At 2055 Eastern Time on February 3rd Norfolk Southern Train 32N, an 18,000-ton freight train with 20 cars containing hazardous chemicals derailed near East Palestine Ohio.
Thousands of people had to be evacuated and there are ongoing concerns about air and water safety. The fire burnt for two days. Unaware that Germany is waging a quasi-war against the United States and the United Kingdom, Norfolk Southern was operating the train in peacetime conditions, with no precautions against sabotage, which was absurd. There’s even been some reporting that some of the hazardous chemicals were on the way to Ukraine!
The federal government has of course been astute to conceal knowledge of the DVD from the American electorate and business community, preferring exposing US citizens to danger to standing up to Germany. Sadly the disaster will not change Administration policy, which is to offer innocent American civilians up to Germany as a human sacrifice, hoping thereby to appease the monster. (Put another way the Biden Administration is about as sophisticated as Aztec high priests.)
The proximate cause of the disaster was a hot box, that is to say, an overheating roller bearing on a car bogie (or truck) – flames were seen coming from under the train before the derailment. The heat had been building up for miles, indeed the train had passed two rail side infra-red hotbox detectors, which failed to trigger an alert as Norfolk Southern, contentedly ignorant of the huge risks posed in moving hazardous chemicals around the continental United States in the face of the DVD’s powerful Sabotage Section, set the alert temperature far too high.
By the time the burning train passed a third detector, it was too late to prevent the derailment. Fifty-one cars of the 150 car consist came off the tracks. It could have been much worse, however. Although probably unaware that he had a burning train behind him the engineer kept his head and responded promptly to the hotbox warning with an emergency brake application.
High praise is due to both the engineer and the conductor. Their prompt actions may have saved an entire community, given the consequences of a high-speed derailment. I sincerely hope that they are commended. There is no point in saying that I am mild to the right of center politically (now in the Reform Party, having despaired of the feeble-minded Tories) and should not, therefore, be praising workers. I give praise where it is due.
Moreover, I come from a working-class background on my mother’s side. My grandfather was a coal miner, a pit deputy in fact, responsible for safety. I am also a strong supporter of rail and have known many railwaymen and women in my time. I also have a greater working knowledge of US railroads than most in the UK, having ridden AMTRAK from coast to coast, not to mention right down to Florida on the mighty Silver Meteor and along the Pacific coast on the Coast Starliner. I have traveled thousands of miles by train in America, including in Alaska.
What caused the hot box?
As Mrs. Marple pointed out to the dim-witted policeman in Murder at the Gallop when commenting on the death of poor old Mr. Enderby the issue was not what he died of, but what caused the heart attack. We can all agree that a hot box triggered the derailment. The issue is why did the box go hot?
Unfortunately, the investigation has been placed, as usual, in the hands of the NTSB. They have no specialist training in the DVD or counter-sabotage techniques, suffer from the typical arrogance of most federal agencies, and their people, whilst perfectly nice, are not very bright. In fact, they’re no brighter than the average policeman (that bad, I’m afraid).
Moreover, as a federal agency, they are subject to political interference and are willing to have their conclusions dictated to them. The DVD has been running rings around them for years. They still haven’t figured out the New York Air Disaster of 1960. Left to their own devices it would probably take them the rest of the century to work out the East Palestine Rail Disaster. It’s boys against men, I’m afraid. We need a Mrs. Marple and instead, we get Trigger from Only Fools and Horses.
Norfolk Southern is the innocent party in all this, although with the respect they need to tighten up on their hot box warning protocols (say 150 degrees above ambient, since a failing box is only going to get hotter) and should consider vibration sensors on all bogies. Like most railroad, oil, or airline companies they will most likely happily pass on their losses to their insurers.
Insurers in turn, with the notable exception of one of the Lloyds of London insurers of the sabotaged Piper Alpha oil rig, are as willing to roll over as the companies they insure. The Germans understand that American insurance companies are pussies, no offense intended. They’ll pay out all day long in cases of sabotage. There isn’t the remotest prospect of Norfolk Southern’s insurers asking intelligent questions about the disaster, or bringing in a counter-sabotage expert such as myself.
