The Rhodes Scholar

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The Rhodes Scholarship was created by Cecil Rhodes upon his death. Here is some information on Mr. Rhodes from his Wikipedia entry:

The Rt Hon Cecil John Rhodes DCL (5 July 1853 – 26 March 1902)[1] was a British businessman, mining magnate, and politician in South Africa. An ardent believer in British colonialism, Rhodes was the founder of the southern African territory of Rhodesia, which was named after him in 1895. South Africa’s Rhodes University is also named after Rhodes. He set up the provisions of the Rhodes Scholarship, which is funded by his estate.

 Historian Richard A. McFarlane has called Rhodes “as integral a participant in southern African and British imperial history as George Washington or Abraham Lincoln are in their respective eras in United States history… Most histories of South Africa covering the last decades of the nineteenth century are contributions to the historiography of Cecil Rhodes.”[2]

In October 1871, 18-year-old Rhodes and his brother Herbert left the colony for the diamond fields of Kimberley. Financed by N M Rothschild & Sons, Rhodes succeeded over the next 17 years in buying up all the smaller diamond mining operations in the Kimberley area. His monopoly of the world’s diamond supply was sealed in 1889 through a strategic partnership with the London-based Diamond Syndicate. They agreed to control world supply to maintain high prices.[6][7] Rhodes supervised the working of his brother’s claim and speculated on his behalf. Among his associates in the early days were John X. Merriman and Charles Rudd, who later became his partner in the De Beers Mining Company and the Niger Oil Company.

While attending Oriel College, Rhodes became a Freemason in the Apollo University Lodge.[11] Although initially he did not approve of the organisation, he continued to be a Freemason until his death in 1902. The shortcomings of the Freemasons, in his opinion, later caused him to envisage his own secret society with the goal of bringing the entire world under British rule.[4]

In 1890, Rhodes became Prime Minister of the Cape Colony and implemented laws that would benefit mine and industry owners. He introduced the Glen Grey Act to push black people from their lands and make way for industrial development. The growing number of enfranchised Black people in the Cape led him to raise the franchise requirements in 1892 to counter this preponderance, with drastic effects on the traditional Cape Qualified Franchise.[16][dead link] He also introduced educational reform to the area. Rhodes’ policies were instrumental in the development of British imperial policies in South Africa, such as the Hut tax.

 Rhodes did not, however, have direct political power[citation needed] over the Boer Republic of the Transvaal[citation needed]. He often disagreed with the Transvaal government’s policies, which he considered unsupportive of mine-owners’ interests. In 1895, believing he could use his influence to overthrow the Boer government[citation needed], Rhodes supported the infamous Jameson Raid, an attack on the Transvaal with the tacit approval of Secretary of State for the Colonies Joseph Chamberlain. The raid was a catastrophic failure. It forced Cecil Rhodes to resign as Prime Minister of the Cape Colony, sent his oldest brother Col. Frank Rhodes to jail in Transvaal convicted of high treason and nearly sentenced to death, and led to the outbreak of both the Second Matabele War[citation needed] and the Second Boer War.

Rhodes wanted to expand the British Empire because he believed that the Anglo-Saxon race was destined to greatness. In his last will and testament, Rhodes said of the British, “I contend that we are the finest race in the world and that the more of the world we inhabit the better it is for the human race. Just fancy those parts that are at present inhabited by the most despicable specimens of human beings what an alteration there would be if they were brought under Anglo-Saxon influence, look again at the extra employment a new country added to our dominions gives.”[23] He wanted to make the British Empire a superpower in which all of the British-dominated countries in the empire, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Cape Colony, would be represented in the British Parliament.[24] Rhodes included American students as eligible for the Rhodes scholarships. He said that he wanted to breed an American elite of philosopher-kings who would have the United States rejoin the British Empire. As Rhodes also respected the Germans and admired the Kaiser, he allowed German students to be included in the Rhodes scholarships. He believed that eventually the United Kingdom (including Ireland), the USA, and Germany together would dominate the world and ensure peace.[5]

