Everything in life is said to have a cause and effect relationship. Whatever action is committed, an event occurs that is the reaction of the choice taken. In the latest protests going on in the Middle East, the catalyst is said to be a film that was made in the United States about the prophet Mohammad. The film has been viewed as an anti-Islamic production about insulting the prophet Mohammad and the result has been violent protests occurring at U.S. embassies throughout the Middle East.
The latest protest ended up as a Taliban attack on a U.S.-British base killing two U.S. Marines and wounding several other troops. Prince Harry was also stationed there but was reported to be unharmed in this latest example of the cause and effect relationship that exists in the Middle East.
In a statement released by the U.S.-led NATO coalition, nearly 20 insurgents armed with explosive vests, guns and rocket-propelled grenades infiltrated the perimeter of Camp Bastion. This huge British base houses U.S. Marine operations adjacent to Camp Leatherneck, which is located in southern Helmand province. The attack is said to have taken place shortly after 10 p.m. Friday and ended up killing two NATO service members, damaged multiple aircraft and structures as well as wounded several other service members.
During the attack, 18 militants were killed by coalition forces and one insurgent, who had been wounded, was detained and being questioned according to coalition forces. Damage to aircraft and buildings on the airfield were being assessed by NATO service members that cleared the base of attackers early Saturday. The coalition also said though an investigation is currently ongoing; any damage that might have happened will not impact ground to air operations from Camp Bastion.
While some tried to speculate the reasoning behind the attack, Qari Yousef AHmadi, a spokesman for the Taliban, explained the rationale behind the attack. “We attacked that base because Prince Harry was also on it and so they can know our anger.” The group often tailors its claims to the news of the day. “Thousands more suicide attackers are ready to give up their lives for the sake of the Prophet,” Mr. Ahmadi said in a telephone call with The Associated Press.
It is not a surprise the stance the Taliban have taken regarding Prince Harry as they have declared, for some time, that the Prince is targeted to be killed. For days after Prince Harry’s deployment to the Helmand Province was announced, a spokesman for the Taliban had publically said he would be targeted for assassination. The spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said, “We will do our best to kill Prince Harry and Britain’s other troops based in Helmand. It is not important for us to kidnap him. We will target him and we will kill him.”
The opposition over the anti-Islamic film has added more fuel to the fire burning in regards to reasons why insurgents should continue attacking NATO forces. There have been problems already with trying to train Afghan forces to take over when most foreign troops can withdraw from the country at the conclusion of 2014. For example, NATO said on Saturday that a man, who was believed to be a member of the Afghan Local Police, turned and attacked U.S.-led coalition forces that resulted in killing two international service members.
Insider attacks has been on the rise and so far this year, 47 international service members are dead by the hands of Afghan policemen or soldiers or insurgents wearing their uniforms. August alone has seen at least 12 attacks that have resulted in 15 deaths. With the latest attack at Camp Bastion. U.S. and coalition forces will need to brace themselves for more attacks as a result of the cause and effect relationships going on in the Middle East. Those relationships are that wherever Prince Harry is stationed, the Taliban will make every effort to assassinate him.
The other is that U.S. embassies and forces will be targeted in retaliation for the anti-Islamic film that was made. Looking at examples of cause and effect relationships, one might wonder if the recent attacks on U.S. embassies will result in harsher responses by American forces that will escalate the cause and effect relationship in the Middle East.
Americans Killed in ‘Insider Attacks’ in Afghanistan
An Afghan police officer killed four U.S. soldiers Sunday. It was the third “insider attack” in Afghanistan in as many days
Prince Harry Could Have Been Target of Taliban Attack
SpaceX Starhopper test launch delayed to August 21
SpaceX Starhopper test flight face delays but a tentative date is set
SpaceX is looking to launch Starhopper — an early test prototype of the company’s Mars-colonizing Starship vehicle — on August 21, based on tweets sent by the company’s founder, Elon Musk.
Starship, once completed, is a super heavy-lift launch vehicle that’s pegged to be a 384-foot giant (117 meters). Upright, it will stand taller than the Statue of Liberty. The company aims to use this spacecraft to launch humans to space and to potentially colonize Mars.
