Malcolm Turnbull and our “friend and brother,” President Xi

Why is it that certain former Australian prime ministers can be counted on to spread the lies of China?

Amir Husain is a Punjabi-born computer technician and artificial intelligence entrepreneur, a very successful one. Whether or not that makes him a “scientist” can be debated another day. Short answer now: no, he isn’t. What can be said with certainty is that Husain’s opinions on coronavirus are no more compelling than a taxi driver’s. Medicine, pharmacology, epidemiology – these are subjects he’s not qualified to comment on, not at a level either we or a former Prime Minister of Australia should regard as definitive anyway. Moreover, if the Forbes train wreck Malcolm Turnbull approvingly links to is any guide, Husain must be regarded as a dishonest hack with an axe to grind against America in general and Donald Trump in particular. That’s not all: he argues the COVID-19 crisis proves that China is winning the hearts and minds of the entire world. Let’s start with the following blatant lies upon which “scientist” Husain builds his case:

Inexplicably, in 2018 the White House eliminated a pandemic response team whose entire purpose of existence was to provide critical capacity and coordination in a situation like the one we find ourselves in today…

One of the most problematic elements of our response to COVID-19 has been the lack of testing in our country. Up until only a few days ago the per capita testing rate in the US was one of the worst among developed countries. The reason why has to do, at least in part, with our desire to shun cooperation and go it alone. The World Health Organization had already developed test protocols for Coronavirus and shipped tests to 60 countries by the end of February. Yet, a sufficient number of tests are not available in the US even today. Why didn’t we have these tests?

 
These are ridiculous left-wing Twitter whoppers that have been debunked by just about every fact-checker out there, including Politifact. President Trump did not “eliminate” a pandemic response team and did not “shun” WHO tests. Politifact traces the original Twitter appearance of these (and other bogus claims) to an unknown ‘comedian’ named D.L. Hughley. That, it seems, is scientific enough for Mr Artificial Intelligence. What could possibly motivate Husain to put forth this kind of low-grade propaganda? Mmm:

The Prime Minister of Serbia addressed a press conference on the 16th of March and made surprisingly direct remarks, voicing what many around the world might be thinking:

“I sent a letter to President Xi, in which for the first time I officially called him not only a dear friend but also a brother, and not only my personal friend but also a friend and brother of this country [..] We will be begging [the Chinese] to come and help us with everything.”

 
Once it passes, perhaps foreign policy experts and our political and military leadership can introspect (sic) and determine just who gained faith in the United States as a result of our handling of this crisis.

In a post-Coronavirus world, countries will need to rethink their systems of administration and organization. They will look for templates of concepts and techniques that are proven to work. They will look at the United States. They will look at China. With whom will they be impressed and who will they seek to emulate?

 
These are also Chinese Communist Party talking points – more vomit-inducing than usual. Whether they were bought and paid for in this instance who can say? Certainly, there is a lot of money to be made for an ambitious AI entrepreneur in – or from – China. Some very worried investors have a large vested interest in rehabilitating a country likely to be avoided like bat soup by most of the world’s economies when they begin the long process of commercial repatriation necessary to insulate themselves from a nuclear superpower run by evil bumpkins like President Xi. As a rule, former prime ministers are not supposed to associate their names with spivs of this ilk. It’s bad for the country and projects division – exploitable division. Of course, that assumes such former prime ministers are not spivs themselves. In contemporary Australia, that’s assuming a lot.

Think Forbes is a little too indulgent in its China friendliness? Check out Bloomberg. Cui bono?

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32 Responses to Malcolm Turnbull and our “friend and brother,” President Xi

  1. NoFixedAddress

    I wonder if eMTee is a High Court Denier as well as being a typically leftist science ignorant!

    China ready to help Indonesia to fight COVID-19: ambassador

    JAKARTA, March 18 (Xinhua) — After having assisted some of the countries hardest hit by the COVID-19 including Iran, Iraq and Italy, China said on Tuesday it is also ready to help Indonesia curb the spread of the virus in the archipelagic country.

    Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Xiao Qian said in a signed article published on Indonesia’s largest daily newspaper Kompas that China has sent COVID-19 testing kits and other materials to a number of countries. The assistance is channelled through the Red Cross, non-government organizations, the business sector and local government channels.

    “We are also ready to work with Indonesia and provide as much assistance as possible for Indonesia to deal with this pandemic,” he said in the article published on Tuesday.

    The data of the Indonesian government released on Wednesday showed the COVID-19 outbreak has claimed 19 lives across the country, and 11 people have recovered from the disease.

    The total cases of confirmed COVID-19 in the country has increased to 227.

    Ambassador Xiao said that the COVID-19 pandemic has proven that the destinies of all countries in the world are interrelated.

    Only with solidarity and cooperation can the world win the battle against this epidemic as soon as possible, he stated.

    On March 8, the Chinese government announced to donate 20 million U.S. dollars to the World Health Organization (WHO) in support of developing international cooperation to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

    http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-03/18/c_138892409.htm

  2. NoFixedAddress

    And currencylad

    Shame on you.

    The least you could do is to give Amir his full name,

    Syed Mohammad Amir Husain

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amir_Husain

  3. BorisG

    We don’t need Turnbull or self-appointed scientists to know that the initial US response to this pandemic was woefully inadequate. The blame not just sits with Trump, but Trump has initially downplayed this. Compare us response to the very robust one by his close friend Bibi Netanyahu to see the difference. Just compare current US numbers with Israel’s or Australia’s for that matter.

    There were other failures too, like an attempt to develop their own test that failed miserably. USA has a very complex system and it is not easy to apportion the blame, but this clearly set the US back in the fight against the virus.

    The fuilures are on many levels. For instance here less affected states closed their borders to prevent spread of the virus. No such measures are taken in the US. When trump porposed to put NY into quarantine, the governed Cuomo opposed, and trump backed down. Cuomo is acting like Chinese authorities. When Rhode island attempted to put arrivals from NY into quarantine, Cuomo threatened to sue RI.

    Looks like in cities the US system is dysfunctional.

  4. BorisG

    Sorry I mean to say In crisis the US system appears to be dysfunctional

  5. C.L.

    The USA is about a million times more complex than the unitary state of Israel – which is also geared for militaristic lock-down at five minutes’ notice.

  6. jupes

    Wow. The miserable ghost just gets more and more miserable every day.

    If he wasn’t such a vainglorious prick, I’d feel a bit sorry for him.

    Yeah nah, no I wouldn’t.

  7. miltonf

    So is he still a member of the Liberal party?

  8. Up The Workers!

    I see that Malcontent Turncoat has now forsaken the Leftard Kool-Aid, for the Communist Bat Soup. Have a second helping.

    Have a Corona, Mal!

    And keep practising that ‘social distancing’. The further you are away from the ballot box, Parliament House and Australia, the better I like it.

  9. Bruce of Newcastle

    I’m sorry but as a scientist I can’t give Mr Turnbull any credence after his long support for fraudulent CAGW. It’s laughable that he cites science when the real world scientific data shows CAGW isn’t happening and cannot happen.

    As for the Covid-19 response Trump hasn’t done much wrong. Instead the errors have been in lefty areas like NYC and Washington state. Maybe Trump should’ve quarantined those areas earlier, but that might not be constitutional. Obama on the other hand never restocked the strategic supply of medical supplies after the swine flu epidemic. You going to mention that Mr Turnbull?

    As for WHO it is clear as crystal they have been in the pocket of communist China, who is the US’s rival and cold war enemy. WHO has been derelict in their duty in this emergency, spouting Chinese propaganda on transmissibility and travel restrictions from the start.

  10. Crossie

    As a rule, former prime ministers are not supposed to associate their names with spivs of this ilk. It’s bad for the country and projects division – exploitable division. Of course, that assumes such former prime ministers are not spivs themselves. In contemporary Australia, that’s assuming a lot.

    Spiv is apt but let’s not forgot his other professional name – carpetbagger. This nasty piece of work has worked out that Australia will be significantly poorer after this bio-war and will not be able to keep enriching his progeny with RET subsidies. He is now crawling to the enemy who might have more to offer.

