Daily Archives: August 30, 2011

Prediction: Obama will retake Presidency

Cover of

Lichtman's Book

From Washington Whispers in USNews.com:

Allan Lichtman, the American University professor whose election formula has correctly called every president since Ronald Reagan’s 1984 re-election, has a belated birthday present for Barack Obama: Rest easy, your re-election is in the bag.

“Even if I am being conservative, I don’t see how Obama can lose,” says Lichtman, the brains behind The Keys to the White House. […]

Lichtman developed his 13 Keys in 1981. They test the performance of the party that holds the presidency. If six or more of the 13 keys go against the party in power, then the opposing party wins.“The keys have figured into popular politics a bit,” Lichtman says. “They’ve never missed. They’ve been right seven elections in a row. A number that goes way beyond statistical significance in a record no other system even comes close to.”

Transient Global Amnesia

Well, now we have had a diagnosis of the situation last week when I left the WSHC studio and ended up ordering breakfast at Betty’s on German Street. Dr. Hahn, my Neurologist, defined the situation as Transient Global Amnesia (TGA). He suggested I look it up and, meanwhile, they are scheduling tests to find out what triggered the event which left me with a half an hour or so of unremembered activity.

I went ahead and started Googling TGA to find out what it was or what could cause such a memory loss. What I discovered was that there are a number of people, maybe 3% or 4% of the general population that have these incidents. Men between 50 and 70 are more likely to have the case than others (I’m 65) and diabetics (like me) are also more prone to this very short term memory loss.

What I also discovered, and what none of the 3 doctors I’ve been to since it happened, are the effects of statin drugs in causing TGA. It happens that I have been taking a statin drug for about six years and this could be the cause of my blackout. I’m investigating this some more and will be getting back to my GP when I have my question list together.

I’d like to get to the bottom of all this… I now have tests scheduled into October, so no one seems it will be sorted out quickly (and the medical industry won’t be able to soak my health insurance for as much as possible.)