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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OCTOBER 13, 2012 1:31AM

Republicans and Freeloading

We have been hearing a lot about "freeloading" from Republicans; but the data shows that most of the freeloading is done by the Republicans themselves.

There are states where the federal tax revenues gathered from the state are greater than federal government spending on the state; and there are stat… Read full post »

OCTOBER 11, 2012 7:50AM

A Non-Satanic "New World Order"

It has been stated that, while the conservative elites want a global economy, the liberal ones want a global government. The latter is regarded as being a threat to freedom and sovereignty. I would like to propose an arrangement that is no threat to either of these things and that not… Read full post »

OCTOBER 11, 2012 4:54AM

1950s and Taxes

Republicans and Libertarians are continuing to howl about "high taxes." I got news for them:  There has been no such thing as high taxes in America since 1981. Every broad-based tax change since 1960 has been a reduction in taxes. And in 1950s, which was a highly prosperous time and one… Read full post »

The people who push "personal growth," claiming it to lead to compassion, and prosecute "personality disorders" under the claim that these result in non-compassionate conduct, are the same people who themselves think and operate in ways that are in no way compassionate. These people think in the bar

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OCTOBER 6, 2012 7:14AM

Alexander Blok: Stranger

In evenings over the restaurants
Wild and unheedful is hot air,
And spirit of the spring entranced
Rules drunken shouts of people there.

Afar, above the drunken alleyway,
Above the bored summer estates,
With gold light luminesces the bakery,
And cries of children resonate.
 
And every even, beyond the… Read full post »

In the film "Pianist," a Polish woman told a Jewish man that the ghetto rebellion was a good thing. The Jewish man asks, "What good did it do?" to which the Polish woman responded, "The Jews fought." This is very revealing of the attitudes of the time. Apparently the Jews were… Read full post »

There are Republican political figures, such as Alan Keyes claiming that homosexuality leads to incest. The response is that homosexuality never leads to incest; but there are times when incest leads to homosexuality.

Of the gay and bisexual man I know, some appear to have been born that way and othe… Read full post »

OCTOBER 2, 2012 7:26AM

"Passion" and Anti-Semitism

After Mel Gibson's film "Passion," anti-semitism came back under the claim that Jews were responsible for crucifixion of Jesus. Since it was God's will that Jesus die on the cross, the blame for the death of Jesus does not belong with Jews, Romans, humanity or Satan; it belongs with God. But… Read full post »

OCTOBER 1, 2012 2:15AM

Sociopaths and Holocausts

For a long time people in much of America and other Western countries have been up in arms about sociopaths. The claim is that these people are evil and can only be evil whatever they do. This militates against what we know about choice and rationality. And it also carries a… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 11:36PM

Taxes and Racial Relationships

The experiences that a person has had can either give him credibility or reduce his credibility on any given issue. A person who's never had to pay a higher-income-bracket tax would not be able to say much to those in higher income bracket that want lower taxes. As someone who has… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 29, 2012 11:10PM

"Beat It" and False Definitions of Strength

In his early-80s heat "Beat It," Michael Jackson wrote, "Strong is just fight, it doesn't matter who's wrong or right." That was a very irresponsible statement, and the reality has shown just how wrong that attitude is.

What is encouraged here is stupid, directionless, uncontrolled violence. And stup… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 29, 2012 8:59PM

German and Jewish People: Possibilities

There are still a lot of people in the world who, when they think "German," think "Nazi." It is about time to do away with thinking of this kind. The Second World War was 70 years ago, and the vast bulk of German people living today were not around when it… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 10:24PM

Addressing Black Racism

There are any number of black people in America who hate white people - all white people - and see them as racists. This attitude is ignorant and hypocritical, and it should be done away with entirely.
 
I've been told by some educated black people that leftovers of racist thinking remain even… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 27, 2012 9:45AM

Paul McCartney's Error

In 1974 Paul McCartney came up with a song called "Live and Let Die." This song stated, "What does it matter to you? If you've got a job you gotta do it well. You gotta give the other fellow hell." This mentality has had a lot of influence, and it was… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 27, 2012 6:01AM

The Foolishness of Hating Countries

One can legitimately hate any number of things about any given country; but hating the country as such, regardless of what is happening in it, is irresponsible. All this does is encourage militant jingoism, as opportunistic leaders may claim that, because the country has any number of enemies, it nee… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 26, 2012 10:49PM

Determinants of Courage

Once Dr. Phil played an episode in which he interviewed several people who had done courageous things and asked them to explain courage. I do not consider myself a courageous person, but I know a number of people who are highly courageous, and from what I've seen there appear to be… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 26, 2012 8:17PM

Games

He said that you were playing games
But I and you both know better:
Through passion heart on life makes claim
And makes the truth of spirit matter

He said that you were playing games,
But I know wicked game he's playing
Which racket without stop or shame
The people played for three millenia:

Of treating you… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 25, 2012 11:57PM

Corruption and Stonewalling

Corruption in everything from medicine to courts has reached a staggering level. I have been personally witness to these cases of corruption among others:

- Three people from the same family were murdered in the medical system: One by being given a 20 times the deadly dose of sertaline; another… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 23, 2012 7:50AM

Dealing with Hatred

I do not believe that it will ever be possible to completely end hatred. Even the people who believe that they are against hatred, hate - hatred and its practicioners. Political correctness claims to seek to do away with hatred; and yet the politically correct are some of the most hateful… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 23, 2012 2:57AM

Relativistic Republicans

George Will has referred to some people involved in political correctness as "persnickety progressives." As someone who's fought political correctness ever since I knew what political correctness was, I give him credit for a rightful diagnosis. But there is another species I've seen more recently tha… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 22, 2012 11:38PM

Domestic Violence: Cure and Prevention

So far the issue of family violence has not been approached rationally. There are some people who get accused of abuse for leaving a pot in the wrong place, and there are others who get away with severe brutality and not only get away with it but get to keep the… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 22, 2012 6:21AM

School bullying and brain drain

There are presently efforts under way to fight school bullying. My response: It's about time.

The school needs to be a safe learning environment in which children learn the skills that they'll need to be effective people. It is not meant to be an environment in which children get traumatized for… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 21, 2012 11:02PM

Republican Class Wars

Over the last four years, Republicans have been accusing President Obama and Congressional Democrats of practicing class wars. I have not seen that; I do however know of a much uglier class war that has been fomented by Reagan Republicans for the last 30 years. That class war is of course… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 21, 2012 9:18AM

The True Character of Senate Republicans

The Senate Republicans have used a filibuster to block President Obama's veteran jobs bill.

This shows the true character of Senate Republicans.

In recent campaigns, both Democrats and Republicans have sung praises to veterans. But only the Democrats attempted to do anything to actually help them. Th… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 21, 2012 8:13AM

Wisdom and Strength

There are people possessing of wisdom and there are people possessing of strength; and often these are not the same people.

There are plenty of young guys who have very strong personalities from being in the military or playing football, who don't know very much. And then there are any number… Read full post »