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spazol on 12-11-2009



I find the argument that this is a misogynist term to have some merit, although the fact that "condom" is not used as a similar term also ignores the very common mass-media euphemism analogous term "scumbag". In fact, I venture to say most people who use the word scumbag don't even realize the term originally referred to a used condom.

I list this observation as "for" instead of "against" as the use of douchebag is preferable to, say, "dirty cunt"
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Reception in the Chicago area is excellent. When other cell phones cannot get service, a Verizon cell phone still might.
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Allows for individualized education by a caring, invested instructor.
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Shelters students from real-world socialization. Reduces the contact that children have with people outside the immediate family.
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Provides a fun and simple interface to learn and express opinions (and perhaps some facts). Slightly addictive.
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A fun site to peruse. A great www clearinghouse for photos of mistakes, errata, and sillinesss. It'll only get better as more people learn about it and submit images.
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Regularly lacks any significant or redeeming value. Imagine if they bothered to actually inform the viewing public, or recommended some useful information as to why, how, or when to use their products? I'm reminded of the days of Ma Bell ("the phone company") back before it splintered into lots and lots of companies (many of which reaggregated, but that's another issue). There were hardly EVER any ads by "the phone company". If there were some, they usually showed how they were improving technology, usefulness, or reliability.

MS should think about that. They have such a large share of their market(s)... they don't need to be so smarmy. With all their brainpower and capital, they should be capable of so much more.
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Clever, imaginative, vivid and memorable. They may be loud, but they're original.
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King has been able to spur some Hollywood directors to make some REALLY GREAT feature films. I know this is not exactly the topic as written, but Misery and The Shining are both great. Let's not forget Stand By Me and The Shawshank Redemption (although they were based on short stories, right?). Even the Green Mile was a good flick. It all started with King.
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Proof that a regular guy can write lots and lots of material, most of which is interesting in at least some regard. The fact that he can crank out so much is noteworthy in itself. Often he has used normal language and popular culture within his works. King can be imaginative and sometimes pedestrian, but as a whole, he has produced memorable and entertaining fiction. It's not all great. But hardly any of it sucks.
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Fun to the point of wickedness. A great recollection of American childhood experiences. Great acting, great writing, memorable imagery and dialogue. An overall thumbs-up for almost anyone -- including people who don't celebrate Christmas (either by circumstance or by choice). Enjoyable and not at all the treacle-filled Capra title.
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Dangerous, deadly, incredibly easy to create destruction. Very efficient method of hurting someone or escalating a bad situation into something worse.
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Beethoven was deaf when he composed this symphony. Its strength and recognition are both remarkable, even apart from his disability. This work marks the culmination of his already very impressive and groundbreaking career.
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Both interesting and educational. A great narrative and examination of The State, individuality, freedom, truth, and propaganda. Sadly, it's also been reported to be useful in creating exactly the type of disinformation regime it described.
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She produced realistic, challenging, yet user-friendly youth fiction. Helped a lot of her readers deal with adolescence and family dynamics without being preachy, condescending or patronizing. (Her adult fiction isn't as significant.)
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Original, fun (perhaps revolutionary) interface proves there's a lot more to video games that just hammering on the "fire" button or knowledge of combination keys.
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The argument that an iPhone "is a toy for the rich instead of a tool for the masses" ignores the historical trends of most new technology, and especially the cell phone phenomenon. "Car phones" in the early to mid 1980s were very expensive, but within 15 years the price dropped dramatically so that they became very popular among all (but the lowest) classes of the US. Similar innovations begun by the iPhone have influenced both the development of competing products as well as reduced the cost of the Apple brand device besides its cheaper, similar competitors.
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