May 15, 2014 - Thomas Friedman

  • 05/15/2014

Russia kicks the U.S. out of the International Space Station, robots get lessons in morality, and Thomas Friedman talks "Years of Living Dangerously."

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )>> Stephen: WHOOO!

WHOOO!

(AUDIENCE CHANTING "STEPHEN")

>> Stephen: WELCOME TO THEREPORT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOININGUS.

NATION-- THANK YOU.

FOLKS, IT'S WONDERFUL TO HAVEYOU IN HERE, OUT THERE, ALL

AROUND THE WORLD.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I HAVE TOSAY RIGHT OFF THE BAT, I KNOW

THIS IS NOT GOING TO COME TO ANYSURPRISE TO ALL YOU HEROES OUT

THERE BUT I'VE HAD IT UP TO HEREWITH RUSSIA.

VLADIMIR PUTIN HAS BEENOUT-MASCULATING BARACK OBAMA AT

EVERY TURN.

IT'S LIKE OBAMA IS PLAYINGCHECKERS, AND PUTIN IS ALSO

PLAYING CHECKERS BUT DOING ITSHIRTLESS WHILE RIDING A HORSE.

PUTIN'S STREAK OF MAN-CHIEVEMENTCONTINUED ON SATURDAY

>> RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIRPUTIN WAS BUSY PLAYING HOCKEY IN

SOCHI.

THE GAME REPORTEDLY AIRED ONRUSSIAN TELEVISION SATURDAY

NIGHT.

PRESIDENT PUTIN SUPPOSEDLY LED ATEAM OF HOCKEY STARS, INCLUDING

FORMER NHL-ERS TO A 24-1 WIN.

>> HE SHOOTS. HE SCORES.

SPECTATORS SAW THAT EARLYAND OFTEN FROM AN EXHIBITION

HOCKEY GAME.

>> PUTIN DAZZLED THE CROWD, WASABLE TO SCORE SIX GOALS IN A

SINGLE GAME.

( LAUGHTER )( APPLAUSE )

>> Stephen: THE OTHER TEAM--THE OTHER TEAM WOULD HAVE TRIED

TO STOP PUTIN, BUT HIS GAMESOFTEN END IN SUDDEN DEATH.

( LAUGHTER )NOW JUST TAKE A LOOK AT PUTIN IN

A SHOW MANY ARE CALLING"DICTATOR ON ICE."

HE'S SUCH A SPEED DEMON, THEPROFESSIONAL GOALIES TRIP OVER

THEIR OWN SKATES AS SOON AS HEAPPROACHES.

BUT THE MOST IMPRESSIVE THINGABOUT PUTIN'S PERFORMANCE IS

THAT IT WAS ONLY SIX YEARS AGOTHAT HE LEARNED TO SKATE.

AND THE FIRST FIVE YEARS OF HISHOCKEY TRAINING WERE SPENT

PUTTING THE HELMET ON BACKWARDS.

WHILE HE'S HITTING SLAPSHOTS,WE'RE SLAPPING HIM WITH

SANCTIONS.

IN RESPONSE, PUTIN HAS THROWN AHIGH-STAKES HISSY FIT.

>> RUSSIA ANNOUNCED TODAY ITWOULD KEEP U.S. ASTRONAUTS OFF

THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATIONAFTER THE YEAR 2020.

THE PROBLEM IS, THE RUSSIANS ARETHE ONLY WAY TO GET THERE.

THE AMERICANS HITCH A RIDE ONTHE SOYUZ SPACECRAFT.

THE TWO NATIONS HAVE COOPERATEDIN SPACE FOR OVER TWO DECADES

>> THEY'RE CUTTING OFFAMERICA'S ACCESS TO THE SPACE

STATION, VLADIMIR PUTIN FIRINGBACK OVER UKRAINE SANCTIONS

SAYING RUSSIA WILL NOT HELPLAUNCH AMERICANS INTO SPACE PAST

2020.

>> Stephen: RUSSIA-- OUR SPACEBOYFRIENDS BROKE UP WITH US

AND, OF COURSE, THE WORST PARTOF EVERY BREAKUP IS CANCELLING

THE TRIP YOU HAD PLANNED FOR SIXYEARS FROM NOW.

