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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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David Aaronovitch on the Two Erics *

Nov 6th, 2003 | Filed by

Orwell knew and Hobsbawm knows how to face facts.… Read the rest



Just a Question *

Nov 6th, 2003 | Filed by

But why isn’t it called ‘Husband Swap’? … Read the rest



The Routledge Companion to Postmodernism *

Nov 5th, 2003 | Filed by

Being playful and ironic and in fashion has its limitations.… Read the rest



Human Remains Working Group Set to Report *

Nov 5th, 2003 | Filed by

Australian Aborigines welcome plan to set up bones repatriation panel.… Read the rest



Compulsory Parenthood *

Nov 5th, 2003 | Filed by

‘…this does nothing but denigrate women by reducing them to their biological function.’… Read the rest



Free Speech, Offense, Harm? *

Nov 5th, 2003 | Filed by

What do we mean by: safety, comfort, offense, hatred, inappropriate, healthy campus climate?… Read the rest



Poverty and Superstition *

Nov 5th, 2003 | Filed by

David Stanway looks at the idiocy of rural life in China.… Read the rest



Richard Wollheim *

Nov 5th, 2003 | Filed by

The Guardian obituary.… Read the rest



Neglecting One’s Social Duty *

Nov 5th, 2003 | Filed by

When was child-bearing made compulsory?… Read the rest



Department of Jumping to Conclusions *

Nov 4th, 2003 | Filed by

White guys at university binge-drink because they’re so ashamed of not being diverse, right?… Read the rest



Is it Protest or Trespass? *

Nov 4th, 2003 | Filed by

‘I was protecting the environment’ is not a defence, high court rules.… Read the rest



Dictionary of Life Has Two Billion Entries *

Nov 3rd, 2003 | Filed by

The first letter is G, the two billionth is T.… Read the rest



‘Philosophers Have Beards’ – Really? All of Them? *

Nov 3rd, 2003 | Filed by

TV could be an excellent medium for popularizing philosophy, but if it always has to be visually entrancing, well…… Read the rest



Adam Swift Defends Diane Abbott *

Nov 2nd, 2003 | Filed by

How political principles and personal choices fit together matters.… Read the rest



Royals are Cross at Their Runaway Slave *

Nov 2nd, 2003 | Filed by

What it’s like to work for people who can’t fasten their own seat belts or recognize servants as human.… Read the rest



MMR Debate Turns Nasty *

Nov 1st, 2003 | Filed by

They were once colleagues. Now they’re bickering.… Read the rest



Romila Thapar *

Nov 1st, 2003 | Filed by

Campaign against historian by the Hindutva brigade.… Read the rest



Academic Boycott of Israel – Part 2 *

Oct 31st, 2003 | Filed by

Oxford prof suspended for rejecting Israeli student on the grounds of his nationality.… Read the rest



Neurotic Brits Risk Measles Epidemic *

Oct 31st, 2003 | Filed by

Take-up of MMR jab remains low despite ‘unequivocal evidence’ that it is not a risk factor for autism.… Read the rest



Lemmings Not Lemmings At All *

Oct 31st, 2003 | Filed by

Apparently it’s not true that they are really depressed.… Read the rest