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    • Finally Friday
      June 17th 2011
    • In a pinch, half of U.S. families can’t find $2,000June 11, 2011 Dayton Daily NewsHalf of American families — including a growing portion of the country’s middle-class — would not be able to cope with an unexpected expense that required them to come up with $2,000 within 30 days according to a study that illustrates both the fragile nature of family finances and the depth of the nation’s financial crisis.Dayton-area business owners, a credit-counseling official and a local economist said the findings from the study closely mirror the financial vulnerability that many Miami Valley families are grappling with.A paper titled “Financially Fragile Households: Evidence and Implications,” published in May by the National Bureau of Economic Research, used data from a 2009 global economic crisis survey to document what the authors called “widespread financial weakness in the U.S.”The researchers wanted to measure American families’ ability to access emergency funds, so they asked 2,148 people between 18 and 65 the question, “How confident are you that you could come up with $2,000 if an unexpected need arose with the next month?” The amount of money and time frame reflects the cost of an unanticipated car repair, home repair, medical or legal expense.More than a quarter of Americans (27.9 percent) reported that they would not be able to cope with such an expense, while another 22.1 percent responded that they probably would not be able to come up with the money.
    • Next health hazard: Hackable medical implantsMSNBCJune 15, 2011Wireless electric medical devices are getting sleeker and smarter, but their security and privacy features are lagging behind.Security experts showed on Tuesday that an insulin system, consisting of a wireless insulin pump in combination with a glucose monitor — worn by hundreds of thousands of diabetics in the US — is vulnerable to hack attacks. Using off-the-shelf hardware, the user manual and publicly available information, the scientists tapped into information on the system — like insulin dosage and glucose readings. With the PIN access code of the device, they showed that they could also wirelessly control the dosage of insulin.  The FDA and device manufacturers are aware of such security issues. "The paper highlights some of the issues we’ve been talking about with the FDA," says Nathanael Paul, a researcher at the University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National Labs, who's also been working on security of medical devices like insulin pumps. Paul, a diabetes patient himself, says he has been on panels with the FDA and device manufacturers as early as March 2010, talking about the issue of insulin pumps. The insulin pump/glucose monitor hack isn't the first time a medical device has been compromised. Three years ago, another group of security researchers hacked into and took over a combination heart defibrillator and pacemaker, made by Medtronic, a manufacturer specializing in heart implants. At a research conference, the researchers showed that they could shut it down and reprogram it to deliver potentially lethal shocks — if the device had been in a person.
    • States considering online lottery salesUSA TODAYJune 13, 2011Going to the local convenience store to buy a lottery ticket might be the next common practice to give way to technology. Minnesota began offering online lottery sales in November, and a bill to allow online sales has passed through an Assembly committee in New Jersey. Other states are exploring the idea."All gaming operations, including state lotteries, are trying to move toward Internet gambling," says Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling. A total of 43 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands offer lotteries according to www.usa.gov.
    • 'Breastaurants' Ring Up Big ProfitsRestaurants that woo men with attractive waitresses, big beer selections & giant TVs are winning loyal customers--and raking in revenues. Entrepreneur Magazine - June 2011  Franchises inspired by the Hooters model--such as Celtic-themed sports bar chain Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery and faux mountain sports lodge chain Twin Peaks--have expanded rapidly over the last half decade, while corporate-owned chains like Brick House Tavern + Tap and Bone Daddy's House of Smoke are picking up steam regionally. In fact, for the next couple of years, this segment (often referred to as "breastaurants") is poised to be one of the fastest-growing restaurant categories.Sales figures for this specific niche aren't available, because they are lumped in with the broader casual dining segment--and numbers for the privately held companies aren't publicly reported--but sales at Hooters alone have increased in the last couple of years and average $1 billion annually.
