Squiz Today / 13 April 2023

Squiz Today – Thursday, 13 April

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“Fyre Festival II is finally happening. Tell me why you should be invited.”

Tweeted failed music festival organiser Billy McFarlane aka the guy who gave cheese sandwiches a bad name. After his last effort made it into the dictionary under the entry for ‘chaos’, the general response has been “You enjoyed prison that much?”

Claims of a shocking atrocity in Ukraine

A gruesome video showing what looks to be the beheading of a Ukrainian soldier by a Russian fighter has drawn outrage from President Volodymyr Zelensky overnight. He’s called on world leaders to respond, saying it’s “something that no one in the world can ignore”. “How easily these beasts kill… we won’t forget anything, nor will we forgive murderers,” he said in a video posted to social media. A Russian official called the footage “horrible” but said it needed to be verified. And media outlets are also saying that they have not been able to independently verify the authenticity of the footage.

We’ll go easy on the details, but the description is that it’s a grainy and extremely graphic video that appears to have been filmed on a mobile phone. It also looks like it’s a different time of year – speculation is that it was possibly filmed during the summer months. As for where it happened, again, it’s speculative, but reports name the city of Kreminna in eastern Ukraine. What can be seen is a man in military uniform wearing a yellow armband worn by Ukrainian soldiers. The perpetrator and other men visible in the clip have white bands on their legs, which Russian soldiers wear, and they can also be heard speaking Russian. There are also other identifying marks on their uniforms, body armour and weapons, and a green passport-like booklet on the ground which looks like a standard-issue Ukrainian military ID. And to put it directly, the victim with the yellow armband is beheaded by a man with a large knife who is wearing a white band around his leg.

An investigation by Ukraine – officials say they are studying the video to identify those responsible and the victim. But Russian officials are at the starting line of working out if the footage is real. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that “in the world of fakes we live in, the authenticity of the footage must be checked.” It’s not the first time Russia has been accused of war crimes, and you’ll recall that the International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for President Vladimir Putin over some of the claims. Meanwhile, leaked US intelligence documents predict that neither Ukraine nor Russia will be able to claim a decisive win this year and that the stalemate is likely to continue in the near term.

World News

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Battening down the hatches

Tropical Cyclone Ilsa is expected to hit Western Australia’s Pilbara and Kimberley regions later today, and it’s likely to bring heavy rain and destructive winds. The Bureau of Meteorology has given a good yardstick of what ‘destructive’ means in this case – it says the wind could be strong enough to pick up a caravan… Forecasts have Ilsa making landfall between Broome and Port Hedland as a category 4 storm with wind gusts of more than 250km/hour. If that’s the case, it will be the first storm of such magnitude to strike the region in over a decade and has already caused offshore oil and gas operations to shut up shop. Residents have been told to prepare for potential flooding and power outages, and the state government has activated its emergency response plan, with emergency service crews on standby.

Australian News Weather

Are we out of the woods yet?

No, T-Swift, we’re not… Australia “won’t be completely immune” from global economic headwinds, but we’ll probably be able to hold off a recession, Treasurer Jim Chalmers said yesterday. His comments came after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) downgraded its global economic outlook, including for Australia. It reckons the risk of a worldwide recession has ­escalated, with growth forecast to drop to 2.8% this year and inflation set to remain high until at least 2025. As for the Aussie economy, we’re set to grow by a sluggish 1.6% this year and 1.7% in 2024, down from 3.7% last year. The IMF’s latest forecasts will be the focus of a series of high-level economic chats with Chalmers, RBA Governor Philip Lowe and Treasury Secretary Steven Kennedy heading to Washington DC to meet with some movers and shakers. The gloomy outlook will also be on the Treasurer’s mind as he puts the finishing touches on the Budget – it will be announced on 9 May.

AusPol Business & Finance

AFL investigating online racism

Indigenous players have helped shape the AFL, but decades-long efforts to tackle racist abuse haven’t stamped it out. Yesterday, the AFL’s integrity unit launched investigations into separate instances directed at 4 Indigenous players following last weekend’s games. Fremantle players Michael Walters and Nathan Wilson, Brisbane’s Charlie Cameron and the Adelaide Crows’ Izak Rankine have copped it on social media this week, prompting players, coaches and the outgoing league boss Gill McLachlan to speak out. “This has to stop. There is no place in our game for anyone who vilifies our players,” McLachlan said yesterday. Racism has been a reoccurring issue in the league, with a report from the AFL Players Association last year finding nearly a 3rd of Indigenous/players of colour have faced racial abuse – including “concerning” racist incidents from people within the league.


Harry minus Meghan

If you’ve been following along with how King Charles’s coronation will go down at Westminster Abbey on 6 May, you’ll be excited to hear the most anticipated RSVP of all the 2,000 guests came in overnight… Prince Harry will attend his father’s big day, but he won’t have his plus one with him – Meghan won’t be coming to London for the big event. Royal watchers say that her decision to reject the invitation will be seen as continuing unresolved family tensions. The couple hasn’t been seen with the royal family since Harry’s memoir Spare was published at the start of the year, outlining the difficult details of his disagreements with other family members, particularly his father. Those on Team Sussex have noted that 6 May is also the 4th birthday of Prince Archie – he will remain in the US with his mother. And the drama and intrigue aren’t over yet – Harry is no longer a ‘working royal’, so it remains to be seen what part – if any – he will play in the coronation.

World News

Men choose a bad date over moisturising

It’s fair to say the average bloke doesn’t have much of a skincare routine except for a bar of soap and water… That’s backed by a new survey of 2,000 Gen Z and millennial men aged 18-42yo conducted by skincare brand CeraVe. It found 73% reckon they need an intervention for their poor self-care habits, with 33% admitting they don’t have a routine to care for their skin. Many can’t bear the thought of using their valuable bathroom time (aka phone-scrolling time…) on skincare, with 50% saying they’d rather go on a bad date, attend a doctor’s appointment (49%), clean out their inbox (45%) or do their laundry by hand for a month (41%). And for those with a regimen, it’s largely thanks to their partner’s influence, with 75% of guys in relationships reporting using their significant others’ products. They might want to take a leaf out of Patrick Bateman’s book

Health Quirky News

Apropos of nothing

Sotheby’s has scored a slam dunk with its latest sale – a pair of former NBA star Michael Jordan’s Nikes fetched a cool $3.3 million. The buyer won’t even have to deal with much of an Eau de sneaker scent, given Jordan only wore them for half of a 1998 finals game…

US space agency NASA has unveiled its new Mars simulation habitat in Houston, Texas that will help astronauts prepare for stints on the Red Planet. The 160 square metre structure includes a gym, a vertical farm to grow salad and a lot of red sand. It’s essentially a hellish health retreat…

We brought your attention to a new olive oil-infused drinks range coffee giant Starbucks rolled out in Italy a few weeks ago. Now people are complaining it’s giving them the runs. It gives a new meaning to the phrase ‘to go’…

Quirky News

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ABS Data Release – Labour Force, March; Overseas Arrivals and Departures, February

Auslan Day

Scrabble Day

World Circus Day

Judy Nunn’s birthday (1945)

Anniversary of:
• Christopher Hitchens’ birthday (1949)
• Apollo 13 announcing “Ok, Houston, we’ve had a problem here”, as an oxygen tank exploded en route to the Moon (1970)
• Tiger Woods becoming the youngest golfer to win the Masters Tournament at 22yo (1997)
• Winx ending her racing career with a 3rd Queen Elizabeth Stakes win in Sydney (2019)

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