Brian Dunning, Host of Skeptoid Podcast, Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison for Scamming eBay

Brian Dunning (below), the host of the popular Skeptoid podcast with approximately 179,000 weekly listeners, was sentenced this week to 15 months in prison for wire fraud.

His crime involved taking advantage of eBay’s affiliate program.

Here’s how that program is supposed to work: If you own a website like this one, you can provide a link to eBay somewhere in a blog post. If a reader clicks on that link and buys something (anything!) on eBay, you receive a small commission in the process. For most people, that amounts to beer money. A few people are fortunate enough to make a pretty decent amount per month — maybe several hundred dollars.

Brian Dunning, in a 13-month span between 2006 and 2007, made $5,200,000.

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After Several Local Shootings, Pastors Want to Visit Florida Public Schools to “Help” Kids… and Spread the Faith

Times have been rough in Panama City, Florida lately. A series of shootings have put residents on alert, including students who will soon be heading back to school.

But when they arrive on campus, more than 30 Christian pastors will be waiting for them, validating that old political canard about never letting a serious crisis go to waste.



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Secular Invocation Referencing Harry Potter Delivered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Amanda Novotny, President of the Siouxland Freethinkers, delivered an invocation at last night’s meeting of the Sioux Falls City Council:



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You Think God is Omnipotent? More Like…

That sounds much more accurate.

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It’s Not Too Late to Sign Up for the Colorado Secular Conference

The Colorado Secular Conference is taking place in less than two weeks and it’s not too late to get tickets:



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