The Daily Populous

Friday January 13rd, 2023 evening edition

image for Ukraine credits local beavers for unwittingly bolstering its defenses — their dams make the ground marshy and impassable

This is in part because of beavers building dams, with nobody stopping them due to the war.

Local beavers are helping Ukraine defend itself from a potential new front in Russia's invasion, Reuters reported on Thursday.

The animals are unwittingly helping Kyiv by building dams that keep the ground marshy and impassable, a military spokesman told the agency.

This helps Ukraine by making it less likely that an attack could come via Belarus, which borders Ukraine not far north of the capital Kyiv.

Ukrainian officials had warned that Russia may wage an offensive through its ally Belarus into a region of Ukraine called Volyn.

Its spokesman, Serhiy Khominskyi, praised the beavers, which he told Reuters were more working unimpeded, unlike in other years.

Beavers are known to be remarkable builders, using tree branches, vegetation, rocks, and mud to create dams that protect them from predators. »

Former GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan calls on Rep. George Santos to resign: 'This isn't an embellished candidacy, it's a fraudulent candidacy'

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Former GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan told CNN's Jake Tapper that Santos should resign.

Former GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan doesn't believe Rep. George Santos of New York will be able to hold onto his seat in the House of Representatives.

"Congressman George Santos, he's lied about apparently everything on his resumé," Tapper said to Ryan Capping off a 12-minute interview. »

James Bond becomes Wisconsin’s first openly LGBTQ cabinet secretary

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With his appointment, James Bond will become the first openly LGBTQ person to head a cabinet agency in Wisconsin, the governor’s office indicated, citing a Legislative Reference Bureau review.

Bond, who served in the Marines from 1983 to 1988 and is a disabled veteran, was appointed as the state DVA’s Deputy Secretary in 2019, the governor’s office noted.

Gov. Tony Evers appointed Bond following the retirement of former Secretary Mary Kolar. »

Swedish govt moves to get rid of permits needed for dancing

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The Swedish center-right coalition government wants to abolish a decade-old permit requirement, meaning the days of the so-called dance license is doomed.

In 2016, the Swedish parliament voted unanimously to do away with the permits but the requirement still exists in law and is enforced.

Swedish broadcaster SVT said that for the past 20 years, lawmakers from every party except the Social Democrats have favored abolishing the permits. »