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Ron Patton | February 15, 2023

On February 3, a train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio happened involving about 50 box cars, with some carrying hazardous materials, including the highly flammable chemical, vinyl chloride. There was a “controlled burn” causing massive plumes of hydrochloric acid and the toxic gas, phosgene, into the sky and thus, an evacuation of the immediate area occurred. In synchronistic fashion, the same scenario took place in the 2022  movie, White Noise. Additionally, there were other major chemical mishaps from wrecked vehicles during the week. We can readily observe patterns of predictive programming through the cinematic lens. Tonight on Ground Zero, Clyde Lewis talks about TOXIC TRANSIT.





We have to call it out and admit that we now live in a shock-prone world. Almost every nightmare and unthinkable thing can happen and still, people think that they will bounce back, even when they are not prepared or are oblivious to what is at stake.

I worked at a radio network where the program director would peek in on me when I was working and he would always say “Expect the unexpected” then he would drop a Led Zeppelin CD on the counter and say “Next Hour I want you to play the whole album, no commercial breaks.”

I thought at the time that it was cool — but it was also weird because you would never know what to expect.  It was always expect the unexpected with him.

Ironically and tragically he didn’t expect to be in a motorcycle accident that paralyzed him.

We all have to change our mindset to be much more agile and much more oriented toward building resilience at all levels.

That is the mysteries of life — and they don’t have to be setbacks.. but there are still the dragons to tend to, the fires to put out and the lies to expose.

Outside of all of the celebratory pageantry of the Super Bowl, and the continued lies about the UAP/UFO Saga the country wishes to have answers about a train derailment that happened February 3rd in East Palestine, Ohio.

It involved about 50 cars, with some carrying hazardous materials, including the highly flammable chemical vinyl chloride.

The wreckage proceeded to burn ominously all weekend. By Sunday evening, residents near the train tracks were told to “immediately evacuate” in a sudden alert from the office of Governor Mike DeWine. He went on to warn: “There is now the potential of catastrophic tanker failure which could cause an explosion with the potential of deadly shrapnel traveling up to a mile.”

The dangerous toxins were released into the air from five of the derailed cars before crews ignited it to get rid of the highly flammable chemical in a controlled fashion.

Apparently a particular cause for concern were 14 giant tankers that were “exposed to fire” while full of hundreds of thousands of gallons of vinyl chloride. A chemical used in PVC, vinyl chloride is flammable, toxic, and a declared brain, lung, blood, and liver carcinogen.

It also boils at just 8 degrees Fahrenheit—meaning moving it into containers that cleanup crews could cart away probably wasn’t a safe option.

Instead, what authorities decided to do on Monday was a controlled burn of the chemical. That required evacuating more of East Palestine, since burning vinyl chloride was going to send massive plumes of hydrochloric acid and the toxic gas phosgene into the sky.

The burn alarmed people observing it from various positions, who maybe had a different idea of “controlled”

Residents told the local news they “feared for their lives.” One said that even indoors, “You could smell it and taste it, and I had a headache.” Meanwhile, the crash site was leaching other hazardous materials besides vinyl chloride. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says they seeped into surrounding waterways, and “were immediately toxic to fish”—though it added that “actions were taken to minimize that.” The agency has assured the public that, the poor aquatic life’s fate notwithstanding, everybody’s drinking water was “protected.”

Area residents were evacuated because of the health risks from the fumes, though they have since been allowed back to their homes.

So far, there have been reports from local residents of animals dying off, including fish, chickens, and livestock.

The incident certainly is devastating to ecosystem and one reporter who asked hard questions was arrested.

Ohio reporter Evan Lambert was arrested for asking k real questions about toxic chemicals poisoning people’s water and air and killing thousands of animals

After the toxic cloud was moving across the area , the residents were told to drink bottled water as chemical agents were seeping into the watershed.

