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Could we eventually uncover a lost civilization on the sunken Kerguelen continent? And if so, what might have been its fate?


By around 110 million BC the first portions of the Kerguelen island continent had appeared. Large portions of the island continent would remain dry land for millions of years, after which they would all eventually submerge to become one with the sea floor again (with the last disappearing from the surface around 20,000,000 BC). This article lists some developments possibly relevant to the Kerguelen island continent, and any intelligent lifeforms which may have arisen or taken refuge there.

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Approximately 15,000,000 BC: Suddenly most competing ape lines on Earth go extinct, leaving only a handful of survivors

-- "Scientists Find 15-Mln-Year-Old Pre-Human In Kenya" By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent Reuters/http://dailynews.yahoo.com/ News Top Stories Headlines, August 26 1999

Why the sudden extinctions of many ape lines at this time? That remains a mystery. But if it was due to harsh changes in world climate and/or geology, or to cosmic impacts or dust/gas clouds in space blocking Earth's sunlight, then perhaps the Kerguelen elite were pretty shrewd after all to order the exodus.

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Approximately 14,000,000 BC: Antarctica enjoys a warm, ice-free period?

-- Oronteus Fineaus Map By Paul V. Heinrich March 9, 1997 Version 1.5 (a rebuke of various speculative literature which used questionable evidence to describe an ice-free Antarctica and various events thereon sometime in recent history or prehistory; Mr. Heinrich offers an impressive list of citations to support his conclusions)

How long does this period last? Is the Antarctic environment today something like the tundra of 20th century Alaska, or still warmer and more lush than that? Antarctica boasted tropical rainforests in the far past-- does it manage even a brief return to such conditions now?

-- Chat with Sara Wheeler, Antarctic Travel Writer, ABCNEWS.com

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Approximately 13,000,000 BC: A 'mini-extinction' event may be afflicting life on Earth

-- "Nearby supernova may have caused mini-extinction", SciNews-MedNews, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 31-Jul-99, Contact: James E. Kloeppel, Physical Sciences Editor (217) 244-1073; kloeppel@uiuc.edu

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Approximately 3,000,000 BC to 2,000,000 BC: A mysterious time of transformative evolution for the creature that someday will call itself "human"

A 'mini-extinction' event now going on world-wide may be helping spur evolutionary changes in the predecessors of humanity.

-- "Nearby supernova may have caused mini-extinction", SciNews-MedNews, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 31-Jul-99, Contact: James E. Kloeppel, Physical Sciences Editor (217) 244-1073; kloeppel@uiuc.edu

-- "The First Human?" By Robert Locke, Discovering Archaeology, July/August 1999, http://www.discoveringarchaeology.com/

A couple million years in possession of powerful imitative speech capabilities has allowed these predecessors of human beings to learn some of the value of a chorus-- multiple voices applied in unison. Such actions can offer a pleasing if somewhat haunting feeling to the primates; a seemingly mysterious premonition of hidden talents, and greater things to come. At least, if such harmonies affect human ancestors in ways similar to how they will do their 20th century descendents.

Loud harmonies may provide a deep inner pleasure to the ape-people.

Humans and other higher animal lifeforms possess an evolutionary family tree which necessarily includes fish at some point in past history. There's numerous places in human genetics and physiology wherein this ancestry may be traced. One of them may include the love of many humans for loud music.

The sacculus (a component of the inner ear's vestibular/balancing system) is notably responsive to acoustic frequencies like those found in music-- at least at high volumes (90 decibels plus). The sacculus is connected to the area of the brain which drives sex, hunger, and pleasure-seeking in general, and can produce pleasure for its owner under these conditions. No other hearing-related function of the sacculus is known to exist in humans as of early 2000 AD.

This might explain music's strong influence upon modern human culture.

Saccular sensitivity seems to peak around 300 to 350 hertz-- but has a full sensitivity range of 50-1000 hertz. The music in dance halls and rock concerts often seem to exploit this sensitivity. The chants of a crowd at a sports event, or the singing of a church chorus may also stimulate the sacculus.

-- Music lovers 'have fish to thank' BBC News Sci Tech, 17 February, 2000

Human beings and many other species have a tendency-- even an instinctive need-- to synchronize their actions with those of their peers. These actions in humans run the gamut from menstrual cycles to rhythmic hand clapping as part of an audience.

Some scientists speculate such human synchrony in acts like applause may be a social behavior first acquired thousands of years ago in the species.

-- Synchronized Clapping a Primal Desire? By Jennifer Viegas, Discovery.com News, Feb. 24, 2000

The use of chorus begins as random accidents of simultaneous calls achieving harmony, with they and their consequences eventually observed and emulated by the packs purposely later on. Choruses are seen to have unusual effects on not only the pack members themselves, but other packs who hear them, as well as even mighty beasts such as lions, bears, and wolf packs. Indeed, hints of the chorus can be detected in some of the sounds emanating from wolf packs too at times (Did early humans get one clue to chorus from the sounds of wolf packs? Does this signal the initial stirrings of kinship between humans and wolves, which will one day lead to the domesticated dog? Maybe. But keep in mind at this early date that wolves are both competitors and a constant predatory threat to humans in various regions of the world).

Over the millennia a few packs grasp the value of chorus techniques in battles against competing packs, as well as during hunts of great predators and other large beasts. A chorus can make a pack seem larger and stronger than they are-- a terrific survival advantage.

Over time the chorus technique spreads to virtually all of this class of primates, worldwide.

Some (such as William R. Corliss cited below) note with puzzlement the significant presence of genetically encoded musical talents among the human population; after all, what survival advantages might such convey? Hopefully the above text and additional items later in this document help to answer that question.

IS PERFECT PITCH FAVORED BY NATURAL SELECTION? From Science Frontiers Digest of Scientific Anomalies #111, MAY-JUN 1997 by William R. Corliss, citing Michael Day; "Keeping Perfect Pitch in the Family," New Scientist, p. 19, November 23, 1996 and John Travis; "Pitching in to Find a Musical Gene," Science News, 150:316, 1996

Note that as the use of the chorus spreads among these hominids, its value to a given group will be somewhat proportional to that group's ability to recognize and harmonize with the voices of others in the group-- and to distinguish members' sounds from those of animals which they might be preying upon (or hiding from).

As the power of the chorus spreads across all hominid groups, inter-group competition in related acoustic pattern recognition and matching will intensify. After all, those best able to master and exploit the chorus technique will more often win various survival challenges than those that don't. Intra-group competition of course will also be present, from the very earliest point that the technique is recognized as beneficial to survival.

Does an intellectual 'bootstrapping' process of switching back and forth between marginal improvements in acoustic pattern recognition/matching and trial-and-error (even copycat) tool-making begin to take place now? Could it be that the acquisition of speech and the earliest tool-making capacities are intimately linked?

The part of the brain known as Wernicke's area is one of those responsible for language processing. Scientists have now discovered Wernicke's area also is involved in the predictability of nonverbal events. Thus, learning to speak may depend at least somewhat upon a subsconscious capacity to recognize predictable phenomena.

That is, our intellectual abilities to string together separate actions or thoughts to reach an end-- and realize the likelihood of certain outcomes from such sequences-- may be an important part of our evolutionary acquirement of language.

-- Emory researchers discover a neurological link between language and predictability that operates without conscious awareness, EurekAlert! 1 MARCH 2000, Contact: Lilli Kim llkim@emory.edu 404-727-5692 Emory University Health Sciences Center

Note one implication of the above citation is that human predecessors may be developing their sense of past and future in parallel with their struggle to speak and learn to create hand tools. This in turn demands greater conscious memory capacity, giving something of an upward spiral to evolutionary events...

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Approximately 3,000,000 BC- 30,000 BC: The Kerguelen fleet realizes that some distant relatives of Kerguelen primitives on Earth are starting to show signs of intelligence; The Kerguelen eventually begin to interact with the ape-men in limited ways

AUTHOR'S NOTE. Keep in mind that for eons the matter of the evolving apes on Earth rates little more than a footnote or two in the mainstream of Kerguelen fleet concerns. In this journal however we are focusing more closely on the issue than most Kerguelen ever did. END NOTE.

The unmistakeable sounds of song and music emanating from ape gatherings first attract the attention of the Kerguelen. As time passes primitive tool use and greater cooperation among the apes becomes apparent.

