To follow up on this ... About two hours later, I received a whole batch of her replies all at once, and then my reply back to her was held up for about another half-hour. Weird stuff. WhatsApp messages are typically delivered nearly instantaneously.

The word "compassion" has experienced quite a twist in meaning this year.

Apparently, it is now "compassion" when you use your legislative power to lock up low-risk offenders for decades.

Also, it is now "compassion" when you use your prosecutorial power to lock up low-risk offenders for decades.

However, it is no longer "compassion" when you use your executive power to release low-risk offenders locked up for decades.

Interesting. ๐Ÿค”

Read into this what you will ... I was just having a WhatsApp conversation with an acquaintance in China. As soon as the conversation started to turn to coronavirus statistics, the conversation went cold. My messages just stopped going through. It could just be a coincidence, like a bad connection on her end or something, but the timing is suspicious. ๐Ÿค”

@Shufei This reminds me of a fun story.

Once upon a time it was illegal for US amateur stations to make contact with their Cuban counterparts.

One day a US station hears a Cuban station down on HF (I forget what band). US station says to his buddy "It's a real shame we're not allowed to talk to Cuba because I'm hearing <callsign> 59 here."

Cuban station then says to nobody in particular "It's a shame we cannot talk to the US because I hear <callsign> 59 here."

No regs were broken that day.

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