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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FEBRUARY 15, 2014 11:11PM

Health Care, Obama and the Tea Party

The opponents of universal health care are both mean and stupid. They are mean because they want people to go bankrupt in case of an illness. And they are stupid because some of these people will be themselves.

As a political researcher, I've seen all sorts of sites about politicians dedicated… Read full post »

The recent clashes between Muslims and Christians in Central African Republic have been compared to Rwanda genocide and referred to as "ethnic-religious cleansing." There is nothing ethnic about it. What we see is a religious war, and it has nothing to do with ethnicity.

The main difference between e… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 10, 2014 9:25PM

H. L. Mencken's Malignant Chauvinism

H. L. Mencken claimed that love is an illusion that one woman differs from other women. 

My response: Malignant chauvinism is the illusion that women are all the same.

I've known many women, and they all differ. Some are accomplished artists; others have no use for anything creative. Some… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 9, 2014 9:28PM

Tea Party, Constitution and Values

A Tea Party site claims the values of the Tea Party to be "the Constitution." I am not sure if these people have even read the Constitution. The Constitution does not propose values; it mostly specifies which powers belong at which level of the government. That means that, whatever the source… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 9, 2014 3:26AM

The Businessman and the Artist

Female artists are seen as elegant and attractive; male artists are seen as freaks.

Male businessmen are seen as winners; female businesswomen are seen as mean-spirited harpies.

This logically leads to believing that women artists should be with male businessmen. The problem is, male businessmen te… Read full post »
Patriotism should be seen for two possibilies. One is the benign patriotism that seeks the well-being of one's own people. The other is the malignant patriotism that seeks the destruction of someone else.

The first leads to peaceful, livable societies. The second leads to rape and pillage. And it is… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 5, 2014 1:24AM

Social Conservatives and Baby Boomers

While driving through rural Maryland in 1997, I stopped at a diner. The old people looked fine; the children looked fine; but the middle-aged people all had on their faces the marks of suffering and sickness.

It did not take me long to figure out that this is exactly how… Read full post »
JANUARY 31, 2014 4:30AM

Russia and Respect

There remains a continuing distrust and alienation between Russia and America; and I think that it is high time that this end. Russia and America are not blood enemies. They are two great powers that had different ideas and that did different things pursuant them.

Probably the most important aspect o… Read full post »

JANUARY 28, 2014 9:44PM

Suggestions for Improving Inner City

Having given much thought to the situation in inner city, based on both what is known in the media and much of what I gathered from the experience of good friends who have lived there, I would like to make some suggestions. While I do not see this as panacea, I… Read full post »
JANUARY 27, 2014 1:13AM

Christianity and Antisemitism

For much of its history, Christianity has been anti-semitic. They have equated Jews with the execution of Jesus. To this there are two responses.

First, it was God's will for Jesus to die on the cross, which means that the blame for his death does not belong with Jews or… Read full post »
While many people see Buddhism as an "escapist religion" or as impractical, there are any number of practical uses for Buddhist meditation techniques. Some of these uses are being done now; some are not.

Probably the biggest application of Buddhist techniques today is in relieving stress. Meditation… Read full post »
JANUARY 25, 2014 12:13AM

Relationships and Women's Well-Being

There have been a number of women who've been contacting me through phone or email wanting to have a relationship with me. This is happening at a time in my life when I'm not looking for either a relationship or sex.

It is interesting, is it not, that good things don't… Read full post »

JANUARY 22, 2014 2:03AM

Pedophilia and Self-Control

I think that "Lovely Bones" is one of the best-made films of all times. The decorations in it were simply amazing. More importantly, it dealt with what has become a very big issue these days; and that is pedophilia.

In the film there was a scene in which the perpetrator… Read full post »
JANUARY 19, 2014 11:10PM

Why Beauty Is A Virtue

There are any number of women in feminism who claim that being appreciated for one's appearance is degrading to women.

I am not a woman; but I do not find that kind of attention degrading at all. When I was young and in excellent physical shape, I enjoyed being seen… Read full post »
JANUARY 17, 2014 7:45AM

Small Business and Greek Mythology

As someone raised in the former Soviet Union, I would be the last person that one would expect to speak in favor of small-time entrepreneurs. Yet I have had some very good experiences with small-time entrepreneurs, and I've grown to respect them.

The small-time entrepreneurs all want things done in t… Read full post »

JANUARY 15, 2014 1:12AM

Abuse and Will

A claim frequently made is that women in abuse situations have weak will. I take issue with that claim, and for a completely rational reason. The issue here is not the presence of the will, but rather its source. 

If your will is based on the Bible or the Quran,… Read full post »
JANUARY 14, 2014 12:16AM

Nelson Mandela's Legacy

Any number of people have wanted to tarnish the legacy of Nelson Mandela. In most cases those people are simply wrong.

When Mandela came into power, he could have easily taken retributions against white people - which many people in his party wanted to do. Instead he stood in theRead full post »
JANUARY 9, 2014 1:57AM

Why Women Should Run Africa

As Central African Republic gets ready for yet another African fratricide, it may be useful to reflect as to how African leadership is handled and what actually needs to be done in Africa to make it a livable place.

African men have failed spectacularly. But they are not all that… Read full post »
All sorts of people become criminals, for all sorts of different reasons. In some cases the response they evoke is pity; in others, hatred; and in others, contempt. Probably one of the most contempt-worthy criminals in recent history is Richard Reid.

It is one thing if you are Al Capone.… Read full post »
JANUARY 5, 2014 9:30PM

2013 Temperatures

While some people use the recent cold spells in America to deny global warming, the following map shows that global warming continues.

 The blue areas indicate temperatures cooler than average; white, about average; and yellow to orange, warmer than average. While US is in the blue, over half of… Read full post »

JANUARY 2, 2014 11:47PM

Why Converts Are The Worst

I've had a testimony of a number of women who've been with Christian convert husbands that converts are the worst. There is a good reason for it.

Christian ideal is a difficult one to live up to; and the people who've been Christians for any length of time have all experienced… Read full post »

JANUARY 2, 2014 12:28AM

What Humanitarians Want

I know an older lady who, by her own volition and without me asking for it, was doing all sorts of nice things for me. Then occasionally she would get angry and say that she felt unappreciated. I found this behavior inscrutable, until I realized this: Here is someone who wants… Read full post »
One common claim for 1980s coming after 1960s and 1970s was, "human nature won out." This claim is false. Hippies had their own nature as well. And yet their nature, which sought music, mind-altering experiences and romantic relationships was vilified, while the nature of people who wanted large hous… Read full post »
DECEMBER 29, 2013 3:41AM

The Americans and the French

When the French refused to participate in the war against Iraq, they were portrayed as cowards. This is a completely wrongful portrayal of the French. What is more likely: That a nuclear power with $2 trillion GDP would be afraid of a weak, poor and stupid enemy? Or is it that… Read full post »
DECEMBER 28, 2013 1:02AM

Domestic Violence and Red Herrings

For real progress to be made against domestic violence, it is first necessary to do away with red herrings that have been put out on this matter.

One red herring has been the idea that the woman brings on the abuse through low self-esteem. While there are undoubtedly situations in which the… Read full post »