Last Earth Distro

  • Best of 2015: The Cascadia megaquake – 3 experts weigh in on what to expect


  • indigenous dried corn recipe from


         Kind of not supposed to be sharing these things with non-tribal members; but I've come to respect the people in this community and know this is not the place where people will misuse cultural traditions or use the secrets of the land for ill purpose. Here is one of the oldest recipes for drying corn we Lenape (Delaware) have used for time immemorial. (When it's done they sort of look like corn flakes, but reconstitute well to be used for various purposes.) You don't want to dry it on a screen or cheesecloth because you want the juicy mealy stuff to dry as part of it not drain away. Lots of nutrients in that stuff.
         "Kahapon. Dried corn. Traditional way to keep and dry corn for later use. Corn in the milk stage. Pinch the growing corn and the juice is milky and runny. Grate and grind the Xaskwim off the cobs collecting the corn, the germ, the juices all together. Take it outside to dry in the sun. And when it's finished you have it. Drying and keeping our corn for later use has been done this way since forever. There are a few other ways as well. Later on you can eat it, pound it in a kahakan (hollowed log corn pounder) , mix it with fat, ground meat and berries, make journeycakes, or throw water on it to make a type of porridge. The possibilities are endless."


  • Ground Zero Media
    Ron Patton, editor of Paranoia Magazine, is taking a position with these folks in Portland and moving his Conspiracy Store up to the Northwest!

  • Beautiful, Dangerous, Radioactive Art


    by  on April 14, 2015 in ArtEnvironmentNews
    A collection of radioactive ceramic vases is about to go on display in London's venerable Victoria & Albert Museum. They're beautiful but deadly as a result of the toxic sludge used to sculpt them, as revealed by Fast Company:
    Ceramic vases made from toxic mud created in the production of must-have products such as laptops and smartphones will present a markedly different perspective on consumer technology when they go on show at London's Victoria & Albert Museum later this month.
    3 finished vases, conceived by Unknown Fields Division and produced with Kevin Callaghan, a ceramics artist, will be on display in the V and A Gallery.Photo: Toby Smith, courtesy of Unknown Fields
    The mud was collected from a toxic lake in Inner Mongolia into which thick, black chemical waste is pumped from neighboring refineries in and around Baotou, the region's largest industrial city (read more about the place described as "hell on Earth" in this BBC story).
    China produces an estimated 95% of the world's supply of "rare earth" elements.
    Baotou is one of the world's biggest suppliers of the materials-elements found in anything from magnets and wind turbines and electric car motors to the electronic guts of smart phones and flat screen TVs.
    The ceramics were produced by The Unknown Fields Division, a self-declared "nomadic design studio" headed by Liam Young and Kate Davies and developed within the Architectural Association in London, whose aim is to reflect the shadows luxury products cast across the planet.
    "The vases are a way to talk about ideas around luxury and desire. How both are culturally constructed collective sets of values that are fleeting and particular to our time," says Davies.
    "These three 'rare earthenware' vessels are the physical embodiment of a contemporary global supply network that displaces earth and weaves matter across the planet."
    Adds Young: "The dominant media narrative about our technologies is based on lightness and thinness. Terms like 'cloud' of 'Macbook Air' imply that our gadgets are just ephemeral objects-and this is the story we all want to believe.
    "In reality, our technologies should really be thought of as geological artefacts that are carved out of the earth and produced by a planetary-scaled factory."
    Unknown Fields travels the world to explore landscapes and infrastructures critical to the production of contemporary cities and the technologies they contain-often forgotten landscapes scarred by consumer demand...
    [continues at Fast Company]


  • Guerrilla Radio: How some prison inmates hack, rewire, and retool their radios to create walkie-talkies - See more at:


    by  on March 27, 2015 in News
    Take notes from this Marshall Project post: you'll want to retool your radio too come the Apocalypse:
    Prisoners face numerous restrictions when communicating with one another or the outside world. But where there is a rule, there is often a workaround. At Pelican Bay State Prison in Northern California, inmates have yelled to one another through drainpipes under their cells; inmates in Texas talk through cans connected with twine; and in facilities throughout the country, little paper notes -- known as "kites" -- are literally handed off. As technology has developed, so have the communication methods; cell phones and iPods are regularly smuggled to inmates by visitors and guards. And occasionally, the technology is already inside the prison. Some inmates have learned how to transform their radios into devices that allow them to talk to each other and even eavesdrop on guards.
  • This Is The Greenhouse You’ll Want For Your Homestead Food


    Yes, you can build almost any type of greenhouse. The whole idea is to grow foods during a longer season. But this greenhouse is something you'll have to take a look at yourself. Here's an article I found from our friends atPrepForSHTF where you can read the article in its entirety.


  • This family lives on a floating fortress of greenhouses in the middle of the ocean



    Wayne and Catherine's home also is situated in the thick of a lively ecosystem, sharing their slice of land (or water, rather) with deer, wolves, otters and a plethora of large coastal birds. However, according to Wayne, the otters are little more than "30-pound rats" that frequently gnaw away at his foundations.

