Steam battleship Thunderer where a stoker went nuts on August 3rd, 1911.
If he compares the weather that was in charge during Summer 1911, our [Czech] townsman may end up being grateful for the rains we experience in 2011. "The anxiety and awe is perceptible everywhere; the 12-week drought and the 5-week Saharan heat is something that none of us remembers," a reporter from Southern Bohemia wrote to "National Politics" exactly 100 years ago.
Sunstroke, faintness, death, and madness
Every day the heat found its new victims. For example, the daily we mentioned informed about two dead workers during labor in the fields: "In the village of Merklín, the 59-year-old navvy named Mr Josef Tousil was working regardless of the roasting Sun - until he fell through sunstroke to faintness which was abruptly followed by death. The same fate was shared by the 47-year-old Ms Anna Koutská in Tymákov near Pilsen."
A thermometer from 1911
The hot weather was torturing all of Europe and on August 3rd, Prague has received this telegraphic report: "From London, August 3rd. On the battleship Thunderer, a stoker went crazy. He told his comrade: - I will go nuts because of the heat. And right after this sentence, he took a razor and cut his throat."
A similar report was sent from Frankfurt am Main in Germany, too: "From Frankfurt upon Main, August 3rd. Near Wiesbaden, the son of a gymnasium [high school] professor, the student named Pagenstecher, jumped to the Rhine River and drowned. It seems that he went nuts because of the heat."
The temperatures in the Czech lands were climbing to 35 °C in the shadow once again. That's why, for example, firemen in steam locomotives had to work in heat that was as high as 70 °C.
"The staff serving at the engines of the trains has to go through some genuine torture in this weather. However, these men accept this job as true heroes. One of them is informing us: - The Sun is shining upon the engine which is producing an unbearable glow by itself. I took a thermometer and attached it on my coat. It was showing 72 °C. The noses of two firemen employed in the train began to release blood around the noon and one of them collapsed into coma near the town of Zdice due to sunstroke. One has to terribly suffer during such a responsible service. And the passengers in the train aren't even aware of the threat in the case that both the stoker as well as the engine driver suffer from sunstroke."
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Gore: I am no longer acceptable in polite company
As Fox News, Michelle Malkin, WUWT, Climate Depot, Hockey Shtick, and many others noticed, Al Gore has finally realized (in Aspen, Colorado) that his pseudoscientific junk is no longer acceptable in polite company - even before he managed to steal the first billion of dollars:
It’s no longer acceptable in mixed company, meaning bipartisan company, to use the goddamn word climate. It is not acceptable.To highlight how unacceptable he is, he has used the word "bullshit" about 10 times in his talk.
Here on TRF, it's still totally acceptable to use the word "climate". It's just unacceptable to spread lies and fear and to make profit out of these lies and fear.