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I’ve been wearing masks in public and at the shops in Mullumbimby for the past four years since my double lung transplant.

Nobody has noticed, and it helps keep me safe. But recently I am starting to get abused in the street. Please keep your whacky theories about me starving myself of oxygen and being a puppet of the State to yourselves.

Then educate yourself on basic human physiology (i.e not found on Fakebook).

Even better, ask me to share my experiences of 14 days in ICU on life support and ventilation, fighting for my life. All due to those ‘invisible’ viruses you think are either BS or can’t harm you.

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  1. Unbelievable, Spider – how thoroughly infuriating. How can it be that the counter culture of Mullumbimby has become so aligned with the far right fanaticism that champions individualism over community good and has come to make masks (or their opposition to them) a political symbol.

  2. What has recently become a fave comment follows. I found elsewhere online.

    “The 21st century is doing its damnedest (sic) to undo the progress and innovations of the last couple hundred years. Wouldn’t be surprised if in 2025 we’ll be living in mud huts listening to witch doctors”

  3. I have been wearing an Arab scarf for weeks now around Byron , and find it incredibly ironic how enlightened people think themselves to be here ,yet so few wear masks . The Islamic faith ( I am not from that part of the world ) have so much to teach us in the west … If we dare to listen . Incidentally I wrote a letter to the editor of the echo weeks ago about Arab masks.. he chose not to print it , in between all the space given to the 5 g theories there was no room for my letter .


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