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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OCTOBER 27, 2014 10:42PM

Cruelty and Unsustainability

In “The Thin Red Line” a character says, “look at these roots, how they gnarl and twist. Nature is cruel.”

Anyone who's lived in nature for any length of time will tell you that nature is in fact quite demanding, and that it is difficult to survive… Read full post »

OCTOBER 19, 2014 10:56PM

The Errors of "Conventional Wisdom"

There is much stake given to what is known as conventional wisdom. Much of it, I do not find to be wise.

There is for example a saying, “beauty is only skin-deep; ugliness goes down to the bone.” This is not true. I've known any number of people who were beautiful all… Read full post »

OCTOBER 15, 2014 1:58AM

Vysotsky - Ballad of Childhood

I can barely remember conception,
Incomplete must be my recollection.

I was conceived sinfully, without intention,

And came out before expectation.

I was not born in torture or malice-

Nine month is not nine years
I have spent my first term in the uterus

Believe me, there's nothing good there.

 … Read full post »

OCTOBER 14, 2014 4:32AM

Kurt Cobain and Heart

As someone who's come of age in 1990s, I clearly remember the day in which Kurt Cobain shot himself. His death was a shock to many people, and many people took it hard. The reason is that Kurt Cobain had a huge heart. And whenever someone with a huge heart dies,… Read full post »

OCTOBER 14, 2014 3:37AM

Feminism in Relationships

A problem we've seen with feminist thought in recent decades has been its direction away from anything that benefits the majority of the women in the world. Most women will want to be with men; most women will want to have children. And while there will always be women who want… Read full post »

OCTOBER 13, 2014 3:39AM

Feminism and Islam

It has been brought to my attention that an average child gets hit 900 times a year. I tell about this to my daughter and say, “They are naughty parents, aren't they?” She agrees.

In most cases one is more than enough. And the biggest problem here is that there… Read full post »

The main premise of Marxist feminism is that the capitalist system treats women as commodities.

That it does. But it also treats men that way as well.

In capitalism, you are what you bring to the table; whether that be your skill, your labor or your womb. Capitalism doesn't care… Read full post »

OCTOBER 9, 2014 2:16AM

Women and Respect

There are many men who have no respect for women; and I believe that this problem is not a difficult one to solve.

All you need to do is get the man to do what women do. Have the man clean the house; have the man cook the meals; have the man… Read full post »

OCTOBER 8, 2014 6:32PM

Deficit is Shrinking

The federal budget deficit just keeps getting smaller.

It fell sharply in 2014 -- its fifth consecutive annual decline.

That's according to an estimate Wednesday by the Congressional Budget Office. The deficit for fiscal year 2014, which ended on Sept. 30, will come in at roughly $486 billion, the CBO… Read full post »

OCTOBER 7, 2014 8:22PM

Igor Severyanin

Translations of great Russian poet Igor Severyanin at

Libertarianism has become a very major force in American politics; and mainly for a good reason. Many of libertarian beliefs – such as personal freedom – are valuable. There are however things wrong with libertarianism; and I would like to write about these things here.

The main problem… Read full post »

OCTOBER 2, 2014 4:34AM

Bullying and Islamism

It has been found out that, among British converts to jihadism, a disproportionately large number are redheads. The reason is that redheads get bullied in English schools and are therefore vulnerable to predatory organizations who want to exploit their discontent for their own gain.

This is an examp… Read full post »

OCTOBER 1, 2014 3:36AM

Feeling and Rationality in Women

I have observed a fascinating phenomenon in several intelligent women of my acquaintance. Their first reaction to things is very emotionally charged. Then they think things through, including thinking of how things are felt by the other side, and come up with a reasonable solution.

There are a lot… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 28, 2014 8:58PM

What Is Wrong With Players

For a long time on the internet there was a poster who called himself Ray Gordon (real name Gordon Ray Parker) and claimed that women were evil and should be played. Most of the criticism he got consisted of accusing him of having a personality disorder. His personality is none of… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 7:39PM

Twelve C's of Effective Relationships

As I've been finding out from observing relationships, both successful and unsuccessful, and from my own experience of both kinds, there are twelve C's that are necessary for relationships that are complete. These are:

Charita… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 2:05AM

Let Texas Secede

There are any number of people in Texas who want to secede from the union. I am all in favor of them being able to do so. Texas sees things very differently from, say, California; and if they don't want to be part of the same country as California, then it… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 9:32PM

Clinton and Eminem

Eminem once said in an interview, “the president gets his cock sucked, and I'm supposed to care what I write?” What Mr. Mathers does not understand is that America is not North Korea. The government is not the only entity with influence; and there are all sorts of private entities, includ… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 3:34AM

Spiritual Reality and Material Reality

I have been asked on another forum about my spiritual experiences, so I am going to list some of them here.

In 1995, I had a beautiful romantic relationship with a woman named Michelle who finished Harvard in 3 years and who was very poetic and soulful. In 2000, I… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 12:18AM

Hubris of Methodology

It is common to hear the religiously inclined people to see the intellectuals and the scientists as having hubris. There is a mechanism that keeps sneaking in hubris into these pursuits, and that is as follows:

The definition of reality as "what can be proven."

This methodology puts the cart… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 11:32PM

My poetry book on Amazon

My love poetry book "Poems to Julia" is available now on Amazon at

SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 8:03PM

Anger and Love in Relationships

I have discovered a very strange thing. A lot of people are angry at their family and their relatives, but they still love them. This poses a quandary as to how such situations should be dealt with.

I had a girlfriend who was raised by her aunt, and she kept… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 1:57AM

What Earth Forgot

There are many people who believe in being “down to earth” or in bringing people “down to earth.” These people have an inadequate understanding of what the Earth is.

The Earth's crust is actually quite thin. Under it is a much larger volume of magma; and the earth's crust itsel… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 13, 2014 9:09PM

Parallels in American Politics

Clinton had a lot in common with Nixon, and Obama has a lot in common with Reagan. In fact, the events of 1970s and 1980s were a mirror image of the events of 1990s to today.

Nixon was a Republican moderate who led the country at the time that the… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 12:19AM

Natures and Middle East

The error that many people with gentler natures make is in assuming that other people are naturally as good as they are. This leads these people to be completely unprepared for what the people with more brutal natures dish out, resulting in them becoming these people's victims or punching bags.… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 8:07PM

Intellectuals and Freedom

In Texas and Oklahoma especially, there is a lot of agitation against the intellectuals. I ask this: How many intellectuals are there in Texas and Oklahoma?

I am reminded of Poland. Although the country has maybe 800 Jewish people, the whole country is viciously anti-semitic. What damage can 800 peopl… Read full post »