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BUSH WENT AWOL - YOU CAN TOO!
* GENOCIDE INEVITABLE.  In the last one hundred years, governments have
  killed about 170 million people. The "Maximum Power Principle" and
  evolution theory explain why this is so, and why the "peak" in global
  oil production (est., 2005) must lead directly to a new generation of
  global wars with billions killed. Pow! http://dieoff.org/page193.htm
* What the War God Needs - Money, babes, and drugs.
  http://www.lewrockwell.com/wallace/wallace91.html
* ARMAGEDDON LOBBY trying to hurry up God (He needs US
  help) http://againstbombing.com/ArmageddonUpdates.htm
* DEITIES ANNOUNCE OPPOSITION TO UPCOMING IRAQ WAR. Kathmandu, Nepal. (UP)
  Spokespersons for the Group of Deities (GOD), a coalition of divinities
  sacred to many major and minor religions, issued a statement proclaiming
  the opposition of those deities to the upcoming war in Iraq.  But due to
  death-threats received by GoD, the individual deities supporting the new
  statement have requested anonymity.  "With the development of radical
  new military technologies, our members fear for their existence," said
  a disguised spokesperson at a press conference in the Nepalese capitol.
  Goddam! http://news.google.com/news?num=100&hl=en&safe=off&q=oppose+war
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WHAT NEW WORLD ORDER?
* ANTHRAX AS A CANCER TREATMENT - and you thought it was just for
  terrorists - WRONG! http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/2643223.stm
* IRAQ CAN JAM GUIDANCE OF U.S. SMART WEAPONS - so we'll have to
  nuke'em til they glow: http://www.rense.com/general33/ussmart.htm
* REPORT: U.S. HUMAN RIGHTS POLICY HURTS TERROR FIGHT - but who reads
  reports? http://abcnews.go.com/sections/us/DailyNews/homefront.html
* TAP IRAQ'S OIL - U.S. considers seizing revenues to pay for occupation:
  http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/ny-usoil0110,0,3745888.story
* U.S. Fears Web Leaks: http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1105-981057.html
* U.S. Fears Iraqi Hackers: http://www.politechbot.com/p-04327.html
* WHAT EXISTENTIAL ANGST? Constructive Moping for the Downtrodden.
  Relax - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/InTheShadows/message/48066
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BACK TO THE USUAL SKEPTICISM
* Creationist Museum Acquires 5,000-Year-Old T. Rex Skeleton.
  TULSA, OK_In a major coup for the growing field of creation science,
  the perfectly preserved remains of a 5,000-year-old Tyrannosaurus
  Rex were delivered Monday to Tulsa's Creationist Museum of Natural
  History. http://www.theonion.com/onion3901/creationist_museum.html * Fighting The Fear Factor - Local scientists are quietly working to give
  UFO sightings a measured look and lend legitimacy to those who spot them
  even if they turn out to have been under mind-control at the time. Yow.
  http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/01/12/CM200763.DTL * GOODNESS GRACIOUS, GREAT BALLS OF STONE - Were Costa Rican Spheres
  Ancient Receivers? http://www.100megsfree4.com/farshores/dy16.htm
* TV REPORT SPARKS OCCULT FEARS IN GERMANY - more to worry about...
  http://www.dw-world.de/english/0,3367,1432_A_758280_1_A,00.html
* Arizona Pyramids! http://azorion.tripod.com/article_frames.htm
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* "The war against war is going to be no holiday excursion or
  camping party." --William James, "The Moral Equivalent of War"
  http://www.constitution.org/wj/meow.htm
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Saturday, January 11, 2003 03:02 p.m. P.D.T.

