Psychologists highlight pitfalls of online dating

They weren’t able to find a single rigorous study showing the effectiveness of the algorithms, and other research suggests it’s extremely difficult to predict the likelihood that a relationship will succeed before two people meet.. “But you can spend a zillion hours studying profile after profile and, at the end of that Herculean effort, how much closer are you to knowing if there’s a romantic spark?”

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“Don’t assume that more time spent browsing profiles is going to improve the odds of meeting someone who is really compatible,” he says. “Don’t focus on evaluating that person,” he says. “Can you laugh with that person? Can you feel simpatico with that person?”

As Finkel puts it, “There’s probably never going to be a substitute for getting two minutes from another person across a cup of coffee.”

One of the weaknesses of online dating is an over reliance on “profiles,” the researchers say. By 2009, 22 percent of heterosexual couples and 61% of same-sex couples reported meeting online, one survey found.

That’s partly because daters don’t always know what they want in a mate — even though they generally think they do. The review stresses that websites are a valuable resource for daters — as long as a person doesn’t put too much stock in the profiles or matchmaking claims.

Single people have more options than ever before, as websites such as Match.com and eHarmony have dramatically widened the pool of potential dating partners. Studies suggest that people often lack insight into what attracts them to others (and why), and therefore the characteristics they seek out in an online profile may be very different from those that will create a connection in person, the review notes.

“Pretty much all of online dating works through profiles,” says Finkel, an associate professor of social psychology at Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois. The sheer number of options can be overwhelming, and the ease with which people can sift through profiles — and click on to the next one — may lead them to “objectify” potential partners and compare them like so many pairs of shoes.

Thanks to the proliferation of online dating, would-be couples are now almost as likely to meet via email or a virtual “wink” as they are through friends and family.

Finkel, for one, advises online daters to identify promising partners and move the conversation off-line as quickly as possible.

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Instead of poring over more profiles and comparing height, weight, occupation, and interests, send a note to a potential date suggesting you meet for coffee or lunch (in a public place), and use that time to get to know the other person, Reis says.

In 1992, when the Internet was still in its infancy, less than 1 percent of Americans met their partners through personal ads or matchmaking services. It allows people access to potential partners they otherwise would not have,” says Eli J. People tend to read too much into emails and other online conversations, which increases the potential for misunderstandings and disappointment, they point out.

“Online dating is great. Although most dating websites feature photos and detailed, searchable profiles covering everything from personality traits to likes and dislikes, this information isn’t necessarily useful in identifying a partner, Finkel and his coauthors write.

To make matters worse, Finkel and his colleagues say, these algorithm-based services may encourage a counterproductive “destiny” mindset that prizes initial compatibility over other factors that are important to the long-term health of a relationship, such as the social and economic support individuals offer each other, or their ability to cope with stressful life events.

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Dating websites may warp a person’s outlook and expectations, according to a new review

One of the weaknesses of online dating is an over reliance on “profiles”

The abundance of profiles online also may make daters too picky and judgmental

“Not only is there no scientific evidence, despite the claims, [but] my team of co-authors have become pessimistic that there could ever be in principle an algorithm that could match people well based on the approaches these sites take,” Finkel says.

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“Online dating creates a shopping mentality, and that is probably not a particularly good way to go about choosing a mate,” says Harry Reis, Ph.D., one of the review’s authors and a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, in Rochester, New York.

Communicating via email or instant message before meeting in person doesn’t always cure this problem. Finkel, Ph.D., the lead author of the new review, which was commissioned by the Association for Psychological Science and will appear in the February issue of the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest. Some online communication is a good thing, the researchers say, but too much of it can skew expectations and ultimately sabotage a match. “However, specific things the online dating industry does [do] undermine some of its greatness.”

Some services, such as eHarmony and PerfectMatch.com, claim to minimize the guesswork involved in online dating by using mathematical algorithms to match couples according to various traits — including, in one case, the ratio of index- to ring-finger length (said to be a marker of testosterone levels).

“Certain sites promise much more than they can deliver, and by inducing people to search for that perfect soul mate, they may actually be undermining the very thing [people] most want,” Reis says.

None of this, however, means that online dating isn’t a good way to meet people. But that may have a downside. According to a new review of online dating written by a team of psychologists from around the country, dating websites may warp a person’s outlook and expectations in ways that can actually lower the chances of building a successful relationship.

