Which City Would Potentially Fall to Martial Law?
You may have heard about Martial Law, and then again maybe you haven’t. One thing for sure is that it plays a huge part in politics, and in order to understand exactly why it does take a little analyzing by putting the pieces together to finish a rather complicated puzzle.
Finding the missing pieces to better understand the way America functions today is nearly impossible, everything starts with the good old Constitution of America.
You know the one that makes our “Laws” in which is suppose to protect us from wrong-doing in the legal sense, to enforce judicial laws when people break the law, how Congress pass their legislative laws to make laws official, or how the President uses executive laws to make laws official, etc, etc. And how it plays a crucial part in the three branches of the government which are.
- Judicial Branch
- Executive Branch
- Legislative Branch
In 1787 leaders of the states gathered to write the Constitution which is a set of principles that told how the new nation would be governed.
The leaders of the states wanted a strong and fair national government.
But they also wanted to protect individual freedoms and prevent the government from abusing its power (despite the fact that it already has been doing over the last few hundred years, however let’s continue on).
They believed they could do this by having three separate branches of government: the executive, the legislative and the judicial. This separation is described in the first three articles, or sections, of the Constitution.
And if you’re really good being able to recite a few lines of it, then you my friend are badass LOL.
It’s no secret that politics have gotten in the way American viewpoints, censoring citizens from making statements addressing tax hikes, or jobs being shipped out overseas to countries such as China, Mexico, even parts of Europe.
Decisions such as these have to be established and enforced, this is the work of governing laws therefore the Government plays an intrical part in this area. (In case you’re wondering the word “intrical” will be available in the online dictionary soon https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20071205132516AAPsYKW)
In America today, turmoil is brewing everywhere you turn, from the breakdown of neighborhoods and communities, homeless people who once were a working part of the work force, jobs are scarce, more crimes are being committed more than ever.
As all of this unfolds in this country, there are various factions involving certain areas of Government, Congress, all the way down to the Governors of states, Mayors of cities, Authority figures in communities of inner cities such as Chicago, Flint, Los Angeles, or New York City.
Cities are the main target points, and judging from what we have been witnessing in the news as of late, no one can’t deny the fact that America’s infra-structure crumbling fast due to mass corruption and cover-ups that plague us at every turn.
A few examples will need to be given for those who don’t understand the severity of this often neglected problem, or to put it bluntly people who just believe it will all just go away and everything will turn out alright.
So we start here, and it’s nothing new for people who know the problems that persist in this city.
We have a Mayor in question about the way he has involved himself in the city affairs ever since he took office after former Mayor Richard Daley, and ever since Rham Emmanuel has taken up oath to help this city flourish and thrive in prosperity, it’s been the opposite to a degree.
Although he has helped Chicago in certain parts of the city, other parts have been left in the same state since the first day he took office after Daley.
The crime has risen considerably high in the West, South, and East side of the city, this leaves the North Side as a “stand-alone island”, everything that has improved in the Chicago dictates to the Northern region of the city of the famous windy city.
On the South Side you still have rampant crime, schools at one point (and as of late) are facing shut-down issues which was largely pointed out in 2015 and who knows what will happen in the latter part of 16′ if situations continue along the same path.
Another key aspect that draws unwanted attention to Emmanuel, are the unethical uses of the city’s infamous red light program. The program many should know (because I’m very sure there are other intersecting system across America), was the recent scandal involving a long-time city worker who retired in 2011, is on trial for fraud, extortion, bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery and filing false tax returns. The feds said that John Bills siphoned $131 million in city contracts to Redflex between 2002 and 2011.
And who were one of the major backers of the red light program?
You guessed it Emmanuel.
What about the shooting incident of Laquan McDonald?
More than 3,000 detailed pages of emails Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration released Thursday in response to open records requests about how it handled the high-profile police shooting of Laquan McDonald.
The documents, distributed as the public’s attention was focused on celebrating New Year’s, illustrate that the mayor’s aides knew early on that the shooting could present a problem and show their full-on scramble to handle the issue once it became a major crisis for their boss.
As is typical for emails released by the Emanuel administration, many were heavily redacted, including a handful from the mayor himself in the days after City Hall publicly released a police dashboard camera video that showed Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting McDonald, an African-American teenager, in October 2014.
The delay to push the case forward also falls on Anita Alverez, who falls under the Emmanuel regime in Chicago who was cited for letting the McDonald shooting incident sit for over a year’s time (13 months).
From there a host of others issues mainly involving unnecessary crimes acted out by citizens of the city itself, the police and locals are clearly NOT on the same page.
And further incidents and run-ins between Chicago’s finest and residents, will more likely persist in the near future.
All of these situations fall under the Emmanuel regime.
Oh yea the water system is great.
