On Second Thought

Published: Monday, April 14 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers the keynote address at Marketo’s 2014 Marketing Nation Summit in San Francisco, April 8, 2014.

Ben Margot, Associated Press

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It’s a good thing the government bailed out General Motors. Otherwise, last week’s congressional hearings into defects that may have killed people would have seemed sort of useless.

There’s something almost poetic about a Congress that can’t balance a budget getting angry that a bankrupt automaker it owned for a few years didn’t fix a faulty part. Wait until they get the bill for labor.

Not to be outdone, Toyota has issued a recall for 6.39 million vehicles worldwide. I could almost believe this is a conspiracy to get people to ride more mass transit, except trains in Chicago apparently have begun taking the escalator to work.

Observers of Hillary Clinton are waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Someone threw a shoe at Hillary Clinton as she spoke at a convention in Las Vegas last week. First President Bush, now Hillary. What this country needs is tougher shoe control legislation.

A new computer software glitch called “Heartbleed” illustrates how useless it is to have intricate, separate passwords for the things you do online. For one thing, you’ve now got to remember all those intricate, separate passwords so you can change them.

When it comes to the Internet, it pays to be skeptical. For instance, if you get an email that says the key to avoid being a victim of “Heartbleed” is to buy special software with a credit card at Target, you might want to think twice.

Apparently, researchers now believe the Internet is destroying the part of our brains that learns to understand linear thought in the written word. You know that weird uncle you have who doesn’t know how to turn on a computer and still buys everything with cash? Pretty soon he’ll be the only one left who hasn’t had his money stolen and can still read a book.

In San Francisco, vandals have started tipping smart cars over, just for fun. Authorities have launched an investigation. Hey, if the cars are so smart, why doesn’t someone ask one of them who did it?

Jay Evensen is the senior editorial columnist at the Deseret News. Email him at even@desnews.com. For more content, visit his web site, jayevensen.com.

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