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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SEPTEMBER 21, 2013 1:52AM

Bill Clinton as a Husband

A lot of people wanted to see Bill Clinton deposed over the Lewinski affair; and they had no business doing that. What happened was between Bill Clinton and his wife. Hillary Clinton has not left her husband over the affair; which means that it is nobody else's business.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 1:48AM

Guns and Democrats

For the most part in political issues I side with the Democrats; but that is not the case with the issue of guns. The reason is not, as some say, that guns are deterrents to government tyranny; that may have been the case in 18th century, but guns do not stack… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 7:46AM

Keynes and Bush

John Keynes has had a lot of influence in economics. As usual with major thinkers, he was right about some things and wrong about others.

The biggest problem is that he did not understand the destructive effects that high government indebtedness has on the economy. The government bond market sucks… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 6:05AM

Intelligence and Parenting

There are any number of people these days who are proponents of what amounts to military upbringing.

There is a problem with this approach. The World War II generation already did that. And what they raised was a generation of rebels.

My younger brother was raised without violence or… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 2:13AM

Divorce, Incentives and Family Values

There are many conservatives who think that "family values" means that people should stay together in all cases, regardless of how badly a man chooses to treat his wife. This is in contradiction to everything else that is conservatism.

Conservative logic operates around the concept of incentives. It… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 17, 2013 1:08AM

Ayn Rand and Positive Middle

Ayn Rand's greatest error was her statement, "Each issue has a right side and a wrong side, but the middle is always evil." In fact in many situations it is possible to arrive at what I call the positive middle path that combines the benefits of each side and addresses the… Read full post »

It is a frequent theme among young people especially to see the civilization as being fake, unnatural or amoral and to look toward more primitive cultures. While the sentiment is understandable, most of the solutions we see in this age have been wrong-headed, and it is important that people understa… Read full post »
A major factor in determining one's course of action is one's definition of what is strength. How it is defined and how it is wielded carries a vast effect in how people's actions are directed. And on this, some definitions are better than others.

One wrongful definition of strength is… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 8:27PM

Syria's False Definition of Strength

Some in Syria have claimed President Obama to be weak by virtue of his negotiating with Congress and Russia instead of unilaterally declaring war on the Assad government.

These people have a wrong definition of what is stength and what is weakness. And that definition has had a lot to… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 3:45AM

Syria, Jerks and Power Balance

Vladimir Putin, writing to caution America against a military intervention in Syria, said that such an intervention would throw the world political order out of balance.

This is a wrong argument. The political order in the world gets thrown out of balance and reconstituted as something else all the… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 10, 2013 5:19AM

Philanthropy and Competence

There are, and there always will be, people who are willing to help the less fortunate. However they will also need to know that the efforts toward that effect are being properly handled, and that the resources actually go where they are intended to go, instead of lining the pockets of… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 5, 2013 11:53PM

Brilliant Invention

Japanese scientist creates a machine to convert plastic into oil: 

http://www.youtube.com/embed/qGGabrorRS8?rel=0 Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 5, 2013 9:16AM

Persephone's Bees - Music for Film

Original at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MlZSPWltCk

 
They are speaking of what's stylish,
They are living day by day
And I'm looking at them as if they are fools,
Life goes on in its way.

Today, today the day has finished
And we all came to bury it,
But no one knows
That
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SEPTEMBER 5, 2013 8:27AM

Hippie Parents, Nature and Civilization

The Romantic-tending parents among the baby boomers - mainly the hippies - glorified nature and raised their children to be natural. But what they glorified is not what they got, and in many situations what they got was quite banal. What they got was based on what all things in nature… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 3:40AM

Why 1960s Was Not an Anomaly

Any number of people want to portray 1960s as an anomaly, as a result specifically of "a bad crop" or a "narcissistic generation." In fact 1960s were not unique, and similar, though smaller-scale, situations took place during the Romantic Era and during early 20th century. I propose that 1960s was
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SEPTEMBER 1, 2013 7:30AM

Wrong Lessons from Trojan War

It is frequently stated that Helen and Paris brought on the Trojan War. But what actually started the war was Menelaus's possessiveness. I've gone to great lengths to do away with possessive tendencies in myself, out of a calculus that the world will be better without such things.

And, for… Read full post »

Olympia Snowe, a Maine Republican Senator, has been making overtures toward the Democratic Party. This is reflective of a deeper social trend, and it is one that should be of interest to the Democrats.

The Olympia Snowe Republicans were the yuppies and entrepreneurs of 1980s and 1990s. These people w… Read full post »

AUGUST 28, 2013 10:48PM

Political Correctness and Crying Wolf

The goings-on in my threads over the last week or so have shown a very troublesome phenomenon. Lots of people keep shouting "misogyny" and "racism" for ridiculous reasons. If someone makes posts IN FAVOR OF women and minorities and gets labeled as such things instead, then something is very wrong wit… Read full post »

AUGUST 28, 2013 7:39PM

Who built America?

One constant refrain that we hear from the Far Right is that they've built America. No they didn't. America had all sorts of contributors. The Chinese built America's railroads. Jews and atheists dominate its science, which is at the root of most of what business sells. The Hindus, minority religions… Read full post »

AUGUST 27, 2013 4:19AM

Chauvenism and Misogyny

Among the "politically incorrect" stances on gender relationships I've encountered a variety. They can generally be grouped into three categories: misogyny, malignant chauvenism, and benign chauvenism.

The worst of the three - misogyny - is actual hatred of women. There are any number of genuinely m… Read full post »
AUGUST 26, 2013 7:10AM

Egalitarianism and Gender Differences

By the standard of the strict gender egalitarian, most people - both women and men - have some beliefs that they would regard as being chauvenistic. However there are miles to go between someone who thinks that there are positive, life-affirming, differences between men and women, and a real misogyni… Read full post »

AUGUST 25, 2013 2:41AM

Women, Minorities and Respect

There is a great difference between actually respecting a person or a group and pretending to respect them in order to avoid negative consequences. And toward that effect, much more useful are educational efforts that give people real reasons to respect non-Western people and women, rather than simpl… Read full post »

The credit for great works that get produced by people of a religion are credited to the religion. Thus, Christianity gets credit for the works of Michelangelo and Islam gets credit for the works of Rumi. I have a better explanation for these achievements.

When a vast population lives under… Read full post »
AUGUST 24, 2013 11:40PM

Yugoslavia and Political Correctness

Tito's Yugoslavia was widely regarded as the best country in the Communist bloc. With a standard of living sufficient for it to be included in Organization of Economically Developed Countries, an infrastructure adequate for it to host Olympic Games, universal high-quality healthcare and education, wo… Read full post »
AUGUST 23, 2013 9:57PM

Islam and Feminism

Many of the same people who are into political correctness are also in favor of Islam. This is a huge hypocrisy. Islam is the most severely misogynistic culture in the world. And in opening America to the Islamists, these people are allowing an influence that has proven exceptionally destructive to w… Read full post »