First off, let's start with the obvious: I'm not a scientist, nor an explosives expert, nor anything even approximately close to the two. So take what follows with a grain of salt. In fact, probably a whole bag of salt. With that said, as one might expect, my inbox has been stuffed in the last two days with emails, videos, tweets, and so on, of that very large explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, that leveled a district of the city, sadly killed several people, and left many others -hundreds of thousands according to some reports (See, with devastated homes.

However, judging from the email I received the last two days, I think it safe to say that no one thinks that the explosion in Beirut was entirely "natural." Everyone, myself included, found it too "unusual," for whatever reason, and offered their own speculations, and asked me for mine. I have to admit that I've watched several videos, and while my first thought after seeing the earliest videos was "some kind of fuel air bomb," I spent much of yesterday afternoon watching other videos from different perspectives, and I am now not so inclined to take that view, though I still hold it out as a possibility.  We'll get back to that. As of now, there are are two main theories:

(1) The media is now reporting that the explosion was due to massive amounts of stored ammonia nitrate, as per this article from Zero Hedge which states that the amount was some 2750 tons, and that it  was stored there for six years, implying that the explosion may have been an accident, or possibly, sabotage:

Trump Calls Beirut Explosion "A Terrible Attack - A Bomb Of Some Kind" After Briefed By Generals

That same article, however, indicates that

(2) U.S. President Trump was briefed by the military, and their conclusion was that it was some sort of bomb.

So we're left with where we began: accident, or deliberate act. The question is, if the latter, what kind?

For new readers of this website, it's important to recall our basic methodology here. We do "high octane speculation" here, that is, we assume that there may be and probably is a perfectly reasonable mundane explanation for most  things. Yet, in cases such as this, where things appear to be "off" in some form or fashion, we are not afraid to speculate. Here, our speculation concerns the modality of the possibility of deliberate action. If we assume for the sake of that speculation, for example, that 2750 tons of ammonia nitrate were stored at the portside warehouse in Beirut, then such a large explosion would make some sense, particularly if some modality could be found to detonate it simultaneously.

As I said, my first thought, when viewing some of the initial videos, was that the explosion was due to some sort of fuel air bomb. There appeared to be an initial smaller detonation, followed by a much larger one with a rapidly moving shock wave, which was quite visible as a bloom of water vapor appeared to have been raised by the explosion, which rose quickly, and then revealed a smaller mushroom cloud raising in the air. That basic signature - two detonations, plus a rapidly moving shock wave - is characteristic of a fuel air bomb.

But other videos showed clearly that there were small fires inside the facility  allegedly storing the ammonia nitrate, then, a sudden explosion, following by the bloom of water, the rising mushroom cloud, and so on. One individual also sent me a tweet, alleging that there was a rocket visible shortly before the main explosion, but the video was so small I could not make this out. So for now, I'm going on the "deliberate action but no rocket" template. In any case, here are some of the pictures and videos of the detonation. First, before and after satellite pictures of the dock where the explosion occurred:

Note the crater where the building used to be. One individual, R.P. sent me a comparison picture of the crater left from the explosion of the chemical plant in Tianjin China a few years ago and wondered if the Beirut explosion might have been a rod of god (and many thanks for the pictures):

Now as for the rod of god hypothesis, many people who sent me emails were wondering the same thing. I doubt it in this instance, since the crater in Beirut does not appear to be nearly as deep as that inTianjin. Again, at this point, though I rule nothing out, I give it a small probability.

This article from the U.K.'s Daily Mail includes another video, and it was this video that made me question the fuel-air explosive explanation:

Inside Beirut's ground zero: Astonishing images reveal the scale of devastation in Lebanese capital after mega-explosion ripped through city and left 300,000 homeless

Note that in the video, a fire is clearly burning in the warehouse, then there is a sudden explosion (or detonation) of the alleged ammonia nitrate, followed shortly thereafter by the bloom of water from that explosion/detonation. Viewed from a different perspective, it might look like a fuel-air explosive, but from this and other views, in my opinion now, the water bloom is clearly caused by the primary explosion/detonation. Another factor that might play into the size of the explosion is the fact that there was a large grain elevator "conveniently" next to the warehouse allegedly storing the ammonia nitrate (click on the picture for the article from the N.Y. Times):

As anyone knows, the dust in grain elevators can explode with great force, and the principle is very much like that in a fuel air bomb, with each particle of dust essentially being a mini-explosion, using the oxygen in the atmosphere just like a fuel-air bomb uses atmospheric oxygen as the oxidizer for the fuel of the explosion. Combined with an explosion of ammonia nitrate, this might account for the "look" of a fuel-air explosion from some points of view. (Consider this video of the Texas grain elevator explosion of 2013 shared by G.L.R.:   Incidentally, this explosion was also ammonia nitrate.)

Yet another reader, B., found this compilation of videos of the event on R.T.:

WATCH enormous Beirut blast from 15 synchronized camera angles as mystery surrounding its cause persists

What is interesting is to compare this sad incident in Beirut, with the explosion of the Russian ammunition plant in Siberia a few years ago (video again thanks to G.L.R.: ) In both cases, there is a fire, then a sudden explosion/detonation, a massive shock wave, a bloom of water vapor(!) which rises faster than the mushroom cloud of the explosion itself.  Note, however, that in this video of the ammo dump explosion, the fire appears to be burning some unknown distance away from the location of the explosion.

My point in reviewing all this here is why would anyone store tons of ammonia nitrate in a warehouse right next door to a grain elevator? That's simply asking for trouble, should either one "go."  It is this one fact alone that makes me suspicious of the incident, for all it would take to create the incident is access to either the warehouse and/or the grain elevator, a detonator, and a remote control. If one is inclined to the "deliberate action" hypothesis, this, for the moment, and in the absence of other details, remains my favored hypothesis...


