Friends Of Australia Friday 21 January 2022

It’s once again an Australia Time Friday! It’s FRIDAY!!!!

The Tucker

Thomas Farms mini-T-bone lamb chops, in a cast iron skillet, with “fries cut” purple potatoes coated with olive oil. Into the oven, 30 minutes at 375 F.

No starter or desert tonight. Just “Meat and Potatoes”.

It was a busy day… and we just wanted comfort food.

The Wine

The wine tonight is “19 Crimes The Uprising” red wine aged 30 days in rum barrels.

This is a very nice and drinkable wine. I was buying their 375 ml Aluminum Bottles of it at $2.99 each. It is a flavorful and smooth wine. Deep purple color, smooth and with lots of fruit with a bit of an overtone of raisins. 15% alcohol, but not so you would notice it. This is one wine to buy whenever you see it.

The News

The Omicron Covid variant is infecting everyone it can find, with a doubling time of 2 days. Hundreds of thousands / day in the USA. 883K today alone. 80K in Australia (so isolation from the world clearly has failed) Running rampant in Australia as it does not care about masks, vexxination, or whatever.

The good news is that it isn’t nearly as lethal as prior variants. The bad news is that officialdom is still refusing to tell people to take Vitamin D, C, E, and to use Zinc & Quercetin (or better yet, Ivermectin). Just get the failed vexxine and go to the hospital when you think you are going to die.

Is there any other news that matters?

Masks selected for a variant that does not care about masks as it is aerosolized. The Vexxine selected for variants that escaped the leaky vexxine. This was entirely predictable and in fact was predicted at the very start of this crap, and every month between then and now. It just wasn’t as profitable for the Big Drug industry and without any kick-backs for Fauxi and any other political operatives on the take.

Just get over it, realize the only person who will make your life better and return your liberties to you, is you. Then get up and start taking control of your life and doing what needs doing for you. I did, and I’m much happier than those who didn’t. I’ve been using Ivermectin, and for 2 years I’ve had no disease. I’ve been free of any fear of this plandemic for at least 1.5 years. I’ve crossed the country a half dozen times, without a mask, and mingled with about 1/4 million of my “closest strangers”. And No Bad Thing Happened. Not to me. Not to my spouse. Not to my friends who are doing the same protocol.

Take your therapeutics, tell your politicians to “go pound sand” and get on with a normal life. I did, and it’s been a nice couple of years.

You can not comply your way to liberty and freedom. So I don’t.

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Blow Off Hawaii – Requires Boosters To Visit

Looks like Hawaii is not keeping up with the current “Science”. We now know that Booster Shots are useless for Omicron (and may even make infections worse and more common) and we know that Omicron is about as bad as a bad cold or mild flue.

We also know from international data that masks don’t do a thing; especially for Covid, and that internment, er, quarantine, increases contagion in the folks locked indoors.

So, of course, Hawaii wants to mandate that…

Well, I can say from personal experience that the beaches of Florida are just as good and in some ways better than the beaches of Hawaii. You wan’t the tropical island experience? Go to the Keys.

Hawaii? Just say NO!

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/hawaii-require-travelers-covid-booster-shot-fully-vaccinated/story?id=82307999

Hawaii to require travelers have COVID booster shot to be ‘fully vaccinated’
Gov. David Ige said the new rule will not go into effect for at least two weeks.

ByMary Kekatos
January 17, 2022, 6:07 PM
• 4 min read

Hawaii will likely require visitors to the state to have received a COVID-19 vaccine booster if they want to skip quarantine.

Currently, under the rules of the state’s “Safe Travels” program, travelers who don’t want to quarantine for five days must either be fully vaccinated — meaning two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine — or have a negative COVID-19 test within one day of travel

Good luck with that Tourist Industry, Hawaiians. I’m in California and it is about equal distance to both Florida and Hawaii by air (at least in terms of flight experience). Why would someone in Iowa choose a longer more painful flight to Draconian Hawaii, when they can have a quick flight to Florida and be on the beach an hour after they get off the plane?

