Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Vocativ: A Video The Chinese Government Would Prefer That You Not See

Yesterday's post was so popular we thought we'd go back to the same well and see what else is there to dig up and exploit for the pleasure of you, the Tattler reader. And we did hit pay dirt. The creator of that highly popular video footage about the McMansion Mistresses of Arcadia is an outfit called Vocativ. An operation that apparently covers the affairs of the Chinese super-rich in America, but with a world audience in mind. With over 1 million hits, the video we're linking up with today obviously has created some real global interest. A lot of people are following what is happening here.

Today we are pleased to be bringing this latest video to you who, along with my cheerful self, are decidedly not a prime target audience.

Now you might be wondering why The Tattler would claim that this is a video the Chinese government does not wish for you to see. It does seem a bit presumptuous, and to think that would show a reasonable amount of skepticism on your part. But see, you haven't watched any of it yet. Here is how Vocativ puts it in the video itself:

"We got invited to where they meet up, but didn't know what to expect. The Chinese government is touchy about people seeing how the children of the Chinese elite play. Therefore they try and keep a relatively low profile."

So let's check out this video of the not so proletarian youth of that so-called People's Republic consuming expensive western products, shall we? It is called "Chinese Kids Driving Supercars: Inside the Secret Southern California Meet-up." The link is found just below this picture:

To view this video click here

Votiv has their own description of the incredibly wealthy children of China's super elite, along with their $400,000 automobiles. Here is what they have to say:

China’s ultra-rich are growing in number and in wealth - and are sending billions of dollars out of the country. Much of it is landing up in the U.S. where many children of the wealthy elite are sent to get an American college education — and they’re living large. Vocativ found a sub-culture of these Chinese students in California. They drive luxury cars like Maseratis and Ferraris and flaunt their wealth at discreet private parties and in online groups, like "Super Cars in America”.

As we try and get a better understanding of what is going on in Arcadia, and how the presence of so much money there could very well threaten the American middle class lifestyle of Sierra Madre, it is important that we examine each and every thing that is available to us. Especially videos like this one.

After all, the children of China's super-elite are now our new next door neighbors. Along with daddy's mistresses, of course.

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54 comments:

  1. Oh those Chinese. they're just keeping up with all those kids from Saudi Arabria and other oil rich countries in the middle east.

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    1. With the oil price collapse the glory days of wretched Saudi excess may be coming to an end. Make your next car an electric one.

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    2. Don't be naive, oil hasn't 'collapsed' - the price is just where the Saudis want it to be... back to pre-recession levels and cheap enough that it's not cost-effective for America to 'frack'. The Saudis can pump all year long at this price and still reap great profit.

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  2. I think you have a little bit of a clash of cultures going on in the once quiet San Gabriel Valley. The Chinese have latched onto this area and are poised to simply over-run. I've had Chinese clients who tell me that they don't want to live in Arcadia because it is "not diverse enough". Its one thing if immigrants want to move to a certain area. Its quite another if they wanted to bulldoze every house where they move to in order to build a McMansion. We are the idiots that allow this to take place so we kind of deserve our fate.

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  3. Nothing to see here. Keep moving along, Sierra Madre.

    PS: No need to rush the General Plan update. Really.

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    1. You're wrong about the Mayor. He brought his Corvette to a meet-up and got badly snubbed.

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    2. Did you know I have a personalized plate on my 'Vette?

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    3. Not good enough. Without platinum wheels and day-glo green body finishes, you're nothing.

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    4. My car goes really fast.

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  4. Alot of the money pouring out of China is what those in the know i.e. Chinese people tell me, is "dirty money". The wealthy elite in China as the video discussed are usually those people with connections within the Communist party over there. Their is alot of corruption within the party which the government is starting to crack down on, but those with the money are trying to get it out of China as fast as possible before that whole rotten totalitarian system collapses. You have millions of Chinese wanting to leave the corruption and pollution in China behind. With that kind of demographic pressure, the entire San Gabriel Valley can't help but turn into something entirely different than what it is today. We created all this by, in the goal of increasing our profit margins, shipping our entire manufacturing base over to China. They recently surpassed the U.S. as the largest economy in the world and are using their new found wealth to assert themselves militarily in the South China Sea and elsewhere and trying to intimidate Japan, the Philllipines, Taiwan and Vietnam. We created this monster and now we are going to pay the price.....and its not just about McMansions folks. The Chinese have not suddenly become some brilliant entrepreneurs. They were a backward country with a repressive political system. Thanks to the greed of the western countries we helped them out of their mess and have actually allowed them to perpetuate a broken system that doesn't work. We are the idiots.

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    1. The middle class are always the idiots. That's why they always vote against their best interests and are always complaining about losing their 'way of life'.

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  5. If we don't want these newly rich kids tearing down our homes and turning Sierra Madre into Arcadia, we simply need to tighten our building standards. Its within our control. If you don't like Mur-Sol tearing down our older homes then prevent them from doing it. Its easy. If you don't care, then sit back, let it happen and don't complain. Sierra Madre will become unrecognizable in about 5-10 years.

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    1. Sierra Madre will be unrecognizable in 5-10 years because the stalwarts who have fought development and tried to preserve the lifestyle we all enjoy will have passed on. Are you 35 and enjoying your neighborhood, your neighbors, and a night at the City Council? Then jump in! Join Preserve Sierra Madre for a start!