- CHICAGO’S WATER PROCESSING
- Water from Lake Michigan enters the intake crib at depths of 20 to 30 feet
- Water enters the purification plant’s intake basin through a tunnel beneath the lake bed
- Water is filtered through eight traveling screens to catch debris
- Water is pumped by low lift pumps up to 25 feet for the first chemical treatment
- Water flows from the chemical application channels
- Water flows through mixing basins to begin the flocculation process
- Flocculated water passes into settling basins to sit for hours allowing floc to settle
- Water is filtered through precisely graded sand and gravel performing a “natural polishing”
- Filtered water flows into clearwells for its final chemical application
- From finished water reservoirs water flows to the distribution system
Well where can we start is the question for Flint, Michigan, with the current problems that have plagued this city, it’s no wonder why some residents decided to pack their bags and hit the dusty trial.
Many should know why people would leave this once great city, Flint was once a city filled with promise and hope. Nowadays it’s a city filled with constant turmoil, discord, and despair.
So let’s point out a few reason why people are sick with grief to their stomachs, due to the mind-blowing scandals being carried out behind their backs.
Ice cold glass of water anyone?…
NOT in Flint you don’t.
“It’s A Dam Shame!!”
That’s one major issue that has recently drawn so much national attention that celebrities such as Cher, Justin Timberlake, Mark Wahlberg, Puff Daddy, Eminem, Wiz Khalifa, Madonna, (I don’t know if I missed any other celebs that participated in the donation) donated million bottles of water to Flint residents.
This issue involved the city’s water refinery system were contaminated with lead and other harmful elements found in the resident’s water supply.
Governor Rick Synder has been catching hell after the water crisis situation out in Flint, Michigan, residents were calling him out to help with the situation of contaminated water coursing through residential water pipes.
Residents were basically given the round around due to the fact that Governor Synder went — MIA — on them (Missing In Action ‘in a sense’), but after numerous complaints resident filed against the contaminated water reservoir, not to mention all of the “shut-off” notices they received telling them to pay they’re late water bills.
Residents refuse to pay for highly contaminated water consisting of elements such as lead, and other potentially dangerous pollutants from eroded pipes that were using harmful side-effects such as loss of hair, lead poisoning, cancer manifestations in people who were subjected to deadly drinking water for long periods of time.
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver on Tuesday outlined an estimated $55 million for the public works project expected to begin within a month to remove Flint’s lead-contaminated pipes from the water distribution system.
First priority will be given to high-risk households with pregnant women and children, Weaver said at a news conference at City Hall.
“In order for Flint residents to once again have confidence and trust in the water coming from their faucets, all lead pipes in the city of Flint need to be replaced,” she said. “The success of the Fast Start plan will require coordination between the city, state and federal officials as well as funding from the Michigan Legislature, Congress or both. I’m asking Gov. Snyder and the state to partner on this effort.
“We’ll let the investigations determine who’s to blame for Flint’s water crisis, but I’m focused on solving it. It’s going to take time to get this done, but we’re going to move quickly to get this done.” – Mayor Karen Weaver
Last week, Weaver called for the immediate removal of the city’s lead-contaminated pipes and announced a plan that included help from Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, who has offered technical assistance from the Lansing Board of Water and Light.
Lansing has removed about 13,500 lead pipes in the city.
The Fast Start plan will require extensive coordination between city, state and federal officials, Weaver said. She was joined Tuesday by retired National Guard Brig. Gen. Michael McDaniel, who said he thinks the project can be done within a year by 32 crews.
Many of the residents wanted Rick Synder’s head on the chopping block, they believe that he was aware of the tainted Flint water reservoir from the beginning, yet he chose to do nothing about it.
It has been reported that the environment rating for individuals living in this city have plummeted badly.
So the water system is tainted to degree, although it’s not facing a dire issue like Flint.
Its overall water contamination rating was branded a C or “average” in terms for resident there who are drinking the water that use to pump it to residents from the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, Northern California, and the Colorado River via hundreds of miles of pipes and reservoirs to boot.
But the city now depends on deportation of drinking water that travels into the city, (about 85% is brought in).
Many residents would sometimes worry about running out of water, but this is hardly the case today. Written plans put into effect by county officials to rewrite a plan for water to brought in there to ensure a continual source of drinking water.
The air quality in L.A. is considered at the borderline rating level.
In particular, polluted air poses significant health risks to individuals who already have certain respiratory conditions.
While there is no evidence that proves that air pollution is the reason that asthma has increased in prevalence in the last 40 years, air pollution exacerbates the effects of asthma and can be the cause of an asthma attack.
In Los Angeles, one of the cities with the worst air pollution in the country, more than 1.6 million residents are living with asthma.
Their ecosysytem has improved, the clean-up of contaminating products such as plastic bottles, wrappers from packages, and further steps have been taken to help relieve the problem as of late.
