In Belgium, the coast line has been hit hard this morning. In the city of Nieuwpoort there was over 60 liters of rainfall in just one hour. Lots of flooded streets, and a few flooded basements too. And during the weekend, it was the south-east that was getting hit hard again. I saw a video on the website of a Belgian newspaper in which you can see a wet street being transformed into a knee-deep mud stream in just over one minute ─ literally, just over one minute. It appeared to be coming out of the sewer system, and as the street was on an incline, you can see it coming from around the bend, first on one side of the road and then spreading to cover the whole width of the street, and rushing down the incline as if you're standing by a muddy river that's headed for a waterfall. It was surreal.
Over here in town there was a pretty rough shower on Saturday ─ it was hitting my window panes and my balcony very hard ─ and the sky went very, very dark, but it was all over and done again in only about 20 minutes. Right now I can hear thunder again in the distance, but it's very transient. The sky will suddenly go dark, and then within minutes, the sun breaks through again. The storm clouds are moving very fast, and they're headed west, toward the sea.
Last year, we had a heatwave with an absolute record-breaking registered peak temperature of 41.9°C over here. But this July, the temperatures have been so low that my central heating actually came on a couple of times. Normally it wouldn't do that between the beginning of June and the end of August, or even the beginning of September.
It's all fucked up, and no climate change agreements are going to stop it. Even if all industrial activity were to stop right now, then it still won't make a difference. The corona pandemic with all of its lockdowns has proven that. The only thing that actually got better was the quality of the air in the cities. But we've already passed the point of no return.
Of course, what could be done, is that the authorities would be putting in the effort to minimize any damage by future flooding, future violent storms and future droughts. You know, like improving the sewer systems, deepening and/or widening problematic waterways, or creating emergency water reservoirs for when there is drought. But they won't, because (1) they still don't have the wisdom to correctly assess and anticipate any threats, and (2) it supposedly costs too much money to do all of those things, and the financial-economic society model is sacred and untouchable.
Limiting or even taking away people's freedom is okay, as is instigating discrimination ─ e.g. of those who haven't been vaccinated against Covid-19. But Earth will have already long been burned to a crisp by the expansion of the sun before they'll ever consider putting financial-economical interests beside them.
And the lobby groups will see to that, too. We've seen it when the pandemic first hit us in the (northern) spring of 2020. Everything went in lockdown, and everybody was so sympathetic, and so in agreement that it was absolutely necessary. Such unity, such benevolence all around, and such harmony. For about two weeks, and then the hypocrisy revealed itself, when the complaints started coming in about the lockdown taking too long and small businesses going bankrupt. And you know what? I was already expecting things to turn around that way ─ from day one. If it seems too good to be true, then it usually is. Humans are so transparent.
There are times when the authorities have to have a spine and put their foot down, just as there are times when the authorities should step back and stay out of people's way. And in Belgium, that's exactly what the authorities do, but they do it ass-backwards; they only have a spine and put their foot down when there's nothing threatening them, so that they can take away people's freedom and make life more difficult for everyone with the least amount of resistance. Just like in the middle ages. But when they should have a spine and put down their foot, then they will cower and cave in under the pressure from the lobbyists. And they need the lobbyists, because no one in a position of power over here has the wisdom to occupy said position.
Oh well, nothing I say is going to make any difference anyway. It's just another pointless rant.