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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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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
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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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Police use Facebook “John Shaming” to Fight Prostitution

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Posted by    Monday, September 8, 2014 at 8:30am
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The police of the California city of Richmond are waging a social media war against prostitution…one that fans of “pet shaming” pictures on Facebook will recognize.

When a man is caught soliciting a prostitute, the punishment police hand out is usually far less than what they will find at home when their...

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Thought Experiment: California without Jerry Brown as Governor

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Posted by    Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 4:49pm
LI #18B Brown Kashkari

As I noted in my June election report, Governor Jerry Brown will be facing Republican challenger Neel Kashkari in California’s gubernatorial race.

There one and only debate between them was held Thursday. Prior to the event, conservatives...

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San Diego Minimum Wage Petition Battle

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Posted by    Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 4:21pm
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Professor Jacobson just noted that voter intensity is likely to be a critical factor in the 2014 elections this November.

However, I assert that a petition drive being held in San Diego, focused on revoking the City Council’s minimum wage mandate, shows that voters are quite intense right now.   Given the complete...

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Texas and California in crosshairs of ISIS and Al Qaeda?

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Posted by    Friday, August 29, 2014 at 5:35pm
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Watching the press conference that President Obama gave yesterday in which he revealed that his foreign policy has devolved from “don’t do stupid stuff” to “no strategy,” I was perplexed that the media was complaining more about the color of the suit instead of its emptiness.

Mulling over the subsequent coverage, I...

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Inanity or Insanity? Blaming Global Warming, Big Oil for South Napa Earthquake

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Posted by    Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 1:28pm
LI #16 earthquake

As I was enjoying the history and the beauty of Virginia on the last day of our family vacation, a significant earthquake struck Northern California.

The aftershocks are continuing from...

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CDC spreading Ebola panic faster than a Flu virus

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Posted by    Friday, August 8, 2014 at 12:24pm
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While many Legal Insurrection fans may disagree with my assessment of the limited risk that the two American Ebola patients are to our country, my basic point is sound:  The uncontrolled entry of people infected with much easier to transmit and more common pathogens should be the main focus of concern.

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“Angry Black Woman” to anti-Israel activists: Stop pilfering civil rights legacy for your “repugnant agenda”

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Posted by    Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 9:00pm
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Stoking racial tension against Israel has been a foundation of the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement in the U.S.

One pro-Israel student is having none of it.

Chloé Simone Valdary is an outspoken pro-Israel student, who is a shining star in the fight against BDS on campus.

She is so effective that, during a recent pro-Israel...

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You have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself

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Posted by    Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 4:06pm
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As an environmental health and safety professional who has written a book about “bloodborne pathogens,” such as the Ebola virus, I read with both interest and alarm Bruce Carrol’s post, No concerns here: Ebola patients headed to Georgia.

Shortly after writing that book, I was hired by the Centers for Disease Control...

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Democrat Scott Peters plays the “Tea Party card” on opponent (#CA52)

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 3:44pm
LI #15 DeMaio

The Morning Insurrection newsletter reminded me that today would be a great day to take a look at the state of the congressional race in my district (CA-52), which is pitting Democratic incumbent Scott Peters against a former city council-member and veteran GOP campaigner Carl DeMaio.

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An Interview with Legal Insurrection’s A.F. Branco

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Posted by    Monday, July 28, 2014 at 8:33am
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Legal Insurrection is truly fortunate to be able to feature the amazing work of talented political cartoonist, A.F. Branco! I have always been a big fan of political cartoons.  In fact, two years ago, I taught my son’s class about the history of political cartoons, and had them each create one...

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