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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APRIL 25, 2014 12:37AM

Misogyny and Censorship

A number of years ago, then Senator from Kansas, Sam Brownback, made a case that material from Hollywood should be censored, under the grounds that some of that material is misogynistic.

As much distaste as I have for misogynistic rap, I do not see how Congress can legally do anything about… Read full post »

APRIL 22, 2014 9:56PM

Establishments and Innovation

There are all sorts of people affiliated with, or in charge of, establishments, who attack anyone who has different ideas than do they. What they need to know is that, before there was an establishment for them to run, someone had to create it. And that person was not following others'… Read full post »
APRIL 7, 2014 4:16PM

The Best Wish

In many religions - and among many non-religious people - there is the concept of either asking higher powers or using one's mind for fulfilment of wishes. I think that there is one thing to ask for that is superior to all others. That thing is wisdom.

Asking for a… Read full post »

As a researcher for a political information site, I get to see a lot of information from political candidates. Some of it is pertinent, and some of it is not. I am writing here what I do not like to see on the websites of candidates.

One thing I don't want… Read full post »

MARCH 16, 2014 8:46PM

The Crimean Vote

The European Union called the Crimean referendum illegal and is considering sanctions against Russia.

In this case, the European Union is wrong.

The people of Crimea have chosen freely to separate from Ukraine. That is because Crimea is majority Russian and looks toward Russia. These people have a… Read full post »
MARCH 11, 2014 4:58AM

Goodness and Parenting

One of my life's major quests has been to figure out a workable definition of real goodness. I've seen all sorts of things that claim to be good but aren't always. With Christianity, business, art, science, and politics, we see potentials for all sorts of directions. And some of these will… Read full post »
MARCH 9, 2014 12:19AM

Getting Philanthropy Right

Philanthropic activity has to consider the interests and the needs of both the givers and the recipients.

There are any number of reasons that someone may want to take part in philanthropic activities, everything from genuine compassion to wanting to feel better about themselves. But what all giver
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In , Simon Teasdale opined that America's protesting against Russian troop movements in Ukraine is hypocritical. My response is: So are Russian troop movements.

Putin was nowhere to be seen when Ukraine's lead… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 27, 2014 9:54PM

Anna Akhmatova in English Translation

Anna Akhmatova in English translation at

Site also contains links to translations of Osip Mandelshtam, Vladimir Vysotsky, Marina Tsvetayeva, Alexander Blok and Igor Severyanin at Read full post »

FEBRUARY 25, 2014 10:11PM

On Gender Essentialism

In feminism, there is a term "gender essentialism." Also known as "sexism," gender essentialism refers disparagingly to a stance that sees there to be in-born differences between men and women and do not regard gender roles as being solely the function of social indoctrination.

I can think of many r… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 24, 2014 9:56PM

Great Leap Backwards

Kansas has passed a law allowing parents and teachers to hit children hard enough to leave marks. This is a great leap backwards.

This great leap backwards has been done in the name of "family values." As a family man, and a father, I can say right away that family life - and… Read full post »

Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson may be the world's biggest fracker (Exxon is the biggest natural gas producer in the U.S.) but he isn't stupid. He'll frack my backyard and tell me it's good for me and he'll frack your place too, but don't let any frackers near his home. He knowsRead full post »

FEBRUARY 21, 2014 1:40AM

Ukraine: Split into Two

The bloody clashes in Kiev have shown that western Ukrainians and eastern Ukrainians are having a hard time living with one another. There is a good reason for that. Ukraine was never really a country; and the western Ukrainians and eastern Ukrainians have… Read full post »

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 »