    • To this day, Coca-Cola still imports coca leaves which are used to manufacture cocaine in the United States Thursday, June 09, 2011NaturalNews.com Approximately 100 metric tons of coca leaves are imported to the Stepan Company each year (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stepan...) under "special permission" from the DEA. Keep all this in mind when you consider the total fraud of the current "War on Drugs" and how young African American men are given ten-year prison sentences for pot possession while one of the largest corporations in America is actually importing leaves that are used to manufacture cocaine.Once the coca leaves are imported into the USA under these special permissions from the DEA, the cocaine is extracted out of the coca leaves. Coca-Cola doesn't use the cocaine, you see. There is no cocaine in Coca-Cola today.This brings up an obvious question: Where does all the white powder cocaine go if not to Coca-Cola? It turns out that this cocaine is sold to a St. Louis company called Mallinckrodt Incorporated.Mallinckrodt receives not only all the cocaine from the Coca-Cola imports, but also imports opium from India (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mallin...). In addition, this company also buys THC extracted from marijuana grown in the United States. So much for the War on Drugs, huh? It turns out if you buddy up to the DEA and federal regulators, you can make all the cocaine you want while buying opium and marijuana by the ton -- as long as you're a powerful corporation with ties to Coca-Cola and other wealthy organizations.More than a quarter ton of cocaine for "medicinal" use?It's a reasonable question to wonder where all this cocaine and opium ends up going after it arrives at Mallinckrodt. The official explanation is that it's for "medical use." But let's do the math on this and see if that explanation holds water.According to various websites that are readily found in any search engine, it takes roughly 300 grams of coca leaves to produce 1 gram of refined cocaine. This means that 100 metric tons of coca leaves (100 x 1000 kilograms, or 100,000 kilograms) can produce roughly 333 kilos of cocaine each year.Ask around... That's a lot of cocaine. Remember, too, that these are 333 kilos of cocaine approved by the DEA -- an agency which claims to be fighting a "war on drugs" but somehow grants immunity to Coca-Cola suppliers who are literally manufacturing hundreds of kilos of cocaine each year.All this brings up the obvious question: What is the Mallinckrodt company doing with 333 kilos of cocaine each year? Throwing a big annual Christmas party or something? It is impossible to imagine that 333 kilos of cocaine are being used for "medical purposes" unless you have a very loose definition of "medical purposes." Although this is pure conjecture, I wouldn't be surprised to learn if a significant portion of this was handed out to top DEA officials as bribes to pay them off and keep the cocaine operation running.
    • Report: Van derSloot gets girlfriend pregnant in jailJune 15, 2011Joran van derSloot, the principal suspect in the disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway in Aruba, is rumored to have gotten his latest girlfriend pregnant while imprisoned in Lima.The Dutchman is currently incarcerated at Castro Castro Jail while awaiting a murder trial for the death and robbery of Stephany Flores in June 2010.His new girlfriend, who is not identified, allegedly worked at a casino frequented by Stephany Flores and visits van derSloot’s cell to do “chores” and give him candy, which he uses to run a “lucrative” snack bar from his cell.The victim’s father, Ricardo Flores, saw van derSloot at a recent court hearing and said he expected to see a “miserable person.” Instead, he was shocked to see a ”fatso.”Ricardo Flores has asked jail officials to investigate the conjugal visits.
    • Roadkill: It's what's for dinner in IllinoisThe Prairie State passes a bill legalizing the use and consumption of furry mammals collected from state highways.Jun 07 2011 at 8:08 PM ESTMother Nature Network  But not anymore. In May 2011, the Illinois Senate passed a bill allowing permit-bearing citizens to scoop up roadkill for their own personal use (skinning, rendering, eating, etc.) as long as the beasts are fur-bearing mammals and are in season. Discussion around the topic pointed to the economy and how this will have a positive effect on everyone's wallet: free food/materials for those who need it, and time/budgetary savings for the state.
    •  Far out: Magic mushrooms could have medical benefits, researchers say– Wed Jun 15, 7:45 am ET The hallucinogen in magic mushrooms may no longer just be for hippies seeking a trippy high.Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine haveebeen studying the effects of psilocybin, a chemical found in some psychedelic mushrooms, that's credited with inducing transcendental states. Now, they say, they've zeroed in on the perfect dosage level to produce transformative mystical and spiritual experiences that offer long-lasting life-changing benefits, while carrying little risk of negative reactions.The breakthrough could speed the day when doctors use psilocybin--long viewed skeptically for its association with 1960s countercultural thrill-seekers--for a range of valuable clinical functions, like easing the anxiety of terminally ill patients, treating depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, and helping smokers quit. Already, studies in which depressed cancer patients were given the drug have reported positive results. "I'm not afraid to die anymore" one participant told The Lookout.The Johns Hopkins study--whose results will be published this week in the journal Psychopharmacology--involved giving healthy volunteers varying doses of psilocybin in a controlled and supportive setting, over four separate sessions. Looking back more than a year later, 94 percent of participants rated it as one of the top five most spiritually significant experiences of their lifetimes.More important, 89 percent reported lasting, positive changes in their behavior--better relationships with others, for instance, or increased care for their own mental and physical well-being. Those assessments were corroborated by family members and others.
