10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

Come to see the ugly Melbourne boys. Picture: Village Roadshow

Good morning.

1. Six hours is a long time in the White House:


This morning, Trump’s new communications director Anthony Scaramucci was fired after just 10 days in the role. Scaramucci’s biggest contribution to the role had been telling a New Yorker reporter his own chief of staff was “a f…ing paranoid schizophrenic” who had been “c..k-blocking” his appointment.

2. Rates! They’re virtually no chance of moving today as the RBA hands down its monthly call, but there’s plenty to watch out for, so here’s David Scutt’s 10-second guide ahead of the drop at 2.30pm AEST. The Aussie dollar has already moved above US80 cents in morning trade, as the greenback slips to a 13-month low. Iron ore went nuts overnight, but ASX200 SPI futures traders aren’t impressed.

3. The world’s worst job title right now must be “Kim Jong-un lookalike”. Apparently several were deployed around the site of North Korea’s ICBM launch on Friday, just in case the US wanted to kill the Dear Leader. And in news just in, it looks like the missile’s reentry vehicle, or where North Korea would put its warhead, burned up during the final seconds before touching down on the ground. But before you point and laugh, remember that theoretically, that could have been somewhere in Tasmania.

4. If anything, Romper Stomper was brave. Australian director Geoffrey Wright’s 1992 feature debut was a harrowing, violent, tragic launchpad for Russell Crowe’s career… and David Stratton hated it so much he refused to rate it. So, in these racially-charged times, this is also brave:


Assume brace position.

5. If you’re in Melbourne and planning a trip to the Gold Coast with seven mates, you need to check out Airly. The “Uber-for-planes” startup flew its first group of passengers to Brisbane out of Essendon last week in an eight-seater for just $5000. “No crowds, no nonsense,” co-founder Luke Hampshire told BI. Here’s how it works.

6. It’s a big day for millennial investors. Snap’s first lockup period has expired, loosing 400 million shares onto the market, with another 800 million to come in the next few weeks. Shares are down 20.17% since the IPO at $US17 and down again today. And Bitcoin pundits’ fortunes could go either way today as the cryptocurrency likely splits into two currencies after a civil war of sorts plays out over the structure of the blockchain network that underpins the red-hot currency.

7. The Game of Thrones lost a major player last night, which isn’t at all surprising. But it was the first major player who, according to showrunner D.B. Weiss, was “probably the only character to win (their) own death scene”. Here are 7 details you might have missed in yesterday’s episode. And get ready for the ultimate spoiler for episode 4 – HBO has confirmed the script has been stolen by hackers.

8. It’s been 33 years since this happened:


Now, it looks like Los Angeles has again won the right to host the Olympics, in 2028. That gives us just 11 years left to improve on that jetpack. Awkward.

9. Got $1.65 in your pocket? Then you can get into the property market. The UK property market, where a three bedroom, terraced house in Sunderland goes under the hammer tonight for that price, with no reserve. It needs some work, but it’s better than a cardboard box.

10. Coffee with beef in it is a thing now:

StarbucksThe Pepper Nitro with a Jerky Twist has beef jerky in it.

You can buy a Pepper Nitro with a Jerky Twist from Starbucks in Seattle, and be rewarded with a nitro cold brew with malted fennel black pepper syrup, topped with honey cold foam, cracked pink peppercorn, and a bamboo skewer of jerky made with grass-fed beef. Wash it down with a long, cold, good, hard look at what you’ve become.

Have a great day.

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