AUTHOR'S NOTE. Please refer to previous items on this page for references regarding humanity's musical legacy. END NOTE.

Finally, widespread and purposeful use of fire by the apes begins breaking out all over the planet.

Around 1,500,000 BC Homo erectus is using fire for heat, light, and perhaps food preparation and preservation

-- Milestones in Technology, February 26, 1999, The Knoxville News-Sentinel

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Keep in mind that humanity still cannot start a fire from scratch, and so must obtain it however they can and then maintain it perpetually over generations or else risk becoming subservient to other groups, or more easily falling prey to predators or other threats from the environment.

-- lamp; Encyclopædia Britannica, found on or about 2-16-2000, and fire; Encyclopædia Britannica, found on or about 2-16-2000

Some fleet personnel begin interacting with the apes, from time to time. Eventually they begin attempting to get the apes to team up with a smaller primate species like the Kerguelens themselves did early on. A few isolated genetic tweaks to both ape and monkey species are made in an effort to encourage such a pair up. The fleet's efforts at combining the two species into something resembling their own ends up stymied. But the apes do continue to show progress in their own way.

Homo erectus will appear to be butchering animals trapped in a natural fissure with stone tools in the vicinity of eastern China around 2,250,000 BC.

Perhaps most intriguing are hints that Procynocephalus monkeys may be serving Homo erectus in a semi-domesticated fashion in this region and during this time-- or at least hanging around in a scavenger role much like some wolves may be doing later on. If such service or related scavenging is ever confirmed by other finds it could offer a myriad of surprising implications and new questions regarding human development. Keep in mind that much later in the game humans may tolerate wolf scavengers hanging about their camps because of various advantages they can offer, such as alerts to incoming threats at the periphery of camps, and a contingency food source in hard times. Monkeys too could offer similar benefits perhaps...

Fossils of Homo erectus and monkeys similar to Procynocephalus seem to be commonly found together in Asia and east Africa...

-- EARLY HOMO ERECTUS TOOLS IN CHINA by RUSSELL CIOCHON and ROY LARICK, NEWSBRIEFS, Archaeology, Volume 53 Number 1, January/February 2000, the Archaeological Institute of America, http://www.archaeology.org/0001/newsbriefs/china.html

Even as late as 2000 AD there will be primitive human tribes which possess extraordinarily close relationships with other primates and/or other animals-- even going so far as their women from puberty on nursing baby monkeys, raccoons, and pigs, as takes place among the Awa Guaja tribe of the Amazon.

The Awa Guaja (a matriarchal society) consider monkeys to be sacred, and will raise baby monkeys among their own human children, with perhaps little difference in care.

Some arbitrary observations: the Awa Guaja expect women to continuously breast-feed needy animals as well as human children from puberty onwards, and regard non-producing breasts as a curse. Could similar ways among much of prehistoric humanity over a million years or so have been one reason why human female breasts on average became more prominent than those of other large primates, by the dawn of recorded history?

In primitive human societies-- especially those not far removed from apes themselves, such as those of seven million to two million BC or so-- baby monkeys might often have served mothers as welcome replacements for true children lost to disease, accident, or predators. Such monkeys may have often grown into helpful and loyal pets or aides for their human foster parents-- perhaps even performing chores taught them by their families, to help out with gathering food, preparing it, and even chipping stones for tools. They may also have helped enhance the vigilance of a camp against predators or hostile humans.

If the practice of incorporating monkeys into human family units became sufficiently widespread, and continued on long enough in terms of generations, eventually the monkeys themselves might undergo certain evolutionary pressures of their own as a result. Imagine multiple generations of monkeys raised as human children reproducing amongst themselves, within and alongside their human host tribes. The smartest and most helpful monkeys might be favored and encouraged to breed by their masters, much as the wolves of later millennia will be transformed into obedient and capable dogs.

Only monkeys can be more intelligent and versatile than wolves/dogs. They could be trained to do more and understand more than wolves/dogs. And their ultimate evolutionary potential would certainly rate considerably higher than wolves/dogs-- after all, primates begat human beings.

-- Salon Health & Body | Suckling monkeys By Jack Boulware, May 3, 2000

But if human predecessors and one or more species of monkeys early on worked together in some sort of substantive, long term, cooperative partnership, similar to that which would later develop between humans and wolves/dogs, what happened to that development? Did an unfortunate plague kill off the majority of the humans and/or monkeys participating in this arrangement, thereby ending the evolutionary experiment? Note that both would have been vulnerable to such a possibility-- especially if they were gathering together in large, concentrated communities-- like villages, towns, or cities. And such disease passage would be more likely across two different primates than it later becomes between primates and canines, or equines, or other domesticated species (and many of humanity's greatest recorded scourges of history originated from domesticated animals). Or perhaps their cooperation began to turn more into a competition-- in which case they might part ways as enemies rather than friends, perhaps both losing precious evolutionary ground as a result. Indeed, there would have been plenty of opportunities for such an alliance to go wrong, as climatic disasters made food scarce, or one primate line found another they liked better than the previous partner (note that both the monkeys and human predecessors suffered competition from close relative species). Maybe it was even the growing fondness for wolves/dogs themselves that in the end displaced such monkey allies-- or some combination of several of the elements listed above.

Whatever the truth of the matter, if such a parallel monkey ally evolution ever occured (and lasted long enough), more discoveries on the subject could prove fascinating...

The fleet takes care not to allow their experiments to become known to the elite.

Many more generations pass among the Kerguelen. Interest in the apes ebbs and flows among the fleet, as the species seems it will never evolve any further than it already has. Then, finally, the species begins to show the promise the fleet had been hoping to see for eons. The potential to become a whole new peasant/slave population for the fleet crews themselves. For in that manner might they achieve the levels of wealth and luxury up to now enjoyed only by the elite. They could also return to Earth, and enjoy the vast regions of unconstricted and hospitable space there-- wholly unlike the environments of their cramped craft quarters, and dangerous vacuum of space outside their vessels. Many fleet Kerguelen also chafed against the strict population controls of the fleet, imposed by the elite. A looser rein on free will here as compared to earlier Kerguelen history, plus more free time as well, allows the fleet Kerguelen to brood upon such matters. Upon a return to Earth such population restrictions could be ignored. There was enough space for billions of Kerguelen there.

Under these conditions the efforts to plan for a future return to Earth and subjugation of the fledgling humans there began to become somewhat organized affairs of the fleet Kerguelen. Details regarding how this might be done without interference from the elite-- or how the fleet Kerguelen might separate their own destinies from those of the elite-- are mostly neglected.

The fleet Kerguelen have no choice but to mention the continuing evolution of the apes on Earth in their reports to the randomly called elite. Fortunately, the elite take little notice.

The fleet Kerguelen increase the frequencies of their visits to Earth. They are not always as discrete as they should be. They are often sloppy because of the still primitive nature of the humans there, and the long time practice of taking little heed on the planet's surface, among merely dumb animals.

A growing argument builds among various factions of the fleet Kerguelen over how to handle the ever smarter apes-- including how much to let the apes see/know of the fleet Kerguelen themselves.

Eventually some fleet Kerguelen strike up continuing relationships with some humans. They experiment with some. Lucky ones become agents of the fleet, either among their own kind, or in secret underground or underwater bases about the planet.

Around 400,000 BC either a sudden disease epidemic or massacre is thought to have wiped out a group of 28 ancestors of modern humanity in northen Spain. As of 2004 however neither explanation answers the question of why the infants of the group are missing.

-- Disaster may have killed ancients By Paul Rincon; 19 May, 2004; news.bbc.co.uk

Keep in mind the fleet Kerguelen must hide many of their activities regarding Earth from the elite Kerguelen. Thus, the reason for the hidden bases being constructed underground or undersea. Such bases are easier to cover up or otherwise explain as aberrations in instrument readings, than more obvious installations would be.

Despite their advanced technology, the fleet Kerguelen are also subject to very close surveillance and accounting by the elite for equipment, materials, and hours of labor utilized for any purpose. So their available resources for the construction of the hidden bases are much more limited than might be expected by observers accustommed to a freer, more private society, equipped with a similar level of technology.

