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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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Is this “82-Year Old Black Senior Citizen Grandmother” trouble for Democrats?

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Posted by    Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 8:00am
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Are Democrats at risk of losing the most reliable voting base, Blacks?

Or, just as bad for Democrats, having low turnout?

This video may just be an anecdote, or it may be the sign of something larger happening.

An 82-year old Black woman named Joyce explains why she voted Republican for the first time in...

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“Health and Safety Moms” Could Swing 2014 Elections

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Posted by    Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 11:30am
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I am going to go out on a limb and project that there are going to be historic election results on November 4th that would have been unimaginable until this August, when reports on Ebola coming to this country began filling the news.

This has transformed the women that Democrats have historically...

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Eighth Death Tied to Enterovirus-D68

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Posted by    Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 7:00am
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While all the Ebola-stricken patients in America seem to be on the road to recovery, with the tragic exception of patient zero Thomas Duncan, Enterovirus-D68 is reported to have claimed its 8th victim:

The U.S. death toll from the mysterious Enterovirus D-68 continues to rise.

The latest CDC update on the current outbreak...

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Ebola Victim Clear of Virus as 3 Potential New Cases Land

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Posted by    Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 4:00pm
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Some good news related to Ebola: The nurse who flew to Ohio while ill with an Ebola infection has been declared free of the virus.

Dallas nurse Amber Vinson is free of the Ebola virus and will be transferred from isolation at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, her family said Wednesday.

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Hong Kong’s “Umbrella Revolution” Update: Government Floods Students with Bureaucracy

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Posted by    Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 10:00am
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My husband and step-daughter are touring Asia, so I asked them what the coverage of the Hong Kong protests has been like.

Instead of sending out officials and experts to offer false assurances, the Chinese stations simply black out the reports about the demonstrations. However, my husband indicates that many people...

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Golf Club Sparks San Diego Wildfire — and a Lawsuit

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Posted by    Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 2:45pm
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We all know that President Obama golfs even as the world burns, but a San Diego golfer’s swing may have been the cause of one of the many wildfires that plagued California back in May.

The Poinsettia fire began at a golf course and eventually incinerated 600 acres and destroyed or damaged...

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This is what happens when you treat Ebola like a JV virus

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Posted by    Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 7:00am
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News has spread on social media that a second Dallas nurse known to be infected with the Ebola virus took a flight to Cleveland while experiencing a low grade fever—an early symptom of the disease.

It turns out that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rules lead Amber Vinson to...

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Are we approaching the “Tipping Point” for Ebola?

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Posted by    Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 6:34pm
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I was talking with biologists yesterday, as part of a work project, and we all were becoming increasingly alarmed at the bureaucratic response to the reports that nurses in Dallas and Spain were stricken with Ebola.

I stated that the “tipping point” would be reached if one of the nurses spread the...

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Enterovirus-D68 Claims Another Child’s Life

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Posted by    Monday, October 13, 2014 at 8:30am
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As the news of the first Ebola case contracted within the country rivets the nation, Enterovirus-D68 continues infecting our children.

Now it has claimed the life of a Michigan toddler:

A Michigan toddler has died of enterovirus D68, another reminder of the deadly potential of a disease that has infected hundreds nationwide in...

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California Election Snapshot: Ghosts of Past, Present and Future Collide

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Posted by    Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 4:00pm
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In the wake of news that my future congressional representative may be someone with sound fiscal awareness, and since I am nothing if not optimistic, I took a glace at the status of the California governor’s race today.

This race pits our state’s longest serving governor, Jerry Brown, against the Republican Neel Kashkari, who served as Assistant U.S. Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Stability.

Kashkari is one of those rare candidates I like more as the campaign season progresses. In part, it is because he has been innovative on the campaign trail. Cal Watchdog’s James Poulos has this assessment.

… Rather than offering the media a retread of tales of California Republicans’ past, Kashkari has presented a surprising spectacle. Wealthy political novices from business backgrounds, such as Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman, have tried to unseat top-tier Democrats before. They failed — leading national political journalists to question why the state GOP was willing to tolerate such a bad investment.

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Did Carl DeMaio have any choice but to run from Tea Party label in #CA52?

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Posted by    Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 9:09pm
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While reporting on the San Diego area’s extremely competitive congressional race in CA-52 between Democrat Scott Peters and Republican Carl DeMaio, my colleague Casey Breznick noted that “DeMaio recently took further steps to distance himself from the Tea Party by releasing a new campaign ad where he says:

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Enterovirus D-68′s Rebranding: Now, it’s “Non-Polio Enterovirus”

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Posted by    Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 7:00am
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Earlier, I weighed in on how the media and administration are handling the Ebola epidemic, using language to minimize the fact that it is a hemorrhagic fever.

It the wake of reports that Colorado children who suffered from an infection of the very aggressive respiratory pathogen, Enterovirus D-68, have also experienced limb...

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Ebola: A Hemorrhagic Fever by Any Other Name

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Posted by    Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 8:18pm
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One of the most troubling tendencies of the Obama Administration and their minions in the media is to relabel a problem, giving the appearance that solutions are on their way.

Exhibit 1: An act of terror becomes a “man-caused disaster”. Exhibit 2: The prohibition on the term “illegal alien”.

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“Umbrella Revolution” Update: Hong Kong’s Leaders Play Waiting Game

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Posted by    Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 3:30pm
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I recently pondered: Is Hong Kong on brink of its own version of Tiananmen Square?

Now, I think the answer is no. It appears the recent student-lead uprising is being handled by Hong Kong leaders the way many...

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First Ebola Case in US Diagnosed

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Posted by    Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 9:50pm
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A man traveling from Liberia in West Africa to Dallas, Texas has been diagnosed with Ebola, becoming the first patient to present with the disease on US soil.

CDC and local Texas health officials emphasized in a news conference today that they anticipate that the disease will be readily contained.

The first...

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Is Hong Kong on brink of its own version of Tiananmen Square?

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Posted by    Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 5:02pm
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My stepdaughter, a graduate of UCLA with a degree in Chinese, works in Beijing.

Today, she has been regularly protesting updates via Facebook on the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, and confirms that tear gas is being used to disperse the massive crowds.

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators are surging through the...

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Enterovirus 68 May Be Causing Polio-Like Illness in Children

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Posted by    Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 1:30pm
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I have been following the outbreak of Enterovirus 68 closely. An awful trait of pathogens is that the more rapidly they spread, the nastier their health effects can become.

It appears Enterovirus 68 may be following this pattern. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is checking into reports that

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