– Each day I pick up a newspaper, I hope for peace in the Middle East.  Here’s an essay on identity politics and group affiliation in the Middle East conversation (via Nicholas Kristof). – I wish I was on record predicting long ago that instead of a jungle of skyscrapers, Toronto would ultimately end up …
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Recent reading (online)

– Each day I pick up a newspaper, I hope for peace in the Middle East.  Here’s an essay on identity politics and group affiliation in the Middle East conversation (via Nicholas Kristof).

– I wish I was on record predicting long ago that instead of a jungle of skyscrapers, Toronto would ultimately end up as an orchard of skyscrapers.  Here’s a projected view, in computer imaging, of what Toronto’s skyline will look like in 2020 (via Amanda Kirkland).

– On BBC news I read about a CERN-like project to construct a particle accelerator in the Middle East, jointly between Jordan, Turkey, Pakistan, Iran, and Israel.  Like music and love, cience is a no-boundaries language.

– Looking for a totally different book on the public library’s website, I found this book, with this astonishing summary: “There are 27 million slaves alive – more than at any point in history, more than the total population stolen from Africa during four centuries of the transatlantic slave trade.”

Eradication of slavery is an excellent, important argument for global federation/world parliament/world citizenry.

I’m considering reading the book; I looked up the author (Kevin Bales) and learned a lot of interesting, compelling, urgent facts in this interview.  Slavery is proven to pre-date money, and law, and written history, and many people today see a slave in public without even realizing it.  After only 10 or 15 minutes with this author, I’m engrossed.

– Jared Lorenz shared some cycling safety tips and advice including links on avoiding collisions on a bike; I don’t believe cyclists or bicycles need to be or should be licensed, yet I do often wish there was a ‘Cycling School’ to attend and learn more.  I aim for safe cycling, however have made errors due to ignorance before, and am certain I will again.

– Liz Oke shared this article on a WIRED editor leaving publishing to tackle the 3-D printing industry.  I’ve been fascinated by 3-D printers since they first appeared on physorg.com and I was especially interested in the reference to Aliaba – “an online registry of factories that will make anything for you”.