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    detention or charge; having said that, if someone goes for a stroll down Somerville Av. today, odds are they're going to have an interaction with the police, a polite interaction but an interaction where said pedestrian is pretty strongly advised that they should go home if they want to be able to continue walking next week without medical aid.

    Having said that, most snow-heavy states, including Mass, do have means by which to declare a state of emergency such that motorists are no longer about to lawfully drive unless they are driving to, from, or during an emergency/essential services job.  I'd venture to say that it's invoked perhaps once every other year.  I've never read or interacted with that law and I don't know if it requires winter weather to be made effective; if it instead requires a generic emergency rather than a weather emergency, it's certainly possible that Gov. Patrick could have invoked it, and given the recent chaos and carnage, I would have trouble disputing any invocation of said emergency law.  If this isn't a public safety emergency, I don't know what is.

    But from the language I've heard over the news so far, this has largely been simply a request - a strong request, but a request.    Given all of the gunfight and bombs of the last few days, I suspect that the vast majority of citizens are following that advice.

    "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

    by auron renouille on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 02:56:53 PM PDT

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