...there is that statement from President Trump that he was briefed by the Pentagon, and they were of the opinion it was a bomb of "some sort." The idea of a "bomb" suggests that there was more involved than just ammonia nitrate, or grain elevators, and the phrase "some sort" could imply that it was something "exotic", or that the generals briefing Trump were deliberately making it all up, and deliberately obfuscating the event with misinformation. Now come the my usual off the end of the twig high octane speculations. What if, indeed, Trump's generals are correct and it was a bomb "of some sort"? In spite of all the above arguments, the intuition still nags at me that the fuel-air bomb hypothesis might be true. After all, grain dust or even ammonia nitrate dust might act like a fuel air bomb. But what if we're looking at something quite different? Some individuals who contacted me about the incident asked me if I thought it was a nuclear weapon of some sort. Initially, I responded at length to one of these individuals that I did not think so. Another individual contacted me later and argued more persuasively for that hypothesis.

If one is familiar with the development and theory of nuclear weapons, one will be aware that there are essentially "four generations" that are talked about in the literature:

1) First Generation Nuclear Weapons are those weapons that are pure fission weapons, utilizing uranium 235 or plutonium as the fuel. In other words, a simple atomic bomb;

2) Second Generation Nuclear Weapons are those weapons that, in addition to being pure fission weapons, also utilize a "tamper" or mixture of an element such as deuterium or lithium to increase the amount for free thermal neutrons in the reaction, to increase the efficiency of the burn of the nuclear fuel, and hence, of the yield of the weapon. In other words, these are the "boosted fission" weapons that quickly took the yields of atom bombs approximately an order of magnitude of kilotons higher than first generation nuclear weapons, for example, the Hiroshima and Nagasaki a-bombs' yields were measured in tens of kilotons of yield, whereas the typical boosted fission or second generation nuclear weapons' yields are typically measured in the hundreds of kilotons;

3) Third Generation Nuclear Weapons are those that are a combination of fission and fusion weapons, in other words, hydrogen bombs, where an atom bomb is used as the "fuse" to create the radioactive pressures to cause deuterium, tritium or lithium atoms to fuse and release enormous energies. These weapons' yields are typically measured in megatons, i.e., millions of tons of TNT, rather than kilotons (mere thousands of tons of TNT).

This third generation has led to the dream of

4) Fourth Generation Nuclear Weapons, which are pure fusion weapons that do not require the use of an atom bomb as the "fuse". These weapons are sought therefore because they would not leave the deadly radioactive fallout of the atom bombs used as first, or used in second, or third generation weapons, and also because they could be designed for very small to very large yields.

What if, I thought, we were looking at some sort of fourth generation nuclear weapon, one utilizing dissociated hydrogen from ordinary water vapor in the atmosphere?Now, several long and convoluted reasons would induce me to say that's ridiculous, if this were not such a long and convoluted blog already, except that two people watching this story, K.M., and another individual were also thinking more or less very same thing, and the latter sent me this link about a paper, authored in 2009, using electromagnetic means of dissociation of hydrogen in a radio-frequency plasma source on water vapor; think of it as a kind of electro-acoustic shock wave for manipulating plasmas(shades of Dr. Ronald Richter, folks):

Operating a radio-frequency plasma source on water vapor

Of course, that's a really radical idea, so far-fetched and "out there" that it boggles the imagination, but supposing someone found a way to do that in ordinary atmosphere? It would be rather like a combination fuel-air bomb (the ammonia nitrate and grain dust), and the Hindenburg disaster (the hydrogen). But what might such an exotic "bomb" look like? I suspect it would look to the untrained eye rather like a nuclear explosion, with a fast-moving pressure wave created a water vapor and torus of clouds, with a mushroom cloud from a massive fireball that quickly burns its fuel out, and leaving little traces of radioactivity, save perhaps tiny traces of nuclear events such as metal or glass that might - I stress, might - crumble in one's hands when handled. It's not exactly a full "fourth generation" nuclear weapon, but it would definitely be a step on the technology tree.  One telltale signature of such a device might be the presence of unexplained local interference with electric devices, and of course, with radios or television broadcast signals and receivers.  As yet, I've heard of no such details from Beirut, and admittedly, K.M.'s., the other individual's, and my speculations here are extremely high octane, as befits the concept we're entertaining.

And of course, for those really paying attention, such a concept might explain to some degree those "unexpected yields" from early thermonuclear tests as being perhaps due to the dissociation of atmospheric hydrogen by the radiation of the blast itself (remember those early fears that such tests would ignite atmospheric hydrogen? what if that was true to a small degree? For that matter, Edward Teller did a paper on this: Note the quotation "It is shown that, whenever the teperature to which a section of the atmosphere may be heated, no self-propagating chain of nuclear reactions is likely to be started. The energy kisses to radiation always overcompensate the gains due to the reaction." Emphasis added))

And I didn't get to talk about how theoretical conventional explosives like octanitrocubane or ionospheric heaters like HAARP or Eiscat  or lots of other stuff might figure into all this.

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. Roy on August 14, 2020 at 2:51 am

