How to Fix Thin Scrollbars in Gnome 3

If your scrollbars are too thin in Gnome 3, this is worth a try.

1  Open a terminal.
2  Go to ~/.config/gtk-3.0/
3  Open the gtk.css file for editing. Create this file if it doesn’t exist.
4  Add the following text to the gtk.css file:

.scrollbar.vertical slider,
scrollbar.vertical slider {
min-width: 15px;
}

5  Save the  gtk.css file and log out and back in to Gnome.
6  When you log back in, you should see the scrollbars on apps like the Firefox browser and terminals changed to the value you entered in the gtk.css file.

You may have to tinker with the min-width to get the scrollbar thickness you want but hopefully this resolves your problem. Thanks to the folks on this ubuntuforums thread for the answer.

My environment is CentOS 7 and Gnome Shell 3.25.4, but this problem seems to be more generally related to Gnome 3.

If you want to know your Gnome Shell version, the easiest way to find it is to open a terminal and type gnome-shell –version.

If this doesn’t resolve your issue, I’d like to hear about your situation. I understand if registering to comment is too much work though … 🙂

 

Trump Supporters Have Low Self-esteem and Want Revenge and Spectacle

Redditor jwords wrote a very insightful comment on this post about a recent Trump atrocity. In it, he provides a concise and reasonable explanation for why Trump won and what motivates his supporters.

 

You can go to Reddit to see the comment/question jwords is responding to, but I’ll paste it in here to make this an easier read.

KidKilobyte: “Just saw this on his twitter feed and got a pit in my stomach. How can his base tolerate such bad timing and bad taste in what he posts? Other than fringe lunatics, what do educated Trump supporters say about his constant stream of garbage. Why does goosing the economy trump (pun intended) good taste and excuse such an unrelenting stream of garbage from his mouth? And as to the “great” economy, seems the deficit is ballooning and this train is headed for a bridge that is out.”

Conservatives don’t want freedom. They want power.

I had to share this excellent analysis of the United States’ so-called conservatives, properly called white nationalists or fascists. I’ve made this argument in the past, but this commenter does an excellent job of summarizing the truth about the right in America, with supporting examples.

Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/9az4zx/trumps_economic_adviser_were_taking_a_look_at/e4z43wc/


Conservatives don’t want freedom. They want power. Freedom for those at the top is power over everyone else. Freedom for those at the bottom is a threat to power at the top.

“Freedom” for the GOP means taking out the government’s ability to balance out the needs of the many against the needs of the few. Who cares if clean air regulations save literally thousands of lives? They cost shareholders money. Privatize the gains from polluting, but shove the cost onto the public.

In this case, regulation means putting the thumb on the scale to ensure that Facebook and Google become vehicles for conservative propaganda. It’s never been about freedom. It’s always been about power and control.

“States rights” = the freedom to oppress black people. It was about protecting slavery and then Jim Crow. “States rights” advocate Scalia still argued for the government’s right to regulate marijuana. “States rights” has always been about protecting the power of old white conservatives. It was never a real ideology. It was always about power over others.

“The right to bear arms” = the right for white people to bear arms. Ronald Reagan and the Republican-controlled legislature in California repealed open-carry? Why? Because the Black Panthers carried openly. “Stand your ground” often doesn’t apply to black people.

The TEA Party was created by Big Tobacco. The entire “get government off our backs” movement was funded by major corporations fighting deregulation. The TEA Party, which supposedly cared about the federal deficit, has gone entirely silent as Donald Trump blows up the deficit. It existed entirely to hamstring The Democratic Party’s ability to control federal spending. They didn’t want “freedom” from government healthcare. They wanted “freedom” for one of “their” guys to decide the budget, to work it so they get enormous subsidies in the form of unpaid tax cuts.

“Tough on crime” = “tough on poverty”. Crimes associated with having none, such as property crimes, are responded to with the full force of the police state. SWAT teams are called out 50,000 times a year, often to serve warrants. Property crime account for $14 billion in losses each year. Wage theft accounts for $50 billion. Meanwhile, the agencies in charge of enforcing wage theft, protecting consumers, and policing corporations are gutted.

It’s never been about freedom. It’s always been about power. Power to tell women what to do with their bodies. Power for Christians to tell others how to worship. Power for wealthy businesses to pollute, cheat, and steal with impunity. Power to do whatever you want to black people–structural racism allows for poor whites to still have absolute power over others, so that they can buy into a system that has no constraints on power for those with money. The modern GOP is a fucking sham. It’s about giving the powerful more power, and it spends literally billions of dollars a year to try and convince people otherwise, because it’s a fundamentally untenable moral position. It’s cancer.


 

Technique for Managing a Panic Attack

I’ve had anxiety for years and used to have panic attacks, so I’m interested in staying up on the latest anxiety related news and information and in helping others deal with their own anxiety. This tip from reddit seems very practical.

A trick I used during a panic attack that actually helped!
I once read that during a panic attack you should look around you and say out loud what you can see, feel, etc. My husband remembered this and just as I was spiraling into a full blown attack he said “tell me what you see” and I started saying it out loud “tree, red sign,” etc. Within about 30 seconds to a minute I could feel my breathing becoming less erratic, my heart rate went down, and I was coming back to reality. It didn’t get rid of it completely but brought it down to a manageable level. Very effective if you ever want to lessen the attack without taking klonopin or Xanax.

If you try this technique, please share your experience with it.

Association for Computing Machinery Releases New Code of Ethics

In this Scientific American article, Cherri M. Pancake, current president of the Association for Computing Machinery, discusses the release of a new ACM code of ethics.

I’ve worked in computer science for more than 20 years and seen firsthand that our profession badly needs an up to date and well defined code of ethics. I’m looking forward to seeing what individuals and companies do to adopt and improve this code.

 

Americans Have a Clear Political Choice to Make

Americans now have the clearest political choice in my lifetime. On one side is strength, love, and a drive for progress. On the other is hatred, fear, and a drive for fascism.

Mayor Andrew Gillum of Tallahassee last year. Gillum is the 2018 Democratic nominee for governor of Florida.

The New York Times covers this stark choice in “Democratic Embrace of Diverse Candidates Collides With Barbed Politics of Trump Era”. The forces aligned with fascism have been very busy since Andrew Gillum became the Democratic nominee for Florida governor, covered in “Racist Robocalls Target Andrew Gillum, Democratic Nominee for Florida Governor”  and White supremacist group’s robocalls target Florida governor candidate Andrew Gillum. The latter piece describes the white supremacist robocall: “Over a soundtrack of drums and jungle noises, the man says, “We Negroes…done made mud huts while white folk waste a bunch of time making their home out of wood an stone.” The impersonator says the huts would useful housing in a hurricane. He also says he’ll pass a law letting black people escape arrest “if the Negro know fo’ sho he didn’t do nothin.'”

The Republican party is led by a criminal racist piece of shit, one who has inspired many followers and emboldened the hateful to come out of the shadows and remove their hoods. It will take a long time to bring the United States into the 21st century and we can only begin this process once we’ve defeated the leaders of the far right and stop our slide into fascism.