A French artist has hidden $1,000 worth of bitcoin in a fresco somewhere in Paris. Calling himself Pascalboy or Pboy, he says the fresco is “in Paris intra muros, secret place but it isn’t hard to find.”
The artist himself had hidden 0.26 bitcoins ($1,000), but someone else has apparently sent to the address 0.025 btc ($150), with the artist himself saying this was only possible through donations to his address.
That’s presumably because patrons are no longer a thing, even though his work seems to be fine. The fresco itself so being called “La Liberté guidant le peuple 2019” (inspired from the painting of Delacroix).
The nurturing of liberty shouldn’t be covered. A hint perhaps of where the private key might be hidden. With the art work of course dedicated to what looks more and more like an uprising.
“France’s Macron reeling as tough stance against ‘yellow vests’ backfires.” So says reuters in covering this weekends’ events across France where at least 50,000 took to the streets. It adds:
“The anti-government protesters on Saturday used a forklift truck to force their way into a government ministry compound, torched cars near the Champs Elysees and in one violent skirmish on a bridge over the Seine punched and kicked riot police officers to the ground.”
Benjamin Griveaux, a government spokesman, had previously said the yellow vests want to overthrow the government. “Twenty-four hours later, he was fleeing his office out of a back door as protesters invaded the courtyard and smashed up several cars,” reuters says.
Macron has promised a national debate “on ecological, fiscal and institutional questions.” There are as of yet no details on how this debate will be carried out, with the protesters going to work during the week to return to the streets for now the 8th weekend.
They say they wear the yellow vest because in France every car must have one, but the yellow vest is of course also a symbol of the workers, and of the police and other emergency services in normal circumstances, and effectively of all ordinary people.
What exactly they want is not very clear. No one has bothered to compile a list of grievances, something which may happen during the national debate.
An overarching theme, however, is this sense of favoritism towards the rich at the expense of everyone else. The ordinary people so having no real method of participating in the law making process, they’ve now seemingly risen to demand a seat in the houses of parliament.
One demand is for Swiss like direct democracy in France whereby ordinary citizens can propose laws and have binding votes on them. In conjunction or alternatively some of them ask for a jury style random selection of 500 ordinary citizens who make up a house of parliament, sitting alongside the other houses for a rotating period of 4 years of service in the people’s parliament.
That may provide a better checks and balances to the elected house in light of elections now becoming a game for the rich for the needed funds to run for a seat are far too high and are mostly provided by the rich.
It is unclear whether the French elite is willing to provide such concession. The yellow vests movement, however, has now grown into an idea.
Citizens and the elite in other western countries are probably closely watching. However, both probably want this movement for now to remain within France to see how it works and because if it spreads it could get out of hand.
Macron has requested dialogue and debate, quite rightly. He should get on with it. The weekend is ticking. Seeing this opportunity for meaningful and peaceful reform in governance, the workers may well keep up the pressure.
Townhall meetings should perhaps be called. A list of grievances should maybe be drawn up. A binding referendum on a people’s parliament should perhaps be had.
That may provide the first peaceful reform in a century or more and may do so in a gradual and incremental manner, so maintaining our liberties and prosperities while addressing complex questions of real representation in the law making process.