Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too. – Yogi Berra
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 and humor.
This week’s topics include worldwide coronavirus cases, unemployment claims, Twitter & QAnon, USA COVID-19 cases & deaths, Bob Dole, Alex Trebek, play ball, Trump’s disapproval rating, 2020 Census, state auditor candidate cheaters, first racist, plus much more!
Coronavirus cases topped 15 million worldwide on Wednesday, up from 10 million less than a month ago. The United States was a major contributor to the spike, with nearly 4 million confirmed cases reported since the start of the pandemic. (CBS News)
In the week ending July 18, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 1,416,000, an increase of 109,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 7,000 from 1,300,000 to
1,307,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,360,250, a decrease of 16,500 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 1,750 from 1,375,000 to 1,376,750. (DOL)
Twitter said late Tuesday that it had banned 7,000 QAnon accounts for violating its policies, including by organizing harassment of other users or trying to get around an earlier suspension. The action against QAnon, which will affect about 150,000 accounts, means Twitter will de-emphasize the group as a whole as the company works to cut off the rampant spread of conspiracy theories on its site. (WaPo)
Amen to that…
As of Wednesday evening, the U.S. had recorded 3,882,167 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 141,677 deaths. That is according to the CDC. (CDC)
Last Thursday the deaths numbered 135,991.
Wednesday was former Senator Bob Dole’s 97th birthday. (Wiki)
A great man and a patriot…
Jeopardy host Alex Trebek celebrated his 80th birthday on Wednesday! (Wiki)
What is an octogenarian?
Major League Baseball begins its 60 game season on Thursday at 7:08 p.m. ET with the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals playing the New York Yankees in the nation’s capital. (USA Today)
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will throw out the first pitch.
That is President Donald Trump’s disapproval rating. His approval rating is just 40.3%. (FiveThirtyEight)
Last week his disapproval rating was 55.6%
That’s Montana’s rank for the 2020 Census self-response. Last week Montana ranked 46. Montana has a 56.1% response rate to rank #46. Last week Montana had a 55.8% response rate. Minnesota leads the nation with a 71.8% rating. The national response rate is 62.3%. (Census)
Fill out your forms, people!
A primary election contest that spilled over into the campaign finance arena has led to potential fines for the Republican state auditor candidate who won and another GOP candidate. The state’s Commissioner of Political Practice Jeff Mangan determined last week that the winning candidate, Troy Downing, had seven violations while another candidate who lost, Scott Tuxbury, had one violation. (AP)
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden labeled Donald Trump on Wednesday the first racist to become U.S. president in remarks his opponent’s re-election campaign quickly rebuked. (Reuters)
A lot of Trump’s supporters are racists, too.