Joseph W. Roberts, Ph.D.

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Thom Yorke’s Atoms for Peace shakes up Brooklyn’s Barclays Center (9/27)

“I’m Justin Bieber,” quipped Thom Yorke, before gesturing to the man on his left, Flea. “And this is…Justin Bieber.” This was the extent of the …

Fired for giving a kid a 66 cent cookie!

Organizers say the cookie was just an excuse to target a Subway worker who had helped lead fast food strikes<p>Josh Eidelson<p>September 27, 2013 7:09pm (UTC)<p>A worker in Seattle at the sandwich chain Subway says his boss told him he was being fired for giving a 66 cent cookie to a three year-old. Labor …

Here's The Chart That Destroys What Republicans Are Saying About The Deficit

Obama just gave a speech about the whole debt ceiling and government shutdown fight.<p>And one of the points he made is that the fight isn't actually about the deficit, which has fallen dramatically lately.<p>And that's true, the deficit has fallen dramatically. The GOP response to this is that the only …

Economics

Barack Obama slams Republicans for threat to 'blow up entire economy'

President Barack Obama on Friday issued a stark warning over the consequences of the continued stalemate in Congress over funding the federal government, saying US troops face disruption to their pay in the event of a shutdown and castigating his opponents for threatening to "blow up the entire …

The GOP’s Gotta Know When to Fold

A presidential democracy depends on two things: compromise and a recognition that the other side has a legitimate claim to power. Obama gets it. Now …

When cookies go away: Google, ad exchanges, and ISPs fighting to control the future of the Internet

In a giant “game of thrones,” Google, ad networks, internet service providers, browser manufacturers, and mobile operating system vendors are engaged in a massive — and mostly secret — battle for control of the future of the Internet.<p>Or, at least, the part of it that makes money.<p>Advertising makes …

James Balog on Disappearing Glaciers

Picture Stories<p>Picture Stories<p>“Ice is the canary in the global coal mine.” <i>—James Balog</i><p>Scientist, explorer, artist, and photographer James Balog is drawn to issues of climate change and its effects on mankind. Balog is pushed by a sense of urgency and obligation to document the changing planet. For …

Israel rules on former Nablus settlement | Israel

<b>Burqa, West Bank</b> - When Israel withdrew its settlers from the Gaza Strip and from four small West Bank settlements under its 2005 “disengagement plan,” the villagers of Burqa near Nablus thought they would finally take back land originally confiscated from them 35 years ago.<p>But only last week was a …

One Million Euro Dutch Wind Turbine Crowd-funded in Just 13 Hours

Could crowdfunding be the future of renewable energy? Windcentrale, a Dutch clean energy company that helps ordinary people invest in wind turbines, …

Renewable Energy

Researchers Just Hit A New World Record In Solar Cell Efficiency

German researchers just hit a new world record for solar efficiency.<p>After three years of study, researchers at the German Fraunhofer Institute for …

Qatar World Cup 'slaves': Fifa's UK representative 'appalled and disturbed'

A representative on Fifa's ruling executive committee has said he is appalled and disturbed by the findings of a Guardian investigation into the treatment of migrant workers in Qatar before the 2022 World Cup and vowed to push for immediate action by football's governing body.<p>Northern Ireland's Jim …

“Are you Robert Reich? You’re a Commie dirtbag!”

A frightening airport encounter speaks volumes about the nation’s level of political discourse<p>Robert Reich<p>September 26, 2013 12:30pm (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on Robert Reich’s blog.<p>Not long ago I was walking toward an airport departure gate when a man approached me.<p>“Are you Robert Reich?” he …

Ted Cruz: the GOP's self-made monster

Over the past couple of days, as I've watched Ted Cruz capture the political world's attention and drive the GOP's self-defeating strategy on the budget and the debt limit, I've tried to think about what is the best metaphor to describe his extraordinary political rise – from freshman Texas senator …

This Week In The Laboratories Of Democracy

(Permanent Musical Accompaniment To This Post)<p><b>Welcome back to our</b> weekly survey of what's goin' down in the several states where, as we know, the real work of governmentin' gets done, and where the pretty dancing girl, she cannot be found.<p>Or, alternatively, viva Las Vegas!<p>"Probably where we had a …