Thursday, December 29, 2016

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Seeking a New Year's Evolution



Miracle Girl: Seeking a New Year's Evolution

Will humanity ever evolve away the need to believe in an all-powerful god? Well, I believe religion isn't hard-wired in the human brain. That's a hopeful sign for the future.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Myth-Taken by Santa


Miracle Girl: Myth-Taken by Santa

"Santa is a fake! And all those Santas, in all those malls, they’re all fake too!" I was only 4, but a little skeptic in the making. Does the Santa myth remind you of something else?

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Friday, December 16, 2016

All Aboard the Good Ship Nonreligious!


Miracle Girl: All Aboard the Good Ship Nonreligious!


Instead of nailing up a Keep Out sign, Patheos Nonreligious is putting out the boarding platform. Nones of all stripes will be needed if atheists hope to fight Republican attempts to breach the wall of separation between Church and State.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Trumpcare Should Be Called Trumpscare


Miracle Girl: Trumpcare Should Be Called Trumpscare

The Trump administration and the Republican congressional majority will throw the health of millions under their ideological bus. For millions of Americans, Trumpcare will mean no care. 

I should know.

My Secular-Raised Bias: Religion’s Got Cooties!



Miracle Girl: My Secular-Raised Bias: Religion's Got Cooties!

Being raised an agnostic has heightened my immune reaction to religion.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Non-Abrahamic Atheism: A Match Made in Heathen



Atheism exists everywhere there is theism. For every superstition, there are people who say, “Are you kidding me?” And for non-Abrahamic atheists, theirs is a match not made in Heaven.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Patheos School of Christian Perversity


Miracle GirlThe Patheos School of Christian Perversity

My eyes have been opened to what it's like to grow up Christian from my fellow Patheos Atheist bloggers. I guess you can say that I've been attending the Patheos Atheist school for Christian Indoctrination Studies.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Under the Evil Eye



Miracle Girl: Under the Evil Eye



The "unlucky" unconsciously feel that they're under the Evil Eye. Even skeptics. Yet, 
I wasn't unlucky before my strokes and coma, and I'm not lucky now. The Evil Eye was nothing more than a personification of random chance.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Thankful for What?


Miracle Girl: Thankful for What?

We can be thankful that we have the strength within ourselves to take on whatever life decides to throw at us. If I was able to relearn how to walk, you will find the strength to face your family on Thanksgiving...and fight the destructive actions of President Trump.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Scrooge McDonald’s Ghost of Health Insurance Past


Miracle Girl: Scrooge McDonald’s Ghost of Health Insurance Past

Trump wants to sound like the hero, saving people with pre-existing conditions. But that is yet another lie. People with health conditions will soon find they're the goose being cooked by Scrooge McDonald.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Obamacare(s); Trump Won’t


Miracle GirlObamacare(s); Trump Won’t



I was shown the door of my nursing home. That's the future of healthcare for those with pre-existing conditions, post-Obamacare.

This story will be familiar to regular readers of this blog!

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Breitbartization of the White House



Miracle Girl: The Breitbartization of the White House

I was worried what the election of Donald Trump would mean for those labeled "The Other," but I never realized that I might be one of them. To Stephen Bannon, I'm The Other too.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Taking It to the Streets


Miracle Girl: Taking It to the Streets

We the people have the power to resist an authoritarian without subverting the system that elected him. Instead of subverting our system, we should use our democratic rights to resist an authoritarian.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Still Stronger Together


Miracle Girl: Still Stronger Together

It’s going to be a painfully dispiriting four-year journey in the wilderness. But we can bring light to the path because hope will always trump hate.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Comey Over to My Election


Miracle Girl: Comey Over to My Election

Comey has succumbed to the blindness of those who consider themselves to be upright and morally superior. Sound familiar? Though Comey's unconscious bias may well be at work, I think the real culprit is a syndrome that will be all too familiar to atheists.

