Wradical:: "And with a name like telegraph, you belong in the 19th Century."You realize that Morse Code beats the pants of the world's best 'texter'? http://www.myspace.com/video/steve/morse-code-vs-text-messag...or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyiVYdJhW6E========The Telegraph was the 'internet' of the 1800s. It was the beginning of the 'telecommunications revolution' and connected every village and hamlet in America. One could send a message to anyone and it would be delivered and it was the first means of Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Pacific communications after messages carried by hand by ship captains!It led to the telephone and the internet. So you belittle the foundations of the entire 21st century communications systems? wow! ----------Wradical: "(Or at least back before Social Security, minimum wage, child labor laws, racial integration, etc.)"Of course, you forgot women. A high percentage, maybe 30%, of commercial telegraph operators around the country were women. It was the first industry in which women had an equal chance and equal pay to men. oh, how libs forget.Then we had the telephone industry - the landline telephone industry, in which women likely held at least 1/3rd of all jobs - operators - decent paying jobs with benefits. Child labor laws? At a time when the average person completed maybe 8 or 9 years of total education as STANDARD, you bet that lots of 16 year olds entered the work force. People like Thomas Edison - whose first job was as a telegraph operator. Oh, you didn't know that? Silly you! He was 16 at the time. And Andrew Carnegie. Oh, you didn't know he was a telegraph operator. Oh, silly you. Started young. Heck, even in 1932, my dad completed high school.....and went to work at age 16. Same for my mom. That was the norm. Back in the early 1800s, kids went to school to maybe 8th grade...and then worked on the farm or apprenticed in an industry. So?Get over it. Today, we coddle kids all the way through PhD level, and they never worked a day in their life and probably never want to......half of them don't even have the job skills these days to get a job even after 20 years of 'skooking'. ------- Wradical: "Do you use Morse Code on the internet, too?"Actually, you can as there are ways to send Morse Code over the internet. It's faster than typing and instantaneous, but no, I don't personally. I do it instead 'over the air'. As you know, when 'all else fails' there is still radio for backup. Ask the folks up in NJ without power for 15 days. Cellular out. Telephone out. Cable phones out. Internet out. Most folks had no way of communicating ,not even post office which didn't deliver the mail. Who you going to call then? Yep, just like Katrina..the ham radio operators. Now, you were saying? ---t
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