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Shannon Rupp

Adults are taught to be sceptical. But the subconscious is like a toddler.

Forget focus groups, marketing studies or even psychographics, 2009 is the year the selling juggernaut will use neuroscience and our own biology against us.

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While you’ll see dire warnings about Facebook privacy, and enthusiastic-but-unproven marketing promises - Read more

Twittering is just frittering as we amuse ourselves to death.

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Surfing such popular social networking sites Facebook and MySpace requires using a few cyber self-defense skills.

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Banking with B.C.’s credit unions became even safer with new legislation that guarantees member deposits are insured for the entire amount. As of November 27 2008, members at B.C.’s credit unions are insured for the maximum amount of their deposits, including any accrued interest. By contrast, customers at commercial banks are insured to a maximum of $100,000.

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America’s loose-lending habits have caused a credit crisis down south but for cautious Canadian lenders long-term mortgages aren’t about getting the fiscally risky into the housing market but giving preferred borrowers more flexibility.

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Screaming headlines proclaiming stock market meltdowns, bank failures, and job losses  leave even the most confident investors feeling shell-shocked. For small investors whose primary concern is financing retirement the current onslaught of bad news, delivered in hysterical tones, often induces unnecessary fear.

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They say opposites attract, but in the financial world it might be better to say that opposites complement. While you couldn’t find two more disparate businesses than banking and insurance – one is about managing the margins, while the other is a fee-for-service -- the combination is a natural fit for credit unions looking to ensure the bottom line.

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The B.C. Supreme Court confirmed the right of Canadians to skinny dip at private parties -- even if they’re held in municipal pools governed by prudish politicians.

 In his decision yesterday, Mr. Justice Paul Williamson quashed Surrey City Council’s decision to stop renting the Newton Wave Pool to the Surrey Skinnydippers Club.

He called council’s reasons for preventing the private late night swims “patently unreasonable.”

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Holistic retreat’s soothing massages and welcoming woods make for a blissful rest – just don’t ask too many questions

Cortes Island – A dozen of us are stretched out on the floor like spokes in a wheel, inside a round cedar-log building at Hollyhock, a holistic centre on Cortes Island on the Strait of Georgia about 150 kilometres north of Vancouver. Rain drums on the skylight that crowns the seven-metre-high ceiling while Torkin Wakefield, a 40ish therapist from Colorado, leads us through a relaxation exercise.

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