At the moment, SpaceX is looking to test a smaller prototype called Starhopper this weekend from its facility in Boca Chica, Texas, near the border city of Brownsville at an altitude of about 650 feet (200 meters).
However, Musk said in a series of tweets that they will be delaying the launch due to permissions that need to be secured from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
“Good conversation with [the] head of FAA Space. Need a bit more hazard analysis & should be clear to fly soon,” one of Musk’s tweets read.
Fortunately, Musk’s “soon” apparently means the middle of next week at the earliest. Officials in Cameron County, where Boca Chica lies, announced that Boca Chica Beach and part of State Highway 4 will be closed on August 21 from 2 p.m. to midnight local time to accommodate SpaceX activities.
Cameron County officials also said that August 21 is the “primary date” for the closure, but August 21 and 22 will serve as alternative dates.
So far, Starhopper has already accomplished three test flights, all of them from Boca Chica. Reportedly, there were two brief hops in early April and flew freely for the first time on July 25, on a test flight that had a targeted altitude of 65 feet (20 m).
In terms of the mechanical aspects of Starhopper, it will only have one Raptor engine — enough to make initial results to gauge for the final spacecraft. Meanwhile, Starship will have six Raptor engine, according to Musk and Super Heavy — a giant rocket that will propel Starship from Earth’s atmosphere — will have 35 Raptor engines.
However, these numbers could change as Musk is set to give a Starship design update on August 24. If all goes according to plan, the Starship-Super Heavy duo could begin launching satellites as early as 2021, SpaceX representatives have said.
The spaceflight system already has a mission booked. Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa wants SpaceX to carry him and a few other artists to a trip around the moon by 2023.
Significantly, the rocket is set to be a central piece in Musk’s commercial plans in space, as it will also be used to reach Mars and, hopefully, to come back to Earth for reuse.
Approximately, the Starship rockets are expected to launch up to 24 times a year from SpaceX’s current flagship launchpad 39A, the draft of the company’s environmental assessment said.
The rockets will also be integral in NASA’s Artemis mission, which hopes to bring man back and the first woman to the moon by 2024. The 39A launchpad would also support NASA’s future moon missions from the same Kennedy Space Centre site used for the Apollo lunar missions.
Furthermore, there are two sets of Starship vehicles that are being developed by SpaceX. Currently, both Starship spacecraft is being developed by separate teams of SpaceX engineers. One of which in Boca Chica, Texas and Starship Mk2, in Cocoa, Florida.
In the near future, SpaceX hopes to able to perform launches specifically targeting Mars and its endeavors of colonizing the red planet, Paul Wooster, the principal Mars development engineer at SpaceX, said during a speech at the Humans to Mars Summit in Washington in May.
He explained that SpaceX’s first launch to Mars would be an uncrewed test to determine the environment of the planet such as the presence of natural resources and build the infrastructure necessary to support the company’s Starship flights to and from Mars; that could include landing pads and refueling stations for the reusable rockets.
Meanwhile, the company also wants to use water ice from the planet’s surface and carbon dioxide from the Martian atmosphere to refuel Starships on Mars, enabling the rockets to return to Earth.
“SpaceX’s intent, Elon’s intent in founding SpaceX was to enable humanity to become a multiplanet species, allowing us to establish cities on Mars” and to inspire people, Wooster said. “So, while some aspects of [Musk’s vision] are an artist’s concept, the vehicle itself is very much in development now.”
Wave Spell Music Festival Returning to Belden, California
The small town of Belden, in Northern California, will host the Wave Spell music and arts festival later this month for the second year in a row. The annual festival is held and curated by the veteran electro-jam group, Sound Tribe Sector 9, or STS9 to those familiar. The festival begins on August 15th.
Sound Tribe, originally known as simply “Sector 9”, began their career around Atlanta in 1999 and is now based out of Santa Cruz, California, although they spend a significant amount of time on the road as one of the top touring acts in the game.
