Thursday Numbers

If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all. – Noam Chomsky

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 coal, wildfires, President Donald Trump, unemployment, the deposit, aid package, Hurricane Irma, last good rain, NFL Football, and much more!


Montana coal production is more than 2 million tons ahead of where it was at this time last year. (Billings Gazette)

President Trump said he would put miners back to work…


That’s how many acres have been burned so far this year in Montana. (MTN)


President Trump’s $1 million donation for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts will be split between 12 charities, with the Red Cross and Salvation Army receiving the largest sums, the White House said Wednesday. (The Hill)

That was nice of the President….


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


About 4,800 Montana state employees got an unexpected, extra payroll deposit last week – but the payment was an error, which state officials said they quickly discovered. (MTN)


The U.S. House voted on a 7.85 billion package to help victims of Hurricane Harvey on Wednesday. The final vote was 419-3. Reps. Justin Amash (Mich.), Thomas Massie (Ky.) and Andy Biggs (Ariz.) were the only lawmakers to oppose the aid. (The Hill)

All three are Republicans.


For more than a day, monstrous Hurricane Irma has sustained Category 5 winds of 185 miles per hour while ripping through the northern Lesser Antilles and the Virgin Islands. (WaPo)

I’ve been through a typhoon and it is not that much fun…


The Great Falls Tribune reports that the last “good rain” in Great Falls was 54 days ago (June 13).


Montana’s unemployment rate for 2016 was 4.1%. (AP)


There’s one NFL game tonight – the first game of the regular season – my Kansas City Chiefs head to New England to take on the Patriots.

Go Chiefs!