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SOURCES OF FREE MUSIC FOR VIDEOS (recommended by Resistance; actually provides its means to contest YouTube ID Matches!!!) (requires acknowledgement in some form of the music you are using, presumably in the video itself, or at least in the description)
(credits required as: Song Title, Kevin MacLeod (
(no permission notice seems to be required) (credits required in some form -- see site for details) (requires citation information)
(requires citation of its link)
Mattia Cupelli

Make A Meme
Audacity (audio editing program)
Levelator (audio leveling application)
From Text to Speech (artificial voices)
Windows Moviemaker
Color Bars (HD)
YouTube Downloader (only use on what you have been given the rights to download)
Recommended YouTube Uploading and Encoding (image editing program) (website design coding resource)
VLC Video Player
Open Office (free version of Microsoft Office)
Tor Project (anonymous internet surfing)
Advanced System Care
Major Geeks (variety of computer/internet downloads
Pingdom (live map of internet outages)
Is It Down Right Now (website checker)
What's My DNS (worldwide server propagation checker)
Down Detector (internet provider outages) (free online facial recognition)

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Definition: A person who dissents from some established policy.
Synonyms: objector, dissident, protester, contestant

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nice one

An informal expression of praise for having done something well. (It can also be used sarcastically to mean the opposite.)

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Myanmar Martyrs' Day

On July 19, 1947, Aung San and six of his cabinet members, including his older brother, were assassinated during an Executive Council meeting. His political adversary, U Saw, was found guilty of participating in the assassinations and was later executed for his part in the killings. July 19 has been declared Martyr's Day, a national holiday on which the people of Myanmar remember their slain leader Aung San. On this day, the country holds a moment of silence, and a ceremony is held as family members of Aung San and the other assassinated cabinet members lay wreaths on their tombs. More...

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You, who are blessed with shade as well as light, you, who are gifted with two eyes, endowed with a knowledge of perspective, and charmed with the enjoyment of various colors, you, who can actually see…the Three Dimensions—how shall I make clear to you the extreme difficulty which we in Flatland experience in recognizing one another's configuration?
Edwin Abbott

Word Trivia

Today's topic: sent

coals to Newcastle - Something brought or sent to a place where it is already plentiful; it is a reference to the English town of Newcastle upon Tyne, historically a major coal exporter. More...

envoy - Pronounced EN-voy, it literally means "sent on one's way." More...

epistle - From Greek epistole, "something sent to someone." More...

India ink - Originally applied to Chinese and Japanese pigments made into solid blocks and sent to Europe through India. More...

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How to Make GREAT Videos for the Party
NSM Media field producers are not always be available to help you with you local, regional, national, and international video production. While we'd like to, we can, however, assist with comprehensive production advice and/or internet-sent video. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make your videos shine with or without our professional assistance.
1) Plan your shoot. Whether it is mere coverage, agit-prop, or discussion of controversy, you must have at least an IDEA of what you will be creating. Remember, you will probably be the one having to edit what you shoot!
2) Have plenty of camera-specific batteries and back-up film, tape, or digital media.
3) Obtain the cooperation of the ranking person in command of the event you are covering. While acting under the guise of NSM Media, you may receive additional protection and consideration by SS members present as well as local law enforcement personnel.
4) When you set up for a shoot, use DEEP FOCUS. Quite simply, this means that with most color video camera having a zoom function with manual focus, if you 'pull into' the subject as close as possible and then zoom out, everything between you and the subject should remain in focus.
5) When you are recording an event, try to AVOID the following:
--Allow speaker boxes to 'stick out' of the background horizon
--Allow a picture, sign or plaque to visibly stick out in the background
--Allow people to congregate or mill around HUMAN speakers -- This is VERY distracting!
--The sun getting in your (and the camera's) eye. This is where you will need to scope out the area in advance. If you do not have this often necessary luxury, don't panic...Just shoot your subjects at a 45-ish degree angle.
6) Static shots of one person talking are BORING. Your BEST BET is to record some 'cutaway' shots of people before, during, or after the event for insertion.
7) Try to keep your video as clean as possible. Each time you have to make a video or audio correction, you introduce three likely problems:
--Loss of audio-video sync
--Video degradation
--Editing compatibility issues of your segments
8) Keep in mind that we are moving towards 16x9 (widescreen) formatting, and HD (whenever possible). There is some free software that will push your video into 'pseudo'-HD. This means that the software will format the video to whatever size you want, decrease compression and increase sharpening, and insert the expected 'tags' into the video. Granted, this video will not be true HD, but it will at least look close enough to it, especially to the untrained eye.