 On domestic politics within the United Kingdom, Rhodes was a supporter of the Liberal Party.[5] Rhodes’ only major impact on domestic politics within the United Kingdom was his support of the Irish nationalist party, led by Charles Stewart Parnell (1846–1891). He contributed a great deal of money to the Irish nationalists,[4][5] although Rhodes made his support conditional upon an autonomous Ireland’s still being represented in the British Parliament.[5] Rhodes was such a strong supporter of Parnell that, after the Liberals and the Irish nationalists disowned Parnell because of his affair with the wife of another Irish nationalist, Rhodes continued his support.[4]

In his last will and testament, he provided for the establishment of the famous Rhodes Scholarship,[23] the world’s first international study program. The scholarship enabled students from territories under British rule or formerly under British rule and from Germany to study at the Rhodes’s alma mater, the University of Oxford.[23] Rhodes’ aims were to promote leadership marked by public spirit and good character, and to “render war impossible” by promoting friendship between the great powers.[42]

Great philanthropist kind of guy to just create a scholarship for people, eh? So considering that much of his life, and purportedly many of his various wills, stated that he wanted to create a secret society aimed at extending the British Empire and bringing former colonies back into the fold, it is interesting to look at who the various Rhodes Scholars from the US are, don’t you think?

Note that these aren’t all of them, I left off some athletes and others I didn’t find so interesting, but definitely left in those affiliated with the government and mass media, of which most were. Have a look!

American Rhodes Scholars of Note:

Ronan Farrow -  American human rights activist, senior foreign policy official in the Obama administration, and U.S. State Department special adviser on global youth issues (2012)

Pete Buttigieg - Mayor of South Bend, Indiana (2005)

Cyrus Habib - Member of the Washington State House of Representatives, first Iranian-American elected to state office (2003)

Jonah Lehrer  -  Disgraced plagiarist; former writer on neuroscience. (2003)

Chesa Boudin - American social activist in justice issues like parental incarceration, author of Gringo: A Coming of Age in Latin America (2002)

Ben Cannon - Oregon State Representative (1999)

Rachel Maddow - Host of The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, social activist (1995)

Randal Pinkett - President and CEO of BCT Partners, winner of The Apprentice 4 (1994)

Peter Beinart - Editor of The New Republic (1993)

Eric Garcetti - Mayor of Los Angeles (1993)

Maxine Williams - Global Head of Diversity Facebook Silicon Valley (1992)

Nikolas Gvosdev - Russian-American contributing editor for The National Interest, teacher at Naval War College (1992)

Cory Booker - Senator of New Jersey (1992)

Bobby Jindal - Governor of Louisiana (2008–), U.S. congressman, civil servant, and university administrator (1992)

Noah Feldman - American author, Harvard law professor, constitutional adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, 2003–2005 (1992)

Brad Carson - U.S. Congressman (Oklahoma), 2001–2005 (1989)

Jacob Weisberg - Journalist and editor of Slate magazine (1987)

Michael McFaul - U.S. Ambassador to Russia, academic (1986)

Susan Rice - U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (1997–2001), United States Ambassador to the United Nations, (2009–2013), National Security Adviser (2013-) (1986)

Joseph M. Torsella - President and CEO of the National Constitution Center 2006- (1986)

Naomi Wolf - American feminist social critic, author of books including The End of America (1985)

Mark S. Martins - Brigadier General (United States Army), Chief Prosecutor of Military Commissions (1985)

Roosevelt Thompson - Community activist, Little Rock, Arkansas (1984)

Robert Malley - Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs, National Security Council, 1997–2001 (1984)

Christopher Hedrick - Peace Corps/Senegal Country Director, former President and CEO of Intrepid Learning Solutions (1984)

Brian Greene - American physicist and string theorist (1984)

George Stephanopoulos - Moderator of ABC’s This Week and communications director for Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign (1984)

Christopher Eisgruber - President of Princeton University (1984)

David Frederick - Appellate Attorney who has argued dozens of cases before the United States Supreme Court (1983)

