10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

Ben Simmons – the hype is real. Picture: Getty Images

Good morning.

1. US markets liked the news that the way had been cleared for Trump to initiate his plan to cut taxes, and sent the US dollar up 0.42%. It also pushed higher against the yen after Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe took an early election gamble and was rewarded with a dominant victory. The Aussie dollar couldn’t put up a fight against the greenback, but is doing well enough on the crosses. And iron ore prices got a boost on Friday but there could be a big reversal on the cards today.

2. We hung out with Tony Robbins and tried out his “electric taco” machine which he says “charges up the cells” in his body each morning. Somewhere else, people are eating banana skins and crickets and drinking broccoli water. (Option B: Just die a couple of years earlier.)

3. It’s already the last week of the month, and that means not a whole lot going on for data fans. But a couple of GDP reads – the UK on Wednesday and the US on Friday – will be watched closely, and ECB president Mario Draghi is up Thursday night to outline his taper plans. In Australia, CPI data for the Septmeber quarter drops Wednesday morning. Everything else is here in Sam Jacobs’ diary.

4. China doesn’t have control of Tiangong-1, so it can’t control where it crashes on Earth any time between now and February. But when space junk can be controlled, it’s brought down in the most remote place on Earth – Point Nemo, more than 3km under water. Here’s what’s in the space celebrity cemetery right now – including one of Elon Musk’s rockets.

5. The NBA champions are off to a rough start, dropping to 1-2. And Steph Curry didn’t even get to finish his game after throwing his mouthguard:

Apparently, he threw it at a ref but Curry said after the game, “I got better aim than that”. And Aussie rookie of the year Ben Simmons became just the second player in NBA history to record 10+ points, 10+ rebounds, and 5+ assists in his first three games.

6. Donald Trump found an unlikely ally in former US president Jimmy Carter. Carter, who supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 campaign, and famously irked former president George H.W. Bush by loudly opposing the Gulf War, said reporters were unusually harsh on Trump, and the US’s image was already souring before Trump took over.

7. Warren Buffett is a unique eater. Bob Bryan knows, becase he recently tried to eat like Buffett for a week and it made him miserable. What it did do, however, was throw up three commonalities which taught Bob a lot about Buffett’s investing strategy. And here they are.

8. NBC decided to ask all 21 female members of the US Senate if they had stories of sexual harrassment they’d care to share. And of course, sadly, they did. From the law professor who got chased around the desk to the state legislator who got asked “Well, did you bring your knee pads?”, here are their #MeToo stories.

9. We have all the dangerous photos. Come for the 17 harrowing shots of US soldiers training for amphibious warfare:

Assembling a machine gun. US Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz

Stay for the 10 idiots who risked everything for a selfie:

Photo: George Kourounis/Twitter

10. Are you still looking for “the One”? Then stop – couples therapist and author of “Mating in Captivity” Esther Perel says this is why “the One” doesn’t exist. And here’s a psychology professor telling you that just because you’re besotted with someone in your 20s, it doesn’t mean you can spend the rest of your life with them happily.

BONUS ITEM: You can play Tetris in some GAZelle Next vans:

Here’s the automotive version on the Konami Code you need, involving indicators, revs and light switches.

Have a great day.

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