“The Cask of Amontillado” Journal Notes

Lenny Portes
English 102-8420
Literary Analysis I’m going to kill my friend of many years today and I have it all planned out its going to be great I can hardly wait for tonight. These are the thoughts of a character by the name of Montresor in the short story “The Cask of Amontillado” written by Edgar Allan Poe. A Frenchman who happens to dislike Italians but for some reason he has found himself living in Italy which is one of the first signs that tell me something is definitely wrong with this man “Fortunato, like his countrymen, was a quack” (page 1) not really something you say about your “friend” or about the people you choose to surround yourself with. Somehow we are supposed to believe that these thoughts are of a “Sane” man that is just seeking revenge, but can anyone who is actually sane plan out a murder let alone one on a “friend”? You see we are led to believe that this man by the name of Montresor is a “normal”, “sane” man that is simply just seeking revenge for “The thousand injuries”(page 1) that Montresor has borne throughout the years from the hands of Fortunato. Would a man with an actual reason to seek out revenge such as murder have to repeatedly try and justify why he is doing so? Montresor spends most of the beginning of the story telling himself how he must do this, and that it is the option he has “I must not only punish, but punish with impunity. A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong” (page 1). I actually believe that we are dealing with a unstable man that would have been better suited as a character in One flew over the Cuckoo’s nest and really isn’t seeking revenge and nor does he have a legit reason to kill Fortunato besides the fact that he is crazy.
Charles Manson, The Menendez brothers and Montresor, What do all of these people have in common? They all committed premeditated murder and they…

Understanding three views of Animal Rights

Understanding three views of Animal Rights
By: J.M.
PHI208-Ethics and Moral Reasoning
Animals, from our family pet to the wild, from little ones to big one, from ones who entertain us to human welfare and human happiness, it is hard to believe that only in recent years has mankind begin to address their welfare and their rights. Even today animal rights and their welfare continue to be a hot topic for debate and animals still have very few rights or laws to protect them from abuse and mistreatment. For many, “animals are seen as property and have little to no legal rights. Because of this status, generally there is a presumption- provided no law is violated-in favor of the owner’s control and use over the best interest of the animal” (Bjorkenstan. 2001.). This means that the owner has the right to do whatever they want with their animal, even if it is not in the animal’s best interest. Because animals cannot speak for themselves, deciding what is in their best interest is than left up to humans to decide, which I find to be ironic because, it is humans that have or will take an animal’s interest and their rights for granted. In this essay I will discuss three different ethical theories and how they apply to animal rights and their welfare. I will discuss what each theory believes, their rules, their strength and weaknesses that each theory has when it is applied to animals and their rights.
First, it is important to understand what the difference is between animal welfare and animal rights. Animal welfare and their rights have been a hot topic since the 70’s, but just what is the difference between them, animal welfare as explained by one organization, the National Association for Biomedical Research explains it like this, “is the desire to implement humane care and use standards for animals in research, testing, teaching and exhibition. Animal welfare is based on the belief that animals can contribute to human welfare by…

Singing Techniques for Beginners

Singing Technique for Beginners
So, you want to be a vocalist? Well, it is not as easy as it looks. Famous singers such as Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti may make singing appear to be effortless. But, in reality, there is a lot of technique involved in order to achieve the desired sound. Proper technique is very important when vocalizing. If you do not practice proper technique you could risk damaging vocal folds, it will also help you to reach your full potential as a vocalist.
In order to sing correctly, one must learn to use proper breath support. It is a common misconception that when we inhale our chest or stomach should expand. This is not true; when singing, neither of these areas should expand. Expansion should actually occur in the back and the sides. A way to test if you are doing this correctly would be to stand and bend 90 degrees at your waist. Put your hands on your lower back then breath in. If you feel your back expanding then you are breathing properly. Once you have mastered this fundamental of singing you can move on to the next: posture.
Posture is the alignment of the body. It is important to keep your spinal cord straight and align your rib cage when vocalizing. Beginning singers often “assume an exaggerated upright stance or “swayback” position. This restricts the upward pull of the abdominal muscles necessary for correct support” (Klein 17). One way to make sure your posture is correct is to sit on a stool and adjust your lower back against a wall to fix any sign of the “swayback” posture. Then make sure your shoulders aren’t thrust backwards to a point that makes it uncomfortable. Proper posture allows all the breathing muscles to work correctly to relieve any tension that would interfere with singing.
Proper breath support and posture are required to have resonance. Resonance is also known as timbre or the quality of sound. It also has to do with the placement of sound. In order to accomplish good resonance, all vowels…

