making jokes about human suffering is generally going to earn you comments about insensitivity and a general lack of awareness. It doesn't help when the jokes aren't particularly funny. While my sense of humor is certainly weird, I typically try to stay away from topics that are more likely to offend than entertain.
For example, some timely, but inappropriate topics for a joke list (very Cracked.com of you by the way, switching to a List joke blog format):
Top 5 of ways we are humoring you about the flooding and devastation in Australia:
1. No one cared about the hurricane, as they were already dead from the flooding.
2. Kangaroos prepared for the hurricane by stocking up on human bodies.
3. There has a been a sudden surge on great deals on properties that need a little "TLC".
4. Australians have cornered the flood preparation market.
5. Authorities in Brisbane have sought the advice of officials from FEMA and New Orleans on how to use these disasters as an opportunity to get rid of poor people.
See, somewhat humorous, but totally inappropriate and insensitive to the Human Suffering CURRENTLY GOING ON AS I TYPE.
Other topics you could "spoof" that might garner negative responses:
The earthquake and/or cholera outbreak in Haiti.
The mass shooting in Arizona.
Anyone who's currently dying and/or recently deceased.
On the other hand, there are plenty of timely topics you could choose from that may have some elements of human suffering (just to keep it edgy enough for you) but don't rely exclusively on people dying, being injured, humiliated and just general suffering.
Your choice of "Snowmageddon" events that've happened in the U.S. so far this year.
Charlie Manson getting caught with a cell-phone.
Anyone who's old, but not ACTIVELY dying. i.e. Larry King.
You could even go for something rather mundane, while subtlety pointing at social commentary, for example in the news today: %85 of U.S. Population growth is in minorities & 15 states look to adopt Arizona-style immigration laws. --- An edgy topic that lends itself to jokes, could offend but enough wiggle-room to work with.
So I guess my point is, and others who've complained, that w00t.com is generally heralded as a "family site". The writer's pick of topics to satirize and spoof have more frequently been questionable in taste and appropriateness.
It is my opinion that you should leave topics that are likely to offend people to sites who specialize in things like that, such as Tosh.0 and Cracked.com.
Also, I don't think w00ters look to the writers at w00t to inform us of worldly events. That's why we watch the Daily Show.
My advice, try less to be "edgy" and "topical" and concentrate on what made w00t famous: fun, quirky comedy.
EDIT: OBTW, you generally are not doing yourselves any favors by openly ridiculing anyone who's offended or who negatively comments on your blog posts. I mean you are free to post whatever you want, but so are we. If you guys are posting questionable content, you shouldn't be surprised when people don't like it. Lashing out at us for that is just going to make people stop reading your stuff. And perhaps I'm wrong, but I thought the idea of having a paid writing staff was to encourage people to visit the site, not drive them away with offensive comedy and derogatory replies.
Obviously there are people who like that style of humor, but I don't think w00t.com is generally thought of as a site who caters to that particular genre of comedy.