Author and Weapons Historian Michael Zomber

Michael Zomber is a historian, writer and filmmaker who specializes in antique arms from the American Civil War and Japanese samurai era. He is also an active philanthropist who participates in organizations that promote peace. Over a span of four decades Michael has collected a number of antique arms and swords and studied them. With his knowledge he has spoken about his findings to a number of major media sources such as the History Channel. As well as being a collector of antique arms, he has also written a number of stories about the samurai era. Michael even made a film about one of his stories though his film company Renascent Films LLC.

During a span of forty years, Michael has collected a number of weapons such as antique guns from the American Civil War era. He would study these guns and learn more about them in terms of how they were built, how they work and their impact on the number of armed conflicts they were used in. By acquiring this knowledge he would then educate others by appearing on television. While he is very fond of antique arms he is also an avid collector of samurai swords. By studying samurai swords he has been able to use his knowledge to participate in storytelling. As a result he has gone on to complete a number of projects based on his interest in Japanese samurai swords

As well as studying weapons, Michael has written a number of stories. These stories are mainly about the samurai era in the form of screenplays and novels. In this screenplays Michael has devised a number of intriguing stories that depict the culture and armed conflicts of the samurai era. They are also depicted in a number of his novels as well. In the novels they are more detailed and provide more insight into this unique time period in world history. The stories that Michael has written would eventually be made into a documentary film. With this project Michael gives people a visual representation of what the samurai era was like in terms of armed conflict and culture.

Securus Technologies Shames Unethical Telecom Company

Securus Technologies is based in Dallas, Texas, and provides technology solutions for civil and criminal justice and public safety systems in the area.  Recently, Securus Technologies announced that it would be releasing a series of articles highlighting ethical wrongs committed by Global Tel Link (a.k.a. “GTL”), a telecommunications company in the industry that has long been a provider of telephone service to prison inmates. Securus hopes to shame GTL into adopting higher standards and more ethical business practices, and I have to say that it is about time.

The first article released by Securus highlights a 1998 report from the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC), in which the LPSC finds that GTL was guilty of fraudulently altering telephone clocks to add extra seconds to calls, charging higher rates than the law permitted, and double-billing for calls, among other things. Securus acknowledges that these transgressions were committed 18 years ago, but makes the salient point that the Enron and Bernie Madoff scandals are also dated, and the passage of time has done nothing to reduce the seriousness of those matters. Today, no one would do business with Enron or Madoff.

That experience has allowed me to realize that inmates cannot be lumped into a category, labeled, and then left behind. Many inmates are good people who have made bad decisions. The families and friends who visit them and call them are their lifeline, and for a company defraud one of society’s most vulnerable populations by taking advantage of that lifeline is inexcusable. I am glad that Securus is taking steps to shine the light on GTL’s business practices. If you’d like more information on Securus Technologies, you can find it here and here.

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