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Paul Wallis

Editor-at-Large based in Sydney, Australia. Joined on May 27, 2007
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Op-Ed: Greece says No — The EU must acknowledge failure

Athens - The Greek No vote represents a well-deserved slap in the face to the EU, which has completely ignored the suffering its austerity measures have caused. The question now is whether the EU will even pay attention to either the vote or the issues.

Op-Ed: UK child sex scandal – Lords, MPs, dead kids and no results

London - After much controversy, endless witness statements, and eternal bleatings in Parliament, nothing much has happened in the Dolphin Square case in which three children are alleged to have been murdered, and dozens raped.

Op-Ed: Portland the only U.S. city on world Top 25 most liveable cities

Sydney - Tokyo topped the list as the most liveable city, but the notable absences from the list included America’s big cities. Portland scraped in at 25. No UK cities made the list, either.

Op-Ed: Greek exit hits markets, default looms, and stupidity rules

Sydney - The bottom line has been hit. Greece has abandoned talks. Greek banks are closing indefinitely. The EU, thanks to its own ineptitude, has unleashed an economic event with unknown consequences for the global economy.

Op-Ed: India/Pakistan heat waves killing thousands, pattern emerging

Sydney - Two major heat waves with consecutive days over 44C have been responsible for thousands of deaths on the subcontinent. These deaths form part of an obvious global pattern, but until now, the science of heat waves has been short on theory.

Op-Ed: Warren Buffett investing big money in Australian equity market

Sydney - The investor everyone would like to be has moved in to the Australian share market at a very interesting time. The local market is feeling queasy after the end of the mining boom, and talk of housing bubbles. Enter Buffett.

Op-Ed: Apple Spotlight vs Google search — Big changes on the way

Sydney - Apple is about to provide a massive challenge to Google’s core business search service. In theory, this is good market business, creating competition where, let’s face it, there is almost none. This could, however, be a cascade of change.

3D printing in the Cloud — Lucas Matheson, CEO of Pinshape talks Special

San Francisco - 3D printing is currently in its embryonic stage, barely a toddler, but it’s taking over, fast. New materials and much faster printing technology have now been joined by a new dynamic — cloud printing.

Op-Ed: Useless and ugly — The new face of rampant scientific fraud

Sydney - The scientist who creates false science is a fraud. The epidemic of scientific con artists is even more prevalent now. At a time of vast numbers of important discoveries, fraud is now an industry.

Op-Ed: The much loved king of the blues is dead — BB King dead at 89

Las Vegas - BB King, the iconic bluesman who brought blues to the world, has died at age 89. He died at home in Las Vegas. His life, from making $5 a day picking cotton to global superstar, was a true tale of the blues.

Op-Ed: U.S., China, Japan and the island dispute — U.S. deploys B1s

Sydney - The continuing escalation of the issues raised by China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea has increased the likelihood of some sort of conflict in future. China’s construction of artificial islands in the area has infuriated neighbors.

Op-Ed: Depp in doghouse over smuggled terriers in Australia

Sydney - Johnny Depp allegedly breached Australian quarantine laws by bringing in two terriers, his dogs Pistol and Boo. So far, in a reign of terror, (terrier?) they’ve attacked a tennis ball and got about as much coverage as the Federal budget.

Op-Ed: The new plague — Baby name ‘branding’ and other abuses

Sydney - Imagine calling a baby “@” - From new baby to internet slang in a mere symbol. How about “Anus” or “Orgasm”? One kid was blessed with “No. 16 Bus Shelter”.

Op-Ed: Psychiatric drugs kill patients, do more damage than good?

Sydney - Peter Gøtzsche, professor and director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Denmark, says that most psychiatric drugs are harmful or of little benefit. His views are opposed by many other experts.

Op-Ed: Gene patents and old laws – UCLA/ MIT dispute shows the faults

Sydney - Gene editing is as fundamental as the expression itself. It’s the new horizon plus of genetic science. It’s also right in the middle of yet another patent battle. The “law vs. science” issue needs to be shut down, for everyone’s sake.

Op-Ed: U.S. birth rate at all-time low

The U.S. birth rate is now 62.5 per 1000 people, according to the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics regarding 2013 figures. A “good comeback” is expected in 2017. The average age of mothers is increasing, too, to 26.

Kidd's treasure found off Sainte Marie Island

New York - A 50kg bar of silver has been found underwater by Barry Clifford, an American explorer. The very large bar rests among “a lot of other metal”, according to Clifford.The bar was found off the island of Sainte Marie, near Madagascar.

Op-Ed: Evolving Reddit — New video division will create unique content

New York City - Reddit is THE site everyone has an opinion about, for, or against. Some love it, some loathe it. It’s the internet’s answer to getting your face sandblasted every day, or a really fascinating roam around the world. Buzzfeed with soul, perhaps.

Op-Ed: Will the Undertaker re-sign with WWE?

Death Valley - The Phenom, aka The Undertaker, will either renew his contract or opt for another role, maybe a short contract. Rumors are rattling around, but it’s not clear what happens next.

Op-Ed: 17-year-old vs Rupert Murdoch? Guess who's winning?

London - A 17-year-old fan of UK Labour leader Ed Miliband got the Murdoch press camped on the doorstep and following her relatives after getting attention as part of the #Milifandom group. The Sun apparently got interested, and things deteriorated from there.
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