The abundance of profiles online also may make daters too picky and judgmental, the authors say. “Be as quick and haphazard as you want with that process, because it’s not meaningful.”

The shopping mindset may be efficient online, but when carried into face-to-face interactions it can make daters overly critical and discourage “fluid, spontaneous interaction” in what is already a charged and potentially awkward situation, Reis and his coauthors write.

The authors of the review are skeptical of these claims

Rihanna Goes with Blackface for New Video; Also Imitates Slash (VIDEO)

but then, so was releasing “Russian Roulette” as the album’s first single.

Anyways, it’s certainly one of the stranger vids to come down the pike in awhile:

. How to remedy that? Evidently by employing (ironically, one presumes) blackface.

Performing in blackface has been out of favor for, oh, 50 years or so, but that hasn’t stopped Rihanna from doing just that for her new music video, “Rockstar 101,” as seen below.

Oh, and she’s also now got a harp on her behind. The symbolism is, er, somewhat hard to decipher …

The tune itself isn’t much to brag about, but it does feature former Guns N’Roses guitarist Slash — and so R manages to work in a visual impersonation of the top-hatted axe-slinger as well.

The singer’s album Rated R hasn’t quite been the blockbuster that everyone thought it would be, coming off the Chris Brown abuse, the high profile collaborations with Jay-Z, and the general interest in seeing her become the new queen of RB divas

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Forjatt defends Jebel Ali Mile title by slimmest of margins

The race looked over but the eventual runner-up would not yield so easily, fighting back and nearly prevailing on the line.

Forjatt defends Jebel Ali Mile title by slimmest of margins

When the result of the photo was announced and Forjatt entered the winner’s enclosure he enjoyed a raucous reception from the ever enthusiastic Jebel Ali crowd.

The Doug Watson-trained Diwaan (Echo of Light) was forced to work hard to win the 1950 meter conditions race, driven to the front close home by Pat Dobbs to register the pair’s fourth consecutive victory this season. With about 200 meters left Murphy asked his mount to quicken and the bay gelding did to pass Silver Galaxy. “To win this race two years running for Sheikh Ahmed is pretty special.”

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Forjatt became the second horse to win the Jebel Ali Mile in consecutive years and third to win the race twice in total.

Forjatt was settled in midfield but his young jockey, Oisin Murphy, who always looked confident while obviously determined not to get to the front too soon. Salem Al Ketbi and his team at Al Asayl have been in good form with their Purebred Arabians and opened their Thoroughbred account for the season with Brazen (Kyllachy) in a 1600 meter handicap. The plan was to challenge as late as possible because my fellow is a true miler, whereas Silver Galaxy stays a lot further.

It was the latter, trained on the track by Dhruba Selvaratnam for racecourse patron HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, whose nostrils were in front when it mattered by the narrowest of margins.

Forjatt was one of three winners on the card for connections who had already combined with Dormello (Dansili), the very smooth winner of an 1800 meters conditions race in which the pair were always traveling well behind the leaders and, once Murphy asked for his effort, they shot clear to win easily. “Gobooll has improved dramatically this season and can hopefully build on this in handicap company.

“To be honest, I though Forjatt was beaten on the line so was delighted when the result was announced,” Selvartnam remarked. Never far off the pace, he quickened to the front about 300 meter out and never looked likely to be caught.

Jebel Ali’s biggest race of the season, the 1600 meter Jebel Ali Mile (UAE-G3), produced one of the track’s closest finishes of the campaign with Silver Galaxy (Galileo) and defending champion Forjatt (Iffraaj) crossing the line locked in battle on Friday.

 

“It has been a great afternoon and the horses are running well,” Selvartnam said. Ridden by Tadhg O’Shea, he made virtually all.. The treble was completed by Gobooll (Invincible Spirit) in a 1400 meter handicap. “I knew it was very close but was pretty confident we were in front when it mattered.

“That was an amazing reception from the crowd and it has been a great day.”

The 1000 meter Jebel Ali Sprint Trial, the final event on the card, was won impressively by Muarrab (Oasis Dream), trained by Musabah Al Muhairi and ridden by Paul Hanagan for his main employer, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

“I thought I had won,” Murphy said

A Dictionary Of Horse Racing Terms

Comments such as ?we will only run if we get that?, or ?he will only run if its soft? and ?he?s only good on good ground? are all well worth noting.

