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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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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
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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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Today’s legal insurrection is at the state and local level

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 10:00am
LI #20 Karen

Dave Weigel is worried about what is happening at the state legislative level, as the media is focused on the U.S. Senate, A wave of GOP wins in the states could radically transform the country:

Remember the number: 69. That’s how many state legislative bodies Republicans are trying to win this year,...

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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
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
LI #15c transfer to emory

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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