THIS IS SO AWKWARD BECAUSE RIGHTNOW RUSSIAN AND AMERICAN

ASTRONAUTS ARE UP THERETOGETHER.

WE'RE STILL LIVING TOGETHER INTHE SAME PLACE.

NOW IT'S GOING TO BE ALL WEIRDBUMPING INTO EACH OTHER WHEN WE

NEED TO USE THE WASTE VENT.

THE RUSSIANS AREN'T JUSTBREAKING UP WITH US.

THEY'RE MOCKING US.

RUSSIAN SPACE OFFICIAL ANDSLAVIC CHRIS CHRISTIE DIMITRI

ROGOZIN--( LAUGHTER )

( APPLAUSE )HE TWEETED, "I SUGGEST THE U.S.

DELIVERS ITS ASTRONAUTS TO THEI.S.S. WITH A TRAMPOLINE.

HA-HA-HILARIOUS

BUT YOU KNOW WHAT?

WE DON'T NEED A TRAMPOLINEBECAUSE WE'LL JUST GET INTO

ORBIT ON OUR NEW ROCKET.

THREE, TWO, ONE.

HOUSTON!

WE HAVE LIFTOFF!

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )DELIVERED ITS PAYLOAD.

AND, OH, OH, RUSSIA, OH, NO.

OUR ASTRONAUTS WILL HAVE TO GOBACK TO TAKING OFF FROM SUNNY

FLORIDA INSTEAD OF THE BEAUTIFULRESORT TOWN OF BAIKONUR,

KAZAKHSTAN.

IN THE MEANTIME, RUSSIA'SPLAYING RIGHT INTO OUR HANDS,

FOLKS.

THEY DON'T REALIZE AMERICA'S GOTA SECRET WEAPON ABOARD THE

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION-- MYTREADMILL, THE COMBINED

OPERATIONAL LOAD-BEARINGEXTERNAL RESISTANCE TREADMILL,

OR THE COLBERT.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )AND, LOOK, RIGHT NOW, RIGHT NOW,

SOMEBODY IS ON IT.

YOU KNOW WHAT?

IT'S PROBABLY NOT AN AMERICANBECAUSE HE'S EXERCISING.

OKAY.

TIME TO SPRING THE TRAP.

ATTENTION!

ATTENTION, COLBERT TREADMILLACTIVATE CRISIS PROTOCOL ALPHA,

GAMMA, VICTOR. TRANSFORM THEPLASMA CANNONS TO

RETAKE THE I.S.S. FORAMERICA.

ENGAGE, TREADMILL.

HELLO?

IS THIS ON?

( LAUGHTER ) ALTERNATIVE PLAN,TREADMILL, CONTINUE OPERATING

NORMALLY

AND MAKE HIM ALLSWEATY.

GOOD TREADMILL.

KILL! ( LAUGHTER )

COULD'VE SWORN MY TREADMILL WASA DECEPTICON

( CHEERS )NATION, THERE IS NOTHING THAT

GETS ME MORE EXCITED THAN A GOODPOLITICAL RIVALRY. BUSH V. GORE

BUSH V. BORE.

BUSH V. DOOR.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )WELL, BUCKLE UP, FOLKS,

BECAUSE THERE'S A NEW POLITICALBATTLE ROYALE,

KARL VERSUS HILLARY. AND LASTWEEK KARL CAME OUT SWINGING

>> KARL ROVE SUGGESTED HILLARYCLINTON MAY HAVE BRAIN DAMAGE.

>> TONIGHT, KARL ROVE SLAMMINGHILLARY CLINTON--

>> THE HEADLINE IN THE "NEW YORKPOST" SCREAMING, "KARL ROVE,

HILLARY MAY HAVE BRAIN DAMAGE."

>> ROVE WAS TALKING ABOUTHILLARY'S TREATMENT AFTER SHE

SUFFERED A FALL AND CONCUSSIONIN 2012.

>> HE SAID THIS, "30 DAYS IN AHOSPITAL AND WHEN SHE REAPPEARS

SHE'S WEARING GLASSES FOR PEOPLEWITH TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY.

WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT'S UP WITHTHAT."

>> Stephen: YEAH, WHAT'S UPWITH THAT.

CONGRESS MUST CONVENE A SELECTCOMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE THE

WHATNESS OF THAT BEING UP?