    Joseph et al, great reporting and hi octane speculation about possible use of a low yield nuclear device against Beirut Port.
    This may not be a popular view but if a tactical nuke was used, even if very low yield, the electromagnetic pulse would have knocked out al of the electrical and electronic systems within range, therefore there would be no comms or cell phone videos of the blast etc. The simple explanation for the priest conducting mass video and apparent power failure a few seconds before the shock wave hit the church is that the pole mounted transformers or power lines in the area were damaged or brought down, or power supply ciruit breaker tripped by the blast, causing a power outage.
    While this was a massive explosion that blew a crater in the port / quayside, that is the explosive pushed a lot of material out from the blast, demostration of the heave effect, the cloud like pressure wave was consistent with water vapour formed as a product of a large explosion and / or resulting rapid heat and pressure changes forcing the moisture from the humid, Mediterranean sea air, in a visible pressure wave. You see a similar effect around the wings of airliners on approach or jet fighters doing high performance turns at air shows in high humidity conditions. The pressure wave was consistent with a very large conventional explosion ocurring in humid air, not a signature of any kind of ‘special weapons’ use, fuel air explosive or nuclear.
    Military high explosives detonate with a white or black cloud. The brown colouration of the blast cloud is inconstistent with a large quantity of military explosives detonating more indicative of Nitrous Oxide, a byproduct of incomplete combustion of the stored Ammonium Nitrate or NH4NO3 based explosive, which should not have been present if it had been properly and uniformly detonated. The colouration may also have been caused by product of mixing with wheat dust from the neighbouring grain silo. Incidentally, grain dust, like coal dust and aerosol flour is highly explosive if detonated under the right conditions.
    The appearance of the explosion was therefore consistent with the official narrative, i.e. a large quantity of poorly stored Ammonium Nitrate detonating non uniformly as a result of heat from the firework warehouse fire, and possibly, triggering a partial or complete detonation of locally stored fuels, gases and grain dust in the silos. Not exotic or sexy, but still deadly.
    So, the big question is how did the firework factory / storage fire start? Was it an accident caused by unsafely conducted ‘hot works’, welding in the firework store as per the official story, or was it deliberate? lsraeli intelligence would closely monitor air and sea movements and logistics through Beirut, to identify and track lranian missiles, weaponry and other military materials bound for use by Hezbollah. It is therefore not unreasonable to assume that they would have been aware of the location of the firework store and proximity of 2700 tons of stored Ammonium Nitrate in the port, whether or not Hezbollah had arms, explosives or warheads stored there. Aware of a military target and 2016/17 threat by Hassan Nazrallah Hezbollah’s leader to blow up Ammonium Nitrate stored in Haifa Port, it would not take much for Mossad to cause an ‘accident’ that is now causing the Lebanese people to disbelieve Hezbollah’s denials of arms stored in the prort and to question their status as an armed ‘state within a state’ and the fractious political status quo. The rise of moderate Alawite, Christian and Muslim political leadership and a reduction in support or a dismantling of Hezbollah’s military wing, reduces or eliminates one proximate threat to lsrael, and gives them a low cost, strategic victory. An apparent accident caused by Lebanese bureaucratic malaise, corruption and poor workplace safety gives them plausible deniability.

  2. eric on August 11, 2020 at 7:35 am

    The first 2 picture links are broken

  3. A A A on August 11, 2020 at 6:06 am

  4. Arpit Kanodia on August 10, 2020 at 2:04 am

    I think you like it Joseph

    India trying to build Japanese Indian Russo trilateral to counter China. You was suggesting a similar thing some time ago.

  5. LSM on August 9, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    if my read sources are correct 2 Israeli jets flew over Beirut just before the explosions- don’t know if info is true-

    Larry in Germany

  6. Robert Barricklow on August 9, 2020 at 11:34 am

    This is an excellent video of thinking outside the covid1984 box. I saw this video posted from Dana.

    Another viewpoint; that adds another perspective to this purposed mad, mad, mad world of social engineering on a globalized scale by our so-called masters, enslaving ever more souls to their inhuman insanity.

  7. Pierre on August 8, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    Don’t hold your breath getting Trumpty Dumpty to investigate the ‘bomb’ theory. ON 911 he knew instinctively that some kind of explosives must have been used, as airplanes could not do that to buildings that were ‘built like soup cans’, though the NEIS reports would have them as Andy Warhole style impossible in reality. 3 min old stuff
    Ditto (as usual ) goshawks refering to Jim Stone’s. JS’s original website was budgetcamerareview, I’d be surprised if a fake got past him.
    My Sunday preacher calls ‘them’ the Cainites (sons of Cain)…
    OP ” sadly killed several people”? I think several hundred was meant.Or from the Israeli pov, sadly killed several of “them” (like 911 where 2000 were told not to go to work that day, a Silversteins cancelled regular dental appointment), and happily killed at least several hundred of *them/thoseothers*?
    Fukushima/Sendai quake on 311 2011 ought to have had beruit damage ‘catastrophic” to a 1000 miles radius according to the original charts for 9-10 reichter (which charts have been toned down like the safe radiation doses for kids).

    • Roger on August 9, 2020 at 8:06 pm

      I recently learned you had to be filmed doing something to a goat in order to be a big shot in Western Australia; so they could use threat of that exposure to keep you in line. Likely our whole government is likewise compromised. It’s disgusting. No one’s seen anything yet, just wait for the crimes against humanity they are about to unleash now that they know they can getaway with anything.

      • Roger on August 9, 2020 at 8:08 pm

        We the people are no longer represented! That’s for sure.

      • Pierre on August 9, 2020 at 11:50 pm

        (chat mode)
        @roger, have you heard of brendon oconnell. in effective exile for 7 years after telling the truth from Perth and doing 3 years jail for hating the haters….
        they always go too far, and they always think all the people are fools all the time… one hope is that they wake people up, enough, and that the usual controlled opposition thing somehow backfires on them. (I think less of F1 and Hamilton as a result of the anti-racist front for white genocide shenanigans that go where no politics in sport has gone before (except perhaps for the 80s in South Africa, which is another story)). BO on butchite these days, though for my mind, Jim Stone was covering such years before my favourite australian anti-vegemite).
        as for men who bare with goats, the first episode of the British tv series Dark Pool had the politician blackmailed into doing it Miss Piggy style on tv… I shall not be watching that show, I know how they get it all ‘out there’ that is ‘in there’ in their cloisters. Judith and Edith in the bible and other tricksters…

  8. goshawks on August 8, 2020 at 5:30 am

    Better view of the initial (split-second) fireball – in the upper-right section of this montage:
    The earlier photo which I reposted had a supplementary photo added-over the grain-silo area – perhaps intentionally. This version has the grain-silo area unmasked. It is clear that the ‘point’ burst is erupting above the ammonium nitrate storage-warehouse next to the silo, as shown at 1:53 in this close-up video (pause it at 1:52 and slowly click through it; it happens fast):
    What is unclear in this still-photo is whether there was a ‘point’ burst to set off the ammonium nitrate, or whether we are seeing the initial fireball from the exothermic ammonium nitrate cascade-reaction. Let us hope that this was clipped from a video, and the rest of the ‘sequence’ surfaces…