Finally it?s important to note that some courses hold rainwater better or worse than others.

Even more practical for National Hunt, gelding can prevent the extreme discomfort experienced by ?entire? horses when jumping over hard fences, historically made from birch.

Sometimes differences are noted on different parts of the course I.e. It is arguably THE most important factor in determining a race day favourite.

Comments including ?likes some cut on the ground? or ?likes some give underfoot? should be carefully noted.

National Hunt racing would not work without geldings, who are much admired by racegoers, regardless of stud decisions made by prejudiced breeders.

One obvious financial argument against gelding is that after winning a major, a colt is instantly worth millions to big stables or stud syndicates.

For example at the time a newspaper or formbook is printed the going for any given race may indeed be good, but by the time of the race, heavy rainfall may have changed it to soft or heavy.

GREYS

Other horses prefer to race when the mud is flying and the formbook will note such horses as being a ?confirmed mudlark?.

Still other horses don?t like soft conditions at all and need good going, the formbook will state ?needs the top of the ground?, while some prefer really firm going eliciting descriptive comments such as ?likes to hear his hooves rattle?.

Whereas ?The Arkle? who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1964, 65, and 66, was valued at the same price the day after the races as he was the day before.

A remarkable front running Grey, Desert Orchid, was an outstanding public hero between 1983 and 1991, dominating the jumps arena with 34 wins from 70 starts.

Irish horses intended for chasing are gelded automatically at an early age.

Most chasers are in fact geldings.

Timeform, the Racing Post, and the newspapers publish plenty of good information about the going. A horse becomes less temperamental due to the shift in hormonal balance, which occurs with all neutered animals, including humans.

Greys account for only 3% of the entire horse racing population, but this ratio gives no indication of their overall popularity, particularly in the National Hunt theatre.

Advance forecasts in newspapers and the formbook advertise the state of the ground for a race meeting.

If you have access to the pre-race paddock inspection you should try to note whether the back or ?hind? hoof coincides or overlaps with the point where the front hoof has been.

One should always examine the weather forecast for a meeting as an essential adjunct to basic form study, and one should know a horse?s preference for a particular type of going.

The ?going? is therefore uniformly accepted as essential by trainers, and their running intentions for their horses.

However, it may be seen that vice versa, a late change of going can transform certain losers into possible winners.

? Hard

? Firm

? Good to Firm

? Good to Soft

? Soft

? Heavy

Foaled in 1704 and brought to England via Constantinople by Sir Robert Sutton, all thoroughbred ?grey? horses can be traced back to the original ?Alcock Arabian?.

This feature is a sign that a horse will gallop well, and the horse is referred to as a ?Good walker?

?Soft with heavy patches? in the formbook indicates muddy patches.

In many cases where the going has changed dramatically at the last minute, then a horse with a differing preference to the current going may be withdrawn.

The outcome of a race is significantly dependent on the state of the going. There are a variety of reasons behind this seemingly rather harsh practice.

GOING

For a long time, many big flat races were not open to geldings, but this has now changed with most of the classics now being opened up to them.

By taking a horses mind off sex it becomes more amenable, and calm. Going: Round course, soft. After gelding, horses are generally regarded as being easier to train and concentrate more readily on their racing.

For example at Newmarket the ground rarely reaches worse than soft. Straight course, good to soft.

GOOD WALKER. Good ground or good to soft are almost always the state of the going irrespective of rainfall on the Rowley mile in spring through to autumn.

Assessing the state of the going falls to the Clerks of the Course, who are open to severe criticism when their assessment is questionable.

Recent advances in science have allowed the art of poking the ground with a stick to become far more scientific with the introduction of a dubiously titled device known as the ?penetrometer?.

GELDING

After being castrated a male or colt horse is said to have been ?gelded?

Alibaba IPO timing bodes well for Casino’s Cnova listing

“This will naturally bring about a recycling of money. Alibaba’s IPO is expected to price on Sept. People will make money with the Alibaba IPO, then cash out some of the gains and buy into another case,” the second source said. Cnova remains “well off the benchmark” Amazon.com Inc, and its marketplace business, a fee-based business with much higher returns and margins than e-commerce, because it is smaller relative to peers, he noted.

