Microchip, implant
Microchip Implants For Humans: A Wisconsin company is offering to implant microchips in its employee's hands to demonstrate a new payment system. Just put up your hand like it’s your cell phone and scan to purchase. Photo credit: Paul Hughes / Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0)

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There is Only One Global Empire: Finance (Jeff C.)

Author Charles Hugh Smith tells us “the Empire of Finance has few requirements for hegemony in its realm, but they are big ones.” He lists four requirements and notes that any nation meeting them all is “fully exposed to a global loss of faith in its economy, debt, balance of payments and currency.” A sobering read, indeed.

Will Trump Cede to Intelligence Community on JFK Files? (Reader Steve)

Thousands of files on the Kennedy assassination are set for release this October. Pressure from the intelligence community has prevented the release in the past. Will this be Trump’s ‘Washington insider’ moment?

Explaining Trump’s Transgender Ban Decision (Dan)

Like everything with Trump, it’s about the dollar – and next year’s spending bill.

UN: Yemen Now the Largest Global Humanitarian Crisis (Trevin)

At least 8,050 have died, and 45,100 were injured, since the Saudi-led military campaign began in 2015. 60 per cent of the population is unsure about where its next meal is coming from, and in the last three months, 400,000 cases of suspected cholera have caused close to 1,900 recorded deaths.

How Media Spread CIA’s Sectarian Anti-Iran ‘Mideast Cold War’ Narrative (Jimmy)

Ben Norton writes, “A new Vox video (7/17/17) is the latest addition to a media onslaught that propagates numerous misleading talking points to demonize Iran — just as the US government, under Donald Trump’s vehemently anti-Iran administration, is ratcheting up aggression against that country.”

Spicer’s Next Gig: Dancing with the Stars? (Dan)

Well, let’s not put the offer past Sean.