Author Archives: jimbelton

About jimbelton

I'm a software developer, and a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and I blog about movies, books, and philosophy. My interest in religious philosophy and the search for the truth inspires much of my writing.

Over the Top Climate Warriors Start to Acknowledge Adaptation

David Wallace-Wells writes Adapt or die. That is the stark challenge to living in the new world we have made. Is this more climate change hyperbole? We need to decarbonise and fast. People keep saying this, but then fail to … Continue reading

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Review of “Wildcat”

* D Wildcat is the story of the capture and torture of a woman who claims to be a reporter and a US marine who was escorting her in Iran by a terrorist bomber. The entire film takes place in … Continue reading

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Charity is not Shameful, the Welfare State Is

Frances Ryan, writing in the Guardian, can’t understand why Millions of destitute Britons rely on charity handouts, yet ministers feel no shame. Why should politician’s be ashamed? Presumably Ryan believes they caused those millions to fall into poverty. A decade … Continue reading

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UK Labour Party Seeks to Exploit Climate Change for Votes

Ed Miliband of the UK Labour party opines in the Guardian that Our biggest enemy is no longer climate denial but climate delay. Is this mere partisan political hackery, or does he have something to say. Future generations will look … Continue reading

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Review of “Black Widow” (some spoilers)

* * C Black Widow is another Marvel movie that, like Black Panther, was almost good, but had a terrible “messy spectacle” ending. Scarlett Johansson was solid in the title roll, and Florence Pugh was a stand out as Yolena, … Continue reading

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Individualism is not Extremist, Nationalism is not Racist

Writing in the Guardian, Aditya Chakrabortty claims that After Covid, the climate crisis will be the next thing the right says we ‘just have to live with’. He then goes on to attack individualism, something valued by leftist anarchists and … Continue reading

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New Report Begs for More Taxation

CBC reports that Ottawa, provinces and territories not on track to meet new climate targets. The solution: lower emission targets. The only implementation suggestion: more carbon taxation. The federal, provincial and territorial governments have failed to plan emissions cuts sufficient to achieve Canada’s net-zero targets, … Continue reading

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Top Ten Worst Remakes

Hollywood loves to remake classic films, but often the results are less that stellar. I tend to avoid watching them unless I hear they are good, but I’ve still managed to see a few that either sucked or were significantly … Continue reading

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Leftists Covet Bezos’s Fortune, Whine About Space Pollution

Gaby Hinsliff, writing in the Guardian, opines For all our sakes, let’s hope Jeff Bezos’s space trip is just a midlife crisis. Why would she wish this? Does she have something against space exploration? One very small step for mankind, … Continue reading

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If God is Dead, Are We Next?

I’m going to comment on the Aussie Nationalist’s post The problem with rationalism. While our opinions on both rationalism and the coronavirus vaccine differ in the details, the Nationalist’s thoughts bear witnessing. In large part, the definition of ‘rationalism’ varies … Continue reading

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