The Cnova IPO intends to combine Casino’s e-commerce assets into an international holding company while maintaining the efficiencies of its joint e-commerce and bricks-and-mortar business. 18.

Amazon arrived in Brazil earlier this year with its Kindle e-reader, and eBay Inc is launching a site in Portuguese this week for Brazilian consumers. peers since growth at Casino’s online operations is lagging behind. “Many people are active because of Alibaba deal – it’s an anchor that will help lure more people” into trades like Cnova.

SAO PAULO, Sept 16 (Reuters) – The frenzy around Alibaba Group Holding Inc’s initial public offering this week is giving a boost to Casino Guichard Perrachon & Cie’s plans to list its e-commerce unit in the United States by January, bankers and analysts said.

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The Alibaba deal, which could fetch more than $22 billion, should add firepower to the listing of Cnova, Casino’s platform with over $4 billion in annual sales in France, Brazil, Colombia, Thailand and Vietnam, just as major rivals expand their global reach. (Editing by Todd Benson and Bernard Orr)

Monteiro expects Cnova to price its IPO at a discount to Chinese and U.S. The timing of Alibaba’s listing “couldn’t be better” for the Cnova transaction, the source added.

Zia Wigder, head of research of consultancy firm Forrester, said the Alibaba IPO poses no threat to other e-commerce IPOs, especially in countries where the Chinese giant is not dominant.

Both sources declined to be identified because of regulatory restrictions related to the IPO plan.

. According to Grupo BTG Pactual analysts led by Fabio Monteiro, shares of two Casino subsidiaries in Brazil – whose online businesses will be run by Cnova – could have relevant upside thanks to listing.

The Cnova IPO is expected to happen between December and January, two sources with direct knowledge of the plan said. Analysts expect Cnova’s IPO to benefit from the earlier listings of Alibaba and Chinese rival JD.com Inc in May.

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Considering sales equivalent to 1 time to 1.5 times enterprise value – a gauge that accounts for a company’s market capitalization plus debt minus cash – shares of supermarket chain GPA SA could rise up to 18 percent, and those of home appliance retailer Via Varejo SA up to 31 percent, Monteiro said.

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Revenue at GPA’s online unit was $2 billion last year, while Casino’s e-commerce division, Cdiscount, booked 2013 sales of about $2.1 billion in France.

The decision to list Cnova on the Nasdaq will lure the world’s best technology investment firms into the trade, the first source said

Book Review of Francis Willughby’s Book of Games

Some highlights include a few backgammon variants, famous card games such as one and thirty, hannikin canst abide it, gleek.

Francis Willughby’s Book of Games was unfinished at the time of his death, and remained in a pile of notes until some scholars stumbled across them and the book was finally published in 2003, over 300 years after it’s writer died. It gives a glimpse into what they consider fair, and so much more. The importance of the Book of Games went unnoticed for centuries. Researching, and recreating historical games is a passion of mine, I enjoy it immensely, this is one of my all time favourite resources for games of the late medieval period. I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys playing games.

The book contains details on how to play a variety of games, from board games, to card games, to sports, to a variety of children’s games. Willughby was 37 at the time of his death, much of work unfinished, most of his papers were gathered up and kept by the Royal Society a club of sorts of scientists and naturalists.

Games and past times is an area often overlooked by historians, but it is important to understood how people play to understand their culture. When finally the papers were read by David Cram, Jeffrey Forgeng and Dorothy Johnston they knew the book had to be finished and published.

Carson-area teen kills himself while playing Russian roulette, police say

His name was not immediately released, but KTLA reported he was a football player at Carson High School..

The boy, who lived with his older brother and sister-in-law, was taken across the street to County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The shooting occurred just after midnight at the Harbor Cove apartments in the 900 block of West Carson Street, Deputy Kelvin Moody said.

A 17-year-old boy shot himself to death early Monday during a game of Russian roulette at an apartment in the unincorporated area west of Carson, deputies said.

Two youths with him in his bedroom, reportedly young cousins, pleaded with him not to do it, but the teen put the gun to his head anyway and fired.

Detectives said the boy pulled a .38 Special revolver and said he was going to play “Russian roulette, a game that involves placing one round in a revolver, spinning the cylinder, placing the gun to the player’s head and pulling the trigger.

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Family members became scared when the incident occurred because they did not know how the teen obtained the gun and threw it out. Deputies recovered it at the apartment building.

