Saturday, October 13, 2018

Absentee and Early Voting

Yesterday October 9th was the last day to register to vote and the first day for County Clerk’s to mail absentee ballots.   The Lincoln County Clerk’s office has mailed out 474 absentee ballots as of today October 10th.   

Individuals may vote an absentee ballot in person at the Office of the County Clerk in Carrizozo as of yesterday but as a reminder our Early Vote Sites will open October 20th in Ruidoso at the Horton Complex and October 22 in Carrizozo at the Lincoln County Courthouse.     We encourage voters who may not be able to cast a ballot in person at one of our six Election Day Vote Centers to Early Vote at one of these two sites:

Horton Complex                                
237 Service Rd. Ruidoso
Tuesday thru Saturday   October 20th -- November 3rd     10 am to 6 pm

County Clerk’s Office
300 Central Ave. Carrizozo
Monday thru Friday    October 9th – November 2nd   8 am to 5 pm
 Voter Guides which provide information regarding the Constitutional Amendments and Bond Questions are available through the Lincoln County Clerk Office Website



Please feel free to contact the County Clerk’s Office at 575 648 2394 ext 6 if you need further information.   

Lincoln County Votes! 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Sunday movie in C'zozo library - Oct 14th

Creative Aging Notes - FYI

OCTOBER 10, 2018

Creative Aging’s September 28th meeting at Eastern New Mexico University – Ruidoso was a discussion of what is means to be mortal and how to die well.
 David Gerke and Dr. Clara Farah were the presenters and discussed Atul Gawande’s
 book Being Mortal. Three points were emphasized during the meeting. To know how
 someone wants to die, you need to ask him or her, then you need to respect those 
wishes. The ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life all the way to the end. 
What medicine can do often runs counter to what should be done. It is important to
 have a strong advocate during the end of life period. Small groups discussed how one
 should die then the 30 attendees came back together to share their ideas.
The next Creative Aging meeting will be held October 19th at 10:00 a.m. at ENMU-Ruidoso with a social hour beginning at 9:00 a.m. Refreshments will be served. The
 topic for discussion will be the new transportation system in Lincoln County. Cecile
 Kinnan will facilitate the meeting. Joe Hardin representing Z- Tran will present as will
 Dave Tomlin and Anthony Montes. The new county transportation system is up and 
running in Ruidoso and Ruidoso Downs. Part of the discussion during this meeting will 
be ways of expanding the coverage area. Another area of discussion will be attracting 
drivers with the necessary commercial driver’s license.

Creative Aging meetings are open to everyone and address topics of concern to our 
aging population. For more information contact Dr. Clara Farah at 575-973-7835 
or email her at

Saturday, October 6, 2018

voter deadline and FLU shots

  The deadline to register and vote in the upcoming 2018 General Election is October 9, 2018.  

Free Flu shots October 19 from 8-12 at Capitan clinic

Oct 11 Land Grants and Water Rights: Fighting Words in the Twenty-First Century? @ NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum

Land Grants and Water Rights: Fighting Words in the Twenty-First Century?

Thu, Oct 11, 2018, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, Dripping Springs Road, Las Cruces, NM

Land grants and water rights have been an integral part of New Mexico's history. The subject of intense debates, long and arduous discussions and disagreements, court rulings and legislation, land grant and acequia rights remain an ongoing issue in New Mexico today. Dr. Stephanie Beninato addresses the cultural, social, economic and political history as well as jurisprudence.

Dr. Stefanie Beninato is a long-time public historian, working on projects ranging from archaeological surveys to genealogy, land use and water law.

Friday, October 5, 2018

First Friday Program

On Friday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m.
come learn with Sid Goodloe 
Developing a Livestock & 
Wildland Ethic in Lincoln County 
Over a Century

For 62 years, Sid Goodloe has been owner-operator of the Carrizo Valley Ranch, 19 miles North of Capitan, NM. 

Sid and Cheryl Goodloe began implementing what was to become
Holistic Planned Grazing in the late 1960s. Carrizo Valley Ranch 
 began to divide paddocks, not using the cell approach, but by
 topography and water availability, and began noticing a general
 improvement in range condition and biodiversity.

Sids primary goal was to grow as much grass as the rain would 
allow and control erosion. This led to the realization that there were 
too many invading trees that were not only suppressing grass growth,
but causing sheet and gully erosion. It has taken 50 years to achieve 
that objective or goal and now the Goodloes are able to keep much 
of the rain that falls on the ranchon the ranch! 

The Goodloes have used a wide variety of vegetation manipulation 
methods to accomplish their landscape goal and sustain what they 
want to produce. They have included: chaining; dozing and piling; 
seeding; fire; hand grubbing; and herbicide. Their philosophy is to 
defer the riparian area during the growing season and flash graze 
during the dormant season. A lush riparian zone is also attractive to 
all forms of wildlife, and when combining that with uplands in near 
climax condition, fee hunting becomes a major player in the overall
profitability of the ranch.

Light refreshments will be provided following the presentation.

First Saturday of the month - $5 FOR A BAG OF BOOKS! 10 am to 2 pm

You could build a bookcave!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

BookClub - open your books and compare notes at

the next meeting on Thursday, October 4, to discuss the latest Masie Dobbs book:
 To Die But Once

At the last meeting we decided on a book for November: 
A Gentleman in Moscow

Writers: gather your pens/pencils/papers/laptops/etc and GO! to

the next meeting is Monday, October 8 at Capitan Library at 9.45 a.m.

at the NM Humanities Council - an enlightening journey through photographs


Don Bartletti's Pulitzer Prize Winning LA Times Photo Essay on Exhibition at NMHC 

Fri, Oct 5, 2018, 6:00pm
In the vast migration that’s changing the face of America, thousands of Central Americans annually attempt a harrowing 1,500-mile journey through the length of Mexico on the tops of freight trains.
Nearly all are visited by cruelty, hunger and fatigue.  Stowaways call the unscheduled train they run to catch “La Bestia” or The Beast.  Some are maimed or killed by the iron wheels.  In the states of Chiapas and Oaxaca, Mara Salvatrucha gangsters, corrupt immigration and police officers and opportunist citizens hunt them like animals.  By contrast, in the state of Veracruz trackside residents throw gifts of food, water and clothing to migrants as the train passes by. 
Among these migrants are children as young as 12 who travel alone.  Most are trying to find parents – usually mothers - who left them behind years ago to work in the U.S.  For children, the dream of reunification becomes the quest for the Holy Grail.  Success comes only to the brave and the lucky.
In 2003, Bartletti’s six-part photo essay in the Los Angeles Times, “Enrique’s Journey” was awarded a Pulitzer for Feature Photography.  Bartletti was the first U.S. photojournalist to document the ongoing Central American diaspora of children clinging to freight trains and their dreams of crossing into the U.S.
Bartletti has an interesting New Mexico connection, too. In 2003, he was assigned to photograph legendary New Mexico author, Tony Hillerman, for a Los Angeles Times Travel Section story written by Hillerman.  Bartletti will share with exhibit reception guests his wild adventure in the Sandia Foothills capturing the portrait of a New Mexico treasure.
“Enrique’s Journey” opens Friday, October 5, 2018 at 6 pm. The exhibit runs through December 28, 2018 at the New Mexico Humanities Council, 4115 Silver SE, Albuquerque. Visitors are welcome Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Enrique’s Journey exhibition is part of the "Democracy and the Informed Citizen" initiative, which is administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The series is aimed at deepening the public's knowledge and appreciation of the interconnections joining democracy, the humanities, journalism and an informed citizenry. 
Special thanks go to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its generous support of the initiative and to the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership. Thanks, too, to the City of Albuquerque's KiMo Theatre as a major sponsor of the series.
 Contact Info: (505)633-7370;

from Bookbub-book news: Coming: "We Were the Lucky Ones" TV show

Great news, historical fiction readers: A We Were the Lucky Ones TV show is now officially in the works! According to Deadline, Old 320 Sycamore will adapt Georgia Hunter‘s bestselling World War II novel for the small screen. Director and producer Thomas Kail — best known for his Tony award winning work on Hamilton, as well as Oliver Twist, Critical Hours, and Grease Live — is set to direct.
Since its publication in 2017, readers have raved about Hunter’s debut novel, which tells the story of a Jewish family separated by the horrors of World War II who struggle the survive and reunite. BookBub readers described the novel as “inspirational” and “informative,” and emphasized the importance of preserving this story. One reviewer wrote, “This is a story that NEEDED to be told,” with another reviewer adding, “As harrowing as it is to read about the atrocities of the Holocaust and each character’s journey after leaving the Polish ghetto, this story and others like it should be continually told for each generation. Bravo Georgia Hunter for getting it right… You are a beautiful writer.”
And what makes the novel even more special is that it was inspired by the tale of the author’s own grandparents. Kail, who is set to direct the We Were the Lucky Ones TV show, spoke of how, like so many fans, he was moved by the story:
“Georgia and I have been friends for almost 20 years. I remember, years ago, when she first mentioned her desire to illuminate this remarkable piece of her family history. I am overjoyed to be partnering with her to create a television version of this story that honors this incredible book.”
Georgia Hunter herself can’t wait to see the We Were the Lucky Ones TV show come to light. Hunter shared with Deadline:
“As both a friend and a fan, I couldn’t be more excited to partner with Tommy! I love his work, and I’m especially impressed by his ability to connect audiences to characters in the most human and genuine way possible. For him to put his signature touch on my family’s story is an honor and a thrill.”
As production begins, we look forward to learning more details about this historical adaptation, including casting, trailers, and release dates. And if you haven’t read We Were the Lucky Ones yet, now’s the perfect time to add it to your reading list!  By G.G. Andrew|

Monday, September 24, 2018

Register to vote!

Tuesday, September 25th is National Voter Registration Day!    The Lincoln County Clerk’s Office urges those residents of Lincoln County who have not registered to vote or need to update their registration to go online at and register now.   If you do not currently have a New Mexico Driver’s License but reside here in Lincoln County please call (1 800 687 2705 ext 6)or come to the Lincoln County Clerk’s Office and we will provide you with a paper Voter Registration Form.     The deadline to register and vote in the upcoming 2018 General Election is October 9, 2018.  

Turn out and vote to receive our new "I Voted in Lincoln County Sticker"!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018


Are you listening to me?
The theme of this meeting is to learn all we can about hearing loss, what it means, what to do about it, how to pay for it ,and that maybe it is not a very good idea to ignore it! Please bring all your questions and stories. 
Remember a potluck breakfast is awaiting. Bring a favorite food and maybe even a donation? We did well last month and we continue to be able to provide some foods and coffee, just not enough for everyone.
Friday, September 21. 9am breakfast, 10 program. Come early and sit up close if you can not hear well! 

Being Mortal book discussion by Atul Gawande will be held by Creative Aging at ENMU on Friday, September 28 at 3pm, #102.
Guest speaker is David Gerke. Refreshments will be served.
This discussion will focus around end of life decisions. It is not just about how people die, but what do they want when they die? 
Flyer attached. 
Personally I have learned a great deal from this book I find it empowering and helpful to alleviate some of my fears. 
Clara Farah, 575.973.7835.

Monday, September 17, 2018

OTHER book clubs favorite reads. Posted because they had TWO of my favorite books.

What is your book club currently reading, and how do you choose your next book?
Our book club is currently reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. We had read Rules of Civility by Amor Towles and the leader for the next meeting received many recommendations from friends in other book clubs for this book. The leader for the next meeting determines the next read — usually it is a recommendation from a reliable friend or family member, one they read and enjoyed, or from researching books that might be trending.
What are a few of your group’s all-time favorite books and why?
Most would say the very first book we read was their favorite — Moloka’i by Alan Brennert. The reason being that not only was it an interesting read, but all were able to escape to somewhere different and learn about culture and history that they had not been familiar with before.
Another book that had an impact was We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. Many of us had school-age children at the time or were teachers, and the story’s [depiction of the shooting’s] impact on parents, family, and the community was powerful. We read this book well before this type of thing seemed to be more prevalent.
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese was another favorite — similarly to Moloka’i, it was a great escape to another culture and a great story. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Steinhit a chord with the many animal lovers in our book club, and was also memorable.
What book sparked a particularly lively discussion? 
There have been many that sparked lively discussion, but this one stands out as one of our most recent reads — Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. [We had] conversation around how we would have handled a similar situation, the characters, and the outcomes. [There were] definitely varying opinions.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Sept 16 and 17

Monday: Sept 17 10 am to noon Medicare presentation.  Need to know what you need?  This presentation will help you.

Sunday, September 16 - 2:00 p.m.  Mike Katko, poet and author of two books, will speak at the Capitan Library

Mike Katko was a teacher, coach and yearbook developer for Capitan High School in 1988. He has also been a soldier, small business owner, construction worker, and a school principal with 17 years of experience, and the current Chairman of the State Board of Occupational Therapy for New Mexico. Katko is an avid skier, radio and public address announcer for high school sports. “Flunking” retirement, he is employed with UNM in Los Alamos as a Program Coordinator.

An aspiring writer of poetry, his “Skies and Other Poems” was published in 2012.  A soon to be released historical novel, “Big Medicine Pretty Water” will be explored. He lives with his wife of 30 years in Los Alamos, New Mexico and their dog, Bailey.

Katko will be reading from his book, “Skies and Other Poems” and previewing publicly for the first time, “Big Medicine Pretty Water.”

Books will be available for purchase.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

New Mexico Humanities Council series on FAKE NEWS. LOOK! It is our own Jim Spiri from Lincoln. He spoke at a Capitan Library program last year.

Fake News: Journalism Goes to Hollywood Film & Discussion Series

Sun, Sep 23, 2018, 2:00pm

Fake News! 
Journalism Goes to Hollywood Film & Discussion Series
September 23 . 2 pm 
KiMo Theatre . Albuquerque

Feature Film:  

Panelists: Dr. Kimberly Gauderman, Rick Kovak and Jim Spiri

The September Fake News: Journalism Goes to Hollywood feature film will be "Salvador," Oliver Stone's 1986 tale based on the real-life adventures of unconventional journalist Richard Boyle, who finds himself caught up in the vicious political strife in the Central American nation of El Salvador in the early `80s. 

Following the film, panelists Dr. Kimberly Gauderman, Latin American Studies professor, Rick Kovak, award-winning photojournalist, and Jim Spiri, freelance journalist and author, join Devin O'Leary, film critic for the Weekly Alibi, for a discussion on journalism following the film.

This FREE program is part of the Democracy and the Informed Citizen Initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.

Fake News: Journalism Goes to Hollywood is a film and discussion series hosted by Devin O’Leary, chief film critic at the Weekly Alibi. Following screening of the feature film, O’Leary and a guest reporter or scholar will explore how journalism is represented through cinema. The series examines the role of the press in democratic societies and invites the audience to engage in conversation with the guests about the future of journalism.
Fake News: Journalism Goes to Hollywood takes place once a month on Sundays at the KiMo Theatrein Albuquerque. The series runs through November. 
Devin D. O’Leary has served as the film section editor and chief film critic for the Weekly Alibi newspaper in Albuquerque, NM for 25 years. Last year, he took over as the paper’s managing editor. He has been the booker and host for Midnight Movie Madness at Guild Cinema since 2002. He was the founder of the Alibi Short Film Fiesta and served as its curator for 10 years. Mr. O’Leary spend the summer of 2008 in Hong Kong co-teaching a class on the history of Hong Kong film to a group of filmmaking students from New Mexico State University. He has written and produced four independent feature films here in New Mexico.
This FREE program is part of the Journalism, Democracy and the Informed Citizen series made possible by the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils.  The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry.
Sun, Sep 23, 2018, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Kimo Theatre, Central Avenue Northwest, Albuquerque, NM, USA
"Salvador," Oliver Stone's 1986 tale based on the real-life adventures of unconventional journalist Richard Boyle, who finds himself caught up in the vicious political strife in the Central American nation of El Salvador in the early '80s.
Dr. Kimberly Gauderman joined the University of New Mexico History Department in 1998. She teaches a variety of courses focusing on early and modern Latin American history. Reflective of her research interests and her concern for social justice and human rights, she also has served as an expert witness on country conditions in Latin American asylum cases since 2010. She works with attorneys across the country on behalf of refugees from the Andes and Central America. In her asylum work for El Salvador, she focuses on the impact of gender, sexual, and gang violence on women, children, and LGBTI persons.
For over 30 years Richard (Rick) Kozak covered the United States and the world as a photojournalist. The majority of those years were with the Washington Times Corporation. Honored for his excellence in photojournalism by the White House News Photographers Association, Kozak was awarded “Picture of the Year” in 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989 and 1990. He became Senior Staff Photographer in 2004 with Army Times Publishing, a Gannett Corporation Publication, covering the escalating war in Iraq. Wounded in 2005 while embedded with the military, he suffered a 30% hearing loss. He returned to the front lines with the Marines two days following his injury and over the next three years he would continue to return and cover combat areas in Iraq and Afghanistan.
After making several journeys to El Salvador between 1987-1989, Jim Spiri and his wife, Candi, published a photo documentary called, "In the Beginning....El Salvador". In 2007, Jim was invited in by the U.S. Marine Corp to spend time in Fallujah, Iraq, a well known hot bed of insurgent activity during the war years in Iraq. Eventually Jim embedded with numerous Marine units as well as Army units all over Iraq and across a number of areas on Afghanistan. He is currently planning a follow up journey to El Salvador to chat with members of the Army of El Salvador whom he came across in Iraq years ago. Some of Jim's work can be viewed at
Contact Info: NMHC at (505)633-7370 or KiMo Theatre at

Saturday, September 1, 2018

FREE clothing this weekend and next weekend

FREE CLOTHES & clothing accessories - Shoes, scarves, belts, etc

Friday & Saturday: Aug 31 and Sept 1
 Then Thursday - Saturday next week: Sept 6,7 & 8
Open Thursday 10-5:30, Friday 10- 4 and Saturday 10-2.
BUT remember, the N2SS supports YOUR Capitan Library, so feel free to donate something to show your appreciation for the Library AND the Not Too Shabby Shop!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

come in and sign up your garage sale site

Have you read it? Are you going to?


Have Bill Clinton and James Patterson Created a Best-Seller?

The president and the storyteller talk about their new book, ‘The President is Missing’

Bill Clinton and James Patterson sitting at a table.

President Bill Clinton and author James Patterson have collaborated on an action-packed thriller with a plot ripped straight from the political headlines.
A few years ago, a newspaper asked the novelist and publishing juggernaut James Patterson which writers he’d most like to meet. He replied James Joyce, Bill Clinton and Hunter S. Thompson. 
Within weeks, Clinton’s people reached out: The former president would be in Florida, where Patterson lives most of the year. Would Patterson like to meet him? “So we spent a couple of hours down in Boca Raton,” Patterson recalls. “And, I mean, who wouldn’t enjoy the hell out of that? It was an experience of a lifetime for me.”  
“I just wanted to meet Jim,” Clinton chimes in. “I read a lot of fiction, and a huge number of political thrillers — I mean, a lot. And I like a series, so I love his Alex Cross series. I love his Michael Bennett series, the idea of an Irish cop with 10 kids — I’m a sucker for that kind of stuff.”  
In 2016, when their mutual friend, superagent Bob Barnett, suggested they write a book together, the two men jumped at the chance. Their global thriller, The President Is Missing, hit shelves on June 4.
The gist of the 528-page, 128-chapter potboiler is that — spoiler alert! — a massive cyberattack, called Dark Ages, is about to be unleashed against the United States by parties unknown. The result would be catastrophic, shutting off all our power, wiping all computers, eliminating everyone’s wealth. Five terrible ticktock days ensue — featuring a high-level traitor, a female assassin, and all kinds of word and bullet battles, while the fate of the nation hangs in the balance. Can President Jonathan Duncan save America?  
The book should please the fans of both men and then some. Packed with action and the usual Pattersonian red herrings and blind alleys, it also retains a certain dignity, with a presidential voice of Clintonian timbre, no matter how much the two men deny that their fictional President Duncan resembles our 42nd commander in chief. Indeed, nerdy expositions on the details of cyberhacks, international diplomacy and even, yes, the Medicaid coverage gap ensure that readers will very much see the hands of both authors in the prose. 
AARP The Magazine executive editor William W. Horne recently sat down with the authors at President Clinton's office in Upper Manhattan. Clinton and Patterson, both 71, were friendly and assured, and the mood was buoyant, even exuberant. The book was essentially done and is super topical: The day before the interview, President Trump nominated the first female CIA director, Gina Haspel; the day after, the Trump administration accused Russia of hacking our power plants and electric systems. In Missing, the FBI and CIA chiefs are women and, yes, a certain superpower is messing with our water and other critical facilities.


