Thursday Numbers

Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful. – Ann Landers

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” 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 sarcasm.

This week’s topics include Powerball, unemployment, recycling pays, Airbnb in Montana, mental illness & guns, Facebook Live & Tester, NFL scouting combine, Havre airport & Northwestern Energy, Kate Upton, and much more!


That’s the estimated jackpot for Saturday’s Powerball lottery.(

If I win I promise to keep blogging…


That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (USDOL)


That’s how much money was found inside an old TV set that was being recycled. (CNN)

I guess I should check my old TV sets. It looks like the saying “It pays to recycle” is true!


That’s how many visitors to Montana used Airbnb accommodations, spending more than $10 million. Bozeman and Missoula had the most guests. (MTN)


The U.S. Senate approved a measure to allow some 75,000 people with mental disorders to purchase firearms. (AP)

The vote was 57-43. Montana’s two U.S. Senators, Democrat Jon Tester and Republican Steve Daines, supported the measure that allows “some 75,000 people with mental disorders to purchase firearms.”

Hell yes – people with mental disorders purchasing firearms! What could go wrong?


That’s about how many people logged on to watch and participate in U.S. Senator Jon Tester’s Facebook Live town hall meeting Wednesday night. (Tester Press)

Facebook Live is a great tool to interact with constituents.


That’s how many players are invited to the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis February 28 through March 6. (USA Today)

My name was not on the list – I think I have a play or two left in me…


The Havre (MT) airport has been overbilled by about $90,000 for electricity for 30 years by Northwestern Energy. Northwestern claims they won’t give the airport $90,000 in credit. (AP)

Come on Northwestern – quit being the big corporate bully and give this little airport a credit of $90k.


Kate Upton was chosen for her third Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition cover. (SI.COM)

Hello, Kate!


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7 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

    • Craig: Thanks for the information and I appreciate your points. I believe if the rule would prevent just one person from killing someone, or one mass shooting, then it would be worth it. -JmB

      • Craig – Once again thanks for some good information. It’s staggering. I imagine drunk driving kills/harms many Montanans as well.

        As for you being “not much of a fan of the ‘one person’ argument expressed as fear overriding the facts and constitutional rights, especially due process” that is probably true with most people –unless that “one person” is their child, or other family member or a friend.

        Thanks again,


  1. Hi Jackie,
    Just checking…. is that 15,000 for the Tester’s Facebook Town Hall meeting?

  2. If you’ve got a mental problem you can buy a gun. If you’ve got a medical marijuana card, you cannot.

    Doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, but I guess that’s why I’m not an elected official.

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