Eight family members and friends were at home, either hanging out or sleeping, KCBS reported.

The boy’s death was ruled an accident

Conrad Murray sentencing: Michael Jackson’s mother says ’4 years is not enough’

Go. Go. Jackson, was unintentional and an enormous tragedy for everyone affected,’ defence attorneys wrote in their sentencing memo.

Speaking to KTLA, she said: ‘Four years is not enough for someone’s life. Go. Dr Murray abandoned his patient.’

The children were not in the courtroom and their statement was read by lawyer and family friend Brian Panish ahead of the sentencing.

She continued: ‘Four years won’t bring my son back, but that’s the law. Murray’s insurance policy,’ Judge Pastor said. ‘He is neither, he is a human being who stands convicted of causing the death of another human being.

Murray’s attorneys were relying largely on 34 letters from relatives, friends and former patients to portray Murray in a softer light and win a lighter sentence.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore told CBS News Murray’s sentence is automatically reduced to two years under Assembly Bill 109.

The doctor or his attorneys never explained in court why he recorded the impaired singer six weeks before his death.

Going down: Dr Conrad Murray turns to the courtroom audience after he was sentenced to four years in county jail for his involuntary manslaughter conviction in the death of pop star Michael Jackson on TuesdayGoing down: Dr Conrad Murray turns to the courtroom audience after he was sentenced to four years in county jail for his involuntary manslaughter conviction in the death of pop star Michael Jackson on Tuesday

‘(We lost our) father, best friend and playmate.’

‘Even worse than failing to accept even the slightest level of responsibility, (Murray) has placed blame on everyone else, including the one person no longer here to defend himself, Michael Jackson.’

Jermaine Jackson, who was by his mother’s side as the family exited, echoed her remarks to waiting reporters.

In court: The doctor was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor in Los Angeles, CaliforniaIn court: The doctor was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor in Los Angeles, California

‘We have to be phenomenal. They also want him to pay restitution to the singer’s three children.

Murray did not openly react as he was sentenced after the trial, which has given the most detailed account yet of Jackson’s final hours.

Conference: Reporters work on the floor as Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley speaks to the media with the prosecution team surrounding him after Murray was sentenced to four years in jailConference: Reporters work on the floor as Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley speaks to the media with the prosecution team surrounding him after Murray was sentenced to four years in jail

Children: Prince, Blanket and Paris Jackson appear onstage at a 'Michael Forever' concert in October 2011Children: Prince, Blanket and Paris Jackson appear onstage at a ‘Michael Forever’ concert in October 2011

‘There are those who feel that Dr Murray is a saint and there are those who feel that Dr Murray is the devil,’ Judge Pastor said. ‘It was designed to record his patient surreptitiously at that patient’s most vulnerable point.’

David Walgren, prosecuting

Nicole Alvarez, Murray’s girlfriend and mother of his son, disagreed. I’ve never seen nothing like this. He’s the greatest entertainer in the world.”‘

Judge Pastor and prosecutors called Conrad Murray a ‘danger to the community’, slamming Murray for playing ‘Russian roulette’ with the singer and using him as an ‘experiment’.

Scene: Conrad Murray, pictured second left, discovered his fate at a court in Los Angeles on TuesdayScene: Conrad Murray, pictured second left, discovered his fate at a court in Los Angeles on Tuesday

Prince, Paris and Blanket Jackson

Michael Jackson’s mother has spoken out about the maximum four-year involuntary manslaughter sentence handed down to her son’s former doctor today, insisting it is ‘not enough’.

Murray declined to testify in his trial but was in a documentary in which he said he didn’t consider himself guilty of any crime and blamed Jackson for entrapping him into administering the propofol.

Jackson’s three children – Prince, Paris and Blanket – said they lost their ‘father, best friend and playmate’.

‘The practice of propofol for medicine madness, which violated his sworn obligation, for money, fame prestige and whatever else may have occurred.’

‘Yipes. ‘Talk about blaming the victim. ‘Yipes,’ he said. It followed Jackson’s tragic death in June 2009.

Judge Pastor said one of the most disturbing aspects of the Grenada-born physician’s case was a slurred recording of Jackson from the doctor’s mobile phone.

Murray’s trial was closely watched by Jackson’s fans in the courtroom, on social networking sites and via live broadcasts online and on television.

