- 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.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Antisemites and Crucifixion
August 20, 2014 08:12PM
- Nihilism and Spirituality
August 18, 2014 10:15PM
- Liberty and Diversity
August 16, 2014 09:20PM
- America and Rome
August 15, 2014 03:41AM
- Players and False Advertising
August 14, 2014 10:50PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Alsoknownas: Since
necrophilia does not actually
beings, I pay no
August 04, 2014 05:31AM
- “A solution to the
problem can be found
August 01, 2014 08:41PM
- “Steel, I'm not making
excuses. If a pedophile wants
to be a
pedophile, then he
July 31, 2014 11:55PM
- “Jonathan, are you
suggesting that this woman
would have been
bad for the
July 30, 2014 08:50PM
- “Bill, I wasn't duping
her at all. My communications
were honest. I
July 30, 2014 08:34PM
Ilya Shambat's Links
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
As any student of Christianity knows, far more important than obeying the letter of the Bible i… Read full post »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
A positive and effective solution to the problem of global warming can be found at
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 »
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.
Most parents love their children; but many don't have the right ways of expressing it. The child needs… Read full post »
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 »
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 »
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 »