In Brief

Waiting for Biden-Harris at the last minute .. on a great lake in the far north

Jan 18th, 2021 | By | Category: In Brief

SPECIAL FROM L. FRANK BUNTING, PANCAKE BAY, ON. JANUARY 18, 2021, 2 AM, 2 PM ET : Some worried that yesterday would be a kind of state-Capitol reprise of what transpired at the national Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021. According to CNN, however : “Weekend protests at state capitols stayed small amid heavy […]



Good morning America how are you?

Jan 7th, 2021 | By | Category: In Brief

FROM THE DESKTOPS OF THE COUNTERWEIGHTS EDITORS, TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA. JAN 7, 2021. 4:15 AM ET. We just want to make clear that, like so many others in so many parts of the world today, we are altogether appalled by the happenings at the US Capitol (and various state capitols as well) on Wednesday, January […]



Happy New Year 2021 : (+ Jan 4: US politics really crazy now?), Indigenous Edmonton, Saul Alinsky’s democracy, Trump etc, old New York jazz clubs

Jan 1st, 2021 | By | Category: In Brief

COUNTERWEIGHTS EDITORS’ VIRTUAL NEW YEAR’S PARTY 2021 (UPDATED 9 AM ET, MONDAY JANUARY 4, 2021), FERNWOOD PARK, ON. To start with, we’ve moved our January 4, 2021 update on US politics right up front here instead of at the end of our original comments as usual, for what we think should be obvious reasons! We […]



Citizen X plays fanfare for the common man on the weird year 2020

Dec 15th, 2020 | By | Category: In Brief

FROM THE DESKTOP OF CITIZEN X, BUCKHORN, ON., DECEMBER 15, 2020, 2AM ET : Over the past few years the counterweights editors have commemorated the end of another year on what remains a Western (if also African) Christian calendar (even when it’s called “Common Era”) by posting links to this political blogazine’s most popular articles […]



Canada’s new finance minister tells it like it is (just after National Review attacks “Disgraceful Endgame” down south)

Dec 2nd, 2020 | By | Category: In Brief

FROM THE COUNTERWEIGHTS EDITORS, GANATSEKWYAGON, ON. WED 2 DEC 2020 : The main focus of our November 30 gathering was federal finance minister Chrystia Freeland’s economic and fiscal update for the Government of Canada — on cable news TV at or about 4 PM, direct from the Canadian House of Commons in Ottawa. The Government […]



Can “socialism” in Canada (er I mean “social democracy”) be any inspiration for Joe Biden’s USA today (and meanwhile will the pivot to Asia now revive) ?

Nov 18th, 2020 | By | Category: In Brief

FROM RANDALL WHITE, FERNWOOD PARK, TORONTO, WED 18 NOV 2020 : Sophia A. Nelson (who might qualify as one seasoned guide to the new political middle ground many Americans apparently now yearn for) published an interesting piece on the Daily Beast site this past Sunday. Her article is called “The Authoritarian Threat in This Country […]



On Biden-Harris victory at last : some gains for American democracy ; some new lessons to figure out

Nov 8th, 2020 | By | Category: In Brief

COUNTERWEIGHTS EDITORS, TORONTO, NOV 8, 2020, 2 AM ET : As with so many others our first reaction was just relief. At least some big enough part of what you wanted to happen was probably going to happen. But until it was confirmed … Most of our fellow workers, friends, and neighbours, in this North […]



NOV 6 : Biden closer to winning ; Banon, Graham, and Trump closer to crazy! (And Kayleigh McEnany will always be …)

Nov 4th, 2020 | By | Category: In Brief

UPDATED NOV 4, 10:30 AM ET ; NOV 6, 3 AM, 12 NOON : COUNTERWEIGHTS EDITORS’ NOTES : 3 NOV 20, 11:40 PM ET : Just under an hour ago David Coletto at Abacus Data tweeted : “We won’t know what the outcome is tonight. Feels like it’s best to go to bed, try to […]



Waiting for the 2020 US election from just across the lake (while also thinking about Canadian public finance)

Nov 1st, 2020 | By | Category: In Brief

FROM THE DESKTOP OF CITIZEN X, GANATSEKWYAGON, ON. NOVEMBER 1, 2020. One thing Canadians never quite understand about their friendly-giant neighbours in the USA is how they ever manage to remember even the bare political geography of their federal system. Memorizing the 10 provinces of Canada and their capital cities at school or otherwise takes […]



If BC NDP can win a stable majority government to manage COVID-19,what about the Liberals in Ottawa?

Oct 25th, 2020 | By | Category: In Brief

UPDATED OCT 26. FROM THE COUNTERWEIGHTS EDITORS. TORONTO, OCT 25, 12:15 AM ET ; OCT 24, 9:15 PM PT : Surprise, surprise (not, of course). Despite the large volume of mail-in votes that will only be counted “a couple of weeks later,” both CBC and CTV have now projected an NDP majority government in today’s […]