Ron Smith

Ron Smith's column appears in The Baltimore Sun. His e-mail is rsmith@wbal.com.

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Sunday, March 13, 2011
Why is the United States Torturing Private Manning?
Ten months after his arrest on charges of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is systematically being stripped of his humanness by his warders at the brig inside the Marine base at Quantico, Va. Not yet tried for — much less convicted of — crimes against the state, Private Manning is forced to endure punishment that certainly fits the definition of torture. He is being held in solitary confinement in a tiny cell 23 hours a day, allowed no exercise other than walking around dragging his ankle shackles during the 24th hour.
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Sunday, September 12, 2010
Whatever the Problem, Human Ingenuity is No Match for Entropy
Scientist, author and political activist Jeremy Rifkin, once described in Time Magazine as "the most hated man in science," has ruffled feathers for many of his 64 years on this planet.
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Friday, November 27, 2009
In Afghanistan and At Home, We're Being Driven Off a Cliff
Football fans have been quite taken by a recurring segment on ESPN's "NFL Countdown Show" called "C'mon man." Inspired by former wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, botched plays from NFL action are highlighted, with the players involved being targeted for the "C'mon man" admonition.
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Friday, September 18, 2009
The Awful Prospect of Turning War Over to Machines
"Once in a while, everything about the world changes at once. This is one of those times."
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Sunday, April 12, 2009
A Fraud That Makes Madoff Look Small Time
Since Bernard L. Madoff was handcuffed and taken from his office by FBI agents, we have been made well aware of the nature of Ponzi schemes, fraudulent investment opportunities that pay off early participants with money from newcomers, not from returns on legitimate stock or bond holdings. Mr. Madoff, once a highly respected member of the Wall Street establishment, has admitted to defrauding investors of as much as $50 billion in such a manner.
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