Lights and Shadows of New York Life -- neat old bookThank goodness Mickey Mouse wasn't created in 1872. For if he had, Congress would have certainly passed a law preventing all creative works from that year forward from entering the public domain.
And that would be a shame, because then fewer people would be able to read "Lights and Shadows of New York Life, or, the Sights and Sensations of the Great City," by James D. McCabe, Jr.
Fortunately, books published in 1872 are in the public domain, so you can download this fantastic book about life in New York in the late 19th century for free from Project Gutenberg or Manybooks.net.
This is the world of Scorsese's Gangs of New York, one of my favorite movies. The table of contents include intriguing chapters, such as:
IMPOSTORS, STREET MUSICIANS, MINOR AMUSEMENTS, BOARDING-HOUSE LIFE, THE CHEAP LODGING HOUSES, PROFESSIONAL CRIMINALS, THE THIEVES, THE PICKPOCKETS, FEMALE THIEVES, THE RIVER THIEVES, THE FENCES, THE ROUGHS, THE PAWNBROKERS, THE SOCIAL EVIL, THE LOST SISTERHOOD, THE STREET WALKERS, CHILD MURDER, BLACK-MAILING, FEMALE SHARPERS, FORTUNE TELLERS AND CLAIRVOYANTS, THE BUMMERS, TENEMENT HOUSE LIFE, DRUNKENNESS, WHAT IT COSTS TO LIVE IN NEW YORK, GAMBLING, FARO BANKS, LOTTERIES, THE "HEATHEN CHINEE," STREET CHILDREN, SWINDLERS, THE POOR OF NEW YORK, THE DESERVING POOR, THE BEGGARS, QUACK DOCTORS, WORKING WOMEN, STREET VENDERS
LONDON: Britain will send jailers to Pitcairn Island after six men - a 10th of the island's population - lost their final appeal against convictions for child rape and indecent assault.
The British colony - the world's least-populated legal jurisdiction - is home to descendants of crew from the Bounty, who settled there with Tahitian wives in 1790 after a legendary high-seas mutiny.
A British Foreign Office spokesman said seven New Zealand prison officers would be dispatched to establish a new prison, Her Majesty's Prison Pitcairn, on the remote South Pacific island. Britain will pay the bill, expected to total about £500,000 ($1.2 million) a year.
The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office said on Monday the six men had lost their appeal to the Privy Council, which rejected their argument that English law had not been promulgated on the island and it was not under British sovereignty.
The men were first found guilty in 2004, and their conviction was upheld by a court sitting in Auckland this year. Four were found guilty of rape and sentenced to between two and six years' jail. The other two were convicted of indecent assault and sentenced to community service.
© Keeley 1992 Katherine Gorge Northern territory Australia
*Now Available on DVD: The **Israel** Lobby Debate at Cooper Union,
**New York City*
October 31, 2006
The debate on the "Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy," a paper by
Profs. John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago and Stephen Walt of
Harvard University, sparked a lively debate at the Peter Cooper Union in
New York City on September 28, 2006. The debate, in which pro-Israel
lobbyists Martin Indyk and Dennis Ross, plus former Israel Foreign
Minister Shlomo Ben Ami, debated Prof. Mearsheimer, Prof. Rashid Khalidi
of Columbia University, and Prof. Tony Judt of New York University was
one of the most fascinating discussions on the power of the lobby. It
provided a great public service to the American people who are rarely
allowed to discuss the lobby and its workings. It was thanks to the
British London Review of Books that it was staged in the U.S. It will
probably not be repeated.
CNIF sent a film crew to New York to film the debate, and the DVD is now
available. "The Tipping Point: Changing Perceptions of the U.S.-Israel
Relationship: A Debate" also contains as a bonus feature footage of
Profs. Mearsheimer and Walt at the National Press Club presenting the
main features of their paper and a discussion of the lobby's efforts to
promote and prolong the Israel-Hezbollah War of July-August 2006.
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How to cut and run
We could lead the Mideast to peace, but only if we stop refusing to do
the right thing
By William E. Odom
Lt. Gen. WILLIAM E. ODOM (Ret.) is a senior fellow at the Hudson
Institute and a professor at Yale University.
October 31, 2006
THE UNITED STATES upset the regional balance in the Middle East when it
invaded Iraq. Restoring it requires bold initiatives, but "cutting and
running" must precede them all. Only a complete withdrawal of all U.S.
troops within six months and with no preconditions can break the
paralysis that now enfeebles our diplomacy. And the greatest obstacles to
cutting and running are the psychological inhibitions of our leaders and the
Our leaders do not act because their reputations are at stake. The public
does not force them to act because it is blinded by the president's conjured
set of illusions: that we are reducing terrorism by fighting in Iraq;
creating democracy there; preventing the spread of nuclear weapons; making
Israel more secure; not allowing our fallen soldiers to have died in vain;
( Collapse )
© Keeley 2003 Sifnos Island