Mount Rushmore

Mount RushmoreTeam #1:Jodi Blanch
Julie Mathews
Christopher BlanchDecember 1, 2013Case Studies in Project ManagementMBA 890-21
Fall 2013
Professor Andrew C. HildebrandHistorical Context
The Black Hills of South Dakota were first inhabited in 1700 by the Kiowa and Crow Indians, who were then conquered by the warring Sioux tribes. (Larner, p. 20) Numerous wars were fought between the Indian inhabitants and the U.S. Army looking to protect settlers who wanted to make the hills of South Dakota their home. Skirmishes with settlers prompted the Government to grant ownership of the Black Hills to the Sioux in the Treaty of 1868. The peace, however, was short-lived. In 1874 gold was discovered in Harney’s Peak by a small Army party, led by General George Armstrong Custer, while on a “reconnaissance mission” for General Sheridan. (Larner, pp. 75-78) White settlers and gold-crazed prospectors eagerly violated the Treaty and the Indian Wars took on a new intensity. One of the most notorious battles of the Indian Wars was the Battle of Little Big Horn, where Custer and the 7th Cavalry fought Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes led by Crazy Horse and Chief Gall. In June of 1876, this battle, which became known as “Custer’s Last Stand”, claimed the life of the General Custer and almost 300 of his men. It was, however, one of the few battles lost by the Army. Many of the battles ended with significant fatalities for peaceful Indian tribes, and slowly eroded their freedom in the West. Relegated to reservations in Oklahoma and Kansas, the Indians were left starving and homeless with their major food source, the buffalo, decimated by massive hunting campaigns by white hunters. Many Indians had no choice but to move to reservations and depend on the white people for food and shelter. As most projects begin, Mount Rushmore began with an idea: Doane Robinson, South Dakota’s official historian, born on October 19, 1856, had this idea. Twenty…


I. Anorexia nervosa, one of a number of eating disorders, is a disorder of self-starvation. a. Simply put, a person who is anorexic refuses to eat normal amounts of food.
b. An article in Maclean’s states that there are four characteristics of all anorexics:
i. refusal to maintain normal body weight,
ii. loss of more than 15 percent of original body weight,
iii. A distorted image of one’s own body,
iv. an intense fear of becoming fat.
c. The refusal of anorexics to eat has many serious physical consequences.
d. Hair and skin become dry and brittle, and a fine growth of hair may cover the entire body in an attempt to compensate for a lower body temperature.
e. As the anorexia progresses, lack of calcium causes bones to become brittle and break easily. According to an article in Sports Illustrated, “The X-rays of a young person who has been anorexic for five to six years and those of a 70-year-old are almost identical.”
f. Lack of nutrition can also cause brain damage, blackouts, and a decreased pulse rate.
i. In the most severe cases, anorexia can prove fatal.
II. In Julie’s case, she suffered from many of the symptoms of anorexia.
a. I saw her 5-foot-7-inch frame drop to 86 pounds. She became weak and pale.
b. Even in the middle of the summer, she was cold all the time.
c. I just wanted to say to her, “Julie, please, can’t you see what you’re doing to yourself!” But, like most anorexics, she just couldn’t see.
d. What causes people like Julie to become anorexic? Scientists have identified three main causes of anorexia.
III. An article in Newsweek attributes the rise in cases of anorexia to the pressure in our society to be thin.
a. The media constantly bombards us with images of thin people as ideals.
i. Fat-free products and diet aids have become multimillion-dollar industries.
b. These images and these industries project the idea that being anything but slender is something to be feared and shunned.
IV. The second…

Residential Schools

Residential Schools Notes- The Government of Canada partnered with Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian, and United churches in the 1870’s to create residential schools for the Aboriginal children.- The reasons for the residential school system were to assimilate, integrate, and assimilate Aboriginal people into Canadian society.- Residential schools were mandatory for all Aboriginal children in Canada and if parents didn’t send their children to these schools the parents were punished sometimes imprisoned.- The federal government and churches operated over 130 residential schools across Canada. The number of active schools peaked in 1931 at 80. The last federally-administered residential school closed in 1996.- The federal government currently recognizes that 132 federally-supported residential schools existed across Canada. This number does not recognize those residential schools that were administered by provincial/territorial governments and churches.- Over 150,000 children (some as young as 4 years old) attended federally-administered residential schools.- It is estimated that there are approximately 80,000 Residential School Survivors alive today.- Many Aboriginal children were taken from their homes, often forcibly removed and separated from their families by long distances. Others who attended residential schools near their communities were often prohibited from seeing their families outside of occasional permitted visits.- Students were forbidden to speak their language or practice their culture, and were often punished for doing so.- Many students were forced to do manual labour, and were fed poor quality food. There are many accounts of students being provided moldy, maggot-infested and rotten foods.- Other experiences reported from Survivors of residential schools include sexual and mental abuse, beatings and severe punishments, overcrowding, illness, children forced to sleep outside in the winter, the forced…


