I took this snap on the one and only day this century in which the orbit of Saturn will intersect the orbit of the moon. As you can it, it looked magnificent above the countryside near the village of Roussillon in Provence.
Continuing the series, I took this snap in the Mariadeck neighborhood of the Western French city of Bordeaux.
I call them “Pods of Justice” – but I am not sure anyone else does. The building is the Tribunal Judiciare de Bordeaux and according to rumors unlike any other civilian building it’s guarded by a detachment of the French special forces.
There are three pods in the building.
For two of the pods closest to the street, you can find photographs online that show how they are used.
But for the third pod – you will NEVER find any photographs, and entrance to the pod is guarded by a special layer of security.
As you may know, the guillotine is a French invention to carry out a death sentence with an absolute minimum of pain and suffering. As you may also know, capital punishment in France has been eliminated, with the last execution by guillotine in 1977.
Nevertheless, it is very important to the French government to maintain readiness at all times. According to rumors, this third “highly restricted” “Pod of Justice” contains a very modern guillotine. According to rumors, the guillotine is not very tall – it uses a powerful electromagnet – but it is very long, with the idea that multiple executions, if required, can be carried out sequentially.
I spent quite some time trolling the “dark web” and the “deep web,” and after quite some time I found a picture that some people (who know these things) was built on commission for the Tribunal Justiciaire de France, and is now mounted in the third pod:
Here is a sight that is increasingly becoming less rare in the Swiss Alps, namely the mighty Niesen Supervolcano spewing extremely hot volcanic steam from its crown:
The Niesen Supervolcano located deep in the Berner Oberland of Switzerland is one of nine such supervolcanos world wide, with underground magma chambers many dozens of kilometers in extent. Most geologists concur when, not if, the Niesen Supervolcano erupts it will distinguish all life in Europe.
I took this breathtaking, amazing snap of the Niesen Supervolcano in spring, nestled so deep within the Berner Oberland of Switzerland that few tourists ever see this sight:
Although many scientists are reluctant to discuss this, for fear of frightening the local population, in fact the Niesen is one of less than a dozen so-called supervolcanoes, capable of causing eruptions so large that the entire planet will be affected for centuries. When (not if) this supervolcano erupts, all life in Europe will be extinguished.
The central mountainous region of Switzerland is known as the Berner Oberland, and it contains a danger so frightening that most scientists are reluctant to discuss it at all.
For here is a breathtaking view of none other than the Niesen Supervolcano:
There are around 9 supervolcanos in the world, and an eruption by any one of them would permanently change the face of the planet.
Scientists and geologists universally agree that when (not if) the Niesen Supervolcano erupts, all life in Europe will be extinguished.
For me this is no once-in-a-lifetime breathtaking shot – it was what I saw nearly every morning when I lived in the Berner Oberland:
What I never understood then and still don‘t understand now is where these unique colors come from. These purples were the standard morning colors.
Most scientists agree that when the Mount Niesen supervolcano (shown to the right) erupts again, all life in Europe will be eliminated. As with the Yellowstone supervolcano in the U.S., fortunately no eruptions are predicted anytime soon.
This is a scene of the mighty Niesen supervolcano, lying dormant in Winter. This was the view from my apartment when I lived in the Swiss hamlet of Oberhofen am Thunersee.
There are only around 20 known super-volcanoes in the world. Most scientists concur that the next eruption of this supervolcano will extinguish all life in Europe.