I especially like the part where someone actually thinks they will be able to force tenured faculty to only use books available from whatever broker they hire to supply the electronic textbooks. Or that faculty would actually get their book orders in early enough for said broker to license content that it doesn't already. It's difficult enough with the traditional model to get the faculty to order the books early enough to actually have the books shipped in from the publisher or distributor before classes begin. I can only imagine the argument between a professor and the broker representative when the professor demands on the Friday before classes that they have the book available to the students by Monday. The book from a publisher that the broker doesn't currently license content from and may not be able to get, at all, much less by Monday.
bckspc writes "The Committee to Protect Journalists has published their annual census of journalists in prison. Of the 136 reporters in prison around the world on December 1, 'At least 68 bloggers, Web-based reporters, and online editors are imprisoned, constituting half of all journalists now in jail.' Print was next with 51 cases. Also, 'Freelancers now make up nearly 45 percent of all journalists jailed worldwide, a dramatic recent increase that reflects the evolution of the global news business.' China, Iran, Cuba, Eritrea, and Burma were the top 5 jailers of journalists." rmdstudio writes, too, with word that after the last few days' protest there, largely organized online, the government of Iran is considering the death penalty for bloggers and webmasters whose reports offend it.
Well, mentioning that is was CAD not USD might have tipped people off that the amount(s) would be higher than they would expect for the US. Besides the insurance, $100/tank for gas is pretty expensive in the US right now, unless you own some enormous crap-mobile. I haven't been in Canada for a while, but I know when I lived in New York, I could count on the gas in Ontario being about twice as expensive. I hardly know anyone in Toronto who owns a car, whereas I actually know people in NYC who do, as insane as that is.