    • A hoverbike! Chris Malloy of Australia claims to have built a functional hoverbike. Yes a hoverbike! Powered by 1170 cc engine is capable of lifting 270 kg off the ground. Expect this thing to be able to travel at upwards of 170 mph, and you can take it to 10,000 feet (or even higher). The machine is quite light, weighing only 110 kg when dry, thanks to a body made of carbon fiber and kevlar-wrapped foam. + More >>  
    • David Bowie, Simon and Garfunkel, Yoko Ono and John Lennon at Grammy Awards, Uris Theater, New York, March 1975.
    • Bill Clinton and Keith Richards leave the restaurant Craft in New Yory City after having dinner, June 7. 2011.
    • The Lost Rolling Stone PhotographsFew were closer to the Rolling Stones during their transformation into the world’s greatest rock n’ roll band than Bob Bonis, the tour manager for their U.S. tours between 1964 and 1966. While on the road with the Stones, Bonis snapped some 2,700 photographs of the band, which have been  collected in a new book by author Larry Marion, The Lost Rolling Stones Photographs.
    • Brian Jones and Keith RichardsBrian Jones and Keith Richards relax by the pool at the Fort Harrison Hotel in Clearwater, Florida, May 7, 1965. At this stop during their 1965 tour Keith laid down the five-note riff and lyric "I can't get no satisfaction" for the song 'Satisfaction'.
    • Though some believe that crossing your fingers originated as a sign early Christians used to identify each other, it really started much earlier. Before Christ, the cross was a sign of unity in Europe, and it was traditional for two people to make a wish by forming a cross with their index fingers -- one person made the wish, and the other added his mojo. The ritual eventually evolved into a do-it-yourself motion. Here: Sophia Loren crosses her fingers for luck on a movie set in 1961.
    • Angelina Jolie's Louis Vuitton campaign image revealedHollywood actress Angelina Jolie strikes a pose in Cambodia for Louis Vuitton's 'Core Values' campaign.13 June 2011So it IS true after all. After months of speculation that Angelina Jolie was set to star as the new face of Louis Vuitton, images have finally been revealed in WWD of the Hollywood actress in Vuitton's latest 'Core Values' campaign. Bare foot and smoky-eyed, Jolie is pictured reclining on a wooden boat in Cambodia - the country she fell in love with, and adopted her son Maddox from, after filming of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider there in 2000.By her side, her six-year-old monogrammed 'Alto' carryall bag; just out of shot, four of her six children who came along to the set and had to be 'shooed' away by photographer Annie Leibovitz.
    • EXCLUSIVE ONE-BEDROOM OVER-WATER BUNGALOW | BELIZE
    • CayoEspantois at Caribbean island Belize, it offers ultimate privacy and 5-star service. At the resort you can choose to stay at the exclusive and spectacular one bedroom, over-the-water bungalow named Casa Ventanas.This unique bungalow is the most intimate, romantic and most popular accommodation on the island. Guests are always enchanted by all of the sea life swimming right past or under the bungalow.
    • Jaguar C-X75Jaguar to make 250 of these and expected costo be between $700.000 & $900,000.
    • JUNE 14, 2011High Hopes at Miracle-Gro in Medical Marijuana Field Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. has long sold weed killer. Now, it's hoping to help people grow killer weed.In an unlikely move for the head of a major company, Scotts Chief Executive Jim Hagedorn said he is exploring targeting medical marijuana as well as other niches to help boost sales at his lawn and garden company."I want to target the pot market," Mr. Hagedorn said in an interview. "There's no good reason we haven't." Sales at Scotts rose 5% last year to $2.9 billion. But the Marysville, Ohio, company relies on sales at three key retailers—Home Depot Inc., Lowe's Cos. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.—for nearly two-thirds of its revenue. With consumers still cautious about spending, the retailers aren't building new stores as quickly as they used to, making growth for suppliers like Scotts harder to come by. Against that backdrop, Mr. Hagedorn has pushed his regional sales presidents to look for smaller pockets of growth, such as the marijuana market, that together could produce a noticeable bump in sales.Sixteen states have legalized medical marijuana, the largest being California and Colorado. The market will reach $1.7 billion in sales this year, according to a report by See Change Strategy LLC, an information data services company.While the report focuses on revenue from growers and dispensaries, Kris Lotlikar, president of See Change, said the market for companies selling hydroponic equipment and professional services is also thriving."We see very good growth for these types of companies as the medical-marijuana business grows," he said.Altered StatesTop US markets for medical marijuana, forecast 2011 salesCalifornia: $1.3 billionColorado: $244 millionMichigan: $53 millionMontana: $44 millionWashington: $29 millionSource: See Change Strategy LLCMarijuana use remains illegal under federal law, but federal raids on medical dispensaries have eased since President Obama took office. And while major public companies haven't openly targeted the market, in recent months medical-marijuana companies have sought money from venture capitalists and signaled future IPOs.Centennial Seed Co., a Boulder, Colo., medical-cannabis seed seller, is seeking $500,000 through a private offering. General Cannabis Inc., whose stock trades on the Pink Sheets, supports the medical-marijuana market with financial and Internet services.