Another factor to consider is the fact that certain bits of Kerguelen technology such as power sources, manufacturing equipment, and advanced materials used to build the Earth bases or installed there for other purposes would tend to make those bases be more easily found by Kerguelen instruments from space than would otherwise be the case. So even if the Kerguelen could use such items without accounting for them in inventory, the act would only increase the risk of discovery and execution (or worse) later.

This means the secret bases are almost always built and stocked only with native Earth materials and labor, and significant Kerguelen effort goes into maximizing the usefulness and flexibility of the locations while using only primitive and obsolete Kerguelen ideas and techniques adapted to contemporary Earth and human capacities and circumstances. That way, even if a refuge is discovered and investigated by elite agents of the fleet, they should find little to indicate Kerguelen involvement.

Of course, despite their worries of discovery, the fleet Kerguelen do occasionally use advanced technologies in some aspects of the construction of these bases. But it is mostly just to carve out spaces within rock where the rock is too hard or the local human labor too sparse to sculpt as quickly or in as complex a manner as the Kerguelen desire-- and during hours when the naughty Kerguelen are sure none of the other Kerguelen are in position to monitor the local vicinity. The Kerguelen also take pains to cover the clues to artificial construction with intentional sloppiness in some aspects, and sometimes orders to a local human labor force to chip away manually at new tunnel surfaces a bit to make them look more hand carved, in case of later visual inspection.

Human access to Kerguelen technologies is kept very limited, for the most part.

The fleet Kerguelen continue to 'sample' the human population and experiment with them over time. They also largely continue their slipshod manner of interacting with the planet and its inhabitants.

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Approximately 2,300,000 BC: A Stone Age "tool factory" is in operation in Kenya, and a possible 0.5+ km asteroid impact in the deep southeast Pacific Ocean may increase atmospheric water vapor sufficiently to eventually bring about the next Ice Age

-- "Researchers Amazed to Find Tools More Than 2 Million Years Old" Compiled by Times medical writer Thomas H. Maugh II , May 6, 1999, Los Angeles Times, Science in Brief

-- DID AN ASTEROID IMPACT TRIGGER THE ICE AGES? From Science Frontiers Digest of Scientific Anomalies #59, SEP-OCT 1988 by William R. Corliss, citing Frant T. Kyte, et al; "New Evidence on the Size and Possible Effects of a Late Pliocene Oceanic Asteroid Impact," Science, 241:63, 1988

Around 2,200,000 BC the approximately one km in diameter asteroid Eltanin impacts the Earth in the Bellingshausen Sea between South America and Antarctica, creating tsunamis 1 km tall, which themselves strike parts of South America and Australia. Severe changes to the Earth's climate follow.

-- TWO CATASTROPHE SCENARIOS From Science Frontiers Digest of Scientific Anomalies #117, MAY-JUN 1998 by William R. Corliss, citing Jeff Hecht; "A Bigger Splash," New Scientist, p. 11, November 1, 1997, and Anonymous; "The Splash Felt 'round the World," Earth, 7:12, April 1998

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Approximately 2,000,000 BC- 6000 BC: The Pleistocene Epoch, or Ice Age runs its course

There are possibly ten separate cycles of cooling and rewarming during this period, during which the glaciers advance then retreat again. Sea levels may also decline and rise again in these cycles.

Four of the cycles are exceptionally harsh in the cooling stage. The most recent cooling stage may have begin around 56,000 BC- 48,000 BC.

During the cooling stages of the Pleistocene, the North American west is wetter than it will be circa 2000 AD.

-- GLG 111, Chapter 12: Glaciers and Glaciation GLG 111, The Dynamic Earth, Steven D. Schafersman in the Department of Geology at Miami University, August 27, 1998, schafesd@muohio.edu

Life diversity in New Zealand suffers greatly from the Ice Age.

Enormous ice sheets repeatedly sweep the islands almost clean of life, but for the northern end of North Island.

-- Back Lots of the Lost: The Implausibility of the Cliched 'Lost World' by Paul T. Riddell, Revised February 28, 2000

The main island of Kerguelen has suffered nearly complete coverage by ice, then volcanic lava, in relatively recent times. This activity destroyed much of Kerguelen's native flora. Back in the Tertiary Kerguelen boasted substantial forests of tree species related to the modern trees of South America.

Kerguelen may have once served to connect the continents of South America and Australia, as well as New Zealand.

-- Kerguelen Island, South Indian Ocean by Paul Carroll, January 2000


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Approximately 700,000 BC: A rare super meteor storm may be raging over the region of Australia and southeast Asia now...

...composed of a few gigantic meteors along with many much smaller ones.

-- HEAVY BOMBARDMENT OF SOUTHEAST ASIA 700,000 YEARS AGO From Science Frontiers Digest of Scientific Anomalies #78, NOV-DEC 1991 by William R. Corliss, citing John T. Wasson; "Layered Tektites: A Multiple Impact Origin for the Australasian Tektites," Journal of Geophysical Research, 102:95, 1991

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98,000 BC: A super nova explosion sweeps away much dust and gas in the vicinity of the solar system

A super nova explosion around this time in our vicinity creates a 200-600 lightyear diameter 'bubble' of space around us largely cleared of interstellar dust and gas. Our 'local bubble' is located on the inner edge of the Orion galactic arm. The Sagittarius galactic arm lies corewards from the Sun about 1500 parsecs away.

-- Ask the Astronomer: Is there anything interesting about the Sun's location in the Milky Way? (http://www2.stx.com/cafe/qadir/q662.html) by Dr. Sten Odenwald, found on or about January 15, 2000

Our local bubble is but one of several such regions within 2000 lightyears. They are called Loops I, II, and III respectively. Each consists of a roughly spherical region a few hundred lightyears in diameter.

Though the bubbles possess a lower density of interstellar dust and gas than the regions outside them, they are not completely empty, but populated by very diffuse clouds, such as the Local Fluff, which our solar system will appear to be entering around the end of the 20th century. Aging bubbles also tend to slowly refill again, to eventually regain their original densities of dust and gas. Entering and exiting bubbles can expose solar systems to changes in cosmic ray environments.

-- Ask the Astronomer: Are the properties inside 'Local Bubbles' the same everywhere? (http://www2.stx.com/cafe/qadir/q2402.html) by Dr. Sten Odenwald, found on or about January 15, 2000

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30,000 BC- 18,000 BC: A small-scale mutiny afflicts the Kerguelen fleet

Eventually a small organized rebellion takes place within the fleet. A couple dozen small ships make a long planned break away. They apparently managed to commandeer and stash away a considerable amount of supplies and spare parts too, before the mutiny. Over time this splinter group of fleet Kerguelen will come to form a closer relationship with humans than any Kerguelen before them.

Eventually all the Kerguelen personnel of this group dies out (due to unexpected supply dependencies on the main body of the fleet) and their human friends inherit their spacecraft. But the craft must be well hidden and rarely used-- because the main fleet will destroy or re-take them if possible. Over time these human owned Kerguelen spacecraft are lost to various ends-- capture, crashes, parts/skills shortages, etc., until very few remain. A handful will eventually end up with the people of the southeast asian peninsula, who will marvel at their workings. But in general the craft are of limited use, because of ongoing Kerguelen fleet surveillance. Possession and use of the craft must even be kept secret from other human beings as well, since the Kerguelen are known to have spies among the population.

In the aftermath of the mutiny, the Kerguelen elite undertake measures to further tighten security among the fleet Kerguelen. The new harsher terms do not sit well with the fleet, but there is precious little they can do about it.

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Approximately 22,000 BC: The Kerguelen completely fail to notice the alarming events taking place on Earth's southeast asian peninsula, until long after things have settled back to something nearer normal again-- which is a lucky break for humanity

The Kerguelen fleet doesn't notice the extraordinary pace of technological development and other matters on the Southeast Asian peninsula until long after the climax of events there-- things simply happened far too fast for the fleet's normal surveillance schedule and response routines to notice (just a single century in general, with the most alarming matters ocurring in just decades). Plus, most attention towards Earth was concentrated on watching for signs of the inorganic technologies of the Kerguelen spacecraft stolen by the mutineers-- stuff decidedly different from the peninsula's primarily biotech-based or derived devices. The very short time-scale of peninsula events, and their containment to one particular region of the globe also helped shield events from Kerguelen scrutiny.