Ric Carter's
RIVER RAT SCRAP BOOK #1

SONOMA COWNTY (SCNA): This has been a bumper year for the firewood crews, what with all the downed trees, but now it's late in the season and about all that's left is apple, not the greatest stuff for those 29°F nights, but it's cheap [$150/cord] and worth every damn penny. * * * We've had the rain soak the soil thoroughly, sending ants up into every house around, and now the cold snap is driving the Sasquatches down from the hills - a trio were found dumpster-diving behind the Goonieville Safeway and could only be enticed away with dollops of squirrelburgers and hashish. A sticky confrontation was avoided. * * * The strong winds a couple weeks back played havoc with the Scartop Ranch spread over on Cazadero Ridge. A 150-foot redwood crashed down onto their meth cooker, 16 grow-lights were destroyed, and a hen with her tail to the wind laid the same egg nine times. Quite a mess. * * * After a flash-flood in the March 1995 storm took out the Crippled Gulch bridge on Upper Sweetwater Ridge Road, the county roads dept. put up a DANGER - BRIDGE OUT sign. But since then nobody's gone over the edge, so last week they took the sign down. * * * A few days ago KEITH RICHARDS showed up in Comptche for a recovery party for some old friends there. It's reported that he was around back of their sand-candle shed, heeding nature, when he was struck by a Mendocino Brown rattlesnake. Medical help was called immediately, but it was no use - within a half-hour, that snake was dead. * * * KEITH later said: "(sniff) Any bug that ever bit me, died. (sniff)"

Ric Carter's RIVER RAT SCRAP BOOK Russian River & Redwood Coast News

Up here in the Russian River Ridges, banana-slug country supreme, the riverrat town of Goonieville [er, Guerneville] used to hold an annual SlugFest with music, booths, etc, and a cooking contest judged by local DJs. Since discontinued. Bother. Anyway, at one of the later Fests, a food entry was submitted, Banana Slug Cream Pie, consisting of live sluggies in a graham-cracker shell covered with whipped cream. And a brave yet insane woman, judging the contest, actually tasted this, becoming AFAIK the only known human to voluntarily eat live banana slugs. And smile. Grimly. Now G'ville sticks to its Leather Festival, and here in Forestville we've adulterated Poison Ivy Days with berries and wine, and it's just not the same. At least in Joshua Tree they still do their Desert Tortoise Races on 4 July. Ric "I'll take that slug al dente, please" Carter, ric@sonic.net

Ric Carter's
RIVER RAT SCRAP BOOK #2

Not long after I moved to the River, we had two 100-YEAR FLOODS in two months. Now there's less crap left to wash away. Except propane tanks. SONOMA COWNTY (SCNA): A six-year-old boy was suspended from school in Windsor for a month for bring unauthorized drugs to class. He was caught trying to share-around his Flintstones Vitamins during his first-grade class's Ritalin dispensing period. An appeal for rein- statement has been filed with the Dept. of Futility Dept. * * * SC 5th Dist. Supervisor ED REILLY is hosting a series of flood-relief seminars at the Goonieville Community Center for victims of the Rio Nido mudslides. The first session is for those who have already been evacuated; the second, for those wishing to be evacuated before the next storm; and the third, for those whose neighbors will do anything to have them evacuated, forcibly if possible. * * * Plans to pave the Russian River from Windsor to its mouth at Jenner, possibly with a multi-level freeway to be built atop the channel, have been halted due to a lack of gravel available from the Kaiser quarry above Trenton. All the gravel was washed away in the recent floods. * * * Rafting season on the Russian River begins soon, and shark-spotters in Goonieville, Hacienda and Forestville are already wiping binoculars in anticipation of another glorious year of bloody carnage. At the mouth of Austin Creek below Cazadero it's expected that pumas will also make a fair catch of "raft-rats". Last year a number of French, German and Japanese rafters/kayakers contributed to the upkeep of our carnivores. * * * Wary locals canoe here surrounded by mannikins on surfboards as bait.