  9. goshawks on August 8, 2020 at 5:20 am

    Better view of the initial (split-second) fireball – in the upper-right section of this montage:
    The earlier photo which I reposted had a supplementary photo added-over the grain-silo area – perhaps intentionally. This version has the grain-silo area unmasked. It is clear that the ‘point’ burst is erupting above the ammonium nitrate storage-warehouse next to the silo, as shown in this close-up video:
    What is unclear in this still-photo is whether there was a ‘point’ burst to set off the ammonium nitrate, or whether we are seeing the initial fireball from the exothermic ammonium nitrate reaction. Let us hope that this was clipped from a video, and the rest of the ‘sequence’ surfaces…

    • goshawks on August 8, 2020 at 5:32 am

      Oops, duplicate. Delete, please…

  10. Donald Jordan on August 7, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    Could you explain to me why there were rings above the fire before the massive explosion happened at the beginning of the BBC broadcast? I cannot explain it or figure it out.

    • Donald Jordan on August 8, 2020 at 5:54 am

      This rings that pulsed down before the massive explosion that was caught on the BBC video, could it be weaponry of some type? I have also photos of an object high above in the same direction as those pulses.

    • goshawks on August 9, 2020 at 6:48 pm

      To me, that instinctively feels like a ‘doctored’ video. The ring-pulses are just too perfect, like something generated in CGI. Alphabet agencies (including Israeli ones) like to ‘ambiguate’ a situation, so they pump-out loads of false leads. Since most of these false leads seem to cluster around airborne delivery, I am going to presume the explosion was due to something ground-based…

      Jim Stone showed an overhead photo, pre-explosion, of multiple tanker-style trucks pull-up alongside that particular warehouse:

      Ammonium nitrate is hard to detonate on its own. It is only an oxidizer. It needs a fuel combined with it (and some heat) to become an easy-to-trigger explosive. Add some ‘organic’ substance – like oil, gasoline, or diesel – and you have an explosive called ANFO.

      Those tanker trucks could be innocent, or they could be the smoking gun…

      • Roger on August 9, 2020 at 8:17 pm

        Ammonia is actually a better fuel than gasoline. If heat from the fires decomposed the ammonia nitrate to ammonia gas and nitrous oxide then there you have a fuel and a strong oxidant mixture. Add already present flames and a pressurizing metal shipping container and you might have one hell of a bomb. But my suspicion is that there were serious bombs and missiles being stored there and one of them was set off by the flames.

    • Spockto on August 11, 2020 at 12:22 pm

      Those lines are part of the BBC intro logo. Incredibly misleading of them to later it right over the explosion video like that, especially when they aligned so perfectly.

  11. goshawks on August 7, 2020 at 11:39 am

    Initial (split-second) fireball. It does look more like a ‘point’ burst than erupting from a laid-out pile of fertilizer. Curiouser and curiouser…

    • Joseph P. Farrell on August 7, 2020 at 1:01 pm

      Good point(no pun intended)

      • zendogbreath on August 7, 2020 at 11:33 pm

        modded. hm. too much hurry.

        Just watched Richie From Boston. He did a quick look at that best view from the highrise apartment window about a mile to the east of the explosion looking down on it with a cellphone. I’m not Richie’s biggest fan. I do think he gets it right often. His thought is it’s not kinetic (rod of the deity) nor a nuke. It looked like directed energy drilling down into the building.

        It does remind me of seeing lasers drilling down into metal and other substances. Leave that focus running long enough and the point gets hotter and hotter until some substance any substance blows. Even more so for flammable or explosive substances. As stated before, directed energy is visible when the plasma is in glow mode. It’s still powerful when not in glow mode. Think arc-welding.

        I think RFB referred to it as a starling based weapon. Not familiar with those systems and not enough time to look.

        Also he put forward an interesting observation tonight. He drives around the country most of the time and posts from all over. The last 24 hours he’s seeing convoys of 3+2G installing trucks headed east in a massive rush. His version of high octane speculation is that the next wave will hit east coast next and hardest with 3+2G induced cv1984.

        And the censors are cutting that story off as fast as it can go up.

        https: //pu bmed dot
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        https:/ /scienceintegritydigest dot files dot wordpress dot com/2020/07/fioranelli.pdf

        Interesting in context of Del Bigtree’s latest since being banned by YT. He is still fighting the HCQ censorship and found an article pointing out that HCQ is also good for preventing and repairing dna and rna damage from radiation. Is anyone getting a better idea why the censorhip is ramping up inspite of it highlighting what they want us not to look at (and undermining what little credibility they had).

        https://www dot bitc hute dot com/video/DI1XLwWkMGTC/

        • zendogbreath on August 7, 2020 at 11:55 pm

          I stated Del Bigtree noted HCQ is good for radiation damage. He did not. He is all about proving that the Faucian bargain is that silencing HCQ is needed to mandate vaccines under emergency use rules. I mixed sources with Doc’s news and views where he sited HCQ’s uses.

    • zendogbreath on August 7, 2020 at 11:30 pm

      Just watched Richie From Boston. He did a quick look at that best view from the highrise apartment window about a mile to the east of the explosion looking down on it with a cellphone. I’m not Richie’s biggest fan. I do think he gets it right often. His thought is it’s not kinetic (rod of the deity) nor a nuke. It looked like directed energy drilling down into the building.

      It does remind me of seeing lasers drilling down into metal and other substances. Leave that focus running long enough and the point gets hotter and hotter until some substance any substance blows. Even more so for flammable or explosive substances. As stated before, directed energy is visible when the plasma is in glow mode. It’s still powerful when not in glow mode. Think arc-welding.

