The murals in Cuba remind me of the mural my little rural town has painted in its efforts to revitalize some of the rundown buildings. At first I thought it was a little tacky, but now I kind of like it. I just hope they don't let it start peeling. Yikes!

That's interesting about the different sentiments toward the military in the US and Canada. I don't have a ready explanation, but I suspect that part of it is ingrained in our cultural mythology. People often say that America is an idea based on its founding documents and values. A sort of vaguely Roman civil religion in which duty, honor, and sacrifice are celebrated (or used to be). Despite the rise of 'victimhood culture', many americans, especially in more conservative areas, still practice these communal values, and I'd include celebration of military service and sacrifice among them. I don't get the sense that it's normally about power or jingoism, but more about pride and purpose. But I don't have anything to back that up with. Just my observations.

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