Human Exceptionalism

Swiss Values Come to San Francisco

With the Swiss declaring “plant rights” and castigating the “decapitation” of wild flowers, it was only a matter of time before these ideas came to San Francisco. I can’t prove it yet, but the evidence is beginning to come in. In this morning’s Leah Garchick “Public Eavesdropping” feature, a favorite of mine that repeats funny statements overheard on the street:

“Go back over there and apologize to those flowers!”

Woman to child at Palomino’s restaurant, after child ripped flowers from planter and threw them on floor, overheard by Michael Callanan

Get them while they’re young!

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Law & the Courts

Rosenstein Defends the Mueller Probe

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The Witches of Bushwick

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