The city gave an evacuation order on February 8th –by now we have seen that most residents are being allowed back into their homes because the government says the air and water toxin levels are safe.  But officials are not releasing a complete manifest as to what chemicals were on the train. residents just steps form the river’s water shed  have noticed dead fish and other creatures floating in the water.

The EPA did send a letter to Norfolk Southern the owner operator of the train revealed that the cargo included more potentially hazardous materials like Vinyl Chloride. Ethylene glycol Mono Butyl ether Ethylhexul Acrylate to name a few. Chemicals made that make adhesive. plastic and building materials.

The EPA told the train operator it could be responsible for cleaning up the sight.

Experts are saying that there may be long term effects on health because the chemicals are definitely dangerous.

Meanwhile men in women in hazmat suits are seen in the area creating an apocalyptic scene that only can be described as nightmare cinema.

This is more true than most people realize because many people have seen this scenario already in a film released last year called “White Noise.”

This movie somehow eerily predicted the train derailment in Ohio.

The 2022 film is set in a small town where Adam Driver’s character, Jack Gladney, is a Hitler studies professor. Husband to Babette, played by Greta Gerwig, he is forced to navigate his family through a toxic airborne event after a train derails mere miles away from their home.

And you can just about drive yourself crazy thinking about how uncanny the similarities are between what’s happening now and in that movie.

The 2022 movie was shot around Ohio and is based on a novel by Don DeLillo. The book was published in 1985, shortly after a chemical disaster in Bhopal, India, that killed nearly 4,000 people.

Later in the week, another coincidence similar to the train derailment in “White Noise” happened in Houston Texas.

A collision between a Union Pacific train and 18-wheeler near Splendora, Texas, on Monday, Feb. 13, 2023, left the truck driver dead and derailed 21 rail cars.

Union Pacific spokesperson, Robynn Tysver confirmed that its hazmat crews were on site, adding that an estimated 100 gallons of diesel fuel was released by the truck involved in the crash.

The driver of the 18-wheeler died from injuries sustained in the crash, according to a Monday morning Facebook post by the East Montgomery County Fire Department. Tysver said there were no injuries among Union Pacific’s train crew. There were no other fatalities or injuries associated with the crash, according to Teller.

In another so called predictive programming tale It is also interesting to note that Stephen Kings book and film The stand was also based on a biological attack and a  chemical train derailment as well.

“The Stand” is, in part, a synthesis of these divergent ideas.

Two news stories jump-started the book for King, one a “60 Minutes” segment on chemical and biological warfare and the other a report he recalled about a train derailment in skull Valley Utah that triggered a chemical spill that had killed a flock of sheep. Had the wind blown the other way, King has written, “the good people of Salt Lake City might have gotten a very nasty surprise.”

The people of Arizona yesterday woke up to one of those nasty surprises when an emergency shelter-in-place was issued yesterday and Today for nearby residents in Tucson, Arizona, after a truck carrying nitric acid overturned on Feb. 14, killing the driver.

Following the  crash, a commercial truck tanker overturned on the Interstate 10 highway eastbound between Rita and Kolb roads, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

“The tanker involved in this collision was hauling nitric acid in liquid form.”

Footage of the crash posted on Twitter showed reddish-orange mist emanating from an overturned truck tanker. The post was accompanied by a message: “be safe everyone, don’t [breathe] this in.”

Liquid nitric acid is a highly corrosive substance, described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a “colorless liquid with yellow or red fumes with an acrid odor.”

In vapor or mist form, it can cause burning sensations to the eyes, nose, skin, and lungs. Exposure to high concentrations of this can cause pneumonitis, bronchitis, and/or pulmonary edema, which can be fatal. These symptoms can be delayed from 4 to 30 hours after exposure. Furthermore, teeth can erode when exposed to the vapor or mist form of nitric acid.

All of these Toxic spills and evacuations remind me of a story that I was acquainted with after a vacation I had at Lake Tahoe.

Back in 2001 I made a Trip to Lake Tahoe to get away from all of the sadness and pain i felt after the 911 attacks. On my way back from Tahoe, I wound up in another weird place – at least a place that I got a weird vibe from.