The media has widely reported on the 20,000 black plastic balls tumbling down the slopes of the Los Angeles Reservoir last week.
Covering a body of water with black plastic balls (they’re referred to as “Shade Balls”) when people have been warned against throwing plastic into waterways has sparked a number of questions.
Even though there are metal covers for standing water, the city opted for much cheaper plastic.
What are the ramifications of this choice for ecological and human health?
A plastics expert Dr. Max Liboiron has been studying marine plastics and their chemicals for 8 years.
Most of what we know about how plastics behave in water are from studying marine plastic pollution, Liboiron states that the “shade ball” concept reacts the same like a plastic bottles floating around in the a body of water.
Plastic that gets around water eventually integrates to other areas & marine life:
- Plastics leach chemicals into water
- Plastics fragments found in the environment
- Plastic fragments are ingested by marine life
- Plastics will absorb various harmful chemicals
- Plastics provide habitat for microbes and other forms of life (bacteria)
- Plastics escape infrastructures (or they can possibly wind-up in locations they weren’t to go)
- The scale of the problem and the scale of the solution to contain plastic waste products are escalating
California still faces problems particularly with is health ecosystem.
Again water seems to be the greater concern, and water resources is running low on a daily basis in a populous state. This problem is not going away anytime soon, solutions need to be put into effect fast.
L.A. like other cities of the state are faced with this reality, that could potentially destroy their ecosystem. Will the shade balls keep 300 million gallons of water from evaporating?
This is the question that comes up for debate eventually.
Grand technological gestures in the face of massive systemic problems like perpetual drought makes it feel as though action is possible.
It’s doing something.
But short term technological fixes for long term systemic problems usually lead to their own problematic ripple effects.
Waste disposal services in L.A. seem to be in check.
In the Five-Year Review Report, as approved by CalRecycle in December 2014, County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works is currently revising the Siting Element and anticipates releasing it to the public for review and comment around mid-2016.
On June 16, 2014, an Initial Study and Notice of Preparation for the Siting Element Revision were released to all responsible agencies and interested parties for review and comment.
Additionally, detailed analyses will be included in the 2014 Annual Report of the Los Angeles County Countywide Integrated Waste Management Plan, which will be submitted to CalRecycle separately.
The Annual Report will describe L.A. County’s strategy to meet the future disposal demand.
California state overall is leading the nation in greenhouse gas reduction and renewable portfolio standards (RPS) efforts due to AB 32 requirements, the California Air Resources Board’s enforceable cap and trade program, and the state’s requirement to reach 33% RPS by 2030.
Recently, Governor Jerry Brown called for a further increase of RPS to 50% by 2030, as well as 50% increases in existing building energy efficiency and a 50% reduction in petroleum use in cars and trucks.
AB 32 requires California to reduce GHG emission levels to 1990 levels (a 25% reduction) by 2020. Large industrial sources are required to report their emissions annually.
California’s building energy efficiency standards (Title 24) are the toughest in the nation, and the state’s Energy Commission has mandated all new residential buildings need to be Zero Net Energy by 2020 and all new commercial buildings to be so by 2030.
With all of these relatively new legal requirements, the Los Angeles region has demonstrated leadership in a number of GHG and energy efficiency areas; however, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, Azusa, and others still rely on coal as a major energy source and energy retrofits have proven to be a challenge, so we still have a long way to go in these two areas.
After more than a decade of decline, violent crime in Los Angeles rose more than 20% during the first half of 2015, with felony assaults up 26% and robberies up 19%. Why, no one yet definitively knows. But there’s plenty of speculation.
Straight off, most criminologists will tell you that crime goes up, crime goes down, and sometimes it’s a trend, or just a blip, apart from anything the police are doing.
Others will point out that violent crime in cities like Los Angeles may have plunged so deeply in recent years — to historic modern lows — that it simply bottomed out.
Here in Los Angeles, the rise might also be attributable in part to the Los Angeles Police Department crime stats simply being reported more honestly.
An irrefutable Los Angeles Times investigation of the department’s crime numbers for the first half of 2014, for example, discovered the misclassification of 1,200 violent felony assaults as misdemeanors, thus making it appear that serious violent crime was going down when in fact it went up by 14%.
There are also broader national trends that might be affecting L.A.’s crime rate. According to Ron Noblet, the dean of gang interventionists at the Los Angeles Urban Peace Institute, the heroin epidemic plaguing the Northeast has finally started to hit Los Angeles.
The overall Los Angeles quality of life was rated just above average, so Los Angeles seems to be a pretty well-managed city where “dire” situations have not placed residents in desperate situations.
New York City
When the state Legislature returns to the Capitol on Monday, it will have just seven days of session remaining and a host of issues still on its plate that could impact New Yorkers lives.