Ric Carter's
RIVER RAT SCRAP BOOK #3

SONOMA COWNTY (SCNA): Folks at the north end of Rockpile Road were surprised to find their ranches moved across the county line by last week's slippage of Buckeye Mtn. Mendocino County tax assessors have been unable to arrive yet, due to the mysterious disappearance of the Elkhorn Road access, so reevaluation of those properties will likely have to wait until the weather clears and the slippage stops. * * * Sonoma County 5th Dist. Supervisor ED REILLY quickly filed a formal complaint with his Mendo. County counterparts, claiming that their overnight annexation of the relocated Rockpile Road area violated state provisions for the equitable distribution of gasoline tax funds. No hearing date has been set yet. ED is sharpening his machete. * * * A joint DEA/BATF task force stormed the Scartop Ranch spread over on Cazadero Ridge last week. Three acres of sinsimella were confiscated, along with two flare pistols, a smudge pot and a Mexican War cannon. The hens were so frightened that they've started laying cammo eggs. * * * Eckankar recently moved their offices out of the small building on Farmer's Lane they've long shared with the John Birch Society. The local EckMeister said he could no longer stand the "weird" people constantly looking for the American Opinion Bookstore and asking for manuals on explosives, false IDs, net hacking and the Illuminati. * * * Gearing up for the coming electoral season, the county Republican Party has relocated their campaign headquarters to the Grog Shop on Santa Rosa Ave. The county chairwoman had no comment on the move. * * * The largest brass-domed Buddhist temple on Tin Barn Road was struck by lightning several times yesterday. Three novitiates claimed to have been rapturously enlightened, and moved out. No damage was reported. * * * The barber in Stewart's Point reports increased head-shavings lately.

Ric Carter's RIVER RAT SCRAP BOOK Russian River & Redwood Coast News

*** U.S. has warmest, wettest Jan.-Feb. ever The first two months of 1998 were the warmest and wettest on record for the lower 48 U.S. states, based on 104 years of weather data, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday. "These record-breaking statistics are generally consistent with both a strong El Nino and climate model projections of a continuing trend toward a warmer and wetter world as greenhouse gases continue to increase," said Tom Karl, senior scientist at the NOAA's Climate Prediction Center. The national average temperature during the January-February period was 37.5 degrees F, compared with a normal 32.1 degrees, the NOAA said. The previous record was 37.0 degrees in 1990. Ric "just passing it along" Carter, ric@sonic.net

Ric Carter's
RIVER RAT SCRAP BOOK #4

SONOMA COWNTY (SCNA): March is finally shaping up, as months go. A raingage north of Willits has recorded precipitation on every day of 1998 until this week. Now the blooms and potholes abound, and we seem to be drying out - or, the El Nino-driven rains might cycle through for another month or two. Pick your forecaster and take your chances. * * * DAVE McGAINLY's ranch above Horseshoe Cove is sinking. DAVE says that his house, barn, curing shed, garden and leachfield have all subsided at least two feet in the last 2 weeks. He attributes this to "the edge of the continent breaking off and falling into the ocean, just like in THE LAST DAYS OF THE LATE GREAT STATE OF CALIFORNIA. It's starting, and we'd better bail out while we can!" * * * Community opinion on McGAINLY's plight is mixed. Your reporter gathered these responses from customers at the Stewart's Point Store: * R.S., Stewart's Point: "He's nuts. He's always been nuts." A.M.G., Tin Barn Rd.: "He's got bad Fung Shui, his buildings are all oriented wrong, the earth spirits are reclaiming that place." A.V., San Francisco: "How much will he sell out for?" G,. Fisk Mill: "Dude, he's just downhill from my outflow, with the chems I'm putting out I'm surprised his whole ranch hasn't dissolved or levitated by now. Hey, you want a quantity of righteous crank?" F.N., Sea Ranch: "Horseshoe Cove? Where's Horseshoe Cove?" D.W., Gualala: "Don't say that! I've got five properties listed around there, and they'll never move if these rumors... Say, you're not going to print this, are you. Oh sh!t. You better not!" D-M.S, Fort Ross: "That's happening all over now. Best get ready." * * * The pride of Sasquatch reported in Goonieville a few days ago have been seen in the Austin Creek park area heading north, and not a moment too soon according to the G'ville homeless community. "Those buffs [Big Ugly Fat F*ckers] were scamming the dumpsters before any of us people could could get to'em," groused one permanent transient. * * * A new pirate radio station has gone on the air, broadcasting from the vicinity of the old Boy Scout camp near Cazadero, and can be heard around 1650 KHz most nights when the wind isn't too strong for the balloon holding the antenna wire up. If you hear Grateful Dead music played backwards and NOAM CHOMSKY lectures, that's probably it. * * * A gaggle of killer geese escaped from the Exotic Farmworks compound on Ross Valley Road near Graton and headed west into the hills. Two were found impaled on hybrid long-spine opuntia at the Great Occidental Desert And Devensive Perimeter Nursery. An unnamed source at GODDPN said, "We usually get a few birds and squirrels stuck in the Pain & Terror bushes, but these are the first geese we've seen here. They looked like they was stalking the quail." * * * The carcass of a grainfed calf was found nearby, with goose-droppings.

