There is nothing so powerful as truth, and often nothing so strange. – Daniel Webster
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 Greg Gianforte, Facebook, poop train, Ryan Zinke, Denise Juneau, unemployment, snow, Donald Trump, RGIII, and much more!
In case you missed it that is the net worth ($135.7 million) of Representative Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) making him the second wealthiest member of Congress. (Roll Call)
If I was worth $135 million, the last place you would see me is serving as a member of Congress. It must be an ego thing…
Facebook said Wednesday that as many as 87 million people might have had their data accessed — an increase from the 50 million disclosed in published reports. Facebook is basing the estimate in part on the number of friends each user might have had. Cambridge Analytica said in a statement that it had data for only 30 million people. (AP)
Tough times for Facebook; they are probably getting unfriended…
There are 10 million pounds of poop stranded in a Parrish, Alabama, rail yard. It’s been there for about two months and the 982 residents of the small town want it gone. (CNN)
I hope they get rid of it before summer…
The Associated Press reported that Federal election officials are asking a political fundraising committee formerly affiliated with U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to explain why it didn’t initially disclose more than $600,000 in contributions. (AP)
Just a guess – maybe they did not want officials to know where it came from…
That’s about how much former Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau will make per year as the new superintendent of Seattle (WA) School District. (Seattle Times)
Congratulations to Juneau.
That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (USDOL)
That’s how much snow (88.5 inches) Great Falls, Montana, has received for the winter of 2017-18. The record is 90.2 inches from 1988-89. (GF Tribune)
More snow is on the way…
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 51% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-eight percent (48%) disapprove. (Rasmussen)
Some good news for Trump…
Former Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III has reached agreement on a 1-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens. (AP)
Good for him. I hope he does well.