Property taxes, minimum wage, education policy, rent control, gun laws and sexual-assault policies on college campuses were among the unresolved matters for the “Big Apple” city back in 2015.
Most of the issues here mirror the same problems in Chicago, but Chicago is on the brink of total in Chaos especially when the subject of gun laws and control pop-up in a conversation.
More than 1 million households that own real estate as well as 1 million renters would benefit from the tax relief.
The tax break applies to homeowners who earn less than $250,000 per year and pay property taxes that comprise more than 6 percent of their income.
It looks like the Governor’s proposal was a success, it was approved on Dec. 9, 2015.
New is noted for having high rent expenses in the past, this should be a huge relief to individuals who rent or own a house.
Unaffordable rent can serve as a major factor which could drive a rift between hard-working residents and the police who work to maintain order in the community.
This would prove a serious testing point for one Mayor Bill de Blasio was subjected to problems generating from Cuomo’s proposal offer.
Blasio traveled to Albany to talk about the potential cuts in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget that would impact the Medicaid program and the City University of New York.
Instead, the mayor was grilled in a five-hour session by more than a half dozen state lawmakers on placing a property tax cap on New York City.
“I see that on Staten Island. This is going on long before you became mayor.” – Rep Sen. Andrew Lanza
That statement was told to De Blasio some time ago, the current Rep. Senator now is Louis Tabacco.
Researchers at NYU’s medical school said that merely inhaling New York’s air can increase your risk of stroke by contributing to a deadly artery constriction.
And indoor and outdoor air pollution is linked to about 8 million premature deaths from respiratory and other diseases each year worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.
The NYU findings also point to air pollution as a potential factor in some people, particularly those who are living with diabetes, are potentially more susceptible to cardiovascular problems than others.
“It shows that a person’s cardiovascular risk is not only associated with their genes, health behaviors and lifestyle choices — it also depends, to some extent, on the world we live in and the air we breathe.” – Jonathan Newman
Again New York City has yet another common bond with the Chicago, which is polluted air issues.
How about the job market?
Yea. That was bound to be next, and New York City is no stranger to it.
As of now the job market is 50 / 50 for NYC.
The statewide unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.8%, its lowest level since November 2007.
In addition, New York State’s unemployment rate remained below the national unemployment rate of 5.0%.
Job wise things are slowly picking up for residents in NYC.
The federal government calculates New York State’s unemployment rate based partly upon the results of the Current Population Survey, which contacts approximately 3,100 households in New York State each month.
While many New Yorkers believe that the city is becoming more dangerous, statistics released this weekend once again show that the crime rate is actually down.
According to the NYPD, 2015 saw an overall 2 percent decrease in murder, rape, robbery, serious assault, burglary, grand larceny, and car theft compared to 2014, which itself was a record-low year for violent crime.
“As we end this year, the City of New York will record the safest year in its history, its modern history, as it relates to crime,” said police chief Bill Bratton earlier this month.
The stats were compared to the ending of May 2015.
In December 2015, New York State’s private sector job count increased by 13,200, or 0.2%, to 7,880,000, a new record high, according to preliminary figures released today by the New York State Department of Labor.
Since the beginning of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration, New York State’s economy has added 769,700 private sector jobs and experienced employment growth in 52 of the past 60 months.
You assume New York City water is bad, but in fact, it’s quite good!
The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) rigorously tests the city’s tap water and reports their findings to the public annually.
By most counts, the quality of NYC’s tap water may surprise you.
There are three culprits for drinking water contamination are lead, bacteria, and disinfectants or disinfectant byproducts.
New York City stacks up pretty well in terms of each of them.
the past 60 months.
New York City’s water supplies are virtually lead-free.
There is the possibility that lead can leach into water from old plumbing, but sampling indicates that the vast majority of NYC taps produce water containing only minute, insignificant quantities of lead.
All NYC drinking water is treated with chlorine (to kill harmful bacteria and viruses), as well as fluoride (to help prevent tooth decay) and orthophosphate (to help prevent metals, including lead, from being released from plumbing).
NYC doesn’t face hazardous water issues, which means that the city’s water supply is ideal for drinking consumption.
Overall NYC under 35 – year age range should make New York a high pick for places to live and work, according to a study of youth-friendly cities on Tuesday.
Which City Would Most Likely Trigger The State of Emergency & Spike Martial Law Enforcement?
The high crime rates alone would give notice to a “state of emergency” situation if things continue to get worse, not to mention people who are getting desperate finding work, or major riots breaking out of total control (such as a uncontrollable race war). Even a scenario were citizens completely turning against the local authorities (police) over a heated issue, which could lead to militant intervention confining residents to their homes, and strict curfew enforcement.
It’s definite Chicago that would be targeted for Martial Law.
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