Wednesday, 8 May 2013
Post #5 for The Scorpion Próject
Hey there, today we're going to talk about connections to real world issues from The House of the Scorpion. First of all, I would like to speak about the illegal immigration issue from the U.S. to Mexico and vice versa. Illegal immigration is an actual real world issue, as workers who illegally reside in the U.S. send back more 30 billion dollars to their original residence country. I think that there are many reasons for this illegal immigration, as is in the book. These include poverty (in both the US and Mexico/Aztlán), pressure to reunite with their families, already illegally immigrated people trying to get back to their resident countries, and etc. I guess that Opium could be a buffer state. A buffer state is a state which is neutral (in war) and serves as a buffer (a place that is basically a wall, making attacking/crossing from one country/continent to the other harder), although there isn't a war going on. The second thing that I have to say is the drug trafficking problem. Drug trafficking has become a widespread problem, and Mexico is a major player in the drug trade. Mexico produces between 20-30 billions of dollars in drugs alone. And that is just what we know of. For heaven's sake, this figure could possibly be doubled or even tripled! What Farmer did in the book was smart and realistic. She made it so that the U.S. wouldn't receive drugs, only far away countries. That would probably what the U.S. would do in real life. Finally, I want to talk about cloning. I think that everyone knows about Dolly the sheep, but if you don't I'll briefly explain it to you. Dolly was the first sheep to be successfully cloned. I say successfully, because scientists have tried thousands of times before on other animals. It took hundreds of tries just to get Dolly! I think that in the future, it probably would be possible to clone humans, but I don't see any reason why you would need to clone humans anyways. Thanks for reading my post!