About: Leslie Eastman

I am an Environmental Health and Safety Professional, as well as a science/technical writer for a variety of news and professional publications. I have been a citizen activist since 2009, and am one of the co-founders of the San Diego-based group, Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition.




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Pope Francis and the politicized science of “Climate Change”

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Posted by    Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 10:00am 4/26/2015 at 10:00am
LI #26b Pope Francis Surprise

As I noted with the report on Chile’s Earth Day volcanic spectacular, the prime cause of climate change is Mother Nature.

And while the eco-activists continue to gin-up man-made fear about “climate change”,  it appears that a new study, conducted by Duke University that looked at 1,000 years of temperature records, supports...

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“Reclaim Australia” movement spreads Down Under

LI #25 Reclaim Australia
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Posted by    Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 6:00pm 4/25/2015 at 6:00pm
LI #25 Reclaim Australia

Last December, we followed the hostage crisis in Australia when Islamic cleric Man Haron Monis walked into a Sydney cafe armed with guns and extreme religious zeal.

Since that time, many Australians have been re-evaluating the inclusive, feel-good policies toward Muslim immigrants supported by the government, including those that related to certification...

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ICYMI: Earth celebrates Earth Day with spectacular volcanic eruption

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Posted by    Friday, April 24, 2015 at 2:30pm 4/24/2015 at 2:30pm
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While environmental activists around the world were celebrating Earth Day by racing around in private jets, our planet responded…by unleashing thousands of cubic feet of greenhouse gases.

An ash cloud from the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile that erupted unexpectedly on Wednesday was blowing into Chile and Argentina on Thursday, forcing the...

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Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare!

LI #24b William Shakespeare
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Posted by    Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 8:00pm 4/23/2015 at 8:00pm
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When I read Aleister’s post detailing the ludicrous trigger warning issued by Georgetown’s radical feminists for Christina Hoff Sommer’s talk, I was taken aback by this tweet from from an attendee of an event for the Association of Writing and Writing Programs.

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California Vaccination Mandate Clears Legislative Hurdle

LI #23 Child Vaccination
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Posted by    Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 12:30pm 4/23/2015 at 12:30pm
LI #23 Child Vaccination

When I reported that the Disneyland measles outbreak had officially ended, I also noted that a bill mandating vaccinations for children attending public or private schools was stalled in committee.

Due to California’s recent infectious disease challenges, which also includes a substantial increase in whooping cough infections, our legislators have cleared Senate...

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Dog flu epidemic strikes America

LI #22 Dog Flu
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Posted by    Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 10:00am 4/22/2015 at 10:00am
LI #22 Dog Flu

We reported that an unexpected strain of the flu was hitting Americans hard this season.

But our pets are becoming ill at alarmingly high rates with a new

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Disneyland Measles Outbreak Officially Ends

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Posted by    Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 1:30pm 4/19/2015 at 1:30pm
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About thee months have passed since I first reported that the latest attraction offered at Disneyland, “the happiest place on Earth”, was measles.

It appears that particular infection ...

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California’s “assisted death” legislation clears Senate hurdle

LI #20 death and taxes 2
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Posted by    Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 11:30am 4/16/2015 at 11:30am
LI #20 death and taxes 2

Since we “celebrated” Tax Day with an analysis on the difficulties of cutting down the tax code, now seems like a good time to review the topic that is the only other certainty in life — death.

California’s politicians, not content with messing around with our water flow, are looking to OK...

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Californians can now be fined for long showers!

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Posted by    Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 7:00am 4/14/2015 at 7:00am
LI #19 shower scene

I reported that California Governor Jerry Brown unveiled the state’s first water restrictions in response to the “mega-drought”.

As I foresaw, the rules have turned out to be more about revenue generation than resource protection.

What I did not predict is that my teen son and his lengthy showers would make him the...

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India assists Americans evacuating Yemen in wake of weak State Department response

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 5:00pm 4/8/2015 at 5:00pm
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One has to ask, what exactly is going on at the US State Department?

We have been following the deterioration of Yemen for months. Despite the obvious dangers to American citizens within this country, I guess our bureaucrats decided they really didn’t need an evacuation plan.

Fortunately, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and ...

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He descended into Hell

LI #17b Kenya Students
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Posted by    Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 9:00pm 4/5/2015 at 9:00pm
LI #17b Kenya Students

On this Easter Sunday, I wanted to share some thoughts I had during these past days about the most recent butchery of my fellow Christians in Kenya.

Following the news as closely as I do, I thought I had become accustomed to graphic images of terror that ISIS has spawned. Then,...

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Pope Francis Condemns “Complicit Silence” on Slaughter of Christians

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Posted by    Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 8:00pm 4/4/2015 at 8:00pm
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This Holy Week, we reported that Islamic fanatics made a dawn raid of a Christian university in Kenya. Currently, the death toll is 147 and looks like it will increase.

The event, as well as the massacre of the Coptic Christians in Libya, were the focus of an address Pope Francis gave...

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Another California First…..Water Restrictions!

LI #13 California Drought Riverbed v2
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Posted by    Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 11:30am 4/2/2015 at 11:30am
LI #13 California Drought Riverbed v2

California’s “mega-drought” has been caused more by water mismanagement than “global warming.”

As I have foreseen, the state’s drought cycle is the pad for Governor Jerry Brown to launch new rules. This time, Brown is issuing the state’s first set of water restrictions.

Brown ordered the California Water Resources Control Board to implement...

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Jim Webb for President 2016?

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Posted by    Monday, March 30, 2015 at 8:30am 3/30/2015 at 8:30am
LI #16 Jim Webb

As a California Democrat, I really have only one wish for November 2016: That I am not forced to choose between the “lesser of two evils” and the “”evilest of two lessers.”

While most of my good friends at Legal Insurrection are keeping track of the Republican contenders for the presidency, I...

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Celebrate “Human Achievement Hour” 2015 today at 8:30 pm (#HAH2015)

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Posted by    Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 12:30pm 3/28/2015 at 12:30pm
LI #016 Craft Beer

I invite Legal Insurrection readers to pour an ice cold brew and celebrate “Human Achievement Hour”, slated to start today at 8:30 pm local time.

The event is promoted by the Competitive Enterprise Institute; its website offers the background on today’s festivities:

  • Human Achievement Hour...
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Feds have paid Politico nearly $1 Million for subscriptions

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Posted by    Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 10:05am 3/26/2015 at 10:05am
LI #15 Money to Politico

I have a late entry for the annual “Egregious 8″ tournament, which pits wasteful government programs against each other.

It turns out that blogging can be fun and profitable…for those websites on the government dole!

Since Politico, a politics-focused website and newspaper, launched its subscription-based news service Politico Pro in 2011, government agencies...

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House Passes Bill Targeting EPA’s “Weird Science”

LI #14 Weird Science
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Posted by    Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 5:30pm 3/18/2015 at 5:30pm
LI #14 Weird Science

It looks like the “luck of the Irish” continues today.

Last week, I reported the US House of Representatives was poised to vote on H.R. 1030, the Secret Science Reform Act of 2015. The purpose of this legislation is “to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or...

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