badger.foo writes: "Remember the PirateBay affair, that included a criminal copyright infringement trial that railroaded four Swedish techs into jail terms and multiple million fines and damages? Now there's an avaaz.org petition for Peter Sunde, one of the defendants' pardon. Read up on the backrground in English or the original Swedish, then if you agree that the process did not deliver justice, please go to the petition page and add your signature."
The best book on programming for the layman is "Alice in Wonderland";
but that's because it's the best book on anything for the layman.