But it did reveal the ambition of the entertainer who burst on the scene as a baby-faced member of the Jackson Five in the 1970s.

‘That tape recording was Dr. So the judge gave him the maximum, so I thank the judge and I thank the prosecutors and I think everything went well.’

Ms Alvarez said that Murray has been ‘mournful for the past two years.’

‘Dr Murray has been described as a changed, grief-stricken man, who walks around under a pall of sadness since the loss of his patient.’

Hearing: Michael Jackson’s brothers Randy and Jermaine Jackson were also pictured arriving at the court

But although the judge imposed the maximum sentence, Murray may serve less than two years behind bars because of jail overcrowding in California.

It’s unlikely that Murray can pay any sizeable sum, including the $1.8million cost of his funeral.

Katherine Jackson, leaving the Los Angeles courtroom, thanked the prosecutors and Judge Michael Pastor for delivering justice after the six-week trial that saw Conrad Murray sentenced for her son’s death.

Speaking out: Matriarch Katherine Jackson, leaving the Los Angeles courtroom, thanked the prosecutors and Judge Michael Pastor for delivering justice after the six-week trialSpeaking out: Matriarch Katherine Jackson, leaving the Los Angeles courtroom, thanked the prosecutors and Judge Michael Pastor for delivering justice after the six-week trial

‘Dr Murray has been described as a changed, grief-stricken man, who walks around under a pall of sadness since the loss of his patient, Mr Jackson.’

Judge Pastor was enraged by Murray saying he felt betrayed by Jackson. It’s amazing. I thought the judge was very, very fair and I thank him.’

Prosecution lawyers

The trial left questions about Murray’s treatment of the star with an operating-room anaesthetic as he battled chronic insomnia.

Judge Pastor said he took 35 letters of support from Murray’s family and friends into consideration. The judge said his botched treatment of the star was ‘an insult to the medical profession’ and a ‘horrific violation of trust’.

Murray, however, will be required to serve all of his halved sentence, minus 47 days he has already served, he said.

Heart-wrenching: Conrad Murray's probation report contains a victim statement from Jackson's mother Katherine, who says his daughter Paris was crying on the day of his death, saying: 'I wanna go with you'Heart-wrenching: Conrad Murray’s probation report contains a victim statement from Jackson’s mother Katherine, who says his daughter Paris was crying on the day of his death, saying: ‘I wanna go with you’

A prosecution demand for Murray to be fined $100million to pay restitution to the children for the projected earnings of his 50 lost O2 Arena concerts was delayed for another hearing on January 23.

Outside court: Michael Jackson’s sister La Toya Jackson and mother Katherine Jackson arrive at court in L.A.

‘Dr Murray engaged in a recurring, continuous pattern of deceit and lies. It’s amazing. Not only is there no remorse, there is outrage and umbrage from Dr Murray.’

Drug: Deputy district attorney David Walgren holds a bottle of propofol found at Jackson's residenceDrug: Deputy district attorney David Walgren holds a bottle of propofol found at Jackson’s residence

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‘When people leave this show, when people leave my show, I want them to say, “I’ve never seen nothing like this in my life. He’s the greatest entertainer in the world”.’

Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor

‘The defendant has displayed a complete lack of remorse for causing Michael Jackson’s death,’ prosecutors wrote in a filing last week.

‘This crime occurred on June 25, 2009 but we know that the defendant was playing Russian roulette with Michael Jackson’s life every single night (for two months),’ David Walgren, prosecuting, said.

Murray showed no emotion when he was convicted. Go. Not only is there no remorse, there is outrage and umbrage from Dr Murray.’

‘Even worse than failing to accept even the slightest level of responsibility, (Murray) has placed blame on everyone else, including the one person no longer here to defend himself, Michael Jackson.’

Four: Fans of the Jackson including Eddie Jones, third right, president of the Los Angeles Civil Rights Association, hold up four fingers for the number of years Murray was sentenced to jail forFour: Fans of the Jackson including Eddie Jones, third right, president of the Los Angeles Civil Rights Association, hold up four fingers for the number of years Murray was sentenced to jail for

‘Dr Murray created a set of circumstances and became involved in a cycle of horrible medicine.

Jackson’s comeback attempt came after he had been pushed into obscurity.

