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Dimitri Drekonja

Minneapolis, MN
Commenter for
5 years 21 weeks

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Posted on 04/10/14 at 08:58 am in response to Met Council approves Southwest LRT, but Minneapolis can still block

Certain specialties like ophthalmology, and oncology, have arrangements where they get to buy drug at wholesale price, and then add on a small percentage markup when they sell it to patients. This is rather unique-- I'm in infectious diseases, and I don't buy antibiotics to then sell at a higher rate to patients-- I just suggest a drug and write a prescriptions (or more typically, say no antibiotic is needed and stop the one(s) already started). Only oncology, ophthalmology, and a few other...

Posted on 03/19/14 at 09:48 am in response to Dayton rips DFL for delay in tax cuts

"Pencil beam scanning" sounds so precise and high tech-- but it's worth pointing out that this technology has never been shown to be superior to conventional (and far cheaper) therapies with regard to efficacy and safety outcomes. And the conventional therapies don't need 380 million dollar new facilities...

Posted on 01/30/14 at 05:34 pm in response to Is this the Republican alternative to Obamacare?

This "plan" offers very little, and will hurt a lot. Currently, our healthcare system is performing abysmally as a "system"-- we have some centers providing outstanding and very costly care for the well-insured, a lot of care (both outstanding, average, and bad) that costs far too much for the insured and under-insured, and many under-insured and uninsured people foregoing care because they can't afford it.

The affordable care act was going to address some of these problems-- mostly...

Posted on 01/21/14 at 11:07 am in response to The bus stops here — and here and here and here

Spot on. This is why I can't believe various assertions that places like uptown, with heavy bus ridership, would prefer this to light rail. The lurching, swaying, slamming-on-brakes, pulling over every minute, etc, makes it hard to enjoy the trip, let alone do anything productive like reading. Contrast this to the smoothness, predictability, and speed of light rail, and it's no contest. Finally, in an era of burgeoning obesity, we should point out that walking a few blocks is a benefit, not...

Posted on 01/14/14 at 11:00 am in response to Southwest LRT’s path hung up by two intractable positions

I have no real dog in this fight, since I don't live or work along this new line, nor drive on any of the roads that might get less congested.

That being said, I've never understood why the route going between lake of the isles and lake calhoun, and then through uptown, didn't get more attention. Uptown is an iconic, high-density neighborhood, and an easy connection from its restaurants/nightlife to places like the stadiums, theaters, and restaurants/bars downtown would be welcome....

Posted on 01/14/14 at 03:50 pm in response to Southwest LRT’s path hung up by two intractable positions

I'd strongly disagree with your assertion that people would rather take the bus, vs the rail. I lived in uptown for a year, after a few attempts I gave up on the buses. Too often off schedule, tied up in traffic, and hard to decipher the routs. Contrast that to the light rail, which I take regularly. Trains arrive within a minute of scheduled, regardless of traffic/weather. Easy to read maps available at stations, with estimated times. More space, which in a high-density area like uptown is...

Posted on 01/13/14 at 03:55 pm in response to 'Low T' meds use differs markedly in U.S. and U.K.

I wonder what effect a very prominent user of non-medically indicated testosterone (Lance Armstrong) has had on this. Yes, he was ultimately caught-- but for men wanting improved performance, the end results probably matter more than the ethics...

Posted on 01/10/14 at 03:55 pm in response to Chris Christie had a very good bad day

I find it hard to believe that any aide would do such a high-profile stunt if indeed the culture of his staff is as pure as Christie asserts. You just don't pull something that blatant if all around you, people are following the rules. We'll see just how removed from this he was.

I find myself in the odd position of agreeing with Mr. Tester-- I don't see how Christie would survive the gauntlet of republican primary/caucus voters. I can just envision the ad-- walking with Obama, arm-in...

Posted on 01/07/14 at 04:39 pm in response to Cold snap highlights challenges of creating a city for all seasons

I'm a bit puzzled by this. The neighborhood shops around my area (50th and Lyndale) are full, regardless of season. My walk to the grocery store or south lyndale liquors has never occurred without encountering other pedestrians, no matter the hour. The only time this winter there was a noticeable decrease in customers was the night of a big snow, when we walked to the Malt Shop-- a night when going on foot was the only way to ensure you arrived at your destination. I don't see too much...

Posted on 12/16/13 at 10:50 am in response to Archbishop Nienstedt says he 'overlooked' priest-abuse issue

I've overlooked responding to an email, or picking up a second gallon of milk. How your organization is doing with it's child abuse problem-- not really something that can fall into the "overlooked" category.

I'm going from memory here, but many of the recent MPR stories had details regarding specific dates, people, and allegations that were brought to Nienstadt's attention-- which if true means that he willfully ignored the issue, not that he "overlooked" it. I can see why he didn't...