Do not be afraid of dying. Be afraid of living with nothing to die for. –Unknown
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, humor, and bluntness.
This week’s topics include border fencing, iPad problems, unemployment, Jeopardy, delinquent meal accounts, Lucky for Life, Minnesota undercover sting, Governor Steve Bullock, annual debt, possible US Space Command bases, Trump’s immigration policy, and much more!
The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded contracts totaling nearly $1 billion to replace short barriers with tall fences along two sections of the U.S.-Mexico border. The fencing will be installed near Columbus, New Mexico, and near Yuma, Arizona. The fencing in New Mexico will be installed by SLS Co. of Galveston, Texas, which got a $789 million contract. Barnard Construction Co. Inc., of Bozeman, Montana, was awarded a $187 million contract for the other work. (AP)
Is this a great country or what?
A 3-year-old boy tried to unlock his family’s iPad. He ended up disabling it for nearly 50 years. The toddler’s father asked for help on Twitter, sharing a photo of a device message reading, “try again in 25,536,442 minutes.” (USA Today)
That’s so cute…
That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (USDOL)
James Holzhauer, a 34-year-old professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, won Tuesday’s episode of Jeopardy! with a total of $110,914, breaking the record for single-day cash winnings. The previous record of $77,000 in a single game was set by Roger Craig on September 19, 2010. (Jeopardy Press Release)
I watch Jeopardy most nights – Holzhauer is very intelligent and he’s a gambler.
Helena Public Schools have been given a $2,500 donation to put toward delinquent meal accounts. According to a post on the school district website, a local politician — who wishes to remain anonymous — made the donation. (MTN News)
That is a nice way to help those in need. Applause!
A “Lucky for Life” ticket sold in Great Falls, Montana, won the top prize of $1,000 a day for life. (Montana Lottery)
I am sad to report that I am not the winner…
That’s how many people were arrested in a Minnesota undercover sting operation for attempting to meet up with children for sex or for sex-trafficking of minors during last weekend’s NCAA Final Four basketball tournament, authorities said on Wednesday. (Reuters)
Today (April 11) is Stephen Clark Bullock’s 53rd birthday. (Wiki)
Have a happy birthday, Governor!
The federal government reported a $146.9 billion deficit in March, causing annual debt to rise 15% for the first half of the budget year compared to the same period in 2018. (AP)
#MAGA – Make America Great Again…
The Air Force has identified the six military bases that could house the military’s newest combatant command, US Space Command. The six finalist locations are Buckley Air Force Base, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Peterson Air Force Base, and Schriever Air Force Base — all in Colorado — as well as the Army’s Redstone Arsenal in Alabama and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. (CNN)
Although I don’t think we need a space command, it would have been nice for the Montana congressional delegation (Jon Tester, Steve Daines, and Greg Gianforte) to fight for the new command to be placed at Malmstrom AFB.
President Donald Trump says there’s only one person in charge of his immigration policy: Him. (AP)
Lord help us…