Thursday Numbers

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“Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with sarcasm) just to make you smile, shake your head, or make you send me nasty e-mails or Tweets.

This week I write about the budget deficit, Brittany Maynard, unemployment, Nobel Peace Prize, life expectancy, Jackson Browne, U.S. Supreme Court, cool things found on Google Earth, suicide, ISIS, baseball, Colbert & Montana, the flu season, and much more!

Prepare yourself – your free dose of knowledge awaits…

486,000,000,000

The Associated Press reported this week the “federal government’s budget deficit has fallen to $486 billion, the smallest pool of red ink of President Barack Obama’s six-year span in office.”

Go Feds go…

4,383,067

That is how many views the Brittany Maynard Compassion Choices video has received as of this morning. Maynard is 29 and has terminal cancer. She plans to end her life on November 1. Brittany and her husband moved to Oregon because the state allows “terminally ill patients to end their lives with lethal medications prescribed by a doctor.” (Source)

God bless Brittany and her family…

287,000

That is the number of new claims for unemployment filed last week, which is a decrease from the week before. (Source)

2009

On this date in 2009, President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. (Source)

I imagine Fox News almost imploded that day…

78.8

That is the life expectancy (78.8 years) for Americans born in 2012. (Source)

I doubt I make it…

66

Happy 66th birthday to Jackson Browne. It’s time to enjoy “The Load Out” and “Stay” by clicking HERE.

Go ahead – listen to it because tomorrow is Friday and you need a break…

48

That’s the percentage of people who disapprove of the job the U.S. Supreme Court is doing, with 44% approving. (Source)

Congress would love those numbers…

17

Here are the 17 coolest things discovered on Google Earth.

12.6

That was the suicide rate (12.6 per 100,000) in the United States for 2012 – an increase of 2.4% from 2011. (Source)

Extra knowledge – The theme song for the long-running television show “M.A.S.H.” was called, “Suicide Is Painless.”

10

According to Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., “at least ten fighters for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have been apprehended while attempting to enter the southern U.S. border.” The Department of Homeland Security says that is not true. (Source)

7

The seven game American League Championship series between the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles begins Friday night. The seven game National League Championship series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants begins Saturday. (Source)

Let’s go Royals!

6

Here are six Montana moments from Stephen Colbert.

1

Montana’s first influenza case of the 2014-2015 flu season has been confirmed in Cascade County (Great Falls). (Source)

We’re number one, we’re number one…

 

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