by Joseph P. Farrell, Giza Death Star:
WARNING: this one is so strange that I think it’s safe to say that I’m somewhere between 99 and 100% skeptical of it, but even then, it’s worth passing along and filing away in your “Strange Stuff and Rumors about Antarctica” file. To be sure, I think this story has all the distinct “odor” of one of those stories that occasionally comes along that has been deliberately planted on the internet, perhaps to have a bit of fun, or perhaps just to track to see where it travels in cyber space, and who picks it up and talks about it. It was shared by C.J.D.M., but before we can get to it, first a little background as to why I’m sharing it at all, given my skepticism.
For one thing, I’m sharing it on the off chance that that 0.000…..1 percent that avoids my skepticism might prove to be true. So with that in mind, down to my other reasons.
Regular readers here know that I think something mighty strange is “up” down there. I’ve rehearsed the strangeness of the place many times on this website (and in my books dealing with what I’ve called the post-war “Nazi International”). At the risk of boring those who know those books and previous blogs, permit me to bring anyone who may not know up to speed. The strangest thing about Antarctica is the list of people associated with the place. That list includes:
- Nazi Reichsmarshal Hermann Goering, founder of the Luftwaffe and Gestapo, and ultimate sponsor of the 1938-1939 expedition to that continent, about which there is much conjecture and little fact;
- Nazi Party head and Hitler’s personal deputy thereto, Reichminister Rudolf Hess, whose connections to the continent (and to Goering) are strange indeed. It’s too complicated a story to recount here, save to note that the subject of Antarctica was delicately raised by a British diplomat in conversation with Herr Hess after the latter’s famous flight to Great Britain in May 1941. (For the complicated story, see my book Hess and the Penguins which is available in the bookstore on this site). The mere fact that the subject would be obliquely raised during these conversations leads me to think that the public story for the Nazi expedition – that they were looking for fishing grounds and lubricants from whales – is a cover story, much like the story put out in connection to America’s postwar Operation Highjump expedition to the continent (see bel0w, number 5);
- Current Ottomaniac and would-be sultan Mr. Erdogan of Turkey, who wants a permanent Turkish presence on the continent;
- Various “royals”, including Spanish King Juan Carlos, who along with Britain’s Prince Harry, have visited the continent;
- Admiral Richard Byrd, whose postwar expedition – Operation Highjump – was somewhat suspiciously called off after only a few weeks, when it was outfitted for several months’ stay. The expedition, as anyone familiar with it knows, was a rather large scale military affair, complete with some Marines, an escort aircraft carrier, and so on. The expedition was planned with the personal involvement of the then head of the naval staff, Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, and then Secretary of the Navy John Forrestal. The public was told that the expedition was simply to test Arctic tactics and equipment, but as I’ve pointed out, Alaska or Canada would have done for that; there was no need to outfit an entire fleet and bear the expense of an expedition which was ended much sooner than intended. The ending itself, as most who are familiar with it know, is shrouded in suspicion, since Admiral Byrd gave an interview to a reporter of the El Mercurio newspaper of Santiago de Chile who was traveling with the small press corps on the journey, saying words to the effect that the USA would have to prepare to defend itself against aircraft that could fly from pole to pole at tremendous speed. Needless to say, these remarks touched off a firestorm of speculation that continues to this day;
- Former U.S. Secretary of State John “Ketsup” Kerry, who in the middle of a diplomatic junket during one of the most hotly contested elections in American history in 2016, took a little detour to the continent because (we were told) he was personally interested in “climate change” and wanted to see it firsthand (uh huh… yea… sure). At the time, I speculated that perhaps Kerry’s visit was really about conducting diplomacy. If so, then the questions is, with whom? and why there?
- Apollo 11 astronaut Ed “Buzz” Aldrin, who visited the continent, and allegedly tweeted some odd things about his visit, both before and after it. For example, prior to boarding his flight from South Africa to the continent, he tweeted that he was “going to the launchpad,” leaving people to wonder whether that was “astronautese” for the flight to Antarctica, or whether it was intended as a reference to the continent itself. Then, falling ill during his visit, he had to be evacuated, but not before allegedly tweeting that what he saw down there was “evil.”
With that context in mind, recall that many years ago there was something of a minor “furor” over whatever it was that the Russians had discovered in their deep drilling efforts over Lake Vostok, a vast underground lake on the polar continent. One story was that during their deep drilling they found a form of life that existed in no known list. (See the following, for example: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-antarctica-idUSBRE92611L20130307)
As can be seen, the idea that an unknown life form in the form of microbial life is not implausible, especially in an underground lake on an isolated continent, which lake itself has been isolated from the rest of the world for quite some time, millions of years in fact.