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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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Golf Club Sparks San Diego Wildfire — and a Lawsuit

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Posted by    Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 2:45pm
LI #13 Poinsettia Fire

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
Ebola Nurse Dallas Nina Pham

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
LI #12

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
Carl DeMaio

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:

“As a proud gay...

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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
LI #10

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
LI #08b power-wash

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”.

Now, the illness...

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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
hong kong anonymous

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
LI #06

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
Hong Kong Democracy Protests 9-28-2014

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
LI #03 Enterovirus 68

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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Texas Newborns hit with TB Scare

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Posted by    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 1:57pm
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Remember when the worst infection Americans had to worry about was a bad flu?

As I reported last week, Enterovirus 68 with its potentially devastating respiratory symptoms is still spreading among American children. An outbreak has now been reported in San Diego county:

California’s first cases of a virus that has been...

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Looking at the Tip of a Respiratory Virus Iceberg

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Posted by    Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 10:00am
LI #01 enterovirus 68

Last week, there were dozens of stories about American children flooding emergency rooms in 10 states; they were infected with a cold-like virus that devastated their respiratory systems.

This week, the list of states reporting cases of the virus, now classified as Enterovirus D68, has risen to 12:

Since mid-August, the Centers for...

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Fiscal derailment result of CA bullet train ruling

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Posted by    Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 10:00am
CA High Speed Rail

We have been chronicling the journey of California’s vaunted “high speed train” construction project, which has been anything but speedy.

When we last checked, Sacramento judge Michael Kenney had wisely ruled that state officials cannot pursue a plan to tap billions of dollars in voter-approved bond funding for construction—a decision that could...

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Leslie’s Top 10 Posts of College Insurrection’s Sophomore Year

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Posted by    Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 5:30pm
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As Aleister noted yesterday, College Insurrection is celebrating its second anniversary of conservative reporting on the progressive antics taking place on American college campuses.

I thought a musical tribute might be be the best way to celebrate. Happy Birthday!

In no particular order, here are my Top 10 posts from the 2013-2014...

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Ebola News Roundup

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Posted by    Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 3:35pm
LI  #016

With all the crises we report on daily, it is easy to lose track of one….so, I thought it would be wise to review the situation related to Ebola, which was the American press panic flavor-of-the-month in August.

It looks like another American is heading toward the Emory University medical facilities...

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