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Iran Blasts Trump’s White House as “Idiotic” and “Afflicted by Mental Retardation”

“The White House is afflicted by mental retardation and does not know what to do.”

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(TMU) — Iran’s leadership has come out swinging against Washington’s latest round of sanctions, with Tehran blasting U.S. President Donald Trump in harsh terms that appear to reflect the new norm in diplomatic relations between the two rivals.

In a live speech televised early Tuesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani excoriated the latest move by the U.S. president to sanction senior officials in Iran, including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, as “outrageous and idiotic.”

According to the Associated Press, the Iranian leader pointedly noted:

“You sanction the foreign minister simultaneously with a request for talks?”

Rouhani added:

“The White House is afflicted by mental retardation and does not know what to do.”

Earlier Monday, Iran warned that the new U.S. sanctions would seal any possibility of further diplomatic talks between Tehran and Washington.

The acidic response from Tehran came hours after Trump’s announcement of the new “hard-hitting” sanctions against Iran’s top officials, during which he appeared to confuse Iran’s current top leader with the former ayatollah and leader of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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While signing off on the new round of U.S. penalties before cameras, Trump said:

“The assets of Ayatollah Khomeini [sic] and his office will not be spared from the sanctions … The supreme leader of Iran is the one who ultimately is responsible for the hostile conduct of the regime.” 

Trump Says He's Placing Sanctions on Ayatollah Khomeini Who Died 2 Decades Ago

Trump said he's placing new sanctions on Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini — he died in 1989

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However, as international media outlets were quick to note, the previous clerical leader of Iran’s government and leader of the Iranian revolution of 1979, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, died in 1989. Following his death, he was succeeded as the most powerful political and religious authority within the Islamic Republic of Iran by current leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The sanctions, which aim toward denying Iran’s top officials access to financial resources and blocking them from the U.S. financial system, are unlikely to have much impact on the country, which has been reeling in recent months from other rounds of U.S. sanctions.

Richard Johnson, a former deputy leader and participant in the Iran nuclear deal, told BBC Radio 4:

“Frankly I doubt that there’s many international companies doing business with these organisations, so I don’t think the sanctions will have a really substantive effect on Iran’s economy.

I do think it’s much more symbolic than it is substantive.”                  

Tensions have mounted in the Persian Gulf since Trump broke from the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal in which Iran agreed to limit its nuclear program in return for a gradual end to crippling economic sanctions and its reintegration into the world economy.

These tensions culminated in Iran’s shoot-down of a U.S. spy drone, which is believed to have been an advanced prototype worth about $220 million. While Washington claims the U.S. drone was flying in “international airspace” over the narrow Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, Tehran has insisted that the drone—which has powerful surveillance capabilities—was in flight above southern Iran.

Trump claims that while the sanctions were partly a response to the interception of the drone, they would have happened anyway.

Iran has defended its firing upon the drone, with Foreign Minister Zarif tweeting last Thursday:

“The U.S. wages #EconomicTerrorism on Iran, has conducted covert action against us & now encroaches on our territory. We don’t seek war, but will zealously defend our skies, land & waters.”

In the meantime, hawkish U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton—a fervent advocate of “regime change” in Tehran—vowed from a trilateral security summit with Russia and Israel in Jerusalem that the U.S. seeks talks with Iran. Bolton said:

“As we speak, American diplomatic representatives are surging across the Middle East, seeking a path to peace. In response, Iran’s silence has been deafening … There is simply no evidence that Iran has made the strategic decision to renounce nuclear weapons and open realistic discussions to demonstrate that decision.”

But Bolton’s words, combined with Washington’s new efforts to besiege Iran by economic means, are sure to draw incredulity from Tehran.

In a tweet, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said:

“Imposing useless sanctions on Iran’s Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the commander of Iran’s diplomacy (Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif) is the permanent closure of the path of diplomacy.

Trump’s desperate administration is destroying the established international mechanisms for maintaining world peace and security.” 

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The Notorious ‘Gateway to Hell’ May Finally Be Sealed, Turkmenistan’s President Says

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The Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan has long been host to what has been dubbed the “Gateway to Hell” – a massive hole in the ground that has been smoldering for about five decades.

However, the country’s government is now moving to finally extinguish the blazing natural Darvaza gas crater which lies in the center of the huge Karakum desert.

This isn’t the first time that President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has spoken of extinguishing the so-called portal to the underworld. In 2010, the strongman leader also ordered that experts investigate how best to put out the flames, which have been raging since a mishandled Soviet drilling expedition in 1971.

To prevent a disaster resulting from the spread of dangerous fumes, Soviet authorities decided it would be best to burn off the gas by setting it alight.

As a result, the 229-foot (70 meter) wide and 65-foot (20-meter) deep crater has been ablaze ever since, drawing tourists to the former Soviet country.

