Insanity Wrap: Journalists Go Hunger Games on Each Other and I Can't Stop Laughing

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Big-name journalists are going full Hunger Games on one another on their new home away from Twitter. There’s even a transphobic network server involved, I swear to you. That’s the big crazy on today’s Insanity Wrap — an entire week’s worth of lefty nuttiness wrapped up in one easy-to-swallow medicated news capsule.



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Before we get to today’s big story, here’s a short video to make you lose whatever little faith you might still have in humanity.

This Is Not a Sane World, Exhibit #1,000,006

Won’t somebody please explain to this sad and confused young woman the logical fallacy of identifying as an inanimate object?

Woke Journalists and the Transphobic Mastodon Server

Big-name journalists — and many you’ve never heard of — loved their gatekeeping role on Twitter. They decided what you were permitted to know, and Twitter played along, happy to enforce the Mean Girls’ rules on their behalf.

But freedom of speech has returned to Twitter under Elon Musk, and journos are desperate for a new digital meeting place where they’re the Mean Girls clique once more.

So they turned to Mastodon, a totally Woke (and decentralized) social media platform, where NPR’s Adam Davidson set up the server for like-minded wokesters. According to NYT, there are something like 2,000 members who have to prove who they are in order to join. “ received $12,000 in funding from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY’s Tow-Knight Center, which has been used so far to pay server and domain registration fees,” reported the Times.


“Indeed, at times, looks a lot like Twitter, just without all the non-journalists and most of the nastiness.”

Oh yeah?

So is getting blocked by other Mastodon servers, effectively trapping our would-be gatekeepers behind a gate of their own.

It’s all very technical, but Vox’s Aja Romano (from the Twitter thread above) noted that New York radio host “Mike Pesca, fired from slate[.com] for defending his right to use the N-word, posted a transphobic NYT article and allegedly the first thing the journa[.]host mods did was ban another user for complaining that they hadn’t banned Pesca.”

Mastodon is so touchy that it somehow managed to find an NYT article transphobic if you can wrap your head around that.

Wokest of the woke, Parker Molloy (who blocked li’l ol’ me on Twitter ages ago), somehow got herself suspended from

There was digital shouting involved, with Molloy calling Pesca an “utter hack.”

How any of this somehow turned a server transphobic is beyond my ken. Maybe Skynet is achieving self-awareness, and it doesn’t approve of Drag Queen Story Hour. Maybe this is just the natural and unavoidable result of putting insanely powerful digital tools in the hands of overprivileged Karens with the manners of hangry toddlers.


But the upshot is that a whole bunch of woke journalists, in trying to flee Musk’s “oppressive” Twitter, somehow got their server labeled transphobic, and now they’re fighting one another like it’s the Hunger Games, and may the odds be never in your favor.

Meanwhile, traffic and user interaction are way up, according to Musk, on the very Twitter service that those screeching journos are trying to replace.

Who wants to join me in a celebratory Bloody Mary this morning?

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Before We Continue, Here’s a Short Video to Restore Your Faith in Everything…

Gooder and Harder, America

California Gas Prices
AP Photo/Jae C. Hong
EPA floats sharply increased social cost of carbon

This story gets a little technical, but I’ll give you the TL;DR after this quick excerpt:

EPA has proposed a new estimate for the social cost of carbon emissions, nearly quadrupling an interim figure that has already drawn legal challenges from a host of Republican-led states.

The Biden administration has been using the Interagency Working Group’s interim value of $51 per metric ton of CO2. But earlier this month, EPA quietly proposed increasing that number to $190.

Meteorologist Ryan Maue sums it up thusly: “This would correspond to about $6/gallon gas tax.”

Not $6 gas, but another $6 in taxes on each gallon. Others say it might be as “low” as an additional $2 tax on each gallon — oh, joy.


The EPA wants to kill the middle class, and “Middle-Class Joe” might just help them do it.

Quote(s) of the Week


Take a look at those time stamps — courage!

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss totally, publicly contradicting and humiliating yourself.

It’s Official: We Live in a Gerontocracy

APTOPIX Supreme Court Abortion Pelosi
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
Nancy Pelosi Embodied America’s Gerontocracy Problem

Takeaway line: “The average American is now a full two decades younger than the average member of Congress — who, at age 59, is a full two decades younger than the president and outgoing speaker of the House.”

I have nothing against older people, particularly since I find myself becoming one.

But for all this talk about a “government that looks like America,” it looks like a bunch of aging bitter-clingers who won’t let go of power.

Hunger Games Part III: Mocking Laughter

Mastodon is not the end of the story, because it looks like our refugee journos are also trying Hive, which looks like it might just be the FTX of social media platforms.

It would take a heart of stone not to laugh.

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One More Thing…

I caught a glimpse of the price sticker on our turkey when Melissa brought it home on Monday, and I really wish I hadn’t.

Seriously, though: However you celebrate Thanksgiving, please make it a happy and thankful one.

That’s a Wrap for this week.

Come back next week for another Insanity Wrap…

…assuming we make it that long.


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