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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AUGUST 20, 2014 8:12PM

Antisemites and Crucifixion

The main line given by anti-semites within Christianity is that the Jews crucified Jesus. Whether or not the Jews crucified Jesus in 33 AD, none of the Jews now living were alive at the time. Which means that they should not be getting blamed for it.

Another line is… Read full post »

AUGUST 18, 2014 10:15PM

Nihilism and Spirituality

The empiricist definition of reality is “what can be proven.” The problem with this definition is that by itself it leads to nihilism. If reality is what can be proven, then if something cannot be proven to just one person, it is not real. Not much can be proven to a… Read full post »

AUGUST 16, 2014 9:20PM

Liberty and Diversity

There are many people who claim to believe in freedom, but are against diversity. These people do not know what they are talking about. Real freedom will always result in diversity. The reason is that people are different from one another, and when given liberty will do different things.… Read full post »

AUGUST 15, 2014 3:41AM

America and Rome

One claim frequently made among Christian conservatives is that America is another Roman Empire, and that liberties afforded to Americans cannot last.

This claim is simply wrong.

The real problem with Roman Empire was the horrible institution of slavery, in which lived three quarters of the popula… Read full post »

AUGUST 14, 2014 10:50PM

Players and False Advertising

Most situations of abuse are also situations of false advertising. The woman, for the most part, won't go into a relationship knowing that she is going to get beaten, or to have her partner running down her character and make her feel like the lowest thing on earth. In most of… Read full post »

AUGUST 13, 2014 3:57AM

Relationships and Character

The worst relationship behavior I've seen is that of persecution. The partner – in most cases the male, though I've seen women doing it too – decides, for one or another reason, that the other partner is a bad person. He then starts running down the other partner's character and makes… Read full post »

AUGUST 8, 2014 9:10PM

The Constitutional Pharisees

There have been many Republican and Libertarian politicians claiming that the Democrats have been violating American Constitution. Because so many people are saying this, this claim must be answered.

  As any student of Christianity knows, far more important than obeying the letter of the Bible i… Read full post »
AUGUST 6, 2014 8:55PM

The Ukrainian Identity

First bloody riots; then a terrorist act; now mutual sanctions. In a period of a few months Ukraine went from a stable democracy to a conflict zone. While Russians and Americans are hitting each other with sanctions, neighbors continue to kill each other and innocent people. As America is accusing Ru… Read full post »

AUGUST 5, 2014 9:20PM

History and Patriarchy

A frequent claim made by people involved in backlash against feminism is that patriarchy is necessary for the civilization, and that women's rights lead to end of civilizations. This claim is contradicted by both historical and present fact.

The most advanced countries in the world, such as Sweden,… Read full post »

The Spiral
 
The Eastern worldviews tend to describe the world in cyclical terms. Life and death, creation and destruction, summer and winter, and time itself, are conceived in circular manner in which life repeats continuously. In the West, we see a linear worldview, in which human
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AUGUST 4, 2014 9:38PM

Business and Ethics

There are people who see wealth as a mark of personal effectiveness, and there are others who see wealth as a mark of chicanery and dishonesty. Both sides have exactly half a point.

With wealth, the question to ask is, How is it earned? The person who becomes wealthy… Read full post »

AUGUST 3, 2014 12:48AM

Permanence and Change

Things both change and remain the same.

On the one hand, the law of identity holds, and I am the same person I was when I was two. On the other hand, lots of changes have taken place in me since I was two, and in many respects I… Read full post »

AUGUST 2, 2014 3:22AM

Africa and Racism

I once had an interaction with a young white South African. When I asked him who was in power, he said, “Monkeys.” This is racism – real, crude, ugly racism that deserves a punch in the face.

Here is what is not racism: Holding black people accountable for making… Read full post »

AUGUST 1, 2014 10:47PM

Romanticism and Spirituality

There have been any number of people who've seen romantic-minded people as lacking in spirituality. This claim is wrong. These people very much do have a spirituality. Specifically, they have spiritual feelings for their loved ones. And ultimately that's a more useful form of spirituality than we see… Read full post »

AUGUST 1, 2014 8:43PM

Hydrogen Transmission Network

A positive and effective solution to the problem of global warming can be found at

http://htnresearch.com

In recent decades it has been fashionable to loosely throw around terms such as “sociopath” to label the people whom one dislikes. This trend has reached far greater proportions than it ever deserved to have. If someone as kind and compassionate as my mother could get accused of being a p… Read full post »

JULY 31, 2014 7:24PM

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
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JULY 29, 2014 11:33PM

Tips on Parenting

As someone who has been both a child and a parent, I am putting this forth as advice on parenting as someone who's seen it from both sides.

1. Love.

Most parents love their children; but many don't have the right ways of expressing it. The child needs… Read full post »

JULY 25, 2014 12:26AM

When Attention Is Not Wanted

In my work as a tutor, there have been any number of situations in which my students developed crushes on me. I have also had similar attention from homosexuals and very old women. In neither of these situations was there a possibility for a relationship - in first case for legal… Read full post »
JULY 23, 2014 11:02PM

Abusers and Conmen

One common idea that people have expressed to me is that, if a woman chooses an abusive partner, then she is a fool.

I know enough women who've wound up with abusive partners to know that they are no fools. They have, however, been fooled. Someone put on a scam act,… Read full post »

JULY 20, 2014 1:31AM

Personality and Wealth

A libertarian thinker once said, "Show me a good loser, and I'll show you a loser."

My response to that is, "Show me a rich asshole, and I'll show you an asshole."

I've lived long enough to know that not all wealthy people are bad. There are independently wealthy… Read full post »
JULY 19, 2014 1:11AM

Usefulness of Poetry

There are many people who think that there is no use for poetry. This is both for these people and for the people whom they attack.

In fact there are many uses for poetry. Rhyming poetry at least provides a way to communicate thoughts in a simple and memorable way -… Read full post »

JULY 18, 2014 5:03AM

My poetry webpage

JULY 13, 2014 8:33PM

Plato and Poetry

Plato denigrated poets, claiming that they don't know what they are writing as they are speaking from their inspiration, and also by portraying them as imitators.

As a poet, I take offense at this. I know very well why I write what I write. Nor do I imitate anyone.

Like many other people rooting for Brazil, I was shocked by the outcome of the World Cup semifinal game between Brazil and Germany. Brazil was handed the worst defeat in its history, by a margin (7-1) which is associated typically with marginal teams and not with the world's greatest soccer powerhous… Read full post »