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Video: MBNA Continues To Discuss BBQ Ban


On Wednesday, we told you all about the barbecue-hatin’ Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association’s Monday meeting, in which they presented a petition from the barbecue-lovin’ Manhattan Beach Community Group. That petition, drawn up in 2007, before the two groups split and when current MBNA leaders actually ran the MBCG (confused yet?), has included on it the signatures of the current leaders of the MBCG, who say they oppose the ban. According the MBNA, that shows that the MBCG are a bunch of hypocrites.

Our question? Why is one of New York City’s tiniest neighborhoods so freakin’ confusing?

Anyway, we couldn’t include the video with yesterday’s story because of technical problems. So here it is, in all its glory. Now you can see MBNA President Alan Ditchek look directly in the camera and talk to the “bloggers” (though a quick review of what we’ve written suggests he’s probably talking to the commenters). Oh, and there’s a doctor there, too. Around minute 6:30, when it turns political, he seems about as confused as we are.

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  1. What a blowhard. Points made in his spiel:

    A) Where there’s fire, there’s smoke

    B) There is an observational study about a correlation between smoke inhalation and stroke incidence.

    I’ll focus on (B). Everyone knows the old (or perhaps new) adage that everything causes and cures cancer. The reason for this is because we hear news media refer to observational studies as substantiated and confirmed facts when that could not be further from the truth. Correlation does not imply causation. People like this blowhard who cite observational studies, instead of clinical studies, as fact should have their licenses reviewed because they use misrepresentation of fact for personal gain; I say reviewed because its not my place to call for the revocation. It is though my point to educate people who might read this that it is only clinical studies that make verifiable conclusions, and never observational studies. His argument is moot at best.

    And in case Alan Ditchek does read the comments here: I did pass Chemistry, but you probably failed ethics.


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