The Dreadful History of Dresden

By Yaël Ossowski The immediate casualties of war and conflict are measured not only in blood and treasure, but also in historical truth. And 69 years to the day since the Allied firebombing of Dresden, we are reminded that no particular event has been more neglected in the popular Western narrative of the Second World […]

Vermont wants to be first state to ban ‘predatory loans’ for pensioners

By Yaël Ossowski | Vermont Watchdog On the trail of scammers, Vermont aims to set up financial guard dogs to sniff out companies offering high-interest predatory loans to elderly pensioners. A proposed state law would put a stop to companies offering seniors quick cash for their monthly pension checks. “I was approached by AARP over the off-season talking about […]

The Promise of Bitcoin: Alternative Currencies and Anonymous Markets

PanAm Columnist Presents Cryptocurrency to Austrian Libertarian Movement Yaël Ossowski writes the “Question the Narrative” column with the PanAm Post, and he is a true international man — dividing his time between Canada, the United States, and Europe. Recently, he introduced bitcoin to a mixture of libertarians and economics enthusiasts in Austria. Here is that presentation. Ossowski says […]

Op-ed in Washington Examiner on Executive Order 12333 and Ronald Reagan

One of my stories about Executive Order 12333 made it into the Washington Examiner newspaper. Mad about government spying and snooping? Look at Ronald Reagan’s executive order YAËL OSSOWSKI • | JANUARY 22, 2014 AT 7:07 PM  American uproar over revelations of mass government spying has provoked a significant revision of the actions of U.S. spy agencies across […]

The 10 state jobs you didn’t know your Vermont taxes covered

By Yaël Ossowski | Vermont Watchdog In keeping with Vermont Watchdog‘s mission of keeping state government accountable, a quick peek at the state payroll is always important. The state of Vermont has 7,805 public employees, according to the Department of Human Resources, a number that has stayed relatively stable for a decade. The average state employee in Vermont is 47 […]

In VT, state psychiatrist makes $40,000 more than governor

By Yaël Ossowski | Vermont Watchdog All of the problems in Vermont seem bad enough to warrant paying big for mental health professionals. A recent examination of the employee state compensation database in Vermont shows the highest-paid public employee in the state is a “private secretary” for the Department of Mental Health. While he’s not actually a secretary, his job […]

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