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Dimitri Drekonja

Minneapolis, MN
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Posted on 01/28/15 at 09:00 am in response to School administrators say Dayton's budget is not enough

That's the troubbe with so much of the thinking around education- there is the idea that a correlation implies causality, and thus when you see one it;s great and you should double down, and when you don't see one there is no effect. Reality is a lot more complicated, and a lot of education depends on the types of families/kids/communities you are dealing with.

If there is a school with lots of kids speaking English as a second language, whose families are not making much money, have...

Posted on 01/16/15 at 08:36 am in response to DFLer Bonoff proposes bill to end teacher seniority

Seniority should not count for everything, but it should count for something. It fosters continuity at a school, less turnover, and provides some security. Most jobs have some way of rewarding seniority, why not teachers?

I assume this means a follow-up bill, that removes any perks for more senior lawmakers, is next on her agenda? Why reward senior legislators with good committee slots and nicer offices if all they've done is serve longer than their colleagues?

I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that this guy has previously complained about government inefficiency. And now he's going to waste a day of work for several such people. Nice. Just what everyone wants-- a day of meaningless tedium. All the name recognition in the world won't help people forget he acted like a 3 year old.

Studies such as this one are good for generating headlines (Doctors ties have MRSA on them! Drinking fountains harbor some insanely high count of bacteria! Changing tables in restrooms are the most heavily contaminated areas in the room!)

What we need to recognize is that life is an inherently non-sterile endeavor. We all have bacteria inside our guts that are highly-pathogenic organisms, should they get into our bloodstream. We routinely touch non-sterile items that are loaded with...

Posted on 11/04/14 at 10:55 am in response to An introduction to run commuting

Great to see a piece on this-- commuting by running seems to be forgotten on most transportation surveys. Bike/walking/bus are always options, never seen running. This is such a big part of my routine that when we looked for a new house we limited our search to areas within a 5 mile radius of work. Great way to squeeze exercise into the day using time that was already budgeted for a commute. The emergence of car-sharing programs like car2go has only made it easier-- if I have a day where I'm...

Thanks, as a Tangletown dweller I've been looking forward to this third segment for the last 2 weeks. The creek truly is a gem-- I run to/from work most days, and I've gotten to recognize the many regulars who are out enjoying the paths almost all times of the year such that I can tell if I'm running late based on when I see certain people. Earlier in the year you would have observed kids jumping into some deeper swimming holes from some of the foot bridges, and in winter the creek becomes a...

Posted on 10/22/14 at 09:46 am in response to Why the DFL will lose the Minnesota House

I recognize that bold headlines and lead statements are meant to be provocative and grab readers, but I expect a little more intellectual honesty from an academic. This sort of no-uncertainty-it-will-be-this-way prognostication is something I expect from the various DFL/GOP talking heads on cable news, not from someone doing serious analysis (and yes, an acknowledgement of whiffing on the 2 amendments, the senate, and Cravaack might be in order).

Getting into the reasons for this...

Posted on 10/15/14 at 09:39 am in response to Stanley Hubbard is a major contributor to Koch brothers' new super PAC

She actually is a canon lawyer-- seems like a rather archaic system to me, but it has it's own hierarchy and educational requirements. She has a JCL (Licentiate of Canon Law) from the Catholic University of Leuven, in Belgium. So I don't think it's fair to say she has no legal education.

From Wikipedia on Canon Law: "It is a fully developed legal system, with all the necessary elements: courts, lawyers, judges, a fully articulated legal code[11] principles of legal interpretation,...

Posted on 09/25/14 at 02:12 pm in response to Can pig farmers be good environmental stewards?

It's important to be aware that things administered to the hogs (in particular, antibiotics) are excreted in the feces, and there provide a strong selective pressure for antimicrobial resistant bacteria to survive, while the more easy-to-kill antimicrobial susceptible bacteria are destroyed. Moving the manure to fields then exposes whatever is grown on those fields to contamination, furthering the spread of antimicrobial resistant bacteria through the food chain and the environment.


Posted on 09/25/14 at 04:01 pm in response to Can pig farmers be good environmental stewards?

Joe-- as a scientist, I choose my words carefully. Pretty sure I did not use the word radioactive. The things I did describe are well described in peer-reviewed studies. So please forgive me for not believing your claim of "there has never been any evidence of that occurring ever".

Specifics as to what I wrote:
-25%-75% of antimicrobials fed to animals are poorly absorbed, excreted in feces. Chee-Sanford, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 2001. 67(4): 1494-1502