They say film doesn’t lie, but does that mean it tells the truth? The public sees fleeting videotaped images of Terri Schiavo, appearing to many to turn toward her mother’s voice and smile. They hear what sound like moans and laughter. They watch her head move up and down, seemingly following the progress of a brightly colored Mickey Mouse balloon. And often they ask: How could anyone conclude but that she is aware of her surroundings? The answer lies not so much within Schiavo’s brain as in the minds of those who observe her. As social beings, humans are hard-wired to examine another’s face for clues to what the person behind it is thinking. They naturally associate vocal tones with specific moods. They detect meaningful words in nonsense utterances.
The way things are supposed to work is that when the old, six-year federal highway act expired Sept. 30, 2003, Congress would be ready with another new six-year bill. Things didn’t work. And because of disagreements over the amount of spending, the funding and a late veto threat from President Bush, we still don’t have a highway bill, even though pouring vast amounts of concrete and asphalt is what Congress loves to do.
Army officials have decided not to prosecute 17 soldiers involved in the deaths of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan, a military report says.