The DVD are the world’s leading experts in rail sabotage. They’ve murdered hundreds of people in the UK without a finger of suspicion ever having been laid against them. Our rail accident investigation people, sadly, are no better than the NTSB and in any event report to the Cabinet Office, which lost its moral compass long ago and is committed to covering up mass murders committed by Germany, as long as the victims are British of course or Turks.
The DVD’s Sabotage Section has perfected a number of techniques for causing hotboxes. The simplest is swapping serviceable roller bearings for ones with a manufacturing defect. Gaining access to yards is easy since aside from AMTRAK Police, who are very professional (and have consulted me, informally, on the sabotage of an AMTRAK express) the rail industry has no idea that it’s facing a campaign of sabotage.
Of course, if you’ve swapped a bearing over the sabotage cell has no way of predicting where a train might derail. Since it’s going to derail sooner or later it doesn’t really matter. There is no reason to suppose that Train 32N was the only one they sabotaged. There might be half a dozen chemical tankers running around with defective boxes.
Obviously, Jerry will have been disappointed with the low death toll, assuming fatalities from illnesses triggered by the hazardous chemicals. They will have been hoping for a high-speed derailment in a larger community. As the Turks have found out to their cost in the last two weeks there simply is no limit to the blood lust of German intelligence. We should have learned that lesson after Spanish Flu, but of course, Germany’s involvement was never spotted.
The BOAC 707
I am reminded of GO2’s sabotage of British Overseas Airways Corporation Boeing 707-436 G-ARWE at Heathrow on March 31st 1968, barely two years after the DVD brought down another BOAC 707, G-APFE, over Mount Fuji. (They had been hoping to assassinate Cubby Broccoli, who had been in Japan, filming You Only Live Twice.) GO2 substituted a compressor component in Boeing’s No 2 Rolls-Royce Conway Mk 508 turbofan, which caught fire and fell off the aircraft.
In a brilliant piece of flying Captain Cliff Taylor got the blazing airliner back on to the ground, saving the lives not just of 121 passengers and crew, but the lives of many on the ground. In another disappointment for GO2 and the murderous Cabinet Secretary, Sir Burke Trend, courageous stewardess Barbara Harrison went back into the blazing aircraft to try and save the passengers who were trapped, sacrificing her own life in the process. She was very properly awarded the George Cross, Britain’s highest civilian decoration for gallantry.
I should explain that the Cabinet Secretary typically signs off on German-sponsored mass killings in the UK. Trend was a nasty, unpleasant, and vindictive little man, no offense intended, who would no doubt have been throwing things around his office when he heard that Captain Taylor had saved nearly all of his passengers. GO2 was not just targeting BOAC and the communities around Heathrow of course, but Rolls-Royce. Sadly they had greater success in killing the passengers aboard BEA Flight 548 in 1972, the Trident which went in at Staines with the loss of all souls aboard. Thankfully they weren’t able to achieve their ambition of wiping out Staines town center, as the aircraft went down almost vertically.
What was News Nation thinking about giving credence to the irresponsible and publicity-hungry Polish hoaxer claiming to be Madeleine McCann? Apart from anything else, she’s too old to be Madeleine, who was born on May 12th, 2003. She also lacks Madeleine’s very distinctive coloboma in her right pupil, a minor genetic defect that can affect vision in later life.
More to the point poor little Madeleine was murdered by the DVD in or around December 2008 in the Belgian safe house where she was being detained. Terrified of upsetting the EU successive British governments, backed by the Cabinet Office, has lied to her parents and the public.
Millions of pounds have been wasted in a bad-faith Metropolitan Police operation to ‘search’ for her. The EU is implicated of course because she was kidnapped for abuse by a perverted senior EU official, who would have known that she was then going to be murdered in a snuff movie. This official was so far gone that a copy of the DVD showing her murder was probably part of the deal.
With the Cabinet Office wanting to reverse Brexit there is no way that the current British government will ever tell the truth. Sir Keir Starmer is even more of a euro-nutter than Rishi Sunak, no offense intended, and would no doubt continue the policy of inflicting psychological torture on Madeleine’s parents. They are entitled to know the truth.