NSM Media Video Standards
In order to continue to produce quality innovative videos, NSM Media respectfully requests the following technical standards of all submitted video files whenever possible by any of our producers or contributors:
--NTSC format ONLY (Pal and SEACAM must be converted prior to transmission)
--29.97-30 FPS (60 FPS is DISCOURAGED due to rendered file size), even for High-Definition videos
--No less than 480 lines of Vertical Resolution RECOMMENDED MINIMUM (720 or higher preferred for High-Definition productions)
--ADDITIONAL SUGGESTIONS FROM AUSTIN: Make sure the videos are always shot in either 1080p or 720p at 30 frames per second. 720p is still high definition and doesn't eat up nearly as much space as 1080p. 720p is perfectly fine for web content. When editing, make sure the program's settings are set to 1280x720, 30 frames per second, progressive (or none) fields. The output video should be in an H.264 wrapper. This will keep the quality up while keeping the file size down. --Audio set for 0db average/minimum, with occasional peaks at 3db, and with gated OCCASIONAL MAXIMUM of 6db
--Noise leveling/compression or Dolby (TM) noise compression, as necessary
--Noise reduction and EQ, as technically and aesthetically necessary
--Limited unexpected audio peaks
--The following video containers/rendering PC-compatible formats are requested: AVI, MOV, and WMV
--No lower than 7 IRE for the lowest video black level; no higher than 100 IRE for highest white level unless artistic considerations portrayed require otherwise
--Artistic technical embellishment of video is allowed to make it viewable, as long as it does not push the video signal beyond industry-accepted norms
--No flagging or tearing of video
--No visible time-code
--All video must also be YouTube-compatible --NSM Media vigorously supports copyright provisions, including any which are applicable worldwide. We will NOT knowingly submit to command-staff for their acceptance for posting of any audio and/or video material which is copyrighted, or has any degree of questionable usage rights.

Additional Reading
Data Compression
Digital Containers
Audio Compression

For more information, please contact

Additionally, Resistance may require higher qualities for videos which are part of DVD masters. Please contact him as necessary for (additional) specifications.


(professional adjuncts to NSM standard titles)

1) These 'professional titles' may or may not coincide and/or entirely reflect with official NSM ranks.
2) Titles are based on generalized and increasing skill-sets used for the position, specific and general contributions, and the sought-for evaluation(s) of peers as well as the director of NSM Media and command-staff.
3) Members of command-staff are automatically accorded the highest, most-relevant rank consideration.
4) This list is not all-inclusive, and may be adjusted, modified, or added to/subtracted from at any time.
5) NSM Media staff volunteers may take up additional duties with the awareness and/or consent of the Director of NSM Media, and command-staff as well (depending on situation)

