The 20 or so employees who managed to hang onto their jobs when the Seattle P-I went belly up and on-line only earlier this month are getting another hoop to jump through if they want to maintain gainful employ with the Hearst Company owned paper – mandatory drug testing. Not only will employees be tested, but their continued employ will depend on their willingness to submit to random tests in the future.

As for employees who don’t feel like offering up their bodily fluids for analysis by their employer – well, chances are they’ll be few and far between. These are people who just watched 150 of their colleagues get laid off and replaced by citizen bloggers. What’s a citizen blogger, you ask? Well, it’s just like a journalist, only instead of investigating and reporting the news, they write about things that are going on in their neighborhood and how they feel about them. They may not have the years worth of sources, or credibility, or sense of accountability, or capacity to put together a readable sentence of a professional journalist. But on the plus side, you don’t have to pay them!

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