Where did the world's top business leaders get their supply of rose-tinted spectacles? A whopping 96% of them are either very or reasonably confident in the outlook for their companies over the next 24 months, according to a survey of 1,000 company chiefs world-wide carried out by lawyers Allen & Overy. That seems to run counter to other signs companies are hoarding cash amid a period of global economic turbulence, after the U.S.'s debt downgrade and the euro-zone crisis.
Do you see the same phenomenon, this trend toward individualism, also in Europe?
Yes. I think the same thing is true everywhere, because the pressure of neoliberal economics has certainly been great in Europe and in England. On the other hand you do have traditional communities that the United States doesn't have because we never were a traditional country. And the other thing is that Americans hate government. Europeans realize government has a few good things to do, so it's a little harder to make the government itself per se a demon. And I think although the welfare state has been weakened in Europe, it's not as in much danger as here.
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Of, in, or by itself or oneself; intrinsically.
[Latin per sē : per, per + sē, itself.]
Utility executives big political donors in Japan
The Associated Press
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese utility company executives were by far the biggest individual donors to Japan's former ruling party during its last year in power, accounting for a whopping 72 percent of personal contributions, a news report said. ...
Homeowners aren’t the only ones in hot water over overpriced real estate. A New York City hot dog vendor has been evicted from his prize spot outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art because he couldn’t pay a whopping rent bill of nearly $54,000 a month.
Exceptionally large: "yet another whopping pay raise" (Lee Atwater).
Used as an intensive: a whopping good joke.
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The shoes are designed only for walking, and because of the instability design, wearers are discouraged from running, jumping and engaging in other athletic activities while wearing them. So the real effect may come from simple awareness that they are wearing a muscle-activating shoe, causing them to walk more briskly and with purpose.
Working paper: The Devil Wears Prada? Effects of Exposure to Luxury Goods on Cognition and Decision Makinghttp://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/