Wesley Messamore

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Headline news journalist with an eye on politics, fintech, equities markets, and global macro-finance. Libertarian and a friend to business people, entrepreneurs, engineers, artists, and people of faith.

Rhode Island Makes Financial Literacy A Required Class For All High School Students

Forget high school financial literacy for a moment–– adult financial literacy in America is shockingly low. Maybe not that shocking: The U.S. national debt recently soared past $30 trillion, leaving pensioners and younger generations wondering how the federal government will meet all its outstanding obligations. If Congress can’t even set a balanced budget, what hope is

US-EU Trade Dispute Resolution Looks Like Something Right Out of 1984

The U.S. and European Union settled a costly trade war Tuesday, agreeing to abolish tariffs on purchases of new airplanes across the Atlantic. The tariffs have restricted trade for the last seventeen years, between their respective domestic airline businesses and the world’s two largest plane manufacturers, Boeing and Airbus. But don’t think that relaxing taxes

Employee Retention in US Companies Falls to 20-Year Low

The latest U.S. Labor Department statistics for employee retention in the United States reveal a restless–– and optimistic workforce. The latest print, with data from April saw U.S. workers leaving their jobs at a rate of 2.7%. That figure is a sharp increase over the April numbers a year ago, which showed 1.6% of U.S.

India Restarts Vaccine Aid as Nepal’s Covid Situation Worsens

Struggling with the pressure of unruly internal politics and warring cultural factions, the small landlocked nation of Nepal is falling behind the rest of the world in mitigating damage from the coronavirus pandemic. But neighboring India has reopened vaccine aid and other medical equipment to fight down the death toll from Covid-19. Tensions in Nepal

China Tightens Rules for Big Tech Firms Like Tencent, Tesla

The Chinese government passed a new law regulating big tech companies Thursday. Together with a regulatory proposal updated by the National People’s Congress in April, the new policy represents increasing government oversight and regulation of the country’s growing tech industry, and foreign tech companies with operations in China. Building on the 2017 Cybersecurity Law, China’s

Can Schools Mandate Covid-19 Vaccines for Children?

While states have mandated certain vaccines for public school students for years, coronavirus vaccine requirements are a controversial issue today. Most school districts and schools across the United States lack the authority require coronavirus vaccinations for K-12 students, but states could make it policy, if they have the will and public support to do it.

Capitol Riot Probe by Senate Faults Intelligence

The Senate Rules and Administration and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committees have concluded a monthslong investigation of U.S. Capitol Police. In a summary of findings published this week, the bipartisan probe revealed the breakdowns in planning, intelligence, and security that preceded and coincided with the January 6 riots.  The politically-charged accusation that President Donald

TikTok Can Now Collect Your Biometrics Like Faceprints And Voiceprints

TikTok added an “Image and Audio Information” section to its U.S. privacy disclosures Wednesday. The update might shed some light on how the popular song and dance app’s “For You” recommendations dazzle users with videos that are uncannily tailored and personal. The latest disclosures give a fascinating, suggestive glimpse into the inner workings behind the

FBI Director Compares Ransomware to 9/11

FBI Director Christopher Wray compared ransomware attacks on US business with the 9/11 terrorist attacks Thursday. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Wray said: “There are a lot of parallels, there’s a lot of importance, and a lot of focus by us on disruption and prevention.” The journal’s report did not quote Wray