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Paul Wallis

Editor-at-Large based in Sydney, Australia. Joined on May 27, 2007
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Op-Ed: Snow in Australia's hottest ever summer? It’s happening

Sydney - Typical. Last week New South Wales was the hottest place on Earth. We had the usual heat, floods, fire and more. Now, we have snow. Australian weather doesn’t like to be boring, or predictable.

Op-Ed: UK Tories prove their insanity with jailing of journalists law

London - Proposed Tory laws which permit jailing of journalists for publishing leaks would never be allowed in Europe. This ability to enact Fascist laws might be the real reason for Brexit.

Op-Ed: China vs Trump: One China OK, Xinhua tweets joke question

Washington - The first real exchange of views between Presidents of China and the USA was a definite success. The fact that China’s Xinhua then tweeted a witty question about why Trump endorsed the One China adds spice. It also raises a few questions.

Op-Ed: Cannabis oil and Huntington’s Disease: Yes, it works Special

Ottawa - I had to check it out. A young lady on Facebook stood up, smiled and walked. It was a major achievement for Erin Wade, who has Huntington’s Disease. She’d just had some cannabis oil. Nobody’s even too sure why it works, but it does.

Op-Ed: Reddit bans alt-right dox factory subreddits

Sydney - Reddit has removed two alt-right subreddits which were publishing a lot of private information. This is doxing, and it’s legally very questionable, as well as unethical.

Op-Ed: Environmental ‘threat to freedom’? Regressionism vs. reality

Washington D.c. - According to Trump advisor Myron Ebell environmentalism is “the greatest threat to freedom and prosperity in the modern world”. This rubbish is sadly not fake news. It’s normal in the far right Post-Everything world.

Op-Ed: Trump ‘selling’ the internet? How naive can you get?

Sydney - A report is circulating that the Trump administration wants to sell the Internet to corporate interests to control internet access. 30 years ago, that might have been possible. Now, it’s about as dumb as you can get.

Op-Ed: China vs. U.S. in the South China Sea — a very deadly situation

Sydney - The possible conflict between China and the U.S. over the South China Sea islands has some truly bizarre issues built in. The U.S. has stated it intends to “block access” to the islands. This could very well mean war with China.

Op-Ed: Australian of the Year honored for major medical breakthrough

Sydney - Professor Emeritus Alan Mackay-Sim wasn’t a household name, but he's more than earned his award. He achieved something nobody else has ever achieved – Mobility in a quadriplegic patient using stem cells.

Op-Ed: Trump's campaign based on Big Data? Yes. Good? No.

Cambridge - U.K. company Cambridge Analytica have taken credit for Brexit and the Trump win. The psycho-data manipulators of 2016 election, they’ve emerged as heroes of the Trump victory.

Op-Ed: Interview with a chat bot — AI's revenge hits the biz sector?

Sydney - Chat bots are in the news as the new way for businesses to manage communications. They’re designed to communicate with humans on a human level. That’s a pretty low level in most cases, but there’s an unexpected side.

Op-Ed: ISIS drone bombers in Mosul: Big mistake

Mosul - ISIS has started using quadcopters as grenade dropping bombers. While not a major innovation, it does raise a lot of issues for conventional military forces. It also creates a new weapon against terror.

Op-Ed: Trump major gaffe with China gets ominous response

Sydney - If there is one thing China will never negotiate, it’s the One China policy, which says that Taiwan and China will reunify. Donald Trump’s suggestion that the policy is negotiable has caused an extraordinarily angry reaction in Beijing.

Op-Ed: USAF calls for Phase 2 proposals for SHIELD air laser development

Washington - The new way of getting rid of anti-air missiles is simple and effective. It’s a laser, and it works. The new move is to get the USAF’s Air Force Research Laboratory's Laser Advancements for Next-generation Compact Environments (LANCE) in the air.

Op-Ed: Want to vote for new Monopoly tokens? Voting starts today

Pawtucket - Imagine replacing the standard Monopoly tokens with emojis, dinosaurs and more. Yep, that’s the idea. Hasbro, owners of Monopoly, are releasing a new version of Monopoly called Token Madness.

Op-Ed: Liberty crowdfunds challenge to U.K. surveillance laws

London - Seems the only way to challenge mad governments these days is in court. Human rights group Liberty has gone to a new level, crowdfunding a High Court judicial review of new UK surveillance laws.

Op-Ed: Hubble to map Voyagers' paths as they go outside the solar system

Middletown - An unexpected bonus from the Voyager space probes has been a new opportunity to explore space. As the probes exit the solar bubble, they’re entering a fascinating area near our solar system.

Op-Ed: Paris to ‘pedestrianize’ the city centre permanently

Paris - Parisian traffic is famous for its eclectic, almost incomprehensible, irregularities. In a new move Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo is to permanently remove traffic from the city centre.

Op-Ed: China blasts Trump’s Twitter obsession

Sydney - Seems that while DT’s tweets generate a lot of business for America’s “news media”, China is already tired of it. Official Chinese news outlet Xinhua has a lengthy list of complaints and commentary.

Op-Ed: North Korean ICBMs: Regional detonator or nuisance?

Sydney - The supposed development of a long range intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capability by North Korea has several ramifications. Whether or not the ICBM can hit the U.S. or not, it represents a potential catalyst for a serious regional war.
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