Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Thurgood Marshall: Mr. Civil Rights in an Era of Racial Regression


Miracle GirlThurgood Marshall: Mr. Civil Rights in an Era of Racial Regression

Thurgood Marshall was a one-man Black Lives Matter movement at a time when the NAACP hung banners proclaiming, "A Man Was Lynched Yesterday."

The blunt Supreme Court justice would've had some choice words for Donald Trump.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Killing CSRs: Which Supervillain Does Donald Trump Resemble Most?


Miracle GirlKilling CSRs: Which Supervillain Does Donald Trump Resemble Most?

President Trump is killing Obamacare cost-sharing reduction payments (CSRs) for lower income people. Is his resemblance to a supervillain a coincidence?
In real life, there are no superheroes to save us from the villainy of Donald Trump.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Friday, October 6, 2017

Empathy: Missing from the Vegas Shooter and Cauterized by Tribalism


Miracle GirlEmpathy: Missing from the Vegas Shooter and Cauterized by Tribalism

Is there an off switch for empathy?
Empathy is the essence of humanity...and the quality the Las Vegas shooter lacked. Do we really want tribalism to destroy our empathy too?

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Mass Shootings: Death from Above, the Evil Lives Inside


Miracle GirlMass Shootings: Death from Above, the Evil Lives Inside

Most people mourn lives lost instead of taking them. At times like these, we hug our loved ones a little too tightly as we imagine losing them to the random whims of a compassionless killer. 
No demons need apply when explaining mass shootings like the Las Vegas massacre. The evil in the human "soul" comes from within.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Trolls: Warping the Internet into a Sadist’s Playground


Miracle GirlTrolls: Warping the Internet into a Sadist’s Playground

What drives the twisted minds of trolls? Every advance in communication technology seems to be accompanied by those who get their jollies from abusing it to harass the innocent.
But we can’t allow the worst in humanity to darken the best of the web.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Pre-existing Conditions: When the Foxes Own the Healthcare Coop


Miracle GirlPre-existing Conditions: When the Foxes Own the Healthcare Coop

Trumpcare is dead. Again. But GOP predators haven't stopped stalking Medicaid and threatening the healthcare of millions of people with pre-existing conditions.
When the foxes own the chicken coop, the hens better stay on their guard.

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In July of 2013, I fell into a six-week coma and nearly died. When I awoke from the coma, I could barely lift my head. It has been a hard road to recovery. The doctors advised my loved ones to give up all hope for my full recovery, but while they were shining lights in my eyes to gauge my level of consciousness, I was telling them grumpily to leave me alone because I was trying to get back to sleep...in my coma-dream. I was experiencing covert cognition, and the coma-dream was my version of a near-death experience. I'm a skeptic, so I saw surreal images instead of spirits or dead loved ones. According to my research, as many as one in five people with consciousness disorders have covert cognition.

Not a miracle recovery, but a miracle of modern medicine

In 2013 I fell into a six-week coma and nearly died after I contracted legionella. The Legionnaire's disease was in turn triggered by immunosuppression caused by the prednisone I was taking for my rare autoimmune disease, dermatomyositis.

I suffered a series of strokes on both sides of my brain when the sepsis caused my blood pressure to plummet. I fell into a deep coma. My kidneys and lungs began to fail, as my body was began dying one organ at a time. My doctors told my loved ones to give up hope for my full recovery. They expected me to die, and even if I somehow lived, I would remain a vegetable or at best left so hopelessly brain-damaged that I would never be same. But unbeknownst to them, while they were shining lights in my eyes and shaking their heads, I was telling them in my coma-dream--my secular version of a near-death experience--to leave me alone because I was trying to get back to sleep. I was experiencing what is known as covert cognition, the subject of my Skeptical Inquirer article "Covert Cognition: My So-Called Near-Death Experience," which appeared in their July/August issue.

But it wasn't a miracle--despite what so many continue to believe--that I recovered so fully. I owe my life not to God, but the miracles of modern medicine, as well as the nature of the watershed-area brain damage I suffered, as I detailed in my article and in this blog.