      I think RFB referred to it as a starling based weapon. Not familiar with those systems and not enough time to look.

      Also he put forward an interesting observation tonight. He drives around the country most of the time and posts from all over. The last 24 hours he’s seeing convoys of 3+2G installing trucks headed east in a massive rush. His version of high octane speculation is that the next wave will hit east coast next and hardest with 3+2G induced cv1984.

      And the censors are cutting that story off as fast as it can go up.


      Interesting in context of Del Bigtree’s latest since being banned by YT. He is still fighting the HCQ censorship and found an article pointing out that HCQ is also good for preventing and repairing dna and rna damage from radiation. Is anyone getting a better idea why the censorhip is ramping up inspite of it highlighting what they want us not to look at (and undermining what little credibility they had).


  12. A A A on August 7, 2020 at 11:33 am

    Having been born, raised and lived in Lebanon for over 45 years, here’s the deal…
    The nitrate was stored in hanger 12, and hangar 9 was an ammunition/ordnance depot and factory for Hizbullah…
    There were 2 warplanes in the air before the 2 blasts and 2 missiles were fired, one of them at least a bunker busting bomb aimed at hangar 9, and this is an IR video showing the 2nd missile hitting the target area (censored by the fact checkers of fb as usual for being false information)
    The high octane speculation is that the Lebanese political class/warlords/mafia sold the port to (whomever will be doing the ‘reconstruction’) and at the same time cleared out the old renters and buildings (the Lebanese rental law does not allow to put out old renters (before 1971) without the proper financial compensation package) and destroyed the old 2 3 story buildings in one swoop to pave way for a Solidere 2 style land grab and reconstruction project…
    All the previous times any such attack would have been immediately attributed to Israel by the Hizbollah (with the appropriate threats of reprisals and attacks) but this time they are very strangely quiet, because any such statement, aside from officially admitting the existence of their weapons factory in hangar 9, would require the proper reply or losing face, and Israel has denied the attack as such a devastation would entail repercussions from the international community…
    Beirut port was a red line not to be crossed in the region, and this attack signals the removal of such red lines and as such Hizbullah is very cautious as any retaliation would result in a full scale attack and its own demise…
    Already Israel has been bombing Syria for quite some time and the bombings in Iran have been carried our by an Israeli drone base in Azerbaydjan, and recently Iran send a threat to Azerbaydjan that any more attacks will be dealt with the appropriate response following the recent short disastrous Azerbaydani attack on Armenia, where the latter’s forces downed an Israeli advanced Hermes 900 drone (the first of its kind to be downed in the world since its operational debut) along with another 30 or so various drones…

    • goshawks on August 9, 2020 at 7:15 pm

      A A A, thanks for the global info. The overall picture is interesting, particularly the “hanger 9” ownership.

      Jim Stone does not think the infrared video is real:
      “There is a supposed ‘infrared video’ of a missile strike on the port of Beirut. I did not miss this; I saw that within 10 minutes of it being posted. I looked at it closely, and determined it was not an infrared video at all. It was instead a photo negative video that had been de-saturated.

      Could I be wrong? Well, it would have to be very coincidental to have an infrared video match the characteristics of a photo negative video. Everything was a simple invert of the existing contrast values. Technically, that could happen in infrared, but the chances are beyond slim. And therefore, I did not believe the video was legit.

      And, one key item with this: If the missile did not show up clearly in full color video, infrared would provide ZERO advantage. It is implausible that it would be crystal clear in infrared and not show up at all in the color videos. The only color video that had anything in fact had a bird (the one with the blue circle drawn on it).”

      So, your overall reasoning may be correct; it is just that the ‘infrared video’ is part of the disinformation campaign…

      • A A A on August 10, 2020 at 4:27 am

        yeah, so much disinformation going on… they found a tunnel network under the port when the rescue teams were looking for survivors… expect there to be a follow up strike if there is no change in the current standoff after the US assistant secretary of state visit … possibly Beirut airport as the Hizbullah have full control of that also and some munitions dumps are there as well…

  13. Voxi Pop on August 7, 2020 at 12:31 am

    Please look at some of the very interesting theories regarding this possible attack – especially regarding “The Covert War for Beirut’s Block 9” –

  14. Richard on August 7, 2020 at 12:10 am

    The combination of items at that docking area, like those tons of ammonium nitrate, fireworks, active grain silos, and other activity, are not likely to be set side by side again. Ground zero looks like it was incinerated as well as turned into flying bits of debris that didn’t stay around as pulverized rubble.

    Several views from that Daily Mail compilation will serve the investigative teams. Fireworks actively going off in large numbers, one large explosion, then the very large explosion that had a far-reaching blast/shock wave effect knocking out glass windows and walls a few kilometers away. It begs the question how many people will suffer from hollow organ damage, namely auditory, that were very close and survived the blast. Quite a scenario for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) hawks. All of those areas involved are work places (were anyway).

  15. Evan B. on August 6, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    Hello everyone, I just signed up to leave this comment.

    I happened to be listening to NPR just as the first eyewitness reports were coming in, and one woman reported hearing a “low-flying plane” before the explosion. She said that low-flying planes were a common occurrence over her house, but that this one sounded particularly low, so she rushed outside to see what it was. That sounds like a cruise missile to me.

    Also, two of the three eyewitnesses’ calls were cut off suddenly. I don’t know whether or not that would have been the effect of an EMP.

    Just wanted to pass that information along.

  16. Hadji Gegenraum on August 6, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    Veterans Today, which I take with more than a grain of salt, is adamant about this being a mini nuke to which this video basically shows something of great interest and proper timing to blow the official story out of the water!

  17. marcos toledo on August 6, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    Phoenician is the Greek name they called themselves Kannanites. That might explain their wars with the Israelites-Hebrews. And are the Punic Wars still ongoing against the GreekoRomans? As to the explosion in Beirut maybe we should think not of a fourth-generation nuke but maybe fifth even sixth generation nukes.

