Squiz Today / 29 May 2023

Squiz Today – Monday, 29 May

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Making your Monday. 

Today’s listen time: 8.00 minutes

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Squiz Sayings

“It’s the Gregs of this world who will always f— us up…”

Says ABC Radio host Virginia Trioli of Succession’s contemptible cousin when asked about the character she cannot stand. She and many Aussie luminaries have been sucked in by the show and are eagerly awaiting the finale, which drops today…

Debt deal done. Now the hard part


Days away from what would be a “catastrophic” economic event, US President Joe Biden and top Republican, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, have struck a deal. In exchange for authorising America’s federal government to borrow enough money to function for the next 2 years, the deal would cap federal spending to current levels and tighten some welfare rules. Biden said the agreement “represents a compromise, which means not everyone gets what they want.” But even though the 2 most senior elected representatives from the major parties have come to a resolution, there’s still a lot more to do to avoid the government defaulting on its debt for the first time in history…


US Government rules mean the debt ceiling deal has to pass Congress before being signed into law by President Biden. That needs to happen before the government runs out of money on 5 June – the revised date that was confirmed by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen late last week. Here’s where things get political… Republicans have a small majority in the House of Reps where a group of hardline Trump supporters have previously said they would only support a deal with drastic spending cuts – which this deal doesn’t have. So that could be an issue… Then the bill will go to the Senate, where it’ll also need solid bipartisan support. 


Expect drama. That’s what commentators in the US say because many Democrats and Republicans are unhappy with aspects of the deal. “No one claiming to be a conservative could justify a YES vote,” one Republican lawmaker tweeted. And there’s a political pratfall for McCarthy to keep in mind over the next week with some unhappy Republicans lining up to boot him out of the leadership. Long story short, the deal will start going through the legislative process from Wednesday, so get ready for a big week in American politics… 

Economy World News

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Melbourne jolts awake

Did you feel it? That’s going to be the only conversation in Melbourne this morning after a 3.8 magnitude earthquake in Sunbury, 40 km northwest of the CBD, sent ripples across parts of the city. According to Geosciences Australia, the quake struck at 11:41pm on Sunday night, with Melburnians reporting being jolted awake by the tremor. There are even reports that the earthquake was felt in Hobart and Bendigo. At the time of writing (before 6am, Australian eastern time) there wasn’t clear information about any damage. The last earthquake to be felt in Melbourne, in 2021, was a magnitude 5.9 and had an epicentre 130 km away. That quake caused the facade of a building to collapse.

Australian News

Strikes launched on a major Russian pipeline

Russian authorities have accused Ukrainian forces of a drone attack on a station linked to a major oil pipeline northwest of Moscow. Russian media says 2 drones attacked the station which supports the large Druzhba pipeline on Saturday. That pipeline has the capacity to send more than 2 million barrels of crude oil to Europe each day but has been sending far less since Russia invaded Ukraine. Ukraine has not claimed responsibility for the attack or for the increasing number of drone strikes on Russia’s side of the border. But Ukraine has condemned a “wave” of Russian drone attacks on Kyiv over the weekend. According to Ukraine’s Air Force, 54 drones attacked the city overnight, with 52 shot down, and a 41yo man killed by falling debris. It’s the largest drone attack on the capital since the start of the war.

World News

Erdoğan wins re-election

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will enter his third decade of rule in Turkey after winning the run-off presidential election overnight against challenger Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu. Votes are still being counted, but as of early this morning Erdoğan claimed victory after leading the tally all night. Despite the win, the campaign has seen the most significant electoral challenge to Erdoğan’s long rule following enormous economic pressures, including a peak inflation rate last year of 85%. Kılıçdaroğlu was promising to fix Turkey’s economy and to restore democracy, with international human rights watchers saying that Erdoğan controls close to 90% of Turkish media and has eroded many freedoms. In his own election night speech, Kılıçdaroğlu didn’t explicitly admit defeat and called the election unfair. Erdoğan will remain in office for another 5 years… 

World News

Kerr-azy skills on show again

As if we needed more proof that Sam Kerr is a football superstar… The Aussie scored twice as her team took home their fourth consecutive Women’s Super League title in the UK. Chelsea beat Reading 3-0 on Saturday, with Kerr’s teammate Guro Reiten also scoring a goal. It was the cherry on top of a big week for Kerr after she was named the Football Writers’ Association Women’s Footballer of the Year on Friday for the second year in a row. Kerr also seemed delighted last week when the Matildas confirmed they’ll play games in Perth – her home city – against Iran, Chinese Taipei and the Philippines in October-November, as the team preps for the 2024 Paris Olympics. “To be able to come home again with my teammates will be a really special moment,” she says. Quite frankly, she deserves to play wherever she wants… 


Top films crowned at Cannes

French director Justine Triet became the 3rd woman to win the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize – the Palme d’Or – with her film Anatomy of a Fall on Saturday. French broadcaster MK2 Films described it as a “Hitchcockian procedural thriller” that follows a wife accused of her husband’s murder. The next highest award – the Grand Prix (and no it’s not car related…) – went to Zone of Interest, a film by British director Jonathan Glazer about a family living next to Auschwitz. A full list of winners is here, but a special shoutout to the festival’s unofficial ‘Palm Dog’ award for dog actors… A border collie named Messi stood out this year among “a veritable tsunami of dog performances” – he received praise (and hopefully a treat) for his “range of skills and emotions” as he played ‘Snoop’ in Anatomy of a Fall. A very clever boy indeed…


Apropos of nothing

Stories about how companies are using artificial intelligence have been rolling in thick and fast this year… And some of the resulting legal issues might have started to trickle in too. First up: an NYC lawyer in hot water after ChatGPT sent him down the wrong track in a case. It’s hard to get good advice these days… 

Q: What do you do when you’ve already broken a world record? A: Break it again. At least, that’s what the 2-time US Olympic champion shot putter Ryan Crouser did on Saturday, throwing 23.56 metres to beat his previous record of 23.37 metres. According to the experts, 23.5m has always been the superhuman mark. 

And if all that talk of physical exertion has you feeling desperately hungry, you might understand the actions of a Connecticut black bear that terrified employees when it broke into a bakery and ate 60 cupcakes. It’s always tricky to stop at one…

Quirky News

Squiz the Day

Chris Dawson to face trial over allegations he had a sexual relationship with an underage student in the 1980s – Sydney

Reconciliation Day public holiday in the ACT

International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

World Digestive Health Day

The Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling Festival begins – UK

Birthdays for Noel Gallagher (1967), Myf Warhurst (1974), Mel B (1975), and Laverne Cox (1984)

Anniversary of :
• the birthday of former US President John F Kennedy (1917)
• Bing Crosby recording White Christmas, which would become the world’s best-selling single with over 100 million copies sold (1942)
• Kiwi mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay becoming the first people confirmed to reach the summit of Mount Everest (1953)
• Space Shuttle Discovery completing the first docking with the International Space Station (1999)
• transgender health issues no longer being classified as mental and behavioural disorders by the World Health Organization (2017)

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