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  • Only a few voices dare recall how harmful his policies were.

    And you must feel so special being one of those few enlightened people. How can you be so daring? Aren't you afraid something's going to happen to you? After all, apparently many people far more popular and powerful than you don't even dare to recall how harmful Reagan's policies were. Must be a really dangerous thing to say.

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    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
    • Well, it's probably because those who dare remember might be forced to think of the current policies by comparison. I knew one of Reagan's economic advisors who, when he'd get tipsy at department fuctions, would confirm most of our worst fears about the Reagan administration. Of course, having a controlling wife forcing her astrologer onto national policy makers or a president who was diagnosed with alzheimer's early in his presidency seems quaint by todays standards. Perhaps the future will be fucked up en
      • Was Reagan really diagnosed with alzheimer's early in his Presidency? Like, pre-1984?

        By a doctor, I mean.

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        J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
          • If you can get me a source, I'll correct the Wikipedia article [wikipedia.org].

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            J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
            • Well, Murray Weidenbaum is a pretty reliable source, but it was in the papers even before the 84 election. He was a veg the past 10 years and alzheimers is a gradual disease...just do the math. They discovered it when he got his full medical examination very early in his first term. Of course, he's dead now, so history will likely forget this detail until 50 years from now someone does a full honest biography of his presidency.
              • He was a veg the past 10 years and alzheimers is a gradual disease...just do the math.

                All right ... from Wikipedia [wikipedia.org]:

                Average duration is approximately 10 years.

                So are you saying Reagan beat the odds and battled Alzheimer's for twenty years? Or are you saying Wikipedia is wrong? I could search the history and see if there's been an edit war over the average term of the disease.

                Incidentally, Alzheimer's can't be truly diagnosed until an autopsy is performed. Until then, it is indistinguishable fr

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                J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
                • Yeah, and I've got a few dozen about believing everything you read online or on Wikipedia. Alzheimer's can be diagnosed, since they can guage the dopamine levels and do a cat scan of the areas of the brain, e.g. substantia nigra, that indicate the onset of the disease. They were teaching that in med schools by the time he entered office.
                  • That's interesting, because the doctor my father-in-law is taking my wife's grandmother to seems to be unaware of this and cites the "can't diagnose Alzheimer's without an autopsy" as well. He must be really out of date. I was aware of this before I saw it on Wikipedia; I really went there just to check the term of the disease.

                    I might make some comments about believing everything you hear at wine and cheese functions. I'm not sure exactly how this "he told me at a party" stuff is supposed to be more reliable than what's online. I'm skeptic about just about everything; if you had told me Alzheimer's actually lasts twenty years instead of ten, I'd have some small reason to doubt Wikipedia and would be investigating now for additional opinions and evidence.

                    So you heard at a party that Reagan had low dopamine levels? And on the basis of that the rest of us should all just take your word for it and revise our understandings?

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                    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers