12 February 2019 is Darwin Day. It’s also Lincoln’s Birthday (US) and Georgia Day (US state of Georgia). It’s the date of Thomas Campion’s birthday (“When Laura Smiles,” “I Care Not For These Ladies”), though I assume that was on the Julian calendar rather than the Gregorian calendar in use today.
It appears that the U.S. Congress has reached a deal with itself to prevent another partial government shutdown, though I haven’t seen the details. That’s where the devil likes to hide, according to proverbial lore, so I suppose we’re in for some satanic rumbling, but I’d like to think that our elected leaders can rise above it. I don’t believe that, please note; I’d just like to think it.