    I think Mal has miscalculated this time as Communist China will feel keenly the financial reaction to this bio-war. It is a war even if started accidentally because they would not come clean and warn the world or share any meaningful information. All prudent leaders around the world will rethink the supply chain and this will lead to loss of jobs in China. I wonder how long then before their people revolt?

  11. Crossie

    After having assisted some of the countries hardest hit by the COVID-19 including Iran, Iraq and Italy, China said on Tuesday it is also ready to help Indonesia curb the spread of the virus in the archipelagic country.

    First you infect them then you offer to help them, yeah that is a good look. I wonder if they will send them defective equipment like they did to UK.

    After this emergency, who in their right mind would trust China with anything?

  12. Perfidious Albino

    He’s a quisling, no doubt. Are there any ‘obligations’ to be adhered to by former prime/ministers as a quid pro quo for their generous golden parachutes? You would think not being a shill for foreign powers would be right up there…

  13. Bruce of Newcastle

    The always excellent Steven Hayward has a very relevant blogpost today:

    Experts, pseudo experts and other progressive conceits (7 Apr)

    RTWT. He points out the religiosity of progressives in their glorification of “experts” despite the feted experts often being totally wrong (but of the correct political colour). Mr Turnbull clearly is suffering from the same religiosity.

  14. Mother Lode

    I see that Malcontent Turncoat has now forsaken the Leftard Kool-Aid, for the Communist Bat Soup. Have a second helping.

    After his blind luck blundering into a lucrative deal with Ozemail – not for his technical nous but as Mr Moneybags – the hapless moron came to believe he had the Midas touch.

    Self-delusion runs right to the core of the idiot and comes out the other side running into self-delusion still making its way in.

    This is the ‘great communicator’ from the ‘Turnbull Coalition Team’. (Doesn’t it still stagger you? That someone told him that headlining with his name was going to be a vote winner, and he believed it?)

    Inexplicably (or perhaps with the connivance of the evil Abbott) showers of gold seem few and far between. And the Chinese will be offering him money and patting his head telling him how clever he is, so clever that he recognises these points (*hands Turnbull talking points from CCCP*).

    He is convinced.

  15. Rohan

    BorisG earned his Aldi bags if cash today. He managed to squeeze in all of Beijing’s talking points on how inadequate the US has been in handling this crisis.

    Well done BorisG, well done.

  16. H B Bear

    The Smartest Man in the Room ( well not actually in the room having been booted out again ) pipes up again.

  17. billie

    what a huge ego

    we knew that though, back in the republic debate in the late 90s .. exactly why so many of us voted against his plan

    why the Liberal Party trusted him I don’t know

  18. Bruce

    And now, a few words from Marcus Tullius Cicero:

    “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear”

  19. H B Bear

    why the Liberal Party trusted him I don’t know

    Ask John Howard and Arthur Sinodinous.

  20. nfw

    If Syed Mohammad Amir Husain doesn’t like living in the USA with Pres Trump he can always live in Pakistan or some other muslim hell hole where the “thinking” is more to his liking. Oh, that’s right, they are hell and shit holes where he wouldn’t have any of the freedoms he enjoys in the West. Another hypocrite.

  21. John64

    This is the ‘great communicator’ from the ‘Turnbull Coalition Team’. (Doesn’t it still stagger you? That someone told him that headlining with his name was going to be a vote winner, and he believed it?)

    I sincerely doubt that the idea of re-branding the Liberal Party as the “Turnbull Coalition Team” came from anyone other than Mick Trumble himself.

    And his reply to anyone querying the wisdom of the move would have been along the lines of “I’m bankrolling this campaign so I can call the party anything I bloody-well like.”

  22. Leo G

    One of the most problematic elements of our response to COVID-19 has been the lack of testing in our country. Up until only a few days ago the per capita testing rate in the US was one of the worst among developed countries.

    The problematic element of all available diagnostic tests is not that they are not being used widely as screening tests, but rather that they are used at all for that purpose. The precision of the testing is less than 1% for current low rates of CV-19 in most communities.

  23. Zatara

    One of the most problematic elements of our response to COVID-19 has been the lack of testing in our country. Up until only a few days ago the per capita testing rate in the US was one of the worst among developed countries.

