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When I visit The Dish, I know my time will not be wasted. I'll be greeted by a skillfully curated, multimedia stream of informed comment that is smart, funny, honest, provocative, relevant, interesting, enlightening and soon ... totally independent! Do you think that's worth $20 a year?

Me too.

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