Thursday Numbers

Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God. – Leo Buscaglia

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re new around here, “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 sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include USDA and the internet, Social Security disability benefits, Great Falls’ new bathroom, unemployment, Donald Trump, marijuana use, a bear and his beer, National Day of the American Cowboy, Bruce Springsteen, going to the movies, honey, and much more!

30,000,000

That’s how much the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has committed ($30 million) to improving high-speed Internet service in rural Montana. (Source)

The USDA is about more than just crops and livestock, which is one of the major problems with the USDA…

11,000,000

That’s how many Americans who are currently receiving Social Security disability benefits could see their benefits cut next year. That’s because the disability trust fund will run out of money in late 2016. (Source)

It should be interesting watching Congress work on this…

255,000

That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week, which was a decrease from the week before. (Source)

203,974

That’s how much the City of Great Falls (MT) commissioners approved to spend on a new bathroom in a city park. (Source) That’s more than many homes cost in the city. There’s good news – that price also includes a water fountain! I imagine the bathroom and water fountain will be locked/turned off for six months out of the year due to cold weather.

These are the same silly commissioners and city manager who won’t fully fund the local library, which I know has several water fountains and is open in the winter…

92

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump provided 92 pages of documents to Federal Election Commission that details his wealth. (Source)

The first Republican presidential debate is August 6 in Cleveland.

44

That’s the percentage of Americans who have tried marijuana. (Source)

That’s the highest (no pun intended) percentage ever…

36

That’s about how many cans of Rainier beer a bear consumed before passing out. Ironically the bear did not drink the Busch beer that was also available. (Source)

I’m with the bear on his choice of beers…

25

The U.S. Senate has declared July 25 National Day of the American Cowboy. (Source)

I am patiently waiting for the U.S. Senate to declare a “National Bloggers Day.”

10

Courtesy of CheatSheet.com, here are Bruce Springsteen’s 10 Greatest Songs of All Time.

My favorite is “Thunder Road.”

8.61

Variety reports that going to the movies in the U.S. cost an average of $8.61 during the second quarter of 2015, according to exhibition industry trade group, the National Association of Theatre Owners. This is a record high.

I stopped going to the movies years ago because the service was terrible and the theater looked (and smelled) like a dump.

2

Montana is the second-leading honey producer – sweet! (Source)

 

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2 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. If the federal government is broke, how come they can always find money for bike paths and improving inter net access? Has anyone on Washington ever heard the word, Priorities.

  2. 44 – That should be re qualified to read the percentage of people who “admitted” they tried marijuana!

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