Traditional oil paintings of Star Wars Lightsabers by Drew Baker — Kickstarter

So this guy is going to make copies of intellectual properties belonging to Lucasarts/Disney for profit, and doesn’t expect any problems with that…

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/drewbaker/traditional-oil-paintings-of-star-wars-lightsabers

Israel Uses U.S. Tax Dollars to Abuse Palestinian Children. This Bill Would Put An End To That.


CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS are frequent victims of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories. They face physical abuse by Israeli military forces and are shuffled through an unfair court system without access to legal counsel or even their parents.The United States has long subsidized these abuses, giving billions of dollars in military aid to Israel every year. Now, a group of Democratic members of Congress is saying enough is enough.Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., and nine co-sponsors on Tuesday introduced legislation that would require the U.S. State Department to certify every year that American military aid is not being used to fund the systematic abuse of Palestinian children.If passed, the bill — titled the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act — would explicitly prohibit U.S. aid from being used by Israel to support the administrative detention or physical abuse of Palestinian children. The bill says that detention of Palestinian children is “inconsistent with the values of the United States.”

Source: Israel Uses U.S. Tax Dollars to Abuse Palestinian Children. This Bill Would Put An End To That.

Investigation Shows Chicago PD Has Zero Interest In Holding Its Officers Accountable | Techdirt

That’s just the latest in a long line of travesties committed by the Chicago PD. This follows other such lowlights as the PD operating its own Constitution-free “black site” inside the city, where criminal suspects were taken, detained, and interrogated with zero regard for their civil liberties. When Chicago police officers aren’t shooting people and lying about it, they’re participating in god knows what other sorts of misconduct after tampering with their recording devices.The reason it’s taken so long for anything to be done about this is a lack of accountability. Those up top feel no compunction to punish officers for misdeeds, often only following through when forced to by public outcry. When it does finally occur, it’s years after the fact and often reduced to wrist slap.

Source: Investigation Shows Chicago PD Has Zero Interest In Holding Its Officers Accountable | Techdirt

Detroit Police Officers End Up Fighting Each Other After Undercover Drug Raid Goes Awry 


This is as dumb as the headline suggests. Cops from two Detroit police precincts exchanged punches and pulled guns on one another, after an undercover drug raid didn’t go exactly as planned, according to reports. An internal investigation is now underway.

Source: Detroit Police Officers End Up Fighting Each Other After Undercover Drug Raid Goes Awry 

LA Times: You can’t read our Thor review because Disney is mad | Ars Technica


Studios commonly offer movie reviewers advance screenings of their movies so they have time to write their reviews (Ars included) before the movies become available to the general public. The Los Angeles Times is the paper of record for the Los Angeles metro area, so you’d expect its writers to have easy access to these movie screenings. But in a Friday tweetstorm, LA Times writer Glenn Whipp said that Disney had banned the paper from screenings of movies like Thor: Ragnarok in retaliation for its critical coverage of Disney’s relationship with the city of Anaheim, home of Disneyland.

Source: LA Times: You can’t read our Thor review because Disney is mad | Ars Technica

There’s a Shady Puerto Rico Contract You Didn’t Hear About

National outrage has led to the cancellation of a suspicious $300 million contract doled out to a tiny Montana company that was oddly tasked with rebuilding large parts of Puerto Rico’s electric grid. A separate $200 million contract has faced little scrutiny, but may ultimately be even more scandalous for what it says about the effort to rebuild the island in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Source: There’s a Shady Puerto Rico Contract You Didn’t Hear About

Epson is Using its eBay “Trusted Status” to Make Competing Ink Sellers Vanish | Electronic Frontier Foundation


It’s been just over a year since HP got caught using dirty tricks to force its customers to use its official, high-priced ink, and now it’s Epson’s turn to get in on the act.Epson claims that ink-cartridges that are compatible with its printers violate a nonspecific patent or patents in nonspecific ways, and on the strength of those vague assertions, they have convinced eBay to remove many third-party ink sellers’ products, without any scrutiny by eBay.

Source: Epson is Using its eBay “Trusted Status” to Make Competing Ink Sellers Vanish | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Anti-Piracy Group Joins Internet Organization That Controls Top-Level Domain – TorrentFreak

RettighedsAlliancen (or Rights Alliance as it’s more commonly known) is an anti-piracy group which counts some of the most powerful local and international movie companies among its members. It also operates on behalf of IFPI and by extension, most of the world’s major recording labels.The group has been involved in dozens of legal processes over the years against file-sharers and file-sharing sites, most recently fighting for and winning ISP blockades against most major pirate portals including The Pirate Bay, RARBG, Torrentz, and many more.In a somewhat surprising new announcement, the group has revealed it’s become the latest member of DIFO, the Danish Internet Forum (DIFO) which “works for a secure and accessible Internet” under the top-level .DK domain. Indeed, DIFO has overall responsibility for Danish internet infrastructure.

Source: Anti-Piracy Group Joins Internet Organization That Controls Top-Level Domain – TorrentFreak

Fired Cop’s Attorney Argues His Client Is Being Punished Unfairly Because The Public Got To See His Misconduct | Techdirt

Payne argued, after being fired for violating department blood draw policies (and for violating a Supreme Court decision, but Payne isn’t expected to know the laws directly affecting his position on the PD’s blood draw team), he arrested Wubbels because he “didn’t want to create a scene” in the emergency room. If he hadn’t arrested her, or demanded she violate both the law and hospital policy, there would have been no scene to be concerned about.Instead, Payne thought he could intimidate his way through this. Now he’s out of a job and attempting to sue his way back in. (Side note: Payne also lost his moonlighting gig as a paramedic as the body cam footage also caught him saying he would start routing “good patients” to another hospital and bring Wubbels’ ER “transients.”)His lawyer is making a hell of an argument: Payne was unfairly fired because the public saw him violating department policies.

Source: Fired Cop’s Attorney Argues His Client Is Being Punished Unfairly Because The Public Got To See His Misconduct | Techdirt