Luke Brinker critiques a piece in Politico Magazine which blames President Barack Obama for the Secret Service’s failure to “adequately protect him”. Written by Ronald Kessler, the story details recent security lapses such as when “an armed contractor with a criminal record” rode an elevator with Obama. Brinker writes that Kessler is joining conservatives in this regard, but goes “a sickening step further, suggesting that reform may require the president’s assassination”. Brinker quotes Kessler, “Agents tell me it’s a miracle an assassination has not already occurred. Sadly, that calamity may be the only catalyst that will reform the Secret Service”.
“The cows have been fattened, the knives sharpened, and across Cairo sheep and goats are being tethered outside the homes of the wealthy,” writes Patrick Kingsley. Millions of animals are slaughtered across Egypt on Eid, but for one small group, the day is not “wholly a cause for celebration”: vegetarians. According to Kingsley, Egypt is not the most understanding place for those who choose a meat-free diet. Even so, some vegetarians have “veggie-iftar” parties, while others leave Cairo to “avoid the sight of goats being sliced up in the street”.
Twilight meets Facebook
Earlier this week, Lionsgate and Facebook announced that they were teaming up with Stephenie Meyer, the author of the Twilight series, to reboot the franchise. “A few things about the project are unusual,” writes Hillary Reinsberg. For one, “aspiring female filmmakers sourced through a crowdsourcing platform will make the short films”. “But more unusual is where the finished, professionalised products will live: exclusively on Facebook,” says Reinsberg. The goal, according to Dan Rose, Facebook’s vice president of partnerships, is to engage Twilight’s 47 million fans on Facebook.