    The two are also respected artists within their surrounding community; their carvings and candles can be found in various gift shops across Tofino, particularly around the Long Beach area. Wayne is typically behind the carvings and crafts, while Catherine--formerly a professional dancer--is now predominantly the mastermind behind their gardening initiatives. Catherine is also a painter, writer and wood carver.


  • Police talk about use of “stingrays,” but aren’t saying anything

    In new e-mail, Seattle cop says it's vital to keep spy technique "confidential."
    by  - Feb 17, 2015 1:02pm PST


    Charlotte police show more, "but this isn't happening in every town in America."
    newly published e-mail from a Seattle police detective illustrates the bizarre situation that law enforcement finds itself in these days: apparently everyone knows about the cops' use of stingrays, and yet no one can explain it.
    The e-mails were published over the weekend by Andrew Charles Hendricks, a local privacy activist.
    Stingrays, the common name for "cell-site simulators," can be used to determine a phone's location, but they can also intercept calls and text messages. During the act of locating a phone, stingrays also sweep up information about nearby phones--not just the target phone. Earlier this month, Ars reported on how the FBI is actively trying to "prevent disclosure" of how these devices are used in local jurisdictions across America.
    As Detective Len Carver, who is also on an FBI task force, wrote to his colleagues in May 2014:
    During a debrief with some of our group here, we learned that law enforcement's use of the "phone ping" in yesterday's abduction was released to the media. And, it was widely reported. Certainly, we (and the general public too) understand that law enforcement has the ability to "ping" a cell phone for its location; however, use of the technology is considered a sophisticated technique as well as "Law Enforcement Sensitive / Classified."
    It is important for us to keep this sophisticated technique confidential. In fact, RCW 9.73.260requires the pleadings (and subsequent technique) to be filed under seal until further ordered by the court. Publicly discussing the technique is considered a substantial threat to the interests of effective law enforcement, to public safety, and, depending on the case, to victims or witnesses. By their very nature, authority to use the tools (pings and tracking) must remain covert to be effective. Public disclosure of the technique could render this investigative tool useless.
    It is standard practice for the FBI to require a law enforcement agency to complete a non-disclosure agreement prior to utilizing a sensitive and sophisticated technique. While there was no agency agreement in the referenced abduction matter, we do have a standing written non-disclosure agreement with the King County Prosecutor's Office.
    In an e-mail to Ars, Carver wrote "I am not authorized to speak publicly about the investigative technique to which you referred in your voicemail," and suggested that we speak with a spokeswoman.
    "Relevant to an ongoing criminal investigation"


    Memo: Cops must tell FBI about all public records requests on fake cell towers.
    In a later e-mail that was part of the same set of disclosed messages, one August 2014 e-mail from Detective Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the nearby Pierce County Sheriff's Department, wrote to his colleagues: "If you don't know [about] Stingray, PenLink and how we ping phones you should learn. All three are completely different ways of obtaining and using data."
    It's not immediately clear how the Tacoma Police's cellphone pings are taking place, or what device is being used to send them--it's likely that it was through the stingray itself.
    Troyer did not immediately respond to Ars' request for comment, either.
    Relatively little is known about how, exactly, the stingrays are used by law enforcement agencies nationwide, although documents have surfaced showing how they have been purchased and used in some limited instances. In 2013, Ars reported on leaked documents showing the existence of a body-worn stingray. Back in 2010, Kristin Paget famously demonstrated a homemade device built for just $1,500.
    Worse still, cops have lied to courts about the use of such technology. In January 2015, two US senators made public the FBI's position that the agency could use stingrays in public places without a warrant. The largest manufacturer of the devices, the Harris Corporation, has been tight-lipped about its hardware capabilities.


    Feds' position on decoy cell-site towers continues anti-privacy theme.
    While the Tacoma Police Department has claimed that itgets a warrant every time it uses its stingray, it's more likely that they are simply asking a judge to sign off on a "pen register, trap and trace order."
    In the pre-cellphone era, a "pen/trap order" allowed law enforcement to obtain someone's calling metadata in near real-time from the telephone company. Now, that same data can also be gathered directly by the cops themselves through the use of a stingray. In some cases, police havegone to judges asking for such a device or have falsely claimed a confidential informant, but in fact have deployed this particularly sweeping and invasive surveillance tool.
    Most judges are likely to sign off on a pen register application, not fully understanding that police are actually asking for permission to use a stingray. Under both Washington state law and federal law, pen registers are granted under a very low standard: authorities must simply show that the information obtained from the pen register is "relevant to an ongoing criminal investigation."
    Getting a judge to sign off on a pen register is a far lower standard than being forced to show probable cause for a search warrant or wiretap order. A wiretap requires law enforcement to not only specifically describe the alleged crimes but also to demonstrate that all other means of investigation had been exhausted or would fail if they were attempted.
    In the wake of the Tacoma News Tribune's reporting on stingray use in Tacoma, in November 2014, judges there imposed stricter standards.
    This past week, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) in North Carolina--one of the largest local police departments in the American South--revised its surveillance applications to judges, making its judicial requests to use cell-site simulators much more explicit for the first time.
    Cyrus Farivar / Cyrus is the Senior Business Editor at Ars Technica, and is also a radio producer and author. His first book, The Internet of Elsewhere, was published in April 2011.


  • Make a covert radio pen with bone conduction speaker