Q: First, congratulations. I found your book to be a smart, twisty thriller — a terrific read and very contemporary.
Patterson: Don’t be afraid to put that right in the article. [Laughter]  
Q: How did the collaborative process work between you two?
Clinton: First of all, Jim’s the greatest storyteller in history. So he didn’t need my help to tell a story. Patterson: The president’s a great storyteller.Clinton: Well, I grew up in the last generation of politicians who were born without televisions, and with family members who were highly intelligent but without much formal education. All of my entertainment was storytelling. But Jim’s good like nobody else. So it was his idea that the president is involved in a crisis.  
If you would like to read more of the interview, go to:
Inside this interview - this is of interest!

Best Book for Young Kids

Clinton: I like that one you did, Big Words for Little Geniuses.Patterson: Yeah, Big Words for Little Geniuses — my wife and I wrote that. Everybody thinks their kids are geniuses. And, to some extent, they are, in the sense that they can always exceed what you think they can do, so the idea of an alphabet book where words are like “catawampus” … I think the best books I do are the kids’ books. I have one coming out in October. The Albert Einstein estate came to me — they wanted to do something that would really keep Einstein alive with little kids and be entertaining. And they gave me the name Max Einstein — it’s the only thing they gave me. And when I sat down to pitch the book, I said, “The first thing I want to tell you about Max Einstein is she’s a girl.” And they went, “We love it.” And that’s what it should be, because we’re still evolving in terms of women and science and math. So my hope for this book, and I’ll go around the world with it, is it’s going to turn kids on to science, it’s going to demystify it, it’s going to make it entertaining. And there used to be a time when half the scientists you met, they’d say, “How did you get turned on to it?” “By reading science fiction.” [Reading] is how you open brains up. 

Second Career: From Adman to Book Mogul

Q: We’re big on second and third acts at AARP, and you’re sort of a master of that, Jim, having given up a very successful career in advertising to write books. What advice would you give to people who are contemplating such a second or third act? 
Patterson: It’s a combination of, I think, “Be brave” and “Be realistic.” It’s like a kid wants to be a ballerina and she weighs 200 pounds. You could still be a dancer, you can love dance, just be realistic about it. At the same time, be brave, and don’t be afraid to try stuff. People get afraid of making fools of themselves. It’s like golf: “Oh, I don’t want anybody to see me hit a bad shot.” Who cares? I think realism has to play a part in it — just what is possible at what age, what your skills are. You should know your skills at that point. And ask: Is this going to be a job or is it going to be an avocation? Avocations are cool, too. 

Book Excerpt: ‘The President Is Missing’

Augie, a cyberterrorist-turned-U.S. ally, briefs President Jonathan Duncan (the “I” below) and a group of world leaders about a potential cyberattack dubbed Dark Ages.
The virus is essentially what you call a wiper virus,” says Augie. “[It] erases — wipes out — all software on a device. Your laptop computers will be useful only as doorstops, your routers as paperweights. The servers will be erased. You will have no internet service, that is surely true, but your devices will not work, either.”
Dark Ages.
“And backup files are no help,” says [Germany’s intelligence chief] Dieter Kohl, shaking his head. “Because you have infected them as well.”
“Of course. The virus has been uploaded onto the backup files by the very act of backing up the systems on a routine basis.”
“They’re time bombs,” I say. “They’ve been hiding inside devices waiting for the moment they’re called into action.”
“And that day is today.”
“Give us an idea of … ” [Israel’s Prime Minister] Noya Baram rubs her temples.
Augie begins to stroll around again. “Elevators stop working. Grocery-store scanners. Train and bus passes. Televisions. Phones. Radios. Traffic lights. Credit-card scanners. Home alarm systems. Laptop computers will lose all their software, all files, everything erased. Your computer will be nothing but a keyboard and a blank screen.
“Electricity would be severely compromised. Which means refrigerators. In some cases, heat. Water — well, we have already seen the effect on water-purification plants. Clean water in America will quickly become a scarcity.
“That means health problems on a massive scale. Who will care for the sick? Hospitals? Will they have the necessary resources to treat you? Surgical operations these days are highly computerized. And they will not have access to any of your prior medical records online.
“The economy in this country will screech to a halt. Entire industrial sectors dependent exclusively on the internet will have no means of surviving. The others will be severely compromised. The impact will inevitably lead to massive unemployment, an enormous reduction in the availability of credit, a recession the likes of which would make your Depression in the 1930s look like a momentary hiccup.” 
“The United States will be vulnerable to attack in ways it has never been before,” he says. “Your military defenses will be at 19th-century levels against enemies with 21st-century capabilities.”