The defeat of the tobacco tax increase is a perfect example of how brainwashed we are as a people. The tobacco lobby here in California did a great job promoting this defeat with saturation ad-bombing of the populous. What is beyond imagination — though maybe not anymore — is how willing people are to vote in favor of something that kills them while allowing tobacco profits to continue without an additional tax. I suppose if tobacco can get away with it, then we will also continue thinking that the military signifies bravery and honor. Only a holographic make-believe society can honor two types of killing and not bat an eye.