There's been another massive chemical plant explosion, but this time, it's not in Russia or China, but in Rouen, France, and as you might have guessed, it has me wondering: Are we watching just an unfortunate string of accidents? or is there something more sinister going on, a kind of covert warfare perhaps?

There's precious little to go on thus far in this story (which I was alerted to by N.). Here are two articles about the story:

UPDATE: Fire at French chemical factory 'will burn for days

Rouen chemical plant fire sparks regional agricultural ban

Thus far, the news is reporting that no one knows exactly what started the explosions and the blaze, but the second article does contain this bit of information:

The huge blaze erupted on Thursday in a storage facility owned by Lubrizol, a manufacturer of industrial lubricants and fuel additives owned by the billionaire American investor Warren Buffett.

Firefighters took hours to put out the fire, which erupted at around 2:30am (0030 GMT) Thursday at the storage facility.

The Lubrizol plant sits just a few kilometres from the centre of Rouen, a city of some 100,000 people. The smoke spread 22 kilometres (14 miles).

Lubrizol said the fire damaged a storage facility, a drumming warehouse and an administrative building. (Emphasis added)

And then there's this:

Prosecutors have launched an inquiry into the cause of the explosion and fire, which woke up residents with a booming explosion.

Now, obviously, I have no idea about French law, and it may be entirely normal that prosecutors in France are required to initiate inquiries and investigations in circumstances like this. Nevertheless, it does suggest that in addition to the odor of burning chemicals that the French officials may have caught another kind of odor altogether, perhaps one of deliberate action, or perhaps even that of negligence or failure to comply with French regulations governing chemical plants.

Needless to say, given the spate of ammunition plants in Russia blowing up this year, not to mention Russian rockets exploding, a Russian submarine sinking (and then its crew hailed by President Putin as national heroes, for reasons we're never made aware of), and in recent years explosions at Chinese chemical plants (the one in Tianjin producing a suspiciously deep and narrow crater), I've been entertaining the wide and woolly-end-of-the-twig high octane speculation that perhaps what we've been watching is some sort of covert warfare going on.

But perhaps those French officials have caught yet another kind of odor, not of negligence or lack of regulatory compliance, nor even that of deliberate action, but altogether something else, and it's that "something else" that's the subject of my high octane speculation. During the Cold War, when news of such events managed to leak out from behind the Iron Curtain, I could remember the typical response in the West being that it was just typical for shoddily-run plants in corrupt socialist countries like the Soviet Union or the People's Republic of China. Frankly, such explanations did not gain much traction with me. The Russians and Chinese are simply not incompetent as peoples. Neither are the French. So we might be looking at just an unfortunate string of accidents, rather than some deep dark maneuverings of various global "deep states."

But if we're not looking at an unfortunate string of accidents, nor at a string of non-compliant chemical and ammunition plants in Russia, China, and France, nor at a covert warfare being conducted behind the scenes, then what might we be looking at? Well, brace yourself, because I am taking a dive right off the end of the High Octane Speculation twig on this one, and I might belly-flop at the end of a very long fall on the canyon floor like Wile E. Coyote. You're welcome to blow your party whistles and howl with laughter at this one, because I admit, it very likely could be a knee-slapper. In fact, I had originally thought to compose today's main blog about today's "Tidbit", and to make this story the tidbit. But either way, I'm thinking along the same lines in both instances.

So enough, already, of going around Harvey's Barn. What's the high octane speculation? What other thing could be happening?

I've been saying for years that there's no such thing as a "closed system" (which is bad news for people of a certain type of philosophical bent, but I digress). What one does in one system - such as modifying a weather system - can have unforeseen repercussions in other systems. So with that in mind, consider all the chemical spraying that has been going on for the past few years, with heavy metals of one form or another being dumped into the Earth's atmosphere, ostensibly to aid in damping the effects of "climate change," but more obviously to increase the electrical conductivity and ionization properties in regions of the atmosphere. It falls to Earth, and gets into the water, the food supply, and the air you breathe in your homes, or for that matter the air in  your local ammunition factory or chemical plant, or the air in your electric car battery compartment. Under these modified conditions, of a 'metalized" atmosphere, it might just be slightly possible that conditions could arise where the slightest spark might initiate a catastrophic "burn" of these elements which would use the local atmospheric oxygen as an oxidant, much like a fuel air bomb explosion.

