02/04/21 – Human Helpers

Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, February 4, 2021.




And dialogue, of course, is often shorthand. I fully realize that “smart people are harder to dupe,” can be easily argued. Maybe the longer slightly more precise version might be, “People practiced in critical thinking and who are versed in logical fallacies are sometimes quicker to see flaws in unsubstantiated manipulative arguments.”


  1. Leinglo

    I can’t decide if the puppy aliens are even more evil because of how petty this scheme is, or if what they’ve done so far is too evil for something this petty and there has to be more to it that this one isn’t telling or doesn’t know.

    1. Muzhik

      … or if what they’ve done so far is too evil for something this petty …
      One thing most people disregard is the fact that evil, by and large, is stupid.

      Now REAL evil, like those people involved in genocide, or suppressing civil liberties, or talking at the theater, is demonic. But demons are like teenagers: easily distracted and arrogant little pr*cks. For proof, I offer how Hitler refused to believe the invasion of Normandy was the real deal and refused to release his Panzers, because he KNEW that the REAL invasion was to be at Calais, because that’s what HE would have done.

      For true examples of evil, I refer you to a web search for the phrase “stupid criminals”. Plan on spending a few hours reading all of the entries, all without repeating a single one.

  2. Tomn

    Speaking as a third culture kid I don’t think these guys have entirely thought through the consequences of having an entire generation raised by a different species.

    “What do you MEAN you don’t want to become an Ortball player? Our family has always been Ortball players!”

    “Fuck you, Dad, I’m going to become a chartered accountant like they have on Earth! I hate you!”

  3. Zobot257

    You know, this makes perfect sense from what I’m trying to consider is the perspective of people who aren’t parents.

    After a little while of raising a kid yourself, Stockholms’ Syndrome kicks in. 😛

    I kid, I kid. But seriously, this plan seems like it was concocted by people who have never had kids and don’t want to deal with the consequences of rampant and unrestrained sex.

    1. Muzhik

      … all they needed to do was put ads in the papers offering good money for this service.

      Good money? Meh. The key advertising term would be GOOD DRUGS! FOR FREE! TO PLAY WITH PUPPIES!

  4. Pete Rogan

    Jesus Christ in a deep-fat fryer. The number of ways this plot can go sideways violates what I know of the laws of geometry. Euclid, have mercy!

    Even when I think about how to stop the stribs i get chills. They have everything an evil villain needs — starships, high technology, sinister friends who sell them drugs and control headsets, and yet they’re largely unknown and invisible. The first step would be to get anybody to care. “Hell, a dark planet made USEFUL? I don’t see the problem.”

    Now it’s Tesfay’s problem. He’s the only human who knows. What’s HE gonna do? And why do I already think his parasite isn’t going to be any real help?

        1. Keith

          Have to agree with Mr. Rogan. The misunderstanding and crime that is having chianti with matriphagy is getting out of hand. It’s always an amontillado, always. Here, I just had a new case delivered and racked in my cellar. Come down and have a taste.

          1. Muzhik

            The misunderstanding and crime that is having chianti with matriphagy…

            Hey! If it was good enough for Hannibal Lector, it’s good enough for me!

            Unless you’re going to go all Charlton Heston on me. Then it’s a Belgian ale.
            Soylent Green is people! Soylent Green is people!

  5. Gregg Eshelman

    Smart people are harder to dupe? Look up Maria Pia Shuman, no not her, her daughter with exactly the same name. Also daughter of famous songwriter Mort Shuman (perhaps best known for writing “Viva Las Vegas” for Elvis Presley).

    She and a trans woman were running a honeypot scam (with Maria as the honeypot) in Boston.

    Among their (known) victims was Harvard Law Professor Bruce Hay, who taught a class on *how not to get scammed* but he got scammed.

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