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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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 »

DECEMBER 26, 2013 10:18PM

Wrong Lessons from World War II

Different places learned different things from the Second World War. Europe learned that war and nationalism is evil. America learned that it is the best and should impose itself upon everyone. Russia learned that, because they were able to defeat a major Western power, they would be able to defeat t… Read full post »

DECEMBER 26, 2013 1:57AM

India's Man-Woman Relations

As a former computer professional with interest in other cultures, I have had a lot of exposure to the Indian culture. It appears that there are two Indias. One is wise, noble and highly spiritual. The other is brutal, misogynistic and corrupt.

I have a friend from India who has… Read full post »
DECEMBER 25, 2013 5:08AM

The French and the Cowboys

The French have the reputation for being cowards; and mostly this reputation is wrong. France, let it be recalled, had Napoleon who conquered the bulk of continental Europe including Germany. They put in a respectable showing in the First World War as well. Granted that their dismal performance durin… Read full post »
DECEMBER 23, 2013 12:46AM

Family Unit: Sacred or Merely Human?

One idea that has been highly influential in the world has been the sanctity of the family unit. It has been opposed by the idea that family is a patriarchial institution that oppresses women, and that women should avoid family life. 

Both are wrong.

I am a dedicated and… Read full post »

The main premise behind classical economics is that people are driven in their consumption decisions by what Adam Smith called rational self-interest. That premise is not correct. Most consumption decisions are not driven by rational self-interest; they are driven by psychology.

I do not mean only th… Read full post »

DECEMBER 18, 2013 9:22PM

Responsibility: Whose?

In psychology, a neurotic is someone who takes responsibility for things that are not their responsibility; and a personality disorder person does not take responsibility for things that are. The real question to ask is this, "What is whose responsibility?" 

On this we have all sorts of different… Read full post »
DECEMBER 15, 2013 4:20AM

China's One Child Per Family Policy

While China's one-child-per-family policy is usually seen as an internal affair, there are any number of reasons why it should not be regarded that way.

The biggest immediate result of this policy is female infanticide on a vast scale - to the tune of maybe 100 million female fetuses aborted.… Read full post »
DECEMBER 14, 2013 4:08AM

"Sexual Predators" and Compassion

When I was at a bus station in Connecticut, I observed a scene in which a deaf older man made an obscene gesture at a long-haired young man who was working at the station. The young men went into a tantrum in which he was claiming that the older man was… Read full post »

The wind energy production tax credit is a tougher issue than you might imagine for some good liberal wonks. On the one hand, wind power is great. On the other hand, tax credits are a market-distorting, inefficient way of making policy. They are basically spending disguised as tax cuts. Most tax… Read full post »

DECEMBER 8, 2013 10:46PM

Protestants and Communists

My politics are moderate to Left. But in my dealings with conservatives and libertarians, I've come to like a number of these people. In such situations, what I've had to learn is how to disagree without being disagreeable. 

My grandmother was a card-carrying member of the Communist Party of th… Read full post »