Here's something to help celebrate "Sharknado" week!
Your often confused reporter can't figure out whether to make this guy our "Winner of the Day" for helping this animal, or our "Asshole of the Day" for even trying to help this animal!
A brave man grabbed a hammerhead shark by the tail and dragged it to shore in an effort to help the shark. A large group of onlookers stood by shocked as he dragged the massive fish to the shore and started to remove the massive fishing hooks that were wrapped around the sharks head.
Rather than go into a lengthy explanation I'll just let you watch this:
A spectacular fireworks display from the CN Tower and an apparent microphone malfunction for headliner Kanye West helped end the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto with an exclamation mark during the closing ceremony on Sunday night.
Yup, the ceremony was great and Kayne West sucked. Why we didn't have a Canadian headline the show instead of this asshole is beyond me ...., but then, as usual, nobody thought to ask yours truly!
Well, well, kids!
Talk about life imitating art! (Or is it art imitating life?)
By Billboard Staff
Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, has died at age 22. She had been found unconscious in the bathtub of her Roswell, Ga., home on Jan. 31 and rushed to a nearby hospital. She died in in a long-term care facility in Atlanta, according to reports.
"Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away Sunday, July, 26 2015, surrounded by her family," a rep told The Hollywood Reporter. "She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months."
(Just so ya know, I don't remember anything about this since at the time I was fighting my own battle in intensive care with a case of the "flu" that went bad on me!)
(Gee it's too bad I don't like smoking weed, because it might be FREE eventually! Yup, insurance might cover it ........., try doing THAT with booze!)
By Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian PressCanadians who have been prescribed medical marijuana could one day see their insurance company footing the bill, experts predict, following the introduction of new Health Canada rules that allow for the sale of cannabis oils.
Health Canada announced revamped medical marijuana regulations earlier this month after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that users of the drug should be permitted to consume it in other forms, such as oils and edibles, rather than having to smoke dried buds.
- Medical marijuana producers OK'd to produce, sell oil and fresh buds
- Medical marijuana prescribing by doctors felt to be unclear
That will allow for more precise dosing, Malik says.
"When you're trying to smoke a plant you have no idea how much you're consuming, so that makes doctors a little nervous," he said.
Legitimizing the drugExperts say the changes are a major step towards legitimizing the drug in the eyes of doctors and insurers.
"When something doesn't look different than other medicines, it becomes much easier for people to get comfortable with the idea that this is, in fact, a possible treatment option for patients," says Bruce Linton, the chief executive of Smiths Falls, Ont.-based Tweed Marijuana Inc. (CVE:TWD).
However, medical marijuana producers still have one major hurdle to overcome before insurers begin routinely funding the drug — cannabis currently doesn't have a drug identification number, known as a DIN.
"If it was issued a DIN by Health Canada, it's quite likely that the insurance companies would cover it," says Wendy Hope, a spokeswoman for the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association Inc.
"To obtain a DIN, the new form of medical marijuana would need to go through the full Health Canada approval process like any new drug."
As it stands, most insurance companies don't routinely cover medical marijuana. But some insurers, including Manulife, say they will consider making an exception if the employer has specifically requested it for one of its employees.
Up to the employer"It's up to the employer to ask if they want to have it covered," says Hope.
Earlier this year, Sun Life agreed to pay for a University of Waterloo's medical marijuana prescription through his student health plan after the student union went to bat for him. Jonathan Zaid, 22, uses the drug to combat a syndrome called new daily persistent headache.
Some health insurance companies may pay for medical marijuana through a health spending account, says Hope. But, she adds, "my understanding is it doesn't happen often."
Malik says the primary reason why medical marijuana doesn't have a DIN is a lack of rigorous, clinical research on its efficacy.
"The evidence is very circumstantial — not your typical 10-year, double-blind study that doctors and big pharmaceutical companies like to see," Malik said.
He suspects that's about to change.
Need for DIN numbers"You're going to see a lot of Canadian companies partnering up with universities overseas that are a little more progressive than the ones we have here, at least in this space, to drive this research forward and legitimize it in the eyes of doctors and get DIN numbers on these things," Malik said.
Malik says there is a financial incentive for insurers to pay for medical marijuana, rather than shelling out for pricier chronic pain drugs such as opiates.
"From a dollars and cents standpoint, if marijuana is the same thing as a narcotic opiate, they would much rather cover marijuana because they're in the business to make money," Malik said.
(One of the few times I really enjoyed smoking weed and didn't get a panic attack was back in the seventies when I ran into my old friend Rick Lauzon on Avenue Rd in Toronto ....., we got totally baked on some really righteous shit and then went into the Regency Towers hotel and sat at the "Wreck Room" bar for the rest of the afternoon while watching the Roadrunner on TV! WHAT A GREAT DAY!)