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  1. Metal, mostly of European origin. Black metal, going back to its roots. Melodic Death Metal, especially the older stuff; In Flames, Dark Tranquility, Children of Bodom, Arch Enemey. Some of the newer stuff as well. A lot of power metal and symphonic metal, a bit of thrash, you name it. Hip-hop. Underground stuff, mostly. Immortal Technique, Cunninlynguists (personal favorite of mine), P.O.S., Murs, Binary Star, etc. Also like some of the classics. Not a huge Tupac fan, though. Usually prefer the east coast stuff. I listen to a lot of classic rock. I feel I don't need to explain this one much. I like most of the common stuff, some of the not so common stuff (Supertramp, Yes, etc). I dislike some bands that may surprise you, most notably Lynyrd Skynyrd, AC/DC, Tom Petty. Don't know why, it just rubs me the wrong way. Especially Free Bird. Fuck that song. I've also been big into punk lately; everything from The Ramones to Anti-Flag to Rancid. Still can't stand Blink 182, Good Charlotte, or similar pop punk. Never really could. Additionally, I've been experience a resurgence of interest in classical music. Shostakovich, Beethoven, Vivaldi (have to be in a mood for him usually).
  2. Technically the minimum wage in our country should be $22.78 an hour, as of last year, if the wages had continued to rise with production from the 70s.  The cost of living in relation to the minimum wage has never shown to be enough that it should cause concern, particularly among european countries. The COL in Norway is the highest in the world, if I recall correctly, but combined with universal healthcare, education, etc, the actual buying power of people in Norway (whose minimum wage is substantially higher than ours) is at a scale we can't even fathom here. The nordic countries have issues, I won't deny, but at this point I can't see any valid arguement for not establishing a system like that in preparation for abolishing the whole capitalist system. In her case, though, raising the minimum wage is not necessarily the just improve the lives of those living in capitalism because we have to deal with it. It's a step to empower and organize them. She's essentially coming at this from the opinion that money itself is obsolete and a broken system, which is the majority opinion among socialists. We just have to make due while we're here, and raising living standards has historically shown (contradictory to common thought) to actually make a population more revolutionary, instead of placating them.   She's also pushing unions; agree or disagree with unions, there is no entity like them for organizing the working class. I will not call early game yet, but Kshama Sawant may be the first nail in the coffin for this system, especially considering Vermont just passed their own universal healthcare bill. Will be difficult for the populations of other states not to push for this soon.   P.S./edit: It should be noted for those curious, that Kshama Sawant is not a democratic candidate running with a "socialist" title. She is not just lady Obama. She has openly declared herself to be an actual socialist; this is the reason she is rattling so many cages, and why the bourgeoisie in Seattle are shitting themselves right now. Even if she doesn't have a ton of power in politics as a city council member, her being there shows unrest among the masses. They voted her in for a reason. The important thing to take from this is that her goal is not reform through government beuracracy; it is rebellion and revolution from the working class. You know, the mass of people that do not need to wait for bills and amendments to demand and execute change. Reference for Vermont healthcare topic: http://www.minnpost.com/community-voices/2013/11/health-insurance-problems-keep-arising-vermont-offers-ray-hope
  3. I feel your pain, Coleman. I'm a young man as well. 24 in February. I've known my entire life that something was off. Used to call myself a Democrat, but always felt this knot in my stomache about it. Realized there had to be more to the world. Took a year of educating myself to arrive to the conclusions I've arrived at. You may be happy to know, however, that the foundations for the change we desire is being laid as we speak. Capitalists are leaving the country; if you want to get a glimpse of the future, look to Detroit. Capitalism left there, too. However, there is now an openly revolutionary socialist in Seattle city council, and she's not taking any BS. In light of a socialist candidate in office, Boeing (the aircraft manufacturuer) threatened to leave the city as a result. She basically said "go right ahead, we'll just take the factory over and do it for ourselves". Not in those exact words, but... well, here. http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/seattle-city-councilmember-elect-shares-radical-id/nbxbC/ The future is nigh, and it's going to be an interesting decade :)
  4. Darn server issues! Can't reply to conversations! I didn't forget about any of y'all. My messages are just in limbo at the moment ;)

  5. I will say for the heck of it, any Nakhla Sheherazade flavor is phenomenal. They have five right now, I think. Early Grey, Cinnamon, Margarita, Chocomint and Cardamom. All good. Nak two apples is a staple, as well as sweet melon and mixed fruit. Also, the Iced line or whatever it's called. Iced Apple, Orange Peach, etc. All good. I've been smoking primarily Nakhla lately, aside from some Tangiers and one 250g of Al Amir cantelope mint, which is good as well.
  6. Gonna have to shout out to Nak cinnamon as well. It's a strong flavor which has this unusual coating characteristic; almost like it's covering your mouth is sweet as you inhale. It's unusual and extremely invigorating.
  7. Hey there, hookedonhookah. Glad to see you representing here. I frequent the Boulder location. Good stuff. When you gonna set something up in ghetto old Aurora here? /winkwinknudgenudge. This area of town is desolate for hookah bars now. fai0607, I just ran out of my 250 of cinnamon. We also had pumpkin. The two are stellar together.  
