Friday, February 24, 2017

How Trump May Hand the Midterm Election to the Democrats


Miracle Girl: How Trump May Hand the Midterm Election to the Democrats

The Democrats have a chance to take back congress in the 2018 midterm election...if liberals don't form a circular firing squad. If we want to regain congressional power we should leave purity culture to the Religious Right.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

John McCain’s Not-So-Friendly Presidential Fire


Miracle GirlJohn McCain’s Not-So-Friendly Presidential Fire

Though John McCain is no friend of liberals, he may be our best hope for containing President Trump. Republican Cold Warriors like McCain are again fighting the enemy within.
The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Longview: Why I Hope Trump Isn’t Impeached


Miracle GirlThe Longview: Why I Hope Trump Isn’t Impeached

Liberals will have to take the longview of Donald Trump's disastrous presidency and hope he serves out his entire (and only) term. Even if it means stomaching four years of national embarrassment.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Coma Chameleon: The True Drama of Covert Awareness


Miracle GirlComa Chameleon: The True Drama of Covert Awareness

I guessed that the play "Plasticity" might be about a similar coma experience to mine. But the playwrights missed the true drama of covert awareness. The comparison between their fictional depiction of covert awareness with my own coma experience suggests that truth is indeed stranger than fiction.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Darwin’s Day: 4 Snapshots from the Evolution of Evolution


Miracle GirlDarwin’s Day: 4 Snapshots from the Evolution of Evolution

In celebration of Darwin Day, I survey the contributions of Darwin and other scientists of his day to our understanding of evolution...whether they liked it or not. The implications of natural selection caused Charles Darwin to lose his faith. Others didn't, but contributed to our evolutionary understanding anyway.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Will Trump’s Ego Save Us from Someone Worse–Steve Bannon?


Miracle GirlWill Trump’s Ego Save Us from Someone Worse–Steve Bannon?

To the president, the only thing that truly matters is He the People. The Donald will do everything in his power to protect and defend the United States of Trump.
His ginormous ego means there is something you can do to voice your disapproval of his most dangerous aide: Steve Bannon.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Johnson Amendment: Demolishing A Different Kind of Wall


Miracle GirlJohnson Amendment: Demolishing A Different Kind of Wall



Donald Trump is waving his Johnson Amendment around again. But it’s the American people who will get schlonged. By destroying the Johnson Amendment, President Trump is tearing down Jefferson's big, beautiful wall of separation between Church and State.

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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.