Jun. 27th, 2011

azn_jack_fiend: (asiatheinvincible)
This is the first time I've ever done this! It's really my "first draft", so I may go back and tweak it later when we're finished writing the novel. It's a combination of character themes and development/progression themes.

Sean
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) by Arcade Fire

And like a mirror, the city lights shine
They're screaming at us, "We don't need your kind"
Sometimes I wonder if the world's so small
That we can never get away from the sprawl

Cormac

Misty Morning, Albert Bridge by The Pogues

Turned to the wall
Pulled the sheets around my head
Tried to sleep, and dream my way
Back to you again

Michael

Darker With the Day by Nick Cave

And in my best shoes I started falling forward down the street
I stopped at a church and jostled through the crowd
And love followed just behind me, panting at my feet
As the steeple tore the stomach from a lonely little cloud

Finnbheara

Whiskey in The Jar by Thin Lizzy

As I was going over the Cork and Kerry mountains
I saw Captain Farrell and his money he was counting
I first produced my pistol and I then produced my rapier
I said stand or deliver or the devil he may take ya

Aoibheann

Pull Me Under by Queen Adreena

I'll play your game
Just pull me under
Just pull me under

And the silver sea
Rushing over me

Sreng

Honeymoon Croon by Bauhaus

Better fix her drink tonight
Bed time comes
Must blot out this urge to use my gun
Honeymoon tonight, croon croon tonight


Part I (Ch 1-2)
Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in my Hand by Primitive Radio Gods

Am I alive or thoughts that drift away
Does summer come for everyone
Can humans do as prophets say
And if I die before I learn to speak
Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep

Part II (
Ch 3-10)
Some Kind of Love by The Velvet Underground

Between thought and expression there lies a lifetime
Situations arise because of the weather
And no kinds of love
Are better than others

Part III (
Ch 11-13)
Because You're Young by David Bowie

Because you're young - you'll meet a stranger some night
Because you're young - what could be nicer for you and it makes me sad
So I'll dance my life away
A million dreams, a million scars

Part IV (
Ch 14-19)
Blame and Demand by Damage Manual

We count for distance
From human nerves
We count for all the things we take
That we don't deserve

Part V (
Ch 20-23)
Blues from Down Here by TV on the Radio

Lessen your desire
Hold your breath so patiently
Never inquire how to be free
Just stay on your knees
 
Part VI (Ch 24-25)
Take This Waltz by Leonard Cohen

And I'll dance with you in Vienna
I'll be wearing a river's disguise
The hyacinth wild on my shoulder
My mouth on the dew of your thighs
And I'll bury my soul in a scrapbook
With the photographs there, and the moss
And I'll yield to the flood of your beauty
My cheap violin and my cross
And you'll carry me down on your dancing
To the pools that you lift on your wrist
Oh my love, oh my love
Take this waltz, take this waltz
It's yours now, it's all that there is
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I'm starting to believe the thought process behind HB 87 went something like this.

Republican lawmaker: "There are too many brown people working in Georgia! We need to get rid of them."

Republican lawmaker: "Well, if we enact this bill, it'll almost certainly get rejected as unconstitutional, but in the meantime it'll scare all the brown people, whatever their documents, into leaving the state. And it'll be really popular with the base. It's just that there might be a teensy little problem for the economy, and the agriculture industry in particular."

Republican lawmaker: "Nah, we'll just outsource it. We like it when brown people do stuff for us real cheap, as long as they live far away. Full steam ahead!"

Every farmer in Georgia: "You can't outsource fruit-picking, dumbass!"

It's turning into just as much of a nightmare as I thought. The latest bright idea from our governor has been to make up the labor shortage with probationers. The petty offenders and unlucky dopesmokers that make up this population are not known for having the best work ethic in the fields, so that's going about as well as could be expected. From Politifact.com:

Deal’s pilot program started the week of June 13, soon after a survey by the state Department of Agriculture determined that farmers were short 11,080 workers. By then, the vegetable harvest season was already ending and growers complained crops were rotting in the fields.

The pilot program invites low-risk, non-violent probationers to work voluntarily in the fields for $7.25 an hour or more. As of June 20, two farms in Sumter and Colquitt counties have hired probationers as part of the pilot, and the probation office in a third county, Echols, is also participating.

We asked Deal’s office for proof that a "substantial" number of probationers finished the work. A spokeswoman directed us to the Georgia Department of Corrections, which has joined with the state departments of Labor and Agriculture to run the pilot project.

Corrections spokeswoman Gwendolyn Hogan emphasized the pilot program is just getting started. Many qualified probationers have yet to be told about it, and it’s too early to say how well they fill the state’s farm labor needs.

Hogan gave few specifics on worker turnover, saying the numbers are still being collected and reviewed. But she says that when the program began June 13, the number of participants each day was in the single digits. As of June 20, "10, 11 or 12" were showing up for work.   

During the first week, an average of seven probationers worked each day in Sumter County, Hogan said. An average of five or so were repeat workers.

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