Where Do They Find These Whackjobs?
Bill Quick

Canada’s former defense minister: aliens will give us tech if we quit wars – Boing Boing

Paul Hellyer was Canada’s Minister of Defense in the mid-1960s. He is now a critic of the United States’ willingness to trigger an interstellar war with aliens—aliens who might give us more advanced technology if only we were less belligerent. “They’ve been visiting our planet for thousands of years,” Hellyer told RT’s Sophie Shevardnadze in a televised interview. “There’s been a lot more activity in the last few decades, since we invented the atomic bomb. and they’re very concerned about that, and about the fact that we might use it again,” added Hellyer…

Yeah, sure.

“The aliens are very concerned that the Terrans have invented bows and arrows, and about the fact that we might use them again.”

That is about how any alien race advanced enough to have crossed the light years in order to observe us would regard our terrifying nuclear weapons.

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Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Where Do They Find These Whackjobs? — 10 Comments

  1. C’mon Bill, he’s small beer compared to WLM King, our longest serving (including the World War II years) Prime Minister. What’s a belief that aliens would fear your nuclear arsenal, compared with holding seances to ask your mother, and various deceased politicians, policy questions? During wartime no less.

    You didn’t think you had a monopoly on whackjob politicians, did you?

    • No, of course not. In fact, we stand a good chance of elevating one of our own whackjobs to the White House:

      CNN – Book says Hillary talks to dead – June 22, 1996

      WASHINGTON (CNN) — First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton held imaginary conversations with Eleanor Roosevelt and Mahatma Gandhi as a therapeutic release, according to a new book written by Bob Woodward, says a report in Sunday’s edition of The Chicago Sun-Times.

          • It depends on what the meaning of “therapeutic release” is. Would that be a polite way of saying that Hillary Bitch Clinton was wound so fucking tight that she was one sharp knife away from life in the locked ward? I’d believe that.

            Anyway, I don’t really doubt it, I was just taking a dig at Woodward. I’d thought I’d read that he’d been proven a liar about a couple of big things, but a quick search found only claims by people and groups with even less credibility than Woodward. Andrew Sullivan? Mother Jones? Riiiight. Though I’m not sure how reliable Google’s searches are when it comes to knocking lefty icons; there have been some claims of bias. (And, to continue down that rat hole, I’m not sure about the reliability of the people making the claims.)

    • Well, as you note on FB, I am a SF writer, and I do think about this stuff.

      Interstellar travel is hard. First off, there’s that speed of light thing. It’s a bitch to get around. And anything that approaches relativistic speeds needs a pretty damned good set of shields to prevent running into grains of sand and turning yourself into a blinding point of light. Those shields would probably be effective against primitive nuclear weapons, too – assuming you could even track and hit an alien vessel with one.

      And, of course, the kind of science that would be required to circumvent light speed entirely would be so far beyond what we are capable of ourselves, using nukes against it would be akin to throwing rocks at it.

      Lefties have such a horror of nukes (which are only really big bombs, after all) that they ascribe to them near-godlike power to justify their fears.

      Give me a good weaponized, aerosol-born HIV virus or something similar, and I’ll show you a weapon of mass destruction that would make nukes look like the childish toys I’m sure any visiting aliens would regard them as. Although that wouldn’t be of any use against drop-in aliens, either.

      That’s why I always laughed at War of the Worlds, by the way. You think Martians advanced enough to move a vast invasion fleet from there to here wouldn’t have any notion of germ theory, and how to protect themselves? But when Wells wrote the book, germs were still pretty cutting edge in the medical world. We knew they were there, but we still didn’t know a hell of a lot about them. And so Wells projected his own ignorance onto the Martians.

      Much like what this whackjob is doing with nukes.