May 17, 2022

If Bitcoin Reaches $500,000, The Environmental Damage Will Be Catastrophic; Halle Berry Being Sued by MMA Fighter Cat Zingano Over Lost Movie Role; Johnny Depp Allowed to Proceed with $50 Million Defamation Suit Against Amber Heard; Mariah Carey Launches Her Brand of Irish Cream Liqueur; Woman Claims that She and Michael Jackson’s Ghost are Married

If Bitcoin Reaches $500,000, The Environmental Damage Will Be Catastrophic

According to Fortune report released Tuesday, Bitcoin’s “notorious carbon footprint” would inexorably grow if its price continues to rise, as many proponents anticipate. Bitcoin miners now generate the same amount of carbon dioxide as “the nation of Greece will spew multiple times more, matching the emissions of far larger industrial nations.”

If Bitcoin bulls are correct and the coin achieves a price of $500,000, mining it will have severe environmental effects.

Several efforts are being made to make Bitcoin more environmentally friendly, possibly prompted by Tesla’s decision to withdraw support for the coin over environmental concerns.

Nonetheless, the report states that “unless Bitcoin goes green in the biggest of big ways, its built-in economics guarantees that as its price soars, the tonnage of carbon dioxide it gushes will rocket, too.”

If Bitcoin’s price were to rise to $100,000 by Christmas 2024, the year when production will be halved to combat inflation, the mining industry’s size would grow by approximately 8% and emit approximately 8% more carbon dioxide than it does today.

If it reaches $500,000 by 2024, or even a few years later, the enterprise will rise from $16 billion to $86 billion. Such expansion would require miners to spend a total of $52 billion on electricity over the next three to five years, at an anticipated average cost of $40 per megawatt-hour.

As a result, the Bitcoin mining sector would consume 1.3 billion megawatts of electricity each year, and the network would produce 475 grams of carbon dioxide for each megawatt deployed. If this is true, Bitcoin at $500,000 will emit 617 million metric tons of carbon dioxide each year.

The foreseeable result is a monstrous carbon footprint. It would be 56 percent greater than Australia’s, 40% larger than Brazil’s, 40% larger than South Africa’s, and 33% larger than Mexico’s. The Bitcoin network would release 70% more carbon dioxide than the United Kingdom and close to Germany’s 696 million tons.

Halle Berry Being Sued by MMA Fighter Cat Zingano Over Lost Movie Role That Also Ended Her UFC Career

Halle Berry, 55, is apparently embroiled in a legal dispute with Cat Zingano, a former UFC fighter who alleges the celebrity ghosted her on a potential film role.

Berry approached Zingano, a real-life Mixed Martial Arts fighter, in 2019 while prepping for the upcoming film “Bruised,” her directorial debut, in which she also stars as an older Mixed Martial Arts fighter looking for a second chance at relevancy in the octagon.

“Bruised” is Berry’s first directing feature, which is due to premiere on Netflix in November. She shared that she was the first choice to star in or direct the film, which was intended for Blake Lively, but Lively politely declined. Berry approached the producers and requested to star in the movie. After a chain of events, she also became the director.

According to the lawsuit, Berry instructed Zingano to keep her schedule free so that she would be prepared to act in the film when the time came to begin production. However, UFC approached Zingano with a fight offer. She then spoke with Berry about the UFC offer and whether or not it would have an effect on her upcoming film debut.

Berry encouraged Zingano to decline the fight offer out of concern for the film’s insurer. Zingano claims she refused the fight and was promptly terminated from her UFC contract.

Zingano claims in her lawsuit that Berry then notified her that she could no longer be a part of the movie as she is not an active UFC fighter anymore, despite Berry convincing her not to take on a new match.

Berry has now reportedly shut off all communications with her, compelling her to pursue legal action in retaliation for the squandered film chance and her UFC career.

The reps for both parties did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Johnny Depp Allowed by Judge to Proceed with $50 Million Defamation Suit Against Amber Heard

Fairfax County Chief Judge Penney Azcarate denied Amber Heard’s motion to dismiss Johnny Depp’s lawsuit following his loss in a libel case against The Sun in the United Kingdom for labeling him a “wife-beater.” Johnny Depp has been granted permission by the Judge to pursue his defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard.

According to court documents obtained by PEOPLE on Tuesday, a Virginia Judge gave Depp the right to pursue his claim, denying Heard’s supplementary motion to dismiss the case following Depp’s defeat in a libel lawsuit against British tabloid The Sun. The actor, 58, is suing his ex-wife over an op-ed she penned in the Washington Post in 2018 on surviving domestic violence.

