option, not only to make it safe, but also because burning it off was considered to be more environmentally friendly than allowing the methane to simply be released into the atmosphere.  Everything was worked great, except the calculations about how much natural gas was coming up through the cavern was a little bit off.  The fire in Derweze is still burning today.  That’s right, 41 years later, the cavern is still burning.  It has become just part of the landscape, and the glow from the flames can be viewed for many miles around.  While it is quite a raging fire, much like in residential and industrial applications, the fire keeps going but stays controlled, completely dependent on the steady stream of natural gas to keep it going.  Over the years, people in the area began to refer to the cavern as “The Door to Hell.”  Check out some of these photographs of the cavern.

It was decided that the cavern should be closed off and eliminated back in 2010, but so far, nothing much has changed.  Scientists no longer have any guess as to how long it may be before the natural gas supply to the cavern is exhausted.

Coconut Water Benefits Examined — Is Everything Being Said About Coconut Water True?

It's like sticking a straw in a coconut...but should we?

Coconut water is all the rage these days, and popular music star (and supposed Illuminati princess, for what it’s worth) Rihanna has endorsed it.  Coconut water manufacturers are touting it as “nature’s sport drink,” leaning on high quantities of potassium and electrolytes as a advertising ploy to try to capture some of the major players in the fitness drink market, namely Gatorade, Powerade, and Propel.  But what’s the real story on coconut water, and how many of these claims are true?  Common Sense Conspiracy takes a closer look.

One claim you often see regarding coconut water is that it boosts your metabolism.  Unfortunately, nothing could be farther from the truth.  Why would it?  Coconut water adds calories, albeit healthy ones, to your diet, and there is no way it could really boost your body’s metabolism.  Now, none of the major manufacturers of coconut water have actually made this claim, but it is a rumor circulating around.  I guess when a Barbados beauty like Rihanna gets behind a product, it’s bound to give rise to crazy theories about how she could look like she does if she throws back a gallon of coconut water every day.  The truth is that exercise and muscle growth are the only things that can claim to truly boost your metabolism.

Another common claim for coconut water endorsers is that it will make you look younger.  Well, this one swings both ways.  Coconut water contains cytokinins, plant hormones that have been observed to slow down the aging process in plants and fruit flies.  No such evidence has been released for humans.  Still, though, the comment is kind of wide open in that being properly hydrated helps all people to look younger.  But that benefit is not native to coconut water.  Just good ole H2O will provide the same benefit over time.

Those that find themselves over-imbibing on occasion often tout coconut water as a miracle cure for a hangover.  Well, they might be right.  But the real miracle is called hydration.  A hangover is basically the aftereffects of taking in high amounts of alcohol.  The body is dehydrated, and it signals its discontent with this state by giving the sufferer massive headaches.  The answer, of course, is getting re-hydrated and letting nature take its course.  Coconut water does indeed help this, but so does water or any other liquid beverage that does not contain caffeine or alcohol.

Another myth is that drinking coconut water will make you look like Rihanna. Not so much.

Coconut water is often touted as heart-healthy.  Well, it is.  It contains loads of potassium, more than in bananas, and many studies suggest that potassium helps fight high blood pressure.  However, there are plenty of other things that could claim this heart-healthy status as well.  Even old-fashioned milk comes in with the same benefits, plus extra vitamins and minerals like Vitamin D.  So, the bottom line is that coconut water is a good choice, but it is not anymore heart-healthy than other options on the table.

We close with the frequent advertising ploy that coconut water is “nature’s sports drink.”  The concept is simple.  Coconut water contains electrolytes that are usually depleted by athletic or aerobic exercises.  Therefore, they say that it is like a natural alternative to Gatorade and other such purported sports drinks.  In reality, coconut water packs a huge punch of potassium, but it has little in the way of salt.  Now, we all know that salt is the heart’s worst enemy by all studies and accounts, but when you exercise in a major way, your body sweats off tons of salt.  Other sports drinks help control the balance of salt that is necessary, while still giving a punch of potassium as well.  Coconut water delivers the potassium, but almost a negligible amount of salt.  So in extreme workouts, coconut water falls a little short at replacing sports hydration drinks.

Don’t misunderstand us.  Coconut water is an excellent thing to drink as hydration for your body.  We are just pointing out some of the misconceptions that are spread around by the media and advertising.  So, feel free to turn that boxy looking bottle down and enjoy!