27 January 2008 XXXI

Khamsin Molossia News

Holocaust Denial

January 27th is Holocaust Remembrance Day, as designated by the United Nations in 2005. In honor of this day, His Excellency, The President of Molossia has issued an edict regarding Holocaust Denial. Effective today, it is officially illegal in Molossia to deny, grossly minimize, try to justify or approve of the genocide committed by the German National-Socialist regime during the Second World War. In addition, it now illegal to deny the genocide of hundreds of thousands to over one and half million Armenians, committed by the Ottoman Empire during the First World War and to deny the Holodomor, the disastrous manifestation of the Soviet famine of 1932-1933 in Ukraine (at the time, the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, in the Soviet Union), which claimed millions of lives.

It is hoped that this simple gesture will in a small way honor the lives lost during those dark periods of history, and perhaps help prevent future genocides.

The full edict, as well as all of the current edicts issued by our government, can be seen here.

More Snow

The winter of 2007 - 2008 has so far been a wet one. Over the past few weeks several storms have hit Molossia, bringing snow on top of snow. This sort of weather is unusual, as our winters are usually quite dry. This is, after all, a desert. While the snow has been annoying, especially as it hinders travel, it is a boon for our parched landscape. Water in Molossia, and in the surrounding Nevada desert, comes from the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains. The more snow that falls in the mountains in Winter, the more water is in our nearby rivers and lakes in Spring and Summer. The effect of less snow could be seen last fall, when neighboring Lake Lahontan water levels fell to amazing lows (see here). Hopefully the increased snow pack this year will prevent these drought-like conditions, and keep the rivers and lakes full for months to come.

UPDATE, 28 January 2008: Yep, it's snowing again.

UPDATE, 30 January 2008: Look! More @#$%& snow!

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