The entire world economy explained using cows

A quick holiday fund-raising campaign for Behind the Black!
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In past years I have managed to avoid asking for donations for Behind the Black during the holiday season. My finances however now compel me to do a short one-week fund-raiser, from November 11 to November 17.
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Note that for this week only I am also having a sale on the purchase of the last 20 hardbacks of Leaving Earth. (Click on the link for more information about the book, which was endorsed by Arthur C. Clarke himself!) This award-winning out-of-print book is now only available as an ebook, but I still have a handful of hardbacks available, normally for sale for $70 plus $5 shipping. For this week only you can buy them, personally autographed by me, for $50 plus $5 shipping! Just send me a check, payable to Robert Zimmerman, to the address above, with a note saying that the money is for the Leaving Earth hardback.


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Heh. The sad part is how true it all is. Only one option produces wealth and prosperity, but humans seem determined to choose every other possible option instead, even though they all guarantee failure.



  • Cotour

    That is funny, funny because its true.

  • Tom Biggar

    That’s not funny because it’s true.

  • Cotour

    Its usually a good idea to learn to laugh at the ridiculousness of existence. Human beings over intellectualize things because they can and I believe that that is Mr. Zimmermans point and it may not be classically funny but it is certainly ironically funny.

    Its just a different kind of funny.

  • David M. Cook

    At the end of the day, a cow’s purpose (like all animals) is to make as many copies of itself, spreading it’s DNA as far & wide as possible.

    Cows taste great to humans, so there are WAY more of them than would normally be possible.

    That sounds like a very successful batch of DNA, don’t ya know? I’m off to get a cheeseburger!

  • Tom Biggar

    You’re taking this too seriously. Both of us are right. It is funny because it’s true, but it’s also not funny because it’s true.

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