Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Important notice - avoid wasting your time...

There is an email being forwarded around Auckland city at present. If you get it, DO NOT send it on to your friends, It is a hoax. Remember, just because you get it from someone you trust, does not mean it's true.

Check this...
"This warning message is pure hoax: No drug called Progesterex exists, no pill for permanently sterilizing horses or other large animals is used by veterinarians or sold on the market, no campuses have reported any students becoming the victims of sterilization-by-drug, and the URL cited in the text never offered information "telling people how to use" Progesterex." (my bolding)
Remember JUST GOOGLE IT.... copy the first line, paste into Google, add the word Hoax, then hit Search.
There are a number of reasons that flag this email as a hoax - Crowbar's name is mispelled, its not a pub either.

The email starts... "A woman at the nightclub Crobar (pub in Auckland city) on Saturday night was taken by 5 men, who according to hospital and police reports, gang raped her before dumping her. Unable to remember the events of the evening, tests later confirmed the repeat rapes along with traces of Rohypnol in her blood, with Progesterex, which is essentially a small sterilization pill.

The drug now being used by rapists at parties to rape and sterilize their victims. Progesterex is available to vets to sterilize large animals. Rumor has it that Progesterex is being used together with Rohypnol, the date rape drug. As with Rohypnol, all they have to do is drop it into the girls drink.

The girl can't remember a thing the next morning, of all that had taken place the night before. Progesterex, which dissolves in drinks just as easily, is such that the victim doesn't conceive from the rape and the rapist needn't worry about having a paternity test identifying him months later.

The drugs effects are not temporary - they are permanent! Progesterex was designed to sterilize horses. Any female who takes it will never be able to conceive. The bastards can get this drug from anyone who is in vet school or any university. It's that easy, and Progesterex is about to break out big every where... "
EMI on the block
Via Coolfer...

"Big news this morning about a private equity bid approach for EMI. The company acknowledged it has received a bid of £2.5 billion ($4.87 billion) from an unnamed party of multiple private equity firms.

The Financial Times reported today that private equity firms Kravis Kohlberg Roberts and Goldman Sachs are in talks with EMI. In June of 2006, EMI rejected a £2.5 billion by Warner Music Group.

Update: Kate Norton at has an insightful and, I'd say, spot on article about the EMI bid. Analysts note that the cost-cutting that makes an EMI/WMG merger so attractive would not be realised if EMI was acquired by private equity firms. Where is the value?

"The most likely route to value creation would be to sell off the EMI Music arm, where underlying profit from operations fell to £11.5 million from £38.3 million in the first six months."

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

RDU being sold off?
Just spied this at The Joint...

Interesting story in The Press this morning titled RDU sale upsets students...

"Canterbury University's student radio station has been sold for $1 without the knowledge of its student body.

According to confidential documents and emails given to The Press, the University of Canterbury Students' Association (UCSA) decided to sell the student station's RDU brand to newly formed private company RDU 98.5FM Ltd for $1 earlier this month. Its office and equipment have also been sold to the company for $1, while its frequency will be sub-licensed.

The decision has not yet been made public and was made behind closed doors in a secret ballot."

UPDATED -Please read the comments for the statement from RDU's station manager, to get the full picture...

UPDATE 2 : From the Joint...
Radio New Zealand report: "Student radio station sold for $1"
Amusing discussion here and here

from the LJ comments mentioned above (and also in the comments below, hat tip to Bob Daktari)... "When this happened at Waikato, they sublet the frenquency and it was used as commercial station. When the student association tried to start a new student station they got told that they had one already so they couldn't get a new one. Problem was the deal they signed meant they effectively lost control of the licence forever. RDU's old debts (From the Canterbury Student Broadcasting days) have been written off, and at the moment it was being run direct by the UCSA, not as a separate company so it doesn't really have any separate losses to transfer."

Monday, November 27, 2006

November 25 BaseFM Ring the Alarm playlist
James Brown – Blind man can see it
Fabulous Counts – Dirty red
Grant Phabo – Message to you Rudy
Eternals – Queen of the minstrels
Quartertones – Caffiene (DJ Format mix)
Horne Singers – Flat foot
Donald Fagen – Ruby ruby
Erykah Badu vs Junior Byles – Cut it aaht badu
Pat Rhoden – Living for the city
Aretha Franklin – Jump
Open souls - What you do
Dancing Djedi – Body surfin
Boozo bajou feat U Brown and joe Dukie - Take it slow
Paragons feat Uroy, Channel Live, Vegas – Wear you to the ball (Flex re-edit)
Breakestra - Gotta let me know
Don Drummond and the Skatalites – Heavenless
Sizzla – It’s appropriate
Delroy Wilson – Better must come
Al Green - Take me to the river
DJ Krush - The dawn
Ann Sexton - You’re gonna miss me
Radio city feat Baijka – The hop
Sam Sever -Words of wisdom
Tenor saw - Golden hen
Vin Gordon – Steady beat
Top cat – Champion DJ
Freddie Cruger – Simply fresh
Chosen few – Tears of a clown
Piero Umiliani – Mahna Mahna

November 18 BaseFM Ring the Alarm playlist
Cedric Im Brooks – Shaft
Bumps Jackson – Funky in Jamaica
Skatalites – Coconut rock
Lyrics Born – Do that there
All Natural - Renaissance (inst)
Mulatu – Yegelle Tezeta
Connie Price and the keystones – Western champion
Riot riddim sound system – Home girl
Phillis Dillon – Rock steady
Idris Mohammed – Express yourself
Keith Mansfield – Morning Broadway
Freddie Hubbard – Red clay
Paul Murphy – Soul call
Kevvy kev – Give and take dub
Rejazz – Torch of freedom
Paragons feat Uroy, Channel Live, Vegas – Wear you to the ball (Flex re-edit)
Black Grass – Oh jah
Onelung – Devine No 5 (Dub asylum remix)
Nicolette – No government
Bob James – Angela (theme from Taxi)
Archie Shepp – Attica blues (Chief Xcel remix)
Rolfos Tabanka Rhythms – Watermelon man
Bobby Byrd - Hot pants
Tyra and the tornadoes – hui hui
GHP - Karmastition
Quantic soul orchestra – Get a move on
Quartertones – Caffiene (DJ Format mix)