1. North Korea called the US president the “lunatic old man of the White House”. The US president responded:
Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me "old," when I would NEVER call him "short and fat?" Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2017
And it was the US president’s most liked tweet by a magnitude of about seven times. Trump’s counselor said it was OK because Kim Jong Un “insulted him first”. What a time to be alive.
2. Meanwhile, it’s taken the Australian PM to call a spade a spade. Or, in this case, a criminal operation a criminal operation. Because, Malcolm Turnbull said ahead of East Asia Summit in the Philippines, that’s what North Korea is.
3. On markets, bonds moved:
If you believe they’re the canary in the global market coal mine, you might also want to note that even German 10-years rose late last week. US stocks closed lower as tax reform ground on, but US perma-bear John Hussman reckons Wall Street “has gone completely mad” and is now forecasting a decade of stock losses. The Aussie dollar remains stuck in a familiar range.
4. Looking to cash in on the Bitcoin boom but the boom got too expensive? Try Bitcoin Cash. In the past 24 hours, it blew from US$1,300 to $US2,500, then back to $US1,525. Bitcoin itself dropped from a record high of $US7,828 on Wednesday to $US5,512 overnight. Here’s today’s possibly, maybe explanation for the movements.
5. This week in data. It’s all about the worker in Australia this week, with the quarterly wage price index out on Wednesday and October employment figures on Thursday. Globally, the all-important US inflation data on Wednesday night leads a wave of CPI releases. If UK growth tips over 3%, Bank of England governor Mark Carney will have to write a please explain letter to Treasury. All the rest is here in Sam Jacobs’ diary.
6. It’s one rule for hot guys and another for Harvey Weinstein and Louis C.K. – aka everyone else. Psychotherapist Perpetua Neo picked out 17 male leads in movies who have young women swooning over them, but actually aren’t behaving at all appropriately. That includes creepy Edward in Twilight sneaking into the bedroom of a girl hundreds of years younger than himself to watch her sleep, and Westley lying and threatening physical abuse to Buttercup.
7. If you work in an office of 23 people, there’s a 50% chance that you share a birthday with one of them. That seems totally improbable, but it’s mathematically true, and so are these 11 other controversial facts in mathematics.
8. If you missed it today, tomorrow morning is the best morning of the year to catch Venus and Jupiter so close together they look like a bright double star. Here’s the easy way to spot it, from anywhere in the world.
9. “The Martian” became a hit mainly because it was believable, entertaining and mostly, scientifically accurate. So can Andy Weir do it again? His new book “Artemis” throws some economics into the mix, working through the logistics of a future settlement on the moon, and how a heist would go down on the lunar surface. Here’s his 3000-word explainer for how it could work.
10. Samsung want people to know they can work away from their desk, so they gave Kate Prince a Note8 to prove it. She promptly set herself up at a delightful vineyard with all the apps she’s familiar with on her desktop and we haven’t seen her since. But she did find time to send us her best practical tips for how you can do it too.
BONUS ITEM: Irish World Cup fans in Copenhagen found something to cheer for:
Have a great day.