Ric Carter's
RIVER RAT SCRAP BOOK #5

DISPATCH FROM SONOMA COWNTY (SCNA): Davey's Tree Service is finishing up the last of the limb-trimmings and trunk-truncations for damage from the winter storms. The sounds of their powersaws is fading into the distance; and since the summer crowd of tourists hasn't driven in yet, this is the quiet season on the Russian River. 'Til May. * * * Reminds me that last October I drove through Roswell NM looking for ETs etc. but the only aliens I saw were Japanese, French and German. I guess I caught them at a stopever along their annual migration route from California to wherever. * * * River sharks still haven't put in their appearance at Johnson's Beach in Goonieville, as it isn't canoe season yet. But a few were seen whipping around their spawning grounds on the upper forks of Russian Gulch, and they seem excessively fast. GONZO from Scartop Farms on Caz Ridge thinks he might flushed a bit too much meth into the Gulch drainage during the last BATF raid. "With the quality we've been getting, those boogers'll be a bitch to evade," he opined. * * * The 5th annual Turf'N'Surf Suicide Bike-a-thon is set for the 2nd weekend of April - tough twisty roads from Healdsburg to Stewart's Point to Jenner to Forestville to Healdsburg. The boys down at Club Forestville are already sharpening their Ben-Hur hubcaps and dreaming of the spandex pelts they'll bag this year. 'Muck' MacGEUN still brags of the 5-header he scored along Wolf Creek in '95. "And I'd'a made it 6 if that dwarf hadn't hit the water," he said, downing another mickey of white port and taking aim at a passing unicyclist. * * * Old-timers in Sonoma Cownty still mourn the passing of the Brass Ass Saloon, with branches in Cotati and Montgomery Village, and the annual Ass-To-Ass marathon run between them. The optional Half-Ass one-way run was especially popular, with the last arrival winning a full keg. * * * People driving past the old quicksilver mine on Sweetwater Springs Road at night report sounds of activity from the condemned site. UFOs are suspected, although locals say it's just the Kobolds returning. * * * As the water level receded in the Laguna de Santa Rosa last week, the wreckage of SISTER SUE, a salmon boat out of Half Moon Bay reported missing in January, was found under the Occidental Road viaduct. Investigating Sonoma Cownty sheriffs were disappointed at not having any suspects to shoot. No salvage rights have been claimed yet. * * * This is probably the end of the storm-reports season. Just as well.

Ric Carter's RIVER RAT SCRAP BOOK Russian River & Redwood Coast News

There is (maybe) a project I'll be working on Real Soon Now - I've gathered up a lot of free mapping data, and I have the warez to massage it, to this end: I'll build a 3D view of the Russian River Valley, with the River at its normal level of 10 feet - flood level around here is 35-40 feet - and then I'll run simulations showing the effects of flood stages of 40, 50, 60 feet etc. And THEN I'll leave the river where it is, and raise the sea-level, simulating a SERIOUS melting of icecaps, and see at what point my town becomes a seaport - Port Forestville CA. And THEN I'll expand the view to cover all of the greater Bay/Delta region, Cloverdale to King City, Placerville to Porterville, and see what submerges simultaneously. New fjords, bays, islands, peninsulae, all with a wave of my hand, some incantations, etc. SUCH POWER!!! Think I'll drown L.A. too. No loss... Everyone, send me your coordinates and elevation [borrow someone's GPS receiver if you have to] and I'll tell you how much Global Warming is needed to set you afloat. Or I may just vector something your way...

