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A COVID summer: Limited vaccines and unhurried leadership leave Byron exposed

Lack of vaccines is responsible for low vaccination rate, not vaccine hesitancy. The impending lifting of the Sydney lockdown threatens people's health in the Northern Rivers and may lead to the region’s hospital capacity being overrun.

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Girls

This is a picture of my daughter and her friend looking out to sea. They don’t know I’m taking this photo. We’ve been walking the beach and the two have scrambled onto a rock to watch the sunset. They’re talking quietly as they look outwards to this world that they are to inherit.

A COVID summer: Limited vaccines and unhurried leadership leave Byron exposed

Lack of vaccines is responsible for low vaccination rate, not vaccine hesitancy. The impending lifting of the Sydney lockdown threatens people's health in the Northern Rivers and may lead to the region’s hospital capacity being overrun.

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Wil Ash, Mulumbimby

Are people aware of how we are being changed from our loving, compassionate selves, with the ability to recover from illnesses thanks to our immune system that was our gift at birth, and our ability to breathe in fresh air? And how we are now becoming something not quite human?

We are learning to take small breaths through the mask, recycling our own breath. Even on the beach it’s better to use the mask, even at sport. No more filling your lungs with fresh air, of which there is plenty. To not hug or touch each other, to actually not talk to a friend, you might infect each other. To be fearful at all times. Sign in wherever you go, so the ones in control can check you.

And now the division between the ones who follow the rules and the ones who still have their own minds and dignity. This division is destroying us all and the governments are rubbing their hands. They don’t need to do anything and can keep us on strings forever. There will always be another flu, another injection. Is this a world you want to leave your children and grandchildren? Is this a world you want to live in? Is this the example we leave, to live in fear? To obey all the rules?

And to be so vehement to those who want to live a life without masks, without jabs, relying on their own health? Those who know they have the right to breathe freely. That breath is our right.

This town used to attract the Other, the individual. Look around you and see what has happened.


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4 COMMENTS

  1. All true, now go back in time and thank everyone who made you life what it is. All the soldiers who died and all the politicians who helped so far to get us in a lovely place that you are now thinking is normal and are trying to protect with works. No it is the scarifies of the past generations that have us in this amazing place. You are taking life for granted with out thinking how we got here. Society works so well if you open your eyes, there is no police man on every corner, there is no one murdering in mullum every night. what do you want?

  2. No-one would suggest, Wil that, all else being equal, it’s a wonderful thing wearing masks, being kept from the pubs, friends and socialising, closing state borders and being burdened with those pesky sign-ins. But history shows us that at times the proverbial hits the fan.

    The theory at present is that the current 💩 takes the form of a new virus for which our “healthy birth-right” immune systems have not had the chance to evolve defences. New viruses also show us that immunity is not a birth right after all but the result of an eco system subject to totally random mutations and the competitive forces of natural selection. At present the SARS-CoV-2 virus is putting up a pretty good effort in the race and mutating to become more infectious and more virulent.

    Therefore the “all being equal” bit doesn’t apply right now and we are left with some decisions about what is the lesser of two evils: the masks, check-ins etc or the exponential growth of disease and death that we are witnessing in Sydney right now.

    There are plenty who will suggest that what we are told is happening in Sydney, and across the globe, a fabrication to introduce a totalitarian state, but I find this level of organisation in the world a bit hard to accept – a concerted effort to deceive us perpetuated by every major government (regardless of political persuasion) along with every media organisation from the likes of News Limited to the ABC, BBC, Guardian etc, all the world’s universities, major research institutions and the WHO (to name just a few).

    We’d all like to believe in a world comprised only of cherries and fairy dust but 💩happens and that’s just how it is!

  3. “And now the division between the ones who follow the rules and the ones who still have their own minds and dignity. ”
    This sentence says it all. The condescending attitude of the self entitled. So the only people who follow the rules are people who no longer have a mind of their own or any dignity? Maybe they are smart enough to work out that the rules are for the benefit of others as well themselves. Maybe they find their dignity by being a part of the society they live in
    “Look around you and see what has happened.” What I see has happened is that a community that used to care about each other has changed into a community where the new attitude is fuck everyone else I’ll do what I want – hardly the ” loving, compassionate selves” you talk about

  4. “The ones in control” is the bloody virus. The people who want to control us and show no “love or compassion for others” by willfully spreading this awful disease, which they obviously haven’t noticed is a serious illness which is killing millions of people, must be the most selfish, ignorant, irresponsible species on the planet. It’s people who refuse to wear masks and potentially spread this deadly disease who are creating division and fear.

    Everyone hates being locked down and wearing masks, including the doctors and nurses who must wear them for very long hours while treating people who may be seriously ill due to refusing to wear one. It’s a small inconvenience compared to contracting this disease and possibly spending time in hospital fighting to survive, or not. There are many things that compromise peoples’ immune systems, including age, which puts them at high risk from covid. The writer obviously thinks their right to not wear a mask and obey simple rules overrides the rights of others to enjoy a healthy life. How very loving and compassionate.

    Even people who’ve been fully vaccinated have caught covid and potentially could have passed it on to others. Loving, caring, compassionate, responsible people wear masks and obey the rules to protect themselves and others.

    We owe a lot to those who do the right thing, and especially to the nurses and doctors who risk their own lives to treat people with covid. Around the world where governments allowed it to spread unchecked millions have died.

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