"...as all history informs us, there has been in every State & Kingdom a constant kind of warfare between the governing & governed: the one striving to obtain more for its support, and the other to pay less. And this has alone occasioned great convulsions, actual civil wars, ending either in dethroning of the Princes, or enslaving of the people. Generally indeed the ruling power carries its point, the revenues of princes constantly increasing, and we see that they are never satisfied, but always in want of more. The more the people are discontented with the oppression of taxes; the greater need the prince has of money to distribute among his partisans and pay the troops that are to suppress all resistance, and enable him to plunder at pleasure. There is scarce a king in a hundred who would not, if he could, follow the example of Pharaoh, get first all the peoples money, then all their lands, and then make them and their children servants for ever." ~ Benjamin Franklin
Neil D. is a recovering republican (to be used in the same context as "recovering alcoholic"). He thanks Erik P. from Penn State for taking the first steps to help him free his mind.
I live in San Diego, California, but that is not my home. It is only a temporary place to keep my things and to provide a semi-permanent residence for my far-less-transient-than-me wife. I don't know if I even have a "home" anymore.
By day, I travel to exotic locales and repair exotic scientific instruments. By night, I play whatever electronic game has captured my interest recently, or read all those books that I was supposed to have read when I was in school.
Chemistry (B.S. 2005, Pennsylvania State University, M.S. 2008 University of Pittsburgh).
I learn things recreationally, despite not being very good at it.