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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MARCH 4, 2015 9:23PM

Beauty and Ugliness

There is a saying that goes, “Beauty is only skin-deep; ugliness goes down to the bone.”

I do not believe that to be true. I look ugly on bad days, handsome on good days. Whereas I have known people who were beautiful all the way through and had the privilege… Read full post »

MARCH 1, 2015 11:22PM

What Freedom Demands

There are many people who believe that too much freedom is unsustainable. As I've learned from experience, any amount of freedom is sustainable – for as long as people hold themselves to a high enough standard of conduct.

With freedom, as with anything else, practice makes perfect. You try it… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 28, 2015 9:16PM

Investigating the Quran

I've been reading through the Quran, and I can see why so many people are Muslims. This is some powerful writing.

Some of this writing is actually quite insightful: check

16:128

Indeed, Allah is with those who fear Him and those who are doers of good.

17:8

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FEBRUARY 27, 2015 4:01AM

Killing In The Name Of

I am sick of people who think that God wants them to kill or to destroy. God wants no such thing. An omnipotent being could kill or destroy whomever He wants to by Himself. He does not need anyone's aid in that.

No matter what you think about the next… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 25, 2015 8:27PM

Making Family Better

For a long time I was against family and wanted nothing to do with children. Having a lovely daughter resulted in me correcting my stance. I realized that I was against, not family, but wrong things that take place in many families. Whereas when these wrong things get done away with,… Read full post »

The intelligent approach to politics will see all the parties involved and work toward solutions that work for the benefit of all the affected parties.

Each force in politics has the core of legitimacy. Each force in politics is also capable of being both right and wrong. Both business and labor… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 20, 2015 9:56PM

Lessons and History

I am not sure what is worse: Learning no lesson from experience or learning the wrong lesson.

The post-World War II history has been influenced by either wrong lessons being learned or by lessons being learned too well. The Jews learned that they were not safe in the world and… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 20, 2015 8:02PM

People Using God

One frequent claim made by Christians is that the wrong things that people have done in the name of Christianity are to be blamed on man rather than on God. That may very well be the case. My question is, Why did Christ let them get away with these things?

I do… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 18, 2015 6:59PM

Power and Scapegoating

The way in which one treats power in the next person depends on what one thinks about that person and whether or not that person is worthy of power.

A government that has heavy weaponry is seen as a strong government that has what it takes to defend the country.… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 17, 2015 7:47PM

Feelings and Reality

There are many people who hate feelings. These people make this error: Denying themselves and others positive feelings while indulging in bad ones.

These people have not of course gone beyond feelings. They are constantly in the grip of one bad feeling after another. Jealousy, hatred, possessiveness… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 16, 2015 10:12PM

Relationships With Exes

There are people who find it weird that I have maintained a positive relationship with my ex-wife. I think that there is nothing weird about this. The world is made a better place when people maintain positive relationships with their exes than if they become each other's enemies.

I've seen… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 15, 2015 9:41PM

Youth and Aging

In different places in the world we see different attitudes toward aging. There is good and bad about both gerontocratic and youth-valuing places.

The biggest problem with gerontocratic societies is that they become sclerotic. They become rigid, they allow no positive change, and they fail to adapt t… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 14, 2015 3:54AM

"Challenge" of Hunting

I've heard people say that they enjoy the challenge of the hunt. My response: “Does the duck?”

I am not a vegetarian, and I am not against animals being grown for food. I am however against things being killed for sport. Animals eat other animals too; but they don't go… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 11, 2015 11:56PM

"The Absolute" and Islam

In my previous post, The Absolute (http://open.salon.com/blog/ilya_shambat/2015/02/10/the_absolute), I have intended to show how easy it is to produce something that sounds like the Quran.

I do not claim to be better than Jesus; I do however claim to be better than Mohammad. I do not have sex with 9-… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 11, 2015 2:05AM

The Absolute

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The Absolute exists within the Relative
Which exists within the Absolute.
The Frames of Timespace
Are manifestation of Absolute Wisdom
Which underlies Time and Space
And to which Time and Space are Subservient.
All that is Of the Absolute
Inspires Absolute Experience… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 8, 2015 10:33PM

ISIS are not real Muslims

While there are many Christians who are against Islam, I think that targeting a religion in order to fight its terrorists is using a cannon to swat a fly.

I've been reading the Quran, and in its section Al-Nisa, Sura 4:19, is a statement: "O you who haveRead full post »

FEBRUARY 8, 2015 9:32PM

Businessmen, Artists, Feminism

The most attractive women are the artists; the most attractive men are the businessmen.

The reason is that artistic women are beautiful, erotic, fun, and possessive of amazing personal qualities that allow them to be kind, compassionate, and good mothers toward the children. And the businessmen know… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 8, 2015 4:21AM

Translations of Marina Tsvetaeva

My translations of Marina Tsvetaeva have been published on

http://www.swifft.org/main/authors/cvetaeva-marina/sbornik_engl/1-sbornik_engl.html

Among the false claims of the Christian Right is that they have family values and that they are American patriots.

My questions are as follows. How can you claim to have family values, if you want the world to end before the children being born now have reached maturity? And how… Read full post »

There are many people who claim that Israel was taken from the people who lived there before.

By that logic, so have America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Latin America. And unlike the settlers in these countries, Israelis are not conducting a genocide against the Palestinians. Occasionally a… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 6, 2015 5:29AM

Addressing Anti-Jewish Sentiments

The anti-Jewish people make two claims. One is that the Jews are in control; the other is that the Jews are evil.

If that had been the case, then the people saying such things would all be facing a firing squad. That they instead are free to spread their lies, shows that… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 4, 2015 9:31PM

Nature and Civilization

Human existence involves two major components. One is nature – the world that man has not created; and the other is civilization – the world that man has. Human benefit thus consists of both worlds being in the best shape that they can be, and for people to be able to… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 3, 2015 11:11PM

"Losers" and Decency

I have seen many improvident behaviors that are seen as the norm. I would like to address one such improvident behavior. It is that of seeing men whose women left them as losers.

I have seen many situations in which men kept persecuting the woman for leaving them, even to… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 3, 2015 5:24AM

Dialectic and Win-Win Scenarios

Hegelian philosophy is based on the concept of the dialectic. A force (thesis) begets its polar opposite (antithesis); and as the two strive with one another, is evolved a combination (synthesis). Hegel claimed that history was based upon this process, and Marx used his views to invent a philosophy c… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 3, 2015 3:27AM

Run-in with death

I don't normally meddle in other people's personal business; but today I had to. I heard the water running in my flatmate's room for a very long time, so I looked in and saw his bathtub running over. I turned off the water and saw him lying on the floor asleep… Read full post »