“Cancer rates are rising” – true, but that’s because we’re living longer.… 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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The right way to use the meme generator.… Read the rest
Medecins Sans Frontieres says hospitals it supports in Syria treated about 3,600 patients with “neurotoxic symptoms”, of whom 355 have died.… Read the rest
A woman in Kenya refused to choose between her two partners, so they agreed to share.… Read the rest
Michael DeDora on using personal stories of persecution as well as arguments to enlighten.… Read the rest
He left a note calling his action the best way to “punish his wife for rebelling against Allah’s orders.”… Read the rest
The Turkish Journalists Union said dozens of reporters were fired for their coverage of anti-government protests.… Read the rest
Her sentence has been dropped and she has her passport back.… Read the rest
‘We were told that our “militant vaginas” were “as dry as the Sahara desert”, girls who complained of sexual objectification in their photos were given ratings out of 10.’… Read the rest
The bill would ban abortions 20 weeks after fertilization, when – Republicans claim - a fetus begins to feel pain.… Read the rest
At least 29 people were injured in clashes as police sealed off Taksim Square and took Gezi Park.… Read the rest
The provisions in this bill are not in accordance with Nigeria’s human rights obligations and commitments locally and internationally.… Read the rest
Some Alabama pastors say Boy Scout troops will not be allowed to meet in their churches after the Boy Scouts of America voted to allow openly gay members.… Read the rest
The case of Amelia S. tipped skeptics off to a pattern in the stories that patients at the clinic were telling, that their worsening symptoms were signs of improvement.… Read the rest
She is now in stable condition in intensive care.… Read the rest
Why has Burzynski been allowed to sell an unproven and experimental treatment for 30 years?… Read the rest
Democratic Governor Mark Dayton has said he will sign the bill on Tuesday. The law would take effect August 1.… Read the rest
Measles swept through south-western Sydney last year, with 172 young children falling ill. It was the worst outbreak in a decade.… Read the rest
Thank the king for tiny tiny tiny favors.… Read the rest