5 DAYS in “lock up”, or “on the beach with a beer”? Decisions, decisions…

Tim Pool’s take on it all:

https://www.bitchute.com/video/IMMnfRtH2Is/

(Sidebar on Dependency Hell: Odysee has begun nagging me about my browser features, and often now does not play sound. So I’m using Bitchute links for Tim Pool videos instead.)

Later in this show he talks about a California bill that would double our already outrageous taxes. Oh Boy is Texas going to gain a lot more $millionaires and businesses!

I’m unable to decide if the Dimocrats are Terminally Stupid, or pwned by China so much they want to destroy their States for the payola…

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Good News On Omicron! – Dr. John Campbell Videos

Here’s a couple of Dr. John Campbell videos with some good news in them. It looks like Omicron is hitting everyone fast, and not putting very many at all in the hospital and not even very long for them.

Then you get long lasting natural immunity.

Also, it looks like places with hard rules and strict lock-downs are failing while those with fewer mandates and no home imprisonment have vastly fewer cases. One can only hope the Lock-Down Tyrants get the message from “THE Science”…

Then, exposure to other “common cold” corona viruses in the prior 6 months or so gives you some useful degree of cross immunity. Nice.

Pandemic Ending as Omicron Spreads

So: Becoming endemic, and time to let go of the Mandate Tyrant’s “Guidance” and boosters ought not be repeated frequently:

Dr. John Campbell
[…]

Many waited until the evidence was self evident before stating a position, better late than never.

https://ourworldindata.org/covid-metrics-previous-waves

Marco Cavaleri, EMA head of biological health threats and vaccines strategy

https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/events/ema-regular-press-briefing-covid-19-11

Boosters, can be done once, or maybe twice, but it’s not something that we can think should be repeated constantly
We need to think about how we can transition from the current pandemic setting to a more endemic setting
With omicron there will be a lot of natural immunity taking place on top of vaccination,

We will be fastly moving to a scenario which is close to endemicity

Fourth dose for all

Data has not yet been generated to support this approach

Repeated vaccinations in a short time frame will not represent a sustainable long term strategy

Endemic Covid, very soon

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-59970281

Omicron, endemic

Consistent and predictable, not boom and bust

Common colds, influenza, HIV, measles, malaria, tuberculosis

A new Covid-era

Prof Julian Hiscox, Chair in Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool

UK, New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group

We’re almost there, it is now the beginning of the end, at least in the UK

I think life in 2022 will be almost back to before the pandemic

Should a new variant or old variant come along, for most of us, like any other common cold coronavirus, we’ll get the sniffles and a bit of a headache and then we’re OK

If you’re willing to tolerate zero deaths from Covid, then we’re facing a whole raft of restrictions and it’s not game over

in a bad flu season, 200-300 die a day over winter and nobody wears a mask or socially distances,

that’s perhaps a right line to draw in the sand

Dr Elisabetta Groppelli, virologist, St George’s, University of London

I am very optimistic

We’ll soon be in a situation where the virus is circulating, we will take care of people at risk, but for anybody else we accept they will catch it –

and your average person will be fine

We need to accept the fact that our flu season is also going to be a coronavirus season, and that is going to be a challenge for us

However, it is still uncertain how bad winters will be as the people who die from flu and Covid tend to be the same

(You can’t die twice)

Prof Azra Ghani, epidemiologist, Imperial College London

Covid will still be around, but that we no longer need to restrict our lives

It seems like it’s taken a long time, but only a year ago we started vaccinating and we’re already an awful lot freer because of that

A new variant that can outcompete Omicron and be more pathogenic

Prof Eleanor Riley, immunologist, University of Edinburgh

When Omicron has finished and moved through, immunity in the UK will be high, at least for a while

70 year old overweight male who used to smoke for a lot of years

Hi John, I’m going through a period of suffering. Got the infection last Tuesday.

