.Brian Beedham, foreign editor of The Economist for a quarter of a century, died this week, aged 87 F or nearly all the 25 years leading up to the collapse of communism in 1989, two intellects dominated the pages of The Econ- omist. They were Norman Macrae, as dep- uty editor, and Brian Beedham, as foreign editor. Their marks were influential, endur- ing-and quite different. Norman, who died in 2010, relished iconoclasm, and orig- inal ideas sprang like a fountain from his ef- fervescent mind. Brian, bearded, tweed- jacketed and pipe-smoking (or pipe-pok- ing), held ideas that were more considered. It was he who provided the paper’s atti- tude to the post-war world. In that world, nothing was as important as seeing off communism, which in turn could be achieved only by the unyielding exercise of American strength. This view was not in itself unusual. What made it re- markable, and formidable, were the clarity, elegance and intellectual power with which it was propounded. No issue demanded the exercise of these qualities more than the Vietnam war, and probably none caused Brian more an- guish. A man of great kindness, and with- out a hint of vanity or pretension, he was far from being either a heartless ideologue or a primitive anti-communist (though he never visited either Russia or Vietnam to put his opinions to the test). But his unwa- vering defence of American policy drew criticism from both colleagues and readers. Why did he persist in pounding such a lonely trail, even after it had become clear that the American venture in South-East Asia was doomed? The short answer was conviction. His anti-communism was born of a love affair with America. As a young man, at Leeds Grammar School and Oxford, his politics had been leftish. They might have stayed that way. But in 1955 ambition bore him from the Yorkshire Post to The Economist where, after a few months, he won a Commonwealth Fund fellowship and with it a year study- ing local politics in the South and the West of the United States. In America Brian dis- covered a national ideology based on indi- vidualism, bottom-up democracy and an active belief in liberty that meant pro- blems could be solved at home and na- tions could be freed abroad. This was ex- actly in tune with his own emerging ideas. The dispassionate romantic Coming from drab, class-ridden, 1950s Brit- ain, Brian might have stayed. But he felt in- dubitably British. The Suez crisis was be- ginning just as he left for America in August 1956; he so strongly backed the in- vasion of Egypt that he volunteered his ser- vice to the British military attache in Wash- ington, ready even to give up his new American adventure to fight for this hopeless cause. And though he later became enthusiastic about direct democracy (an en- thusiasm, like that for homeopathic pills, which was fostered by his links with Swit- zerland through Barbara, his wife), he was a monarchist to the end. Suspicious of intellectuals, Brian rel- ished exposing the soft, less-than-rigorous- ly-thought-out (he was fond of hyphens) orthodoxies of the liberal left. As foreign editor, he liked to draw unsparing compar- isons between the Soviet Union and the Nationalist regime in South Africa: to deny freedom on the basis of ideological convic- tions, he argued, was no less objectionable than denying it on the basis of colour. It was no doubt Brian’s command of words that helped to make him our Washington correspondent in 1958 and then, in 1963, foreign editor. In this role he wrote leaders on all manner of topics, often argu- ing a difficult case: for nuclear weapons, say; for supporting Israel (another of his unshakable causes) when sentiment was running otherwise; or indeed for the do- mino theory itself, which was never so ringingly defended. Brian was equally skilled as a sub-edi- tor. Articles that arrived on his desk with no clear beginning, end or theme were turned, apparently effortlessly, into some- thing perfectly sharp and coherent. More annoyingly for authors, articles that were perfectly coherent were sometimes turned with a few tweaks, deft as a paw-dab from one of his beloved cats, into pieces that said something quite different from what had been intended. A statement of fact might be qualified by “it is said” or the American invasion of Cambodia would become a “counter-attack”. These intrusions could be difficult to square with The Economist's tradition of open-mindedness; especially as Brian’s own mind was more contradictory than it seemed. His favourite conversation-part- ners were men like Henry “Scoop” Jackson and Richard Perle, hawkish intervention- ists; but he also had an acquaintance, al- most friendship, with at least one kgb man at the Soviet embassy in the 1980s. Away from work, the world he was analysing weekly was kept at bay. He did not own a television set, and found the best use of computers was to listen to American civil-war songs. Some of his pieces were pounded out on an ancient Ol- ivetti in a turret of Barbara’s family castle in the Alps, surrounded by peaks and clouds. Deep down he was a romantic, capable of great human feeling, whose head con- stantly seemed to remind him to keep a rein on his heart. He wrote sympathetical- ly and perceptively about Islam, and mov- ingly about refugees-especially boat peo- ple, and especially if they were Vietnam- ese. They were making his point for him....The Economist May l6th 2015

