THE EVOLUTION OF DEBT SLAVERY IN THE UNITED STATES IN MODERN TIMES – Part One

  THE EVOLUTION OF DEBT SLAVERY IN THE UNITED STATES IN MODERN TIMES – Part One                                                                                                                                                                         By Scott E. Stafne     I remember seeing my great uncle Edward C. Stafne for the last time at a party given by my cousin Anne Louise Hawkes in Redmond, Washington. I was in my late twenties. Uncle Edward was in his seventies. I had seen Uncle Ed on and off growing up when Mom, Dad, my brother Todd, and I would take road trips from Bettendorf, Iowa to visit my parents’ parents (Todd and my grandparents) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Uncle Ed and his wife, and their son Eric Stafne lived in Rochester, Minnesota which was on the way to Minneapolis. Edward Stafne worked at the Mayo Clinic as an oral surgeon. Family lore and a newspaper article I once read stated that Uncle Ed gave a memorial address for each of the Mayo brothers at their funerals. Uncle Ed was the oral surgeon who in 1942 discovered a … Continue Reading

HAPPY THANKSGIVING – 2016

HAPPY THANKSGIVING – 2016 Throughout a lifetime I have learned the best way for me to begin and end a new day is with an affirmation of gratitude. I thank my creator for the journey of life and the miracle of existence, because consciousness itself, regardless of circumstances, is a true gift. Now don’t get me wrong. The fact that I always express gratitude does not mean that all is necessarily well in my world. It reflects my appreciation that we as people have the ability to comprehend both the good and evil that is going on about us. This creates the opportunity for us to make the world a better place for ourselves, our families, and communities. This realization gives us the passion and purpose to make our communities better places for all living things to thrive. There is no doubt about it. Passion and purpose are true gifts of spirit for which we can all be thankful no matter what our temporal circumstances. Spirit harkens us to grow in ways which support one another; to fight that evil which is often designed to leave each of us alone, feeling lonely, helpless, and broken. Unfortunately, such evil often lives very close to us and demands or cajoles our loyalty. Because of my efforts fighting against America’s ongoing genocide against poor,  middle class, and minority populations, I wondered what the Thanksgiving holidays  would have been like for the German people (it is called Erntedank or Enderdankfest there) for the twelve years between … Continue Reading