Prof Maiani, a physicist, said the Serious Risks Commission could not work “in such difficult conditions.”… Read the rest
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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How dare a woman talk in public?… Read the rest
There is lip service to “you can be anything” but the real message is be hot or go away.… Read the rest
All have been barred from ever holding public office again, and ordered to pay court costs and damages.… Read the rest
Amnesty International said in a report in June that such attacks appeared designed to intimidate women and prevent them from participating in public life.… Read the rest
Greeks who are proud they live in a secular democracy protecting the freedom of speech discovered that the law against blasphemy has been strengthened.… Read the rest
Blames pesky “Western” and Latin American opposition. (Latin America is in the Western hemisphere yo.)… Read the rest
He tried to coerce a woman with a life-threatening pregnancy to refuse an abortion. He told her “as your bishop, my concern is with the child.”… Read the rest
She’s not old enough to consent to sex, but is old enough to be charged with first degree murder.… Read the rest
She has stood up. She is making good progress.… Read the rest
“Variations of the Scout Promise are available for different faiths, however all variations of the Promise must recognise the ‘Duty to God’ element.”… Read the rest
The famous pianist is being prosecuted over tweets he wrote mocking radical Muslims. He is charged with inciting hatred and insulting the values of Muslims.… Read the rest
It is a cultural myth—one particular to the Internet—that the methods of a harasser are fundamentally “legal,” and that the state is helpless to intervene in all cases like this.… Read the rest
The divisive act, which was passed in 1996, bars federal recognition of such marriages and says other states cannot be forced to recognize them.… Read the rest
As current and former heads of major publishing houses, we know the value of words. They inform actions and shape the world views of all.… Read the rest
Australia’s Macquarie dictionary currently defines misogyny as “hatred of women”, but will now add a second definition to include “entrenched prejudice against women.”… Read the rest
A team of male and female vaccinators was going door-to-door to administer polio drops to children under 5 when gunmen on a motorbike shot dead a male volunteer.… Read the rest
“I can’t stand how I am at the moment, covered in a veil from head to toe. It’s as if I was in prison,” 15-year-old Aicha said.… Read the rest
The Islamists told her to stop talking to men, but she didn’t stop, so they assaulted her.… Read the rest