As I was returning to my home in Portland, Oregon, my friends and I made a stop in the small town of Dunsmuir, California.

Dunsmuir is a small town near the Sacramento River whose claim to fame is the railroad yard where trains pass through there all the time. I was intrigued by the small town only because there was something about it that gave me a weird vibe.

It was as if an alien landing happened there or that it was like “Salem’s Lot” – a small town that was made popular by Stephen King where the people there all acted peculiar and the big secret was a vampire lived there.

It was the first time I ever got a bad vibe from a place and I really wasn’t sure as to why.

I was so overwhelmed with a chilling feeling about the place that I asked the manager of a gas station there is something terrible had happened there that I was unaware of.

She shared with me a number of stories about the town including a chemical spill that, in 30 minutes, literally destroyed the ecosystem. A train derailed there and a tanker carrying a pesticide overturned and started draining a noxious substance into the water killing fish and wildlife for 40 miles.

The chemical was called metam-sodium. By-products of the breakdown of metam-sodium included deadly hydrogen sulfide.

Almost every living organism within 40 miles of the river was dead in 30 minutes. Many people in the town were rushed to the hospital with breathing problems many had nausea and headaches.

Everybody had the same symptoms: a metallic taste in the mouth, an inability to concentrate.

But what gave me the creeps was the story of how a number of pregnant women had miscarriages after the incident and how a number of animals, frogs, and fish never returned to the area because of the spill.

“A newborn baby born in Dunsmuir days after the spill was found to be dropping weight rapidly, and the family’s doctor told the parents they needed to move the baby out of the area.”

The railroad installed a monument as an eternal reminder of what happened there.

Most people agree that another spill is inevitable because so many roadways and railroad tracks cross waterways. It was the first time I ever had a bad feeling about being in a town. It was a frightening feeling that the place was haunted.

Which of course brings back the idea of an echo in transit or some sort of retro causality of an event that was shown in a movie like “White Noise” before it actually happened.

Ben Ratner, a resident of East Palestine and his family were actually extras in the film.

They thought it would be a fun distraction from their day-to-day life in blue-collar East Palestine.

Ratner, is in a traffic jam scene, sitting in a line of cars trying to evacuate after a freight train collided with a tanker truck, triggering an explosion that fills the air with dangerous toxins. In another scene, his father wears a trench coat and hat while people walk across an overpass to get out of town. Directors told the group they wanted them to look “forlorn and downtrodden” as they escape the environmental disaster.

Ratner tried to rewatch the movie a few days ago and found that he couldn’t finish it. He said it hit too close to home.

The movie currently can be seen on Netflix.

Just like the movie indicated “it’s not just what was in the tanker cars. It’s what happens when they burn and combine.”

This may be the largest dioxin plume in world history.

The Key word is Dioxin.

This mess of 14 tanker cars (really, many more, but 14 had vinyl chloride) was then set on fire by the government, apparently to make it easier to clear the railroad tracks. This was the worst possible decision. It has turned many, many miles into what should be no-man’s land.

This is not just a local issue. This massive plume will spread far and wide, and is being blown by the prevailing winds across Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York State, toward the population centers of the northeastern U.S.

And via land and water, the toxins can spread in many directions, via water, soil movement and air (since the prevailing winds are only an average). And the contamination is so serious that even soil tracking will spread significant amounts.

Dioxin has been out of the news for more than 30 years. Therefore, very few people today have any sense of the problem.

It is one of the most serious environmental issues.

Dioxins were the extremely toxic component in the Vietnam War-era defoliant Agent Orange. The were at the Love Canal in Niagara Falls; they were the toxin involved in the evacuation and dissolution of Times Beach, Missouri. They are the cause of toxic shock syndrome from bleached paper tampons.

People will get very sick immediately. Kids are extremely sensitive due to their low body weight.

Dioxins are connected to every other toxins issue that ever lived, from DDT to PCBs to Roundup.

