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.


Ilya Shambat's Links
NOVEMBER 11, 2013 11:24PM

Russian Songs: Videos and Translations

Russia's most popular songs with videos and translations at: Read full post »

NOVEMBER 11, 2013 8:29AM

Bending Were Trees, Chestnuts Made Sound

Bending were trees, chestnuts made sound, 
And the night was extremely dark
A single pair of two lovers
Partied till morning all the night 

And they awoke in the morning
Around them all the grass was bent
Bent not was only grass around them


WASHINGTON Thu Nov 7, 2013 2:55pm EST


(Reuters) - Government-run Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, America's biggest providers of housing finance, will send $39.0 billion to the U.S. Treasury in December, leaving them within a hair of covering the cost/Read full post »

NOVEMBER 11, 2013 12:44AM

Punks and Military

Some idiots went on a rampage and smashed up Melanie's car; and this has lead me to think about what really should be done about punks.

In England and Australia, they are called hooligans. In America, they are called gangsters. In Russia, they are called skinheads; in Germany, neo-Nazis. In… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 10, 2013 1:20AM

Sociopaths and Neurology

As someone who's been called a sociopath by a number of lay individuals - but never by a professional therapist - I can testify that the concept is vastly overused. 

As for people who actually are sociopaths, it appears that they lack neural connections between two centers in the brain. That make… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 9, 2013 10:39PM

Hydrogen Transmission Network

Arindam Banerjee, an Indian-born Australian-resident scientist and inventor, has developed a technology to fufil humanity's energy and water needs for the price of one without any pollution, destruction or waste.

Technology is explained at Read full post »

NOVEMBER 9, 2013 6:22AM

Feelings and Sociopaths

Many of the same people who are against feelings and think expressed feelings to be mush or pith are into the idea of some people - sociopaths - not having feelings. With people like that, one can't win. If one shows feelings, then one is supposedly weak or stupid; and if… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 8, 2013 7:54AM

Immanuel Kant and Scott Peck

Scott Peck was to psychology what Immanuel Kant was to Western philosophy. In the same way as Kant had used philosophy, after a blossoming during Enlightenment and Romanticism, to affectuate a return to the Protestant dogmas that philosophy had sought to replace, so did Peck use psychology, after it
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NOVEMBER 8, 2013 6:19AM

Dmitry Smirnov's Translations

Translations of Russian poetry by a friend:

NOVEMBER 8, 2013 5:12AM

The Obama Recovery

The GDP has recorded ten consecutive quarters of sustained growth. Dow Jones is well above 15,000. And Nazdaq is close to 4,000. 

So why are we not celebrating the Obama Recovery?

Probably because we've been hearing a lot of mind-numbing idiocy about how Obama is trying to tank the A… Read full post »
As an intellectual and a Russian immigrant, I have no use for the Tea Party. I do however have a higher view of reasonable Republicans, mainly the business Republicans. These people want to see the world develop economically; and this is a goal that I share with them.

OCTOBER 31, 2013 11:06PM

India, Now Kenya

After a brutal gang-rape in India, the people of New Delhi took to the streets to protest the crime and bring the perpetrators to justice. Now, the people of Nairobi, Kenya took to the streets to protest another brutal gang-rape and the ridiculously light sentence that the gang-rapists received.

In b… Read full post »

OCTOBER 31, 2013 8:43PM


When I look at your smile

I see life looking at me

grinning from ear to ear

and dissolving in red cheeks.

You don't like me to call you a Goddess

for you do not want to be a myth

nor do you want to be

a disembodied spirit

or a… Read full post »

OCTOBER 31, 2013 4:14AM

Ambition and Spirituality

There are any number of spiritual denominations that believe worldly ambition to be ungodly or pathological. I make the case that it's none of such things, and that it should be embraced rather than attacked.

There can be any number of reasons why someone would be ambitious. He may want… Read full post »
OCTOBER 27, 2013 2:35AM

Brilliant Art

Brilliant art by Melanie Coutts at Read full post »
OCTOBER 27, 2013 12:05AM

Feminism and Family

There are some people who think that the family is paramount, and that the man should be in control of the family regardless of his behavior; and there are others who think that family is the problem as such.

I have a better idea. Family should be important; and fathers… Read full post »
OCTOBER 26, 2013 5:35AM

Why Obama Is Not A Communist

A continuing lie from the Right is that Obama is a communist or a totalitarian.

I've lived under Communism, and I can tell these people right now that, if he had been any such thing, they would not be here to say what they are saying.

A Communist, or… Read full post »
OCTOBER 25, 2013 11:04PM

Nemo Finds Himself

Sequel to Film "Finding Nemo"

When Nemo and his father came home, everyone saw them as heroes. They said that their clown-fish had become a true hero, traveling thousands of miles and braving sharks, jellyfish, seagulls and people to bring his son back home. Everywhere that Nemo's father went, he… Read full post »
OCTOBER 25, 2013 8:56AM

Why Teachers Should Carry Guns

In latest news, America has been shocked over a teenager murdering a teacher for making the teenager stay after school.

My solution is simple. Allow teachers to carry guns.

The school shootings and killings in America have gone beyond a joke. It didn't stop with Eric Harris and Dylan… Read full post »
In the estimation of a fairly famous person, I'm supposedly a weak person who sucks up to power.

My response is that there are different roles for different people, and that the same person who wouldn't amount to much as a leader can amount to quite a lot in a… Read full post »
OCTOBER 25, 2013 12:44AM

Russian Poems: Singing and Translation

Russian classical poetry sang by Uli Zislin and translated by Ilya Shambat. The links go directly to the songs. 


Keep me alive, my talisman

by Alexander S. Pushkin


Keep me alive, my talisman,

Keep me alive in stressful days and

In days of worry andRead full post »

OCTOBER 24, 2013 1:42AM

Why I'm Not a Vegetarian

As an environmentalist and a practicioner of Buddhist meditation, I am often asked why I am not a vegetarian. There is a major reason for this.

The cows, the chickens, the pigs, the ducks, the sheep and the goats are some of the most successful animal species on the planet. There are/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 21, 2013 10:07AM

Addressing the Anti-Jewish Sentiment

Like many others, I am tired of all the anti-Jewish propaganda that we've seen in recent years. Most of the people who make this propaganda claim to speak for the Western civilization or the white race. In fact, the Jews have contributed vastly to both the white race and the Western… Read full post »
OCTOBER 21, 2013 6:47AM

Kant's Categorical Imperative

Immanuel Kant stated that the categorical imperative is to act in such a way that, if other people acted the same way, it would form the basis of a universal moral law.

What he did not specify is that different people are suited for different roles, and that if someone,… Read full post »
OCTOBER 19, 2013 5:14AM

Communists and America

In some parts of America and a number of other countries, the worst thing that one can be called is a Communist. At once there are identifications with Gulag, starvation and lakes of blood.

I am not a Communist. I did however have a grandmother who was a card-carrying member of… Read full post »