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Recount Central

Few votes changing in Ramsey County

With the UpTake live streaming the Minnesota gubernatorial recount and heavy media coverage in the Twin Cities and statewide, this recount is being closely watched. So the real news is not votes changing for Tom Emmer, but how well this recount is fairing.

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End Of “Quick On The UpTake”

Mike McIntee

Tomorrow (Tuesday) is my last “Quick On The UpTake” show on AM950. Throughout the program’s 19-month run, our smart and savvy audience has been an integral part of the show, providing me instant feedback, information and corrections through our live blog. If you were a guest, I just had to hold the reins and let you all do the talking. If you were a behind-the-scenes volunteer, you made it possible for me to focus on keeping things on the rails. If you were one of the many people who filled in for me, you helped me keep my sanity.

Welcome To Our New Website

New look, new functionalities, better search – same old reliable UpTake content.  We’re still moving into the site, unpacking the boxes and trying out all the new tech goodies so not everything is as it should be yet.  If you see something that’s not working, please send us an email

The Dali Lama, Barbie and Commodity Fetishism

Two 50th anniversaries happen this week. It is the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule. Also in China, Mattel is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Barbie by opening up a six story retail emporium- complete with a restaurant & bar, and salon to get facials and manicures: say hello to House of Barbie in Shanghai.  
Written/ presented by Dennis Trainor Jr. Dennis Trainor Jr is a regular video contributor to He was a writer & media consultant for Dennis Kucinich’s 2008 presidential campaign & a 2007 “Best of YouTube” nominee for his work as writer/ performer on “The Hermit with Davis Fleetwood.”

Obama address highlights our audacity of hope

We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States will emerge stronger than before. That was the message sent by President Obama during his address to the joint session of congress on Tuesday night. Like a doctor talking to the family of an obese patient who has just undergone quadruple bypass surgery, President Obama had to walk the tightrope of instilling a sense of urgency and a sense of optimism to the American people. For, just like our hypothetical heart patient, America as we know must undergo a metamorphosis or all of America’s yesterdays will have “lighted fools the way to dusty death.”
Metamorphosis- change- is what we bought when we elected Obama- and the time has come- as he said- to act boldly and wisely. Among the metaphors that Obama used to illustrate the change that lie ahead what struck me most was his mention of the town Greensburg, Kansas,
 a town that was completely destroyed by a tornado, but is being rebuilt by its residents as a global example of how clean energy can power an entire community  how it can bring jobs and businesses to a place where piles of bricks and rubble once lay.

Op/Ed-Obama And Lincoln

About this video:Last week I brought to your attention the far flung theory of Russian academic Igor Panarin, who foresees civil war in the United States arising from the current economic crisis With Obama’s new Director of Intel Dennis Blair telling congress that the number one security peril facing the United States is global economic turmoil, has the Intel community agree with Panarin?Furthermore, is the Obama strategy of inviting comparison between himself and Lincoln an example in “be careful what you wish for?” ……………Dennis Trainor, Jr is a regular video contributor to He was a writer & media consultant for Dennis Kucinich’s 2008 presidential campaign & a 2007 “Best of YouTube” nominee for his work as writer/ performer on “The Hermit with Davis Fleetwood.” He is currently at work on two books: “My Progressive Dilemma” (chronicling President Obama’s 1st year in office) and a novel adapted from his play, “I Coulda Been a Kennedy.” Contact: dennistrainorjr (at) gmail (dot) com

Op/Ed-The End Of America

President Obama’s stimulus package is intended not only to shore up the economy, but the U.S. psyche. The American Dream itself. But what if we euthanize the American Dream? The Uptake wants to hear your voice. Submit your own video “letter to the editor.”

The “Obama Abortion Ad”; The Super Bowl Ad Rejected By NBC

The Uptake wants to hear your voice. Submit your own video “Op/ED.” More information here: to submit a video1) Have something intelligent to say  2) Record it on a video using your real name. 3) Upload it at using as your log in and uptake411 as your password. 4) Send an email to telling us about your video. ABOUT THIS VIDEO:NBC has rejected a anti-abortion ad submitted for its Super Bowl broadcast. After several days of negotiations, an NBC representative in Chicago told today that NBC and the NFL are not interested in advertisements involving “political advocacy or issues.” Brian Burch, President of reacted: “There is nothing objectionable in this positive, life-affirming advertisement. We show a beautiful ultrasound, something NBC’s parent company GE has done for years.

Op/Ed-Our Safety And Our Ideals

The Uptake wants to hear your voice. Submit your own video “letter to the editor.” More information here.ABOUT THIS VIDEO: Barack Obama wrote the headline to chapter one in his own administration’s history when, with George Bush sitting just feet away and the whole world watching, he seemed to wipe away a whole doctrine with:”We reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.” As he the new president was signing executive orders that shut down the detention facilities at GITMO, U.S. military drones fired missiles that killed at least 15 people inside Pakistan, leaving people around the world asking if the controversial military policy begun by George W Bush had changed after all. Dennis Trainor, Jr has worked as a writer/ media consultant for Dennis Kucinich’s 2008 presidential campaign.

Op/Ed-History Book Material-Where Were You?

Dennis Trainor talks about today’s inauguration. No longer with head in the sand, is America really going to change?  
If you’d like to submit an Op/Ed video for consideration, here are the instructions
1) Have something intelligent to say 
2) Record it on a video using your real name.  
3) Upload it at using as your log in and uptake411 as your password.  
4) Send an email to telling us about your video.

Op/Ed: Open Letter to the Citizens of Israel

The UpTake is opening up a call for Opinion/Editorial videos.  To kick this off, we bring you all the first video by Dennis Trainor, who will be providing a regular voice to our media palette.  We do not have a name for the show yet, and look forward to hearing ideas for the show’s name from our audience.  We also hope that more people feel inspired to send us “video op/eds” and will be providing guidance in the near future on how to submit your own opinions to our site.  
Join the “Opinion/Editorial” group HERE
For more about Dennis, here is what Steve Grove, the head of news and politics at YouTube had to say about him:”I first met Dennis when he started his channel on YouTube under the moniker “Davis Fleetwood”. Playing the role of an angry hermit in the basement of his home, Dennis’ character was a unique bird to the Internet community – combining the satire of a Lenny Bruce with the performance style of an Andy Kaufman, all the while offering an acerbic social commentary that resonated with a large audience on the site. “Davis Fleetwood” soon became one of the most prominent voices in YouTube politics, posting daily videos that were thoughtful, provocative, and darkly humorous. When YouTube teamed up with CNN to host a part of presidential debates, we tapped “Davis” to come to the debate and produce commentary from the scene on YouTube’s behalf – and a question he’d submitted online was posed to Dennis Kucinich in the live televised debate.