--Director of NSM Media (appointed by Commander, with input from command-staff AND NSM Media staff) is responsible for the conceptualization, development, planning and execution of NSM Media productions and outlets. Must be able to motivate NSM Media staff volunteers towards personally-optimal performance and personal (media-related) growth -- also responsible for initial and continuing training and development of fellow NSM Media staff and talent (including mediation, as needed). Must have basic/relative mastery of previous grades of NSM Media designations, and be able to assist as necessary. Assists in traffic scheduling as well as recording and evaluating base numeric program/publication/outlet effectiveness deemed relevant. Is required to apprise command-staff of progress of NSM Media staff volunteers for both recognition as well as pre-emptive administrative awareness of any relevant potential issues. May also be called on to make sure NSM Media is 'seeding' NSM internet channels with timely and relevant news stories. Primary point-of-contact for 'greenlighting' projects, or bringing 'gray-area' questions to appropriate NSM Media staff and/or command-staff as situation dictates. Participates in public/internet-facing 'brand'-related issues for NSM internet properties. May shepherd other duties and tasks as needed. Currently held by KJ.
--NSM Media Executive Producer Title is reserved as administrative and professional courtesy for top NSM command-staff, such as Commander Schoep, PR Director Culpepper, etc.
--NSM Media Producer (pitches, initiates, self-monitors one or more production area). Generally reports directly to Director of NSM Media. Harry, Gunner, and Aryan Knight hold this title.
--NSM Media Associate Producer (volunteer career-track for NSM Media Producer). Generally reports to an NSM Media Producer. Katelyn hold this title.
--NSM Media Creative Consultant/Consulting Producer (provides input to a specific NSM Media project)
--NSM Field Producer (creates, producers, administrates primarily non-'studio' projects). Randy S. from Texas holds this title.
--NSM Special Assignment Producer (same as NSM Special Assignment Reporter, but makes some administrative decisions)
--NSM Special Assignment Reporter (limited and negotiated tasks usually pertaining to one event or activity)
--NSM Media Multimedia Producer (same as NSM Media Multimedia Reporter, but also make administrative decisions and enforces self-quality control)
--NSM Media Multimedia Reporter (participates in two of three activities - camera operator, sound recordist/event reporter, writer/journalist)
--NSM Media Editor (may include either and/or print or electronic media)
--Host, (insert show name here), NSM Media (besides co-host duties, extensively participates as key player in booking and prepping guests, show promotion, controlling board and show-related technology, dealing with show-specific training and related administrative issues)
--Co-Host, (insert show name here), NSM Media (interacting with primary host, featured guests, and callers as mutually negotiated -- some pre-show preparation may be situationally required)
--Technical Director/Board Operator, (insert show name here), NSM Media
--Media Analyst, NSM Media (prior credentials and/or moderate-to-strong aptitude may be required -- provides compelling, yet easy to understand factual and relevant conjecture about topics used in NSM Media outlets -- May be combined with other professional titles. Harry Hughes holds this title, as News Analyst. Mike S. hosts this title as Security Analyst
--Photographer/Videographer, NSM Media (prior credentials and/or moderate-to-strong aptitude may be required)
--Featured Essayist, NSM Media (prior credentials and/or moderate-to-strong aptitude may be required -- focus is intently on one or more subject area(s)) -- May be combined with other professional titles.
--Writer, NSM Media (prior credentials and/or moderate-to-strong aptitude may be required)
--NSM Media Voice Talent (provides accurate reading of mostly scripted materials)
--NSM Media Trainee/Intern (entry-level)

NSM Media is making available a free online course, entitled, Basic Journalism. The goal of the class is to provide anyone taking it (and successfully passing the final exam) a certificate of Journalism Basics.Covered in your independent study will be readings from:
Journalism Basics

Reporting_and_Writing_Basics Handbook from Reuters
The Elements of Style, by William Strunk, Jr.
Newspaper and Magazine Writing (
Newspaper and Magazine Writing (
Copyright Issues
Fair Use Basics
Remix Culture: Fair Use is Your Friend
Public Relations by Wikipedia
Propaganda by Wikipedia

Anyone completing the self-paced reading assignments by reading and/or skimming through the prescribed reading list will be able to take the free online assessment, which will include a certificate for a passing grade once submitted to for grading. Of course, all NSM Media personnel are recommended to take the course and the open book assessment! And to help you out (and because it is open book), here is the quiz:

1) The main keys of public relations are to:
a) Reinforce positive perceptions of the product, service or organization among existing, new, and potential users, especially during times of crisis
b) Promote positive perceptions of the product, service or organization among internal and external publics
c) Both of the above

2) What are the 5 Ws of journalism?
a) Who, What, Why, Where, and When
b) Was, Were, Will, Won’t, Want to
c) Will, Won’t, Want to, Was, Were

3) In public relations, press releases (are):
a) Written to be read like a news story
b) Show whatever they are written about in a positive light
c) Both of the above

4) Do you LAY something down, or lie something down?
a) Lay
b) Lie
c) Either is acceptable

5) If 60 Minutes shows up at your front door and asks you, “How long have you been beating your spouse,” this is called a/an:
a) Unmediated meeting
b) Abuse of power
c) Ambush interview with an embedded implied guilt question

6) Newspaper writing and magazine writing are different, in that:
a) Magazine writing is more factual, while newspapers are more conversational
b) Magazine writing uses a factual inverted pyramid
c) Newspaper writing is more factual (but sometimes personal, especially in opinion pieces), while magazines are more conversational

7) In journalism, an inverted pyramid is:
a) A building which is structurally difficult to construct without supports
b) A style of (primarily) newspaper writing in which the most important elements of the story are written first
c) A type of thinking in which the logical conclusion comes last in an essay
d) A comedic TV game show

8) Dr. Hunter S. Thompson ("Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas") and George Plimpton ("Paper Tiger") were writers who placed themselves directly in their stories, often as the center of attention. This is called:
a) An abuse of journalistic privilege
b) Engaging Participatory Journalism
c) Unethical

