SEPARATING STARS TO PLACE THEM AGAINST EACH OTHER IS HOW THE UNIVERSE SURVIVES
CONSTELLATIONS CANNOT UNITE AGAINST A GALAXY IF THEY ARE BUSY WORKING
GALAXIES WITH INTERNAL PROBLEMS CANNOT UNITE WITH OTHER GALAXIES
IN CASE A CONSTELLATION MANAGES TO UNITE WITH OTHER STARS,
OFFICERS OF THE UNIVERSE WILL PLACE THEM IN THE INCINERATOR OF JUSTICE
OOTU base was a factory beside a private prison for immigrants who were detained for entering the country. Laval, Québec, was home to the prison because it was easier to muffle sound in an isolated and industrial area.
Upon recognizing the efficiency of the private prison, OOTU bosses, the Civilized Masters Of The Bogan Universe, grabbed the neighbouring building.
If sexual assault and torture could be so blatantly practiced without repercussion next door, their more innocuous practice was sure to pass undetected.
An office in the upper level of the factory was covered with tinted windows.
OOTU Tremblay worked on the assembly line for twelve-hour shifts.
She read the tabloids of 24 and Yahoo News on the way to work, that told her being poor wasn’t actually the worst, that she was better off because of her pure race – but to focus on improving her appearance, as a woman. The occasional comment from a megaphone or questions on the meaning of her work were distracted by occasional calling to her race solidarity to question the criminals of the news, asking her to work harder in order to not become closer to that sense of blackness.
A text buzzed in her pocket as she poured stars in the incinerator.
hey need u to be perfect from now on
Her pocket buzzed again with other sentences from a lover. Moving the stars and constellations injected a feeling of control and progress to her day… constellation here, galaxy there, the electric words evaporated into space.
need u 2 b more like a Disney character otherwise u disappoint me
Burned her thumb on a Delta star – words were yelled.
OOTU 13-B: TES GANTS?
The voice on the intercom echoed around the factory. The OOTUs and cameras focused on her. The accent on the French was selected as the ‘most relatable’ and would increase a feeling of communal purpose in the Francophone employees. French in general was selected because of Tremblay’s name.
OOTU Tremblay turned, gave a thumbs up to the tinted windows, and pulled gloves from a pocket.
A buzz in her pocket allowed memory to distract thoughts about the office.
don’t ask Q’s plz
60 galaxies were boxed by lunch.
Bravo, sounded the voice.
Aimerais-tu une voiture?
word by Liam Lachance
colour by Eugenia Loli
From the author: “This story is about distractions used to secure a class of workers who will do meaningless work without question.
Race is used to justify inadequate pay by saying ‘at least you aren’t black’ across North America, empowering people to work harder from entitlement.
If the workers are not white, the rationale is ‘because you are black,’ or, ‘you need to work harder because a rich black man is the President.’
Women have the added burden of trying to be perfect in their appearance and behaviour, and are policed by all women and men of every class, in addition to race dynamics.
Putting people against one another helps to produce conflict so these workers won’t have the energy to look at the fact that ‘democratic capitalism’ has become an oxymoron.
It is widely accepted that Canada and the US have become oligarchies, with the majority of wealth controlled by a hyper-minority.
The method of control seems to put people in lower classes against one another through disinformation- all based on the idea that the majority of humans are exploitable idiots.
This is a problem.
Instead of fighting amongst ourselves – and believing in the absolute stereotypes of Hollywood (Disney), often a fetishization of race and wealth and masculinity- we need to come together to give people credit and focus on major issues.
What are major issues?
The destruction of our species by permitting companies to dictate public policy.
Humanity is not a consideration in the profit-based decisions of Western capitalism.
We can’t rely on companies to determine public policy.
I am talking about Monsanto’s lobby or the wheat and corn lobbies in Canada – extracting the most minerals from the earth to produce the least useful and nutritious food.
I am talking about the sale of our water and land and the extraction of oil, and nuclear energy, under the belief that instant money is better than the survival of our grandchildren – if we make it that far, under this model: the logical conclusion of emphasizing ‘freedom’ and monopolized capitalism in the twentieth century.
We need to come together to prevent that end.
We also need to come together because millions of people are paying the price for this gamble. This includes all poor as well as those who are literally killed for their race or gender or class. This does not mean they are shot down in the streets, lets have a march – instead, they’re starved over decades, or die in prison. The only difference is that one murder is more difficult to capture on YouTube.”