Posts by Leslie Eastman  (Page 20)
 

The Zika Virus Invasion and how to fight it

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Posted by    Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 7:30am 4/10/2016 at 7:30am

I attended two fascinating lectures at a local biosafety conference this week.

The first talk addressed “The Zika Virus Invasion” and the second revealed a potential new weapon to control the spread of the pathogen that has been linked to birth defects and neurological disorders.

The Scripps Research Institute’s Biosafety Officer, Dr....

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The Tax Man Cometh… and is Carrying a Big Gulp

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Posted by    Friday, April 8, 2016 at 10:00am 4/8/2016 at 10:00am

Tax Day this year is April 18th; ironically, it has been postponed this year because of a conflict with Emancipation Day.

After collecting a record amount from taxpayers last year, the Internal Revenue Service is going...

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CA’s AG Kamala Harris: Worse than Senator Boxer?

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Posted by    Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 10:00am 4/7/2016 at 10:00am

I would like to introduce you to California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who is running for the U.S. Senate and hoping to take the seat occupied by Barbara “Don’t Call Me Ma’am” Boxer.

I would like to say that Harris, who is both the likely nominee...

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California Prepares for Tsunami of Primary Voters

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 1:00pm 4/6/2016 at 1:00pm

California’s primary is June 7th, and because of the ongoing election drama of both parties, voters in the Golden State are already very excited about their votes making a difference. So much so that the state’s election officials are preparing for an election-day

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Does “Climate Change” make it immoral to have kids?

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Posted by    Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 6:00pm 4/5/2016 at 6:00pm

Dave Bry is the author of Public Apology: In Which a Man Grapples With a Lifetime of Regret, One Incident at a Time.

I suspect he is going to have one more regret to add to his list: Writing a column in The Guardian asking if its immoral to have children… because “Climate Change.”

…For while the world is a wonderful place, one we humans have made nicer for ourselves with wonderful inventions like books and record players, penicillin and pizza, it’s also a really awful place, one we’ve ravaged with deforestation and smog, nuclear weapons and mountains of pizza delivery boxes and other garbage.

The awfulness seems to be getting worse, especially now that climate change has sped up – sea level rise that was supposed to take centuries has recently been projected as taking just decades. This complicates the already difficult decision of whether to have a kid….

Was I complicit in the damage? I remember every extra paper towel I’ve ever unspooled from the roll, and think about a tree falling in the Amazon, and then think about my son growing up in a gray, dying world – walking towards Kansas on potholed highways. Maybe while trying to protect his own son, like the father in The Road. Will he decide to have a kid? I have foisted upon him a decision even more difficult than my own. It’s all very depressing.

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California: Where Economic Justice Trumps Economic Reason

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Posted by    Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 10:00am 4/5/2016 at 10:00am

About a week ago, I noted that California lawmakers and public employee unions cut a deal to avoid a ballot battle over a $15/hour minimum wage within the state.

Now, Governor Jerry Brown officially signed it into law:

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Flint files “intent to sue” Michigan over #FlintWaterCrisis

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Posted by    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 8:30am 4/4/2016 at 8:30am

The last time we checked on Flint, we learned that the regional Environmental Protection Agency team indicated the city was “not worth going out on a limb for.

Perhaps not, but the city now is facing over 50 lawsuits because the EPA decided it didn’t need to take any action upon learning...

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Obama beclowns himself in Nuclear Policy Summit group photo

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Posted by    Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 4:29pm 4/2/2016 at 4:29pm

About 2 weeks ago, I noted that the limp-wristed handshake with Cuba’s acting dictator Raul Castro perfectly captured Obama’s presidency.

He nearly topped this historic effort with this week’s Nuclear Policy Summit commemorative photograph.

The Daily Mail reports:

Surrounded by world leaders, President Barack Obama gave the peace sign as they gathered for a...

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The Lights Go Out on Another of Obama’s Green Energy Companies

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Posted by    Friday, April 1, 2016 at 10:00am 4/1/2016 at 10:00am

When his second term comes to its inevitable conclusion, the final list of President Obama’s policy failures will be ponderous.

And few items on this list will place higher than his “Green Energy Initiatives.”

One of his gandest schemes involved backing Solyndra LLC, a solar-panel maker. Presidential aides pressured White House budget officials...

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Bloodstream Bacterial Infection Kills 18 in Wisconsin

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 2:30pm 3/30/2016 at 2:30pm

As the primary battle in Wisconsin heats up with the endorsement of Senator Ted Cruz by Governor Scott Walker, an different kind of fight is occurring among the state’s citizens.

As of this report, nearly 60 Wisconsin residents...

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Michelle Obama’s lunch rules may now fine schools for “misusing funds”

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 1:00pm 3/30/2016 at 1:00pm

A little over a year ago I reported that a Food Justice Warrior had been appointed “School Lunch Czar” to shake-up the signature program promoted by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Prior to that appointment, students across the country ran a #ThanksMichelleObama campaign to share pictures of the unappetizing meals being served. More...

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CDC updates Zika virus guidelines for couples

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Posted by    Monday, March 28, 2016 at 9:30pm 3/28/2016 at 9:30pm
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There are now more than 500 cases of Zika virus infection within the United states and its territories, including 54 in pregnant women.

Because of its impact that maternal Zika infection can have on the developing fetuses, and the confirmation that sexual transmission of the virus is possible, the Centers for Disease...

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CA Lawmakers, Unions Play “Let’s Make a Deal” To Avoid $15 Minimum Wage Ballot Battle

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Posted by    Sunday, March 27, 2016 at 3:00pm 3/27/2016 at 3:00pm

California’s elite politicos have long resented our state’s system of propositions and ballot measures, which give the voters some measure of control on how Sacramento runs.

Famous tax-payer victories include Proposition 13 (capping property taxes). Furthermore, Californians have organized statewide to defeat other issues (e.g.,

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Obama: Labels “Capitalism” and “Communism” Aren’t “Practical”

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Posted by    Sunday, March 27, 2016 at 11:00am 3/27/2016 at 11:00am

President Obama continued his “Spring Break” from America by undermining the foundations of the country’s successful economic system.

After dancing the night away, Obama was addressed the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative Town Hall at Usina Del Arte in Buenos Aires, Argentina:

I guess to make a broader point, so often in...

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Little to Celebrate on Obamacare’s 6th Anniversary

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Posted by    Friday, March 25, 2016 at 7:00pm 3/25/2016 at 7:00pm

Six years ago this week, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law…with all the arrogance and pomp we have come to expect!

Obamacare is still the gift that keeps on giving…fiscal pain, budgetary heartbreak, and unfulfilled expectations.

For this magic anniversary, Patrice J. Lee f the Independent Women’s Forum walks us...

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“Filthy Filner” says he didn’t sexually harass anyone

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Posted by    Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 8:00pm 3/24/2016 at 8:00pm

Bob Filner, the former mayor of San Diego and long-time Democratic Party politico, was forced to resign from office in 2013 when the trickle of sex harassment accusations from co-workers became a flood.

Nearly 3 years later, Filner is surfing on a sea of delusions, as he now denies these claims in...

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San Diegans begin to #FeelTheBern

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 10:00am 3/23/2016 at 10:00am

Californians are being treated to a rare opportunity to actually make a difference during a presidential primary season…at least if they are Republican.

Senator Bernie Sanders is behind in the delegate count, and the “Super Duper” election results confirm Hillary is the likely nominee at this point. However, he is gamely continuing...

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