U.S. Warns Americans Not To Travel To Venezuela

The U.S. State Department issued a “do not travel” advisory Tuesday to Americans traveling to Venezuela amid rising tensions.

“Do not travel to Venezuela due to crime, civil unrest, poor health infrastructure, and arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens,” said the State Department’s travel advisory, which was issued as protests continue to sweep Caracas. “Venezuelan authorities may not notify the U.S. Embassy of the detention of a U.S. citizen, and consular access to detainees may be denied or severely delayed.”

The travel advisory came just days after Trump administration officials maintained that military intervention is still on the table in their attempts to remove Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from power. In a Monday press briefing, national security adviser John Bolton detailed new sanctions against Venezuela, including against its state-owned oil company.

The advisory also came on the same day Maduro’s government announced an investigation into National Assembly Leader Juan Guaido, whom President Donald Trump backed just hours after the opposition leader declared himself interim president on Jan. 23. Venezuela’s top prosecutor asked the country’s Supreme Court to freeze Guaido’s assets and bar him from traveling.

The National Assembly represents a multi-party opposition to Maduro, who won a disputed election last year that the opposition members and several democratic countries have called fraudulent. Maduro’s time in office has included authoritarian crackdowns on political enemies and an economic crisis driven partly by the worldwide collapse of oil prices.

With the increased penalties on Venezuela, the Trump administration aims to force Maduro to cede the presidency as he loses support from the armed forces, whose continued loyalty to him has been crucial to his retaining power.

Foreign policy experts have warned that sending the U.S. military to Venezuela could bring more violence in a country already facing humanitarian crises.

The U.S. has a history of using military and intelligence services to attempt to topple Latin American leaders it disagrees with. The U.S was closely linked to a failed coup in Venezuela against socialist President Hugo Chavez in 2002. Maduro replaced Chavez after he died in 2013.

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Stunning Video Captures Incredible Sky Above Alaska’s Notorious HAARP Facility

It probably won’t do much to convince those who believe Alaska’s High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) facility is controlling either the weather or our minds, but the latest video from the SKYGLOW team reveals the beauty of the sky above the site.

In 1993, three arms of the US military – the Air Force, Navy, and DARPA – and the University of Alaska Fairbanks established HAARP to study the ionosphere. By sending radio signals into the upper atmosphere and examining the reflections, HAARP does both basic research and explores the possibility of using reflected waves for communications and surveillance. Somehow this facility became the center of some spectacularly wacky conspiracy theories, including mind control, manipulating the weather, and even making caribou walk backward.

The ionosphere is the part of the upper atmosphere where solar radiation has knocked electrons off the sparse molecules, leaving them positively charged within a soup of electrons. Solar activity can cause disturbances in the ionosphere, producing auroras, and the charge can also bend or reflect radio waves, allowing for communication beyond direct lines of sight.

Presumably because of the military involvement, conspiracy theorists have decided HAARP couldn’t just be a way to learn about the sky above, or even for intelligence services to keep an eye on things happening in places otherwise hidden by the curve of the Earth.

No, apparently this relatively modest facility is steering hurricanes so they can destroy cities the government doesn’t like (in one particularly curious version, the Democrats still got to control HAARP despite losing the presidency), and messing with the brains of those who displease it. Nor are these claims purely the realm of the politically marginalized. Former president of Venezuela Hugo Chavez blamed HAARP for the devastating Haitian Earthquake of 2010, which killed at least 100,000 people.

In 2014, HAARP, having been entirely transferred to University of Alaska control, decided to let anyone who wanted to come and visit it. New management hoped if some people saw what HAARP is actually doing, they’d be less inclined to believe it’s secretly running the world.

As part of this outreach program, SKYGLOW, famous for producing time-lapse videos of stars, clouds, and meteors over famous monuments made HAARP the site of their latest project. The footage was taken this winter, well away from the peak of solar activity, but still includes some spectacular images of auroras, a product of the facility being located so close to the north magnetic pole.

 

Skyglow.com: HAARP Borealis from Harun Mehmedinovic on Vimeo.

The release coincides with the disturbing discovery that light pollution, the phenomenon the SKYGLOW project was started to bring attention to, has infiltrated more than half the world’s Key Biodiversity Areas, affecting the behavior of nocturnal animals, plants and even microbes in places far from major cities we think of as truly wild.

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Venezuelans rally to protest chronic power outages – Reuters

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Television networks planning special reports for Michael Cohen’s testimony

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Michael Cohen is likely to be everywhere on Wednesday. His long-awaited testimony to the House Oversight Committee will be shown live on all the cable news channels, of course, and it will also carried live by the broadcast networks.