One If By Land And Two If By Sea

While Henry Wadsworth Longfellows “Paul Revere’s Ride” wasn’t 100 % historically accurate, it shows us the absolute necessity of being able to clearly communicate between our “community” in times of trouble.  Preplanned/prearranged is essential.

On April 18, 1775, Paul Revere set out on his now famous ride from Boston, Massachusetts to Concord, Massachusetts. Revere was asked to make the journey by Dr. Joseph Warren of the Sons of Liberty, one of the first formal organizations of patriotic colonists. The purpose was to give warning to Samuel Adams, John Hancock (who were also members of the Sons of Liberty) and the other colonists that the British were preparing to march on Lexington.

Revere was taken by boat across the Charles River to Charleston, where he then borrowed a horse from a friend, Deacon John Larkin. Revere and a fellow patriot, Robert Newman, had previously arranged for signals to be given (lanterns in the tower of the North Church) so Revere would know how the British had begun their attack. This is where the famous phrase “one if by land, two if by sea” originated. While in Charleston, Revere and the Sons of Liberty saw that two lanterns had been hung in the North Church tower, indicating the British movement. Revere then left for Lexington.

On his way to Lexington, Revere stopped at each house to spread the word that the British troops would soon be arriving. Sometime around midnight, Revere arrived at the house of Reverend Jonas Clark, where Hancock and Adams were staying, and gave them his message. Soon after Revere’s message was delivered, another horseman sent on a different route by Dr. Warren, William Dawes, arrived. Revere and Dawes decided that they would continue on to Concord, Massachusetts, where the local militia had stockpiled weapons and other supplies for battle. Dr. Samuel Prescott, a third rider, joined Revere and Dawes.

On their way to Concord, the three were arrested by a patrol of British officers. Prescott and Dawes escaped almost immediately, but Revere was held and questioned at gunpoint. He was released after being taken to Lexington. Revere then went to the aid of Hancock and Adams, whom he helped escape the coming seige. He then went to a tavern with another man, Mr. Lowell, to retrieve a trunk of documents belonging to Hancock. At 5:00 a.m., as Revere and his associate emerged from the tavern, they saw the approaching British troops and heard the first shot of the battle fired on the Lexington Green. This gunshot of unknown origin, which caused the British troops to fire on the colonists, is known as “the shot heard round the world.”

Looks as though the United States Post Office is in serious trouble.  Will they pull around?  Will they survive their ills?

If the internet goes down, how do you and I stay in contact?

I communicate with hundreds of people a day on the internet.  I don’t have their mailing addresses.  I don’t have their phone numbers.

Are cell phones being monitored?  I guess that is likely.  What if the cell service was interrupted?  How many of you still have a land line?

How many of you have a phone number to contact your internet friends with should the internet be unavailable?

What is a cloud?  What is VOIP?  Or whatever that thingy is.  What are the alternatives if I can’t find you guys on here?  How did all those Middle Eastern youth plan and implement their “diplomatic uprising” – or whatever that Astro-Turf movement was. heavy sarcasm

I had heard that Condi Rice had something to do with the pre-planning of the work around for communicating in times of government shutdown – you know, for OTHER countries.  Not here at home of course.

I casually looked into it a bit after it all started.  Here is a very little of what I came across. 

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20 ways to circumvent the Egyptian Governments internet block

Some of you know all about this.  How many of you have researched what to do, or rather, what CAN BE DONE, if we have a shut down of the internet and cell service?

What emerging technologies can provide work-arounds for us, and how do we learn to use them?


~ by ladysforest on June 22, 2011.

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