The only reassurance I can give to Gerry and Kate McCann is that their daughter was reasonably well looked after whilst in the custody of the DVD, was not sexually abused, and was murdered in a ‘humane’ way by lethal injection. She did not suffer, physically at any rate, when her young life was taken in order to protect Germany and the EU. I have put inverted commas around ‘humane’ of course because murdering little children is never humane.
Sadly however the parents bought into the lies told about me by Leicestershire Police officers, one of whom went on at my 2014 trial to invent a claim about the FBI calling me a ‘fantasist’. There was no such conversation, indeed the FBI launched an investigation into why a British police officer had invented a conversation with an unnamed FBI agent in a high-profile trial of an FBI HUMINT source. Regrettably, the Obama White House, worried about the possible impact on my appeal, stepped in and ordered the same Attorney-General (no offense intended) to get the investigation halted in its tracks.
The truth usually comes out in the end, however. When it does the McCann family will be entitled to massive compensation from the British government and GCHQ for the sustained infliction over a period of more than 15 years of intense emotional distress. In order to maintain UK/EU relations successive British governments have not balked at inflicting distress on Madeleine’s twin brother and sister Sean and Amelie as well as her parents of course. It has been one of the most shameful episodes in modern British history, justifying trials at the Bar of Parliament, with executions to follow.
The Protocol Deal
I propose to comment in detail on the so-called Windsor Framework Agreement in my next column, always assuming that Jerry does not trigger another earthquake or boost another cyclone! This column is coming out mid-week due to delays caused by the day job, with urgent legal work coming in unexpectedly. My next column is planned for Saturday, March 11th, but it’s only a plan. Planning my week is usually next to impossible! My first thoughts are that the Protocol has not been amended and that Rishi and the EU are selling a pup.
Raquel Welch (1940 – 2023)
I am probably going to be rather kinder to Raquel Welch, who sadly has passed since my last column, than some of her obituarists. She was a far better actress than many give her credit for.
Two comments: actors don’t get to write the script and beauty and brains are not incompatible, even if I’ve never quite managed both. (Model Jean Shrimpton got the looks in the Shrimpton family!) Raquel was undoubtedly beautiful, and well-endowed, but she was rather bright as well. She was a long way from being a bimbo.
Her reputation for having a temper on set probably has more to do with her understandable annoyance at randy heterosexual men pawing all over her than any character defect. Monogamous by nature she must have been a bit fed up at times with men treating her as a woman of easy virtue. That she most certainly was not.
She will always be remembered for One Million Years BC in 1966. The plot was about as scientific as a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The dinosaurs were at least 64 million years too late and the humans around 700,000 years too early. (No human being has ever actually been eaten by a dinosaur, except in the Jurassic Park movies.)
Since the plot wasn’t her idea, she wasn’t the producer and didn’t write the script none of the obvious defects in the movie can fairly be attributed to her. Nor was it her fault that a generation of teenage boys ogled her boobs. If you’ve got them you may as well flaunt them. In fairness, the movie never pretended to be anything other than what it was – a good yarn and an enjoyable piece of hokum.
I suspect that in private she was a rather lovely person. It is a pity that she was never allowed to deploy her acting talent to the full. She was fond of this country and we were fond of her. She was a patriot, appearing with Bob Hope on USO shows during the Vietnam War. I have nothing but good things to say about her.
This week’s movie review: Plane (2023, dir. Jean-Francois Richet)
Released to theaters on January 13th this is a cracking action movie. It’s also very aviation literate and may well have its origins in my first big operation against al Qaeda.
Like that op, the action takes place on the island of Jolo in the Philippines, the scene of the one and only airstrike I’ve ever had a hand in organizing. (The Moro National Liberation Front was working with al Qaeda to recover weapons-grade enriched uranium on Mindanao, which came out of the fission bombs on those two B-50s the Germans shot down towards the end of the Chinese Civil War, using long-range Me-410 fighters. The B-50s of course were on their way to nuke Peking, not one of President Truman’s brighter ideas, no offense intended.) Al Qaeda’s original plan for 9/11 involved turning the hijacked airliners into dirty bombs.
