In fact, he wouldn’t be the first to observe the strange phenomenon of Trump/Sanders support crossover.

It seems counterintuitive – there seems at first glance to be little common political ground between the two – but at previous Trump rallies, supporters have been quoted by journalists as picking Vermont senator Bernie as their second-choice.

Hot Air chalks it up to the “blue collar coalition” both candidates are developing; moreover, Sanders has in the past publicly appealed to Trump supporters to back him instead, and even instructed his canvassers with specific scripts to lure Trump supporters.

What is Alan Moore’s Jerusalem About?




Photo by Mitch Jenkins

Alan Moore’s new prose novel Jerusalem has long been in the works, and now we know when it will be released: September, 2016. Less than a year from now, we will once again enter the mind of Alan Moore through language alone, as we did through his masterful first novel The Voice of the Fire (available from Top Shelf Productions).

Gosh London has published Moore’s promotional blurb for Jerusalem, and it sounds like readers are in for more of a mind-blowing experience than even Voice of the Fire provided:

In the
half a square mile of decay and demolition that was England’s Saxon
capital, eternity is loitering between the firetrap tower blocks.
Embedded in the grubby amber of the district’s narrative among its
saints, kings, prostitutes and derelicts a different kind of human time
is happening, a soiled simultaneity that does not differentiate between
the petrol-coloured puddles and the fractured dreams of those who
navigate them. Fiends last mentioned in the Book of Tobit wait in
urine-scented stairwells, the delinquent spectres of unlucky children
undermine a century with tunnels, and in upstairs parlours labourers
with golden blood reduce fate to a snooker tournament.

lanes yield their own voices, built from lost words and forgotten
dialect, to speak their broken legends and recount their startling
genealogies, family histories of shame and madness and the marvellous.
There is a conversation in the thunderstruck dome of St. Paul’s
cathedral, childbirth on the cobblestones of Lambeth Walk, an estranged
couple sitting all night on the cold steps of a Gothic church-front, and
an infant choking on a cough drop for eleven chapters. An art
exhibition is in preparation, and above the world a naked old man and a
beautiful dead baby race along the Attics of the Breath towards the heat
death of the universe.

An opulent mythology for those without a pot to piss in, through the labyrinthine streets and pages of Jerusalem
tread ghosts that sing of wealth and poverty; of Africa, and hymns, and
our threadbare millennium. They discuss English as a visionary language
from John Bunyan to James Joyce, hold forth on the illusion of
mortality post-Einstein, and insist upon the meanest slum as Blake’s
eternal holy city. Fierce in its imagining and stupefying in its scope,
this is the tale of everything, told from a vanished gutter.

The mother of two, from Cardiff, has suffered from retinitis pigmentosa – an inherited disorder – since she was five. The condition causes gradual deterioration of photoreceptors, the light-detecting cells in the retina, which can lead to blindness. One in 3-4,000 people in the UK have the disease, for which there is currently no cure.

Lewis is completely blind in her right eye and has virtually no vision in her left eye. The implant, made by a German firm, Retina Implant AG, was placed in Lewis’s eye in June in an operation that can last six to eight hours.

During follow-up tests, Lewis was asked to look at a large cardboard clock to see whether she could tell the time. She had not been able to tell the time with her right eye in 16 years or with her left eye for about six years.

She said “Oh my god” when she realised she had managed to recognise it was three o’clock. She added: “Honest to god, that felt like Christmas Day.”

Posters in chemistry labs are in need of an update. The periodic table now has four new elements, completing its seventh row. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) have recognised the discoveries of elements 113, 115, 117 and 118. They were created by teams of researchers in Japan, Russia and the US, who smashed lighter nuclei into each other. The resulting superheavy elements, like others of their kind, exist for only a fraction of a second before decaying into lighter atoms.

Barack Obama will move on Tuesday to close the loophole which allows weapons to be sold at gun shows and on the internet without any background checks.

Obama will set out his plans for greater resources for the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), including 200 new ATF agents and investigators, and a new center to track illegal online firearms trafficking.

Previewing the announcement, the White House made clear “it doesn’t matter where you conduct your business – from a store, at gun shows or over the internet: if you are in the business of selling firearms, you must get a license and conduct background checks.”

Speaking before a meeting with senior officials, Obama promised that sweeping new gun control measures would save lives and spare families from mass shootings.

“We have to be very clear that this is not going to solve every violent crime in this country or prevent every mass shooting and is not going to keep every gun out of the hand of a criminal,” Obama said after a meeting with attorney general Loretta Lynch to review her recommendations. “It will potentially save lives and spare families the pain and the extraordinary loss that they have suffered as a consequence of firearms getting into the hand of the wrong people,” he added.

From here. File under: About Damn Time.

On the second day of its armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, the Bundy militia shifted tactics. From a state of lockdown it moved to a charm offensive, inviting a small media contingent inside its redoubt, with warm smiles and waves.

The local sheriff was not convinced. ‘These men came to Harney County claiming to be part of militia groups supporting local ranchers,” Sheriff David Ward said in a statement, “when in reality these men had alternative motives, to attempt to overthrow the county and federal government in hopes to spark a movement across the United States.’