December 3, 2019 By Joseph P. Farrell

I had a lot of people emailing me this story  in various versions in the past week about the explosion at the synthetic rubber chemical plant in Port Neches, Texas:

Massive explosion at chemical plant in Port Neches, Texas lights up night sky (VIDEOS)

60,000 people ordered to flee as another explosion rocks burning Texas chemical plant (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

If you're a regular reader here, you know me: I'm very skeptical of all these explosions. In fact, it seems as if we've seen a raft of them, beginning with the strange explosion of the Chinese chemical plant in Tianjin east of Beijing a few years ago. Remember that one? I even blogged about it. (See  and  and This was followed by yet another explosion at a Chinese chemical plant, and then of course we watched two Russian ammunition dumps and munitions factories explode, another explosion at a Russian hospital, an explosion of an ammo dump in Iraq, another chemical plant explosion in Rouen, France, and now a chemical plant explosion in Port Neches, Texas.

The Iraqi ammunition dump explosion I found highly suspicious, if for no other reason than that Arabs have been stockpiling munitions for decades in high heat without incident. They know how to do it. And similarly, the Chinese, French, Russians, and Americans know how to run chemical plants and store ammunition. Or do they? We'll get back to that in a moment.

If there's a pattern here, it's this: the explosions seem to be either mainly in petro-chemical plants, or ammunition facilities. And they pose a nasty and highly problematical question: have the people running chemical plants and storing ammunition from France, Russia, and China to Texas all of a sudden become curiously incompetent and stupid? (Or, to put it differently, did they all attend American schools and learn their unique gifts of incompetence and stupidity from Common Core?) Or are we looking at something more sinister?

Back when the Tianjin explosion occurred, I speculated that perhaps it was not an accident, but a message. But if a message, who's sending it? If we assume that the raft of these explosions is not accidental, nor incompetence, nor stupidity, then other questions of interpretation arise: are we looking at a kind of covert warfare going on between the countries involved? Or are we looking at one behind-the-scenes actor, with tentacles in each of the affected countries? Or are we looking at cyber-warfare, such as some suspect was involved at Fukushima? or are we looking at some sort of exotic technology able to detonate munitions and chemical plants at a distance? Some, for example, speculated after the Tianjin chemical plant explosion that a "rod of God" may have been the culprit, due to the extraordinarily deep and narrow crater left at the site of the plant. Others, myself included, have speculated that some sort of exotic energy weaponry may be involved, similar to what has been speculated for some of the California fires anomalies.

So on to the high octane speculation of the day, because there's another pattern in evidence here. It's one of those obvious things that one doesn't notice until the obviousness attracts a bit of attention. And it's a curiously contradictory pattern. In some cases, there's a rush to (nonsensical) explanation. For example, in the case of the Iraqi ammunition dump explosion, there was a rush to explain it all as being due to high heat, the destabilization of explosives due to that, and so on. As I pointed out in a previous blog, that doesn't make much sense to me, because as I pointed out, all major combatants in the region in the past few decades have been storing munitions all over the place, without incident. But in most other cases, there is a curious lack of explanation of the explosions, or if there is, they are long on narrative and short on plausible details.

It's not much to go on, of course. As the old adage goes, the absence of evidence is not evidence of the absence of evidence, or something like that. It's that strangely contradictory pattern both of the rush to explain certain incidents (the Iraqi ammo dump explosion) and the curious lack of explanation in other cases (Tianjin, Novosibirsk, Port Neches) that raises my suspicion meter into the red zone.

Or to put it country simple: my money is not of the "string of coincidences" hypothesis... covert ops are a game that two or more can play.

See you on the flip side...