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January 15th, 2004 - Open Knowledge

Jan. 15th, 2004

07:08 pm - Answers to (some) criticisms of the Free State Project

rumspringa makes several criticisms of the Free State Project in a recent post. Since they're common criticisms, I decided to respond.

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09:54 pm - The World's First Insurance Company

According to this article, Dr. Nicholas Barbon founded The Insurance Office, the first insurance company, following the Great Fire of London in 1666. This excerpt made me laugh:


Somewhat earlier, Cromwell's parliament had been nicknamed "the Barebone's Parliament," due to a particularly notorious member, Isaac Praise-God Barebone. Praise-God Barebone was a deeply religious preacher, and he named his son Hath Christ Not Died for Thee Thou Wouldst Be Damned Barebone. The son later changed his name to Nicholas Barbon.


I'd change my name too.

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11:34 pm - More Big Think ideas

Dan Lyke of Flutterby has some Big Think proposals. His post prompted me to write down a few more of my own:

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