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Hummer meets the terminator

In a year that has seen General Motors shedding brands like hubcaps flying off clunkers, the disappearance of Hummer comes as no surprise. After the backfire of the Saab acquisition (see my piece “A Saab Story” on Portfolio.com Dec 23, 2009) and having driven proprietary brands such as Oldsmobile and Pontiac into the proverbial ditch, this latest wreck only dramatizes GM’s failure to create brand narratives that appeal to an emerging global zeitgeist.

Legislation that starts as plain language, should stay as plain language

While I applaud Ezra Klein’s notion (Making transparency into a reality, Ezra Klein’s Washington Post blog, January 7, 2009 at 12:15 p.m.) of disseminating the plain English documents that are created as the underpinning of Senate legislation, rather than the Bills themselves, why doesn’t anyone ask why the final Bill must be unintelligible?

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