Sixteen stories to the street. That has to be enough.” David jammed the crowbar into the door frame and pulled. The wood cracked and snapped, pieces falling. Tossing the tool aside, he retrieved the wine bottle of from the top of the stairs. There were a few mouthfuls of red left. Couldn’t let it go to waste.The rooftop was still wet from the afternoon’s rain. It was rush hour, but the thunder of engines was carried away on the wind long before it reached the rooftop. This far up, there was only the sound of birds. The words “Deimos Inc” were written in gigantic, steel letters on the side of the building. A family of pigeons was living in the “D”. Every morning, the birds flew from the sign and searched the street for scraps. If they saw something they couldn’t eat, they covered it in shit.In a few more days, it would be six years since he had graduated from California State, six years of sitting at a desk and staring at a flickering rectangle. His father had spent his life designing office buildings like this one, grand structures like urban mountains. “But everything I’m doing is just ones and zeros, just shifting the pattern in the pixels. A thousand years from now, my father’s work will be unearthed by some alien archaeologist, but my entire life will be digital dust by next week.”Not everyone felt the same way about their work. Downstairs, the other screen slaves were dancing. This was a good year for Deimos. The wall charts in the accounting department had sprouted tall, black lines like prison bars. The boss had invited everyone to a formal cocktail party to celebrate and, hopefully, to get drunk enough to forget about asking for raises.David threw a leg over the railing and stared at the black pavement below. He swallowed the last of the wine, wiped his mouth on the sleeve of his jacket, and let the bottle fall over the edge. On its way down, the bottle bounced against the side of the building, exploding like fireworks.He didn’t…


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Cash Management Paper INTRODUCTION Cash management techniques provide a framework for companies to follow that will enable it to maintain cash that is needed to operate the business. The primary goal of cash management is to maintain low balances of cash on hand but at the same time striking a balance so that necessary cash is available to pay for planned transactions, unexpected transactions, and compensating balances to banks for services provided (Block & Hirt, 2005). As part of the cash management strategy, a company may also look to short term financing to maintain its cash reserve. This paper will compare and contrast the various cash management techniques and the various methods of short-term financing that are available to companies to manage cash flow.

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Final Debate Paper
Learning Team A
August 19, 2013
University of PhoenixFinal Debate Paper
Assistance from the United States government to American families in need would begin in the years of the great depression. Since 1936, assistance has been provided for families in need of adequate resources to survive. The purpose of providing this assistance is to assure that families have the availability to be together and for a parent to care for the children and have necessary health care. This also assists in the education of a child and allowing for continuance of such needs. These essentials are considered human rights of individuals who are in need of assistance. This will ensure that a person in need will have necessary support while it is needed. As some may believe tax dollars may be wasted, and flaws be strengthened. Mandatory drug testing could be of that to ensure that assistance is provided to those in need, not abusing the system and using illicit drugs. In some states this has been a requirement, and done in cases of suspicion or initial qualification. The pros and cons of drug testing are arguable in any judgment, and continue to be highly contested through legislation.
Drug dependency often depletes a person’s income and ability to provide for themselves and to his or her families. This occurs when they turn toward getting assistance in the form of food stamps, government assisted housing or reduced or free lunches for their children. This is not to say that everyone receiving assistance from the government is victim of drug abuse, but there are some who need help. By solving the symptoms of the problem, does not resolve in fully curing the disease. The best way to help these individuals who suffer from drug addiction is to get them the actual help that they need, from a rehabilitation clinic.
Probably the most frustrating part of this debate comes from the taxpayers of the working class. These individuals…

Assessment Process and Need Statement

Week Two
Nicole’s Assessment Process and Need Statement
Nicole Halliwill
Program Design & Proposal Writing
October 7, 2013
Jennifer AlbrechtMohave County Arizona Unemployment The state reports seasonally for the last season it reported, “9.7 percent of the population of Mohave County is currently filling for unemployment” (FRED, 2013). Some individual cities in the county are having even higher rates of unemployment. This is surprising in tourist towns like Lake Havasu.
The county and city reports, “Lake Havasu City’s August unemployment rate climbed nearly 1 percent to 11.3 percent, but community leaders say the latest numbers don’t reflect what they are seeing in the local community. The city’s August unemployment rate is eight-tenths of a percent higher than the 10.5 percent in July, according to numbers released last week by the Arizona Department of Administration. Mohave County’s rate climbed four-tenths of a percent from 9.7 percent in July to 10.2 percent in August. Both Lake Havasu City and Mohave County’s unemployment rate haven’t changed significantly throughout the year ranging mostly between 9 percent and 10 percent. Lake Havasu City’s unemployment rate has been as low as 9.5 percent in February and May. Mohave County’s rate was lowest in May at 8.9 percent and highest at 10.4 percent in January” (Moberly, 2013).
This does not include those who are not working, but not filling like mothers with small children, students, and seniors living off pensions of spouses. There are numerous contributing factors that make this even harder on the population of Mohave County to survive. The need is evident with the growing rate of people only surviving because of benefits like food stamps and unemployment checks that things need to change. The need is for there to be more available positions. The reasons this occurs is due to numerous factors like the number of companies going out of business, lack of job growth,…