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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Minnesota Star Tribune Editorial Paints Mt. Rushmore as Monument to White Supremacy

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 9:00am 8/21/2019 at 9:00am
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Last Friday, Professor Jacobson blogged about New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet revealing plans to shift its focus after the Russian collusion failed. Now the publication will focus on portraying President Donald Trump as racist.

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Kanye West’s ‘Star Wars’ Domes for Homeless Battles the ‘Dark Side’ of California’s Permit Process

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 9:00am 8/20/2019 at 9:00am
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The last time we reported on rapper and mega-celebrity Kanye West, he had jumped back on board the Trump Train after taking a break from politics.

Now, West’s latest project, Star Wars style domes designed to use as homeless shelters, has met the Dark Side of the California permitting process.

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Hawaiian telescopes the latest target for social justice activism

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Posted by    Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 2:00pm 8/18/2019 at 2:00pm
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Mauna Kea, the tallest peak in Hawaii, is one of the best sites in the world for astronomical observations. In fact, a consortium led by Caltech and the University of California are planning to construct an 18-story telescope to contribute to the renewed interest in space exploration and discovery during the...

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After launch of two projectiles into East Sea, North Korea announces it has ‘new weapon’

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Posted by    Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 4:00pm 8/17/2019 at 4:00pm
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North Korea fired two more projectiles into the East Sea, further raising tensions on the peninsula, and the South Koran military indicates that it is now analyzing the projectiles and maintaining high levels of readiness.

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Trump administration orders sweeping environmental review of offshore wind industry

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Posted by    Friday, August 16, 2019 at 5:04pm 8/16/2019 at 5:04pm
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Hard on the heels of plans to modify the Endangered Species Act, the Trump administration is ordering a sweeping environmental review of the offshore wind industry, based on concerns voiced by the fishing industry.

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Republican Beats Green New Deal Supporter to Win Seat on Los Angeles City Council

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Posted by    Friday, August 16, 2019 at 11:00am 8/16/2019 at 11:00am
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There have been some intriguing developments related to elections and California that may bode for a slightly less blue future for the Golden State.

I recently noted that the state identified over 84,000 duplicate voter registrations during a detailed audit of rolls in the wake of Motor-Voter implementation.

Now, a

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Reports: Chinese Moving Military to Border With Hong Kong

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Posted by    Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 9:00am 8/15/2019 at 9:00am
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When I began covering the protests in Hong Kong, I noted that China had two options for dealing with the city-state’s citizens and their demands for freedom and justice: Cooperation or crackdown.

Clearly, the decision has been made.

Large numbers of Chinese paramilitary forces have been filmed assembling just 30km (18.6 miles) from...

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California Sues Trump Over Rescinding of Obama-Era Restrictions on Coal-Burning Power Plants

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 7:00am 8/14/2019 at 7:00am
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California and a coalition of 21 other states have sued the Trump administration over the decision to rescind restrictions on coal-burning power plants. These restrictions played a crucial part in Obama’s climate change policy.

State Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said Trump’s effort to dismantle 2015’s Clean Power Plan undercuts efforts to reduce...

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President Trump Rolls Back Onerous “Endangered Species” Rule Protections

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 7:00am 8/13/2019 at 7:00am
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President Donald Trump has promised to roll back business-killing regulations to create a healthier economic climate.

Some of the most difficult of those regulations came from the “Endangered Species Act.” The government implemented the rules initially to protect whales, eagles, and other wildlife. It eventually devolved into a green dictatorship in which...

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Audit Finds 84,000 Duplicate Voter Records in California’s ‘Motor Voter’ System

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Posted by    Monday, August 12, 2019 at 9:00am 8/12/2019 at 9:00am
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California’s ‘Motor Voter’ system has produced the kind of results that you would expect from a power-grabbing, progressive bureaucracy.

California’s ambitious effort to automate voter registration at Department of Motor Vehicle offices produced almost 84,000 duplicate records and more than twice that number with political party mistakes, according to an audit released...

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Spike in radiation reported after explosion at Russian military base

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Posted by    Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 4:00pm 8/11/2019 at 4:00pm
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The Russian military is now dealing with a second, serious accident that has garnered international attention.

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Hundreds of Hong Kong protesters stage peaceful sit-in at city’s international airport

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Posted by    Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 7:30pm 8/10/2019 at 7:30pm
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The pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong continues for the 10th week, this weekend’s event featuring a peaceful sit-in at the city’s international airport.

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Trump sues California over new law targeting his tax returns

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Posted by    Friday, August 9, 2019 at 10:00am 8/9/2019 at 10:00am
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Last week, I reported that President Donald Trump will be ineligible for California’s primary ballot next year unless he discloses his tax returns under a state law that just took effect.

As predicted, the President’s team is going to challenge the new rule in court, along with the state and national...

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California’s Minimum Wage Rules Kill State’s Largest Recycling Center

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Posted by    Friday, August 9, 2019 at 9:00am 8/9/2019 at 9:00am
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One might assume that an environmentally-minded firm such as a plastic recycler would enjoy doing business in deep-blue California.

That assumption is entirely wrong.

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Baltimore Sun shamefully questions motives of conservative activist who organized trash clean-up

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Posted by    Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 7:30pm 8/8/2019 at 7:30pm

The American media has really plumbed the depths of new lows this week.

Take, for instance, the story of conservative activist and social media maven Scott Presler.

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Sadness: It Turns Out McDonald’s Cannot Recycle the New Paper Straws

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 1:00pm 8/7/2019 at 1:00pm
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Green justice warriors touted McDonald’s paper straws as a “sustainable” replacement for the plastic straws that they insisted kill the ocean.

It turns out that they aren’t actually recyclable.

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Trump Slams China for Failing to Halt Fentanyl Exports to U.S.

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 9:00pm 8/6/2019 at 9:00pm
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Three months ago, China promised in the recent trade negotiations it would halt illegal shipments of the opioid fentanyl into this country.

While President Donal Trump was hopeful China would enforce the agreement, he has now accused his Chinese counterpart of failing to fulfill the promises.

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