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Alex McRae Columnist

Published Sunday, February 03, 2013

Passing thoughts

Sir David Attenborough became one of the world’s most admired naturalists by documenting the Earth’s flora and fauna in magnificent films and photos.

Attenborough seems to admire all God’s creatures, save one.

In a recent interview with UK radio show “Radio Times,” Attenborough called humans “a plague on the Earth.”

Attenborough has a right to his opinion, but should be bright enough to realize no one likes to be lectured by a hypocrite. Which he just proved himself to be. If Sir David truly believes humans are a plague on the planet he should drop whatever he’s doing and address the problem directly — and immediately — by feeding himself to a starving polar bear.

Speaking of humans endangering the planet, President Obama spent a bit of time during his recent inaugural speech promising to address climate change because “That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. “

Fine. When I get a climate change memo from God I’ll take heed. As long as this movement is lining the pockets of frauds like Al Gore, I’ll pass. By the way, the same day Obama moaned about global warming, London Mayor Boris Johnson said that a string of brutal British winters had him wondering if we were entering a new ice age.

Ice age? How do we solve that one? Build more SUVs and burn more coal? Just wondering.

Speaking of wondering, if you ever wondered whether or not government health care will soon strain our country’s financial system, look no further than Japan, where politicians are telling people to save the budget by dropping dead.

Japan’s finance minister, Taro Aso, said that Japan’s once-revered elders should “hurry up and die” to cut national health care expenses. Lovely sentiment. And it’s coming soon to a nation near you.

And speaking of health problems, some medical professionals are warning that light bulbs designed to save the planet could kill humans.

Researchers at Long Island’s Stony Brook University found that the new and improved government-mandated compact fluorescent bulbs emit rays so strong that they can actually burn skin and skin cells. Better yet, these light bulbs can cause premature aging and skin cancer, including deadly melanomas.

“The results were that you could actually initiate cell death,” said Marcia Simon, a professor of Dermatology who took part in the study.

We put warning labels on cigarettes. Why not light bulbs. Better yet, why not put a warning label on Congress, which is the biggest threat this country faces.

Speaking of unintended consequences, it has just been reported that electric cars are now considered a danger to cyclists, pedestrians and the visually impaired because they are too quiet.

Here’s the best part: government researchers have known about the problem since 2010, when the Pedestrian Safety Act became law. This legislation required vehicles to create “minimal noise” because government officials knew that some electric and hybrid cars were so quiet people didn’t hear them and walked right into their carbon-free paths. A known side effect of this activity is death.

Government number crunchers say electric vehicles are 37 percent more likely to hit walkers and 66 percent more likely to collide with cyclists than a Harley-Davidson or a 68 Camaro with straight pipes.

You wonder if Uncle Sam will choose the electric car noises or sell individual ring tones to motorists. Now that would be fun. Imagine trying to choose between having your car sing “Mustang Sally” and “Grandma Got Run Over by a Volt.”

And remember, the same government that created cancer-causing light bulbs and killer cars is now in charge of your health care.

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