I nearly fell out of my seat when Jolo was mentioned! By the way, if you ever get the opportunity to help stop Lower Manhattan from being irradiated for fifty years ask for a consultation fee upfront! I received zero official thanks for that op, not even a ticket for a Broadway show, although the unofficial thanks from the CIA and elsewhere helped to make up for it. No one in Whitehall would dream of thanking me of course – they just don’t have the class.
Trailblazer Airlines Flight 119 is a DC-9/MD-80 flight from Singapore to Honolulu via Tokyo. In real life, you wouldn’t fly a short to medium-range twin across the Pacific of course. None of the DC-9 series was ever certified for ETOPS (Extended Range Twin Engine Operations) flights. However, that is a quibble. Contrary to some of the official posters by the way the DC-9 has its engines at the back!
Unlike many reviewers, I have some sympathy for producers. Getting your hands on a Boeing 777 is not that easy, particularly if you’re intending to crash it and have it feature in a runway shoot-out. So far as I can tell the producers managed to get their hands on a real DC-9. Either that or they had some seriously good set builders. The airstairs at the rear were just as I remembered them! (If you were flying economy, as I was in those days, you boarded a DC-9 up a neat set of stairs lowered between the JT-8D turbofans.)
A company clown in Singapore orders Captain Brodie Torrance (Gerard Butler) to fly through a storm front in the South China Sea, hoping to save on Jet 1. They save the fuel of course, at the cost of a forced landing on Jolo, where the downed passengers encounter a crazed bunch of Islamic terrorists, worse than Shamima Begum. I don’t want to spoil the plot, so I won’t say what happens next.
Mike Colter is excellent as ex-French Foreign Legionnaire Louis Gaspare, a killer with a heart. (It was only manslaughter – he’d never be considered for the Cabinet Office.)
You’ll enjoy it, trust me. I can’t wait for Ship, the sequel. Hopefully Plane will stir the FAA into mandating better emergency equipment and rations for airliners on long-range flights.
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Michael Shrimpton was a barrister from his call to the Bar in London in 1983 until being disbarred in 2019 over a fraudulently obtained conviction. He is a specialist in National Security and Constitutional Law, Strategic Intelligence and Counter-terrorism. He is a former Adjunct Professor of Intelligence Studies at the American Military University.
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Raquel Welch was 1/4 of the Romance languages quartet: Brigitte Bardot, Claudia Cardinale, Sophia Loren, and Raquel Welch. Brigitte and Sophia were older by a few years. I rarely went to the movies, but I do recall seeing The Legend of Frenchie King (spaghetti western comedy, featuring Bardot and Cardinale) when it showed in my small town… Raquel is the first one to go.
That nice black sleeping car attendant, Joe from memory (it was over 30 years ago) was a lovely guy and looked after me well. I love riding AMTRAK!
Agreed re phosgene, with which Jerry is very familiar – it was used as a chemical weapon in World War 1.
The old fission warheads on the B-50s were no longer viable – DVD and al Qaeda were planning a dirty bomb. Correa Group assets inside CIA would have made sure they got the weapons grade uranium airside, just as they aided the terrorists’ entry into the US. The Germans discovered dirty bombs in 1944 when their first nuclear test failed to achieve fission.
Just what is DVD? No explanation in the article.
Shrimp amazed me! He didn’t mention that he also had a black friend.
The World doesn’t need a “DVD” when it’s run by Thee City of Londons Banksters. Lay off technicians, Toyota System rail schedules, buy back stocks with profits, pay shareholders and politicians while maintenance is deferred. Shazam!
You get train wrecks.
9/11 with planes?
Surely you’re joking.
What about the Ukrainain chemical attacks in Donbass and Kherson for 6 months now?
and the Depleted-Uranium sent over to Poland?
The Leopard-2 seen in Bakhmut recently, perhaps with DU shells?
The plane plots and the nuke plots are both real. Look up “Bojinka plot” for just one example.
And stop calling him Shirley. (Watch the movie Airplane for that joke.)
Ant refrigeration Technician while tell you, burning flourocarbon refrigerants creates Phosgene.
That should have been vented to the Ozone layer before burning the PVC.
A master full screw up.