Why did U.S. State Department purchase frozen penguin pineal glands from Argentina?

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It’s Sunday night. Not much is happening beyond the usual, never-ending political bickering.
Are you in the mood for a mystery?
Among the treasure trove of documents obtained by WikiLeaks is a very curious telegram on August 1, 1973, sent from Buenos Aires, Argentina to the U.S. State Department, concerning the shipment of frozen penguin pineal glands. The telegram says the shipment would arrive in Boston on August 4, 1973.
Below is a screenshot of the telegram:

In August 1973, William P. Rogers was Secretary of State in the Richard Nixon administration.
Penguins are native to the Southern Hemisphere. A common misconception is that penguins are only found in Antarctica. In fact, major populations of penguins are found in Angola, Antarctica, Argentina, Australia, Chile, Namibia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Several penguin species are found in the temperate zone: one species, the Galapagos penguin, lives near the equator!
Two interesting and really cool things about penguins:

  1. Their flippers have at least three branches of the axillary artery. They limit heat loss from flippers by enabling cold blood to be heated by blood that has already been warmed. This system allows penguins to efficiently use their body heat and explains why such small animals can survive in the extreme cold of Antarctica.
  2. Penguins can drink salt water because their supraorbital gland filters excess salt from the bloodstream. The salt is then excreted in a concentrated fluid from the nasal passages.

But why was the U.S. State Department so interested in penguin pineal glands? Searching around the net, this is what I found:

  • The pineal gland is a small endocrine gland in the brains of nearly all vertebrates. The shape of the gland resembles a pine cone, hence the name “pineal gland”. Located in the epithalamus, near the center of the brain between the two hemispheres, the gland is tucked in a groove where the two halves of the thalamus join.
  • From the point of view of evolution, the pineal gland is a kind of atrophied photoreceptor. In the epithalamus of some species of amphibians and reptiles, the gland is linked to a light-sensing organ — the parietal eye, aka pineal or third eye.
  • French philosopher René Descartes believed the pineal gland to be the “principal seat of the soul“.
  • Function: The primary function of the pineal gland is to produce the hormone melatonin, which helps modulate sleep patterns. Since melatonin production is stimulated by darkness and inhibited by light, the long Antarctica winter would mean the pineal glands of Antarctica penguins produce a lot of melatonin. Studies on rodents suggest that melatonin can protect against neurodegeneration.
  • According to a 1975 article in the International Journal of Biometeorology, polar mammals, such as walruses and some seals, possess unusually large pineal glands. The article does not say if polar penguins also have unusually large pineal glands.
  • Pineal glands become calcified — the accumulation of calcium salts. Calcification has been observed in children as young as two years of age, and increases with age. Some studies show that the degree of pineal gland calcification is significantly higher in patients with Alzheimer’s disease vs. other types of dementia.
  • Pineal glands of mammals like rodents contain Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) — a tryptamine molecule that some call “the spirit molecule”. DMT can be consumed as a powerful psychedelic drug and has historically been used by various cultures for ritual and healing purposes. Illegal in most countries, DMT can be inhaled, injected, or orally ingested. A 2014 study found that DMT has immunomodulatory potential that may have significant anti-inflammatory and tissue regeneration effects.

See also this interesting 8chan thread on pineal glands.

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15 responses to “Why did U.S. State Department purchase frozen penguin pineal glands from Argentina?

  1. The only conclusion that I can arrive at is that when their is any object, substance, etc. that the US government thinks it could possibly want . . . . they go ahead and purchase it. After all they have deep pockets, there is an unending amount of monies to be sucked out of you and I as taxpayers!

  2. Jumping Jehoshaphat

    This article describes the pineal gland as the “seat of the soul” and details how sodium fluoride, prevalent in our water, etc., can calcify the gland and makes us docile!

  3. I used to listen to a guy that did a lot of teaching on matters of the occult. He showed how the area of the human brain where the pineal gland is located looks like that Egyptian eye that is seen on all kinds of stuff. He also talked about the belief of the pineal gland being the third eye and how melatonin affects the body. It was very interesting. It’s strange that the State Dept. would be interested in penguins.

  4. Given “glands” one wonders if this has anything to do with some mad scientist-esque research such as that conducted by johann dippel the “real” doctor frankenstein, who cooked up implanting “glands” from monkeys into men to restore virility etc.
    It could well be something worse than that, however.

  5. Jumping Jehoshaphat

    According to the article below, DMT derived naturally from the pineal gland can produce Epiphany, the out of body state that is disconnected to the corporal body.
    Enhanced consciousness at time of death is related to Metatonin surge: I think I saw this with my mother when she passed.
    “”when one is experiencing a higher state of consciousness that is stimulated by a natural, internal, endogenous hormone, one has entered  state of enhanced consciousness; a state of consciousness that is an integral facet of human experience, one that quite possibly be experienced during a lifetime and one that we most certainly will experience at the time of death.” Escorting consciousness from the body.
    I think that we should all take great care of our pineal gland as we get older and prevent further calcification from sodium fluoride. I want my melatonin from sleep and I want my METAtonin for passing over to the Kingdom of Christ. And if the government has been researching this since the 1970s as a way to deny, restrict or manipulate the process, then Lord help us!

  6. It looks like melatonin research. Various studies done about this time regarding melatonin research (for examples, see https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/4762863 or https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0016648073901068). What’s interesting is that the State Dept. is involved which tells me that there’s some likelihood that this is a matter of getting around some sort of trade or biological trafficking restrictions that might normally be encountered were this carried out through the usual (business) channels. Must be pretty important to involve the State Dept.

  7. Correct, this is pretty esoteric, ultra-specific stuff. I’ll contact the people I know who research this, esp a woman who did pioneering work in these areas at the University of Victoria. She published a very fine book a few years ago on the results of her research, centered around the famous Russian fur foxes segregated by the fellow who ran the station for forty+ years. He selected & re-selected them until he got affectionate domesticated fox, now selling for US$ 3,000 each I’ve heard, but very few available yearly. She found the pineal and thyroid glands played crucial roles in allowing genetic shifting to occur, which usually favoured beneficial mutuations and other desirable results. As one who has bred animals & plants, I find her work most excellent!

  8. Tissue regeneration,huh?
    Maybe they’re looking at “tuning” our Military to replace injured or severed limbs or damaged organs.

    • You are correct: the USSR & US military both started to research this in the mid-Sixties, and while I haven’t kept up w/it, I’m sure they made great ‘progress’ in their ‘work’. some of it was very dicey surgery and so they used prisoners who swapped their life sentences for the surgery. Of course we’ll never know how THAT turned out, unless some of you have better links than I do to US Army Intelligence, as I’m nearly 75 and my friends who gave me info are dying off faster than I like. Down to 2 as of 2017…..

  9. The involvement of the State Department is a puzzle. If the penguin pineal glands were for scientific research purpose, one would think it would be some scientific agency, e.g., the DOE’s Office of Science, purchasing the glands, instead of the State Department.

    • This is right between Juan Peron’s return to Argentina in late June ’73 and his winning the election there on September 26th. It’s either code or something else was in the box along with the penguin pineal glands.

  10. The moment I saw “pineal gland” I thought of DMT. DMT is serious occult-linked stuff. Look it up. I’m convinced there’s a connection between DMT users’ reports and the actual state of the universe. Please remember I’m also a serious Christian and Bible student.

  11. You have presented a very interesting question,

  12. Genuinely facinating


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