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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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          • 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.
              • Can't find it on a google search for Murray Weidenbaum Reagan alzheimer's. It's a shame those old papers aren't online.

                Do you have any documented proof at all that Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer's before the 84 election? How do you know what you know about that medical examination?

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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
                • by hfb (74) on 2004.06.15 10:37 (#31541) Homepage Journal
                  Uh, maybe you missed the part earlier where it included departmental function, i.e. a wine and cheese type thing since I worked in the department. He said these things to me, I didn't read it on line.
                  • Yeah, I think I did. So what, exactly did he say? That Reagan had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's in a medical exam early in his first term? Did they do an autopsy to confirm, or was it just a dementia diagnosis? When exactly was the dementia apparent?

                    And how, exactly, did Reagan survive approximately 22 years with a disease that takes 10? As it is, since his official diagnosis was in 1992, he managed to beat the average and last 12.

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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, to be honest, I wasn't really interested at the time as I recall since I was homing in on the free food, but he said that Ronnie was dotty, took lots and lots of naps and was diagnosed with Alzheimer's early in his first term. That, and a few unkind words towards the real executive in chief with a fondness for short red skirts and astrology.

                      And for a disease which you seem to willing to believe only takes 10 years to come to full form, you accept the idea that it isn't diagnosable a bit too easily.

                    • In the "alzheimer's organization" (http://www.alz.org/Resources/FactSheets.asp [alz.org]) and there the "Alzheimer's Disease (PR617Z)" (http://www.alz.org/Resources/FactSheets/FSADfacts.pdf [alz.org]) says "People with Alzheimer’s die an average of eight years after first experiencing symptoms, but the duration of the disease can vary from three to 20 years."