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Faulty Signals

Many a confusion could be demystified if we learnt to communicate better.  Marriages could be safer, wars could be averted, the Minister of Finance might be heard to say he was abolishing taxes, and the All Blacks might start winning again! … [To read more, click on title]

Pollyanna Part Two

If pessimism can and should be challenged, is optimism the antidote?  Yes … and no.  Stating the obvious, it’s a high bar to expect someone of pessimistic disposition just to change up.  … And, perversely, a pessimist is likely to feel pretty pessimistic about his/her chances of attaining optimism!

Naïve optimism, pollyannarism, can be damaging too.

Pollyanna Part One

It’s hard not to be impressed by Volodymyr Zelensky’s optimism.  Or Ukraine’s generally.  They face such odds … and yet he – and his people seem infected by it – continues to broadcast hope and confidence and optimism.  For him it’s when Ukraine prevails, not if it does … [To read more, click on title]

Moderating the Inner Beast

“All men die; few men ever really live.”
… Perhaps the same can be said of women; I wouldn’t know, not having been one …. [To read more, click on title]


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  1. And very sadly our NZ dairy industry is very much linked to the destruction of the rain forests of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, with a bi-product of palm oil – PKE (palm kernel extract) being imported in enormous quantities as a “necessary” feed supplement for cows, especially on large intensive dairy units.


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