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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Salon.com
In Australia and America there's a growing hysteria
Comparing those who see global warming threat
To the North Koreans and the Soviets.
Mr. Inhofe said scientists lied to you,
I don't subscribe to that point of view
It's such an ignorant thing to tell
I hope deniers love their kids as… Read full post »
In many places there is suspicion of intelligence, but not of stupidity. Intelligence is blamed for all sorts of problems that aren't its doing. If it had been up to intelligence, the world would have been running clean energy a long time ago. Instead there are also stupidity, short-sightedness and d… Read full post »
JANUARY 31, 2013 4:37AM

Possessiveness and the Dalai Lama

After my wife left me to be with another man, I had a choice as to how to react to this situation. She had an ex who had been persecuting her ever since she left him; and there was another man who kept threatening an honor killing against her and her… Read full post »
JANUARY 25, 2013 8:07PM

Confronting Worldview Panic

Very few things threaten people more than having their worldview challenged. And when something arises that threatens their worldview, the first reaction is to destroy it.

We see this with Hurricane Carter. Since he was a child he was seen as a dangerous individual. What made him dangerous? Quite
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I've known many women, working in female-run establishments, who kept getting attacked by their female bosses and co-workers for being either hard-working, intelligent or attractive. This kind of behavior can only be a disaster for the women and their attempts at advancement in society.

In male-run es… Read full post »
The situation facing people who are in dissent is paradoxical. In places where they have the most reason to rebel, they have the least freedom to rebel; whereas in places where they have the most freedom to rebel there is least reason to rebel. In Muslim, right-wing Christian and Communist societies… Read full post »
JANUARY 12, 2013 4:04AM

Art and Business: A Legacy of Beauty

There has historically been much friction between business and art. The main reason for this is that business and art are based on much different methodologies. Business looks for the bottom line; art looks toward the imagined or the etherial. Business demands constant consistent attention; art follo… Read full post »
Gary Kasparov and Bobbie Fischer were both former chess champions who got involved in politics, but in very different ways. Whereas Kasparov, as a leader of Russia's pro-democracy opposition, became involved in politics in a credible way, Fischer became involved in politics in a lunatic way, sending… Read full post »
There have been some Republican politicians, such as Tom Cole, who've been speaking up in favor of domestic violence legislation; and then there are others who have been opposing it. This is to reach those people based on what they claim to believe.

Refusing to practice or tolerate domestic violence… Read full post »
JANUARY 2, 2013 4:08AM

Feminism: Changing Direction

As in many other places, in America there is a separation between feminist women and all other women. The feminists have contempt for other women, seeing them as "breeders" and victims, whereas the other women see feminists as being mean-spirited and out of touch. There needs to be more interaction b… Read full post »
Christianity keeps picking things up from the world outside the church, then battles with the implications of these things as juxtaposed with its stance of being apart from the world. Christianity lets in psychology and becomes psychologized. Christianity lets in business and becomes commerciali… Read full post »
DECEMBER 31, 2012 10:30PM

Clean Energy: Health and Responsibility

Clean energy is a matter of health, and it is also a matter of responsibility.

Health means that it doesn't negatively impact either people's health or that of the planet. Dirty energy causes vast negative impact on both. Whereas with clean energy, nothing is polluted and no life or property… Read full post »
The recent gang rape in India played the same role as did the beating of Rodney King in 1991. People have reacted with outrage to say that enough is enough. 

It is about time.

40,000 women die each year in India from domestic violence. Hundreds of thousands of young… Read full post »
DECEMBER 26, 2012 2:51AM

America, Intellectuals and the French

There is an ongoing hatred against intellectuals among the conservative constituents in America. There is a problem with that stance, and it is this: America was founded by intellectuals such as Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin. Which means that for Americans to be anti-intellectual militates agains… Read full post »
DECEMBER 26, 2012 12:40AM

Moments in Time

"Give me one moment in time" - Whitney Houston

We're given moments in time
That sometimes are eternal
In which infinity we find
And that comprise life's journal -

There's me, a 13, on a stage,
Exploding in oration
Like lion bursting from a cage -
A standing long… Read full post »
DECEMBER 24, 2012 3:42AM

Narcissus and Chamomile

Narcissus and chamomile look a lot alike; but their character is very different. Narcissus is firmly self-centered; chamomile is compassionate and soft. Together they make one task complete: Finding and sharing the water.

Narcissus finds his way to the water - which, metaphorically, means the substa… Read full post »
DECEMBER 23, 2012 10:55PM

The Leesburg Chronicles

 
Shelly was the center of her conservative upper-class community in Leesburg, Virginia. She was holding parties for the wealthy families that lived there and was impressing everyone with her competence as a housemaker. Her husband was a quiet, stoic technology professional. When something broke… Read full post »
DECEMBER 22, 2012 3:49AM

The Triple Human Nature

What human nature is and what it isn't has been a subject of much debate through the times, and it should be. We see in people capacities for all sorts of things. I am looking at the issue from the standpoint of simple rationality, and that is: A being that exists… Read full post »
DECEMBER 21, 2012 1:36AM

Gun Rights and Prisoner's Dilemma

Like most people, I am outraged at the recent school shooting in Connecticut. This matter is bound to re-ignite the debate about guns. On this, there are some who will take this into a direction of tougher gun control legislation, and others who will take this into a direction of more… Read full post »
DECEMBER 20, 2012 11:39PM

Medical Elitism and Alternative Medicine

Artists are frequently accused of being elitists; but the most elitist group in America I've found to be the doctors. 

It's understandable why doctors in America would be elitist. The length, rigor and expense of medical education makes it accessible to only a very small portion of the populati… Read full post »
DECEMBER 19, 2012 7:01AM

Nature's True Lessons

 

Nature does not want destruction of humanity. Humanity is its greatest creation. It does however want people to learn their lesson. The point is not suffering to be inflicted on people; the point is getting people to realize what ways are rightful and what ways are wrong. Burning or poisoning… Read full post »

A lot of people in America constantly attack the government for supposedly being a source of oppression. There is a problem with that stance. In America, the government is not the source of oppression. In America, the government is official and subject to check, balance and accountability. Whereas th… Read full post »

DECEMBER 5, 2012 9:59PM

Bildenberg Conspiracy and Class Wars

Yet another person has been trying to claim to me that the so-called Bildenberg Conspiracy is running the world.

My response: Even if there is such a thing as the Bildenberg Conspiracy, it is better than Alex Jones.

The biggest class wars on American soil aren't fought by Marxists. The biggest… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 27, 2012 11:47PM

From Relativism to Absolute Perception

The relativistic idea of multiplicity of perspectives can give way to an absolute understanding through computation of these perspective. Of whatever the perspective is a function can be known and mathematically represented. Then the statements made by the people involved can be corrected for the fun… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 25, 2012 3:48AM

Wife Beater's Paradise

<To the tune of Gangsta's Paradise by Coolio> 

As I walk down the hallways of the family court
I look at liberty and realize that there's none left
Because they've been lying and blasting so long
That even judges think that women's minds are gone
But they don't put away the men who deserve it
T… Read full post »