Monday, 15 August 2016

Toomas Karmo: Failure of 2016-08-14 Muzzo-Outreach Effort (Pertinent to DDO&P Conservation)

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On the 5-point scale current in Estonia, and surely in nearby nations, and familiar to observers of the academic arrangements of the late, unlamented, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (applying the easy and lax standards Kmo deploys in his grubby imaginary "Aleksandr Stepanovitsh Popovi nimeline sangarliku raadio instituut" (the "Alexandr Stepanovitch Popov Institute of Heroic Radio") and his grubby imaginary "Nikolai Ivanovitsh Lobatshevski nimeline sotsalitsliku matemaatika instituut" (the "Nicolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky Institute of Socialist Mathematics") - where, on the lax and easy grading philosophy of the twin Institutes, 1/5 is "epic fail", 2/5 is "failure not so disastrous as to be epic", 3'5 is "mediocre pass", 4.5 is "good", and 5/5 is "excellent"): 4/5. Justification: There was enough time to develop most of the appropriate points to reasonable length.

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I must now write a follow-on to a posting from last week entitled "Muzzo-family/Toomas Conciliation Project (DDO&P and Convict)". 

The outreach effort outlined in that post failed. No Muzzo family representative made any approach to me during the 2016-08-14 (SUN) event commemorating Marco Muzzo's four principal victims. Indeed there was no hint that the Muzzo family were in any way represented.    

It is clear enough now, as I ponder Sunday's proceedings, what the Muzzo family could have done, given courage. 

A brief nonspeaking appearance by the convict's uncle, who as a development-company director at DDO&P is likely to command at least some moderate gravitas, would have been appropriate. The event coordinators would have had to introduce him at their microphone, explaining that the family wished to have someone present at the instant the four commemorative doves were released. This representative's presence, it could have been said, was meant as a mark of silent respect for Marco Muzzo's four victims, and as a token of the Muzzo family's collective grief as Catholics. The convict's uncle and a couple of bodyguards would have then stepped forward for a moment, with the uncle handing one of the doves to one of the appointed four children. A few minutes after the four doves took flight, the small Muzzo party would have make their way out to the parking lot. 

Variations on this theme were possible. 

There might instead, for instance, have been a few sentences of contrition, perhaps spoken into the microphone not by a Muzzo family member at all, but by someone explaining that he or she had been sent there by the grieving clan, in their duly Catholic contrition. 

As I continue to consider Sunday's proceedings, I do note that the York Regional Police took correct decisions. They employed the bare minimum of uniformed personnel: just one officer, who did not at any stage approach me, and who left well before I myself did. 

Still more positive, and indeed of the highest importance, is the size of Sunday's crowd. I estimated 40 or 60 or 80 participants. One of the media accounts puts the attendance higher still, at around 100. 

The media coverage I have found today, Monday, may be inspected at

At the last of these (a writeup by community-newspaper sports writer Michael Hayakawa), I have posted my own comment, as follows: 

Exactly. Thanks so much for covering this story, Mr Hayakawa. Yesterday's event made it clear how deeply people, including people from rather far away, care: I chatted for a long time at yesterday's event with a lady who had taken the trouble to come from some distant western part of GTA, in the general area of Brampton. In a time when people seem locked up in home cocoons with television and smartphone, we now witness real connection, in a real physical park, in a significant public cause. - Toomas(dot)Karmo(at)gmail(dot)com (42 Gentry Cresc, Richmond Hill L4C 2G9)

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