Needless to say, the Kerguelen elite are somewhat upset when they finally learn of the oversight. Fortunately for the Kerguelen fleet personnel, the peninsula matter appeared to take care of itself, with the victors in the civil war discarding virtually all their most dangerous technologies in the aftermath, and reverting to a much less threatening level of technical expertise in the decades and centuries that followed. So no emergency eradication measure against humanity (or similarly extreme contingencies) became necessary.

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Approximately 18,000 BC- 12,000 BC: Earth is bombarded five times by heavier than usual cosmic dust concentrations from space

Earth's climate may well be effected. Some of this same dust traveling through the solar system may be spawning a new dust ring between Mars and Jupiter.

-- OF DUST CLOUDS AND ICE AGES, From Science Frontiers Digest of Scientific Anomalies #44, MAR-APR 1986 by William R. Corliss citing Paul A. LaViolette; "Evidence of High Cosmic Dust Concentrations in Late Pleistocene Polar Ice (20,000-14,000 Years BP)," Meteoritics, 20:545, 1985

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Approximately 9,500 BC- 9,000 BC: The Asvin of Earth surprise the Kerguelen fleet, and then vanish

[To see details about the Asvin civilization, please refer to What Could Have Been: A Lost Civilization in Southeast Asia, 25,125 BC- 13,875 BC]

After this shocking development, the Kerguelen elite direct the fleet to move some elements further away from Earth, while better masking others from long range detection or location via Kerguelen equivalent technologies. These measures will effectively render much Kerguelen space activity invisible to humanity until at least around the turn of the 22nd century AD.

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Approximately 8,000 BC+: Total world population may be somewhere between 5 and 10 million

A booming human population worldwide is driving many other large animal species extinct-- including some variants of humanity itself.

-- "A positive perspective on population growth" by Mitzi Perdue, Scripps Howard News Service, Nando Media, http://www.nandotimes.com, September 28, 1999

A much lower estimate of 5 million people in 8000 BC comes from How Many People Have Ever Lived on Earth? By Carl Haub, found on or about 5-31-2000

-- Paleoanthropology (revised 16 December 1999) by Francis F. Steen, Department of English, University of California at Santa Barbara, http://cogweb.english.ucsb.edu/EP/Paleoanthropology.html

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Approximately 6,000 BC - 1 AD: Sometime during this period the Earth, along with the rest of the Solar System, enters a vast cloud of interstellar gas

The cloud may be the residue of a super nova explosion in Scorpius-Centaurus around 250,000 years ago. Various effects upon the Earth could include climate and geomagnetic field changes around the time of entry.

-- THE EARTH HAS RECENTLY BEEN SWALLOWED BY A CLOUD OF INTER-STELLAR GAS From Science Frontiers Digest of Scientific Anomalies #98, MAR-APR 1995 by William R. Corliss, citing Priscella C. Frisch; "Morphology and Ionization of the Interstellar Cloud Surrounding the Solar System," Science, 265:1423, 1994, and I. Peterson; "Finding a Place for the Sun in a Cloud," Science News, 146:148, 1994

Seemingly excessive quantities of relatively short half-life aluminum-26 in interstellar space may indicate the solar system is moving through the debris cloud of a super nova explosion no older than 10,000 to a million years in age. Such a nearby explosion may have affected life on Earth when the blast first reached our vicinity, as well as the rest of the solar system (planetary interaction with the debris could be significant too).

-- THE MESSAGE OF ALUMINUM-26 From Science Frontiers Digest of Scientific Anomalies #39, MAY-JUN 1985 by William R. Corliss, citing "Are We inside a Supernova Remnant?" Sky and Telescope, 69:13, 1985

The solar system entered an expanding shell of gas several thousand years ago originating from the Scorpius-Centaurus Association. The density of material in this region could fluctuate greatly as we move through it. We might at some point find ourselves enshrouded in gas and dust thick enough to reduce the sunlight reaching the Earth-- perhaps to catastrophic levels. There's little indication of when we might encounter such conditions, or how long they might last when we did. But the possibility of such a dimming will exist for at least another 50,000 years beyond 1996.

-- "NOT WITH A BANG BUT A WHIMPER" From Science Frontiers Digest of Scientific Anomalies #107, SEP-OCT 1996 by William R. Corliss, citing Ray Jayawardhana; "Earth Menaced by Superbubble," New Scientist, p. 15, June 22, 1996

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9,000 BC- 1,945 AD: The Kerguelen fleet maintains covert surveillance of Earth, seeking signs of the Asvin; The fleet otherwise cuts back on operations on and near Earth

The mystery of the missing Asvin, along with the surprise attack in space, haunts the Kerguelens. They watch closely for centuries, then millennia, for signs of their reappearance, only to find none. Instead, the entire planet of ape-men seems to go backwards 10,000 years in technology, in the wake of the Asvin's vanishing act.

The Kerguelen are concerned for quite some time that the Asvin civilization itself made some unexpected leap into space, like the Kerguelen themselves. But no evidence of this is ever uncovered (beyond the sneak attack on the Kerguelen fleet near Earth millennia before).

It would seem that if the Asvin did take up residence in space, they also made a foolhardy attempt to leave the solar system for another. The Kerguelen think this a real possibility, since the Asvin could not possibly be as knowledgeable and sophistocated as the Kerguelen in space matters, and thus would not realize only death would await anyone but Kerguelen using Kerguelen spacecraft to cross the void between stars. Kerguelen technology alone (especially that available in the small craft in possession of the Asvin) was simply inadequate to such journeys: strenuous supplementary measures would also be required for success.

Most Kerguelen believe the Asvin aboard the Kerguelen spacecraft returned to Earth, and shared the fate of their nation. Both the Asvin and Raman states appear to have successfully destroyed one another. It's known the Asvin used nuclear weapons on the Raman; but it's less clear how the Raman destroyed the Asvin. The great Asvin cities and their aircraft simply disappeared, virtually overnight. Remnants had been detected on the sea bottom. And some salvaged Asvin sea craft had been found in the hands of non-Asvin and non-Raman human beings.

The fleet however never gives up its suspicions. For there remains the fact that a small number of fleet spacecraft continue missing, and on occasion there are brief but untrackable signs of something like them being operated somewhere on Earth. However, they never operate very long, or over great distances, or rise far above the surface, and that prevents the fleet from pinpointing their location. The nature of the missing craft allows some of them not only spaceflight but deep undersea transport as well. Though the fleet can detect such undersea usage too, such detection measures are less sensitive than those for dry land and open sky. Thus, the rogue vessels may typically operate undetected longer and further undersea than elsewhere on the planet.

But the overwhelming impression of Earth is that humanity has slid backwards 10,000 years or more in technology and commerce. And no significant signs of Asvin or Raman survivors or activity is seen for thousands of years.

Due to orders from the elite to put more distance between their spacecraft and Earth due to the possible continuing threat from renegade craft, detection of the renegades on Earth was made more difficult and haphazard than before.

It is under these circumstances that the fleet Kerguelen determines it necessary to increase their caution in dealing with humans, and begin research and development in regards to increasing the stealthiness and maneuvering capabilities of their own vessels, as well as their instrumentation regarding long range and detailed detection of all manner of mass and energy changes.

But since Kerguelen R&D and technology deployment was notoriously slow and haphazard but for those times the elite demanded a particular result, there were many holes in execution, plus a continuing sloppiness towards and sporadic fraternization with the humans, which led to memories, stories, and myths among the humans concerning the Kerguelen.

It should be noted here that the overall research and development efforts of the Kerguelen people no longer occur in a lockstep fashion. One of the effects of the leap into space and reorganization of Kerguelen society had been some divergence between groups in terms of innovation.

To be sure, elite ordered R&D could proceed at a blistering pace when it occured-- but it simply didn't, most of the time.

Scholars still dutifully documented their largely untested and untried ideas for the archives, certain that they'd never see them realized in their own lifetimes.

Innovations among the fleet crept along at a snail's pace-- but this was still faster than the dead stillness of innovation throughout most of the rest of Kerguelen society. Fleet crews enjoyed the freedom to immediately implement small and negligible cost changes which would improve certain types of operations-- and so they did. On a regular basis.

Of course, decades of such small accummulated innovations could be surpassed in only months by elite ordered R&D. But such orders were exceedingly rare.