    Not quite. One of the scariest elements of COVID-19 testing internationally is that nations have relied on test kits and regimes that were questionable at best, placebo at worst.

    If one considers the early American test a failure then one should also admit that it was found faulty due to their insistence on quality control. On the reliability of the test results. Demanding that the results be dependable so that realistic policy might be created to resolve them.

    Unlike for instance the South Koreans, who impressed the world with their immediate testing numbers, but were later found to be using off the shelf generic coronavirus tests, not a specific COVID-19 one. Tests which said ‘yeah, he’s sick, but we aren’t sure what of’. A simple thermometer would have been as useful.

    Or the Chinese who sold huge batches of test kits to the UK and Spain that had 30% or higher failure rates, delivering both false positives and false negatives. Ones which those countries eventually binned as not worth the time to sort out.

  24. Professor Fred Lenin

    The turnbulls must be heavily invested in bullshit energy,turnbull senses his forst success in the offing , he has failed at everythking else he has done .

    He the Krudster and Thunberg have long been ignored as the useless articles they are , totally irrelevant
    Ignore them they might go away .

  25. Texas Jack

    There’s that word – denialism. Populists are all denying reality, like the reality that using more energy to push water uphill in an inaccessible alpine region to generate power that will need to be somehow linked to the national grid is a truly great and innovative nation-building idea!

  26. a happy little debunker

    Wasn’t it nice – of China, to sell back to Italy the PPE that Italians had given China?
    So helpful, so benign – real champions for their people!

  27. BorisG

    The USA is about a million times more complex than the unitary state of Israel – which is also geared for militaristic lock-down at five minutes’ notice.

    Yes but it also matters how early the response is. While trump was still downplaying the threat (ignoring advice of his closest advisers such as Navarro), Bibi put in motion a plan to combat the threat even BEFORE they had the first case of the virus! Bibi said literally: we must be prepared NOT IF, BUT WHEN it comes. Now, that is leadership.

    Now in Israel it isn’t that smooth sailing either, with the ultra orthodox refusing to obey instructions and spreading the virus widely. there were also many technical delays, shortage of testing kits etc. It may still follow Italy’s path but hopefully not.

  28. Infidel Tiger

    When I’m feeling blue I just think of how bitter and twisted MT is and it cheers me up enormously.

    As bad as ScoMo is, he really worked this prick over beautifully.

  29. JC

    We don’t need Turnbull or self-appointed scientists to know that the initial US response to this pandemic was woefully inadequate.

    Boris, the US like everyone else got things wrong in the beginning. That’s not a surprise.

  30. Don’t you just love it when a coterie of clowns, who have all but returned to the pre-enlightened theory of the miasma, talk about “science denial”?

  31. Kneel

    “While trump was still downplaying the threat …”

    Heh.
    WHO declared a pandemic on 31st Jan. Trump issued travel bans on the next day. Democrats claimed he was xenophobic and racist, and started the “NO BAN” legislation (caps part of legislation, BTW) that would prevent such bans, and as late as March were saying “don’t panic, we’re safe here”. That legislation has now been quietly dropped, and the Dems new narrative is “Trump lied, people died”, “He delayed acting when we all knew he should have”.

    All this is public knowledge, while the MSM busily dump the previous “racist travel bans!” headlines down the memory hole and promote the latest Dem talking points that are the exact opposite of the previous one. People notice. If you think that Trump won’t use this against them, I have a nice bridge to sell you.

    Trump said (truthfully) that Hydroxycloroquine “looks hopeful”, and Democrat governors banned its use for WuFlu, despite limited evidence suggesting it helps – only to rescind days later.

    FYI, 60+% of US citizens believe Trump is handling the crisis well, and his “general” approval rating is 50%.

    Also, playing political point-scoring against the president during a time of national crisis has never been a winning strategy in US politics – rather the reverse. I suspect they’ll cop a caning over this in November, and not just the presidency – they’ll lose their house majority too.

  32. Lee

    Turnbull can go procreate himself.
    The man is and always was a left wing Trojan Horse.

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