  18. Miguel Oniga on August 6, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    Energy kisses?

  19. Joseph P. Farrell on August 6, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    Now an intriguing video. Some of the discussion here has centered on my wild speculation in this blog about cracking and a possible nuclear/thermonuclear component, and some have correctly mentioned EMP would normally accompany the event… Well, there is this interesting video on YouTube showing a Roman Catholic priest celebrating mass just as the shock wave hits the parish church, and shortly before it hits, the electrical power goes out. This is not confirmation of my wild speculation because as someone pointed out there does not appear to be scintillation on videos, but on the other hand it is not contrary to my wild speculation either:

    • zendogbreath on August 6, 2020 at 3:14 pm

      Doc, I thought to snark a comment about the future of Gizars careers fact checking for Snopes. Then I took a look and found they already have an article up about Beirut. So far it’s just AP’s article. Apparently they are anticipating fake news that they can illuminate everyone about. I had so looked forward to working with their amazing editorial staff – especially that former stripper the owner married after his……….oh well that’s another story to be checked for factuality, right?

    • goshawks on August 6, 2020 at 6:07 pm

      Thanks for the interesting video. There appears to be roughly six seconds between the power-cut and the arrival of the shockwave. Interestingly, the fixed-mount camera starts slightly-vibrating about three seconds before the power-cut. My thought is that the camera vibrating would be from ground-waves as the ammonium nitrate started to cook-off in mini-explosions. Then, the main-detonation shockwave took-out major powerlines close to ground-zero. Since electricity in a wire travels at a vastly greater velocity than even a supersonic shockwave, the six second ‘gap’ results from the difference in travel-time between the two mediums… (This difference could even be used to estimate how far the church was from the blast.)

      • Roger on August 6, 2020 at 7:32 pm

        A small, paranoid nation with nuclear capability is rumored to have suitcase nukes hidden in every major city of the world to use against said nations if they try to destroy them.

    • goshawks on August 6, 2020 at 6:40 pm

      This scary video is from the closest (living) witnesses to the blast. Note that there are slowly-increasing mini-blasts coming from within the ammonium nitrate warehouse. In each case, the ‘localized’ explosions happen and damp-out. At some point, the tipping-point is reached and the mega-boom occurs…

    • basta on August 7, 2020 at 5:56 am

      I’d seen this video too but it does not show anything out of the ordinary, simply that the seismic shock arrived first, then the electricity went out shortly after — as expected, as Beirut’s electric grid is dodgy at the best of times and often simply shuts down for a few hours — then the blast wave hit a few seconds later. That’s pretty much what one would expect.

      Must have been harrowing with the falling debris.

  20. ats on August 6, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    I agree with the hypothesis of exotic weapon of some sort. Immediately thought 4th generation mini-nukes when I saw the explosion. Some other commenters have stated that ammonium nitrate doesn’t burn and leave red smoke, but white smoke. Another, point.

    We’ve talked a lot about the “what,” but not the “why.”

    I think the theatricality of the whole event clearly shows this is a weapon demonstration. You start a fire in a harbor in the middle of a populated city, you clearly are going to get many people viewing and recording the event, then you show off your weapon to make sure everybody saw it.

    Why? Someone is showing off new toys and the message is sinister because they don’t mind killing a few hundred people to get their message across. So it’s a threat with teeth behind it.

    The location of a port is clearly not by coincidence either, it’s sending a message. Your ports aren’t safe either.

    It was also conducted by someone who has the intelligence on the ground to know the targeted warehouse would provide a very convenient conventional explanation (fertilizer explosion) for the masses.

    I’m suspecting China or the Nazi International in this, I would be very interested in seeing who was the owner of this “nitrate” stockpile. You’ll probably find more answers looking there. I wouldn’t be surprised the owners were Chinese or connected to the ex-IG Farben web.

    • zendogbreath on August 6, 2020 at 3:08 pm

      Good points. Thank you. The grain companies just got more profitable. Last I looked the three biggest were ADM, Cargill and Soros. Given Gates Fdtn shares in Monsanto before Bayer, these are likely more profitable companies the next day. Who directly profited though?

    • Foglamp on August 7, 2020 at 10:52 pm

      Hmm, I rather think that the “theatricality of the whole event” suggests that it was a ritual sacrifice of Moslems and Christians. Understanding the significance of time and place will be key.

  21. XAydMary on August 6, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    RV’ers predicted Beirut blast.

  22. zendogbreath on August 6, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    G, wasn’t that you who linked to an article outlining that ANFO burns instead of blows and that it gives off grey not red plume?

  23. zendogbreath on August 6, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    Again as stated in yesterday’s blog, all events we are seeing unfold on this Plato’s wall make me think of one idea: these are all narratives that at some future date make famines seem to have been inevitable and unforseen. All these events feel like setups to famine. Perhaps I am famine paranoid. But if someone is after you, are you paranoid?

    All events: riots, protests, strikes, shutdowns, plandemics, explosions, wargames, censorship,

    • OrigensChild on August 7, 2020 at 7:16 am

      ZDB: In this instance, isn’t paranoia the consequence of personalized chaos in a staged event?

      • zendogbreath on August 7, 2020 at 11:09 pm

        Ha. Loved that. cop-cia-se
        consequence of personalized chaos in a staged event.

  24. Joseph P. Farrell on August 6, 2020 at 1:34 pm

  25. zendogbreath on August 6, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    Ok, I am starting to believe there were 2750 tons of ANFO stored there. After repeating that thought a few times, another pops up. Who stores that and why for 6 years in a city in the port? What was the point of that? Talk about walking around for 6 years with an M-80 taped to one’s ear.

    • zendogbreath on August 6, 2020 at 1:38 pm

      and a book of matches strapped to one’s shoulder.

      • Alex on August 6, 2020 at 7:35 pm

        Sometimes incompetence + corruption can be an explosive combination in such setups.
        Sadly enough, we might have a such mundane explanation.

