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How Hollywood’s depiction of guns increases risk of shootings

In what appears to be a tragic accident, actor Alec Baldwin shot dead a cinematographer on Oct 21, 2021, while discharging a prop gun on set in New Mexico.It is too early to speculate what went wrong during the filming of the Western movie “Rust.” But the incident, in which the film’s director was also injured, highlights a simple fact: Guns are commonplace...

The UK published a Net Zero report about taxing beef and flights—and then deleted it

The UK government knows that it’ll have to take difficult decisions to achieve its goal of being a net zero emissions economy by 2050. It’ll have to consider taxing beef, levying carbon taxes on flights, and finding other ways to modify the behaviors of consumers and producers from on high.It knows all this. It just doesn’t want anyone to know that...

The only country pulling its weight on climate change is The Gambia

If any country could be absolved of responsibility for the climate change crisis, it’s The Gambia.The Gambia is the smallest country in mainland Africa, wedged within the borders of Senegal along the mouth of the Gambia river with a population of 2.4 million. Its carbon footprint is among the world’s smallest, and comes mostly from agriculture and vehicle...

A death on set has reignited debate about Hollywood’s penchant for firearms

Accidents involving firearms on US film sets are rare. Live ammunition is prohibited, and a prop master or licensed armorer is responsible for handling any weapons, training the actors who use them, and loading blanks to ensure that real bullets aren’t fired. An industry-wide safety bulletin advises those working in Hollywood to “treat all firearms...

A TikTok-famous elderly pug is a mascot for the burned-out masses

If you want to embody the spirit of Noodle the pug, know that it’s perfectly acceptable to work from home in your sweatpants instead of dragging yourself to the office. Maybe take Monday as a personal day, too.That’s the Noodle approach to life on no-bones days, anyway.The Noodle in question is a 13-year-old pug owned by Jonathan Graziano, a social...

The Alec Baldwin shooting incident echoes earlier movie set deaths

A fatal shooting on the set of the new Alec Baldwin film Rust is stirring troubling memories from Hollywood’s past. Last night, Baldwin, the star of the film, wounded the film’s director, Joel Souza, and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins while handling a prop gun on the movie set in New Mexico. No charges have been filed by local police, according...

✦ How to gift in the middle of a supply chain crisis

Hi Quartz members,Extreme weather, a stuck boat, and a pandemic-caused bullwhip effect have sent supply chains in a tailspin; now, from olive oil to books to absolutely anything with a semiconductor, the supply ecosystem has fallen behind our insatiable need to consume. Just as the supply chain crisis was years in the making, it’s unlikely to end anytime...

A trove of free stock images seeks to broaden how we picture climate change

Polar bears, burning forests, and billowing smokestacks are the most common stock images to accompany articles about climate change. But the scope of the crisis is much broader and more nuanced than cute Arctic creatures or doomsday hellscapes.Two efforts introduced at the recent TED Countdown conference on the environment seeks to improve the pool...

For the first time, the Fed is discussing workers’ mental health

The mental health of workers is now part of the Fed’s assessment of the outlook of the US economy. A mention of employee mental health surfaced for the first time in the latest Beige Book from the US Federal Reserve.Spotted by Glassdoor economist Daniel Zhao, he tweeted that he found six references to “mental health” in the Fed’s book, formally called...

The ETF revolution is going to disrupt bitcoin

Some say bitcoin is a revolutionary force on the verge of transforming the financial industry. But the $7 trillion world of exchange-traded funds promises to bring its own style of disruption to the crypto sector.This week ProShares launched the first ETF in the US for bitcoin, and it won’t be the last. That matters because ETFs have played a key role...

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