Quote for today…
I wish offended people would react like fainting goats and quietly tip over. – 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 own your White House, Sturgis, deaths from coronavirus, fully immunized Montanans, unemployment claims, DoD complaint costs Great Falls, Pompeo’s whisky, off-grid living, kookiest statewide elected official, late fee, Gov. Cuomo, and much more!
For that price you can have a “White House” and not even have to run for President. Check it out HERE.
They would have to call me, “Mr. President.”
Crowds of bikers are rumbling their way towards South Dakota’s Black Hills this week, raising fears that COVID-19 infections will be unleashed among the 700,000 people expected to show up at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
The rally, which starts Friday, has become a haven for those eager to escape coronavirus precautions. Last year, the rally hardly slowed down, with roughly 460,000 people attending. (AP)
It’s going to be a party!
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 35,334,422 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 611,805.
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 441,582.
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 31, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 385,000, a decrease of 14,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised down by 1,000 from 400,000 to 399,000. The 4-week moving average was 394,000, a decrease of 250 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised down by 250 from 394,500 to 394,250.(DOL)
Note: On Thursdays, this column is published right after 6:30 a.m. (Montana time), so I can post the latest unemployment numbers.
The Electric in Great Falls reported that the U.S. Department of Defense has found that the city followed all regulations related to selecting the project design team for the new indoor aquatic and recreation center.
Phil Faccenda, a local architect who did not submit bids for the project, called the DoD office overseeing the grant in February to lodge complaints regarding the city’s selection process for the design team.
The DoD investigated the complaint and the city provided additional documentation, as well as retained outside counsel to assist, costing the city an estimated $12,000 to $14,000, according to City Manager Greg Doyon.
Shameful. That money could have gone to fighting crime, or helping the homeless, or fixing some potholes.
The State Department said Wednesday it’s looking into the apparent disappearance of a nearly $6,000 bottle of whisky given more than two years ago to then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo by the government of Japan. Pompeo knows nothing about the gift or an inquiry, a representative said.
The Japanese whisky was valued at $5,800 and was presented to Pompeo in June 2019, presumably when he visited the country that month for a Group of 20 summit that was also attended by President Donald Trump. But unlike other gifts, the department said there was no record of what had become of the bottle. (AP)
I bet Pompeo drank it…
For almost three decades, 81-year-old David Lidstone has lived in the woods of New Hampshire along the Merrimack River in a small cabin adorned with solar panels. He has grown his own food, cut his own firewood, and tended to his pets and chickens.
But his off-the-grid existence has been challenged in court by a property owner who says he’s been squatting for all those years. And to make Lidstone’s matters worse, his cabin was burned to the ground Wednesday in a blaze that local authorities are investigating. (AP)
I hope they find a place for him to move.
This week’s poll asked, “Who is the kookiest statewide elected official in Montana?”
Here are the results:
U.S. REP. MATT ROSENDALE: 47%
SUPT. ELSIE ARNTZEN: 27%
AG AUSTIN KNUDSEN: 16%
SOS CHRISTI JACOBSEN: 4%
U.S. SEN. STEVE DAINES: 4%
GOV. GREG GIANFORTE: 2%
AUDITOR TROY DOWNING: 0%
U.S. SEN. JON TESTER: 0%
Thanks for participating!
A book checked out a half-century ago has been anonymously returned to a library in northeastern Pennsylvania, officials said.
The Wilkes-Barre Citizens’ Voice reports that the 1967 copy of “Coins You Can Collect” by Burton Hobson arrived last month at the Plymouth Public Library in Luzerne County along with a $20 bill.
An accompanying unsigned letter, written as if by the book itself, said “Fifty years ago (yes 50!), a little girl checked me out of this library in 1971. At this time, she didn’t know they were going to move from Plymouth. Back then, kids weren’t told things like that. (AP)
Honesty is always best. I bet she feels better.
That is the number of times New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has kissed me. (USA Today)