Tested on Wednesday and was positive. It is what you described but the sore throat is terrible, you don’t realise how often you swallow until it’s torture to do so,

been taking my D3 and zinc

and if nothing else my new Granddaughter will get to know her Granddad

Mis en place
When I woke up & feeling like I had a hangover, I immediately took my temperature, sure enough 38.7°c.

Knew I had it, just needed confirmation. Performed a lateral flow test & bang! had a positive result in under 5 minutes.

No really outstanding symptoms. No sore throat, no real headache (just the tightness of the head – hangover), temperature fluctuated hour to hour,

taste bud’s altered – no loss, just altered. Basically a general feeling of being unwell.

This lasted about 30 hrs & has improved greatly over a relatively short period.

It’s now day 4 & feeling pretty good. Taste is still altered & a little phlegm but otherwise doing well & just waiting out the isolation protocol.

International Data Agree – Omicron is a wimp

The world is rapidly heading to Natural Immunity due to Omicron, and with very few hospitalizations.

International data agrees
1,302,386 views Jan 12, 2022

Dr. John Campbell
2.1M subscribers
Omicron is less severe and natural immunity works
[…]

Clinical outcomes among patients infected with Omicron (B.1.1.529) SARS-CoV-2 variant in southern California

https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2022.01.11.22269045v1

https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2022.01.11.22269045v1.full.pdf

Background

The Omicron (B.1.1.529) variant of SARS-CoV-2 has rapidly achieved global dissemination,

accounting for most infections in the United States by December 2021.

November 30, 2021 to January 1, 2022, Delta v Omicron

Using S gene target failure (SGTF) (99.7%)

Hospital admission

Lengths of hospital stay

Hospital admissions associated with new-onset respiratory symptoms

Intensive care unit (ICU) admission

Mechanical ventilation

Mortality

Group 1, omicron

N = 52,297, cases with Omicron variant infections

Hospital admissions, 235 (0.5%)

Mean follow-up, 5.5 days

88 admitted

ITU, 7

Ventilated, 0

Deaths, 1

Length of hospital stay, 3.4 days (70%) less than delta

Group 2, non – omicron (delta)

N = 16,982, cases with Delta variant infections

Hospital admissions, 222 (1.3%)

Mean follow-up, 15.8 days

189 admitted

ITU, 23

Ventilated, 11

Deaths, 14

Also

Omicron variant infection, reduced risk of hospitalization across age and comorbidity categories

Risk of symptomatic hospitalization was markedly reduced among cases who had tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 infection ≥90 days prior

Intrinsically less severe infection

Less severe in vaccinated and unvaccinated

Evidence for a reduction in severe outcomes among vaccinated cases with both Delta and Omicron variant infections in our study suggests substantial public health benefits from continued COVID-19 vaccination.

Dutch data

https://twitter.com/marionkoopmans/status/1472470129350955012

https://t.co/TJ6peBST2I

Common cold protection

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/233018/cells-from-common-colds-cross-protect-against/

Cross-reactive memory T cells associate with protection against SARS-CoV-2 infection in COVID-19 contacts

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-021-27674-x.pdf

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-021-27674-x

Cross-reactive immune responses to SARS-CoV-2

52 COVID-19 household contacts

We enumerate the frequency of specific T cells

Spike, nucleocapsid, membrane, envelope and ORF1,

that cross-react with human endemic coronaviruses

Nucleocapsid-specific T cells

Limited protective function of spike-cross-reactive T cells

Our results are thus consistent with,

pre-existing non-spike cross-reactive memory T cells,

protecting SARS-CoV-2-naïve contacts from infection,

thereby supporting the inclusion of non-spike antigens in second-generation vaccines.

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Is the whole South Pacific Woke Insane?

I was just looking for some local news about the effects of the Tonga volcano on the major islands of Tonga, and hit this “online news” site. There’s a couple of articles on the Front Page that are just Woke Nonsense on steroids.