Despite his acquittal of child molestation in 2005, Jackson went into seclusion, leaving his lavish manor Neverland Ranch and moving to the Middle East and Las Vegas, where he first met Murray.

‘There is no question that the death of his patient, Mr. Go. ‘Dr Murray abandoned his patient,’ he added, saying Murray showed ‘absolutely no sense of remorse’.

Jailed: Conrad Murray blows a kiss in the courtroom audience after he was sentenced to four years in prisonJailed: Conrad Murray blows a kiss in the courtroom audience after he was sentenced to four years in prison

Remembered: A June 2009 photo shows the Jackson star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California, USA, adorned with flowers and notes from fans from around the worldRemembered: A June 2009 photo shows the Jackson star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California, USA, adorned with flowers and notes from fans from around the world

‘This crime occurred on June 25, 2009 but we know that the defendant was playing Russian roulette with Michael Jackson’s life every single night (for two months).’

The singer’s mother Katherine and several siblings routinely attended the trial, and members of the family cried after Murray’s verdict was read in court. Go. When people leave this show, when people leave my show, I want them to say, “I’ve never seen nothing like this in my life. She told TMZ that Judge Michael Pastor’s decision to give him the maximum sentence was ‘ridiculous,’ especially since the judge said Murray didn’t show any remorse.

‘One hundred years is not enough,’ he said.

Memories: A young boy performs a Michael Jackson impersonation outside court – with the trademark glove

But she said the jail time would never bring her son back to life – as it emerged that Murray is likely to only serve half his sentence.

Tough day: Kathy Hilton, mother of Paris Hilton and lifelong friend of Jackson, was pictured outside courtTough day: Kathy Hilton, mother of Paris Hilton and lifelong friend of Jackson, was pictured outside court

Fan groups were at the courthouse vying for the few public seats made available for the sentencing.

‘We have to be phenomenal,’ he was heard saying about his ‘This Is It’ concerts in London.

The letters and defence filings describe Murray’s compassion as a doctor, including accepting lower payments from his mostly poor patients.

He was deeply in debt when he agreed to serve as Jackson’s personal physician for $150,000 a month and the singer died before Murray received any money.

Murray told detectives he had been giving the singer nightly doses of propofol to help him sleep as he prepared for a series of comeback concerts.

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He left his practices to serve as Jackson’s doctor and look out for his well-being, but instead allegedly acted as an employee catering to the singer’s desire to receive propofol for sleep.

His attorneys contended throughout the case that Jackson must have given himself the fatal dose when Murray left the singer’s bedside.

Doctor: Conrad Murray showed little emotion today as he was sentenced in a Los Angeles court for involuntary manslaughter after a six-week trial, left – and was later pictured in a jail mugshot, right

Murray blew a kiss to his family and supports as he was led out of court. I’ve never seen nothing like this. It won’t bring him back but at least he got the maximum. He stressed they were not seeking ‘revenge’.

Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor

Michael Jackson

Prosecutors cited Murray’s statements to advocate that he receive the maximum term. Prosecutors said the men’s relationship was corrupted by greed.

Defence lawyers

During Murray’s trial, a jury heard a slurred recording of Jackson found on Murray’s mobile phone.

Murray, 58, was jailed today for ending the life and career of one of pop music’s greatest entertainers.

Defence lawyers were pushing for probation for the cardiologist in Los Angeles, saying he will lose his ability to practice medicine and likely face a lifetime of ostracism.

Six-week trial gave most detailed account yet of star singer’s last hours

Court has heard how Murray used operating-room anaesthetic for insomnia

He gave singer propofol to help him sleep as he prepared for concerts

Propofol is supposed to be used in hospitals and has never been approved for sleep treatments, yet Murray acknowledged giving it to Jackson then leaving the room on the day the singer died.

Star: Despite his acquittal of child molestation in 2005, Jackson went into seclusion, leaving his lavish manor Neverland Ranch and moving to the Middle East and Las Vegas, where he first met MurrayStar: Despite his acquittal of child molestation in 2005, Jackson went into seclusion, leaving his lavish manor Neverland Ranch and moving to the Middle East and Las Vegas, where he first met Murray

‘Dr Murray engaged in a recurring, continuous pattern of deceit and lies,’ the judge said. Talk about blaming the victim. But he showed no mercy to the doctor, who sat stone-faced throughout the hearing in a grey suit and patterned purple tie.