Media - Always been gossip etc but most people were famous in their own locality.
With National Media, TV channels (many devoted to rubbish) and the Internet, people become known much wider. The Village idiot is now the Global Village idiot, although it is interesting that the village is usually in Essex.....
I often watch the opening episode of Big Brother, dancing on ice etc just to make sure that I don't know any of the 'celebrities'. The fact I don't know them is a source of comfort to me. The day I know them all is the day I will seek professional help for having gone mad and started watching and reading rubbish
People have always cheated in cycling I was just doing the same.
Blimey - there have always been murderers but doesn't mean I should go out and kill my neighbour.
No worse than the East German 80's drugs approach. Er well actually I don't see a lot of difference.
Ok so East Germany was communist and did it for State reasons. USA is capitalist and does it for money. East Germans didn;t always know what was going on and if they did were forced into drug taking by coaches, state machine. Lance Armstrong knew exactly what he was doing and bullied others.
Note I said USA above rather than Lance Armstrong.
The good thing about this is that USDA took him down because up until now with Armstrong in cycling, Balco in Athletics and a number of other areas, the USA is looking like the new Drugs cheat country in the world and needs to clean up rather than going to WADA and complaining about the BOA life ban.
I agree on the Arithmetic point. Tha ability to do that is something everybody needs. Algrebra, trignonometry and calculus is more specific.
Instead the GSCE tries to make sure that you get a C if you can add up etc and then the rest gives you the higher grades.
I remember using pythagoras theorem to explain to some kids at the County Schools why the Long jump is measured perpendicularly into the pit rather than from the centre of the board. i.e. if you land near the edge ot the pit you have to measure it straight out even if you have to extend the take-off board sideways to do it.
If you measure from the centre then you would get a greater distance if you jumped to the side which is fine except everybody would try it and end up landing out of the pit and injuring themselves!