It is around this time that a randomly called elite orders the creation of a special fleet task force with the sole purpose of covering up the tracks of the Kerguelen fleet in general, wherever events regarding Earth might lead to evidence of the Kerguelens' existence. The reason? To better cope with a possibly underestimated and hidden human foe, armed with technology comparable or superior to the Kerguelen themselves.

The task force is small, but imbued with substantial power as a consequence of the order. Its existence reduces some of the sloppiness of the rest of the fleet in regards to Earth, but not all of it.

Plus, there's the renegade fleet craft left on Earth, and various degrees of small fleet Kerguelen/human hybrid derived societies to complicate matters (when I say hybrid, I mean in the social sense, not the reproductive sense).

There's also surely vestiges of Rama and Asvin Empire technologies and peoples somewhere on the planet, as well as ongoing technological developments possibly occuring among humans with no contact whatsoever with Kerguelen, Asvin, or Raman people and technologies.

Another important elite order of this time was a crash R&D program into the possibilities of interstellar flight, should an exit from the solar system prove necessary to protect the elite from Earth. A third order initiated a crash R&D effort into weapons technologies suitable for waging war on humans either in space or on Earth. The last order of the elite was to pull back the majority of fleet operations from Earth orbit and the Moon-- to put greater distance between the fleet and any possible threat from Earth. The surprise attack was considered no small thing by the elite, despite its strategic insignificance. The Kerguelen still maintained a substantial spy network on the planet, equipping agents with communications techniques or technology always at least one or two steps ahead of cutting edge human efforts, so as to prevent interception. Most Kerguelen spies had no idea their masters were non-human. Indeed, many worked officially or unofficially under the auspices of various human security or intelligence agencies, once such things came into being.

Meanwhile, the lax discipline and conflicting interests in the fleet vis a vis the elite continued to cause problems for the group as a whole.

Note that in the last twenty centuries or so of this period the Kerguelen elite order the fleet to also begin minimizing their operations in the plane of the ecliptic-- the most heavily trafficked and likely-to-be-monitored-by-renegades-or-Asvin region of the solar system. This new order causes much dismay and annoyance to the fleet Kerguelen, as virtually all navigational software must be changed, and numerous installations and relay satellites moved. The worst and most difficult aspects however lie in the movement of the largest Kerguelen vessels/stations from quite convenient and stable locations to others which may be much less so.

One technique that makes the process somewhat less onerous is exploiting the Earth's 'blindspots' in the solar system. Such as on the far side of the Sun, or the Moon, and other regions rendered non-visible from earth due to both permanent and temporary circumstances.

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1960 AD- 1965 AD: Multiple Russian probes launched towards Mars all meet with disaster

-- The Strange Case of Fobos-2 By Jim Oberg, Special to SPACE.com, 30 June 2000

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1,969 AD- 1973 AD: Another series of Russian missions to Mars fails to live up to expectations

-- The Strange Case of Fobos-2 By Jim Oberg, Special to SPACE.com, 30 June 2000

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1,989 AD: The sophistocated Russian Mars Phobos probes fail, with the last disappearing under puzzling circumstances

The Russian Mars Phobos probes are of a completely new design compared to earlier efforts. They also possess their own 'daughter' satellites for various missions to the Mars moon of Phobos. Both Phobos missions suffer disasterous failures. Phobos-2 does manage to limp through a fraction of its original mission, though it soon disappears. The last two months of photos it sends back to Earth seem to display various anomalous images. The very last one apparently taken two days before the probe disappears seems to show a huge, smooth object approaching the probe.

Many years later scientists will explain the strange images were essentially caused by something similar to long exposures performed with cameras on Earth, smearing or lengthening some images into weird geometries, or else by other flaws in the transmission. They also will say the Phobos missions were plagued with many sorts of problems which made them likely to fail or return erroneous results.

-- The Strange Case of Fobos-2 By Jim Oberg, Special to SPACE.com, 30 June 2000

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1,991 AD: A small and unusual object is detected near Earth, following an unlikely flightpath and exhibiting some signs of possible artifice

Is it merely an extraordinarily circumstanced natural object, or part of some super-secret spacecraft previously launched from Earth, and undisclosed to the public? Or could it even be an alien probe of some sort?

The object of the anomalous discovery is apparently 30 feet in length, spinning, and displaying strong contrasts in coloration similar to how man-made spacecraft often appear as they rotate. It's also moving quite fast compared to many natural objects in space.

Both its trajectory and speed suggest something which hadn't been inside our solar system for any great length of time (interstellar objects may often pass into or through our system at higher speeds than native system objects typically possess). Both a natural or an artificial object coming from outside the system could display such characteristics. An artificial object originating from inside the system could of course obtain any speed feasible with its propulsion means.

The flight path of the object looks like it would have been suitable for an Earth reconnaissance mission (if the object was artificial).

-- High Strangeness Report: Alien Probe? by Patrick Huyghe; The Anomalist; found on or about 5-10-2000; article cites "SETA and 1991 VG" by Duncan Steel; The Observatory (Vol. 115, pp. 78-83, 1995) [SETA = Search for Extra-Terrestrial Artifacts]

Normal native system debris may impact Earth's atmosphere at up to 260,000 kmph, while objects not native to the system may travel faster than 350,000 kmph. Around 1% of such objects striking Earth appear to possess non-native speeds. They may largely enter the system from the direction in which it (our system) is traveling forward through the galaxy-- somewhat analogous to insects splattering against the windshield of an automobile at speed.

-- ALIEN METEORS by William R. Corliss, Science Frontiers Digest of Scientific Anomalies #90, NOV-DEC 1993; citing Alan Samson; "Radar Traps Visitors from Outer Space," Dominion Sun Times (Wellington), April 25, 1993, with credit to P. Hassall

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1,993 AD: NASA's Mars Observer is lost as it approaches Mars

-- The Strange Case of Fobos-2 By Jim Oberg, Special to SPACE.com, 30 June 2000

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1,995 AD: Russia loses a Mars probe during launch; it falls somewhere in the vicinity of the Andes mountains

-- The Strange Case of Fobos-2 By Jim Oberg, Special to SPACE.com, 30 June 2000

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"I never knew of any instance where it was proven that any sort of vehicle had come from outer space to our country and either lived here or left"

-- Former Democratic US President Jimmy Carter; 1,996

Note that as a US President Carter may have had access to much more in the way of 'UFO'-related government knowledge than most other Americans of the time. Carter was also known for his truthfulness and forthrightness. He seemed to truly care about the fate of the average US citizen as well, both while in office and after leaving it. In light of all this his choice of words in the quote above is most interesting. He seems to heavily qualify his statement in many ways.

Note that any aircraft or spacecraft, new or old, from either Asvin or Kerguelen sources, would not have originated from outside our solar system (or by non-native terran means), and thus would pose no threat to the veracity of Carter's statement if someday revealed.

Relating to a desperate search to locate a downed US aircraft possibly incorporating sensitive technologies or intelligence elements (for which all coventional search measures had failed), Carter had this to say about a psychic brought in by the CIA to locate the craft:

"I have to say that without my knowledge, the head of the CIA asked her to come in...she went into a trance. And while she was in the trance, she gave some latitude and longitude figures. We focused our satellite cameras on that point and the plane was there."

-- Former US President Jimmy Carter, 1996

-- Former President Carter Details Psychic Encounter; ParaScope, Inc., found on or about 3-30-2000

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1,998 AD: A Japanese Mars probe fails during launch

-- The Strange Case of Fobos-2 By Jim Oberg, Special to SPACE.com, 30 June 2000

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1999 AD: NASA suffers the failure of two more separate missions to Mars; Humanity is realizing that the undersea Kerguelen plateau was once a dryland island continent....while they are also nearing the levels of wealth and technology necessary to explore the undersea mass...

...but all indications are that those with the means are far more interested in other locations, nowhere near the sunken Kerguelen continent. Thus, it could be centuries or even millennia before humanity discovers the secrets drowned there.

-- Mars is 'a graveyard' for spacecraft: Experts; hindustantimes.com

-- Mars has destroyed two out of every three probes sent to the planet; boston.com

-- "'Lost continent' discovered" By Dr David Whitehouse, BBC News Online: Sci/Tech, 5-27-99, BBC Homepage

Note that the sunken Kerguelen continent could well offer a wealth of signs of ancient, advanced civilization, even now, some 20 million years after catastrophic volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tidal waves, and sinking beneath the sea. At least it could if some civilization approximately equal to our own or better technology-wise ever existed there.

