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Michael Douglas in Economic Conference in Davos, Switzerland: "Don't Underestimate Star Power"
Yahoo News ^ | 1/27/06

Posted on 01/28/2006 4:44:30 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta

Michael Douglas knows that those who attend the World Economic Forum can move mountains and make mounds of money. But a little star power — be it Bono, Angelina Jolie or Peter Gabriel — never hurts.

"It's an impressive group, to say the least, that covers a broad spectrum," said the 61-year-old actor-producer, adding that the free-flow nature of the event promotes dialogue in a friendly environment.

"People seem to let their hair down a little bit and loosen their ties. And there is a lot of give and share that's going on both in front on the panels and behind," Douglas told The Associated Press.

"So it's a learning experience for me and, I guess my from end, I hope they will recognize as they have from Bono's efforts and others, that many of us on the entertainment side can talk about the issues," he said.

Douglas won a best-actor Oscar for his role in 1987's "Wall Street." He also has starred in "Fatal Attraction," "Traffic" and "Wonder Boys," among other films.

As for using celebrity to advance causes, Douglas said that can be a double-edged sword.

"We obviously help fundraising a whole lot, and as spokespersons you bring the issue on the table as a message of peace from the United Nations talking about disarmament, in particular areas (like) weapons of mass destruction, nuclear disarmament," he said.

"People tend to get an audience from television when celebrities are involved. That helps. The danger is when you get in over your head and then you lose your credibility."


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: davos; hollywoodleft; michaeldouglas; wef
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1 posted on 01/28/2006 4:44:32 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
The danger is when you get in over your head and then you lose your credibility.

Gee, ya think?

Snort.

2 posted on 01/28/2006 4:46:27 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
AAAAAAAAAAAAhhh yes, the Hollywood power elite did so much for Al Gore in 2000 and John Kerry in '04.
3 posted on 01/28/2006 4:47:04 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Somebody should tell him: Don't overestimate 'star' power!
4 posted on 01/28/2006 4:49:51 AM PST by paudio
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Kirk just didn't spank that boy enough.

(And Catherine probably spanks him too much ;-)

5 posted on 01/28/2006 5:16:48 AM PST by LegendHasIt
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Remember this one?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1338447/posts
Eason's Fables-- the sordid Jordan Story
various FR links & stories | 02-08-05 | the heavy equipment guy


Posted on 02/08/2005 4:25:08 AM CST by backhoe



A CNN Executive Says G.I.s in Iraq Target Journalists -- Eason Jordan, ignited an Internet firestorm last week when he told a panel at a World Economic Forum gathering in Davos, Switzerland, that the American military had targeted journalists during operations in Iraq.

About faces -- When challenged, Mr. Jordan could provide no evidence to support the charge, and subsequently lied about having made it, though the record shows he had made a similar charge a few months before, and also earlier had falsely accused the Israeli military of targeting journalists.

snip

Yeah..They love to let their hair down and knock the US


6 posted on 01/28/2006 5:21:19 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: MEG33

You have a great memory!


8 posted on 01/28/2006 5:28:35 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta (Democrats would vote against Jesus Christ for the Supreme Court.)
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To: jk4hc4
It only cost $25,000 per person to attend.

Who paid for John Kerry?

9 posted on 01/28/2006 5:29:42 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta (Democrats would vote against Jesus Christ for the Supreme Court.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Soros


10 posted on 01/28/2006 5:37:43 AM PST by LegendHasIt
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Michael Douglas knows that those who attend the World Economic Forum can move mountains and make mounds of money. But a little star power — be it Bono, Angelina Jolie or Peter Gabriel — never hurts.

And this is the all-important conference that took Kerry and others away from their U.S. Senate business at such a crucial time? How much did it cost me to be so gloriously represented at this farce?

11 posted on 01/28/2006 5:37:50 AM PST by REPANDPROUDOFIT
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
No ring?



Former U.S. President Bill Clinton pauses before speaking during a special address at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Saturday Jan. 28, 2006. The World Economic Forum turned its eye toward politics and the Middle East Saturday, with visitors and leaders focusing on Iran's push to develop nuclear power and creating calm in neighboring Iraq. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)



U.S. actor Michael Douglas, left, listens to a special address by former U.S. President Bill Clinton at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Saturday Jan. 28, 2006. The World Economic Forum turned its eye toward politics and the Middle East Saturday, with visitors and leaders focusing on Iran's push to develop nuclear power and creating calm in neighboring Iraq. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
12 posted on 01/28/2006 5:42:23 AM PST by maggief (and the dessert cart rolls on ...)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Didn't Rush say this conference in the beginning produced some good ideas, but now it amounted to little more than a gathering of people who think they are elite checking out the other 'elite' attendees? Or something to that effect - in other words it was meaningless conference of people who consider themselves important, ala John Kerry and Michael Douglas.


13 posted on 01/28/2006 5:47:01 AM PST by Alissa
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To: Just mythoughts; frankjr; Zacs Mom; carlr; Bender2; JustRight; Perdogg; G.Mason; Alia; Texan5; ...

