Thursday, July 19, 2007

Beware - Elders At Work

Wow, this seems like it might be a minor waste of everyone's time:

Former South African president Nelson Mandela plans to announce on Wednesday the creation of "the Elders," a group composed mostly of retired global leaders that will seek to tackle urgent world problems unfettered by the politics of any one nation, officials with the group said.

Well, maybe they might have something useful to say. Who's in this group, anyway?

It will have about a dozen members, including former president Jimmy Carter, former U.N. secretary general Kofi Annan and retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa.

Mind = Fully-boggled.

Wow. What's the matter, Hugo Chavez turn them down? Fidel Castro still in the hospital? At least Yassir Arafat (Nobel Peace Prize winner) has a good excuse - he's currently working for peace from six feet under.

What ad wizard came up with this brilliant idea?

Among the organizers of the effort have been rock star Peter Gabriel and British airline mogul Richard Branson, who has used meetings at his Caribbean getaway, Necker Island, as an incubator for creation of the group.

Oh. An aging rock star. Is there anything they can't do? I'm going to be very disappointed if I hear that Geddy Lee has a brilliant plan for ending world hunger.

Via Hubs and Spokes.

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