10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

Lucy was Fluffy once. Picture: Getty Images

Good morning.

1. Australia is ready for same-sex marriage. That’s if an Ipsos poll is accurate after claiming 70% of those who intend to vote in the postal survey will support the change. Then all they have to hope for is their local members to show some courage.

2. Let’s get this straight before it starts. The iPhone X is pronounced “iPhone 10”. Steve Jobs says so. And while it will be an ultra-premium phone, iPhones and iPads are “not for the rich”. That’s Tim Cook speaking. But if do pony up $1200+ for the “10”, you really should expect an OLED screen. They’ve never been used on an iPhone before, so if you’re an Apple lifer, here’s what you’ve been missing out on.

3. And if you’re ready to ditch your old iPhone, former US Navy SEAL Jocko Willink reckons you should give it to a North Korean. In fact, we should:


It would be more effective than bombs, Willink says – and here’s why he may actually be right.

4. Markets in the US hit record highs and major Euro indexes also finished more than 1% up as tensions with North Korea eased and Hurricane Irma caused less havoc than feared. Even the US dollar took a little hike, sending the Aussie and Kiwi down. Goldman Sachs is confident US stocks now won’t fall off a cliff any time soon. Today in Australia we’ll see if consumer confidence continues to slide, and follow it up with news on business confidence, at 10.30am.

5. YouTube’s most popular star, Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg, sort of, kind of got away with a controversial sketch a couple of months ago under the guise of parody. But on Sunday, he dropped the n-bomb – live, unintentionally, playing on of the world’s most popular games right now. Gamers, of course, jumped to his defence with old stunted-development maxim that what they say in the heat of battle doesn’t reflect on who they really are. But we all know why that’s a load of bo..ocks.

6. Nearly as credible as gamer opinions is Russia claiming its next generation T-14 Armata tank can run on Mars. Sputnik news said so:

Picture: Sputnik

And the FBI is investigating whether Sputnik is “an undeclared propaganda arm of the Kremlin”. And it’s Bad Science anyway. For a dose of reality, here are 13 pictures of the “Terminator 2”, the armoured fighting vehicle Russia reportedly sent to Syria.

7. In March last year, General Motors bought Cruise Automotive, a self-driving-car startup, for $US581 million. Today, just 18 months later, Cruise will unveil “the world’s first mass-producible car designed to operate without a driver”. It’s real, and with GM behind it, Cruise will be able to produce “hundreds of thousands per year” using parts from the Chevrolet Bolt, as soon as the US government lets it. So much for Tesla stealing a march on the big players…

8. Steve Bannon is all the rage right now, so he got a spot on 60 Minutes in the US on Sunday. He attacked interviewer Charlie Rose, and said Trump firing James Comey was the biggest mistake in modern political history. But amongst it all, he made one thing perfectly clear to BI’s Linette Lopez – how he fools so many people with overconfident oversimplification.

9. It’s great for your social media standing right now to say sharks are noble and beautiful, and Fluffy the 1.5m great white did a great PR job for her species this morning by getting stranded and relocated to the Fairy Bower pool at Manly, where 18C is plenty warm enough for a bikini snap with a baby shark in it:


No less than 11 requests worldwide for the pic use. Fluffy is currently being assessed at the Manly Sealife Sanctuary.

10. With all the hurricanes, potential world wars, racist YouTube stars and Trumps, there’s a lot of this kind of sentiment floating around right now:


But here’s psychology to tell you why feeling that way should actually give you some hope. In fact, the world has a great shot at still being around in 250 million years. And here’s what it would look like in the year 250,002,017.

BONUS ITEM: Papal face-plant:


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