Is the whole of the South Pacific this kind of Woke Nuts? I knew Australia had some issues, but Tonga (at least per this self acclaimed “leading” news site of theirs) is even more gone.

Some examples:

Racism & Sexism In Tonga

First up, blatant anti-white racism, and sexism (Bold done by me for finding the key bits in this long drivel):

https://matangitonga.to/2022/01/07/january-6-and-possessive-white-male

January 6 and the possessive white male
Friday, January 7, 2022 – 10:48. Updated on Friday, January 7, 2022 – 11:26.

Princeton, USA
Although there is much more to be learned about the January 6, 2021, riot at the US Capitol, the motives of the participants can be gleaned from their own statements. Like far-right movements everywhere today, the insurrectionists were driven by resentment of others’ emancipation

What utter nonsense. Nobody there was worried about “others’ emancipation”, they were looking at the THEFT of their government by a corrupt SWAMP of the elite largely driven by FOREIGN powers (China, Soros, Klaus Schwab, UN, etc.)

I note in passing that this article is by a German named person dateline in Princeton. So not Tongan. Yet this Tongan “news site” deemed this Front Page Material.

By Jan-Werner Mueller

PRINCETON – The investigation by the US House Select Committee on January 6 is still a long way from establishing a comprehensive record of the assault on the Capitol last year, so one should resist facile generalizations about the insurrectionists. Ideally, the committee will uncover sufficient evidence to make criminal referrals to the Department of Justice for the lead conspirators, not just the foot soldiers.

Still, some basic statements about the rioters seem uncontroversial. For example, we know that many of those who attacked the seat of American democracy saw themselves as staunch defenders of the US Constitution. Did they simply have their facts wrong?

One key to understanding the event lies in a phenomenon that characterizes far-right parties and movements across countries: the promise of restoring privileged status to white men who think that women, nature, and the machinery of democracy ultimately belong to them.
The Capitol was “taken” by assailants who displayed an astonishing sense of entitlement, chanting slogans like, “Whose house? Our house!” Observers who remarked that the insurrectionists behaved almost like tourists misinterpreted what they saw. Tourists – especially God-fearing conservative ones – generally do not illegally seize, deface, defecate in, or outright destroy the sites they visit.

More nonsense. First off, it ignores all the accumulating evidence that there was a significant False Flag component. I, personally, was solicited 3 times by 3 different folks to “go into the capitol” and “take the steps” and “we got the door open, get inside” – each of them NOT doing that themselves, but moving on to “motivate” the next person when I rejected their suggestions. Very much seemed like a “put up job” on their part and my “spidey sense” said to avoid the agent provocateurs.

Second, nobody in the group listening to Trump was talking at all about “capturing the machinery of democracy” or looking for privileged status. They were talking about having Their Representatives do their proper duty. They were uniformly looking for equal status under the law and applying rule of law. We watched election laws be broken, and Left Wing Nut “mostly peaceful demonstrations” looting business districts and burning down cities; and wanted a return to fair and equal rights under the law. BTW, the group listening to Trump had a slight majority of women in it, by my estimation. Note too that the only person killed in 6-Jan was a Woman. To cast this in “all male all the time” (and show a photo of only an all male small group) is a flat out lie.

Then the article goes off into the land of psyco-babble and cites, of all things, a German author. Haven’t we had enough disruption of the world thanks to nutty German authors? Marx. Good old Adolph. etc.

A deeper insight into the day’s events comes from the German philosopher Eva von Redecker. Inspired by the medical phenomena of phantom pain and phantom limbs, she recently coined the term “phantom possession” to make sense of our era’s new authoritarianism.

For centuries, white men in America were entitled to claim much – including human beings – as their personal property. The natural environment was there for the taking, and women were expected to provide sex and various forms of care in accordance with coverture (legal submission to the husband). That their reproductive capacities were subject to men’s control went without saying.