  8. I'd have to agree, largely. That fact of which you speak if much of what's kept me from pursuing my Ph.D in physics. In today's society, it's largely superfluous (think I used that in the proper context). Even further, the state of education today is less of education and more of indoctrination. "We'll teach you whatever you want to know, as long as it's ________ and used only in that way". Economics for example. There is an ardent movement to keep Marx's work out of economics today. A hardcore capitalist when faced with a Marxist perspective would be forced to at least reconsider certain aspects of economics; particularly the fact that capitalism is and always will be unstable and exploitative. There is no reconciling this. It is inherent in any system in which there is a central conflict. In capitalism, there is an eternal struggle between employers, who want their employees to work for less money and longer hours, and the employees, who want to work for more money and fewer hours. Marx did not start a communist; it was only after fully analyzing capitalism and its short-comings that he reasoned the only way to deliver the promise of freedom, equality and brotherhood, which he argued capitalism had failed at, was to eliminate the root-cause. This is, of course, a hierarchal pyramid-shaped society, in which the producers of surplus are alienated from the fruits of their labor and have no say in the distribution/destination of said surplus. At its heart, capitalism can only function when the producers (proletariat in Marxist theory) are short-changed, so to speak. No employer would hire a worker if they were not getting a cut; but this entails paying the employee a dimished shared of the profit. Commodities (anything which is sold/bought in a market) to not magically create a surplus of profit. Sorry, I realize that was a bit of a rant; my cage has been rattled a lot this week. At the present time, I would agree largely that a livable wage is necessary not only for basic quality of life, but for the empowerment of the working class. Do you know what the minimum wage would be as of 2012 if the wages had sustained themselves to approximately the same level as the production that granted them? $22.78 an hour. That would be the MINIMUM WAGE, which is considered to be a very healthy wage in our society. This discrepancy, which has been worsening since the 70's--at which point the wealth gap between capitalists and workers was 48:1; it is now over 400:1--and will continue to do so thanks the large pool of surplus work available, but shortage of work for them to perform. For this reason, our society has organized in a hierarchal way. It is because of this patriarchal hierarchy that racism, classism, sexism, and several other isms I can't recall of the top of my head exist, at least according to Marxist theory. In order to eliminate the symptoms, you must treat the disease; something which I fear will not be achieved through reforming our current government. Those in power have proven historically to be unwilling to part with it. TL;DR Viva la revolucion! Edit: I feel I should apologize. Didn't quite mean to monopolize that which was a thread that had little to do with my current subject of conversation. Just so darn emotional 'n such.
  9. Yeah, that's my point exactly. I hear all of those all of the time. There's this very egoist viewpoint in most of America. If someone isn't rich here, they blame it on everyone else or the government or their parents, yadda yadda, without ever taking the time to realize that it's not other people that prevent it; it's the system itself. It is inherent in capitalism that there is a rich minority and a poor majority. It can't function any other way. Without this paradim, it is simply a market system, which is not necessarily capitalist.   Additionally, those with a bit better opportunity are convinced the system worked for them, and to an extent, it might have. This ignores the fact that they still have to slave away 40-70 hours a week to pay for all this useless crap that they've been forced into thinking (since childhood) is the only measure of humanity. These are the ones who defend the system to the ends of the Earth, despite the fact that the system is only benefiting those in power. It has been that way since the dawn of capitalism. Every economic argument you hear about the "harmonious and voluntary exchange of goods and services" is crap. "Oh, but someone volunteered to work for me". Yeah, you'd volunteer to work for someone to if the only alternative was starvation. I can't tell you how infuriating it is to hear that "redistribute wealth" crap from either side of the spectrum, although redistributing wealth has shown to be more effective in the short term (Nordic countries for example, who are themselves facing crises right now). Socialism, communism, anarchism, etc, are not about redistributing wealth. They around about eliminating it entirely.
  10. That's the central tenent of socialist, and the socialist movement. Believe me, I've heard all of the "it doesn't work because human nature/incentive/etc" and they've all been debunked. Successful socialist systems have been active and worked in the past. Always on a small scale, because they're shut down quickly by external capitalist influence. The question one has to ask themselves is if socialist/communism/anarchism didn't work, why would the government spend billions of dollars to keep us believing it. They wouldn't. They would just let us try it and left as we came crawling back. The US government (all major governments, in fact) KNOW that socialism works, and works better. But by becoming socialist, they lose their grip on power. Socialism appeals to those who actually have the power in society; us, and the working class in general. It scares the shit out of them.
  11. Very few know, for sure. The historical definition of socialism is that the means of production (factories and their equipment, farms and their tractors, all general business) is owned and ran by the employees of said establishment democratically, instead of one or a few people telling everyone else what's best. That was until the USSR came along (which wasn't socialist) and the US government seized an opportunity. An extension to that is communism, which is (sorry for all of you McCarthy fanatics out there), a government-less, moneyless, non-hierarchal society. To that end, any modern political party or candidate is pretty much right wing, with a few exceptions. One example would be Kshama Sawant, an openly revolutionary socialist candidate running for city council in Seattle. So far she has a small majority vote and is looking to win the seat :) But yeah, by historical definition, even the nordic countries, which are considered "democratic socialist" are not even remotely socialist, and they're having economic trouble just the rest of the capitalist world.
  12. As an actual lefty, both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are horrendously right-wing. As a socialist, calling Obama a socialist is an insult to socialists.
  13. Hey, CO_hookah! Been wanting to smoke up at Summit Lake for so long now! Maybe I'll try that this summer on a quiet day when they're aren't many people. Otherwise, I've always preferred smoking in garages. Not entirely sure why. Guess my being a gearhead doesn't help in that regard. Plus, there aren't any damn carpets to burn!
  14. I prefer to blow into the bowl, just to help clear out the holes a bit. Been lazy lately because I've just been lightly packing Nak, but it's a solid technique whether you prefer to... you know. However you do it.
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