Scott & Sarah Kennedy

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Four People

This is the story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody: There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realised that Everybody wouldn't do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody, when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Assassination of Common Sense

And I quote to you:- All student teachers will have to prove they can pronounce Maori in order to graduate, under Labour's Maori policy launched yesterday.

"Maori is an official language of this country but many people don't make an effort to pronounce Maori correctly. Teachers teach our kids a lot of things, from Shakespeare to poetry - what is the difference in teaching how to pronounce people's names and Maori correctly?"

Morons! Utter morons!

1. One could also say "English is
an official language of this country but many people don't make an effort to pronounce English correctly. " But there is no such English pronunciation test for student teacher graduation.

2. Shouldn't we be more concerned about our teachers being able to speak and spell English, before we even begin to worry about a language like Maori?

3. Who's definition of correct pronunciation shall we run with?

4. What about accents?
In the same way that Irish, Germans, and Indians all speak English differently, we will all speak Maori differently - if at all. Deal with it.

How can anyone take Labour seriously? What a bunch of ninnies.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Engagement Party

When: 10 September at 7:00pm
Where: Email me if you are coming and I'll tell you where.

All are welcome, please bring a plate of finger food.


Michelle posted an excellent comment with info about polls. So I thought I would post it so you can all read it easily. Anyway here it is....(hope you don't mind Michelle)

Aah Scotty, but here is something the News Media will not tell you...
Opinion polls should be taken with a grain of salt and are very unrelible. (except that the public belives them and thus votes accordingly)
I am learning about this in my Political Behaviour and Psychology class at Uni. Basically there are many problems with opinion polls, here simplified into

a) margin of error. The poll that you linked to does not say directly what the margin of error is, which is bad reporting, but it does mention numbers which denotes (the 1000 respondents) about a margin of error of 4 percent. That is actually quite large. And means that Labor may be anywhere from 41-49 (never never use decimal points in polls, also sign of a bad poll) and National may be between 32-40 percent. This could make the popularity of the two parties much closer. A possible one percent!

b) A sample of 1000 people (which this poll is) is about a middle-sized sample, and still cannot accurately guage public opinion. For example, if they conducted a phone survey, what about people without phones? (those either too poor to afford it, or those who wish to remain unlisted) The poll mentions Aucklanders, and thus had a specific focus on those in the Auckland region (as many polls do).

c) Additionally, in opinion polls people often change their answers to impress the interviewer (probably not applicable in this case), or they are pushed into boxes that they dont actually fit into. For example, if the question says "are you more likely to vote National after their tax cut announcement? yes or no , then opinions are actually being created for people who were not intending to vote National anyway.

And one last little gripe about this opinion poll... 10 percent of respondents (it says 9.6, but as i've said, never use decimal places in polls, its pointless and simply used to try and show something thats not there) (eg. Labour is on 45.3 [45%] and National is on 36 [still 36%] makes it look like Labour is further ahead)
sorry - distracted =)
10 percent of respondents were "undecided, refused to say, or did not know". Thats quite a large percent!!

Anyhoo, hope that gives you a bit of insight into why opinion polls aren't very reliable and you shouldn't be influenced by them (even though the majority of the population are, which is why the media and politicians use them)


By michelle, at 11:18 AM

Bad News For National Voters

Overall, Labour is comfortably ahead on 45.3 per cent, up 1.4 points from last month's poll.

National is on 36 per cent, down 1.5. The difference between the two is 9.3 points.

Find out more here.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Upside Down?

Isn't it funny how on Close Up last night, Michael Drake was demonized for his stance on smacking, whereas shortly afterwards, a porn star was portrayed as a hero. I am reminded of this verse:-

Isa 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

News or Views?

I just watched the 6:00 news on TV one. There was a slot on smacking. The report told us of Michael Drake's school Carey College sending home a brochure on "How to smack your children". This 'report' once again proved that we are not watching news but propaganda. People not only tell us what happened, they tell us what to think about what happened. Unfortunately there are too may people in New Zealand who have both never been taught to think for themselves, and don't realise they are being told what to think.

What a wonderful tool of societal chage the media can be. Let's buy it.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005


I just heard a audio clip from the TV ONE "Debate" last night. The word debate I use loosely. I could not hear what either Helen Clark or Don Brash were saying because the audience was shouting screaming, and banging some kind of wooden object so loudly that it sounded like a riot. What a disgrace.

As I have always suspected; for most the election is not about reasoned debate.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Wedding Date

Sarah and I are getting married on April 1st 2006. Yes that's right! April Fool's Day!

Do you take this woman...... NO hehe joking.

Now I'm working on my 50 guests. Tricky as since my family takes up to about 20 guests.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Something For Us To Crow About!

For those of you who are a bit down after the All Blacks' loss to the Springboks - and our all round pathetic displays at sport - don't despair! I have found something that we are world beaters at. Crime!

New Zealand's Glorious Achievements
Assualts: 6th (USA 5th)
Burglaries: 6th (USA 17th)
Car Thefts: 4th (USA 9th)
Drug Offences: 3rd (USA 4th)
Rapes: 12th (USA 9th)
Total Crime: 2nd (Behind Dominica, USA is 8th)

But if your chest swelled with pride from those figures, wait until you see our suicide figures!

Suicide 15 - 24 year olds: 1st (double USA's statistics, and well ahead of the second country)
Suicide 25-34 year olds: 2nd (USA 10th)

You can find all this information for yourself here. You will obviously need to make sure you compare countries per capita, since bigger countries will generally have more total crime.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

The Conclusion of the Matter

I'm sure many of you remember my rant about the desk and chair scenario from Warehouse Stationary. Well today, my disgust at incompetance and stupidity was proved just.

In a brochure today, the desk and chair are being sold separately. The desk is advertised for $249.99, and the chair for $79.99. It was always ridiculous for $50 to be added when a chair was taken away. Now we see this fact with $50 being taken off if the desk is bought separately. Common sense finally wins the day.

How True