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Welcome back! Today's Smart Brevity count: 1,151 words, ~ 4 minute read.

Situational awareness: "Oil rose by more than 3% to above $63 a barrel on Thursday after Iran shot down a U.S. military drone, raising fears of a military confrontation between Tehran and Washington," Reuters reports.

Onto music. On this date in 1975, Neil Young released the harrowing masterpiece "Tonight's the Night," which provides today's intro tune...