In 2018, the government officially renamed the pit the “Shining of Karakum.”

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This week, Berdymukhamedov decried how the gas crater “negatively affects both the environment and the health of the people living nearby,” reports AFP.

“We are losing valuable natural resources for which we could get significant profits and use them for improving the well-being of our people,” he added in the televised statement, noting that officials must “find a solution to extinguish the fire.”

Turkmenistan is known to possess the fourth-largest known reserve of natural gas in the world, reports VICE, and its economy is dependent on the export of the raw resource.

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Turns Out Schrödinger, the Father of Quantum Physics, Was a Shameless Pedophile

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Long hailed as one of the fathers of quantum physics, celebrated physicist Erwin Schrödinger is now being reevaluated after damning evidence was published that shows that the scientist was a pedophile and serial “sexual predator.”

Schrödinger, a Nobel Prize-winning Austrian-Irish scientist remembered for his 1935 thought experiment “Schrödinger’s Cat,” was exposed as a pedophile by The Irish Times in a December report detailing his unapologetic record as a serial abuser of young girls and women.

Since the report’s publication, academics and faculties across the globe have been distancing themselves from the physicist and launching petitions to remove his name from their facilities.

The physicist made foundational contributions to quantum theory and is largely responsible for the current craze for quantum computing, but his extracurricular activities have been exposed as being fundamentally exploitative and abusive toward girls and women.

According to 2012 biography Erwin Schrödinger and the Quantum Revolution by John Gribbin, which the Irish Times cited, the physicist became preoccupied with, and groomed, a 14-year-old girl named Itha Junger after becoming her math tutor. Schrödinger, who was middle-aged at the time, impregnated her when she was 17.

That year, Junger became pregnant and resorted to a horrific abortion that left her sterile, leaving the relationship in tatters.

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The physicist also kept a record of his sexual exploits, which included being “infatuated” with a 12-year-old girl named Barbara. He only relented from pursuing the child after her family members protested. He later wrote in his diaries that the child was “among the unrequited loves of his life”.

Schrödinger, Life and Thought author Walter Moore noted that the physicist’s scummy attitude towards women “was essentially that of a male supremacist.”

Students and lecturers are now rejecting the scientist. In his adopted country, Ireland, a petition has been launched to change the title of a facility at Dublin’s Trinity University that’s named after him.

 “It seems in bad taste that a modern college such as Trinity – one that holds lectures to both men and women, one that (hopefully) rejects the abuse of women, of young girls or, indeed, of anyone – would honour this man with an entire building,” the petition reads.

“We can acknowledge the great mark Schrodinger has left on science through our study, and this petition does not wish to diminish the impact his lectures or ideas had in physics.”

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Queen Strips Prince Andrew of All Royal Titles as Child Sex Abuse Trial Looms

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Britain’s Prince Andrew has been unceremoniously stripped of his military and royal titles, Buckingham Palace announced Thursday, just one day after a Manhattan judge gave the green light to a sexual abuse lawsuit against the disgraced son of the Queen.

Andrew, 61, is now unable to use the title “His Royal Highness” in any official capacity and his other roles as the Duke of York will be distributed among the other members of the House of Buckingham.

“With The Queen’s approval and agreement, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen,” the royal family said in an official statement, reports CNN. “The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”

Prince Andrew faces a civil lawsuit from Virginia Giuffre Roberts, 38, who alleges that she was forced by late financier Jeffrey Epstein and his partner Ghislaine Maxwell to have “disgusting” sex with the duke in London when she 17, a minor under U.S. law. Giuffre claims that Andrew knew at the time that she was underage.

According to her lawsuit, she feared disobeying Epstein and Maxwell due to “their powerful connections, wealth and authority.” Andrew, however, vociferously denies the claim.

The ongoing drama surrounding Andrew has already led to the Queen stripping her middle son of performing royal tasks following his humiliating 2019 interview with the BBC where he attempted to justify his friendship with Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, who was recently found guilty of sex trafficking.

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At the time, the prince – a former Royal Navy helicopter pilot who flew missions in the 1982 Malvinas War – was allowed to retain his military titles, which included vice admiral of the Royal Navy and colonel of the Grenadier Guards.

However, Buckingham Palace had faced strong pressure from military groups to strip the Duke of York of those titles.

“We understand that he is your son, but … please do not leave it any longer,” a group of 150 veterans wrote in an open letter to the monarch.

“All of us have served our country and are proud to have done so. For that reason, we are particularly upset and angry that Prince Andrew remains a member of the armed forces and continues to hold military titles,” the veterans added.

“Officers of the British armed forces must adhere to the very highest standards of probity, honesty and honorable conduct. These are standards which Prince Andrew has fallen well short of,” the letter said.

Andrew is likely to face a trial in Manhattan federal court later this year following the court’s Wednesday ruling.

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