    • POOP BURGER: Japanese Researcher Creates Artificial Meat From Human Feces06/15/11Some hardcore carnivores have a hard time finding meat alternatives such as soy protein or tofu burgers to be palatable. But non-meat eaters may lose their appetite along with their carnivorous friends over this one – a meat alternative made from HUMAN EXCREMENT. Yep, you heard me correctly — Japanese scientist Mitsuyuki Ikeda has developed a “burger” made from soya, steak sauce essence, and protein extracted from human feces. Hit the break for a video explaining the process!Would you eat a turd burger?inhabitat
    • World’s Most Pierced Woman Ties The Knot06/10/11 -  “For someone covered from head to toe in nearly 7,000 metallic piercings, one extra ring might not be anything particularly special. But the latest addition to Elaine Davidson’s collection could be her most cherished ring yet, as the world’s most pierced woman today married. Miss Davidson, who at a recent count had an astonishing 6,925 piercings, tied the knot in Edinburgh, where she lives and runs a shop. The 42-year-old was accompanied to a registry office in the Scottish capital wearing a white gown as well as pink and flowers around her hair. And for the special occasion she naturally kept her trademark piercings all in place, along with green, yellow and blue paint markings on her face.” w/ photos
    • Woman mauled by chimpanzee gets face transplant  Reuters June 13, 2011BOSTON (Reuters) - A Connecticut woman mauled by a chimpanzee in 2009 has received a full face transplant, the third surgery of its kind performed in the country, Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital said on Friday.Charla Nash, 57, was hurt after a friend's 200-pound pet chimpanzee Travis went on a rampage. She lost her hands, lips, nose and eyes, leaving her blind and disfigured after the attack. The animal was eventually shot and killed by police."To us, she's not a woman who was mauled by the chimpanzee," said Dr. BohdanPomahac, who led the surgical team."To us, Charla is a courageous, strong person who inspired the team to do everything possible using our collective expertise to restore her quality of life."Nash's face was rebuilt last month by a medical team of more than 30 physicians, nurses, anesthesiologists and residents in a challenging surgical procedure was made more complex by a double hand transplant.Working for more than 20 hours, the team replaced Nash's nose, lips, facial skin, muscles of facial animation and nerves.As part of the surgery, Nash also received teeth and palate from the anonymous donor.The hospital said the double hand transplant was successful, but the hands did not thrive after complications from pneumonia and were removed.Nash retained the use of the thumb on her right hand, that was intact after the attack. Doctors said they were optimistic another hand transplant could be attempted if a future donor is identified.As she recovers, doctors said they expect Nash to regain her sense of smell as well as sensation in her face. Her speech will be clearer immediately. Eventually, she will be able to smile, express her emotions and eat normally, they said.
    • NewsGOLDEN HOOKAH WINNER: Dope-Smoking, Menstruating Monkey Study Got $3.6 Million in Tax DollarsThursday, June 09, 2011By Christopher Neefus(CNSNews.com) - The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a division of the federal government’s National Institutes of Health (NIH), has spent $3,634,807 over the past decade funding research that involves getting monkeys to smoke and drink drugs such as PCP, methamphetamine (METH), heroin, and cocaine and then studying their behavior, including during different phases of the female monkeys’ menstrual cycles.The study also uses “interventions” as “treatment models” for monkeys who have been taught to use drugs.NIDA wins CNSNews.com's "What Were They Smoking Award"—symbolized by The Golden Hookah (see video)—for sponsoring an outrageous government spending program that sends taxpayer dollars up in smoke.
