From a Slashdot discussion about why America has lost “the edge” in innovation and technology:
Hobbies and passions, such as developing aluminum electrolysis in a backyard in Oberlin, Ohio, or airplanes in a field in Dayton, Ohio by bicycle repair men, are a thing of the past. We don’t have backyards anymore, and the DHS descends on you if you try to do anything in it, such as aluminum or flying. Everything requires a permit. Permit to attempt to fly. Permit to electrolyze aluminum. And the police are holding a straitjacket at the appeals session in court waiting for the verdict from the jury of twelve deliberating the testimony of psychologist witnesses pushing drug company agenda about mental illnesses.