Susan Cogan

Norman, OK, United States

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Susan Brassfield Cogan is a full time writer and occasionally amuses herself as a graphic designer. She writes things that she enjoys and she enjoys quite a lot. She has been at various times a nurse’s aid, a belly dancer, an actress, a journalist, and a radio shock jock. Her career is long, varied, colorful, often exaggerated and occasionally untrue. Cogan is the author of many novels: Black Jade Dragon, Dragon Sword, Dragon Rising, Tangled Garden, The Last Gift, Heart of the Tengeri, Murder on the Waterfront and The Man Who Needed Killing. Her nonfiction works include: Hands of the Buddha, The Buddha’s Three Jewels, Rewriting the Buddha and The Pocket Darwin. She written numerous short stories, some of them contest winners.

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Susan Cogan
Posted 10 months ago
What do you think about companies, agencies, and other entities using polls and focus groups to determine ways to manipulate others? eg Ads
Companies have a perfect right to do that and persuasion isn't manipulation. What @Kate Blake pointed out about the army is a concern, but that's more brainwashing (training?) than persuasion or manipulation. Frankly, I wish a lot of companies would do more of it. It's the "We don't care" factor that's more harmful than "we care too much." Back when there was a single phone company their customers (victims) thought up a corporate slogan for them. "We don't care. We don't have to." I'd rather they care what I want and what I think.
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Susan Cogan
Posted 10 months ago
Do you think we should continue genetic engineering?
I understand the possibility of "superweeds." Has anybody here heard of kudzu? It's a superweed that's not even genetically engineered. I understand the fact that Monsanto patents its seeds and that cuts out poor farmers. We will have to fix that with the political process and make sure gene patents expire like drug patents or any other intellectual property. We should continue genetically modified foods, for sure. The animus toward GMO food is mostly a luxury of fat white people. There are 7 billion people on this planet and each and every one of them would like to eat three meals a day. Every day. Food production is falling behind. It would be helpful if more people were vegetarians. It would be helpful if free birth control was available world wide. But those things require cultural shifts we may not have the time to wait for.
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Susan Cogan
Posted 10 months ago
How would you feel if the government carried out a serious ban on guns?
Canada has never attacked the USA because they are too well-mannered to do something that crude. Do they like our religion-soaked pontificating right wingers? No. Do they like us sneaking across the border for free health care, clean streets and good jobs? No. Do they like our gun crazies? No. If we dropped off the earth they would have a quiet cocktail party to celebrate. But attack? NEVER!
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Susan Cogan
Posted 10 months ago
How would you feel if the government carried out a serious ban on guns?
As others have pointed out, most of those are simply fantasies. Crime rates are now lower than they have ever been since such statistics have been kept. You are safer now than you were in the "good old days." Guns are dangerous. The raped woman would be much less safe with a gun in her house than without one. If she's that worried about a second rape, then a good stout deadbolt and a roommate or a dog (as someone else suggested) would be best. Counseling would be better.
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Susan Cogan
Posted 10 months ago
How would you feel if the government carried out a serious ban on guns?
The gun rights for all the rest of us are in the language "a well-regulated militia." Apparently most people think a militia is "any goober with a gun" and "well-regulated" means "no regulations or restrictions." Nobody is going to go door to door collecting guns. Nobody anywhere has ever suggested that we should. That's always been a right-wing fantasy that re-emerges every time a Democrat is in office. There need to be serious restrictions on purchase of fire arms and how those guns are handled. Guns are extremely dangerous. They need to have the same restrictions and oversight as bombs and explosives.
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Susan Cogan
Posted 10 months ago
How would you feel if the government carried out a serious ban on guns?
I think there should be a background check. I think there should be a national database of gun owners. People who own guns must be required to keep them locked in a separate place from the bullets. I've been reading a lot lately about people who leave loaded guns lying around their house "for protection" and get killed by their children or their children shoot themselves or another child. I think there needs to be stiff penalties for people who are so careless.