Cutting Off the Head of the Snake By Tom North

     Is there a metaphor buried in this story, somewhere, anywhere? A man kills a snake, cuts off its head, but then, by accident he gets bitten by the severed head. So, how is this possible? Demonic magic? The New World Order? Globalism? White privilege? Political correctness in the land of the snakes and ladders? No. No:

“The answer has to do with the snake’s physiology. Snakes are cold-blooded creatures, meaning they get heat from external sources, such as sunlight and warm surfaces. (The scientific term for this is “ectotherm.”) Because snakes don’t need to internally maintain their body temperature, they don’t need as much energy — which is burned up using oxygen — as warm-blooded “endotherms” do, said David Penning, an assistant professor of biology at Missouri Southern State University who wasn’t involved in the Texas case. If a mammal loses its head, it will die almost immediately. But snakes and other ectotherms, which don’t need as much oxygen to fuel the brain, can probably live on for minutes or even hours, Penning said. “Severing the head isn’t going to cause immediate death in the animal,” Penning told Live Science. “It doesn’t need that much oxygen in the first place.” Granted, the snake might not have been self-aware that it no longer had a body. Rather, it likely just felt the pain from the decapitation and then tried to defend itself, Penning said.”

     The global financial system is like a giant Satanic snake too, and it will also be difficult to “kill,” if that metaphor is even appropriate with things which have taken on a metaphysical existence.



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