Your Daily Brief

October 19th, 2022

Good morning, and happy Wednesday! Did you know that only female mosquitoes bite people and animals? Apparently, females need the blood they drink to produce their eggs, while males only feed on plant juices to survive. Speaking of, a new study just revealed that some people really are mosquito magnets, and it probably has to do with the way they smell. Anyway, before you start using bug spray as cologne or perfume, here’s what we have for you:

In Today’s Brief

  • Japan: Car accident in Kyoto temple
  • IRS: Changing tax brackets
  • Yankees: Advance to ALCS
  • Netflix: Added subscribers in Q3
  • Apple: Unopened iPhone auctioned for $39K
  • Top Tips: Iran to provide Russia more weapons, Anna May Wong gets her face on a new quarter, West Jerusalem not recognized by Australia

Iran agrees to send more missiles and drones to Russia

Iran has agreed to provide Russia with additional surface-to-surface missiles and drones amid its ongoing conflict with Ukraine, according to reports from U.S. and Iranian security officials.

A deal between Iran and Russia that set the weapons’ delivery was reached on October 6th when Iran’s First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber, two senior officials from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, and an official from the Supreme National Security Council visited Moscow. According to an Iranian diplomat briefed on the meeting, Russia “asked for more drones and those Iranian ballistic missiles with improved accuracy.” Ukrainian forces have reported a number of drone strikes in recent days, and the Pentagon confirmed last month that Russia is using such weapons in its offensive measures.

The announcement came one day after drone attacks left at least four people dead in an apartment building in Kyiv, an event that the United States condemned and described as “war crimes.”

Anna May Wong will become the first Asian American on US currency

Late actress Anna May Wong will be the first Asian American on United States currency, according to the United States Mint.

Wong will appear on a new quarter as part of the U.S. Mint’s American Women Quarters Program, which was first announced in January and features women who have made contributions in a variety of fields including suffrage, civil rights, government, humanities, science, and the arts. Wong is one of five women chosen, and per a statement from the U.S. Mint, its facilities in Philadelphia and Denver will begin shipping quarters with her face on October 24th. Coins featuring other honorees will start shipping next year through 2025.

Wong, born Wong Liu Tsong in 1905 and whom the Mint refers to as “the first Chinese American film star in Hollywood,” appeared in over 60 movies throughout her career, such as The Toll of the Sea, The Thief of Bagdad, Picadilly, and Shanghai Express.

Australia reverses decision to recognize West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Australia has reversed a previous government’s recognition of West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, according to an announcement from Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong.

Though the Australian Embassy remained in Tel Aviv, former Prime Minister Scott Morrison formally recognized West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 2018, a decision which Wong yesterday said “put Australia out of step with the majority of the international community.” Morrison’s decision followed then-U.S. President Donald Trump’s move to shift the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem after formally recognizing the latter as Israel’s capital. Meanwhile, President Joe Biden has kept the embassy in Jerusalem.

While Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh called Australia’s decision “wise and bold,” Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said in a statement that Israel’s government hopes “Australia manages other matters more seriously and professionally,” adding that “Jerusalem is the eternal and united capital of Israel and nothing will ever change that.”

Around the Globe

  • A man whose job is to help preserve Japan’s cultural heritage mistakenly crashed his car into the country’s oldest toilet at a 15th-century Buddhist temple; the communal loo at Kyoto’s Tofukuji temple is designated an important cultural asset, and police said the man hit the gas pedal without realizing the car was in reverse
  • Over 100 Haitian migrants were found on an uninhabited island near Puerto Rico yesterday; according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Jeffrey Quinones, the migrants were found by park rangers working for the Puerto Rico Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Indonesia has announced plans to demolish the Malang stadium where 133 individuals died and hundreds were injured in a stampede following a soccer match earlier this month, according to remarks from Indonesian President Joko Widodo

On the Homefront

  • The Internal Revenue Service adjusted tax parameters for 2023 to reflect inflation levels, raising the standard deduction and the income thresholds where tax rates take effect - see the press release from the IRS and the adjusted thresholds here
  • President Biden said that legislation codifying the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision would be “the first bill” he will send to Congress next year if Democrats elect more senators and his party keeps control of the House of Representatives after November’s midterm elections
  • Igor Danchenko was acquitted on charges of lying to the FBI yesterday in a case brought to trial by special counsel John Durham; Danchenko was hired as an analyst to contribute information to the Steele dossier that alleged ties between former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia

Glitz & Games

  • Trial proceedings began yesterday for That 70s Show actor Danny Masterson, who faces three charges of sexual assault from three different women in Los Angeles, CA
  • Roxie Washington, the mother of George Floyd’s daughter, announced that the family is filing a $250M lawsuit against Kanye West in response to West’s claim that George Floyd died from fentanyl consumption on an episode of Revolt.TV’s Drink Champs
  • The New York Yankees advanced to the American League Championship Series (ALCS) and will face the Houston Astros in Game 1 tonight after defeating the Cleveland Guardians with a final score of 5-1 yesterday

Business & Markets

  • Major indexes in the stock market moved higher for the second day in a row, with the Dow closing up over 330 points (Dow +1.12%, Nasdaq +0.90%, S&P 500 +1.15%)
  • McDonald’s has partnered with Krispy Kreme to sell doughnuts at nine locations in Kentucky starting October 26th as part of a test; the nine locations are all company-operated units, per McDonald’s, who said the test will help it understand how offering bakery items from Krispy Kreme will impact operations
  • Netflix gained 2.4M subscribers in the third quarter to reach 223.09M up from 220.67M in Q2, according to the company’s letter to shareholders it released yesterday; shares of the company (NASDAQ: NFLX) rose by over 14% in after-hours trading

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Tip & Tricks

  • Sneak Peek: Watch the official trailer for Creed III, directed by and starring Michael B. Jordan as bulked-up boxer Adonis Creed (we don’t know about you, but it had us fired up enough to bust out some push-ups at the two-minute mark)
  • Bump This: Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen discovered a cache of six unreleased songs that the band recorded with Freddie Mercury during the sessions for 1989’s The Miracle, including the newly-released track “Face It Alone” - listen on Apple Music and Spotify
  • Nerd Out: Check out this image of the remains of an exploded star that astronomers measured and mapped using NASA’s Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) which was launched as a collaboration between NASA and the Italian Space Agency
  • Cash Grab: An unopened first-generation iPhone from 2007 sold for over $39K at auction, according to Louisiana-based LCG Auctions, who handled the sale; the auction house didn’t name the buyer, but said he lived in Australia (crikey…$39K can put a lot of shrimp on the barbie, mate)
  • Say What: “James Corden just called me and apologized profusely…anyone magnanimous enough to apologize to a deadbeat layabout like me (and my staff) doesn’t deserve to be banned from anywhere. Especially Balthazar. So Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Corden, Jimmy Corden. All is Forgiven,” restaurateur Keith McNally said in an Instagram post several hours after he banned Corden from his New York City restaurant
  • Hot Goss: Country singer and actress Jana Kramer revealed that her ex-husband Mike Caussin cheated on her with more than 13 women throughout their six-year marriage in a promo clip for today’s episode of Red Table Talk on Facebook Watch
  • Life Hack: Catching zzz’s for at least five hours per night is crucial for rejuvenating your mind and body - here are six simple tricks to help you fall asleep and wake up feeling well-rested the next day

Looking Back…

On October 19th: On a day that came to be known as Black Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average falls by nearly 23% (1987); John Jay is sworn in as the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1789); Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 is published (1953); South Park and The Book of Mormon co-creator Trey Parker is born (1969).

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