    • Roger on August 6, 2020 at 7:40 pm

      We have weapons and bases in other countries and so might Iran. May have been some serious bombs and missiles hidden in there in case a major war broke out.

  26. Roger on August 6, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    Not enough info on how the ammonium nitrate was stored. metal Barrels, plastic bags, inside a huge shipping crate? If inside a huge metal and sealed shipping container then yeah, when it gets too hot then you might get one hell of an explosion. Ammonium is a fuel, you can run converted vehicles off it. Nitrate is an oxidizer. So there are the two ingredients needed for it to rapidly burn. The sealed container creates the massive pressure build up for a major explosion. But if it wasn’t in plastic bags that could have decomposed over time and was in separate well sealed containers inside the container would most of it still be able to go off at once?

  27. OrigensChild on August 6, 2020 at 11:47 am

    This explosion reminds me of a lightning strike with respect to the detonation. The damage is in the shockwave–not the plume or the fireball. The energy dispersed laterally is horizontal to the vertical. Along the vertical you have the flash burn, the exhaust and the plum. The punch looks like something one would get from a juiced up fuel air bomb. As long as the lightning strike metaphor remains I’m thinking there’s a plasma here that is consuming all of the airborne particulates within its vicinity creating a two phase shock-wave–one laterally away from the center of the explosion and one from the return of atmospheric pressure to restore balance to the vacuum created in the atmosphere after the flash-burn. From the videos I’ve seen I cannot tell of the 2nd piece of the pressure wave follows the horizontal axis rather than a vertical one. Since lightning goes from the ground upward as static electricity, that architecture of the flash burn makes me more suspicious. Having said this I have no idea what we’re looking at with respect to this explosion. Whatever it is, there is no question that the event is exploiting the presence of the ammonium nitrate present and was intended to send a message. I’m looking at POTUS words through this lens, as suggesting this is not a normal ammonium nitrate event. With or without a briefing wouldn’t this remind POTUS of something he’s seen before? I would say, “Yes.”

    • zendogbreath on August 6, 2020 at 2:54 pm

      Brings to mind plasma weapons used to start and maintain socalled wild fires in Cali and Oz. Are we seeing another use of plasma weapons that are invisible in clear weather where the plasma is maintained not in glow mode?

  28. Kelly Em on August 6, 2020 at 11:45 am

    Clearly something intended was accomplished in Lebanon. Something dangerous might have been moved there, to be cooked off as a warning to the perpetrators. One interesting shot is of the fireball itself, which has reacting plasmas and debris interacting as the fireball expands. It looks somewhat like the old super high resolution nuke films from the 1950s. That said, it is clearly distinguishable from those due to much lower luminosity. I am reminded of, as well, the explosions in the WTC basement, and the measured radiation after. My bet is on an exotic super high explosive that was already there, should not have been, which was then lit off. My speculation is that Lebanon might have stepped over a specific line in the sand and learned again what happens when they do.

    • OrigensChild on August 6, 2020 at 11:54 am

      Kelly, I posted mine before reading other posts carefully. I usually skim through the list of publishers but avoid only a cursory glance to keep my thoughts as my own. I believe we are both describing the same basic structure of the blast.

    • zendogbreath on August 6, 2020 at 2:51 pm

      Good point. So what is going on that makes Mr Global want to stop so locally? Did someone mention yesterday a UN investigation into Lebannon?

      • zendogbreath on August 6, 2020 at 2:51 pm

        want to stomp so locally?

    • goshawks on August 9, 2020 at 7:37 pm

      Kelly Em: On the timing of the event, that may be linked to the US Presidential election. Right now, the Israelis have a über-friend in Donald (if not owned, or even one of them). He has given them the moon. However, they/he have only a guaranteed few months more in their honeymoon. So, it becomes a ‘use-it-or-lose-it’ situation…

      (In addition, the time coming-up to an election has politicians cautious and posturing. Don’t rock the boat. Optimum time to ‘slip one in’.)

  29. Robert Barricklow on August 6, 2020 at 11:28 am

    Of course the first clue will be the media’s viewpoint will be misdirection, disinformation, & in a frame of a narrative “they” want spun.
    recently there have been some demonstrations of Acts of God powers, like the three stooges damn in China.
    I throw that in as a backdrop; as “they” want to demonstrate a array of powers, to various world players[and who knows who else may be “watching”?].
    I’m using the word “demonstration” as a possible signal to capabilities. Implying you could be next?

    White Rabbit

  30. Joseph Aiello on August 6, 2020 at 11:11 am

    If this were some kind of nuclear explosion and it would mess with the electronic circuitry(EMP), then wouldn’t it also foul up the video cameras taking all of these pictures?

    • Joseph P. Farrell on August 6, 2020 at 1:31 pm

      I didn’t say it was nuclear, but rather, a weird kind of conventional explosion that MAY have had some small element of a nuclear reaction, but my main point was to suggest cracking to provide a section of plasma in the air to work with; if it was nuclear it would have left other minor signs as I suggest… and someone elsewhere in the comments mentioned gamma ray scintillation among others.

  31. WalkingDead on August 6, 2020 at 11:05 am

    The grain in the silos (which you can clearly see in the photos) and the port, a two’fer. Never let an opportunity go waste. Given a choice between an accident and a strategic hit, I’d lean more toward a deliberate act with plausible deniability automatically built in.

  32. Billy Bob on August 6, 2020 at 9:52 am

  33. basta on August 6, 2020 at 9:00 am

    Ammonia Nitrate by itself will not go off like that. You need Fuel Oil — hence an ANFO bomb– and an initiator, minimally several sticks of dynamite and a blasting cap, to turn it into a bomb. The simplest scenario is that the AN stock in the warehouse was weaponized — fuel oil and detonators were set in place, and a fire lit in the depot adjacent to provide a plausible reason for the blast.

