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.


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FEBRUARY 28, 2013 3:59AM

Clean Energy and System Purism

Much of the 20th century revolved around a conflict between capitalism and socialism. On both sides there were many people willing to die for either system. My response is that a system - any system - is a tool and nothing more than a tool; and the point is not to… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 26, 2013 6:51AM


How am I to know you, sambuddhassa?
How can I apply your truths in life?
How to take your wisdom to the highest
And from it true brilliance derive?

Bearing burden of ancestral sadness -
Whole lifestyles, whole tribes destroyed -
To the point that it looks just like madness… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 22, 2013 7:45AM

Gender Debate: Hitler and Stalin

There are two sides of town. On one side of town, violent and abusive men are horrible to women who are beautiful, warm and compassionate and insist on treating them like dirt. On the other side of town, nasty and mean-spirited women are ugly to men who have goodwill toward women… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 18, 2013 8:31PM

Preventing Abuse

I have seen a lot of abusive relationships; and from what I have seen I make two recommendations on how to prevent abuse.

 The first is to make laws against false advertising in relationships. Most abusers do not say that they will be abusers; they present a nice front and then… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 18, 2013 7:44AM

Gender Relations: Cartel vs. Competition

Economic thinking has not been applied enough in social matters; and it should. In economics, the point is always to arrange the situation so that it leads to public benefit. Thus, the environment in which producers operate is meant to be incentivized to the point of benefiting the consumer. For this… Read full post »
Political correctness is wrong for any number of reasons, not the least of them being that it militates against free speech. It not only militates against free speech; it also militates against all meaningful discourse. If the standard is that nobody can say anything that offends anyone else, then no… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 9, 2013 10:18PM

Gender and Change

For someone who wants to change the way that things are, the best path is a two-pronged approach. One part of it consists of deconstructing wrong attitudes and beliefs; the other part consists of leading by example to better outcomes. In the first case, the change is affectuated by showing people… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 4, 2013 10:47PM

Eros and Death

I wrote most of this in 2000 but added some things recently.

It's long and touches on many subjects, including love, nature and civilization, psychology and death.

The person to whom it is addressed died two years ago from medical negligence. Most of this is about the concept of… Read full post »

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 »