Why I am voting for Elizabeth Warren

If you’re having a hard time deciding who to vote for in the Democratic primary, I’d like to share why I’m voting for (and volunteering for and donating to) Elizabeth Warren. The short version is that Warren has spent most of her life fighting for progressive values, and winning! In my opinion, she has theContinue reading “Why I am voting for Elizabeth Warren”

Iron and cheese: how I used lactoferrin to treat iron overload (part 4)

This is a follow-up to a three-part series about how I used lactoferrin to treat my iron overload under the supervision of a doctor (part 1, part 2, part 3). Disclaimer: this is not medical advice. Talk to your doctor before making medical decisions. A lot of people have emailed me about lactoferrin and ironContinue reading “Iron and cheese: how I used lactoferrin to treat iron overload (part 4)”

In case of authoritarian takeover, break glass

Reasonable people can differ on whether it is now possible to stop the authoritarian takeover of the U.S. government. If you still have hope, I support your work and optimism and don’t want to change your mind. (I personally wrote the first draft of this post while attending a protest of the upcoming Senate voteContinue reading “In case of authoritarian takeover, break glass”

Why climate change and the decline of democracy are happening at the same time

A lot is going wrong at the same time right now: the U.S. is descending into kleptocracy at best (fascism at worst), the U.K. is self-destructing, and the climate change is accelerating. Over the last few years, I’ve often wondered, “Why are so many bad things happening at the same time? Is it just coincidence?”Continue reading “Why climate change and the decline of democracy are happening at the same time”

Why you shouldn’t trust people who support sexual predators

[CW: mention of child sexual abuse] Should you trust people who support sexual predators? My answer is no. Here’s why: Anyone who is ethically flexible enough to justify knowingly supporting a sexual predator is ethically flexible enough to justify harming the people who trust and support them. This week’s news provides a useful case study.Continue reading “Why you shouldn’t trust people who support sexual predators”

Goth fashion tips for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

My ideal style could perhaps be best described as “goth chic”—a lot of structured black somewhere on the border between couture and business casual—but because I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, I more often end up wearing “sport goth”: a lot of stretchy black layers in washable fabrics with flat shoes. With great effort, I’ve nudged myContinue reading “Goth fashion tips for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome”

Signs that you might be an advice columnist

I started a new advice column! It is called Dear Ally Skills Teacher (“Dear Ally” for short), where I answer questions about how to support people with less power and privilege. If you are the person who is always answering questions about diversity and inclusion at work, and you’re tired and overworked and not gettingContinue reading “Signs that you might be an advice columnist”

Iron and cheese: how I used lactoferrin to treat iron overload (part 3)

This is a three-part series about how getting black spots on my teeth helped me find out I had an iron disorder, and how I found and tested a novel treatment for it. In part 1, we learned that the black spots were likely caused by iron overload, a condition in which the body absorbsContinue reading “Iron and cheese: how I used lactoferrin to treat iron overload (part 3)”

Iron and cheese: how I used lactoferrin to treat iron overload (part 2)

This is a three-part series about how getting black spots on my teeth helped me find out I had an iron disorder, and how I found and tested a novel treatment for it. In part 1, we learned that the black spots on my teeth were likely caused by iron overload, a condition in whichContinue reading “Iron and cheese: how I used lactoferrin to treat iron overload (part 2)”