There was a story… What’s the date of this thing? This happened, I think, either the day I left for vacation — that Friday, the 19th — or shortly thereafter.

It’s in the UK Guardian, a serious story: “Aliens May Destroy Humanity to Protect Other Civilizations, Say Scientists — It may not rank as the most compelling reason to curb greenhouse gases, but reducing our emissions might just save humanity from a pre-emptive alien attack, scientists claim.” Wait. You had… Who was it? Oh, it was that idiot, Krugman. He was advocating for a space alien attack in the New York Times as a way to get the economy to rebound. You had a serious story here in the UK Guardian. “Watching from afar, extraterrestrial beings might view changes in Earth’s atmosphere as symptomatic of a civilization growing out of control — and take drastic action to keep us from becoming a more serious threat, the researchers explain.

“This highly speculative scenario is one of several described by a NASA-affiliated scientist and colleagues at Pennsylvania State University that,” I’m reading this verbatim, “while considered unlikely, they say could play out were humans and alien life to make contact at some point in the future. Shawn Domagal-Goldman of NASA’s Planetary Science Division and his colleagues compiled a list of plausible outcomes that could unfold in the aftermath of a close encounter, to help humanity ‘prepare for actual contact.’ In their report, Would Contact with Extraterrestrials Benefit or Harm Humanity? …”

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