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:
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...