The Wave Spell festival is now in its second year, both being held in Belden-a small town on California’s Feather River with a population of only 22 people (as of 2010). With the inaugural year being a success by consensus of fans and insiders alike, there was much anticipation and delight among STS9 constituents with the announcement of another year in Belden. Fans especially found great excitement at the idea of returning to the banks of the Feather River for Wave Spell.
In hosting the event, Sound Tribe Sector 9 will offer their own unique sound as the headlining entertainment and backbone of the weekend. Just as they did last year, the band will play 9 sets of original music over three nights in Belden. Among these performances, three sets will consist of completely improvised music by STS9, dubbed the “Wave Spell Sets”. This format mimics the first year and is the festival’s namesake.
Last year, Sound Tribe introduced the concept of their Wave Spell Sets and eventually brought them to the stage, getting an extremely enthusiastic response from their devoted fan base. The band has presented only a handful of these improvisational performances, both at the festival and on the road, adding to the allure for their followers.
While STS9 is the main attraction in Belden, Wave Spell also boasts a heady lineup of other musical acts, as well as visual artists for festival attendees to enjoy. Live music is promised until at least 5 A.M. every morning of the event, and early morning performances are known as “sunrise sets” suggest that music will go deep into the day. As it did last year, the festival will also feature installations from painters as well as live painting during musical performances. A new addition to the festival this year even offers a display of geological specimens billed as “Crystals by Isometrica”.
The very small town of Belden, California plays host to several festivals a year. These events take up the entirety of the town, which consists of only a few homes, a hotel/lodge, a few cabins, and a beach along the river. The scenic grounds offer camping space for the 1,200 or so festival-goers as well as limited space for RV’s. For a VIP experience, and at a VIP price, fans can also rent one of the cabins for the weekend or get one of the few rooms in the lodge. The lodge is also home to a diner-style restaurant and a small convenience store where attendees can purchase supplies.
The beach in Belden offers not only a beautiful space to relax on the river, but during the Wave Spell festival, it also provides the Beach Stage, where fans can enjoy live music throughout the day. The beach stage is also the site for the fan-favorite “Sunrise Sets”, starting shortly before dawn and going on through the sunrise and into early morning daylight.
Last year, in the festivals first year, the Beach Stage quickly became a favorite spot for STS9 fans, who loaded up the area of the Feather River directly in front of the stage with giant inflatable lounge apparatuses shaped like unicorns, ducks, and even a slice of pizza. The river quickly became a large cluster of floaties, all of which were responsibly retrieved at the end of the weekend by the environmentally conscious crowd.
The lineup for the second year of Wave Spell is almost entirely fresh. Aside from STS9, only a few of the groups performing are returning from last year. Among the veterans of the festival coming back is the Portland, Oregon electronic trio, Yak Attack, who were standouts at the first Wave Spell. For the most part, however, festival-goers will experience a brand new roster of acts.
For electronic music fans, Wave Spell submits an exciting schedule of artists and groups. Amid the lineup of live electronic performers, a legend of the genre promises to be one of the most anticipated sets of the weekend. DJ Mark Farina will take the stage in Belden to provide the crowd with his now iconic style of sound, dubbed by Farina as “Mushroom Jazz”. Farina and his Mushroom Jazz have become synonymous and his sound has held the attention of the electronic music world for nearly three decades, dating back to his first Mushroom Jazz compilation in 1992.
Over on the Beach Stage, early morning sunrise sets have become a popular fixture in the electronic music festival scene. Often specially assembled to go along with the experience of watching the sun come up in the morning, these sunrise sets have become a favorite among fans.
A new addition to the Wave Spell lineup this year almost seems to specialize in this type of first thing in the morning/end of the night performances. Hailing from the San Francisco underground, Random Rab has seemingly perfected the art of the sunrise set. A Burning Man legend in his own right, Rab seems to fully understand the important mix of laid back and beautiful along with intense and spiritual that makes for a fantastic sunrise set. His early morning performances have become one of the most sought after in the game.