Of course, these signs would be on the sea bottom, perhaps two kilometers under water, and likely buried by a substantial layer of sediment and debris beyond that. Only the greatest luck would allow a purely visual inspection to reveal useful evidence of a lost civilization. Digging and drilling would likely be required. But any materials like concrete, bricks, glass, or steel, or cables and pipelines would likely be recognizable if uncovered. There's a good chance fossilized skeletons would still be available too, if they ever existed in the first place on the lost continent. We might also find prehistoric pollutants in the area, if an advanced industrial society once prospered there.

Assuming humanity ends abruptly sometime soon, around 100 million AD some fossilized human skeletons may still exist, primarily due to our practice of burying our dead, and there being so many of us on Earth before our extinction. Unfortunately, the best preservation may require an underwater environment-- something which will be an unlikely place of entombment for a significant number of people, fossil-wise.

In dryland settings, encasement in amber worked for some insects, but not for others (intestinal bacteria often consume all but the outer layer of an amber-trapped insect). Freezing, mummification, or submergence in a bog can offer lengthy periods of preservation-- but nowhere near the 100 million year range. Because environmental conditions almost certainly will change enough to disrupt the preservation process over such a lengthy time-- unless such relics enjoy some sort of artificial arrangements in addition to the others listed.

Some concrete and steel portions of our buildings constructed underground, such as foundations, sewers, subways, and the like, may still exist in somewhat identifiable form. Cables and pipelines may also be preserved in protected underground locations.

Some remnants of coastal cities may be somewhat preserved due to sinking into the ocean early on, or being drowned by rising sea waters. But such inundation would only be preservative if it happened quickly; otherwise wave action and storms would destroy the relics before they could be saved for posterity by natural forces. However, growing sedimentary pressures above may crush or flatten many works, while some geochemical and biochemical forces may corrode the relics completely or partially away, while others slowly cover up or distort artifacts by way of accretive processes.

Bricks and concrete may survive relatively well underground. Glass fragments may lose their transparency but still continue to exist. Many plastics may turn black and sooty, but still present good representations of their original forms.

Pollution in the biosphere will be a long lasting legacy. Metals in soil and the bottoms of oceans and other bodies of water will remain for a long time to come.

-- Buried treasure by Jan Zalasiewicz, From New Scientist, 27 June 1998; a supplement to the above ("Flesh and blood") seems to have been written by Kim Freedman

-- The Strange Case of Fobos-2 By Jim Oberg, Special to SPACE.com, 30 June 2000

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2000 milestone: The status of Kerguelen

Since the last major island of the Kerguelen island continent sank some 20 million years ago, further volcanic activity has created new islands in the chain.

The new islands however are little more than the tips of new undersea mountains poking above the waves; nothing as massive and vast as the original three Kerguelen bodies.

These mountain tops and other associated lands today form an island group, comprised of some 7000 square km of archipelago (roughly 300 islands and reefs) and lying situated in the South Indian Ocean. The largest island of the bunch is called Kerguelen. The entire group is legally considered a French possession.

In recent history the modern island of Kerguelen has seen both ice and considerable volcanic activity (Kerguelen possesses plenty of volcanoes). The above sea level remnants of Kerguelen suffer a frigid climate due to the convergence of Antarctic and Indian Ocean currents in the vicinity, and often strong winds which contribute to the chill. The winds also contribute to high waves in the area-- with 15 m heights being considered not unusual. This heavy wave action may contribute to the year-round ice-free nature of the seas around the islands. The skies of modern Kerguelen spend much of their time overcast.

Virtually the only native plant which has survived in the region from ancient times is the Kerguelen cabbage (rabbits brought in by foreigners destroyed practically all other lowland vegetation which had managed to survive the previous icy and volcanic periods).

Today a scientific research station of considerable size exists in the area, housing up to 100 scientists at a time.

-- About Kerguelen by Jaap Boender, September 12, 2000

Kerguelen receives plenty of rain. Melt run off from the glaciers on the island, plus the rain, makes for a wealth of inland lakes and streams. The island is heavily laced with high ridges and valleys. There is little fluctuation in the Kerguelen climate year round. Besides the Poa cookii tussock grass and Kerguelen cabbage, Azorella selago and Acaena adscendens mosses also number among the plant life species on the island(s). There are at least two dozen species of birds inhabiting or regularly visiting the modern Kerguelen archipeglio.

-- Kerguelen Archipelago found on or about 9-16-2000

Kerguelen cabbage (species Pringlea antiscorbutica; family Brassicaceae) is a rich source of vitamin C. The plant has adapted to the lack of winged insects on Kerguelen by evolving for wind pollination rather than the insect pollination its relatives elsewhere invite.

-- Kerguelen cabbage, ENCYCLOPÆDIA BRITANNICA and Kerguelen cabbage by Paul Carroll, found on or about 9-16-2000

The Kerguelen Cabbage is the only noteworthy native plant of modern Kerguelen surviving today, and is readily edible. Marine mammals and birds thrive on and about modern Kerguelen.

The main island of Kerguelen has suffered nearly complete coverage by ice, then volcanic lava, in relatively recent times. This activity destroyed much of Kerguelen's native flora. Back in the Tertiary Kerguelen boasted substantial forests of tree species related to the modern trees of South America.

Prior to much destruction wrought by modern human incursions, Kerguelen may have possessed at least 19 other plant species unique to the region, as documented by the crews of the Discovery and Resolution, led by English captain James Cook in 1776.

Kerguelen may have once served to connect the continents of South America and Australia, as well as New Zealand. The sunken Kerguelen Plateau of modern times lies largely about 1000 feet deep undersea.

From the 18th through the early 20th centuries commercial sealers did their best to wipe out the native seal populations of the island(s) via over harvesting.

The rabbits brought to Kerguelen by humans in 1874 destroyed virtually all Kerguelen's native plant life, but for tussock grasses and Kerguelen cabbage. Rats and cats also introduced by people have taken a toll on various native bird life. Sheep, reindeer, ponies, cattle, pigs, mules, mink, and dogs have all been brought to the island too by people, although perhaps not all the species have survived the harsh conditions.

Modern Kerguelen enjoys only 125 sunny days a year, and typical temperatures are frigid, with a strong wind chill often making them deadly. Winds surpass 60 kph for most of the year, and 90 kph for roughly a third of the year. The high winds make for regular rough seas of 12 to 15 meter high waves. The wave action does prevent the Kerguelen waters from freezing over, however.

The Port aux Francais scientific research and satellite tracking base is a major human settlement and station of modern Kerguelen.

-- Kerguelen Island, South Indian Ocean by Paul Carroll, January 2000, and Kerguelen cabbage, ENCYCLOPÆDIA BRITANNICA

The Kerguelen archipelago offers lots of bays and fjords along the coasts of its hundreds of islands. The region is very windy-- too windy for trees. Most of the modern ecosystem of the islands is dependent upon resources brought ashore by penguins. Seals and killer whales populate the waters of modern Kerguelen.

-- KERGUELEN ISLAND; Facts and Photos of Crozet, Kerguelen, & other sub-Antarctic Islands, pictures by E. Fromentel; Worldwide Travelogs

The 300 Kerguelen islands are of volcanic origin. The western third of the main island circa 2000 AD is covered by Cook Glacier. Peat marshes and lakes are also present on the main island.

-- KERGUELEN. The Columbia Encyclopedia: Sixth Edition. 2000, Columbia University Press/Bartleby.com

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2000 AD: By now humanity has explored something less than 2% of the deep oceans-- and less than 10% of the oceans overall

-- National Geographic launching new exploration effort; April 12, 2000; The Associated Press

-- Explorers-in-Residence See Gloom and Gleam in the Future By David Braun, National Geographic News; http://www.ngnews.com/, 4-11-2000

50% of the surface of the Earth exists beneath 3000 to 6000 meters of ocean depth. Life in the deep ocean is at least as diverse as that in rainforests.

