Well done, Boss – we are now reassured that those brain fades haven’t become a chronic condition

December 12, 2014

Memory-Upgrade-cartoonAlf’s memory isn’t up to much nowadays but he does recall some of The Boss’s struggles with forgetfulness.

There was the time when John could not remember being told of the Government Communications Security Bureau’s surveillance of internet tycoon Kim Dotcom.

And then there was the time – as TV3 reported – when he heard that most voters in a new poll thought the drinking age should have been raised to 20, and he said he agreed with them.

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Sorry to say, Boss, it seems you should dump red meat and switch to fish for memory recovery

April 30, 2013



There’s been something of a fuss in the media of late about The Boss’s dodgy memory.

Alf strongly suspects reports of his memory failures – and yep, there have been a few – have resulted in support for him fading just a bit in opinion polls.

This is a matter of huge concern to the Member for Eketahuna North, whose future as a Government MP rather as an Opposition MP after the next election is dependent more than somewhat on support for The Boss improving.

Accordingly Alf has been studying memory loss and what can be done to remedy it, and he thinks he is on to something.

The Boss is a great bloke for getting his choppers around a chunk of red-blooded meat.

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Let’s jog our memories on what David Shearer said about forgetfulness and fitness to hold office

March 19, 2013

Good to see The Boss seize on David Shearer’s failure to declare a US-based bank account with more than $50,000 in it on the MPs’ Register of Pecuniary Interests.

He describes it (here) as an “unfortunate” mistake of a type the Labour Party is quick to criticise the Government for.

“People make mistakes. I make mistakes and when I do, I try and tell people I’ve made them. It’s just that you don’t get cut any slack from the Labour Party when you say you’ve made a mistake, but when they make one they don’t want anyone to have a look at it.”

Mind you, Shearer isn’t talking of a mistake.
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Now we can add The Pill’s effects on the memory to wage gap considerations

September 13, 2011

...so long as we remember what we are supposed to do.

Research findings reported at Netdoctor further help to explain the gender wage gap.

The study shows that women who take The Pill may experience changes to their memory and to the ways that they remember.

According to researchers at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), hormonal contraception may improve women’s ability to remember the gist of emotional events, but could also hinder their ability to retain details.

The study looked at a group of women, some of whom were on the Pill while others were not.

Alf won’t go into the nature of the tests – you can check that out at Netdoc.

But they showed the use of hormonal contraception alters memory.

It’s a change in the type of information the women remember, not a deficit.

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