Archive for January, 2010

3P-056 Faith & Quakes, or Don’t Blame God for Haiti

Faith & Quakes: Examines the question of theodicy that has puzzled philosophers from Plato to Barbara Ehrenreich: if God is all-good and all-powerful, how can evil exist? Gives a brief history, including St. Iranaeus, St. Augustine, and Alfred Whitehead, and proposes a new answer to “Are people born wicked, or do they have wickedness thrust upon them?”

Demonstrates why the catastrophe in Haiti is an effect of empire, not God. Compares the US military invasion, ala Katrina, to the responses of Iceland, France, Italy, Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Senegal,
and Palestine. Presents Haiti’s history in opposing colonialism and the ways they’ve paid for this “deal with the devil” – crushing embargoes, onerous debts, brutal dictatorships, and free-market famines. Suggests that Papa Bush and Baby Bush have more to do with Haiti’s tragedy than God.

Poem:

  • “Celestial Music” by Louise Gluck

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • “Because It’s There” by Michael Hedges
  • “Freewill” by Rush
  • “The Saints Are Coming” by U2 and Green Day

Informational Videos

  • “The Problem of Evil: A Challenge to God’s Existence?” by A2

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3P-055 AIDS & Bioterrorism plus Interview with Ruthann Richter

AIDS & Bioterrorism: Presents a book called “Face to Face: Children of the AIDS Crisis in Africa” and interviews the author, Ruthann Richter. Comments on the documentary “Angels in the Dust” about a South African AIDS children’s village.  Investigates how Charity Navigator rates nonprofits by the size of their bank accounts and the aggressiveness of their fundraising. Also presents the history and evidence indicating that AIDS was developed as a weapon of bioterrorism against homosexuals and non-whites to reduce their population. Quotes the following sources on the DoD development of AIDS: Time Magazine, 1946, House appropriations hearing, 1969, World Health Organization, 1972, New Delhi Patriot, 1984, London Times, 1987, a DoD flowchart for the US Special Virus (1962-1978) discovered in 1999, Chief of Staff Anthony Traficanti, 2002, and Dr. Boyd Graves, current. Quotes from “Designer Diseases: AIDS as Biological and Psychological Warfare” by Waves Forrest.

Poems:

  • “Finding What You Didn’t Lose” by John Fox
  • “Waiting in Line” by Nick Penna
  • “The Winter of Listening” by David Whyte

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • Dead Can Dance with “Song of the Stars” 
  • “Will I?” from the Broadway musical, Rent
  •  TVTV$ with “AIDS is a Four-Letter Word”

Informational Videos:

  • Director’s trailer from “Angels in the Dust”

Audio Bonus:

  • Inspiring interview with Ruthann Richter about grandmothers in Kenya and nonprofits in Santa Cruz raising up the lost generation of AIDS orphans.