Thursday, November 1, 2018
Patcon 14 AAR
The first presentation was a brief demonstration of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+. This model has the 64 bit quad-core 1.4 Ghz processor with 1 GB of memory and built-in wireless and Bluetooth, and uses the Raspberian Linux operating system. The Raspberry Pi runs from a 32 GB micro SD card. For $40, it’s a powerful little computer in a small package.
The second presentation was on some extra prepping considerations in anticipation for increased civil unrest post mid-term elections. This detailed local information gathering, finding your county emergency preparedness plan, and working on basic medical skills, including a brief demo on wound suturing practice.
The third presentation was on how fundamental common law has formed the basis for the body of law and constitutions of the original colonies to present day, and how we now have strayed from those principles meant to be easily understood by the common folk. This was very detailed, citing references from several different states that are worded very similarly addressing some of the same basic concerns in the states. There was a reading list with suggested further references.
The Roundtable Discussion covered the usual topics of what was seen as the most important immediate concerns and where those concerns would evolve in the next six months. Some of the issues mentioned were lack of the rule of law, where there is little to no accountability for certain people blatantly violating laws. Another was the increase in violence on the left, specifically with Antifa and similar local groups, seemingly sanctioned by local authorities.
Items given away at the raffle included two buckets of long-term emergency food from MyFoodStorage, several boxes of ammunition, a couple of books, and the Raspberry Pi from the demo.
Patcon15 is tentatively scheduled for 7 – 9 June, 2019.
--Tom of the Alamance County Rangers