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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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LA Luxury Apartment Inferno Hits Homeless Hardest

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 1:00pm
LI #37 LA Fire b

Last week, traffic on two Los Angeles freeways came to a halt as fire crews responded to a massive inferno that incinerated a downtown luxury apartment complex under construction.

There is currently no cause that has been officially determined by arson investigators.

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The NHL mumps outbreak and what it means for the US

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 7:00am
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It looks like a mumps outbreak has body-checked the National Hockey League!

This is the most baffling sports medicine story of the year: Thirteen NHL players and two referees have been diagnosed with mumps—a potentially severe and exceedingly viral infection that classically causes fever, body aches, malaise, and in about half of...

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Roaring Blaze in Los Angeles May Really Be “Man-Caused Disaster”

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 4:00pm
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We Californians were happy to see the months of October and November pass without a significant wildfire, especially since there was an unusually early start to the fire season in May.

However, December opened up with an intense conflagration that may be a real “man-caused disaster”.

A large fire in downtown Los Angeles...

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#BlackoutHollywood Demonstrators Stage Protest after Police Shootings

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Posted by    Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 5:45pm
LI #34 Blackout Hollywood

Professor Jacobson may be taking a much needed sanity break from the Saturday Night Card game, but the social justice warriors continue to draw from the bottom of the deck.

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“Ridiculous” – State Department’s Jen Psaki Burned by Hot Mic

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Posted by    Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 2:30pm
LI #33 Jen Psaki

Ridiculous may indeed be an apt description of the Obama administration’s foreign policy platform.

However, that probably was not US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki wanted to convey when she commented on Egypt’s former president’s being cleared of murder charges that we covered earlier this week.

Via Washington Free Beacon:

State Department spokesperson and...

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Potential Ebola Patient Treated at Boston Hospital

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 8:00am
LI #32 Ebola

Has anyone else noticed that since Ferguson hit the news, there has been a lot less press attention paid to America’s favorite virus?

When checking the status of the epidemic, I discovered that...

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Egypt protests as ex-Pres Mubarak cleared of murder charges

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Posted by    Monday, December 1, 2014 at 8:30am
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It looks like Ferguson isn’t the only place experiencing violent protests in the wake of a controversial legal decision.

In Cairo, crowds erupted when Egypt’s former President Hosni Mubarak was cleared of murder charges.

Egyptian police have used tear gas to disperse protesters angry that charges against ex-President Hosni Mubarak over killings during...

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#Ferguson protesters make Seattle kids cry

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Posted by    Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 2:03pm
LI #30 Grinch

One of my favorite Christmas moments is when I watch “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” with my son.

This year, I didn’t have to pull out the DVD to review the story. Ferguson protesters captured its essence by surrounding  some children caroling for a Christmas tree lighting in Seattle and making...

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Madagascar’s Bubonic Plague Outbreak: What it Means for America and the World

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Posted by    Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 11:00am
LI #29 Plague flea

While Ebola continues to rage in West Africa, an outbreak of another deadly disease is occurring in the African island nation of Madagascar.

An outbreak of bubonic plague in Madagascar has now claimed almost 50 victims and is spreading to...

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Latest Trend in #Ferguson Protests: Blocking America’s Highways

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Posted by    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 7:28pm
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A lot of San Diegans were caught in gridlock when a group of student protesters from my alma mater, University of California – San Diego, blocked Interstate 5 just in time for morning rush hour.

Dozens of UCSD students brought traffic to a halt on northbound Interstate 5 Wednesday morning to protest...

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South American Chikungunya virus rages as world focuses on Ebola

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Posted by    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 12:01pm
LI #26 Mosquito

Some good news from the frontlines related to our battle with Ebola: The outbreak is now “stable” in Guinea, according to the World Health Organization.

There were still some flare ups in the south-east, but things were improving in other prefectures, WHO co-ordinator Dr Guenael Rodier told the BBC.

More than 5,400 people...

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Looking back: Ferguson and the Detroit riots

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Posted by    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 10:30am
LI #27 Detroit 1967

One of my most haunting memories from childhood involves a group of teens from a local Michigan high school; they pounded on our front door and begged my mom to call the police. This was during the 1967 Detroit Riots, when several groups of hostile students decided to take the conflict...

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EPA’s Successful Case against Kia and Hyundai Driven by “Social Cost of Carbon”

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Posted by    Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 10:30am
LI #25 Kia car

A settlement reached in early November between the EPA and two car manufacturers may have as much impact on the economic health of the country as the recent wave election that ushered in a Republican Senate.

Essentially, the result of this legal case means that rules to prevent “global warming” will be...

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12 Deaths now linked to Enterovirus-D68

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 8:10am
LI #24 Enterovirus

As Ebola continues to rage in Africa, one key person seems to be missing in action: Ron Klain, Ebola Czar.

Ebola was on the top of everyone’s minds five weeks ago, but now that it’s largely disappeared from...

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First Ebola, now the “new AIDS” threatens U.S.

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Posted by    Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 1:00pm
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Just as the last remaining US patient with Ebola, Dr. Craig Spencer, is released from New York’s Bellevue Hospital, comes a report that another tropical disease, deemed “the new AIDS,” has already infected 300,000 people and is poised to strike more.

Over 300,000 Americans have already been infected with the potentially fatal...

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Ebola Update: 13 in Iowa Monitored for Symptoms

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Posted by    Friday, November 7, 2014 at 6:03pm
LI #22b ebola

Concern about the administration’s handing of the global Ebola crisis was a contributing factor in the Republican success across the country in Tuesday’s election; polls indicated Americans were more worried about the lack of a comprehensive response than they were about immigration and same-sex marriage.

It is likely this concern will...

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California Mini-Wave: Democrats No Longer Supermajority

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Posted by    Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 3:54pm
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As I discussed earlier this week, the local races would be vitally important in this election.

I must admit, I despaired that California would completely miss-out on this “change election”, and simply hoped...

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