I'm not sure that I want to say that it's over ... but as of today I can SkypeOut again! I spent weeks on their on-line forums, and posted 16+ support requests through their website (NONE of which were ever answered!) and then as of today got a personal message on the on-line forums indicating that I was unblocked.
My Skype account was blocked when I unsucessfully attempted to purchase Skype credit with my credit card from the Philippines. That was on the 28th of May! They blocked my account that night ... and I have been struggling to get it unblocked - on a daily basis - since then.
Sure enough ... I can use Skype again!