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INFORMATION, PLEASEThe City of Bozeman, Mont., wants to know about people who apply for jobs with the city. Included on the application is this: “Please list any and all, current personal or business Web sites, Web pages or memberships on any Internet-based chat rooms, social clubs or forums, to include, but not limited to: Facebook, Google, Yahoo,, MySpace, etc.” That’s not all – it also requires the applicant’s user names and password information for all those sites. “We have positions ranging from fire and police, which require people of high integrity for those positions, all the way down to the lifeguards and the folks that work in city hall here,” said city attorney Greg Sullivan, defending the intrusive questions. “So we do those types of investigations to make sure the people that we hire have the highest moral character and are a good fit for the City.”(KBZK-TV Bozeman) … “The right of individual privacy is essential to the well-being of a free society and shall not be infringed without the showing of a compelling state interest.” –Article 2, Section 10 of the Montana State Constitution.AUTO NEUROTICCoggin Pontiac, a car dealer in Jacksonville, Fla., was a bit suspicious of a check that a woman wrote for a new $70,000 car – the check identified the account holders as “Mr. and Mrs. Jesus and Emma Christ”. The dealer called the woman’s bank, which said the check was not valid, so their next call was to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Deputies found Emma Kim-Tashis Harrison, 25, had multiple credit cards in her purse, some in her name, and others bearing the name Emma Christ. She insisted she had the money to back the check since she owns “a traveling Web site that people just deposit money into.” Deputies arrested her on felony fraud charges. (Jacksonville Times-Union) … It’s unclear which is crazier: that anyone would “just deposit money” into her Web site, or that anyone would want a $70,000 Pontiac.

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