Ric Carter's
RIVER RAT SCRAP BOOK #6

SONOMA COWNTY (SCNS): Those of us with old leg and other fractures are all groaning tonight, so another low-pressure system must be moving in. We can hardly wait until summer, so we can complain of droughts and fire conditions instead of our aching breaks and fungus farms. * * * ED "Mucho Minnows" MINKOWSKI, the honorary mayor of Comptche, walked into Dave's Cycle Repairs & Hog Heaven and picked up a crank assembly that DAVE had just finished welding. Then he put it down again, very quickly. DAVE grinned, "Burned yourself, didn't ya." "No," replied Hizzonner, "it just don't take me very long to inspect 'cycle work." * * * An underground faction of the Cloverdale municipal gov't voted last night to dynamite the recently-completed section of US 101 that totally bypasses the town. Support expected from the Chamber of Commerce was not forthcoming, as the CoC closed its doors last week due to lack of business. Nobody was around to notice. * * * "F*cking Cloverdale is gonna dry up and blow away" said Ms. HARMONY SUNSHINE of the Geyser Ridge Llama Commune, "and just in time - those town scum have been overcharging us for EVERYTHING, for YEARS. Now their karma's caught up with'em, and they can all kiss Kali. Ommm..." * * * The Sasquatch pride reported in Goonieville awhile back is suspected of crossing Anderson Valley near Boonville on their way north. The dumpsters behind Boontling Liquors and Ozone Organic Foods were over- turned yesterday, and KEN "Kahuna" KIRBY's prized Hawaiian Koa wood surfboard appears to have been chewed up. KIRBY guesses that he shouldn't have used so much hemp oil in the board's finish. * * * Comptche is buttoning-up in anticipation of the Sasquatches' arrival.

Ric Carter's
RIVER RAT SCRAP BOOK #7

All day long now I'm munching carrots. Busy busy busy. * News from Sonoma Cownty(r) - 25 June 1998 * * Musicians, technicians, audiences, pushers and surveillance teams are already gathering near Lobelia Ampitheatre west of Cazadero for the Ft.Ross FVD Benefit Concert and Hash-Brownie Bake Sale this weekend. A record crowd is anticipated, and the Goonieville Sheriff Substation holding pen has already been expanded with a circus tent [redolent of amyl nitrate] confiscated during the Russian River Rodeo and Leather Fest just last weekend. Deputies call this a lucky coincidence. * A giant squid, a huge white sperm whale and several harpooned Orcas were found beached on the sandbar at the mouth of the Russian River yesterday morning. Tracks detected in the sand indicate at least one peg-legged person left the scene. Sheriff's deputies and auxilieries conducted a hovel-to-hovel search in the nearby hamlet of Jenner but found nobody unimpaired enough to have walked that far. The thorough investigation will continue until the FRVFD concert begins Saturday. * Deputies responded to a disturbance at the Pink Elephant Tavern in Monte Rio last night. One man, a drifter swinging a pointed stick and cursing, was taken into custody. His identity is unclear; "Call me ISHMAEL" is all he would say. A public defender has been appointed. * The X-treme Sports Skateboard Giant Luge competition scheduled to take place on Hwy.29 down Mt.St.Helena was called off as organizers failed to deposit the proper funds in the Napa-Lake Peace Officers Benevolent Ass'n account. Due to a lower bid from the Sonoma County Sheriff's Retirement Fund managers, the event will be held on Geyser Peak Rd. * UFO sightings on Mt.Jackson have diminished in recent weeks. ·Previous===>·


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