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    2. One day the dumb bunny crowd will wake up and notice that their pretty little dreamworld is gone. Replaced with hulking cement blocks that block the sun and are filled with people that don't like them very much. Despise them as inferior, actually. They will then proceed to complain bitterly about this on their facebook pages.

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    3. Oh no! Rebuke the thought of the rich coming to blue collar Sierra Madre! We must keep it as the Island Of Misfits, and ensure no one with more assets than we have end up bruising our egos! As if longevity of residency trumps superior wealth. Extremely close minded and juvenile thinking...

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    4. So you hate Sierra Madre and the people who live here. Great. Now that we have established that, why do you bother coming here?

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    5. For the record, 11:19 does not own three Ferraris. However, he does have a really good set of tires.

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    6. Huh. Interesting that 2 days in a row this anti-Sierra Madre pro-over-development poster has turned up. Wonder why.

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    7. Probably a troll. Of course, it could be an idiot. Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference.

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    8. There are a lot of boring post-war fake-ranch homes in this town that I certainly wouldn't mind seeing bulldozed.

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    9. Can we expect to see you at the city line waving a little red flag as those bulldozers pass by?

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    10. 4:33, Celebration, Florida, might be more to your liking.

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    11. Maybe 4:33 should try the Kensington.

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    12. haha, 'red flag' as in Chinese or 'red flag' as in illegal granny flat being tagged by the inspector?

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    13. Someone was on here months ago blathering about the Kensington being a 'monstrosity'. It's shaping up to be one of the best-looking buildings on the boulevard. Beats the eyesore it replaced and city hall across the street anyway..

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    14. It's a monstrosity where people go to die.

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    15. No, no, 6:35, people are not allowed to die there. As soon as they get really sick, they're evicted and have to find someplace else to go.

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    16. Oh. You mean like what happens when they run out of money?

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    17. Actually, their web site says no one gets thrown out when they get sick! Very specifically, no one gets thrown out. I urge everyone to read their entire web site. Turns out Heaven has been sent to Sierra Madre for the express purpose of comforting residents in their old age. Too good to be true? You judge...

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    18. I agree the building has turned out much better than expected

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    19. Oh 9:05, get a clue.
      There is no skilled nursing at the Kensington. Smart, they get to skip all kinds of state regulations.
      If someone needs serious care they cannot get it there. And eventually most people will need to find someplace else to go.

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    20. The Kensington exists to remove all of those things you cannot take with you to Heaven. After that you are on your own.

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    21. There goes the inheritance!

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  6. I'm wondering why super rich young Chinese who drive automobiles that cost half as much as some homes in Sierra Madre would want to live in such a stodgy, small town, boring little burg. I'm thinking they're more interested in San Marino, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, even the OC. Or Aspen, Telluride, Vail, even New York City. Seems like much ado about nothing. Now investors and developers - Asian or non-Asian, are a far more likely threat.

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    1. They see Sierra Madre as something to plow under, recreate with massive castles that are monuments to their wonderful selves, and then merge it all with Arcadia. The biological term is ingestion.

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    2. FYI - Merging with Arcadia would greatly benefit Sierra Madre. We'd be able to become financially solvent again, and actually attain some bragging rights with regard to our school district.

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    3. The City of Arcadia would turn Sierra Madre over to the Arcadia Realtors. Who would eat the place for lunch. Nothing like the partnership of government and corporations to get the trains moving on time, eh Benito?

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  7. Because we have lots of Relly good schools nearby -

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    1. Why do you believe that Chinese residents would necessarily send their kids to public school? The wealthy caucasians in town send their darlings to private schools.

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    2. "Relly good schools."

      Which one of them did you attend, Einstein?

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    3. Culturally, Asians will pay mega-bucks for the house but despise paying for private schools.

      Sierra Madre is now attractive because SM Elementary is highly rated and SM Middle will have a new building and Mandarin Immersion available.

      Such a deal, free schools and free Mandarin. No more paying for Saturday Mandarin classes!!

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    4. Don't a lot of these potential PUSD students already speak Mandarin? Wouldn't this be like us moving to Hong Kong and going into an English immersion program?

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    5. A lot of the potential PUSD students are ABC (American Born Chinese). The parents will want them to be fluent in Chinese so they'll enroll them in the immersion program.

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  8. Off topic, but it's the Tattler and we don't care.
    On a very happy note, today is Councilwoman Delmar's birthday.
    Send her a happy birthday wish:
    ddelmar@cityofsierramadre.com

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    1. Happy Birthday Denise! The new General Plan never had a greater champion.

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  9. You can also thank the British for turning Hong Kong back which scared the sh....tttt out of a lot of weathly folks there and they started carting their money out by the suitcase full. Then there is the fact that concubines have been a cultural standard for the wealthy...20 years ago a man built a big house for his second or third "wife" and the only difference was that the house was just slighly larger than the rest of the Highland Oaks neighborhood it was in. Foolish to draw such attention to yourself

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  10. The British colonial system is the cause of so many of the world's problems today.

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  11. 11:19 a.m. Who talks like that? Rebuke the thought, Englishspeak fromt the bible?

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    1. 11:19 was suffering from a severe bout of mental methane.

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  12. Tesla demolishes Ferrari in drag race
    https://autos.yahoo.com/news/tesla-model-p85d-obliterates-ferrari-drag-race-video-161936158.html

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    1. The delivery wait for a Ferrari isn't anywheres near as long.

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    2. Volts beat dolts.

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