9) If you are a person who is in the public eye, you are legally called:
a) A public person
b) A limited-purpose public person
c) A private person

10) In journalism, how are the first ten numbers written in print?
a) 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
b) One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten
c) Naming them by words is preferred, but using the actual numbers can be used for space and a few other reasons

11) Sampling in pop songs can get around potential legal penalties with:
a) The claim that the amount of music sampled is so small that it will not impact sales of the sampled song
b) The claim that the sampled element is different enough from that of the sampled song the two will not be confused
c) When the sample is part of a parody or satire
D) Any of these answers MAY suffice

12) Words and phrases like, seems, might be, tends to indicate, and could mean that, are all examples of:
a) Illegal phrasing
b) Weasel words
c) Garden-pathing

13) Public relations firms/departments can have the following audiences:
a) Internal (in the company or organization only)
b) External (outside news media, government bodies, etc.)
c) Both internal and external audiences

14) When quoting a quote within a quote, it is journalistically best to use:
a) Double quotation marks at the beginning and end, and single quotation marks for internal quotes
b) Single quotation marks at the beginning and end, and double quotation marks for internal quotes
c) Double quotation marks at the beginning and end, and double quotation marks for internal quotes

15) Public persons can sue for invasion of privacy if there is demonstrable:
a) Telephoto lenses on photographers cameras
b) Unfair writing
c) Malice

16) When they are doing something, it can be said that:
a) They is doing something
b) Theyre doing something
c) They’re doing something

17) If you are a person who is in the public eye, but only for one area of expertise or endeavor, you are legally called:
a) A public figure
b) A limited-purpose public figure
c) A private figure

18) Television news is closest in writing style to which:
a) Newspapers
b) Magazines
c) Radio talk shows

19) Limited-purpose public figures can sue for invasion of privacy if:
a) The alleged invasion of privacy concerned matters beyond the scope of their public persona
b) The alleged invasion of privacy contained unflattering facts which, if exposed, would make a reasonable person think negatively of the public figure
c) Either of the above

20) If you use in an audio or video production someone else’s work without their permission, you could face:
a) Fines from the FBI for pirating, plus a civil lawsuit from the copyright holder
b) Various penalties, unless you can demonstrate ‘fair use’
c) Either or both of the above
d) None of the above

21) If you are told that “everyone is using product ‘x,’ and you should, too!”, what type of propaganda appeal is being used?
a) Bandwagon
b) Fear
c) Subversion

22) Copyright laws have been created to:
a) Reduce artistic idea theft
b) Reduce the amount of potential monetary loss (and artistic control) in the unauthorized use of creative works
c) Both of the above

23) What is public domain, aka FREELY USABLE?
a) Any work that is no longer under copyright protection
b) Works that have failed to meet copyright protection, or have been donated to the public domain by the original author(s)
c) Either of the above

You are the public relations specialist with Pacific Gas and Electric. A disgruntled shift supervisor named, Jack Riddle, took the control room staff of the Santana Valley Nuclear Power Plant hostage. A local police SWAT team stormed the control room of the plant, and shot Riddle as he was attempting to reach for some controls on a nearby panel. Unfortunately, Riddle died. Although the plant suffered some damage from an unsteady valve mechanism that Riddle had expressed his suspicions to the press earlier, the automated computer control system shut the plant down with a minimum amount of structural damage, and no release of radiation or loss of life. You are now outside the plant in front of the press. You have been asked by the ranking PG&E executive-in-charge to address the press using the best of your experience and judgement. In five sentences or less, write a statement that you will deliver live. No, you CANNOT cop out by merely saying, "No comment!" Please consider the potential legal ramifications of what you say as a spokesperson of PGE.

Under the legal doctrine of fair use (a sub-part of copyright law), which of the following is considered acceptable (there is only ONE):
a) Someone who writes a review of a newspaper or magazine article, and instead of just writing a criticism about it, he seems to almost re-write the entire article.
b) A video that is in the public domain is redone as a ‘mash-up’ and redistributed.
c) A small amount of a copyrighted audio-visual program is used as a derivative commercial (for-profit) work.
d) A contemporary pop group samples a one-line part of the chorus from a 1990’s song without any legal arrangement being made into a new song of theirs. The old song is from a group has had their material legally used in movies since they were famous. The new version of the song containing the sampled music is NOT a parody.