Thursday Numbers

The dead cannot cry out for justice. It is a duty of the living to do so for them. – Lois McMaster Bujold

Welcome to the first “Thursday Numbers” of December! In case you’re a first-time visitor, this 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 just a little bit of sarcasm.

This week’s topics include climate change, Instagram winners of 2015, unemployment, livestock, City of Great Falls, Medicaid expansion, San Bernardino, Breaking News, Carolina Panthers, Golden State Warriors, and the 341st Missile Wing commander. There’s a lot more so read on!


According to information on climate change from The White House, in 2013, 17 million metric tons of carbon pollution were emitted from power plants in Montana — equal to the yearly pollution from over 3.5 million cars.

This is a debate we need to have.


Kendall Jenner won for most “Likes” for an Instagram photo in 2015. Her Instagram photo which shows her long dark hair curled into seven individual hearts received 3,200,000 “Likes” in 2015 to finish first. Taylor Swift had several photos in the top 10. (Source)


That’s how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week. (Source)


That’s how much the Montana Livestock Loss Board has paid this year for depredations caused by wolves and grizzly bears. The payments were for the deaths of 133 head of livestock. (Source)

I don’t think that amount will adequately cover the losses.


That’s the amount of a settlement between the City of Great Falls and a former city employee. According to the Great Falls Tribune, the settlement was over employment issues.

That does not seem like a lot of compensation for an employment issue. If they need help with finding ways to save that $90k, I have some ideas…


That’s the number of people in Montana who have signed up for the Medicaid expansion program. (Source)

This is a good start, but I think they need a better marketing strategy.


The Golden State Warriors of the NBA are 20-0, which is pretty phenomenal.(Source)


That’s how many people were killed in San Bernardino, California, yesterday. Several more were wounded. (Source)

Please say a prayer for the victims and their families. With the frequency of mass shootings in our country these days, if you believe in the power of prayer, please pray.


At about 1:13 p.m. (MT Time) yesterday, Fox News sent the first “Breaking News” alert about the mass shooting in San Bernardino. Altogether, Fox News sent 11 “Breaking News” alerts between 1:13 p.m. and 11:36 p.m. last night (Wednesday). They also sent two other notices of upcoming press conferences being held by the local police department in San Bernardino.

Just about every broadcast news organization covered the mass shooting. I watch all the news stations off and on when major incidents are happening. Sadly, none stood out during this tragedy. It’s better to be accurate than be first.


The last remaining undefeated team in the NFL is the Carolina Panthers who sport an 11-0 record. (Source)

I don’t think the Panthers are that good.


Congratulations to Colonel Tom Wilcox, who is the 341st Missile Wing commander at Malmstrom Air Force Base, on being nominated for his first star (Brigadier General).

Since he was a security forces member, you know he is worthy of this promotion! The work he has done at Malmstrom to help right the ship is very impressive.


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  1. With all the recent commentary on the Colstrip Power Plants, I’ve been trying to find how much of the power is actually used in Montana and how much is sent out of state. To date I am unsuccessful. I think that should be included in the discussion as well. I am hopeful either you or one of your readers can shed some light on this.

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