May 17, 2011

Illegals and Magicians

Journal 4-4

               After watching Outsourced last week, I was very interested in the financial state of India. How many people are unemployed, and how many live in poverty? After much research, the answers have been found!

               India is estimated to hold one third of the world's poor. According to a World Bank study in 2005, 42% of India falls below the international poverty line, or over 456 million people. Despite this high number, the poverty level has actually significantly dropped from 61% in 1981.

              This past week in Ethic's Class, we covered a variety of topics. We first talked about illegal immigration when we watched another 30 Days video. Also later in the week, we discussed and learned about the topic and art of magic by watching a punch of little videos. All in all it was a very interesting and informative week!

               The most controversial thing we talked about last week was the topic of illegal immigration. We watched the television episode where the "Minute Man" lived with the illegal immigrants. First of, how they found illegal immigrants that we willing to participate is a miracle to me. They could get deported for that, and I am pretty sure that the television show can get in huge legal trouble for knowing and not doing anything about it. Another heated issue in the class was the fact that the daughter was applying for college and for scholarships. Everyone was upset that she could do this when she was here illegally and have never paid taxes. She ended up not getting into her dream school, which I guess can be considered karma. Also I can only assume that she did not get her scholarship as well because at the end of the documentary, it states that she is attending a local community college.(not the one that she opens the letter from and I guess can not afford without the scholarship.) All in all, I  guess justice was served in a round about way for the family's illegal status. Personally I do not think that they should be granted amnesty, and to teach them a lesson, they should be deported. I do however think that the government needs to make the process of gaining citizenship or a green card much easier.

               Also this past week, we discussed the topic of magic, which was one of my favorite parts! Not everyone got a chance to speak about their views, so I will do so now. I personally love magic and think that it is very fascinating. I will probably never be able to do it, partially because my hand-eye coordination is not the strongest, but I admire all magicians. Some people can call them liars or frauds for a variety of reasons. True, the "magic" they do isn't really magic, but the stunts they preform are truly magical. Yes, they do deceive and  lie to the public, but it is not in a bad mindset; it is only for fun! All in all, it was a great week, and I can't wait to learn and discuss more about magic!

            After talking a lot about magicians, I was very curious as to who are the most famous magicians in history? Who are the top 3 ?

Please stay tuned for the answer next week!


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