Thursday Numbers

A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was. – Joseph Hall

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 plowing snow in Montana, unemployment, school lunches, Andre the Giant, U.S. House, MSNBC surging, homes for Montana veterans, NRA & Russia, NBA playoffs, Stanley Cup playoffs, and much more!

29,000,000

That’s how much the state of Montana has spent on plowing snow through April 1. (GF Tribune)

The city of Great Falls saves a lot of money by not plowing side streets…

233,000

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

4,050

That’s how much has been raised through the GoFundMe page to help reduce the school lunch debt in the Helena, Montana, schools.

Good for them…

500

Pro wrestler Andre the Giant (real name Andre Roussimoff) weighed around 500 pounds and stood 7’4.” HBO recently did a documentary about him that is very much worth your time to watch. (HBO Trailer)

237

That is how many Republicans there are in the U.S. House. There are 192 Democrats. There are six vacancies. (House.gov)

The Democrats have a good chance of taking control of the House and Senate.

30

Fox News and CNN both lost viewers from the first quarter of 2017 to the first quarter of 2018 — dropping 16 percent and 13 percent, respectively — as did pretty much every major cable network, according to Nielsen. MSNBC, on the other hand, surged to a 30 percent gain in the same period. (Politico)

There’s a cable news station for every taste…

26

U.S. Senator Jon Tester and Governor Steve Bullock announced that they have secured funding to help provide homes for Montana veterans. Tester and Bullock secured vouchers that will provide affordable rental housing to 26 veterans and their families in Helena, Billings, and Butte. (Tester Press)

This is a great program…

23

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has accepted contributions from about 23 Russians, or Americans living in Russia, since 2015, the gun rights group acknowledged to Congress. (NPR)

Comrades…

16

That’s how many teams made the NBA playoffs which start April 14. (ESPN)

These playoffs should be interesting…

16

There are also 16 teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Check out the playoff schedule HERE.

 

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3 Comments

  1. 39: The number of Republican who have (mostly) fled Congress under tRump, including the leader of the House.

    10: The number of additional Republicans expected to flee as declared by by NRCC chairman Steve Stivers.

    • Doug – Thanks. It will get very nasty if the Democrats control the House and Senate. Maybe Trump will switch parties… – JmB

      • It wouldn’t be the first time.


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