I'm still laughing at this one folks; these people are really getting desperate, and now have the cheek to present some pretty serious nonsense in a "science" journal.

Yes, you read that headline correctly: all those exploding ammo dumps that have been in the news in recent months are due to... climate change, according to this article sent along by G.B.:

Climate Change May Be Blowing Up Arms Depots

And here's the gist of this Scientific American article:

It was a little before 4 A.M., on an airless morning in June 2018, when the arms depot in Baharka, Iraqi Kurdistan, blew up. Brightening the dawn sky for kilometers around, the blast sent rockets, bullets and artillery rounds hurtling in every direction. Officials say no one was killed. But were it not for the early hour and reduced garrison, the death toll might well have been horrendous.

A year later, another arsenal exploded just to the southwest of Baharka, reportedly destroying millions of dollars’ worth of ammunition amassed during the fight against ISIS. Two similar blasts around Baghdad followed a few weeks after that, killing and wounding dozens of people between them. Before the end of this past summer, at least six munitions sites had gone up in flames in Iraq alone, according to Iraqi security sources.

While details of the blasts were scarce, investigators agreed that most incidents shared a common theme: hot weather. Each explosion came in the midst of a long, scorching Iraqi summer, when temperatures routinely topped 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit). And they all struck just as powerful heat waves ramped up. Explosives experts say such intense heat can weaken munitions’ structural integrity, cause the thermal expansion of explosive chemicals and damage protective shields.

Well, gee, color me surprised. High heat can cause munitions to explode? Rats! I was just about to barbecue my Big Bertha projectiles, and here I find out that lighting fires under munitions is probably not a good idea! But forget about lighting fires, it's all climate change:

As climate change raises summer temperatures and boosts the number and severity of heat waves the world over, weapons experts warn of more of such unplanned explosions at munitions sites, or UEMS—particularly in places that are already steeped in conflict or have poor stockpile management, or both. This potent combination is fueling a spate of destruction and death that has residents of heavily militarized areas on edge. “As soon as it gets hot, we fear the worst,” says Emad Hassan, a welder in Dora, a Baghdad neighborhood that has experienced several depot disasters.

So which is it? Climate change? Or merely poor storage problems, as the article backhandedly admits is actually the case? If the former, I have to be quite honestly extremely skeptical: the Russian ammo dump explosions didn't occur in "high heat areas," and as for storing ammunition safely, well, the Russians have been doing that for a pretty long time now and doing it with lots of munitions (Q.v.  World War Two). And as for ammo dumps in the desert, high heat, and explosions, I have a couple of other difficulties with this climate change narrative that can be summed up in six words: "German Africa Corps" and "British Eighth Army" (q.v. Generals Wavell, Auchinlek, Graziani, Bastico, Cunningham, Ritchie, Rommel, &c).  You may remember those entities as they chased each other around North Africa in sweltering heat from 1941 to 1943, shooting munitions at each other in temperatures of over a hundred degrees, and I don't recall reading about any exploding British, Italian, or German ammo dumps due to problems with climate change, high heat and poor storage. But now all of a sudden, Africa Corps and Eighth Army notwithstanding, we have a new fear to add to our fear porn list: high heat and exploding ammo dumps.

If all that sounds silly, that's because it is, just like the article.  Yea, I get the business about long term storage and the breakdown of chemical stabilizers and so on. But isn't that a storage and use problem, having nothing to do with climate change? And the British Eighth Army comes to mind once again. Before its massive North African desert offensives in 1941 and again in 1942, the British stockpiled massive amounts of munitions and petrol in the desert for weeks... moving it, stockpiling it, and moving it again, and as far as I know, did so without incident. So color me skeptical again... there's something massively wrong with this article and its breezy assertions and attempts to tie all this to climate change.

See you on the flip side...

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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. Danna on December 3, 2019 at 10:59 am

    This use to be called acid rain. Think of all the decaying metal barrels buried underground that are leaking god knows what that have been exposed to whatever they are calling it. Oh that’s right they spray it on the highways, streets and backroads now.

  2. zendogbreath on November 22, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    So apparently our anticipation of a reality where a critical mass of people recognize the obviousness of the lies grow less likely? So we’re wrong to think critical thinking will increase and improve? That more and more of us may not increase our perception, recognition and working skills with cognitive dissonance?

    • zendogbreath on November 22, 2019 at 1:37 pm

      My hope was that the mounting cognitive dissonance would push a critical mass of us into more accurate perceptions and analyses and induce better society. So much for that hope and change eh?