Yea, I know. It's a nutty idea, but I just thought I'd toss it out there anyway. But just in case this does have any traction, then I suspect one easily predictable consequence will be more unforeseen explosions at grain elevators ala "well-run grain elevator explodes, cause unknown."

And while you're blowing your party whistles and howling with laughter at the idea, check out today's "Tidbit."

See you on the flip side...


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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Maatkare3114 on October 3, 2019 at 6:54 am

    Critics have accused ministers of “communication from another age” after they initially appeared to play down the blaze as a ‘minor security incident’. Well that’s a start.. What type of security issue? No more mention of this.

    Local hospitals said they admitted 156 people to casualty with respiratory problems potentially linked to the blaze.
    Some teachers have refused to resume classes, citing health risks, and some local residents and businesses have filed lawsuits to seek damages.

    On Wednesday, some 100 mayors of local Norman towns and villages asked for the government to declare a “state of technological catastrophe” in the area and to conduct medical checks on the population.
    The fire started outside the factory and spread to the site according to Lubrizol, and that the fire released mostly ‘natural and organic’ substances such as hydrocarbons and mercaptan.
    There has also been a ban on harvesting of crops and the sale of milk and produce of animal origin from the region.
    However, other concerns were raised, such as the collapse of the factory roof, which contained asbestos. But authorities were quick to say dispersion of asbestos fibres in the air was minimal, but they were concerned that children would ingest the ‘soot’ due to poor hygiene. They say that toys and hands should be regularly cleaned.

    I wonder if the factory needed maintenance which would have cost the company more than they were willing to spend. The removal of asbestos as everyone knows, is an expensive procedure. People are quite rightly asking questions about this whole affair and hundreds of people have marched through Rouen carrying placards that read “our children are in danger”. People unconvinced by the government’s assurances that the air and water are safe.

    Pierre-André Durand, the prefect of Seine-Maritime, said ”We’re living in a climate of generalized suspicion,” Durand told BFM television on Tuesday, lamenting the spread of “fake news” regarding the fire and its consequences. “The government’s line is transparency, transparency, transparency,” he protested. “What interest would we have in lying or hiding the facts?” ( A lot)
    Only hours later, however, France’s health minister sounded a more cautious note after visiting the site.

    “The city is clearly polluted,” minister Agnès Buzyn told reporters, adding: “I cannot guarantee that there is no danger. There are of course traces of hydrocarbons.”
    Asbestos polluted the air after 9/11, and the consequenses are still being felt by those in the vicinity.

    Agriculture Minister Didier Guillaume said “We know the air is polluted over Rouen, we know some asbestos was burnt. What we still need to know is whether the pollution is serious and can carry consequences for public health.”

    Gas cloud reaches Kent coast.

    This fire was the third serious accident in seven years at the site.
    In January 2013, a huge cloud of mercaptan gas leaked from the factory and blew all the way to Paris and across the Channel into southern England, where residents complained about the smell. And in 2015, 2,000 litres of mineral oil used in lubricants leaked from the Lubrizol site into the local sewer system.

    The company operating the plant, filed a court complaint for “involuntary destruction”, saying that the origin of the fire was “external” to the plant. ….Don’t forget about the ‘security incident’….

  2. Miguel Oniga on October 3, 2019 at 6:49 am

    Now cellphones are doing it too.

  3. Pierre on October 2, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    local weather report and that was the first thing I thought of.
    “I would never have thought this larger swathe of rainforest could burn in this park,” he told 7.30.” “Rainforest fires are rare, according to Queensland Herbarium ecologist Dr Rod Fensham.

    “Rainforest is fire retardant,” he said.

    “It has this shady canopy that supresses all the ground fuel, it has a cool moist microclimate, it breaks the wind, it has every trick in the book to supress fire, but in extreme conditions it can burn.””

    there is a B grade SF doom movie, These Final Hours (2013), set in Perth, Western Australia, waiting for the End, a huge global circumventing wall of fire. Like The Road (2009) , they didnt say what caused it, or what, er, sparked it.

