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iCloud clusterf***. Please advise re deleted files.

Hi all.

I'm confused by iCloud and have a new iMac and new Macbook Pro.

Shortcuts to iCloud folders used up all the free space on the MBP and it seemed to be OK to drag the shortcuts to the trash, hoping that those folders and files would stay in my iCloud account.

Apparently I was wrong and the files are gone and I don't even see a way to recover them per apple instructions in this apple page:


Any suggestions?


Question about my avatar, does it show up?

And if it does show up, what does it look like?

My first question is because it's showing up as a broken image in one browser, but not in Chrome.

And, it is a custom avatar and I'm not sure I loaded it successfully, but also wonder if it comes across successfully-- it's an artwork made by a school teacher.


Congratulations, Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm!

Thank you Congress for confirming this important appointment!



Posted by Alex4Martinez | Fri Feb 26, 2021, 04:13 PM (7 replies)

Want to call a Senator, any Senator? Here's a list, dial 1-202-224-****

Area code is 202.

Prefix is 224 then enter the last four digits from this list to reach each Senator:

Posted by Alex4Martinez | Fri Feb 12, 2021, 03:58 PM (2 replies)

Capitol Hill is now protected by more US troops than are deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.

And I couldn't be happier.

Posted by Alex4Martinez | Thu Jan 14, 2021, 01:17 AM (1 replies)

Can we/Should we impeach Pence? What protections do we have when both aren't fit for duty.

By refusing to invoke the 25th, Pence is behaving carelessly.

This nation cannot and should not be forced to go two weeks not knowing who the fuck is in charge.

This needs to end Monday.
Posted by Alex4Martinez | Sat Jan 9, 2021, 10:54 PM (10 replies)

David Perdue flashing "White Power" gang sign with Proud Boys.

Distinguished from the "OK" hand gesture, the three fingers create a "W".



Posted by Alex4Martinez | Sat Jan 2, 2021, 04:37 PM (45 replies)

Federal stimulus includes wind, solar tax credit extensions, adds first US offshore wind tax credit

Dive Brief:

Congress on Monday passed another stimulus package as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The package includes extensions on the solar and wind production tax credit (PTC) and investment tax credit (ITC), energy efficiency incentives, research and development "enhancements" for clean energy technologies and more, according to a joint statement from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

The relief package is the second implemented this year, and the first to extend aid to the renewable energy industry. It also includes several provisions from the Senate's American Energy Innovation Act, championed by Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., earlier this year, as well as from the House's companion bill. The inclusion marks the first time in 13 years Congress has passed comprehensive energy policy.

Posted by Alex4Martinez | Tue Dec 22, 2020, 12:26 PM (1 replies)

Historic film, The Wobblies. Link to free viewing.

Watch it here: https://archive.org/details/thewobblies1979

interesting...and a mostly forgotten topic
14 April 2011 |

The "Wobblies" was a nickname for a radical labor union that was founded in 1905. Unlike other unions of the day, the IWW was open to all people--regardless of gender or ethnicity as they were a very democratic organization. This and their anti-war stances were admirable--especially in WWI when the US went to war for no particular reason. They were also hard-core theoretical Marxists who believed in the ownership of industries by the workers. At the time, I guess I couldn't blame them--as working conditions at the time were often dangerous and some employers didn't seem to care about their welfare or decent wages. However, the Wobblies belief that all private ownership was evil and their looking towards eventual worldwide revolution scared the powers that be--particularly following the successful revolution in Russia.

The film is a well-constructed film--with lots of interviews with surviving union members from the early days and vintage footage. However, the film really does not seem like it was very objective, as it tended to present the story just from the Wobblies' point of view. In other words, the context for the labor problems and government persecution of the movement wasn't really explored--making them look virtuous and the government and bosses 100% evil. The members were definitely political prisoners--harassed by the government. also rather "pie in the sky" and selfish as well. Because there is no balance to this film, it might seem more like propaganda and loses a few points from me because of this. Here the story is simple--they are victims and all their post-WWI activities are ignored.
Posted by Alex4Martinez | Tue Dec 15, 2020, 01:28 PM (0 replies)

I can't stop laughing. Using the "baby filter" w videos of Melissa Carone, Trump:

Here's Joe and Trump at their debate. Joe is the mature one.

Stay safe, DU, and remember to laugh.
Posted by Alex4Martinez | Wed Dec 9, 2020, 01:05 PM (2 replies)
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