1. The US has a new worst mass murderer and nobody knows why. Eric Paddock, the brother of Stephen Paddock, who killed at least 58 people and injured 515 after opening fire on a concert from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel, said he was “dumbfounded” by the act. “Just … where the hell did he get automatic weapons?” he said of the 10 rifles found in his brother’s room, adding Stephen was a retired accountant, “a wealthy guy playing video poker … on cruises”. CNN is showing this picture of Stephen:
Joseph Lombardo, the sheriff of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, said police “have no idea what his belief system was”. The only clue in regard to Paddock’s tendencies is geneological – his father Benjamin was on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list from 1969-1977 and was a diagnosed psychopath.
2. Stephen Paddock got divorced 27 years ago but had a girlfriend, Marilou Danley, who reportedly holds an Australian passport, but police say she was out of the country at the time. Concertgoers say one woman pushed her way to the front row of the concert before the shooting began and was telling people they were “all going to die tonight”. Here are some of the eyewitness accounts, including one from Instagram star and pro poker player Dan Bilzerian, caught in the crowd. Here is all the fake news Google, Facebook and Twitter chose to promote over reports from credible news agencies. And here’s a rundown of all the reactions, starting with the US President:
- TRUMP: Las Vegas mass shooting was ‘an act of pure evil’
- CLINTON: The US must ‘stand up to the NRA’
- OBAMA: ‘Another senseless tragedy’
- ARIANA GRANDE: ‘Call this what it is = terrorism’
But here’s why the Las Vegas shooting – the 273rd mass shooting in the US so far in 2017 – isn’t being called terrorism. And as always happens in the US after this kind of sadness, gun stocks are soaring.
3. And a large chunk of those fans at the Route 91 Harvest country festival will today also be preparing to mourn the loss of a music legend. Tom Petty is not in good shape, after he was found unconscious and suffering a heart attack in his Malibu home.
4. The global economy is looking good after manufacturing PMIs from the US and Europe achieved pass marks. In fact, the global mark hit a 75-month high, giving base metals and stocks something to rally on. In Spain, while not officially recognised, the Catalan vote for independence will surely have some impact in the near future. And as part of Australia drags itself back to the desk after footy finals and long weekends, the RBA prepares to hand down its October rate decision this afternoon. Here’s your 10-second guide.
5. Finally, Sydney house prices fell. Look:
6. Elon Musk says Tesla says it’s halfway done building the world’s biggest battery in South Australia. But it’s already way behind on Model 3 production. It turned out just 260 sedans in September on a goal of 1500, expected to ramp up to 20,000 in December. GM, meanwhile, announced it will introduce at least 20 new all-electric vehicles by 2023.
7. Here’s some impressive footage of an impressive takedown:
— Babak Taghvaee (@BabakTaghvaee) October 2, 2017
That’s reportedly a US MQ-9 Reaper drone shot down over Yemen.
8. Can’t sleep? Try relaxing one part of your body at a time starting with your toes and working your way up. Lots of people fall asleep before they reach their head. And here are five other tricks science says will help you nod off.
9. We’ve seen the supposed back of Google’s Pixel 2 phone. Now, ta-da, the supposed front:
And that’s pretty much everything we need to know about the October 4 release. And if you’re looking for an iPhone X – and research shows more than half of new iPhone buyers are – here’s another sign the iPhone X is going to be practically impossible to find. So here are the other best smartphones you can buy right now.
10. A Roman walks into a bar and asks for a martinus. “You mean martini?” the bartender asks. The Roman replies, “Slow down there! I’ll let you know when I want more.” If you thought that way funny, it’s because you’re smart. So here are 13 other jokes you can only share with your nerdiest pals.
BONUS ITEM: In other smart comedy:
It’s a sad day when a parody site has to lead the conversation.
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