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On second thought. . .

Published: Saturday, July 13 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

Last week an original Apple computer from 1976 was sold for almost $388,000. The best part is it came with 90 days of free tech support from a guy in Bombay.

Another Apple 1 sold for $671,400 in May. Sort of makes you wish you had hung onto your 5 ¼-inch floppy drive, doesn’t it?

Apple, meanwhile, lost a court case alleging it violated anti-trust laws by pricing its ebooks too high. So, you can’t charge $15 or $20 to read a new book on a cool state-of-the-art electronic reader, but you can get hundreds of thousands of dollars for a 37-year-old computer that might be able to play “pong”? Who says capitalism is nutty?

Eliot Spitzer is running for comptroller of New York City. Anthony Wiener is running for mayor. Somewhere, Gary Hart is wondering what he did wrong.

The federal government took in $117 billion more in June than it paid out. That’s what is known as a surplus — a word that has politicians everywhere searching for a dictionary.

Experts said the surplus was due in part to tax hikes, “sequestration” cuts and the newfound profitability of government-backed mortgage companies Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Washington called for a moment of silence while special-interest groups scrambled to rewrite their narratives.

Social Media is spinning with excitement at the release of the film ‘Sharknado,’ which literally features giant sharks in tornadoes. Online video providers have already begun debating where to place film: Horror, Sci-fi, Action, Comedy or in the trash.

Sharks in tornadoes: That’s a good start. How about sharks and tornadoes attacking flight 1313 through the Bermuda triangle while aliens invade? In the climax, you learn the airplane is really a giant transformer.

Even better: A movie in which members of Congress unanimously decide to sacrifice their political careers to solve the nation’s fiscal problems. Naw, nobody would believe it.

Jay Evensen is associate editor of the Deseret News editorial page. E-mail him at even@desnews.com. For more content, visit his web site, www.jayevensen.com.

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