The North American colonists seized territory that had first been declared terra nullius (land belonging to no one), even though there had in fact been many people there before. And while (white) women could not be bought and sold as property, coverture meant that women were effectively under men’s control. It is worth remembering that in some Western democracies, wives could not accept employment without their husband’s consent until the 1970s, and marital rape was not outlawed until the 1990s.

As the African-American scholar W.E.B. Du Bois famously observed, the right to oppress certain groups long served as compensation for poorer whites who themselves suffered under some form of domination. A sense of relative superiority generated a “psychological wage,” helping to keep the prevailing social structure intact.

Things have since changed. And though they have not changed fast enough (even Sweden still has a gender pay gap of at least 5%), the social transformation has been sufficient to generate the rage and resentment over phantom possessions that characterize far-right movements everywhere.

One hallmark of modern property is that you can generally do with it as you will. As the great eighteenth-century British jurist William Blackstone explained, property is “that sole and despotic dominion which one man claims and exercises over the external things of the world.” And under the Code Napoleon, one perquisite of owning property was the right to abuse or even destroy it.

There is a psychological dimension to this legal idea: An act of destruction can be used to prove that something is one’s own. This dynamic becomes horrendously clear when men decide to kill or disfigure the women they claim to love rather than tolerate their emancipation (which literally means an exit from property, from the Latin mancipium).

Viewed in this light, it is perhaps no surprise that most of the insurrectionists were men, many of whom donned military gear and pretended to engage in combat against supposed enemies of the US Constitution. The man who put his feet up on a desk in Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s office was asserting “despotic dominion,” seeking to make the phantom real.

As long as far-right acolytes assume that they are entitled to things that are in fact not theirs to own, it does little good to explain to them what democracy is really about, or to point out that they are attacking the very thing they claim to value. If US democracy is not exactly as they conceive it – the exclusive possession of white men – they would rather destroy it than let it become responsive to majorities comprising people of color.

It goes on like that far longer than I am willing to quote. The whole thing is based on a recapitulation through warpy mirrors of ancient history. Then tries to say that’s what happened on 6-Jan. Nope. Not at all.

First off, there were a lot of “People Of Color” there. The crowd was a cross section of America. Asians, Blacks, Hispanics. You name it. None of it was about race or color. It was about liberty and the rule of law applied equally to all. It was about having Democracy work for ALL, not be stolen to enrich a few. (China owned the vote counting machinery company and Biden is their puppet. Think about it.)

It is just a Far Left Wing Nut interpretation of EVERYTHING as “evil white male” and misogyny. The lens of CRT distorts all into nonsense.

They take no note of the slavery practices by American Indians in California long before the White Man arrived. Nor do they note that the Black African Slaves were captured by fellow Black Africans from rival tribes, then sold to Arab Slave Traders. No White Men involved until at the coast.

Finally, they ignore that slavery had been a general rule for a few thousand years from before the time of Rome;and it was first Britain and then the USA that ended it. The Union Army was mostly White Men. Many dying in the process of emancipation of slaves.

The US Marine anthem has a line in it about “to the shores of Tripoli” that refers to when White Men went ashore in North Africa to stop the taking of US Ships their passengers and crew for use in White Slavery. Slaves were not just Blacks. Arab slavers raided the UK shores for generations.

So when ranting about the evils of Black Slavery, it would be nice to have at least a small nod to the existence of White Slavery and all the White Men who worked hard for generations, many dying in the process, to bring an end to slavery of all kinds.

Medical Insanity

Then this insanity. They seem to think that there ought to be NO Medical Privacy, and that “Your Papers Please!!” is normal, SOP. Then resorts to the typical Left Wing Nut style of “Emotional Narrative” instead of actual thinking.:

https://matangitonga.to/2022/01/06/victims-unvaccinated

Victims of the unvaccinated
Thursday, January 6, 2022 – 18:08. Updated on Thursday, January 6, 2022 – 18:13.