Bill Halter - Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas 2007-2011 (1983)

David Vitter - U.S. Senator (R-La.), 2005- (1983)

Barton Gellman - Pulitzer Prize-winning U.S. journalist (Washington Post and Time magazine), author (1982)

Heather Wilson - U.S. Congresswoman (R-N.M.) 1998-2009, two-time unsuccessful candidate for U.S. Senate (2008 and 2012) (1982)

Nicholas D. Kristof - New York Times reporter and columnist, 2-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Aspen Strategy Group member (1981)

Clark Ervin - Former Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (1980)

Nancy-Ann Min DeParle - Administrator of the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration, 1997–2000, director of White House Office of Health Reform, 2009- (1979)

Larry Sabato - American political scientist and director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics (1975)

Russ Feingold - U.S. Senator (D-Wis.) 1993-2011 (1975)

Mel Reynolds - U.S. Congressman (Illinois), 1993–1995; convicted felon (1975)

Charles Thomas McMillen - U.S. Olympian, NBA basketball player, U.S. Congressman (Maryland), 1987–1993 (1974)

Walter Isaacson - Author, Managing Editor of Time magazine (1995–2001), Chairman and CEO of CNN (2001-), President of the Aspen Institute (2003-),Vice Chairman of the Louisiana Recovery Authority (2005-) (1974)

Frank Klotz - U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General, first Commander Air Force Global Strike Command (1973)

E. J. Dionne - American journalist and Washington Post columnist (1993-), Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution, and commentator on NPR, MSNBC, and PBS. (1973)

Michael Kinsley - American journalist (Los Angeles Times), founder of Slate magazine, editor of The New Republic (1972)

Tom Birmingham - President of the Massachusetts Senate, Candidate for Democratic nomination for Governor of Massachusetts, 2002 (1972)

Franklin Raines - Chairman and CEO of Fannie Mae, 1999–2004; Director of the Office of Management and Budget, 1996–1998 (1971)

Kurt Schmoke - Mayor of Baltimore, 1987–1999; Dean of Howard University School of Law (1971)

Eric Redman - Staffer, US Senator Warren G. Magnuson (ca.1971); author, The Dance of Legislation (1973, 2000); lawyer and businessman (1970)

Ira Magaziner - White House senior aide (1993–1999), originator of ICANN (1969)

Dennis C. Blair - Retired 4-star Admiral, former Director of National Intelligence (2009-2010), President of the Institute for Defense Analyses and former Commander-in-Chief of U.S. Pacific Command (1999-2002) (1968)

Bill Clinton - American politician, 42nd President of the United States, 1993–2001, Governor of Arkansas, 1979–1981 & 1983–1993 (1968)

Robert Reich - American commentator and author, U.S. Secretary of Labor (1993–1997), Chancellor’s Professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley (2006-) (1968)

William A. Fletcher - Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit (1968)

Strobe Talbott - American diplomat and journalist, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State (1994–2001), President of the Brookings Institution (2002-), Aspen Strategy Group member (1968)

Boisfeuillet Jones, Jr. - Vice Chairman of The Washington Post Company, former publisher and CEO of The Washington Post (2000-2008) (1968)

Robert McCallum, Jr. - American lawyer, U.S. Associate Attorney General, 2003- (1968)

Thomas H. Allen - American politician, U.S. Congressman (Maine), 1997–2009 (1967)

Stephen A. Oxman - U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs, 1993–1994, President of the Board of Trustees of Princeton University, 2006–present. (1967)

Wesley Clark - United States Army general, Supreme Allied Commander, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, 1997–2000; Democratic presidential candidate, 2004 (1966)

Bill Bradley - American politician, NBA star, U.S. Senator (D-N.J.) 1979–1997, and Democratic presidential candidate 2000 (1965)

Richard Danzig - U.S. Under Secretary of the Navy (1993-1997), U.S. Secretary of the Navy (1998-2001) (1965)

Larry Pressler - American politician, U.S. Congressman (R-S.D.) 1975-1979, U.S. Senator (R-S.D.) 1979–1997, authored the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (1964)

