Can churnalism be so bad when it looks so cute?

Bandai hires cat as security guard; we fall for their ruse hook, line and sinker.

Apparently the toy company Bandai has hired "the worlds first feline security guard". The cat, "first spotted around the factory. . . was hired immediately for her sentry qualities" and will be "paid in cat food and fish", according to Mischief PR. 

"With deliveries coming in thick and fast ahead of the stock being shipped to retailers across the country, the toy company felt the need to step up security," they say.

Blah blah blah... Pictures of a cat dressed up as a security guard?! Sold:

Selling out journalistic credentials has never been this adorable. Photo: Mischief PR

Alex Hern is a technology reporter for the Guardian. He was formerly staff writer at the New Statesman. You should follow Alex on Twitter.

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The NS Podcast #169: Traingate, gaffes and Ghostbusters

The New Statesman podcast.

This week, Helen and Stephen tackle Traingate and Lunaticgate. George Eaton comes down-the-line from the valleys with the latest on the Owen Smith campaign. Anna Leszkiewicz joins to discuss feminism in the new Ghostbusters film. And you-ask-us: what is the role of the John McDonell in the Corbyn ménage? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton, Anna Leszkiewicz) 

Links:

Traingate (01.24)
Stephen on Jennifer's Ear

Lunaticgate (05.20)
David Wearing on Smith's slurs and empty promises.

Owen Smith (11.36)
George's interview for this week's magazine

Ghosbusters (18.44)
Ryan Gilbey reviews the film
Listen to the SRSLY take 
Anna on the dark side of the Romcom

John McDonnell (31.17)
Read him in his own words
And watch him in action

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