Hello again folks, Ryan here. Ed is still dealing with a family issue, so I’ll be filling in a bit again today. Send your prayers, thoughts, and karmic vibrations Ed’s way. Until I get underway, here are some things from around the web.

1. BP demands scientist emails over a Gulf spill lawsuit. I’m sure that’s just honest need for information. After all, it’s not like political hacks have ever combed through thousands of emails in order to cherry-pick quotes for a smear campaign.

2. Very interesting post and graph on over-diagnosis. Thyroid cancer diagnoses exploding but deaths flat.

3. Very sharp article on the rise and fall of Occupy Wall Street.

4. Jason Alexander shows how to apologize for an offensive joke. A true gentleman.

5. George Soros gave an excellent (though long) speech on the fate of the Eurozone. Three months to act, he says, or it’s done.

Ryan Cooper

Follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanlcooper. Ryan Cooper is a national correspondent at The Week. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New Republic, and The Nation.