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Welcome to our archive of news stories relevant to the project of fighting fashionable nonsense. The stories are drawn from the electronic pages of the world’s media. On this page, you’ll find links to those stories that have been featured on Butterflies and Wheels during the current year. At the bottom of the page, you’ll find links to separate archives of stories from previous years.

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A note about links

Inevitably links go out of date. We suggest, therefore, that you make hard-copies of the stories that particularly interest you.


Here comes the hurricane theodicy *

Oct 30th, 2012 | Filed by

Israel. Teh gaze. Abortion. Hard Left Fascism. Teh gaze. Don’t forget teh gaze.… Read the rest



Carl Zimmer in praise of the big old mess of science *

Oct 29th, 2012 | Filed by

When you find yourself captivated by someone talking to you about science in a way that makes you feel everything’s wonderfully simple, go look for the big old mess.… Read the rest



India: a rape, Dalits, silence, intimidation *

Oct 28th, 2012 | Filed by

Higher-caste men gang-raped a Dalit girl, took pictures and passed them around. Her father saw them and killed himself.… Read the rest



A fragmented approach to eliminating violence against women *

Oct 28th, 2012 | Filed by

As politicians squabble about sexism in modern Australia, action on violence against women must be more visible and better-coordinated.… Read the rest



Church bombed in Kaduna, Nigeria *

Oct 28th, 2012 | Filed by

At least seven people have been killed and dozens injured in the suicide bombing in northern Nigeria.… Read the rest



The Savile investigation expands *

Oct 28th, 2012 | Filed by

Gary Glitter has been arrested on suspicion of sex offences by police investigating Jimmy Savile abuse claims.… Read the rest



Pessimism on Greece and Golden Dawn *

Oct 27th, 2012 | Filed by

What has depressed much of Greek society – from the liberal centre right to the liberal left – is the rapid rise of Golden Dawn.… Read the rest



Malala’s father is optimistic about her future *

Oct 27th, 2012 | Filed by

Doctors at Queen Elizabeth hospital said she was still weak but stood every chance of making a good recovery.… Read the rest



Malala is making great progress *

Oct 26th, 2012 | Filed by

Dr Dave Rosser gives a press conference, and so does her father Ziauddin Yousufzai. “Can she sit her exams?” “Yes, probably.”… Read the rest



Malala is speaking; no signs of brain damage *

Oct 26th, 2012 | Filed by

Her parents are now in Birmingham to be with her.… Read the rest



Mass. Supreme Court will hear “under God” pledge case *

Oct 26th, 2012 | Filed by

The plaintiffs claim daily classroom affirmation that the nation is “under God” violates state constitutional prohibitions against religious discrimination.… Read the rest



Shehrbano Taseer on Malala Yousafzai *

Oct 25th, 2012 | Filed by

A repressive mindset has been allowed to flourish in Pakistan because of the madrassa system set up by power-hungry clerics.… Read the rest



Popehat won’t be taking Mo the Rutabaga to the UK *

Oct 24th, 2012 | Filed by

Don’t let your home become a place where the petty and the wicked use “blasphemy” and “offense” as an excuse to silence dissent.  Fight back.… Read the rest



Two “honor” killings in Pakistan *

Oct 24th, 2012 | Filed by

In one, a brother killed his sister; in the other, an uncle killed his niece. Both were said to have been in an “objectionable situation.”… Read the rest



Nick Cohen reads Joseph Anton *

Oct 24th, 2012 | Filed by

The honourable left-wing response was then and is now to fight back and support Muslims and ex-Muslims around the world who want to resist theocratic politics.… Read the rest



LSE student atheist society and ex-Muslims *

Oct 24th, 2012 | Filed by

People of a Muslim background face unique difficulties in abandoning their religion, both in predominantly Muslim countries and in Europe.… Read the rest



Slate: Rebecca Watson on speaking out and rape threats *

Oct 24th, 2012 | Filed by

“It wasn’t until I started talking about feminism to skeptics that I realized I didn’t have a safe space.”… Read the rest



Head of Italy’s disaster body quits over L’Aquila *

Oct 23rd, 2012 | Filed by

Prof Maiani, a physicist, said the Serious Risks Commission could not work “in such difficult conditions.”… Read the rest



Marcotte on right-wing misogynist feeding frenzies *

Oct 23rd, 2012 | Filed by

How dare a woman talk in public?… Read the rest



“Ugly girl”: growing up female *

Oct 23rd, 2012 | Filed by

There is lip service to “you can be anything” but the real message is be hot or go away.… Read the rest