-- Final frontier by Paul Tyler, From New Scientist magazine, 12 February 2000: review of book The Eternal Darkness by Robert Ballard with Will Hively, Princeton University Press, £18·95/$29·95, ISBN 0691027404

In 2000 AD new species by the hundreds are discovered living in the vicinity of extinct volcanoes under the Tasman Sea. Some of the species come from a group previously believed extinct since the time of the dinosaurs. The find implies other groups of 'lost' or new species may be inhabiting other undersea mountains around the world (seamounts total perhaps 30,000 worldwide)-- thereby greatly increasing the diversity of life in the sea over previous estimates. Maybe only five of these undersea mountains have been scientifically sampled for native species so far.

The new ecologies are all the more remarkable because they are confined to a single locale, and therefore would seem far more vulnerable to extinction than more widely spread species. And yet, here they are, some obviously surviving there for tens of millions of years.

-- Tasman home to ancient creatures, ONE NEWS sourced from TVNZ, RNZ, Reuters; AAP, June 22, 2000

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2001 AD: Humanity discovers a surprising contamination of near Earth space with uranium

Evidence of uranium in Earth orbit has been found on the exterior of space station Mir. Three possible sources are thought to include debris from uranium-fueled satellites which were destroyed in atmospheric re-entry, 1960s nuclear weapons tests in space, or perhaps materials blown into our vicinity millennia ago from a supernova explosion some 400 lightyears from Earth, which created Geminga, a neutron star, some 340,000 years ago.

The specific evidence consisted of the radioactive isotopes bismuth-214 and lead-214, which originate in the decay of uranium-238.

At this early date no one officially suggests a fourth possibility: that the radioactive remnants could be clues to an unknown, technologically advanced group, which could have been using near Earth space for its own purposes for thousands of years already, perhaps longer.

-- How did uranium get into space? by Rob Edwards, EurekAlert! 31 JANUARY 2001, Journal of Environmental Radioactivity (vol 53, p 231), New Scientist issue: 3rd February 2001, US Contact: Claire Bowles claire.bowles@rbi.co.uk 44-20-7331 New Scientist, http://www.newscientist.com

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2004 AD: A rolling robotic probe (the US Spirit rover) accidentally catches sight of a UFO (Unidentified Flying Object) in the skies over Mars; a "strange" object a few miles across is detected in the vicinity of Saturn-- and there may be more like it

-- UFO streaks through Martian sky by Dr David Whitehouse; news.bbc.co.uk; 18 March, 2004

"If this is the same object then it has an orbit that crosses the F-ring, which makes it a strange object."

-- Dr Joseph Spitale, scientist of the Space Science Institute in Boulder Colorado

The object appears to be a few miles (or km) across.

-- New ring discovered around Saturn By Dr David Whitehouse; 9 September, 2004; news.bbc.co.uk

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2006 AD: Human scientists discover an odd dichotomy in the Earth's temperature trends and the amount of sunlight reaching the planet

-- Baffled Scientists Say Less Sunlight Reaching Earth by Robert Roy Britt; LiveScience.com; 1-25-06

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2007 AD: Human scientists are noticing a puzzling depletion of raw mass in our solar system

No one dares suggest someone may have already been mining our asteroids and comets for thousands or even millions of years.

"Roughly 99 percent of the stuff we expect to see [in the asteroid belt] is missing."

-- Strange Asteroids Baffle Scientists By Ker Than; 21 August 2007

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Approximately 1945 AD through the present: The Kerguelen fleet reduces operations on and near Earth still more

The special task force's responsibilities and power increased still more in the 20th century when humanity-at-large began testing and using nuclear weapons, as well as some years later dispatching space probes into Earth and Moon orbit and beyond. Most fleet operations are ordered to add still more stand off distance between Earth and themselves, and new operating procedures and technologies are integrated into the fleet to better fend off humanity's increasing capabilities to observe events in space and near Earth orbits. The fleet is becoming steadily more stealthy to match humanity's growing capacities.

Reports of UFO sightings have dwindled to negligible levels over the past decade or so.

-- What's happened to weird? by Sean Thomas; June 14, 2004; guardian.co.uk

Too, most of the secret fleet Kerguelen bases on Earth are shut down and destroyed as the fleet can not afford to properly maintain or man them any longer, as the possibilities of native scrutiny become increasingly keen.

Some reasons why UFOs are likely not extraterrestrial in origin include too many claimed appearances compared to those required for a survey of the planet, the humanoid description usually given the crews of UFOs is unlikely to have evolved either in space or anywhere else but on Earth, alien behavior reported as part of abduction experiences bears little similarity to any truly scientific examinations an advanced race would be likely to perform, similar phenomena documented over past history shows that whatever the source, it is nothing new or unusual to the planet or humanity, and the often assumed capacity for exquisite spacetime manipulation on the part of the aliens hints at possibilities more complex and possibly wilder than straightforward extraterrestrial sources-- such as time travelers.

-- FIVE REASONS WHY UFOs ARE NOT EXTRATERRESTRIAL MACHINES From Science Frontiers Digest of Scientific Anomalies #73, JAN-FEB 1991 by William R. Corliss, citing Jacques F. Vallee; "Five Arguments against the Extraterrestrial Origin of Unidentified Flying Objects," Journal of Scientific Exploration, 4:105, 1990

The growing power of the task force, plus the high priority of R&D projects into interstellar flight and anti-human weapons technologies are making for changes in internal fleet politics.

The astonishingly fast pace of innovation among 20th and early 21st century humanity is alarming both the fleet and the elite. At this time the Kerguelen possess a level of technology in some ways (not all) equivalent to what might be expected of 25th century humanity. But it has taken the Kerguelen millions of years to reach this point. At the present going rates humanity will surpass the Kerguelen in only a matter of centuries. One of the mostly unspoken and unexamined implications of this is that the structure of Kerguelen society may require substantial change to adequately deal with this threat. Needless to say, this scale of internal change is not something the elite would wish to consider.

By 2000 humanity already possesses comparable or even superior technologies to the Kerguelen in some fields. But these are considered much less dangerous to the Kerguelen than certain other items might be. Plus, via covert surveillance and onsite spies, the Kerguelen are sometimes able to steal information and samples of technological innovations from humanity to aid their own research efforts.

Fortunately, most human organizations do not suspect such intelligence efforts may sometimes be from outsiders, but rather exclusively suspect and accuse only their own kind.

Internal Kerguelen debates are raging on issues such as possibly exterminating humanity without warning, or gradually and subtly stressing human civilization in ways to tax it into complete collapse-- or else encourage it to become more like the Kerguelen themselves (and thus easier to integrate later as a new slave class). Or even peaceably contacting it, and seeking some sort of treaty of non-aggression. The fleet cannot yet flee the system into interstellar space at any pace safe from pursuit, as the required propulsion means are not yet at hand. However, a multitude of deadly weapons have been devised with which to terminate the man-apes. Most consist of biological weapons, which are easy and cheap to create and produce in mass quantities, as well as keep safely contained in the routine conditions available across a fleet of spacecraft and mass of space-based colonies.

Indeed, small pilot projects along virtually all the main lines of debate are now underway, to obtain an early gauge of which might be most effective and useful towards Kerguelen ends.

However, as always, the Kerguelen rarely decide or act quickly on any matter, until forced to by events. And the possible consequences of unleashing their biological agents upon the Earth do not sit well with the elite, for a variety of reasons. For one thing, many biological agents as yet have no suitable defensive measures to protect the Kerguelen themselves-- it being far easier to create killer viruses than to stop them once active. So in the circumstance that something forced the Kerguelen back to Earth for a refuge, they might be threatened by the agent(s) (or mutations of same) they themselves placed there. Plus, applying such agents would mean terminating all physical intelligence contacts with agents on Earth beforehand, as a fail-safe measure. And once the human population fell below critical mass, no longer would new technological innovations or entertainment media pour forth from the ape-men. The Kerguelen elite are coming to like both these elements too much to give them up easily. And some are even daring to contemplate an existence where the Kerguelen attempt to maintain the secrecy of their presence from humanity indefinitely, with an ever diminishing margin of technological advantage! After all, so long as humanity remains unaware of the Kerguelen, they will continue to remain vulnerable to various weapons the Kerguelen could loose upon them, in the worst case; but at the same time the Kerguelen can continue to spy upon and steal the best of what technologies the humans come up with, to at least maintain a rough parity with the ape-men, if not better.