  3. Allcingeye on November 21, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Why put this article out is the Question.
    Truck moving explosives has self detonated as it passed the building containing thousands of documents and photos of Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein. Experts are putting it down to very high heat. Global warming has been blamed. says the Sun news paper.
    Six young women was viewing the material for the up and coming trial at the time.
    Stray rounds from the explosion is thought to have hit all six women in the head killing them instantly. The high heat at the site means a full investigation will not be carried out.

    • zendogbreath on November 22, 2019 at 12:52 pm

      Wow. Well played Alicingeye. Careful. When that scenario jells, your post may be viral as predictive and/or participatory in the conspiracy.

  4. zendogbreath on November 20, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Seems we’re all being played (as in dumbed down) same as dat was done by JD Salinger in Franny and Zoey and Catcher in the Rye. Not only are we being conditioned to be accepting of poor writing, we are being conditioned to accept unacceptable behavior from jerk, ah I mean characters of questionable character.

  5. Pierre on November 19, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    You know what? It has been said that in any debate the first one to mention Hitler looses the argument. I’d say that the first article to mention ISIS (is USUS) as a separate and independent revolutionary group that goes ON and ON and ON loses any credibility.
    Religion (climate change, holocaustianity, trans’ism) is the new Science. Dark Ages reduces Global Warming.

    Scientific American, MythBusters… all failed 911 101 class almost 20 years ago. now if they’d only turn ALL the buildings into dust, not steer those hurricanes 90 degrees away, whip it all up into the jet stream, like Fuksuhima, that will save us from global warming.
    just checking, that article, sillier than most, was brought to you be Peter Schwartzstein … now let me guess….

    • zendogbreath on November 20, 2019 at 10:58 pm

      Holocaustianity. That is a word. Thank you. That turned me on to metapedia. You might have been referencing Godwin’s Law.

      These are all curiosities to me and have been more than a decade. Pondering the level of ignorance required in an audience to believe the propaganda we have been compelled to allow foisted on us and ensuing generations. A few years back I realized that this wretchedly hard to believe propaganda was not targeted at us nearly as much as the ensuing generations. Much harder to grock: is that the ensuing generations are smarter than we were and less gullible in many ways. Even if they are comparatively genius, it is still going to be much harder for them to grock what was and was not possible back in previous generations.

      I still do not know what to make of my father-in-law when he told me in the ’90’s how he and everyone else knew that Roosevelt at least allowed Pearl’s attack. They still all enlisted immediately and completely. It was decades before I suspected that. It never occurred to me that they all knew immediately. What do you suppose all those parents and grandparents thought of their kids all those years?

      I call that the Santa Claus syndrome. In way it is a burn. In the end, one necessarily blames what an unfriendly social worker termed “cultural incompetence” on Carlyle’s Way
      Making a mint inside “the iron triangle” of defense, government, and industry the culturally incompetent. In fact the culturally incompetent were carefully manipulated into that ignorance. So why is it that parents think it is cute, let alone wise, to lie to toddlers?

      • zendogbreath on November 20, 2019 at 11:05 pm

        Last paragraph correction:

        I call that the Santa Claus syndrome. In a way it is a burn. In the end, one necessarily blames the victim when calling someone culturally incompetent. At least that’s true in this context since the commoners were so carefully manipulated that ignorance (gas lit, mockingbirded, mk ultra’d,). So why is it ok to lie to toddlers on so many topics?

  6. marcos toledo on November 19, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Have we not been down this road before it was called The Dark Ages. But I suspect not even at that time they dream up a excuse this lame. What terrifies me is that our elites are dumb enough to believe this stupid story or have that much contempt for our intelligence.

    • zendogbreath on November 20, 2019 at 10:41 pm

      As much as the robber barons deserve the verbal abuse, it feels unwise to consider them dumb. They likely do have contempt for us if not our intelligence. The feeling reminds me of the scenario where a home owner puts a gun to the head of the burglar in the middle of the night and the burglar smiles. When it looks like checkmate and the checkmated looks confident, it is time to recheck the board – if it is not too late.

    • basta on November 21, 2019 at 11:36 am

      Marcos I’ve been thinking the same thing for quite a while now and almost added much the same to my earlier post. What strikes me is how threadbare and lame the propaganda has become; think back to intricacies of the entire JFK snow job — that was an impressive piece of work carried out assiduously for at least a decade, even though it had some real whoppers like the magic bullet. I’ve probed about JFK with some quite intelligent people and even today they are quite convinced by the official story.