By Peter Singer

Novak Djokovic, the world’s top-ranking tennis player, has just been granted a medical exemption* to take part in the Australian Open. Djokovic, who has won the event nine times (one more victory would give him a record-breaking 21 major titles), refused to show proof of vaccination, which is required to enter Australia. “I will not reveal my status whether I have been vaccinated or not,” he told Blic, a Serbian daily, calling it “a private matter and an inappropriate inquiry.”

The family of Dale Weeks, who died last month at the age of 78, would disagree. Weeks was a patient at a small hospital in rural Iowa, being treated for sepsis. The hospital sought to transfer him to a larger hospital where he could have surgery, but a surge in COVID-19 patients, almost all of them unvaccinated, meant that there were no spare beds. It took 15 days for Weeks to obtain a transfer, and by then, it was too late.

I’m calling BS on this narrative “story”. How do they know the vaccination status when most of the hospitals don’t know AND when the definition keeps changing. First off, there’s that minor problem of being “unvaccinated” for up to 14 days after your BOOSTER shot. How many of the “unvaccinated” had been jabbed 2 times already? Eh? Then the goal posts were moved (in many jurisdictions) to be after the 2nd booster.

We have formal papers published showing vaccinated folks get Omicron in LARGER numbers than the un-jabbed. Just sayin’…

Weeks became another of the many indirect victims of COVID-19 – people who never had the virus, but died because others who did were taking up scarce health-care resources, especially beds in intensive care units. His daughter said: “The thing that bothers me the most is people’s selfish decision not to get vaccinated and the failure to see how this affects a greater group of people. That’s the part that’s really difficult to swallow.”

Another emotional rant by a relative. How about just the fact that the hospitals are short staffed due to demanding vaccination of folks who already have natural immunity, hospital staff who have seen the horrible outcomes of The Jab in some folks, have had children die of heart disease after the jab in their care, so quite reasonably said “No!” to Vexxine Tyrants and their Experimental Gene Therapy masquerading as a vaccine. All that is ignored.

Want to know who caused a shortage of available hospital capacity? Look to the Biden Administration Vaccine Mandates and Hospital Administration enforcing “Your body My Choice” and “one size fits all medicine” when both are anathema to any thinking person.

Then we get another fantasy narrative:

Last month, Rob Davidson, an emergency room physician at a hospital in Michigan, wrote an essay for the New York Times that provided a vivid picture of life in a hospital that had consistently been at or near capacity for several weeks. The overwhelming majority of the patients had COVID-19, and 98% of those needing acute critical care were unvaccinated.

Again with the lack of awareness that the “unvaccinated” are largely jabbed or double jabbed, and that hospitals often do not know the actual vaccine status of patients.

Skipping over some, they then want Vaccine Apartheid:

Hospitals that are at or near capacity should warn the populations they serve that, after a certain date – far enough in the future to allow ample time for people to get fully vaccinated – they will give vaccinated patients priority over unvaccinated patients with COVID-19.

After the announced date, when both a vaccinated and an unvaccinated patient with COVID-19 need the last available bed in the intensive care unit, the vaccinated patient should get it. If the last ICU bed is given to an unvaccinated patient because at the time there was no one else who needed it, and a vaccinated patient with a greater or equal need for the facility then arrives, the bed should be reallocated to the vaccinated patient.

OK… so explain to me why, if said “vaccine” works, there is a “vaccinated patient” in the ICU?

Is this going to be applied to, say, the car accident victim who just happens to get a positive PCR test because they recovered from covid 10 weeks ago? Will they be removed from the ICU because they have natural immunity?

Is this going to apply to the vaccinated person dying of Covid from vaccine escape when the unvaccinated person is in the ICU due to a Left Wing Mob beating them up in the street?

Medicine is NOT about political decisions. It is about allocation of medical care, appropriate to the individual and their medical needs.