    • St. Louis woman awarded $95 million after former boss allegedly masturbated on herDAILY NEWS Friday, June 10th 2011, 1:03 PM A St. Louis woman who said she was hit on the head with her boss' genitals was awarded what her attorneys believe is the largest payout ever in an American sexual harassment lawsuit.Ashley Alford was awarded $95 million in compensation from The Aaron's Inc., a large rent-to-own furniture chain after she said the store failed to act after a manager allegedly assaulted her twice in one day, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch."This company has always denied responsibility and continues to deny its responsibility to its workers,“Judy Cates, who originally filed Alford's suit, told the newspaper.She told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the award was likely to be capped because of federal law and will be closer to $40 million, plus attorney fees.Alford claimed that the store's then-manager, Richard Moore, gave her inappropriate nicknames and touched her inappropriately when she first began working there in 2005. Nearly a year after she was hired, she claimed, he came up to her in the stock room and whacked her on the head with his penis. Then, later that day, he lifted her shirt and masturbated over her as he held her down, she said.He did not return to work after those incidents.Months before the final incident, Alford said she called the employee harassment hotline, but an investigator never got back to her. The suit also claims that she was denied a promotion for reporting the harassment.The company dismissed the award as a classic case of a "runaway jury.“"Aaron's is extremely disappointed with the jury's verdict and believes that the award does not accurately reflect the evidence that was presented in this case," said Chad Strickland, vice president of associate resources for Aaron's. "We feel strongly that this verdict is the result of a decision made by a classic runaway jury, and because of that we are confident that the damages will be greatly reduced. We intend to appeal the verdict and seek a fairer and more equitable outcome.“The company's net worth is estimated at $980 million, according to the suit. Its net profit in 2010 was $118 million.
    • Texas NewsMan dies while raping elderly South Texas woman Associated PressJune 13, 2011 REFUGIO, Texas (AP) — Investigators said a man has died while in the act of raping an elderly South Texas woman.The Refugio County Sheriff's Office identified the man as 53-year-old Isabel Chavelo Gutierrez. Sheriff's Sgt. Gary Wright said the incident happened June 2 after he rode two miles by bicycle from his home to that of his 77-year-old victim in the tiny coastal community of Tivoli.Wright said the 5'-7", 230-to-250 pound man sneaked into the woman's house and raped her at knifepoint.During the assault, he said he wasn't feeling well, rolled over, and died.Gutierrez' body was sent to the Nueces County medical examiner in Corpus Christi for autopsy.Gutierrez was a registered sexual offender on parole from a sentence for aggravated sexual assault and indecency with a child.
    • Osama bin Lothario: Terror chief 'was a sex machine who would vanish into the bedroom with his wife for days‘10th June 2011Osama Bin Laden was a sex machine according to his first wife Najwa bin Laden Osama bin Laden used to have sex with his first wife for days on end whenever he came back from waging Jihad.The former Al Qaeda leader would vanish into his bedroom with Najwa bin Laden upon his return and not come out until they had properly reacquainted themselves.  Asked by an interviewer to name her favourite time when living with the terrorist, she replied: ‘The sleeping time’.Najwa was the first of six wives of bin Laden and married him at the age of 17. They had ten children together but divorced before the 9/11 attacks.She was interviewed by U.S. investigative reporter Jean Sasson for her biography but the journalist yesterday revealed details which have not come out before.‘When I asked Najwa what her favourite time of day was, she admitted that it was "the sleeping time",’ Sasson said.She added that Najwa was not referring to actually going to sleep but ‘that’s when he (bin Laden) was giving her all his attention’.‘Omar (her son) said that when he was a child, Osama would come home from Afghanistan and take Najwa into the bedroom and they wouldn’t come out for days,’ she said.At the time of bin Laden’s killing, he was living with three later wives in a compound in Abbottabad in Pakistan where it has been reported that U.S. soldiers found herbal viagra.
