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Ouroboros catch’em post

[ by Charles Cameron — attempting to keep the self-eating serpents in one pen, so they don’t get tangled in your hair and eyes ]

From Aneurism, a brilliant long-form essay by neurosurgeon Henry Marsh, from his book Do No Harm, and presented in Slightly More Than 100 Exceptional Works of Journalism:

Are the thoughts that I am thinking as I look at this solid lump of fatty protein covered in blood vessels really made out of the same stuff? And the answer always comes back–they are–and the thought itself is too crazy, too incomprehensible, and I get on with the operation.

From Political Tracts of Wordsworth, Coleridge and Shelley via PR Beckman:

The purpose of the historian, to Coleridge, is the same as that of the poet : to convert a series of events, which constitute the straight-line of real or imagined history, into a whole, so that the series shall assume to our understanding “a circular motion — the snake with its tail in its mouth.”

Here’s one more:

And this I can’t resist — there’s hope for humankind!

There will no doubt be others, which I’ll drop into the comment section. So you don’t need to be troubled by a new post every time I see one.

14 Responses to “Ouroboros catch’em post”

  1. Charles Cameron Says:


    Trump has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with the probe, according to one of those people. A second person said Trump’s lawyers have been discussing the president’s pardoning powers among themselves.

    Ouroboros averted?

    “This is not in the context of, ‘I can’t wait to pardon myself,’?” a close adviser said.

    Both quotes from WaPo, Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller’s Russia investigation
    Or — extended ouroboros?

    And then again — ouroboros?

    Trump Aides, Seeking Leverage, Investigate Mueller’s Investigators

  2. Charles Cameron Says:

    Nice one!

    Source: The Daily 202: Asking about a pardon for himself is a quintessentially Trumpian move
    Looks as though I should add Quintessence to my list of formal properties to watch for — definitely archetypal, with resonance in alchemy..

  3. Charles Cameron Says:

    On the matter of pardons and the pardoner:

  4. Charles Cameron Says:

    Here’s a serpent caught in the act by John Robb:

  5. Charles Cameron Says:


    This one’s more like a Celtic knot..

  6. Charles Cameron Says:

    NSFW alert below.
    There’s a NSFW ouroboros quote from Scaramucci beginning “I’m not Steve Bannon” in Ryan Lizza’s New Yorker piece, Anthony Scaramucci Called Me to Unload About White House Leakers, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon:

    Scaramucci also told me that, unlike other senior officials, he had no interest in media attention. “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock,” he said, speaking of Trump’s chief strategist. “I’m not trying to build my own brand off the fucking strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.” (Bannon declined to comment.)

    As Fox News remarked, Anthony Scaramucci uses vulgar language to lash out at Priebus, make fun of Bannon in interview.
    Yessir, the NSFW ouroboros of the day.

  7. Grurray Says:

    I’m not trying to… I’m not trying to build my own brand off the fucking strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.”
    The one thing I’ve learned about Wall St people is their biggest truths are revealed in their profanity. Despite his dismissive vulgar colloquialism, this is a rather interesting admission isn’t it? Bannon may or may not be creating a brand, but by framing it in ouroboric terms Scaramucci is admitting Bannon is formulating policy through a diologic process of emergence and meaning discovery, all within the mediating central structure of the presidency. He’s saying that Bannon is playing a glass bead game, and now Scaramucci has stumbled into it.

  8. Charles Cameron Says:

    I’m very interested by your comment, obviously, but am not sure I follow you all the way — could you expand? Thx!

  9. Charles Cameron Says:

    Anther NSFW ouroboros, this time from JK Rowling: she defines “an ‘alpha'” as “a dick attached to a dick.”

  10. Charles Cameron Says:

    Okay, that Steve Bannon profanity — there’s a great article on Strong Language titled Global autofellation with the Mooch which cintains these glorious paras:

    The French can do themselves prouder. Slate.fr should give its translator a bonus for capturing the tone so nicely – not just the idiomatic vivid coarseness but the colloquial grammar too. “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock” – so beautifully transcribed by The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza with a fucking comma splice that would normally get cock-blocked at the copy desk but conveys the tone more smartly than a period, let alone a fucking semicolon – shows up as “Je suis pas Steve Bannon, j’essaie pas de sucer ma propre bite.” If you don’t speak French, you won’t know what’s missing from that. Well, whoever did it up for HuffingtonPost.fr knew, and kept it in: “Je ne suis pas Steve Bannon, je n’essaie pas de sucer ma propre bite.” See it? ‘Not’ in standard French is ne…pas, but in colloquial French the ne is normally dropped. Oh, by the way, bite (pronounced like “beat” in France and “bit” in Québec) doesn’t have anything to do with biting. It means ‘cock’ tout court, nothing else – apparently it comes from an Old Norse word for a wood beam.
    I couldn’t find a French news source willing to talk about cock-blocking; I’m not sure if it’s because it’s a killing offence in French culture to cock-block someone. But the vulgar intensifier for paranoid schizophrenic once again shows what the go-to is in the language: “putain de schizophrène paranoïaque“, ‘whore of paranoid schizophrenic’. Yes, French is a language that makes much use of prostitution-related taboo words, especially in France. Quebec has a different angle, famously using liturgical terms, but fuck me if I could find a Québécois news source willing to give me the goods.

    French, let’s say, outbids Italian and German in such matters.

  11. Charles Cameron Says:

    An ouroboric headline?
    If Trump were an immigrant, he’d probably be deported
    Mind you, the article strikes me as slanted.
    Based on the immigration system he endorsed, Trump would not get a green card

  12. Charles Cameron Says:

    This one’s interesting — Hamilton 68 is a dashboard which “seeks to expose the effects of online influence networks and inform the public of themes and content being promoted to Americans by foreign powers..” in near real time — with an obvious focus on Russian sources. Here, Hamilton 68 itself shows up as a trending topic:


  13. Charles Cameron Says:

    Whoa! Here’s an ouroboric advertisement!

    Money must know something about the inherent interest of ouroboroi!

  14. Charles Cameron Says:

    Oh, BTW, obvs:

    So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.

    From FDR’s First Inaugural.

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