- 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.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Christianity and Liberalism
January 28, 2015 09:10PM
- Dangers of Alcoholism
January 27, 2015 10:56PM
- Freedom, Roman Empire, and the
January 27, 2015 03:03AM
- The Error of "Traditional
January 25, 2015 06:52PM
- Love and Civilization
January 21, 2015 12:37AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “For those who equate
criticism of Islam with
racism, it needs
to be said
January 28, 2015 08:08PM
- “Heidi: I agree with you.
US should do more to care for
January 13, 2015 10:10PM
- “Heidi, there are a lot
of people in America who see
French as cowards.
January 13, 2015 02:47AM
- “Chiller: You mean the
Eastern Orthodox Church? The
did a lot to
January 07, 2015 09:33PM
- “I am saying that if they
were living under Communism,
would not be allowed
January 06, 2015 07:21PM
Ilya Shambat's Links
Many people call themselves Christian, but most of them have no understanding of what Christianity means.
Christ commands us to love our enemies. Christ commands us to turn the other cheek. This is done a lot more by the liberals that these self-proclaimed Christians love to attack than by these so-c… Read full post »
Alcoholism does terrible thins to people's brains. I have a friend named D. who is an alcoholic. He is a brilliant lawyer, but he is in no good shape. Incoherent rages, paranoid delusions, manipulative back-stabbling behavior – you name it.
The tragedy here is that this is a person who… Read full post »
A claim I've heard from some on the Christian Right is that too
much freedom is unsustainable, and that America is like the Roman
Empire in its “decadent” stages and is bound to
This argument is completely wrong.
With freedom, as with anything else, practice makes perfect. You try… Read full post »
Am I the only person who thinks that the people in the West who clamor the most about “traditional values” are the ones with least tradition to speak of?
There are a lot of people in America and Australia who are into “traditional values,” but neither country existed for much… Read full post »
The relationship between love and civilization has been a rocky one. Some of romantic-minded people have a low view of civilization, and many people who consider themselves civilized are against love. I believe that both love and civilization are necessary, and that they should coexist.
The worst out… Read full post »
(CNN)2014 was the Earth's warmest year on record, a U.S. weather agency announced Friday, with average temperatures 0.07 degrees Fahrenheit above the previous high.
The National Climatic Data Center, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, noted the average temperatur… Read full post »
The universe, not having been built by human beings, is not based upon their conceptions of what is good or what is bad. Not being related to these conceptions, it is expected to have zero correlation with them. Statistically, this means that, in physical or natural existents… Read full post »
In my interactions with Nascar Republicans, I saw a pattern. The conversation starter in that group is either “with all the taxes you're paying, don't you feel like you're living in a socialist country” or “if I found my wife in bed with another man, I would shoot them both.”… Read full post »
For a long time, the French have had a reputation for being
cowards. Their conduct in the latest terrorist incident shows that
they are not.
The reason for this reputation is of course France's dismal performance during the Second World War. This reputation is wrong. The Nazis were an exceptionally po… Read full post »
So far, most of the fight against Islamic anti-Americanism has
involved military operations. Not enough is being done to change
minds. I believe that changing minds is a vastly superior strategy,
as it costs nothing in lives and minimal things in money.
The Islamic anti-Americanism should be confronte… Read full post »
People need to be met at their level. A man who is not a feminist can still be prevailed upon to not be an abuser. This can be done through a number of arguments, some of which follow.
I had a friend from Palestine who admitted to being verbally abusive to… Read full post »
The best revenge for the Second World War is for a Jewish man to marry a German woman. My ex-wife was half-German, and Hitler was rolling over in his grave.
However there are more serious issues involved in this, and I would like to address them now.
The Germans made… Read full post »
Sociopathy is regarded as a personality disorder; but it appears to be a neurological disorder instead of a psychological one. They appear to have a disconnection between two centers in the brain. This means that ultimately treating sociopathy would involve brain surgery. But until that treatment bec… Read full post »
(CNN) -- For much of the past year, the Republican Party has been doing its best to scare people. Its electoral strategy was dependent on people feeling that we are a nation in decline. The GOP knew that the only way it would do well was by making… Read full post »
My main reason for posting on the Internet is coming up with useful arguments that other people can then use to do meaningful good. I do not place copyright on my arguments; they are out there in the public domain. At this point I would like to address an argument that… Read full post »
Love without possessiveness
Intelligence without cruelty
Prosperity without environmental destruction
Women's empowerment without malice
Strength without bullying
Democracy without conmanship
Education without cynicism
Spirituality without oppression
There are many black people who equate white people with atrocities committed under slave trade and colonialism.
The answer to these people is, yes, these practices were abhorrent. However they do not take place any more, mainly as a result of the actions of heroic white people who fought… Read full post »
There have been any number of people who accused me of being a
sociopath; but no psychologist ever did. In fact, whenever I
floated the concept, the answer always was, absolutely not.
For people who actually are sociopaths, I have more pity than hatred. Imagine what kind of a hell it would… Read full post »
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 »
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.”
Horse… Read full post »
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 »
Artwork by my former wife Melanie is at http://www.melaniecoutts.com.au/
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 »
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 »
American Museum of Russian Culture, with my translations of Russian poetry, can be found on