Monday, October 31, 2016

All Hallow’s Eve of the Election




Every election, people say this is the most important election in our lifetime. This time, it’s really true...and you're right to be afraid. The real night of horrors could be November 8.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Halloween Election Scarefest


Miracle GirlHalloween Election Scarefest

Don't look now! Around every corner is a new reason to quake. Halloween is scary enough without the election looming. It's enough to haunt any voter's nightmares.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Fight Night Tonight: The Final Showdown


Miracle GirlFight Night Tonight: The Final Showdown

It hardly takes a psychic to see that the last presidential debate will be a slimefest of historic proportions. It's safe to say that tonight's debate will be the nastiest in history.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016

Monday, October 10, 2016

Donald Trump: Flooded Debasement


Miracle Girl: Donald Trump: Flooded Debasement



Think Sunday’s debate was tawdry? You should hear Trump's original plan. 
The decimation of the GOP edifice is already underway, destroyed by a builder named Trump. 


Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Final Nail…Finally


Miracle Girl: The Final Nail…Finally



October 7 will go down in history as the day Hillary Clinton clinched the presidency. Though Donald 
Trump probably thinks he could grab a woman's crotch on 5th avenue and still get elected.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Vice Presidential Debate: Drinking Game Edition



Miracle GirlVice Presidential Debate: Drinking Game Edition

Every time Mike Pence "interprets" one of his running mate's comments or policies in a way that is actually the exact opposite, take a slug. You'll be sloshed by the halfway point.

But save some of that booze for after the election. You'll need it if the Trump/Pence campaign wins.

Monday, October 3, 2016

5 Things You Didn’t Want to Think About Thanks to Donald Trump



Miracle Girl: 5 Things You Didn’t Want to Think About Thanks to Donald Trump



I'd be happy if the word trump were banished from the English language after November 8. But until then, here are f
ive categories of thoughts we we would like to unthink courtesy of The Donald.


Friday, September 30, 2016

Pride Goeth Before the Fall…Election


Miracle Girl: Pride Goeth Before the Fall…Election



Hubris, thy name is Donald Trump. 
Though it takes balls to put yourself forward for the leader of the free world, Donald Trump cranks the ego level up to 11.

Or maybe 1100.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Applauding the Punditocracy Pile-On



Miracle Girl: Applauding the Punditocracy Pile-On

I was right that the pundits would pile on after the debate. But I was wrong about which candidate would be under the stack.

I say, pile on to your hearts content. I’ll bring the popcorn.

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Pixel is Mightier Than the Debate






The press reaction will create the reality for tonight's debate for years to come.  My prediction: If Trump doesn't piss himself, he'll be declared the winner of tonight's debate.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Hitchhiking Savior’s Guide to Redeeming the Galaxy



Did Jesus have to boldly go where no redeemer had gone before, dying over and over again to save the souls of exterrestrials? And did he skip Vogshpere to spare himself from being Vogon poetried to death?

These would once have been considered serious theological questions.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Three Gods for the Price of One

Creepy conception of the Holy Trinity in a 15th century illuminated manuscrpt. 
Miracle GirlThree Gods for the Price of One


In this satire, a 4th century Christian defends an emerging doctrine that has all of the taste of multiple gods, without the guilt of paganism.

It's three great gods in one!

Friday, September 16, 2016

God Help Me…or Not


Miracle Girl: God Help Me…or Not

Do theists really believe I need God's help to heal my broken shoulder? Isn't that what the special sling is for?
 
Waiting to be examined in Urgent Care in the simple cloth sling the Getty first aid people put on.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Case Studies in Overconfidence: Hillary Clinton and Me



Miracle GirlCase Studies in Overconfidence: Hillary Clinton and Me

By odd coincidence, both Hillary Clinton and I stumbled on Sunday. While illness was the immediate trigger in each case, the underlying disease was overconfidence.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Disarmed and Dangerous (At Least to Myself)

Back in a wheelchair, temporarily, as I waited for paramedics in the first aid station of the Getty Center after the fall.
Miracle GirlDisarmed and Dangerous (At Least to Myself)

My bet is on my sling healing my broken arm, not God. Modern medicine already repaired my dislocated shoulder.

Yes, it does hurt like shit.

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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.