Burt Likko

32,542 Flips | 5 Magazines | 1 Like | 5 Following | 25,359 Followers | @burtlikko | A pseudonymous attorney in Southern California. His interests include Constitutional law with a special interest in law relating to the concept of separation of church and state, cooking, good beer, and bad science fiction movies. Follow his sporadic Tweets at @burtlikko and read his writing at ordinary-gentlemen.com.

In Defense of The Bark Beetle

An ecologically healthy forest needs more than this one dead tree | Photo: Bob White/Flickr/Creative Commons License<p>We've all seen the sensational …

Election Law Ground Wars Underway in Federal Courts

Decisions on photo ID, polling locations and registration could affect turnout<p>With the conventions over and Republican Donald Trump and Democrat …

L.A. Is Now a Renters' Town

Since the Great Recession (officially 2007 to 2009), the home ownership rate of L.A.'s African-Americans suffered the most, seeing a 4.3 percent …

Physicists Believe They've Discovered a Fifth Fundamental Force of the Universe

Although physics may seem complicated to the uninitiated (or even to the trained professional, for that matter), it’s worth remembering that physics …

New Snowden docs suggest Shadow Broker leak was real

On Monday, a group of hackers calling themselves the Shadow Broker put up a number of cyber-espionage tools reportedly stolen from NSA-associated hacking outfit, the Equation Group. Edward Snowden has already publicly speculated that the intrusion and theft was actually just another salvo in the …

Stone Brewing's Hotel Isn't the Only Way to Beer-Cation in California

That’s the growing trend around the country, with Rogue Farms’ Hop Inn in Oregon and various East Coast small-town BBBs (brewery bed and breakfasts) …

A Master of Umbral Moonshine Toys With String Theory

After the Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted in Iceland in 2010, flight cancellations left Miranda Cheng stranded in Paris. While waiting for the ash …

Mathematics

Coffee, Cardamom, and Honey: Tracing Food to Its Source in Guatemala

After three hours of bouncing up dirt roads, we reached the top of the mountain, opening the doors of our trucks as fireworks popped off. Soon, we were circled three times by women swinging incense. No common language was needed to understand the welcome ceremony this Q'eqchi Mayan community gave …

The Best Swedish Meatballs

<i>The Best Swedish Meatballs are smothered in the most amazing rich and creamy gravy. The meatballs are packed with such delicious flavor. You will</i> …

Recipes

Screw the Haters: GNR's Dodger Stadium Show Was Everything Fans Could Hope For

Why am I talking about Axl's shoes? Because this is the last rock star, ladies and gentleman, perhaps the last one for a long time, and his fashion …

Connecticut Supreme Court Reinstates State Employee Caught Smoking Pot On The Job

Who says arbitration is stacked against the little guy? The Connecticut Supreme Court this week reversed a lower court and reinstated a state employee who’d been fired for smoking marijuana on the job, siding with his union and an arbitrator who said the punishment was too harsh — even though the …

Suns 'n Roses: A Fruity Punch That's Summer in a Cocktail

Hosting a barbecue is a juggling act: You're practicing your reverse sear and prepping side dishes, shucking corn and pulling cherry pie from the oven. You've got a cooler full of pilsner, IPA, and cheap wine—but you know the afternoon would be even more fun if there were fancy cocktails, too.<p>This …

How to Make the Crispiest Shredded Hash Browns

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>More<p>Breakfast<p>Everything you need to make the most important meal of the day delicious.<p>Like every red-blooded American, I love hash browns. What's not to adore about a heaping plate of golden-brown, extra-crispy potatoes? The answer is <i>nothing</i>. I've yet to encounter …

San Francisco Bay's Lost World: The Saltmarsh

<i>An explanatory series focusing on one of the most complex issues facing California: water sharing. And at its core is the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay</i> …

Ecology

Associated Press News

Why this time will be different for marijuana legalization

Californians first threatened to legalize recreational marijuana by ballot initiative in 1972. It failed 66% to 33%. We tried again in 2010. It was voted down 53% to 46%.<p>Now we're back at it. This time, though Proposition 64 looks like a sure thing. Polls show support for legalization in general at …

Cannabis

The science of chocolate: What makes us like it so much?

For many of us, chocolate is a guilty pleasure, a tool we turn to during times of sadness or simply a random craving. But why exactly does chocolate …

Here's How Much the White House Would Cost if It Ever Went up for Sale

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is not the average starter home.<p>President Barack Obama and his family will be moving out of the White House in a few months. …

Southern California wildfire destroys iconic inn

<b>(CNN) —</b> Cecil Stevens sadly looked over the charred remains of the Summit Inn. The Southern California restaurant, once visited by Elvis Presley, had fallen victim to the Blue Cut wildfire.<p>"It makes me sick in my stomach," said Stevens, who owned the place for decades. "It's awful, 'cause I know …

Man who owes insurance to 'Obamacare' still voting for Trump

MIAMI (AP) — Bruce Bradford is a longtime Republican who dislikes big government and government handouts. But he acknowledges that he's been saved by insurance obtained under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.<p>Bradford injured his knee, missing weeks of work at a time, and was ultimately …

How to Get the Most out of Visiting World-Famous Sites

If you’re visiting Florence, Italy, you’ve got to see the world-famous Uffizi Gallery. But why? Because that’s what one does in Florence? Because you feel compelled to post a selfie in front of Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus”?<p>Those are obviously terrible reasons. We shouldn’t go to places because …

We Tried Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks Cold Brew Coffee So You Don't Have To (But Seriously, Don't)

In light of Dunkin Donuts' recent announcement that they've added cold brew coffee to their menu, it's only right that we put it head to head with …

Mental Floss

Some Common Colds May Have Come From Camels

The common cold is one of those illnesses that’s so, well, common, it feels like it’s just part of being human. But it turns out camels might …

4 types of sushi that often aren't what you think they are — and what you're eating instead

What you see on the sushi menu isn't necessarily what you get.<p>A whopping 74% of fish sold at sushi venues in the US is mislabeled, meaning you're being served a completely different fish than what you ordered. That's according to a 2013 study by ocean conservation group Oceana.<p>So how do you know …

Aquaculture

Panda Express Introduces Hybrid Utensil Called Chorks

Squirreled away in Panda Express' latest press release about their new menu items is a small but exciting note: The fast food chain will soon be …

Portraits of L.A.'s Best Record Stores

June 25 at 12:59 p.m.<p>June 25 at 12:54 p.m.<p>June 18 at 4:31 p.m.<p>June 11 at 2:53 p.m.<p>June 1 at 9:13 a.m.<p>May 29 at 12:31 p.m.

Bolognese

Bolognese sauce is an originally Italian, meat-based sauce that is served with pasta. Here, our favorite Bolognese recipes including pappardelle with …

Researchers Discover a New Type of Fire Called "Blue Whirl"

Scientists at the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering say they’ve discovered a new type of fire whirl that could make …