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Inventing the AIDS Virus

I went to Peter Duesberg’s site, duesberg.com, and noticed he’s selling signed copies of his classic 1996 book, “Inventing the AIDS Virus” for only $25 USD. I got one a few years ago for a $350 donation to Rethinking AIDS, so enjoy the big discount!

If HIV is one day proven not to be the cause of AIDS — and I believe it will be — this will be one of the most important books of the past century.

For more on the AIDS scam, see my articles here.

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In the process of searching for cheaper long-distance calling rates to certain countries from Skype, I checked online for calling cards.

Given a mobile rate of 23 cents per minute on Skype, surely you could save a lot with a calling card, right?

Not when you look for cards without all kinds of supplementary (hidden) fees, such as:

Connection fee
“Rounding” up of one or more minute (up to 4 minutes in some cases)
Maintenance fee
Peak/Off-peak rates
Toll-free surcharge
Payphone surcharge
Minimum order amount

Starting with a card with a per minute rate of 9.9 cents, you find out the price is a lot higher with rounding up of each call by 4 minutes, a 99 cent weekly “maintenance” fee, and a 1.4 cent per-call connection fee.

By the time I found a calling card comparable to the flat-rate service Skype offers, it’s up to 19.5 cents per minute, with all applicable per-call costs.

What seems like a 57% discount with the 9.9 cent per minute calling card, becomes more expensive for short calls, and the most expensive calling card is only modestly cheaper than Skype, at 15%.

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Someone I know tried to send money through Western Union’s online site to a Middle Eastern ally of the United States. Western Union has a limit of $1000 USD or CAD for online transactions.

After completing the transaction online, the person was informed they would have to phone a customer service number and answer some questions in order to complete the transaction within 24 hours, or else it would be cancelled.

After answering standard questions to verify their identity, he was told his online transaction was denied and he’d have to complete the transaction at a local agent, and was given a code to receive a $10 discount. When asked for the reasons for the denial, he was told they couldn’t give him the reasons. Was it because he created the account that same day? Was it because it was his first online transaction? Was it because of the destination country, that it was beyond a certain amount, or a combination of those factors? Whatever the reasons were, they wouldn’t say.

When he showed up at a local agent, he was told the discount code wasn’t recognized there, and he’d have to do a new transaction. While the site reported a transfer fee of $61 for an online transaction and $30 at a local agent, it only ended up costing $19 at the local agent. Despite the questions he was asked during the online transaction and afterwards, by phone, the local agent never asked for any identification — so much for consistency.

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