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Dire Straits' Grammy-winning song declared homophobic and too offensive for today's listeners in a troubling decision by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council. Is it social justice at work or political correctness gone too far?

Read more: "Classic Rock Song "Money for Nothing" Banned from Canadian Airwaves 26 Years After Release."
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Is Facebook really good for our interpersonal relationships? Or is it causing more harm through over-sharing and bypassing common rules of social etiquette?

Full article: Facebook: The Anti-Social Network?"
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Reflections on city versus country living, having recently moved from Philly to southern New Jersey. Some Philadelphia thoughts as AC's Local Featured Contributor program comes to an end.

Full article: "5 Things I Miss About Living in Philadelphia...And 5 Things I Don't Miss at All" by Nicole Pellegrini at Associated Content
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Why the fat-phobia needs to end, and Kelly's "apology" is not enough. Society has too long allowed fat-shaming to continue without challenge, and Marie Claire needs to do more to acknowledge the harm they have caused.

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A new internet sensation on YouTube is bringing up touchy issues of race and class privilege. Why is no one talking about the actual sexual assault victim in all of this?

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My personal story of dealing with a health crisis while uninsured. Many Americans play the odds and hope that they'll remain healthy while lacking health insurance. I can tell a story of what can happen when you're not so lucky.

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Why I am opposed to the construction of a mosque and Islamic center near Ground Zero in New York City.

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Foodies hate chains. But are their criticisms justified? A look at common arguments against chain restaurants, and why they remain so popular.

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Today marks the first anniversary of Michael Jackson's death on June 25, 2009. Fans plan private and public memorials, while I recollect on the passing of another musical legend.

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This summer, musician Sting will be going on tour with the support of The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. While I am a longtime fan of Sting's work with The Police, there are a number of reasons why I'm not interested in attending this concert series.

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