In Brief

Looking back on the first quarter of the fateful year 2016

Dec 14th, 2016 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

The short story about 2016 in the English-speaking global village is just Brexit in the UK and Donald Trump in the USA. And, perhaps more presciently than we in North America typically allow, this all happened on the heels of the right-wing victory of Narendra Modi and the  Bharatiya Janata Party (or Indian People’s Party), [...]



Private night thoughts inspired by Stephen Marche on the Obama years, in the Los Angeles Review of Books

Dec 7th, 2016 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

The text for my holiday season night thoughts here is Stephen Marche, “The Obama Years,” Los Angeles Review of Books, November 30, 2016. Mr. Marche reports early on that “I was 32 when Obama danced over the green sea of raised phones at his first inaugural ball. I will be 40 by the time he [...]



Splendor at the Hollywood theatre with Natalie Wood .. five years later (when she would be 78 years old)

Nov 29th, 2016 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: In Brief

I’m told that for a few weeks now the statistics for this site have been showing fresh interest in a post of mine from exactly five years ago, on “Splendor at the Hollywood theatre : remembering the Natalie Wood who would be 73 years old.” The occasion back then was the 30th anniversary of the [...]



Reaction to Justin Trudeau’s Fidel farewell just one early sign of new age of Trump .. well, sort of .. maybe?

Nov 28th, 2016 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

As much as we want to escape the long arm of Donald Trump in the US (and other) mainstream media during the last lame-duck weeks of 2016, we keep bumping into it all, like it or not. Up here in the true north strong and free the main media obsession of this past weekend has [...]



The good, bad, and ugly in French philosopher Bruno Latour’s take on the tragedy of Donald Trump

Nov 22nd, 2016 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

The usually agreeable X keeps telling me that he is working on some major tone poem called “Toronto notes : Donald Trump as Rob Ford, Part Deux .. and that really did end tragically.” He wants to take the time to get it right. It will be ready soon …etc. Meanwhile the managing editor says [...]



Golden State waves goodbye : ‘Calexit’ movement’s a joke that’s become almost serious with Trump election?

Nov 14th, 2016 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: In Brief

You’ve of course already heard of “Brexit” — Britain leaves (exits) the European Union. (And this is something that’s already happening, in one degree or another. See, eg, the excellent Scottish journalist and writer Neal Ascherson on “England prepares to leave the world.”) If you live north of the “unfortified” northern US border, you may [...]



Memories of Remembrance Days past

Nov 11th, 2016 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

A review of past counterweights postings on or near November 11 — since our humble beginnings in 2004 — suggests that it took the increasingly extended Canadian involvement in Afghanistan to finally spark our interest in Remembrance Day commemorations. As best we can tell on some quick forays through the bulging accumulated material in “Browse [...]



What happened? … without rigged system of the electoral college Trump wouldn’t have won

Nov 9th, 2016 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED NOVEMBER 10, 12]. What happened on November 8, 2016 in the United States of America? A few personal impressions from the accumulating vast collection out there, based mostly on US TV, various online resources in the miraculous Age of the Internet, and a few intermittent conversations with actual voters in various parts of the [...]



Northern lights on US election VI : trying to be positive about democracy in America 2016, as it happens …

Nov 8th, 2016 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

TORONTO, CANADA. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8. 1:30 PM ET. I too have been called by the doctor with an almost final assignment in the most troubling US election in my memory. (Well that’s the way it seems right now. I’m so old  I can’t really remember all that much. Except that I haven’t liked the results [...]



Northern lights on US election V : does Comey’s latest announcement cancel Bill Maher’s right-wing coup?

Nov 7th, 2016 | By Dominic Berry | Category: In Brief

GANATSEKWYAGON, ON. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2 AM. The phone rang. It was the doctor. “You’re supposed to be the humour guy,” he said. “Do something humourous about this US election. It’s killing us.” He went on : “I watched Bill Maher Friday night. President Obama — just on tape but of course impressive. Then a [...]