  4. TRM on October 2, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    Industrial warfare has been going on a long time. Remember the 1982 pipeline explosion in the old Soviet Union? It was so big some US military people thought it was a nuke. Pressure sensors that would report “all fine” when it wasn’t.

    The “nice” thing about it is that there is no evidence left.

  5. zendogbreath on October 2, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    These are all close fetched ideas. As ever, my vote is for a combination of all these ideas. Makes me wanna eat my glyphosated/aluminized fruit loops breakfast in my self driving tesla on my way to work and park it right next to the boss’ car in the underground car park.

    Funny how hubris pays off in different unexpected ways. At least unexpected so far by us. Curious now to see how it all gets coverage. Is Pewdie Pie going to be one of the more sensible commentators on this?

  6. Crow on October 2, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    I’m aware of the Chinese explosions in China. I agree with u on the covert warfare. I had a dream a few weeks ago that there was a huge explosion, it was deadly…like bombs dropping. Trump appeared to me and said, “We are getting hit hard, France got hit… But we are going to hit back…harder and we are going to use your son to do it.” I told my friends to pay attention to France…this could be it.

  7. Richard on October 2, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Not one to add a flashpoint to your “high octane speculations,” but those Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) might need to be given a review by first responders if not already up to date and speed. Especially important where there are such facilities of large containerization of potentially flammable compounds.

    Quite right, that there are no such things as “closed systems.” Limited containment, dispersed quantities, and routed transportation to maintain supply / demand. Bulk stock piling has its dangers and risks. Mitigating potential hazards nearly always has compliance issues.

    In the matter of France’s recent chemical calamity, in some ways not that much different from Turkey’s exploding chemical containers except theirs sent the metal containers straight up into the air as if launched. The weather is likely a player as their current drought contributes toward static electricity flows where they’re made easier from this weather-related oversight. Anyone who has had direct insight to what accumulated dust in a silo can do with one spark gains an appreciation for what might seem benign is actually a building combustion scenario. Dust from agricultural processes might be initially dry but in an accumulated confinement has other vapors along with it that are flammable. Chemicals and dust combinations are no better. That there’s dust accumulating due to prolonged dryness is an indicator to expand safety measures to account for nonstandard preparedness. Such combustible scenarios do not care what cathedral or chemical containers are burned.

    Changing ambient conditions, for whatever blame attached, need to have current protocols re-evaluated. Negating this neglect might curtail future hazardous conditions from opportunistic ignition.

    Tesla might be dealing with stray electromagnetic eddies that organize into an unaccounted-for heat source potential that wreaks havoc on delicate circuitry and potential energy storage units waiting for a closed circuit to flow. A sort of strange but lethal free energy source that exceeds heat tolerances of combustible materials. The type of event that falls into the unexpected consequences category. The kind that Nikola Tesla referred to as free even organized energy by way of organized circuits and coils.

  8. marcos toledo on October 2, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Metals released in the atmosphere would provide cover say an act of god excuse for any nefarious actions against any rival state.

  9. goshawks on October 2, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    The human population growing to 7.7 billion means that the number of various chemical/industrial plants has kept pace. We should expect more ‘booms’ than a half century back, statistically.

    That being said, I am going to go with False Flag on this one. Macron has been having to deal with the Yellow Vest phenomenon not going away. (Income disparity is causing it. Duh.) He has no tools to fight them, as their cause is just and they have been mostly non-violent.

    However, if Macron can ‘prove’ that they have become a social menace via torching a chemical plant, he can now crack-down on them in the name of public safety. And also knowing nothing about French law, “Prosecutors have launched an inquiry into the cause of the explosion and fire” could be the first step into a pre-ordained finding. Something to watch…

  10. Robert Barricklow on October 2, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Well I asked for it>
    I brought up some middle eastern magic and it burned me.
    This is my second post. the first went poof.
    It all started w/me trying to get around the modulator w/ the tip for tap; a middle English term for blow by blow. Just as bad as the _it for tat in innuendo terms. Now somehow I ended up addressing that in today’s loaded any respectable sleeping Djinns shall have an explosive global reawakening.
    Well, it’s a stretch the second time around with a lot missing from the original post.
    But, that’s what happens w/playing around w/Djinns.