Ping


14 posted on 01/28/2006 5:52:26 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta (Democrats would vote against Jesus Christ for the Supreme Court.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Thanks, we would just be plain bored without liberals put on shows.

Douglas needs a shave, he is downright hairy ugly.
15 posted on 01/28/2006 5:55:46 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

One leftist celeb to the other:

"Bush is ruining the economy. When I had to lay off the pool boy I told him it's all Bush's fault. And I'm oppressed too. It's so boring having to get your own towel."


16 posted on 01/28/2006 6:31:09 AM PST by NaughtiusMaximus (DO NOT read to the end of this tagline . . . Oh, $#@%^, there you went and did it.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Thanks for the ping!

Also of interest is this 3 part report by Jay Nordlinger (Managing Editor of the National Review) about the 2005 World Economic Forum at the Dead Sea, in Jordan:

Davos in Jordan, Part I

Davos in Jordan, Part Il

Davos in Jordan, Part Ill


17 posted on 01/28/2006 6:39:28 AM PST by Zacs Mom (Proud wife of a Marine! ... and purveyor of "rampant, unedited dialogue")
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

so international economic expertise is now defined by the ability to write a $25,000 check for the attendance fee !


18 posted on 01/28/2006 6:44:50 AM PST by Reily (Reilly (Dr Doom))
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To: MEG33
AIM Report: U.N. Covers Up Payments to Journalists. And what "conflict" of interest in "funding" do celebrities pay? Nada.

Last year: Jolie Urges World Leaders to Aid Refugees, 01/05

From January 2005: Live webcasts of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland & Archive Link, 01/05 snip:

Oh. Part I: http://www.alwayson-network.com/comments.php?id=P8216_0_5_0_C

You know, there was a very good reason for all this security, background checks and waiting lines. Here at Davos, the crowd consists of some of the most famous world politicians, VC’s, CEO’s, royalties and Hollywood stars you can think of. Here is the short list of people I met and had a chance to talk to ( I have the pictures and video to prove it too) the last few days; Clinton, Gore, Sorros, Dell, Gates, Tony Blair, George Soros, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Eric Schmidt, Gerhard Schröder, Angelina Jolie (yah baby), Sharon Stone, Richard Gere, Victor A. Yushchenko, Sharon Peres, Peter Gabriel, The president of George, Check Republic, Brazil, SAR, Ted Turner, John McCain, Charles O. Prince, John A. Thain, William Donaldson, Lawrence H. Summers, Maria Bartiromo to name a few …….

--end snip. This particular thread is loaded with data and links.

19 posted on 01/28/2006 6:52:32 AM PST by Alia
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Thank you for the ping. See post #19 of this thread for highlight links from LAST YEAR'S "WEF" conference.


20 posted on 01/28/2006 6:53:36 AM PST by Alia
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To: maggief

Is Douglas' beard growing down or his chest hair up?


21 posted on 01/28/2006 7:05:21 AM PST by frankjr
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Michael Douglas in Economic Conference in Davos, Switzerland: "Don't Underestimate Star Power"

Yeah, that helped Kerry so much in 2004.

22 posted on 01/28/2006 7:06:58 AM PST by dirtboy (My new years resolution is to quit using taglines...)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Sounds like the makings of a new TV Series - The Davos DUmmies


23 posted on 01/28/2006 7:07:23 AM PST by commish (Freedom Tastes Sweetest to Those Who Have Fought to Preserve It)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
So Michael Douglas and the Brangelinas go to an economic summit.

Why do I get the feeling that neither of them could give you a working definition of supply and demand, or inflation or anything else about economics?

24 posted on 01/28/2006 7:11:27 AM PST by Lizavetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Sorry, but Douglas, Bono, and Joline who likes to break up marriages lack credibility.
25 posted on 01/28/2006 7:14:55 AM PST by Dante3
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To: paudio
Somebody should tell him: Don't overestimate 'star' power!

Or intellect. From what I've seen the combined IQ in the Hollyweird crowd is about 47.....

26 posted on 01/28/2006 7:15:17 AM PST by Thermalseeker
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To: mewzilla

When did that happen ?


27 posted on 01/28/2006 7:15:20 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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It is not about just acting and being a star. I think the successful actors and actresses in politics are those who have had actual life experience. Reagan as president of the SAG or Ahrnold's "imigrant success" story.

The left is more about "I am entitled" or more "LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME LOOOOKATME" egomania performers.


28 posted on 01/28/2006 7:18:18 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: maggief

Just think. That scruffy-bearded liberal jerk is borking what is likely FR's most 'img src'ed hot female. LOL


29 posted on 01/28/2006 7:18:46 AM PST by arasina (So there.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Maybe what the Summit needed was to "listen" to a bunch of gals from Hooters and Porn Stars.

Geez, can politicals and "statesmenship" get anymore shallow?