.................................................................................................................................................................america's media crisis started with its biggest brands...Help teachers and children generatethe most exciting jobs creation game? A 21st C mashup of a board game like monopoly, a quiz like trivial pursuits, and both a mass media and an app such as jobs creation sharkette tank?. more : why not blog your peoples search for world record jobs creators ..last 7 years of generation of changing education
1 the board - maps of large continents and small islands, of super cities and rural villages, transportation routes for exchanging what people make connected to webs like Jack Ma's gateways where 3000 people co-create live for a day before linking in their networks (Notes on valuing freedom and happiness) join 25th year of debating whether we the parnets and youth can change education in tine to be sustainable
2 rules of jobs-rich trading games - lifelong grade 1 to 69, beginners to experienced connecting many previous games - eg game 1 if your region has no access to a seaport, how are trading dryports developed
3 backup every trial game ever played including successes & failures, searchable by valuable collaboration factors; geographically neighbouring, match particular skill (eg electrical engineerings) around the world
3.1 cases and the cultural lessons from future history that worldwide youth will need to translate if they are to be the sustainability generation
3.2 unexpected joys; eg often the most exciting innovations for linking the sustainability generation come from communities that had the least connections - eg some of the games best players are the women and girls who developed bangladesh as 8th most populous nation starting with next to nothing at independence in 1971; case sino-english translation of world record book of jobs creators- can you help us translate this into other mother tongues - isabella@unacknowledgedgiant.com us we chat line 240 316 8157 - click to diary of good news youth journalism trips 8 to china, 1 korea, 3 arab emirates, 13 bangladesh 1 to japan

Thursday, December 13, 2018






breaking next president of USA launches AIparty

  • News today from Axios washington dc - all reporting errors mine alone chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk AIparty.net EconomistAmerica.com
plan is next 2 years will be spent on a bipartisan debate across the country on how to humanise artificial's intelligence to create good jobs, renew communities thriving everywhere HU""AI before West-East cooperation helps us like Huawei again
it doesnt really matter if you use the term AI or one of 10 other interconnecting tech terms = Big Data who's who, g5 who's who, blockchain who;s who, quantum who's who ....- all of which are converging to change everything people linkin and do in next 5 years- the cost of doing nothing about this is now very large- in fact a nation could go from developed to backward in under 5 years unless we unite to connect positives of every tech not the negatives
here is the bad news from robots https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoemTySxFso the good news we can make robots better if we all help
good news references: search the AI caucus- q&a NYU's AI for 2019 breaking now ... rsvp with your favorite bookmark
go to www.axios.com - if you cant find todays interview of 3 leading politicians and intel sponsor tell me and i will try and send my favorite quotes that i scribbled down
back in 1960s america put 5000 bipartisan brains on getting to the moon- why cant we just invest in 5000 students going round the country programming ai debates until everyone linksin positively - happy 2019 eg i know people bot in usa and china who are determined to see a k-12 curriculum edited mainly by women and launched next year - why couldnt we all help mooc or wiki this
why is this urgent? because the social impact of technology are set to go from 1000 to 2000 times moore by 2025 versus 1946 - our 1984 book timelined this challenge would come some time about now - the fact that it actually is going to unite or destroy all of our youths sustainability goals is scary unless we make it great for everyone- just do it- oops that a nike slogan not an intel-edutech one- no worries both linkin out of oregon so i was tld in 2011 when dr yunus was chalenging women empowerment networks to linkin with students across the state, this is a story where we should value students more than their old professors stuck in siloised systems - you can't examine what future's about to happen, you can co-create it now with the universal connectivity we human now have and the robots will soon have-on the good news robots can scan eg ever piece of data ever recorded on cancer, and analyse connections humans just couldnt - or 100 other things where what maters is the transparency if the data and the owner- ai needs to be the greatest social collaboration race not one where separate pieces are privately owned - imagine if all 7.5 billion beings could join in  than just getting AI of one nations people 


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Astronaut Ron Garan poses massive collaboration challenge ( more http
- maybe that's 2021's game once a president understanding ai by the people for the people is in office
but before that the world of valuig youth get a chance at the Jack MAolyuopics in 2020 corersponding to the first full year of fintech and ecommerce converging on edutech led out of geneva and with ai envoy sophia (now reformed tt Loveq humans) and UN human intelligence envoy and education commissioner jack ma

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Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba Group and an Education Commission Commissioner, shares his thoughts on why








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