What a town. I was at Walgreens the other afternoon and was stunned by the number of people lined up to buy potassium iodide to ward off the possible effects of radiation wafting over from Japan.
Even more stunning was watching those same people, clutching their iodide protection, proceed to jaywalk across New Montgomery Street and dodge cars in their rush to get back to work.
Two points here. First, there’s a reason I kind of miss Brown’s leadership of the State Assembly, corruption and all. Second: if any doctrinaire microeconomist wants to claim that these shoppers weren’t being irrational but were simply “revealing” a “preference” for running a large risk of being flattened by cars rather than a tiny risk of thyroid poisoning, there’s a Viaduct in Oakland I’d like to sell them.