Friday, December 11, 2009

Slack fill -- new political term?

The Mystery Woman offers this tip to makers of puffy winter coats: design them to zip from the top down.

This just in. Effective today, buildings with freight elevators in NYC must grant employees use of those elevators to get their bicycles upstairs. But don’t plan on working late. Access is limited to elevator operating hours, which usually means quitting time is around 6 p.m. There’s always a catch.

Ever hear of slack fill? The federal government has. The Fair Packaging and Labeling Act is "supposed" to protect consumers from slack fill -- from buying too much empty space filled with air, cotton, cardboard, etc. Non-functional space. Mucinex, for example, was found to contain only 10 percent pills. Have you bought any potato chips lately? For your money, you get half a sack of air.

Republicans go both ways. Here’s proof. Within a 24 hour span, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office issued the following two press releases:

Sunday: "Cutting Medicare is not what Americans want."

Monday: "Expanding Medicare a plan for financial ruin."


Ken Martin said...

Regarding bicycles, we don't have rules to allow them in Austin elevators, but plans are afoot to turn Nueces Street into a bicycle boulevard from 3rd to MLK.

What's a bike boulevard. See this video about one of Portland's at (link courtesy of Austin's Yellow Bike Project).

The City of Austin's info about Nueces is at

Ken Martin said...

Also, for bike boulevards in Berkeley, see

Paula said...

Gee, when you brought up slack fill, I thought you were referring to the US Senate.

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