      Today, you get this patently laughable garbage that no thinking person can believe. I think a part of it is that the general dumbing down of ‘Merika has also led to a general dumbing down of the grunts who write this tripe, but then there is also clearly a contempt for the average intelligence at play, so just put out any old swill and the gullible dupes out there will buy it.

      A perfect example was the Obama birth certificate, a Photoshop hack job with the 17 layers of changes–with different fonts, colors and dot-screen resolutions–all left out there on the official White House website for anyone to download and examine. They didn’t even bother to compress the edits and left the layers of changes intact for anyone who has the slightest clue about Photoshop editing to see. It was so in-your-face sloppy that it simply had to have been done on purpose–a big middle finger to the world–and the media simply reported that the BC had been produced and so now shut up already. I work on Photoshop nearly every day and was astounded when I looked at it. One of the main creators of Photoshop wrote an article about it, saying of course it was the most patently amateurish fraud she had ever encountered. There you have it.

      • zendogbreath on November 22, 2019 at 12:49 pm

        It’s an industrialization of the lie. The lies are being made easier to sell by increasing the quantity of lies sold and decreasing the quality.

  7. Chris Wyke on November 19, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    I was wondering why that ammunition dump in Krasnoyarsk Krai, Siberia exploded back in the summer. That time of year there can get up to a blistering to 68F ; )

  8. Katmandew on November 19, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    All the hunters across America are warned about this problem right? Leaving ammo in a hot car is extremely dangerous!! But wait I’ve never heard of any hunter ammo blowing up from heat. Scientific America should be embarrassed on publishing this propaganda.

  9. Robert Barricklow on November 19, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    “They” use a dart board of excuses.
    Just toss a dart and compose an news algorithm to spread the targeted news.
    Another news bomb is thus dropped and the lies circumnavigate the globe unencumbered by truth; a human being who is still just getting his trousers on.

    Scientific American[I, long ago, used to subscribe to…
    before the Director[$] for DC Comics/Marvel took command as of S.A.].
    My magazines are getting hammered by socialized engineering. Soon all editors will be algorithms. Hell, even the writers will be. Hell, even the readers will be educated and trained by them.

    What an amalgamated world they’re redesigning!

    • zendogbreath on November 20, 2019 at 10:27 pm

      It’s all periodicals (and books). There are still good ones. They are just becoming more expensive and further removed from the reach of the commoners faster. I had a profitable and challenging physical subscription to Red Herring delivered to me door until they published Dan Briody’s “Carlyle’s Way, Making a mint inside “the iron triangle” of defense, government, and industry” shortly after 9/11/01. Shortly after that I got a note telling me that my subscription was cancelled and replaced by Business2.0, a msft periodical.

      If I wanted continue my subscription with Red Herring, I was required to pick it back up on line at ten times the price. It would have been worth it and still is from what I can tell. I just could not convince myself that we could afford that scratch. Odd how access to resources can be so carefully tiered eh? Financial, intellectual, conceptual, anything.

      Doc, is this part of what you and CAF were describing about owning the culture? Sidestepping hurdles to continue what access to pertinent and accurate information?

      • Robert Barricklow on November 20, 2019 at 11:09 pm


        That’s what privatized information utilities render;
        they[Google, Facebook, etc.,] cannibalize information.

  10. anakephalaiosis on November 19, 2019 at 8:24 am

    The alien meme is not working, because the popular demand, for selfie shots, with an actual alien, is too high.

    So the weather meme becomes plan B.

    Merging together the astrology column and the weather forecast should do the trick.

  11. WalkingDead on November 19, 2019 at 8:08 am

    “We’ll know we have succeeded when everything the population believes is a lie.” Clowns In Action…
    “If you’re going to lie, make the lie big enough, and tell it often enough, that it becomes accepted as fact.”
    Methinks they have fallen for their own propaganda, Oops…

  12. basta on November 19, 2019 at 8:01 am

    Of course, by publishing such shoddy tripe it just makes all the rest suspect propaganda, too. Add a pair of quotation marks about “Scientific.”

    The utter implosion of the Mockingbird media (also brought about by climate change?) is the great story of our time.

    • Robert Barricklow on November 19, 2019 at 12:14 pm

      Now that’s a ironic twist!
      Loved it!

  13. goshawks on November 19, 2019 at 5:40 am

    Yep, stupid associations in that article. I take it more as trying to ‘lump together’ climate change with everything under the sun (hah!). Keep drumming it out in the media until it becomes entrenched: an ‘established fact’. Part of the Carbon Tax push and other elite initiatives for control. Bah. (It could also be part of a cover-up concerning opposing forces being able to penetrate into ammo dumps and sabotage them – in any country.)

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