Heard’s motion to dismiss Depp’s complaint, which was filed in Virginia in March 2019, came as the actress contended that the decision in the United Kingdom should preempt the proceedings in the United States, as both actions revolve on allegations of the actor abusing women.

The Judge dismissed the actress’s petition, stating that while Heard’s op-ed and The Sun’s article both dealt with allegations of abuse, the tabloid’s comments and Heard’s in her op-ed were “inherently different.”

“[Heard] argues she was in privity with The Sun because they both had the same interest in the case. However, for privity to exist, [Heard’s] interest in the case must be so identical with The Sun’s interest such that The Sun’s representation of its interest is also a representation of [Heard’s] legal right,” Azcarate wrote in her ruling. “The Sun’s interests were based on whether the statements the newspaper published were false. [Heard’s] interests relate to whether the statements she published were false.”

Azcarate also added that Heard was not included as a defendant in Depp’s case against The Sun because her op-ed was published after he sued.

Three months after the article was published, Depp filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against the actress. Depp’s lawyers stated in the complaint at the time, “Mr. Depp never abused Ms. Heard. Her allegations against him were false when they were made in 2016. They were part of an elaborate hoax to generate positive publicity for Ms. Heard and advance her career.”

Heard and Depp’s representatives did not immediately reply to a request for comment from PEOPLE.

Mariah Carey Launches ‘Black Irish,’ Her Brand of Irish Cream Liqueur

Mariah Carey, 52, launched a new line of cream liqueurs called Black Irish on Monday. The liqueurs are available in three flavors: Original Irish Cream, Salted Caramel, and White Chocolate. She understands what it’s like to rule the music industry, and she’s ready to do the same in the world of spirits.

According to the press release, Carey picked the moniker Black Irish as “a playful nod to her Black and Irish lineage,” Alfred Roy, her father, was of African and Venezuelan ancestry, and Patricia Roy, her mother, is of Irish origin.

“I have been putting my heart into this project for almost two years, and I am so excited to finally share this news with you all,” Carey said in a release. “I wanted to create something that embodies the holidays and gives everyone a reason to celebrate year-round, and I really think we have done that with Black Irish.”

The singer also shared the news on social media, adding, “Truly a cause for celebration,” a reference to her 2005 hit song “It’s Like That.”

Carey’s followers will also notice that the bottle’s cap and seal are imprinted with her initials “MC” and distinctive butterfly. The line, which is handmade and produced in Ireland, is available now for $3.99 for a 50ml bottle and $29.99 for a 750ml bottle.

The singer launches off sales in anticipation of the holiday season, a time when she enjoys the spotlight with her beloved Christmas songs, saying that music and drinks are the ideal pairings. Carey also created her own mail-order cookie line, Mariah’s Cookies, last Christmas season in collaboration with Robert Earl, a famous restaurateur.

“As Mariah is synonymous with the holidays and celebration, we will make sure that her special holiday flavors are available not only for the holidays but year-round,” Earl said at the time.

Carey’s Black Irish brand debuts a year after the publication of her biography, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, in which she describes her mixed-race upbringing in greater detail. The book debuted at the top of the New York Times Bestsellers list and is scheduled for paperback publication later this year.

Woman Claims that She and Michael Jackson’s Ghost are Married

Kathleen Roberts, a medium, says that she is the reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe. Additionally, she believes she is married to the ghost of Michael Jackson. According to an article Roberts wrote for the Daily Star, Jackson’s spirit presence is not intimate with her, but he enjoys using her earthly body to dance, sing, and eat.

She said, alongside a video, that the singer of “Billie Jean” proposed to her “clairvoyantly” with a “pink engagement ring.” She stated in her story that the two of them had invited Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to officiate their wedding.

“Michael stays in me all the time, so he comes to the restroom with me and calls these special bonding moments’ toiletries,'” Roberts wrote of Jackson, who died in June 2009 at 50 due to a cardiac arrest. “He stays possessed in me, relaxed, not channeling and just enjoying living through me and communicating with me as a husband.”

“So he likes to eat with me. He loves cookies. He cusses a lot more than I’d expect him to as a former fan,” she continued. Roberts also revealed that her extrasensory perceptions had previously been misdiagnosed as schizophrenia.

Adding more details to their married life, she stated that the late music icon “doesn’t like being touched back.” She said, “He scares me with spider visions and dead corpse visions if I kiss him or try to initiate romance physically.”

“He is very bossy and points out things like flaws and mistakes I make. I assume he got that from his father, so I try to overlook that because I love him, and I am not perfect either,” Roberts said.

Roberts fondly shares that she “feels special” since Jackson “chose” her to be his wife and that they “treat our relationship as though we are married. We have our ups and downs, but Michael, the truth is, I just can’t stop loving you.”