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For a long time, I've found my forehead frowning when I see Hummers. I've developed what I thought was a reflex, just assuming that the people driving them were losers with money-- people with poor self esteem, feelings of penis inadequacy, penis envy, etc.-- who drove these monuments to anti-environmental moronic idiocy. I feel a natural contempt response to Hummer owners and drivers, be they man or woman.

Then I just saw a new ad for Hummer that made it crystal clear that I was dead on. The ad shows a wimpy women who is frustrated and embarassed when a pushy woman butts in front of the line she is in with her child-- it looks like a line to go on a sliding board.

What does this wimpy woman do? She buys a Hummer. The ad shows her feeling bigger and stronger than someone driving a smaller car.

General Motors is flailing, drowning in red ink, laying off tens of thousands, losing billions. Part of their problem is they have spent hundreds of millions building a market for gas guzzling cars for these pathetic losers, even running ads that clearly target them.

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The thing is, this ad is appealing to the worst aspects of human nature-- nasty people, revenge, power. Maybe GM ought to start a new playbook and study what the successful Asian companies are doing-- appealing to people's desire to be good, responsible citizens and stewards of the earth.

What's good for GM is clearly NOT good for the USA and GM is experiencing the payback for its failure to care about what's good for the USA. It's tragic, because so many US workers jobs are being lost. There are probably a handful of execs and marketing people who have made these stupid, foolish decisions. They certainly should not be working at GM any more, whoever they are.
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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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