Quote for today…
We are all human until race disconnected us, religion separated us, politics divided us, and wealth classified us. – Unknown
Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you are a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I look at the numbers in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm and humor.
This week’s topics include the infrastructure plan, winning ticket, Mahomes football card, coronavirus updates, unemployment claims, Larry Nassar, The Western Word poll results, new Jeopardy record, and much more!
The U.S. Senate voted Wednesday night to begin work on a nearly $1 trillion national infrastructure plan after President Joe Biden and a bipartisan group of senators reached agreement on major provisions of the package that is a key part of his presidential agenda. After weeks of stop-and-go negotiations, the rare bipartisan showing on a 67-32 vote to start formal Senate consideration showed the high interest among senators in the infrastructure package. (AP)
U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) voted “Nay” on the bill. U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) voted “Yea” on the bill. (Source)
Lottery officials say a woman in Germany carried a winning ticket in her purse for weeks without realizing it was worth about 33 million euros ($39 million). Lotto Bayern said Wednesday that the 45-year-old woman was the sole winner of a draw on June 9, having correctly guessed seven fields on a German lottery ticket. (AP)
That is something that would never happen to me…
With the National Sports Collectors Convention beginning just outside Chicago on Wednesday, PWCC Marketplace announced that a Patrick Mahomes 2017 Panini National Treasures 1-of-1, NFL shield, autographed card has sold for $4.3 million, the most ever paid for a football card and the fourth-largest sum fetched by a sports card all time. (ESPN)
Save all your old baseball and football cards!
That is how many people have died in the United States from coronavirus, according to the latest data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. There have been 34,675,359 cases across the country so far. The first death in the USA was reported on February 29, 2020. (Johns Hopkins)
Last week the death total was 609,870.
That is how many Montanans have been fully immunized for COVID-19. That is just 48% of the eligible population. (Source)
Last week the number of fully immunized Montanans was 438,652.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Montana’s estimated population in July 2019 was 1,068,778.
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In the week ending July 24, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 400,000, a decrease of 24,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 5,000 from 419,000 to 424,000. The 4-week moving average was 394,500, an increase of 8,000 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 1,250 from 385,250 to 386,500. (DOL)
Note: On Thursdays, this column is published right after 6:30 a.m. (Montana time), so I can post the latest unemployment numbers.
Former Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar spent more than $10,000 on himself while in prison for criminal sexual conduct, paying $300 in restitution towards his victims, per a Wednesday court filing obtained by the Washington Post. Since being imprisoned in 2018, Nassar received deposits totaling $12,825 into his prison bank account — including two pandemic stimulus checks totaling $2,000. He has paid about $100 per year in court-ordered penalties to his victims, the Post reported. (Axios)
This does not seem right.
This week’s poll question asked, “Should elected officials tell their constituents that they received the COVID vaccine?”
Here are the results:
Thanks for participating!
Product specialist, Patrick Pearce, from Fountain Valley, California finished Monday night’s Jeopardy episode with -$7,400. That’s negative 7,400. (The-Sun.com)
This low number broke Stephanie Hull’s 2015 loss of -$6,800.
If I ever made it to Jeopardy, I would have nightmares that the same would happen to me.