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Top 10 counterweights articles from the third quarter of the fateful year 2016

Dec 29th, 2016 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

The third quarter of any year is mostly the summer, with a week and a half of autumn at the end. In any case, 2016 is almost over and without further adieu here are the top 10 counterweights articles for the third quarter of this fateful year, as selected by our own central committee : [...]



Ho ho ho : our Top 10 reports 2Q 2016 & Dominic Berry on metro news & the Sparrow on ex-Blue Jay Edwin

Dec 23rd, 2016 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2016. TORONTO, CANADA. The legendary arrival of Santa Claus is now a very few days away. Our esteemed colleague Dominic Berry took a trip downtown yesterday on the Queen streetcar for some last minute shopping — at HMV on Yonge Street and the Indigo bookstore in the Eaton Centre. The trip takes [...]



Belatedly discovering Zadie Smith .. and Olbermann’s back : 2016 holiday gifts from the world wide web

Dec 20th, 2016 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

Almost a month ago the editor in chief reported on how 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. [...]



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 [...]