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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 09:56 AM

How old is the Earth? Rubio: "I'm not sure we'll ever be able to answer that."

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How old is the Earth? Rubio: "I'm not sure we'll ever be able to answer that. It's one of the great mysteries." http://gqm.ag/ROpjAE


Jonathan Chait ‏@jonathanchait
Some theologians believe the Earth was created in 1980 by Ronald Reagan.
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12m Stefan Becket Stefan Becket ‏@stefanjbecket
Witch! RT @benhjacobs: The Earth is about 4 and a half billion years old, just in case any reporters ask y'all:http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/geotime/age.html [br />

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Reply How old is the Earth? Rubio: "I'm not sure we'll ever be able to answer that." (Original post)
bigtree Nov 2012 OP
Fumesucker Nov 2012 #1
ananda Nov 2012 #2
former-republican Nov 2012 #3
Fumesucker Nov 2012 #7
QC Nov 2012 #13
pinboy3niner Nov 2012 #9
Whiskeytide Nov 2012 #33
Mass Nov 2012 #4
bigtree Nov 2012 #6
Tommy_Carcetti Nov 2012 #5
Fumesucker Nov 2012 #8
Gidney N Cloyd Nov 2012 #10
MineralMan Nov 2012 #22
KansDem Nov 2012 #24
Gidney N Cloyd Nov 2012 #29
CTyankee Nov 2012 #11
Fumesucker Nov 2012 #16
CTyankee Nov 2012 #37
ladjf Nov 2012 #12
Arcanetrance Nov 2012 #14
malaise Nov 2012 #25
IDemo Nov 2012 #15
Skidmore Nov 2012 #17
Fumesucker Nov 2012 #20
Botany Nov 2012 #18
Indydem Nov 2012 #19
99Forever Nov 2012 #23
exboyfil Nov 2012 #36
hfojvt Nov 2012 #21
bowens43 Nov 2012 #26
GeorgeGist Nov 2012 #27
Marr Nov 2012 #28
Gidney N Cloyd Nov 2012 #30
kestrel91316 Nov 2012 #31
IggleDoer Nov 2012 #32
Viking12 Nov 2012 #34
exboyfil Nov 2012 #39
Lint Head Nov 2012 #35
yortsed snacilbuper Nov 2012 #38

Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 09:59 AM

1. Tide comes in tide goes out, it's a mystery

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:01 AM

2. Does he know that he doesn't need to..

.. wear suction cups in the Antipodes?

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:02 AM

3. Magnets also!

 

I think they are work of the devil.

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Response to former-republican (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:04 AM

7. Especially those neodevilinium ones, they are possessed

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Response to former-republican (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:20 AM

13. Fuckin' magnets, how do they work?

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:06 AM

9. What a coincidence...



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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:35 AM

33. ROLL TIDE!!!

... Sorry. It's a reflex.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:02 AM

4. So, I guess he is running and trying to appeal evangelical voters.

Because the answer he gives on this question is just a rambling way to say: I know it is not 5000 years, but let's avoid offending anybody.

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Response to Mass (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:04 AM

6. that's got to be it, Mass

funny/pathetic

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:03 AM

5. He then turned around to his colleague John McCain and asked...

...."Hey, how old are you, John?"

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:06 AM

8. <snort>

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:07 AM

10. How the hell did a nation as fucking dumb as us ever get to the moon?

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Response to Gidney N Cloyd (Reply #10)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:40 AM

22. The smart, educated Americans took us to the moon.

The ignorant, foolish ones just watched and complained about it. The US is home to both.

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Response to Gidney N Cloyd (Reply #10)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:40 AM

24. We went to the moon? When?

Just kiddin'...

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Response to KansDem (Reply #24)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:12 AM

29. C'mon, it was in all the papers.


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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:08 AM

11. Sigh, this just makes the point I was making a few minutes ago in this thread....

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #11)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:25 AM

16. Not all Americans are stupid

They just have to cater to the stupid ones opinions because the stupid ones are really really sure that they are right and the smart ones sometimes have doubts.

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #16)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:53 AM

37. As Yeats said about another time and another place:

The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:17 AM

12. Ignorance is a terrible thing. nt

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:22 AM

14. Well by my math

Since I'm 26 and I know the earth was created solely for me I'm going with 26 years

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Response to Arcanetrance (Reply #14)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:50 AM

25. No that's your world

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:23 AM

15. Why does the Sun orbit the Earth?

It's a miss-story.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:27 AM

17. Putting the training wheels on the Artful Dodger role for 2016.

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Response to Skidmore (Reply #17)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:33 AM

20. Good point

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:33 AM

18. How long to build those mountains?

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:33 AM

19. The article is actually very good if you want to see 2016

Here is the actual answer he gave, if you care to read it:

GQ: How old do you think the Earth is?
Marco Rubio: I'm not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that's a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I'm not a scientist. I don't think I'm qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all. I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says. Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I'm not sure we'll ever be able to answer that. It's one of the great mysteries.

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Response to Indydem (Reply #19)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:40 AM

23. Not all "theories" are created equal.

Those that require magic, are for fools and ignorant marks.

His answer is snakeoil.

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Response to Indydem (Reply #19)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:48 AM

36. I don't know much about geology

but I do know it is very important economic implications to understand the age and formation of the earth (as a side note also the order of evolution of life). Geologists prospecting for new mineral and petroleum resources make use of the models of geological time to help them find the resources. Fossils are used to assist in dating (along with radiometric dating).

To say you are not a scientist and walk away from the question demonstrates your vast ignorance.

A great story is the finding of the Tiktaalik transitional fossil from fish to amphibian. Paleontologists used geological maps showing dates of exposed rock faces to narrow the search for ths fossil (they when the transitional time should be so they went looking at that time in the rocks). This shows the process in reverse.

The only mystery is a 200 million year time window (about 5% of the total) in which the earth first formed. It is at least 4 billion years old and to deny that fact is to throw out mountains of geological, physics, cosmology, evolutionary science, etc facts that all lead to that conclusion.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:36 AM

21. I hold to the Theory of Fred, myself

The universe was created in 2003 by a cosmic entity known only as Fred.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:02 AM

26. The earth was created llast Tuesday.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:04 AM

27. No mystery.

Rubio missed the memo!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:12 AM

28. One of our big problems as a species is we let morons make big decisions.

Rubio is obviously a moron. It takes no more than his answer to that one question to decide it. And yet here he is, a moron, making decisions that affect millions of people.

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Response to Marr (Reply #28)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:14 AM

30. Is he really a moron or is he just an unprincipled pol kissing up to his base?

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:31 AM

31. Yeah, it's a HUGE mystery, just like

why we have tides........

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:31 AM

32. "I'm not a scientist, man"....

That implies that the answer he'r like to say is "believe the scientists."

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:36 AM

34. Rubio is on the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

..and you want to know why this country is fucked?

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Response to Viking12 (Reply #34)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:06 PM

39. Bossom buddies with

the Rep. that thinks the earth is 9,000 years old (Broun) who sits on the Science committe in the House.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:48 AM

35. Why is the night black? Is it because Obama won?

Come on Rubio. The great mystery is why right wingers are so anti science when science saves the lives of human beings. It's time for the GOP to come out of the dark age.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:05 PM

38. One time dubya told putin the he that he was going to send astronauts to the Sun,

putin said you can't do that, they'll burn up, dubya, no way, I'm sending them at night!

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