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I thought your case will be noticed easier here but I have no solution for you.
One thing you can try is to see if the config file has been borked during the power.
I don't run mate myself other than to try it out once in a while, I'm still on Gnome 2, but here are some files you can remove to change the desktop back to it's original state.
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rm -r ~/.config/mate ~/.mate2 ~/.mateconfd
This will remove your personal settings though. I'd copy these files for backup if the operation fails (I don't know what could possibly go wrong here, nothing I think). Many programs look for a configuration file in the users home catalogue when you run it and if there is no file there, a new one will be created from a template.
It could work!Edit: I removed ~/.mateconf from the list of 'rm candidates', see mpiter's post below!