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Part VI: “The Straphanger Goes Global” Series
On December 30, 2020, this column suggested to President-elect Joe Biden, “A Biden Doctrine Can Reinvent Geopolitics.” We said in it: A Biden Doctrine can reinvent geopolitics by addressing worldwide homelessness first and foremost. Why? Two American cities (New York and Los Angeles) land in the Top Five of the world’s most-homeless cities. Secondly, the U.S. — being the world’s biggest economy and top military power — can use diplomacy and its economic and military aid for humanity’s basic needs like shelter.
India’s Mumbai and the Russian capital of Moscow rank third and fifth in the Top Five of Homelessness, and they devote a vast amount of resources to atom bombs. President Biden may propose to both (and the other member countries of the International Nuclear Club) to channel their resources instead to address their populations’ essential needs like housing, food, education, jobs, and economic opportunities. And, of course, Climate Change (Global Warming).
Sadly, according to Arcgis.com, the Philippines is the international capital of homelessness, followed by four of the world’s biggest cities.
Please click this link to read the suggestion on forming an international front or consortium to address homelessness again.
Eventually, we at the Philippine Daily Mirror (PDM) added an adjective to the proposed doctrine. It became the “Biden Back-to-Basics (B2B) Doctrine”.
This column then suggested to President-elect Biden to move all the homeless Americans to new settlements along the U.S.-Mexican Border. And construct villages and an industrial zone, the population of which will undertake the BAMOS Initiative on both sides of the border. BAMOS is the acronym for Bamboo, Abaca, Moringa, and Other Species (of trees and vegetation). Readers may search the PDM for “BAMOS.” Or click on this link, which shows ten (and counting) articles where ‘BAMOS” is mentioned.
The BAMOS industrial estate may have factories to produce plywood, wallboard made principally of bamboo, organic packaging materials from abaca, food items like bamboo shoots, mushrooms, and wide varieties of vegetables, especially root crops like sweet potato. And also produce herbal products. It can also have recycling plants funded by top polluters from Corporate America, like the Amazon Corporation.
This column outlined how reforestation could mitigate and even end homelessness. Another social benefit would be solving illegal immigration, as Mexico can be motivating and aided in replicating the said BAMOS Initiative in the southern part of the border (across the Rio Grande body of water). It is all described in the BAMOS articles.
This columnist also addressed how to fund the new settlements for the homeless population. Please search for “I2D2,” which provides details of possible funding mechanisms that will also save state employees’ pension and retirement funds, “reinvent” likewise the U.S. Postal Service, malls that are closing, start the harnessing of the Mississippi River and its tributaries and even the “greening of the four deserts in the United States, two of which are shared with Mexico.” Or may click on this link that will lead to a dozen articles where the I2D2 is mentioned.
This column ran a series of suggestions for Floridians and their political-and-private leaders and policy-and-decision makers on starting the “Memorial-Tree Parks” proposal that will also lead to growing medicinal plants, especially herbs, which will provide ingredients for natural medicine. This columnist even discussed how organic pesticides could be made from starfish and combat the Sunshine State’s “snail invasion.” Readers may search for “Starfish” in the PDM and view other articles in the “Florida, the State of the Future” series.
All proposals will be collated in a series of books (e-book and hardcopy editions) in 2023. By the time the primary season starts in 2024, this column thinks the said publications can become Talking Points in the presidential primaries and general-election campaign in November 2024.
Perhaps The White House may re-consider the proposals in this column to make the suggested “Biden Back-to-Basics Doctrine” work in ending so many social problems by initiating most, if not all, of the proposals. President Biden has two more years to elevate the presidency to the next level.
This column also has published a dozen articles (and counting) about the POTUS becoming the “Biden the Bold,” all of which can be found in the hyperlink.