Ilya Shambat

Ilya Shambat
Location
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Birthday
November 21
Title
Partner
Company
Adda Enterprises
Bio
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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AUGUST 29, 2012 3:57AM

Romney and Politics of Deception

In this election we hear a lot about the government standing in the way of private-sector growth and about the government taking people's money through taxes. The people making such claims fail to tell you two things. One is that private-sector growth was strongest under Democratic president Bill Cli… Read full post »
For a long time, political correctness has dominated academia and the media, pushing aggressive and heavy-handed party line in a manner quite reminiscent of fascism and Communism. It is time that there be a real challenge to political correctness - a challenge that is intellectually valid and that ad… Read full post »
AUGUST 25, 2012 8:06AM

New Age, Christianity and Clarity

The biggest wrong to have come out of the New Age has been the idea that everyone makes their reality and is responsible for everything that happens to them. Like many other false ideas, this one is easy to stand on its head. All one needs to do is effectively infringe… Read full post »

When I was waiting for a bus at a Greyhound terminal in Hartford, Connecticut, a deaf older man hit on a young long-haired little guy. The little guy went off and started shouting about how he's going to get him in jail and how he's being harrassed and how the man… Read full post »
AUGUST 17, 2012 8:18AM

Good Things and Moderation

The proponents of doing everything in moderation frequently like to assert that there is too much of a good thing. Is this a rightful analysis, and is it universally applicable?

Clearly there are some good things of which there can be too much. Food is an obvious example. Food is a… Read full post »

AUGUST 16, 2012 2:06AM

Racket Anger and Domestic Violence

Once while visiting a petting zoo, I saw a lion cub growling, with a very angry tone and expression, at goats that were walking around. The goats of course had done nothing to anger the lion cub, and the lion cub had no reason to be angry at them. Rather for… Read full post »
AUGUST 15, 2012 7:29PM

Doing Good and Ego Motives

One criticism frequently mentioned of people who are into doing good is that they are coming from other motives than pure altruism. It is claimed that some do it to boast or to boost their ego, that others do it out of a sense of guilt and obligation, and that there… Read full post »
AUGUST 15, 2012 12:09AM

Society and Tyranny

A Republican Maine politician, Michael Thibodeau, voted against same-sex marriage under the claim that it "tears away at the very fabric of our society." I get tired of arguments such as this.

What is the "fabric" of "society?" More importantly, where does one cast vote for or against "society" or… Read full post »
AUGUST 13, 2012 10:51PM

Loving Husbands and Loving Parents

A lot of women, when they see a man treat his wife in a loving manner, become jealous and hateful because their own men aren't treating them as well. This is a solvable problem. And the solution is this: Prevailing upon these women's husbands to treat them in a loving manner… Read full post »

Spiritual awakenings can be difficult for two reasons. One is that the experience falls outside the person's conscious worldview, and it can become very difficult to make sense of it or to reconcile it with what one already knows.

The second is that in much of the world such awakenings aren't… Read full post »

There are killers - such as Jeffrey Dahmer or Eric Harris - who are creeps or monsters and evoke loathing and shock. And then there are killers who are as much victims as are the people they murder. In the first case, we see atrocity; in the second case we see… Read full post »
AUGUST 3, 2012 6:16AM

"Bumpin' In My SUV"

My friend's music video on the subject of SUVs and global warming:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpfTr7jbFH0&feature=plcp  Read full post »

AUGUST 3, 2012 4:58AM

First Amendment and Second Amendment

I believe in both the First and the Second Amendments.

 The militia types have the right to have guns. You have the right to say that they are idiots.  Read full post »

AUGUST 1, 2012 2:41AM

Who really speaks for women?

In the politically correct culture, anyone who says that there are differences - any differences - between men and women is seen as a chauvenist or a misogynist. It is time that this be addressed.

It is one thing to recognize that there are differences between men and women. It is quite… Read full post »
A behavior I've frequently seen in many men is going for qualities that they find attractive without thinking what are the ramifications of these qualities. If they get the partner they want, they then attempt to mold them into qualities that they want in a long-term relationship or feel betrayed and… Read full post »
AUGUST 1, 2012 12:19AM

Roch Theriault and Domestic Violence

Roch Theriault, a Canadian cult leader who killed two of his followers, maimed a number of others and practiced sexual molestation of children, was killed by his cellmate last year. There are any number of ways in which this matter can be parsed.

One is to claim all cult leaders… Read full post »
In this election we are seeing Republican candidates all offer alternative medical reform to Obama's health legislation. And yet they said nothing on this matter before there was such a thing as Obama's health legislation and behaved like there was no problem with American medical system at all. But… Read full post »
Studies of nature and Darwin's evolution theory has been taken to any number of places, some better than others. The worst applications of the theory have been social Darwinism and racism. In fact, nature teaches none of these things but quite the opposite.

Anyone who's studied nature in any depth… Read full post »

sulfuric acid

 

Attached is the photograph of a woman whose husband threw sulfuric acid on her face - before and after.

The picture says more than I can in words, and I am an experienced writer. Here is a beautiful woman who was completely disfigured, and who as a result… Read full post »
James Holmes, the shooter of the Colorado movie theater, is being described as either a sociopath seeking a thrill or as a fame-seeker. The people who claim such things have not seen his appearance in court. He looked and acted like someone who was not even there. If this had been… Read full post »
A person who called himself "talisban" was going on a CNN forum saying that he slaps his wife around, and that doing so makes him a man.

This carries insight into what these people believe strength and manliness to be. And it is an insight that can very well be… Read full post »
Kindness and meanness is a matter of both choice and genetics, but with choice playing a larger part over the long run. Some people are naturally more mean and others are naturally more kind. At the same time, any given person can be kind and mean at different points in their… Read full post »
James Holmes, the shooter of the Colorado movie theater, is being described as either a sociopath seeking a thrill or as a fame-seeker. The people who claim such things have not seen his appearance in court. He looked and acted like someone who was not even there. If this had been… Read full post »
JULY 24, 2012 5:44AM

Mediocre Minds; Greater Minds

One person on Google Groups told me that high intelligence and stupidity are very similar to each other. This statement is revealing of how a number of people think. Neither high intelligence nor stupidity is mediocrity; and someone who identifies intelligence, sense and reality with mediocrity will… Read full post »
JULY 23, 2012 3:22AM

Public Sector and Private Sector

Both public sector and private sector are there to serve the demand of the public. The first, at the poll booth; the second, at the marketplace. Both are there because people want them there, and any attempt to extinguish either is violation of people's will.


The private sector and public… Read full post »