R. James Woolsey - Director of Central Intelligence Agency (1993–1995), core member of the Project for the New American Century (1997–), Senior Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton (2002–) (1963)

David Boren - Governor of Oklahoma 1975–1979, U.S. Senator (D-Ok.) 1979–1994, President of the University of Oklahoma 1994- (1963)

Walter B. Slocombe - U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (1994–2001), Senior Adviser for National Defense for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad (2003), Aspen Strategy Group member (1963)

David B. Frohnmayer - President of the University of Oregon, 1994-; Attorney General of Oregon, 1980–1991 (1962)

David Souter - Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, 1990–2009 (1961)

Richard F. Celeste - Governor of Ohio (1983–1991), Director of the Peace Corps, U.S. Ambassador to India, President of Colorado College (1960)

Joseph Nye, Jr. - American political scientist; Chairman National Intelligence Council (1993–1994); ASD for International Security Affairs (1994–1995); Dean, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard (1958)

Willie Morris - Author, Editor Harper’s Magazine (1967-1971) (1956)

Richard Lugar - U.S. Senator (R-Ind.) 1977-2013, Aspen Strategy Group member (1954)

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Man orders $20M-worth of Rolls-Royce Phantoms

Filed under: Car Buying, Sedan, Rolls-Royce, Design/Style, Luxury



The term “luxury” gets thrown around a lot when speaking about vehicles that are actually somewhat affordable like BMWs and Cadillacs, but Rolls-Royce and hotel magnate Stephen Hung (above in the wild suit) are proving what real opulence really is with the largest single order from the fabled British marque, ever. Hung is purchasing 30 custom examples of the Phantom Extended Wheelbase (pictured right) for $20 million. To push the deal even further over the top, two of the Phantoms are the most expensive examples ever commissioned.

This assemblage of über-luxury sedans isn’t for Hung’s personal collection. Instead, the cars are going to be part of the fleet for the swanky hotel and casino that he’s opening in Macau, China, in 2016 called the Louis XIII. According to The Washington Post, when the 200-room resort opens, the Louis XIII is supposed to be one of the most mind-blowing places in the world, including a suite that costs $100,000 a night.

When completed, the 30 cars will be in matching crimson red to echo the exterior of the hotel. That color will be carried into the interior trim, as well, including the gauges, and the seats will have a checker board pattern. Each one will be outfitted with a bespoke clock from Graff Luxury Watches. The two most expensive Phantoms will get all of this attention, plus gold-plated trim covering the interior and exterior.

As this huge order suggests, Hung doesn’t do anything on a small scale. If you need even more proof of that, Rolls-Royce isn’t just providing him with the cars, the automaker is also helping to design the parking area to house them and training the staff to drive the special fleet. Scroll down to read the full announcement of this historic order.

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Hungarian Magnate’s Sabre

  • Dated: Mid-19th Century
  • Measurements: 82 cm; 32 1/4 in blade

The sword has a curved fullered polished steel blade double-edged toward the point and a gilt-brass hilt cast in low relief, comprising a pair of writhen quillons issuant from gaping masks and with flaming terminals.

The langets feature the crowned Hungarian arms within a wreath, grip with a sun-in-splendour in the centre, and the pommel formed as a deity. It is presented in its fabric-covered wooden scabbard, with gilt-brass mounts comprising locket, chape and two bands for suspension rings all decorated with scrolls, flowers and foliage.

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Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity Arriving On 3DS March 24th

Nintendo has announced that Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity is releasing in North America March 24th for the Nintendo 3DS:

"Become one of five popular Pokémon from the fan-favorite franchise – Pikachu, Snivy, Oshawott, Tepig or Axew – and journey through infinite dungeons, battle and befriend other Pokémon, collect treasures and explore the game’s vast, beautiful world – all in amazing 3D. In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, there are many labyrinths called Mystery Dungeons that change their form every time a player enters. Pokémon, items and treasure within a Mystery Dungeon will change location every time a player re-enters."

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