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This page honors all the telegraph, ham radio and radar operators, lighthouse keepers, and others, whose vigilance helps secure for our life the safe material foundation upon which we can erect a spiritual world. I thank them for listening and watching, that our cries for help may be heard, and the forces which would beset us be detected.

This page also honors all those who await their alert, to come to our aid and deliver us from evil: firemen, coastguardsmen, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and others.

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"Sadly, in 1995 the United States Coast Guard stopped routinely using the morse code to converse with ships at sea. This ended a long tradition. Morse code however will always remain a viable means of providing highly reliable communications during difficult communications conditions."
(Morse Code Home Page. Also: Go here)

"...to have substituted for the magical communion of species and the confusion of distinct orders a spiritual relation in which beings remain at their post but communicate among themselves will have been the imperishable merit of the 'admirable Greek people,' and the very institution of philosophy."
(Emmanuel Levinas, Totality and Infinity, p. 48)

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Like all innovation, recent advances in personal emergency locator beacons (e.g., OnStar: "You're never alone or without help", and the Breitling emergency wristwatch -- don't get lost without one!), open new possibilities of personal and social life, both welcome and unwelcome (both 'good" and 'bad', etc.). However, I believe these technologies can effect significant improvement for all persons, by eliminating, once and for all, the possibility that a person, finding themselves "in trouble" -- shall ever again call for help and their call not be heard. To remove this possibility from life seems to me a genuinely constructive step along the path toward a fully human[e] social world, in which, without fail, as Hermann Broch wrote in The Sleepwalkers:
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"....From our bitterest and profoundest darkness the cry of succour comes to the helpless, there sounds the voice... that binds our loneliness to all other lonelinesses... raised high over the clamour of the non-existent; it is the voice of man and of the tribes of men, the voice of comfort and hope and immediate love: 'Do thyself no harm! For we are all here!'" (p. 648)
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In the bombings, 11Sep01, of the World Trade Center (NYC) and the The Pentagon, where terrorists flew commercial airliners into the buildings as kamikazes, some of the passengers were able to use their cell phones to have a few last words with loved ones. News passengers on a fourth hijacked plane received by cell-phone, about the WTC and Pentagon events, may have motivated them to fight their hijackers and cause their plane to crash in uninhabited rural area instead of its intended target.[fn.37c[ Go to footnote! ]]
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Such "tragedies showcase the extraordinary rewards of the communications revolution. Yet never have the limits of communication been more stark. One person is inside a burning building and one is outside. Their voices may meet in the digital void, but they can't pull each other to safety across it."(Jennifer Egan, "Elements of Tragedy: The technology", NYT Sunday Magazine, 23Sep01)
There are other heroes of communication whom I have not mentioned. For example, long-haul truck drivers -- including those who drive the winter ice roads over frozen lakes to supply the Canadian northern territories each winter --, who convey among us the "things" without the communication / circulation of which our cultural world would be confined to the narrow subsistence routines of village life.
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Lux mentis lux orbis :: The light of the mind is the light of the world
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Read the story of Sgt. Donald W. Slover.
Go  to National Association of Medics and Corpsmen (NAMC) website: "He ain't Heavy, He's my Brother."
Learn  important engineering contribution my maternal uncle, Isadore Znamirowski, made to WWII: How the Star acquired Bars and saved lives.
Learn about Russian nuclear submarine Kursk disaster (12Aug00).
Learn  about U.S.A terrorist bombings of The Pentagon and New York World Trade Center (11Sep01).
Go to  Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science.
·  Contact Online Help-Line for support with ethical problems in engineering work.
Learn about OnStar: "You're never alone or without help."
Learn  about Breitling emergency wristwatch -- Don't get lost without one!
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"Shipwreck with Spectator" (Life as a journey...).
Visit Point Pinos Light ~ Lighthouse at Monterey, CA.
Leisure is the basis of culture.
Read Louis Kahn: What makes a city?
Visit my garden inspired by Ise "Wedded rocks".
Please sign guestbook. Rust never sleeps  
"Rust never sleeps

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