Also returning to Wave Spell this year, diehard STS9 fans are particularly excited for solo performances from members of the headlining band. On the festival schedule for the weekend are special solo sets from David Phipps (Keyboard/Piano) and Zach Velmer (Drums), of Sound Tribe Sector 9. Along with Phipps and Velmer, STS9 bassist, Alana Rocklin also has something special in store for fans. Rocklin’s previous band, Sub ID, will be reuniting for a set at Wave Spell. This will be only the second Sub ID performance since Rocklin joined STS9 in 2014.
Wave Spell Live music festival will be held August 15-18, 2019 in Belden, California. Tickets can be purchased at:
AMCA Breach: 20 Million Victims, 19 Class Actions
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More than 20 million and not 200,000 have fallen victim to a massive data breach that has seen medical clients using the services of healthcare billing company, American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA), to pay for their laboratory tests in different blood testing labs across the U.S. were confirmed by the SEC filings of affected medical institutions amidst the earlier claims of AMCA that there were fewer victims.
The data breach was a result of a cyber attack that aims to phish for financial information from the website of the AMCA. The exposed data belongs to Americans who paid laboratory services at several clinical and blood testing labs and institutions and used the AMCA billing portal.
What happened in the AMCA breach?
Data that were stolen from the victims include their names, phone numbers, dates of birth, home addresses, social security numbers, credit card numbers, and other bank details. The said information was auctioned off by the hacker in several financial hacking forums.
According to DataBreaches.net, the organization who first reported about the incident, AMCA officials, following the notification of the breach confirmed that their system has been compromised and has remained undetected for more than eight months. AMCA corroborated that the breach took place between August 1, 2018, and March 30, 2019.
Notifications have been sent by several of AMCA’s corporate partners and clients to their customers following the disclosure of the security breach that has seen information from millions of Americans compromised.
The list of impacted testing laboratories includes Quest Diagnostics (11.9 million patients), LabCorp (7.7 million patients), BioReference Laboratories (Opko Health subsidiary, 422,600 patients), Carecentrix (500,000 patients), and Sunrise Laboratories (undisclosed number of patients).
However, neither the AMCA nor its five clients have yet to notify ALL impacted citizens by the breach making them vulnerable to a lot of cyber crimes and their financial data could be used by anyone who gets hold of the information against the persons of those who still don’t know that their financial information is floating around the internet.
The companies involved in the breach are facing several lawsuits
Appropriately, the lawsuit came into the direction of AMCA, Quest, and LabCorp regarding the incident. More than 11 class-suite actions have been filed against the three companies for their inability to protect consumer data. The 11 lawsuits were recorded at The United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) on June 3. Since then, eight more lawsuits were filed against the companies in federal courts from New Jersey, New York, and California.
According to litigation experts, “If many cases are filed in federal court, any of the lawyers on any of those cases can file a motion with the JPML [..] to centralize the various federal cases that have been filed by sending all of them to a single judge for coordinated pre-trial proceedings.”
“Healthcare companies are especially susceptible to data breaches not only because they aggregate a tremendous amount of important and sensitive data, but also because they tend to be less focused on cybersecurity protection than other industries,” said John Yanchunis of Morgan and Morgan, one of the firms who filed lawsuits against Quest Diagnostics.
“These companies, like Quest Diagnostics, know they are at an increased risk and yet have not taken the proper steps to protect their patients’ data. We will fight for justice on behalf of those impacted by this breach,” added Yanchunis.
Lawmakers are demanding an explanation
The U.S. government, led by attorneys general from Connecticut and Illinois has also opened an investigation on the matter. Furthermore, lawmakers and other politicians have sent letters to the responding companies to ask for an explanation of why an eight-month data breach remained undetected and to demand accountability from them.
In Washington, US Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) also sent a letter to Quest Laboratories demanding the company explain its vetting process for selecting AMCA as a billing vendor, and what requirements a third-party vendor has to pass. Democratic New Jersey Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez also sent letters to AMCA, Quest, and LabCorp, seeking official answers on how a breach of this severity went undetected for eight months.
“The months-long leak leaves sensitive personal and financial information vulnerable in the hands of criminal enterprises. Moreover, such breaches force victims to contend with identity theft that may lead to irreparable harm to their credit reports and financial future,” said the letter sent by the NJ senators.
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