    It was not a mini-nuke as there was no telltale gamma ray scintillation in any of the videos. It could have been something exotic, but then it would be far easier to just weaponize the AN that was already there.

    Now who would want to destroy the port of Lebanon is anyone’s guess.

    • WalkingDead on August 6, 2020 at 11:09 am

      If I had to guess, my guess would be the obvious choice. The US would be my second guess.

    • Joseph P. Farrell on August 6, 2020 at 1:24 pm

      I suspect it’s possible. We’re all groping in the dark.

    • zendogbreath on August 6, 2020 at 2:46 pm

      I think it was one of Goshawks links noted that Lebannon gets 80% of their food from outside and that something like 70% of their grain is now gone. I’m paraphrasing (guessing) instead of looking it up again. I also want to guess that puts them 3 months out from no grain. With hundreds of thousands homeless, it’s already tough times.

  34. anakephalaiosis on August 6, 2020 at 5:51 am

    Papacy is alien influence in Europe, that disguises itself as empire of piety.

    Game is up – and chips are down – in cardinal casino, because disclosure is imminent.

    Attempting diversion, Jesuit Molotovs get busy here, there and everywhere.

    Papal insect is in fear of daylight.

  35. goshawks on August 6, 2020 at 5:38 am

    I made comments on this subject in the last blog, for those who missed them: (and below that)

    One poster over at Ars Technica made a good comment:
    arstechnica . com/science/2020/08/what-we-know-about-the-massive-chemical-explosion-in-beirut/?comments=1&post=39123704#comment-39123704
    Snippet: “You end up with rapid decomposition of the Ammonium Nitrate, in presence of an organic compound, or even simply enough moisture, which creates a tremendous amount of heat. All of the ways that Ammonium Nitrate decomposes are exothermic, meaning there’s GOING to be heat. And it’s a self-sustaining reaction, because it creates even more moisture, accelerating the process, because it decomposes readily in the presence of moisture.”

    From the above, it sounds like adding moisture is bad. In the minutes leading-up to the Big explosion, there was a low-level fire with billowing, light-grey smoke adjacent to the ammonium nitrate warehouse. I presume that there would be a fire-brigade response. Lots of fire-hose water was probably being sprayed everywhere (possibly even salt water). Would errant water getting-onto/into the ammonium nitrate be enough to cause a self-sustaining reaction? (Or could they have even sprayed-down the ammonium nitrate closest to the fire to keep it ‘cool’?) In other words, could the attempt to put out the adjacent fire actually have caused the Big explosion?

    For an out-on-a-twig speculation, what if some of the many trillions of ‘missing’ dollars were used for antimatter weapons? First, you have to develop a CERN-like facility which is optimized to produce antimatter. Then, you have to cobble-up a containment device (probably electromagnetic) which will keep the antimatter away from the container sides to, say, 100G’s. Drop/fire it, and let the impact destroy the containment device. Voilà, a suitcase-sized weapon which has a micro-nuke yield – and little to no radioactive by-products. Very useful…

    • goshawks on August 6, 2020 at 5:49 am

      Missed one of my comments (on grain-silo explosions):

    • Joseph P. Farrell on August 6, 2020 at 1:24 pm

      I suspect it’s possible. We’re all groping in the dark.

      • zendogbreath on August 6, 2020 at 2:42 pm

        Agreed J & G.

        Groping in the dark is another feeling I am starting to feel is another pretext. For now it all feels like pretexts for famine.

        The famine on the horizon is most likely a pretext for greater control. Want your bread today? I need to see your covidpass (rfid read writable invisible nano ink tattoo – not microchip). I need to prove you are healthy since you are presumed sick. Hunger? Oh yeh. That is one of the first symptoms of cv1984. Oops, your covidpass health records indicate your vaccine is 3 months old and out of date. Here you go, we’ll spray this slice of bread with the oral vaccine. I’ll just deduct the fee for the vaccine from you bank account on the covidpass. Alright we’ll see you tomorrow. Eat that slice of bread slowly and see if you can keep that hunger down.

        Is anyone else here starting to feel like there is an intent to increase our groping in the dark?

  36. Katie B on August 6, 2020 at 5:24 am

    This comment is slightly off topic but I am starting to suspect that the farce we are currently living in is about uncovering some sort of lost ancient relic and the DNA that might activate it and there is a hurry to find it.
    Lebanon has many ancient phoenician relics. There are rumours that the British descended from the Phoenicians – indeed, there are many place names that have phoenician origins and reports of workmen finding pyramids and all sorts when they begin building works and are quickly told to cement over them. People in UK are being told that their houses can be demolished due to covid infections. This made me highly suspicious that there might be a deeper esoteric reason for such wanton physical destruction.

    • BetelgeuseT-1 on August 6, 2020 at 5:38 am

      Lebanon has a rich history of many cultures that have inhabited it, Phoenicians included. Byblos has many sites that show this.
      I pray the beautiful Beirut Museum has escaped the devastation. Priceless artifacts are stored there.

      • Katie B on August 6, 2020 at 5:49 am

        Yes, they’ve been through so much already.

    • Randy on August 6, 2020 at 2:28 pm

      The question seems to me to be ….why is “somebody/something” in such a hurry ? Is “somebody/something” coming back ?

      & the only “offense/defense” against “them” isn’t our modern tech ?

      ….but “something” very very Very VERY

      old ??? don’t you get the “feeling” that “things” r ramping up ? Across ALL the “board s”

      • Katie B on August 6, 2020 at 3:23 pm

        Yes definitely agree. They’re in a hurry

  37. BetelgeuseT-1 on August 6, 2020 at 5:20 am

    Beirut, my heart bleeds for you.
    My thoughts & prayers are with all victims and their families.

    Just a thought.
    Ammonium nitrate. That is the same mix that – allegedly – blew up the Murrah Building in Oklahoma.
    Why on earth would you store 2,750 ???? of that stuff in a warehouse for 7 years?
    Does that even sound believable?
    If it is, then that would be a prime target for sabotage.

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