Ilya Shambat

Ilya Shambat
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
November 21
Adda Enterprises
Born in Russia, family moved to America when I was 12. Got a degree from University of Virginia at 18. Worked for Oracle, translated four books of classical Russian poety, was part of San Francisco and Washington, DC poetry and music scene. Good friends with San Francisco's own Persephone's Bees and acquainted with Patch Adams. Currently married with children, residing in Australia and working on a clean energy technology implementation.


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DECEMBER 19, 2014 6:49PM

Children and Older People

When you are a kid, you want to look older than your age. When you are older, you want to look younger than your age. I've been seeing trends toward both.

Because of hormone additives in the meat, children these days mature a lot younger than they did before. This… Read full post »

DECEMBER 18, 2014 2:40AM

Children's Poems by Agnia Barto



Bear was dropped upon the floor,

And had ripped away his paw.

I won't trash him if I could

For the reason he is good.




A calf is walking, swinging,

And sighing all along:

The board is now ending

I am about to fall.”


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DECEMBER 18, 2014 12:30AM

Songs from Film "Musicians of Bremen"

Translations of songs from Russian children's film "Musicians of Bremen."


The Guard Rises Early


Honorable, enviable is our part

The king cannot go without the guard

Where'er we go earth shatters and sings

We're always near, near to the king


The guard… Read full post »

DECEMBER 16, 2014 10:34PM

Melanie's Artwork

Artwork by my former wife Melanie is at

DECEMBER 14, 2014 9:48PM

Jews Stand Proud

After Mel Gibson's film “Passion,” there has been a resurgence of anti-Jewish ideation. This is a response to that.

Jews have made vast contributions to Western civilization. The number of Jews who have won Nobel Prizes is comparable to that of England and Germany combined, and the Jews ar… Read full post »

DECEMBER 13, 2014 11:43PM

Beauty and the Fashion Industry

For a long time, the fashion industry marketed the anorexic look. The results of this were disastrous. Some women went to extreme extents – including starving themselves – to maintain that look. And others decided that they could never be beautiful, so they let themselves go.

Some femin… Read full post »

DECEMBER 12, 2014 10:11PM

American Museum of Russian Culture

American Museum of Russian Culture, with my translations of Russian poetry, can be found on

DECEMBER 12, 2014 2:44AM

On White Supremacism

In some parts of the world, we have seen a resurgence of anti-black ideologies. This is a response to these people from a white man.

For a number of years, I've been a part of a majority-black poetry reading group in Washington. I've found much good in those people.… Read full post »

DECEMBER 8, 2014 11:31PM

Translations of Russian Lullabys

Translated by Ilya Shambat

for Lilian Shambat


Go to sleep, my little kid,

Do not sleep on edge of bed,

A grey wolf will come at night

And will bite you on the side,

And will take you to the woods,

Underneath a willow bush.

The grey wolf, do… Read full post »

DECEMBER 5, 2014 6:40PM

Possessiveness and Hypocrisy

There are many men who complain about marital infidelity or about their wives leaving them. In most of these cases, the men are hypocrites.

An attractive woman will be attractive to other men than oneself. That will inevitably create a temptation for marital infidelity – temptation that will a… Read full post »

DECEMBER 5, 2014 12:03AM

Essence of Ethics

Few issues are more important than that of ethics. Throughout millenia, people invented religions, philosophies and ideologies to define what ethics means. My response to all this is that the single central point of ethical inquiry is, Whether what you are doing is making the world a better place or… Read full post »

DECEMBER 4, 2014 7:40PM

Environmentalism and Responsibility

A few years ago, there were ads on TV asking the question, “Would Jesus drive an SUV?” These ads provoked an angry response from Christian SUV-drivers. However the question is legitimate.

The same people who are into SUVs also tend to claim to believe in individual responsibility. This… Read full post »

DECEMBER 4, 2014 3:22AM

Science and Skepticism

For a long time I have been getting on the clock master numbers (numbers such as 5:55 and 11:11). One day I decided to run an experiment. I set four clocks to four different times around the house and recorded every time that I looked at the clock. I found 1… Read full post »

DECEMBER 3, 2014 11:07PM

Sartre and Love

Sartre claimed that love lead to a contradiction between wanting to possess the next person's essence and their freedom as individual.

My response is that love does not requre people to want to possess the next person's essence, and that truly loving relationships do not take that route.

I love my… Read full post »

DECEMBER 3, 2014 12:26AM

Hydrogen Transmission Network

Unified solution for the world's water and energy needs:

DECEMBER 2, 2014 8:21PM

The Awakening of Hassan

"If you love enough you will forgive anything," said Queen Sheherezade, and Fatima did. Rapes, daily beatings, death threats, constant verbal abuse, murder of her daughter - she forgave her husband Abdul everything. But Abdul would forgive absolutely nothing, no matter how little or… Read full post »
DECEMBER 2, 2014 2:05AM

Skinheads and Culture

A claim frequently made by skinheads and white supremacists is that they do what they do to defend the Western culture.

My question to them is as follows: What do they know about culture? Has any of them written a poem? Made a painting? Authored a novel? At the same time… Read full post »

DECEMBER 1, 2014 7:37PM

Desire and Ethics

There are any number of religious creeds that preach that desire is evil. Most of these creeds are simply wrong on this subject. Not all desires are created equal. There is nothing wrong with the desire for legacy, or the desire for comfort, or the desire for companionship. There is everything… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 29, 2014 8:08PM

Solipsism and Fatalism

There are many people who hold a belief that people create their reality, that there are no unwilling victims, and that people are fully in charge of everything that happens to them. There are other people who hold the view that everything is fatally or socially determined, that free will is… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 25, 2014 9:49PM

Evangelists and the Golden Rule

When I was in Tucson, I ran into a brilliant young Christian evangelist who kept trying to recruit me into Christianity. One of the claims that he made was that he was nothing. Meanwhile this person is a successful international entrepreneur and has climed Mt. McKinley. My question is as follows.… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 23, 2014 9:42PM

Relationships with Exes

This weekend my ex-wife married another man.

I conducted her down the aisle and gave a speech about how much better it is for people to maintain friendhips with their exes than it is for them to become enemies.

I hope that more people take the same route. Relationship should… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 12, 2014 2:11AM

The Role of Older People

I have a friend who looks after her granddaughter. The child's parents live in Sydney and work hard; and they pay money to the child's grandmother so that she would take care of the child.

I think that this is an arrangement that can work for many people. One of… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 11, 2014 6:33AM

Codependency and Help

I keep encountering in many places the idea that, if a relationship has in it any amount of need for the other person, then that relationship is codependent; whereas all “healthy” relationships are absent from that need.

So then does it mean that it is sick to seek work when… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 10, 2014 3:29AM

Christianity and the "Original Sin"

A concept that keeps running through Christianity is that of original sin. According to this view, Adam sinned against God by eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and that this sin is passed down through sexual intercourse from generation to generation. This strikes very strongly a… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 9, 2014 12:48AM

Gorbachev's Statement

Berlin (CNN) -- Twenty-five years on from the fall of the Berlin Wall, much has changed. But former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev says the lessons learned back then could help restore calm to today's increasingly volatile world.

Speaking to CNN in Berlin, where he is attending… Read full post »