The Weekend Wrap: July 20th

It’s the weekend, a time to relax and kick back with a beer and some good friends.  And, if you’re looking to enrich your knowledge of the world at large, why not find out what kind of awesome stuff has been happening beyond our borders?  That’s right, the Daily Wrap goes international with our weekend edition.

Suing the Yakuza

A restaurant owner in Japan is suing a Yazuka leader for a refund of her protection money, about $174,000.  After 2 years of paying the gang for protection she decided to stop.  A member of the gang threatened to burn down her building an, according to Japanese laws, gang leaders are responsible for damages by its members and affiliates.  They sound like the most polite and organized gangs ever.


British Heatwave

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It’s hot pretty much everywhere in the Northern Hemisphere and that includes Britain, where the heatwave they’re experiencing has killed almost 800 people.  With temperatures way above normal for almost a week, the risk of fires destroying woodlands and crops is also a concern.  Lucky for them, people like Donald Trump still don’t believe in climate change, so this is no big deal.


Putin Ain’t Puttin’ Everyone in Jail

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The leader of the Russian opposition was jailed last week on embezzlement charges that were about as shady as  study spot under a tree.  In a surprise move he was acquitted and basically everyone is convinced he was only convicted in the first place for being a vocal critic of Vladimir Putin because if there’s one thing Putin hates it’s people not doing exactly what he wants.

Massive protests after his conviction helped bring international attention to the issue and he was let out fairly quickly.  Now Putin will have to wrestle him to the death at a hot spring, the way it was traditionally done in Russia.


Murder in Mexico

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According to terrifying statistics, 523 murders that happened in Mexico last year were solved and resulted in a conviction.  That’s out of the 27,500 murders that happened in Mexico last year.  The murder rate in Mexico is double that in the US and is only behind Brazil and India, so there’s a couple countries to reconsider visiting just now.

How’d it get so bad in Mexico?  Police only bother to investigate 4.5% of crimes anyway.  That’s awful by anyone’s standards.


Mirror Mirror on the Mountain

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The Norwegian town of Rjukan exists in a valley and misses direct sunlight for 5 solid months a year.  In an effort to counteract nature, the town is going to place giant mirrors on the nearby mountain to direct sun at the town during the off months.  Hopefully this plan wasn’t presented by a James Bond villain who only intends to light the town on fire.