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  •  No, I know what you meant (5+ / 0-)

    I just disagree with your standard for public caution.

    Here in KC, before the cops and the mayor told everyone to, seriously, just stay home, they had already announced that major highways were impassible. Looking out the breakroom window at work, I saw over a dozen people try and fail to drive down 435 anyway, including at least a couple of yahoos driving east on the westbound side of the (major, divided) highway, presumably in the mistaken belief that that would work better.

    My civil rights were not meaningfully curtailed when the cops asked if everyone could please just cut that the hell out and stay home.

    Boston doesn't have a problem with snow. It has a problem with bombs. If you're in Boston, and you're not near the epicenter of this, and you really have to go out, you still can. But otherwise, this is still a chaotic situation, and the worst result for a civilian would be to wind up in the crossfire of a shootout, or the path of a high speed chase, or the blast radius of another pressure cooker bomb. The cops can't guarantee the safety of people out and about, so they're asking that there not be people out and about.

    And that's not a "police state".

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    by Serpents Choice on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 10:44:36 AM PDT

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    •  Didn't say it was (0+ / 0-)

      But it's a slipperly slope that could lead to one.

      Keep the TVA public.

      by Paleo on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 10:47:37 AM PDT

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      •  Well... (7+ / 0-)

        If we have to have cities shelter in place repeatedly due to bomb throwing killers who are unusually successful at dodging enormous police dragnets, I may join you in your worry.  Along with, well, the other obvious worry under those conditions.

        But I think democracy is safe so far.

        "All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others." -Douglas Adams

        by Serpents Choice on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 11:05:42 AM PDT

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