Save for different sources, they're all recursions for RIPE.NET ANY. Attempting to flood them out, no doubt.
The Cisco871W need was a red herring. I have several spare routers here but OOL "techs" suggested that all three of my 851s were bad so, to pander to them, I plugged in an 871W. It's the dumb things you have to do to appease idiots, I suppose. I wasn't about to go reconfigure an 1800 I have on the residential service to use on the biz connection. I use the 1800 only because it still has dual radios: 802.11a and 802.11b/g. The rest of the neighborhood has polluted the 2.4GHz band with their toy Linksys, Belkin and Netgear routers, wireless telephones and microwaves. Using spectrum analyzer, I only found a small 5GHz low power lobe making me about the only 5GHz consumer in the immediate vicinity.
Back to the issue at hand...
Why they're bothering me, I know not.
$ dig +recurs @OOLost.net ripe.net any
; > DiG 9.7.0-P1 > +recurs @OOLost.net ripe.net any
; (1 server found)
;; global options: +cmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER- opcode: QUERY, status: REFUSED, id: 29129
;; flags: qr rd; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 0, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0
;; WARNING: recursion requested but not available
;; QUESTION SECTION:
;ripe.net. IN ANY
;; Query time: 20 msec
;; SERVER: 24.xx.yy.26#53(24.xx.yy.26)
;; WHEN: Wed Sep 26 15:10:39 2012
;; MSG SIZE rcvd: 26