Monsanto Bayer had to settle lawsuits over round up as it has a known pathogen dioxin known as glyphosate.

Both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) have concluded that dioxin is a “probable human carcinogen”  Scientists within EPA have asked that this question be reviewed again because some of the key studies of dioxin and cancer were fraudulent, and EPA has relied on these fraudulent studies to set current standards.

As with everything else happening right now in our shock prone worlds the government will mist certainly not be giving and straight answers as to what the people of East Palestine Ohio were exposed to and how this incident alone could contaminate farm land and water tables of 5 states.

We live in times of the unthinkable — and many people are kidding themselves if they are not prepared for the dangers they cannot even imagine.

How can we judge the toxicity of dioxin (or of any chemical, for that matter?

We can’t — we have to rely on the government to tell us or not tell us the long term effects of the exposure to these dioxins.


Written by Ron Patton


This post currently has 9 comments.

  1. Greg

    February 15, 2023 at 6:11 pm

    It gave me the creeps when I saw a video on the local news station of the train wreck burning. The fire in the cars was burning and it looked like two eyes in the front surrounded by black smoke with a pillar of fire and smoke in the back. It looked like a giant mothman. Now they are calling it the chemical Chernobyl. Mothman was seen at Chernobyl. And the Mothman told people about the collapse of the silver bridge at point pleasent. A great tragedy on the river Ohio is what he warned when he spoke. He called himself Indrid Cold. Someone claimed he came from a metallic craft that burned like a kerosene lantern. Its realy bizarre that one of the flying objects was shot down north of Ohio over lake huron. And the Ohio river has been poisoned.

  2. Rusty

    February 15, 2023 at 8:48 pm

    Nitric acid is one of the strongest acids; when combined with hydrochloric acid in proper proportions it is called aqua regia.
    The most important point, is when driving a truck carrying concentrated nitric acid, one must be competent — and drive Carefully.

  3. Derek Halvorson

    February 15, 2023 at 10:03 pm

    I read the first several paragraphs to this then I stopped. The train carried 10 boxcars that leaked polyvinyl chloride. Box cars were not what I saw on their side leaking liquid into a trench. I do not know much about railroading, but obviously the author knows much much less. I did not finish the article even though it might have been quite good. However, the blaring mistake of the boxcars evaporated my confidence that this author had anything of value to say.

  4. Pat

    February 16, 2023 at 6:26 am

    I live 3miles from ground zero train wreck east Palestine. It was bad! My place smelled like. Burnt plastic. Mary and I both had head ached. Nauseous. Feb. 5,6,7 . Some of my honey bees died. Chickens stoped laying eggs a few days. I kelped locked in barn for days they all lived. The train was a super train. 150 cars. 50 flipped. It was labeled non-hazardous ion mana fest. It had final chloride butyl Acrylate Ethylhexul Acrylate ethylene glycol monobutyl ether isobutylene. Thanks Clyde for show tonite. People need to be prepared. Stock up. Plant seeds. Plant fruits trees. Get some chickens. Prepare for unexpected… it going to get worse. God bless….

  5. John Weiner

    February 16, 2023 at 8:42 am

    What happened to my two comments from last night regarding your scapegoating Ukraine for our failure to maintain our infrastructure over the last 40 years. I remember reports on the “WORLD NEWS TONIGHT,” with the late Peter Jennings in the early 1980s, documenting our deteriorating infrastructure. It is not as though I pointed out that you are starting to scapegoat them the way Hitler scapegoated the Jews.

  6. Greg

    February 16, 2023 at 12:21 pm

    I live in the northeast and its going to rain here soon. Now I feel like I should avoid the rain because of fallout. Acid rain is nasty. There is a small mountain around here with trees that have burnt off tops. The foliage is brown and the branches are dead at the top of the trees. Someone told me its from acid rain. It reminds me of the slipknot song psychosocial with the lyrics “and the rain will kill us all”.

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