    • Robert Barricklow on October 2, 2019 at 4:11 pm today’s loaded-for-bear atmosphere any respectable…
      [Typical me leaving that part out]

  11. Danna on October 2, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    Maybe something or someone does not like chemical plants.

    • DanaThomas on October 2, 2019 at 4:18 pm

      You may have something there. We tend to think of these plants as a cog in the industrial machine, where everything that goes on is clear, fully known and above-board. There is a lot of talk about the “emissions” problem, but what about the actual products? Are the chemical and oil corporations historically trustworthy, do they operate with transparency, do they have a corporate culture of respect for the law? If they received (or made) threats, would they talk about them? It would be hard to respond affirmatively to these questions.

  12. guitardave on October 2, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Doc, I don’t think it’s so far out…but I don’t think it’s just a matter of the grain silo type of, “volatile dust at the right concentration” thing that needs an actual spark.

    I really think the metals aspect has created a charge differential effect that leads to some kind of “strange fire” plasma effect, (similar to a dry, windy, high static day, but on steroids)…..and maybe just a small nudge from Jupiter’s laser satellite creates a ‘static on roids’ miniature ball lightning thing where the laser pulse grounds…..Ka-BOOM!

    • Joseph P. Farrell on October 2, 2019 at 3:03 pm

      Wasn’t that more or less what I said? FAEs require an electrical initiation.

      • guitardave on October 2, 2019 at 4:46 pm

        Yes…but i thought you were implying the metals in the air were fuel, like the grain dust…i was thinking the metal particulate is more of a conductor for the plasma…the chemicals/ oil/ ammo is the fuel. sorry for the confusion.

  13. OrigensChild on October 2, 2019 at 8:15 am

    On the contrary, sir. I have always assumed these airborne particulates could act as a force multiplier with respect to odd weather-related events. Though they may not be the primary cause, they would boost the efficiency of such events when used with weaponized technologies.

  14. thebear on October 2, 2019 at 7:34 am

    Not so far fetched at all sir

  15. anakephalaiosis on October 2, 2019 at 7:32 am

    Jesuits would slip anyone the poison pill, Borgia style, and no one would allow their presence, after the wars of religion.

    Therefore the organization, of trained assassins, had to be seen done away with, coinciding with founding of Freemasonry.

    Takeover, of the stonemason guild, provided perfect cover, to infiltrate the judicial systems, from where apron assassins work today.

    Papacy is burning France. Déjà vu.

  16. davidmflatley on October 2, 2019 at 6:41 am

    Dear Joseph, Here in Northern California we are not laughing. Please see 1,640,000 results returned in the following inquiry about aluminum oxide dust from chemtrails contributing to the recent ”explosive” forest fires.;_ylt=AwrUjdNFfJRd9w4A5Q0PxQt.;_ylc=X1MDMjExNDcwMDU1OQRfcgMyBGZyA3locy1kY29sYS0wMDEEZ3ByaWQDBG5fcnNsdAMwBG5fc3VnZwMwBG9yaWdpbgNzZWFyY2gueWFob28uY29tBHBvcwMwBHBxc3RyAwRwcXN0cmwDMARxc3RybAM2OARxdWVyeQNBbHVtaW51biUyMGNoZW10cmFpbCUyMGR1c3QlMjBhbmQlMjAnJ0V4cGxvc2l2ZScnJTIwZm9yZXN0JTIwZmlyZXMlMjBpbiUyMENhbGlmb3JuaWEEdF9zdG1wAzE1NzAwMTIzMTI-?p=Aluminun+chemtrail+dust+and+%27%27Explosive%27%27+forest+fires+in+California&fr2=sb-top&hspart=dcola&hsimp=yhs-001&param1=1&param2=cat%3Dweb%26sesid%3D8c800ec53b596a7aec7890098324bc55%26ip%3D73.41.211.160%26b%3DFirefox%26bv%3D69.0%26os%3DWindows-7%26os_ver%3D6.1%26pa%3Dgencoll22%26sid%3D126996b7bf7af70e633d30fc06485605%26abid%3D%26abg%3D%26a%3Dgsp_lovelytabff_00_00%26sdk_ver%3D%26cd%3D%26cr%3D%26f%3D%26uref%3D&type=gsp_lovelytabff_00_00

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