I guess you chose a much worse company than I did; not that I really chose mine as I've just been staying with the one my parents were with when i started on their insurance at 16. 30+ years later and they've never given me a reason to leave them and yes, the service charge was $1.5 US per month.
Wait, black holes are so dense that no radiation can escape from them except they eventually dissolve because of something akin to sublimation?
Well, you made a claim that a $500 premium ends up costing $1000 when paid monthly. That would be ~$83 per month in fees ( 1000 - 500 = 500, 500 / 6 = 83.33). My experience shows that the monthly fee for paying monthly is $1 - $2. 1x6 500 and 2x6 500.
What are you talking about?
The no-ship in Chapterhouse was associated with a crashed Guild freighter. A crashed freighter that had happened at some time in the past was mentioned prior to Chapterhouse but no details. The no-ship was never mentioned until Chapterhouse. Since Ix had been taken over the Tlielaxu long before the time of Dune, the no-ship had to have been built before the time of Dune.
Uh, Dune was copyrighted in 1965 so I'm fairly certain Paul Atreides was also not modelled on some politician from the 1980's either.
For me, Heretics was a struggle and Chapterhouse was unreadable until after I read the House books. It was in the House books that some of the technology that seemed to come out of nowhere in Chapterhouse was introduced and then it fit in. They weren't as well written as the original books, but the House series did do a nice job of filling in much of the backstory.
I suppose you are referring to the Rocky Mountain region of the US where it has always been illegal to divert the rains from the rivers to an extent that you are withholding more than the allotment accompanying the title to your land. Small-scale wars were fought over this. Read history, it really does have more to it than "white people were mean to non-whites" and "men were mean to women."
Well, 100+% still counts as significant in my book.
$1 a month simply does not add up to $500 over the course of 6 months, at least no according to the calculator built into Windows 7. Maybe the calculators built into Linus are more accurate, I don't know.
I think the point is that until they meet the needs of the 85% you mention, they won't sell (which seems to be the case).
And using any of them not connected to your house may be considered theft.
Whatever, I'll pay $6k - $12k more for my next truck than "the market" would suggest because of those "subsidies" you mention. I need a truck to pull certain things that are heavy and it is simply is not feasible to do that and achieve 40 MPG so my truck price will include a penalty to the government for not meeting that standard. Exactly where is this subsidy you mention? I don't think that word means what you think it means.
Yes, as long as you never leave "home". As you said, you can do this without altering your lifestyle because you have the typical Bay area attitude and cannot imagine that life exists on the other side of those mountains to the East.
Oh yeah, nothing like going from the upper midwest to the South or the Rockies taking over 30 hours instead of ~20.