30 posted on 01/28/2006 7:19:53 AM PST by F16Fighter
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
that covers a broad spectrum

Lessee..we have the liberals, the leftists, the socialists, the Human Extinction Movement, NAMBLA, NOW, the Trotskyites and the Stalinists.

That sounds pretty inclusive and tolerant to me. ;-)
31 posted on 01/28/2006 7:20:31 AM PST by cgbg (MSM and Democratic treason--fifty years and counting...)
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32 posted on 01/28/2006 7:47:20 AM PST by MillerCreek
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To: maggief

It looks like he's trying to hide some of the scars from his facelift with his beard.

33 posted on 01/28/2006 8:00:41 AM PST by melt (Someday, they'll wish their Jihad... Jihadn't.)
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To: Zacs Mom
The World Economic Forum holds a mini-meeting at the Dead Sea, in the month of May. This is to concentrate on the Middle East, and to “seize the moment” — to take advantage of the healthful disruptions that President Bush has started.

Thanks

34 posted on 01/28/2006 9:08:04 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta (Democrats would vote against Jesus Christ for the Supreme Court.)
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To: Alia

Too bad there's no detective following politicians around at Davos. Oh, forgot about the PAPARAZZI!


35 posted on 01/28/2006 9:11:00 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta (Democrats would vote against Jesus Christ for the Supreme Court.)
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To: melt

That's exactly what that photo looks like to me too.


36 posted on 01/28/2006 9:12:26 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta (Democrats would vote against Jesus Christ for the Supreme Court.)
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To: frankjr

As a result of too many face-lifts Douglas' chest hair is now on his chin.


:^)


37 posted on 01/28/2006 10:19:13 AM PST by Zacs Mom (Proud wife of a Marine! ... and purveyor of "rampant, unedited dialogue")
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To: melt
Whoa... were did you find those photos? :-O
38 posted on 01/28/2006 10:22:18 AM PST by nutmeg (NEVER trust democRATs with our national security)
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To: Zacs Mom

It's not chest hair it's pubic and that is not his nose.


39 posted on 01/28/2006 12:04:31 PM PST by kentj
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To: F16Fighter
Maybe what the Summit needed was to "listen" to a bunch of gals from Hooters and Porn Stars. Geez, can politicals and "statesmenship" get anymore shallow?

No

40 posted on 01/28/2006 12:16:05 PM PST by Dr. Scarpetta (Democrats would vote against Jesus Christ for the Supreme Court.)
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To: kentj
Ewwwwwwwwww ~ that's nasty!!
(hahahahahahaaaa-snort-gasp-snort-hahahahahahaaaa)
41 posted on 01/28/2006 1:00:02 PM PST by Zacs Mom (Proud wife of a Marine! ... and purveyor of "rampant, unedited dialogue")
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To: Zacs Mom

your right - sorry about that - it does illustrate how far they will go with "form over function".


42 posted on 01/28/2006 2:09:49 PM PST by kentj
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To: maggief

Just the sight of this repulsive drama king is enough to make me hurl. I, too, find it interesting he's missing his ring.

43 posted on 01/28/2006 2:16:16 PM PST by demkicker (democrats and terrorists are familiar bedfellows)
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To: kentj
"form over function" ...


44 posted on 01/28/2006 2:17:10 PM PST by Zacs Mom (Proud wife of a Marine! ... and purveyor of "rampant, unedited dialogue")
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
that many of us on the entertainment side can talk about the issues," he said.

Of course they can talk about issues, anyone can do that. It's talk about issues with even the slightest bit of intellect that's difficult.

45 posted on 01/28/2006 2:19:51 PM PST by Casloy
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To: Lizavetta

"Brangelinas", yuk yuk yuk!


46 posted on 01/28/2006 2:20:27 PM PST by greyfoxx39
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To: Lizavetta

Brad is as dumb as a post, but Angelina is actually quite smart....
Weird, politically misguided, slutty, makes really bad choices in men etc; But she is no dummy in respect to her IQ .

I have a certain amount of respect for her; Unlike most of her liberal 'peers' she doesn't just 'talk the talk; she walks the walk' . She will put her own money into what she believes in. Plus she does a lot of her own stunts in her action movies. ;-)


47 posted on 01/28/2006 2:50:23 PM PST by LegendHasIt
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To: LegendHasIt

She may be smart but her values are garbage. She probably considers herself a feminist and yet has no problem sticking it to one of the 'sisterhood' by boinking their husbands.


48 posted on 01/28/2006 2:54:01 PM PST by Lizavetta
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To: Lizavetta

No argument there.

It's not like I worship her or anything, I just have a little more respect for her than most of that group.


49 posted on 01/28/2006 3:05:50 PM PST by LegendHasIt
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To: arasina

"Just think. That scruffy-bearded liberal jerk is borking what is likely FR's most 'img src'ed hot female. LOL"

Indeed. He should realize that his wife is the Star-Power now. He is a has-been.

Ps: You've broken the rules my friend...


50 posted on 01/28/2006 3:16:12 PM PST by driveserve
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