10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

This one goes out to all the crazy old men. Picture: Lucasfilm

Good morning.

1. We’re updating all morning on the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, where a van slammed into a crowd on Las Ramblas. At least 13 people are dead and two people have been arrested, including the man who reportedly rented the van, Moroccan citizen Driss Oukabir. Three Australians have been injured and ISIS, as ever, has claimed responsibility.

2. Global markets were crushed overnight, with a combination of terror attacks and fake news that President Trump’s top economic advisor Gary Cohn was quitting his team. Cue the S&P’s second-biggest fall of the year. Futures traders have marked the ASX200 down heavily, on top of yesterday’s poor session. The Aussie dollar has reversed its tracking toward US80 cents and it looks like iron’s ore spike yesterday was a one-off.

3. Today in Tweets Not News, Trump is sad to see Confederate statues removed:

So here are 11 Confederate figures whose monuments and their potential removal are sparking controversy across the US. Meanwhile, Trump’s advisors are said to be “despondent and numb” and unsure how he’ll recover from his Charlottesville response. But hey, silver linings:

4. So, with crazy old men all the rage right now, it’s a good time to talk seriously about that Star Wars movie about Obi-Wan Kenobi, the lost years. There’s a story already written, and Ewen Mcgregor has been forced to talk about it for 12 years, but the latest news is a director has been approached. And here are eight insights from Lawrence of Arabia that are applicable to leaders of any kind.

5. The US Navy has a problem. Its Harpoon missiles travel at subsonic speeds for 123km, but China’s YJ-18 and YJ-12 can fly over 380km and reach supersonic speed. As does Russia’s Club missiles, with a range of 300km. They had better strike soon though, because the next US upgrade will see its ships firing from 1500-odd kilometres away.

6. Om nom nom:

BMW unveiled its new Z4 Concept sports car at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey, California. There are more pics here and we’ll tell you what it’s like to drive once the generous, intelligent and undeniably attractive people at BMW send one out to us.

7. You won’t get to see it in person, but you can still watch one of the most unique total solar eclipses in decades. This one, which crosses the USA from west to east on Tuesday:

United states us total solar eclipse map august 21 2017 nasa gsfc svsA US map of the total solar eclipse’s shadow on August 21, 2017. Picture: NASA

It will be the most filmed total eclipse to date, and there are some fascinating projects to capture and study it, such as the Eclipse Megmovie project. Here in Oz, you can watch it live on Facebook, because NASA will stream an incredible 360-degree video of it, starting at 2am Tuesday.

8. Telstra stock got creamed yesterday, all because the company decided to hold on to some profit to invest in its development, rather than showering it on shareholders. That, Paul Colgan says, exposes a big problem in Australian share investing.

9. China’s border spat with India has descended into state-run news outlets making racist comedy sketches:

It’s called the “7 Sins of India” and was made by state-run Chinese media agency Xinhua News. Also racist was this utter clown in Australian parliament yesterday, in case you missed it. But the best way to handle that is to just move on, people, nothing to see here.

10. We bought a $US100 toasted cheese sammich off the ultra-decadent secret “billionaire menu” at Wall Street’s oldest steakhouse, so you don’t have to. Here’s what it was like.

BONUS ITEM: Champagne comedy:

Thank you, photographer Tony Capobianco, for not dropping your camera.

Have a great weekend.

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