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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JUNE 4, 2014 3:42AM

Types of Patriotism

In much of the world, patriotism - all patriotism - is seen as a virtue. My response is that there are different kinds of patriotism, of which some are good and others bad.

I would like to draw the distinction between benign patriotism and malignant patriotism. Benign patriotism seeks the… Read full post »
JUNE 4, 2014 1:30AM

Gender Wars and Social Peace

I have listened to all sides in the gender conflict. This includes everyone from lesbian feminists to men who want women to be slaves. In some cases I've run across intelligent commentary; in other cases I've seen stupendous bigotry and stupidity.

I have concluded that feminists are right to want… Read full post »
JUNE 1, 2014 9:26PM

The Sunflower and the Butterfly

The rain was pouring in sheets, and lightning struck the ground from the sky. It was November in Illinois, storm season. A fresh gust of wind from the North picked up a sunflower seed that lay on the road and carried it to the edge of a field. The sunflower seedRead full post »

MAY 30, 2014 6:14AM

"Tabula Rasa"

John Locke, a great formative influence to the Western Civilization, stated that children are "tabula rasa" (a clean state) and were formed by whatever their parents have engendered.

I have reasons to doubt that claim.

When I was a child, I hated cleanliness and didn't care what I looked like. My… Read full post »

MAY 26, 2014 9:49PM

By the Sea

by Ella Odeyash

Like liquid glass, waters of sea,
Made of the tinted-bottle color,
Was pouring softly, heavily
The appellation of this: summer.
And ships, appearing like white dots,
Forming the distance with their presence.
They went somewhere to end of earth,
The appellation of this: heaven.… Read full post »
MAY 26, 2014 5:09AM

The Immigrants and Their Concerns

As a son of Russian immigrants, I have some insight into the attitudes and issues of immigrants. These will be expected to be found in immigrants from all sorts of countries and aren't limited to the Russians.

First of all, immigrants tend to be, by and large, very patriotic. They
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There are many people who are involved in capitalism, who are against the government.

Mostly, those people don't know what they are talking about.

Capitalism depends upon protection of property rights. It takes the government to protect property rights; and without this government protection of pro
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The world's most successful animal species are ones that have learned to live with humans - as pets, as food or as parasites.

In the first category are dogs, cats, and to a lesser extent hamsters and guinea pigs.

In the second category are cows, chickens, ducks, pigs, goats and sheep.… Read full post »

There is a common saying, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions."

The response to that is, "Oh yeah, the road to heaven is paved with bad ones."

The road to hell is not paved with either good or bad intentions. It is paved with ignorance and… Read full post »
MAY 21, 2014 4:41AM

Feminism and Macho Men

While taking a train in Melbourne, I observed a situation. Several boys in their late teens attacked a teenage girl, saying that she was fat. The girl kicked the door of the train while exiting the train; the boys then went on to sing, "Row row row your boat gently downRead full post »
MAY 21, 2014 12:11AM

Sociopaths and False Accusations

In recent years, it has been fashionable to describe anyone one does not like as a sociopath. There needs to be a way to check these abuses.

Calling someone a sociopath who isn't is crying wolf. He is bringing an inquisition upon an innocent person. The more people cry wolf,… Read full post »
MAY 20, 2014 2:45AM

Desire and God

Susan Anthony, a great feminist leader, once stated, "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." 

I think that there is a rational explanation for this phenomenon within the Judeo-Christian framework.

MAY 18, 2014 4:01AM

Which Human Nature?

The move of the baby boomers from idealism of 1960s and 1970s to 1980s consumerism was seen as the human nature winning against idealistic beliefs. Not enough people have challenged that stance.

First of all, the 1980s conservatives were officially against human nature. They saw most of it -
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I've been called everything from a feminist to a misogynist; and most of these portrayals have been wrongful. Simply, I like some women - as well as some men - and dislike others. I value certain qualities and militate against others. This is the case both for women and for
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MAY 15, 2014 5:29AM

Liberalism and Islamofascism

In the war against Islamofascism, one thing that the opponents of the war like to claim is that tolerance is a noble ideal and should be extended to everyone.

Tolerance most certainly is a noble ideal. But let me tell you what is not a noble ideal. It is shooting… Read full post »
MAY 9, 2014 10:42PM

Rebels and Sociopaths

The concept of "sociopath" has been misused to brand people who do not fit under the definition. Particularly, it has been used to brand rebels against various kinds of social wrongs.

That is not, nor was it ever, the meaning of the term "sociopath."

A sociopath is someone who's cold,… Read full post »

APRIL 30, 2014 10:33PM

Two Sides of Beauty Debate

Sonya Renee, a brilliant Washington-area poetess, has started a Facebook group called "The body is not an apology," in which she is advocating that women of larger size press for their rights to be treated as well as the next person. Denise Jolly, a California-area poetess, has started another site c… Read full post »
APRIL 27, 2014 9:51PM

Values: West vs. Taliban

As the conflict between the West and the Islamofascists drags on, it is probably time to examine the arguments used in the conflict. Specifically, must be put to the test the claim by Islamofascists that they have values and that the West does not. This is their central contention; and in… Read full post »
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 »