10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

Hurricane Irma takes no prisoners. Picture: Getty Images

Good morning.

1. “Everything is underwater,” was a good way for local news editor Larry Kahn to describe the situation in Middle Keys, Florida, this morning after Hurricane Irma made landfall as a Category 4 storm. It’s the first time on record that two Category 4 storms have hit the US in the same year. The latest warning from the National Hurricane Center was “do not venture outside”. In this:


But there will always be one, somewhere:


We have more wild footage and updates here.

2. Hillary Clinton finally gave her first television interview since losing the 2016 election. She told CBS how she could have “connected” with struggling voters better, then blamed a “perfect storm” of sexism, misogyny, Russian hacking and former FBI director James Comey for the loss. Meanwhile, in the winner’s camp, the US president has reportedly finally realised “people really f…ing hate” him – according to yet another nameless, faceless “advisor”.

3. This is pathetic:


And no, we’re not talking about the photo, which is magnificent. Even Pauline Hanson said sensible things about it.

4. Auction clearance rates are now clearly showing a cooling housing market in Australia, and billionaire developer Harry Triguboff warns the downturn could destroy “an enormous amount of wealth”. Well, his wealth.

5. And here’s how quickly house prices can fall:

That’s in the UK, after two years of Londoners taking on ridiculous levels of debt to get into the property market, then deciding to leave the EU. It’s one of several charts showing how frightened Brits are sending the country into a recession.

6. The Aussie dollar has eased back as commodity prices continue to slide and safe haven currencies are still in vogue, despite Kim Jong-un choosing to celebrate the founding of North Korea with a party rather than a missile launch. Bitcoin continues to slide on speculation China could ban cryptocurrency exchanges. And ASX200 SPI futures traders are expecting a slightly down opening today after the market closed down 1% for the week.

7. In data this week, you’ll have to wait until Thursday for anything significant to drop in Australia, when another 20,000 jobs are expected to be added for August. Things get interesting earlier around the world, with inflation data for the UK, Germany and US Tuesday through to Thursday. We’ll also get retail sales in China on Thursday. Keep on top of with Sam Jacobs’ events diary.

8. The new South Park game, “The Fractured but Whole”, is a role-player. And like all role-playing games, you get to start out by creating your character, giving them costumes, facial features, skills etc. But if you then decide to change the difficulty setting to Very Difficult, there’s one aspect of your character you can’t change. This:

Genius. As Cartman puts it when you make the choice:

Don’t worry, this doesn’t affect combat. Just every other aspect of your whole life.

9. iPhone 8 Day suddenly became iPhone X day. Leaked code reveals Apple will announce an iPhone 8 early Wednesday, AEST. But the premium model will be called iPhone X, which sounds just cool enough to maybe spark a “supercycle” of iPhone buying. Here’s all we know about the iPhone X. And some are expecting it to also kick off another wave of announcements from the tech giants about what tech is going to send smartphones to the graveyard of history.

10. If you were disappointed with thought the nudity levels in the last season of Game of Thrones were low, you were right. Broadly did the deep dive:

But at least there was gender parity.

BONUS ITEM: Elon Musk revealed the full SpaceX battle gear:

Astronaut spacesuit next to Crew Dragon

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