Oh, and I’ll remind again that folks with M.S. are advised by their Doctor to not get the jab as it can be lethal to them. Do we want to prioritize an obese 90 year old smoker with alcoholism presenting with Covid-19 who’s been jabbed, over a 20-something otherwise healthy person with M.S. who has been in a car accident?

The Stupid, it burns…

Beware of Chinese Bearing “Gifts”

But what do you expect from the Useful Idiot Naive. They even think China gives them “gifts” and isn’t just buying influence and their political class:

https://matangitonga.to/2022/01/12/china-donates-tractors-and-computers-tonga

China donates tractors and computers to Tonga
Wednesday, January 12, 2022 – 19:27

A donation of over 200 computers and eight farm tractors from China’s Dongguan City, Guangdong Province, was handed over to the Tongan Government at the Fa’onelua Convention Centre in Nuku’alofa this afternoon.

Volcano “News”

All of which causes me to think their “news” coverage of the volcano is likely also stupid and corrupt. So I’m looking elsewhere for actual news…

It also leaves me wondering just how widespread is this idiocy in the South Pacific? Once was Australia. Now we’ve got 2 data points. I think New Zealand makes three, but that’s more supposition than gathered data. It does seem (so far) to be an Island Plague of poor thinking.

https://matangitonga.to/2022/01/15/tongan-geologists-stunning-Jan14eruptions

Does have some nice photos, but the text is a bit heavy on “smells” and feelings and light on actual information (bolding bits done by me to show what I’m commenting about):

Tongan geologists observe stunning eruptions at Hunga
Saturday, January 15, 2022 – 10:40. Updated on Saturday, January 15, 2022 – 15:04.

Nuku’alofa, Tonga

By Mary Lyn Fonua

A team of Tongan geologists who went out to observe the Jan. 14 eruption of the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai volcano witnessed spectacular explosions on the dangerous mission on Friday afternoon.

“Yesterday there were massive explosives, thundering lightning within two miles away, we observed and recorded,” said Taaniela Kula, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Lands & Natural Resources, who led the team

“Big day yesterday indeed!. It was great getting out there during the volcano’s peak hours. It’s a geologist’s dream to see actual geological events in process,”
he told Matangi Tonga.

So a geologist who enjoys watching active geology is news? It does have some actual factual content:

TGS reported this morning that observations from satellite images between 5:10pm and 11:30pm showed that the eruption is continuous, maintaining a 5km wide column plume of ash, steam and gas rising to altitude 18-20km above sea level.

“The plume expands radially up to a radius of 240km from the volcano, passing over Tongatapu, ‘Eua, Ha’apai and Vava’u group. At 10:30 pm the plume had declined to altitude 18km above sea level.”

All domestic flights in Tonga were cancelled for today, Saturday, due to the active volcano, which is located 65 kms north of the capital.

But then, after a bunch of good photos, goes back to the emotive hooks and sensations:


The smell of sulphur was experienced
over Tongatapu and Ha’apai and government offices closed for the day after a tsunami warning was issued.

Shane Egan, owner of the Blue Banana accomodation at Kanokupolu Beach said yesterday that he did not notice any unusal movement in the lagoon there, “The big swell and strong onshore wind were already creating enough turbulence. I did get the strong sulphur smell again, from really early this morning,” he said.

“The Hunga plume resembled an atomic mushroom as white storm birds battled against the wind. Sunset started with a weird yellow, tinted by the volcanic dust in the upper atmosphere. Then the electrical action began.”

In Conclusion

OK, I get it. Emotive dreck sells. Oh Well.

But with political attitudes that far bent left, and seeing as they hate Whites & Males: I can see no reason to go to Tonga as a tourist. People who hate me for my immutable natural birth characteristics (i.e. racists and sexists) do not need my money.

There’s other islands that are more polite, less hateful, and more accepting of folks who don’t look like them. Besides, if they are accepting Chinese “Gifts” they will find themselves part of the Greater South China Sea pretty soon anyway… /snark;

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