The Kerguelen have felt compelled by events to once again increase contact between themselves and humans, in order to obtain more information regarding certain human technologies which already surpass the Kerguelen's, as well as other matters, such as subtlely sabotaging various developments which the Kerguelen consider to pose a threat to them. For instance, the Kerguelen do not consider complete peace between Earth nations as necessarily beneficial from their point of view-- although such peace might slow the pace of weapons innovation somewhat, which would be good. No, the Kerguelen would rather keep some conflicts going Earthside to keep the humans' attention from turning too much to the skies. Wars also consume resources, making it more difficult for humans to invest in long term, deep space mission technologies and certain other matters the Kerguelen perceive as threatening to the status quo. And, best of all, wars between humans on Earth just might eradicate or effectively disable the species, solving the Kerguelen's human problem once and for all, without any need to install genetically engineered killer viruses on the planet.

The increasing popularity of UFO sightings and studies among humanity in the late 20th/early 21st centuries also disturb and alarm the Kerguelen elite-- for if such things ever become too popular, or actually taken seriously, Kerguelen security could rapidly become compromised.

Therefore, as the 20th century came to a close, the Kerguelen elite formed a new task force, giving it the mission to supervise and finance purely human organizations on Earth, with some dedicated to creating UFO stories out of whole cloth (including some quite elaborate and convincing on their face hoaxes), and others purposed to debunk the same stories, as well as possibly others coming from third parties. The organizations at times also encouraged writings on the subject by both professionals and amateurs, via various means.

The resulting firestorm of argument and debate served well to keep UFOs on the fringes of serious human study, for quite some time.

Another, more sinister development among the Kerguelen at this time, is a directive to another new task force to focus upon the more developed and democratic nations of humanity, and try to influence them to reshape themselves to be more like the Kerguelen society. To greatly reduce civil liberties, and raise surveillance rates on the public and middle-to-low hierarchy individuals to as near 100% as possible. During the 20th century this task force experienced many setbacks in their efforts, due to the signficant differences between humanity and the Kerguelen themselves. It was simply difficult to get a good understanding of the human culture. Finally, however, they found the key: the growth of monstrous so-called 'business' corporations among humanity. These organizations were gaining new freedoms and powers almost daily, to the expense of democratic forms of government. Human business interests also coincided nicely with Kerguelen interests, in that human business disliked uncertainty, and craved stability. Add to this the simple and straightforward over-riding desire for human currency which ruled these entities, and the situation was tailor-made for Kerguelen manipulation. The critical region seemed to be one called the United States of America, as all the other advanced democracies seemed to follow its lead. Turn the US into a police state, and the other democracies would likely follow suit. Those that didn't, could be forced into obedience with the USA's overwhelming military might. And all the rest of humanity's various nations were so primitive and weak that they would have no choice but to accept the commands of the US afterwards.

Yes, the keystone was the USA. Strip it of its democratic ways, and humanity was essentially conquered. The powerful scenario generating computers aboard the Kerguelen space vessels, as well as the Kerguelen's ability to manipulate Earth markets via electronic means, would provide the details and tactics required to achieve the objective. One, maybe two human generations (25-50 years) were estimated to be all the time required for complete success.

Humanity was not totally defenseless. The modern descendents of the original Asvin secret societies, though now few in number and limited in influence, became aware of the new manipulative efforts, and sought to counter them. Unfortunately, their resources were no match for the instant electronic wealth the Kerguelen could effortlessly create within human banking systems at will, and wield throughout human society to push their agenda. To humanity-at-large, such effects seemed merely to stem from the money of various human corporations, interest groups, and wealthy individuals. So why didn't government economic authorities detect the tampering? Partly because the Kerguelen masked the sources of the extra funds in a multitude of ways, from generating it within the secret and unaccountable budgets of US intelligence agencies, to making it appear as massive but hard to stem counterfeiting efforts in third world countries, to producing it along with other virtual monies in massive corporate corruption and fraud events, and in smaller amounts here and there as parts of criminal computer cracking of human banks, which essentially allowed a tapping of Earth-based insurance company funds, as well as tax payer dollars in the resulting bailouts. The simplest and most straightforward way however was to manipulate the USA into simply printing more money. That is, perform massive deficit spending, with a huge share slotted for military, intelligence, and security purposes, and therefore suitable for diverting in all sorts of ways untraceable afterwards by authorities. Of course, after a number of years this would produce severe economic problems for the US-- but by then the rest of the world would already be under its thumb, and it would be convenient to the Kerguelen schedule for the US to then become weakened itself, and so more easily susceptible to the Kerguelen's own brands of overt command and control.

Soon, the Kerguelen would directly or indirectly rule America: and through America, all humanity.

"According to some estimates we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions"

-- US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, speaking about Pentagon spending alone

-- The War On Waste (possibly by Vince Gonzales); CBSNews.com; Jan. 29, 2002

-- The Pentagon's Mystery Budget

"The U.S. has the largest black budget on the planet"

-- New technology from 'black world' By Nick Easen; CNN; September 8, 2003

-- Yahoo! News - Report Pentagon Auditors Altered Files

By one measure it appears the CIA's true yearly budget is actually more than $1 trillion. If this money is not being siphoned off by corrupt politicians, bureaucrats, or businesses, then this implies an ongoing super-secret intelligence, R&D, and/or defense program far larger in scope than the original Manhattan Project, meant to defend against some enemy or contingency of which the public remains completely unaware. The priority of this secret project is apparently high enough for the CIA to partly finance it through organized criminal activities such as the drug trade.

-- The Black Budget Report: An Investigation into the CIA’s ‘Black Budget’ and the Second Manhattan Project by Dr. Michael E. Salla; 30 January 2004; scoop.co.nz

-- Researchers suggest Iraq war was centrally motivated from an Extraterrestrial-inspired religion by Peter Tremblay; 30. Oct 2007

Fortunately for the Kerguelen, the USA economy in particular was especially vulnerable to such manipulation at this time, due to it being in the early stages of both computing and internet technology revolutions simultaneously. Human experts were still uncertain about how to balance civil liberties, profit, and security in the new and fluctuating environment, and were under enormous economic and political pressures to squeeze civil liberties anyway. Thus, the Kerguelen were delighted at how easily much of their plans fell into place. The human elite often seemed to be doing the Kerguelen's work for them!

But there were also some humans outside the secret societies who struggled against such manipulations, even while unaware of the Kerguelen presence and influence. They far outweighed the numbers and capacities of the secret societies for resisting the Kerguelen, as the societies themselves had been decimated over the millennia by various misfortunes, including the short attention span of human beings in general (even legacy members of the societies themselves would often abandon the cause, as at times whole generations would pass with no fresh and obvious evidence of the Kerguelen threat to the human race).

So this time the fate of humanity would be decided not by one or a few local heroes, but by small groups spread far and wide across the globe, amplifying their intelligence and leveraging their clout via the internet and whatever other technologies they could seize upon, to do their best to prevent humanity from being seduced into entering a new Dark Age, from which they might never be able to emerge again.

Of course, the scant odds of success for these scattered resistance elements became the butt of popular jokes among the Kerguelen elite and fleet alike: circa early 2003 even mainstream US media itself was frequently heaping ridicule upon such parties and their efforts. Yes, the conquest of humanity looked to be a hilarious event, indeed.

Murdoch's News Corp, offering TV media like Fox News in the USA, is said by some to possess sufficient influence to affect elections and effectively pick and choose the governments of nations otherwise regarded as sovereign and developed democracies.

-- Yahoo! News - Media mogul Murdoch backs Bush in US election; Apr 7, 2004; AFP; story.news.yahoo.com

-- Rupert Murdoch's Digital Death Star By Jeffrey Chester, AlterNet; May 20, 2003; alternet.org

-- Yahoo! News - Mega Media Mergers: How Dangerous?; BusinessWeek Online; Feb 13, 2004

-- Turner: Murdoch Is World's 'Most Dangerous Man'; May 18, 2003; newsmax.com

If a single mega-corporation controlled all the news and entertainment media you ever experienced, wouldn't it effectively control you too?

-- The Five Sisters By WILLIAM SAFIRE; New York Times; February 16, 2004; nytimes.com

A study performed by the University of Michigan in 1971 had this conclusion: the more TV programming you viewed, the less knowledge you possessed.

-- Paranoid shift By Michael Hasty; Online Journal; January 10, 2004; onlinejournal.com

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