    • Toy Company Introduces Anthony Weiner Action Figure13 Jun 2011, 9:15 AM EDTBy NewsCoreOXFORD, Conn. - A toy company known for producing action figures of US political figures was Sunday advertising its latest addition -- the Anthony Weiner doll.Herobuilders.com is offering two versions of the doll modeled after the New York Democrat who shot to fame around the world last week after admitting to having sent a lewd photo of his crotch to a Seattle college student on Twitter.The Weiner doll comes as a standard doll for $39.95 and an adults-only "anatomically correct" version for $49.95.Both figures are dressed in a T-shirt and gym shorts -- with the words "tweet this" printed on the shorts.For an extra $18.00 customers can add a toy BlackBerry for the doll to hold.The action figure goes on sale Monday.Weiner is not the first political figure to be turned into an action figure by Herobuilders.com.The company has also produced popular figures like President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin
    • Teacher's aide arrested for allegedly having sex with boy, 13, in Palmdale classroom June 14, 2011 |  6:50 pm L.A. NowA female teacher's aide was arrested Tuesday for allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old boy in an empty classroom at a Palmdale middle school.Holly Polson, 35, was booked on suspicion of four felony counts of lewd acts with a child and was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.In interviews with investigators, the boy said he had sexual intercourse with Polson during the last two weeks at Shadow Hills Intermediate School, according to Sgt. Brian Hudson of the department's Special Victims Bureau.Hudson told The Times that Polson had been tutoring the boy before and after school. Authorities were alerted after a relative allegedly discovered text messages from Polson on the boy's cellphone.Anyone with information in the ongoing case is asked to call (866) 247-5877. 
    • Japanese man arrested for collecting schoolgirls' salivaAgence France Presse, June 14, 2011 16:29 IST   Tokyo:  A 55-year-old jobless Japanese man has been arrested in Tokyo for having three schoolgirls spit out saliva and filming them in the process, police said today.Toshihiko Mizuno was caught in Tokyo yesterday on suspicion of "habitual indecency," which carries a penalty of up to one year in jail or a fine of one million yen (USD12,400), the Metropolitan Police Department said.Mizuno separately approached the three girls, aged nine and 10, in October and December last year outside apartment towers or in the street, saying: "I am doing research on saliva. Give me your saliva," an MPD spokesman said."He videotaped them as they spat out saliva. He also asked them to open their mouths and filmed their mouth interiors and tongues," the official said. "He has done so habitually to satisfy his sexual desire."Media reports, quoting police sources, said that Mizuno had approached about 4,000 young girls and managed to collect saliva from about 500 of them over 17 years in Tokyo and neighbouring Saitama.Police have found 26 videotapes at his home showing more than 200 girls, the Jiji and Kyodo news agencies said.
    • Court: Dad can paste daughter's face on porn photoSFGateSan Francisco Chronicle June 8, 2011 04:00 AM Thursday, June 9, 2011MILPITAS -- A Milpitas man who used a computer to paste photos of his 13-year-old daughter's head onto bodies of women in graphic poses shouldn't have been convicted of possessing child pornography because the pictures didn't show minors engaging in sex acts, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday.California's child porn ban, punishable by up to three years in prison, "requires a real child to have actually engaged in or simulated the sexual act depicted," said the Sixth District Court of Appeal in San Jose.The court said the law was intended to prevent exploitation of children. Interpreting it broadly to apply to computer-altered photos might violate the constitutional standard the U.S. Supreme Court established in 2002 when it struck down a federal law banning "virtual child pornography," sexually explicit images that were entirely computer-generated, the appellate panel said."Although we may find such altered images morally repugnant, we conclude that mere possession of them remains protected by the First Amendment," Justice Franklin Elia said in the 3-0 ruling.The court ordered a Santa Clara County judge to resentence Joseph Gerber, convicted in 2009 of possessing child pornography and furnishing drugs to his daughter. He was sentenced to 13 years and four months in prison.The court said the teenager's mother suggested to her daughter in 2008 that she work to build a relationship with the girl's father, Gerber, from whom the mother had been separated for about 12 years. During their visits over the next few months, the girl said, Gerber gave her marijuana, which she had used before, and cocaine, which she wanted to try. During one of the drug sessions, she said, Gerber asked her to pose for pictures and she agreed, but she burst into tears when he told her to strip to her underwear.She later told her mother, who called police. Officers who searched Gerber's home did not find photos of his daughter in her underwear, but saw pictures of her head superimposed on seven pornographic photos of women's bodies on a computer drive, the court said.Gerber was convicted under a law prohibiting possession of any photo that depicts someone under 18 "personally engaging in or simulating sexual conduct."Prosecutors argued that the altered photos depicted his daughter engaging in sex acts. But the court said the law's use of "personally" requires proof that a minor actually took part in those acts.The court also overturned two of Gerber's three drug convictions, saying the trial judge had instructed jurors on the wrong law. Prosecutors could retry those counts and could also appeal Wednesday's ruling to the state Supreme Court.
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