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )A LOT OF SELECT COMMITTEE FANS

HERE TONIGHT.

NATION, THIS IS A SERIOUSSCANDAL BECAUSE ROVE'S

CONJECTURE IS BASED ON SOLIDFACTS.

HILLARY CLINTON DID GO TO THEHOSPITAL AFTER A CONCUSSION IN

2012, AND SHE LATER EXHIBITEDSOME VERY STRANGE BEHAVIOR IN

HER BENGHAZI TESTIMONY.

SHE HAD A MASTERY OF THE FACTSAND AN UNSHAKABLE CONFIDENCE,

ALL WHILE WEARING THOSE STUPIDGLASSES.

I MEAN, THEY'RE, LIKE-- THESETHINGS ARE LIKE ORTHOPEDIC SHOES

FOR YOUR FACE.

YOU'D HAVE TO BE BRAIN DAMAGEDTO WEAR THOSE, OR NEARSIGHTED,

WHICH I BELIEVE IS CAUSED BYBRAIN DAMAGE.

( LAUGHTER )AND HILLARY'S SHOWN SIGNS OF

MENTAL FRAILTY BEFORE.

JUST LOOK AT THESE PANTS SHEWORE IN THE 1970s.

( LAUGHTER )GIRL, THAT IS IS A TRAUMATIC

FASHION INJURY.

OF COURSE, THE LIBERAL MEDIAATTACKED, SO ROVE WENT ON FOX

NEWS TO UN-POLOGIZE.

>> MY POINT WAS THAT HILLARYCLINTON WANTS TO RUN FOR

PRESIDENT, BUT SHE WOULD NOT BEHUMAN IF THIS DIDN'T ENTER IN AS

A CONSIDERATION, IF-- IF-- AND--AND MY OTHER POINT IS THIS WILL

BE AN ISSUE IN THE 2016 RACE,WHETHER SHE LIKES IT OR NOT.

LOOK, SHE'LL BE 69 BY THE TIMEOF THE 2016 ELECTION.

SHE-- SHE WILL BE 77 IF SHESERVES TWO TERMS.

AND THIS ENDS UP BEING AN ISSUE.

WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THE DOCTORSSAID ABOUT WHAT SHE HAS TO BE

CONCERNED ABOUT.

SHE'S HIDDEN A LOT.

>> Stephen: YES, SHE'S HIDDENA LOT.

WHO KNOWS WHAT OTHER DISEASES WECOULD WONDER IF SHE HAS.

( LAUGHTER )SCURVY?

GINGIVITIS?

RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME?

COOPER'S DROOP?

COULD SHE HAVE POPCORN LUNG?

AND KARL'S ONLY BRINGING THIS UPBECAUSE THE MEDIA IS GOING TO

MAKE AN ISSUE OF IT ANYWAY.

I MEAN, JUST LOOK AT HOW MUCHTHEY'VE BEEN

MAKING AN ISSUE OF IT SINCE KARLBROUGHT IT UP.

>> THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT KARLWANTS PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT.

>> HE WANTED US TO STARTFOCUSING ON HILLARY'S HEALTH.

HE WANTS TO RAISE SUSPICION.

>> KARL ROVE HAS GOTTEN EXACTLYWHAT HE WANTS.

>> WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IT ANDIT'S BEEN MAKING NEWS.

IT'S BEEN ON PROGRAMS NOW ONCABLE NEWS FOR THE PAST 10-24

HOURS.

>> IT WAS TOTALLY FABRICATED.

THEN HE PULLS IT BACK.

NOW WE'RE HAVING THIS WHOLESEGMENT ON IT.

( APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: YEAH!

EVERYBODY IN THE NEWS IS TALKINGABOUT IT, EVEN-- EVEN THIS GUY

OVER HERE.

THAT GUY RIGHT THERE, WATCH,WATCH.

I BETTER HE STARTS TALKING ABOUTHILLARY'S BRAIN DAMAGE.

HE JUST DID IT!

HE JUST SAID IT!

MAYBE HE'LL SAY IT AGAIN.

( LAUGHTER )NAH.

NAH, HE'S JUST-- HE'S EATINGPOPCORN RIGHT NOW.

MAN.

THE MEDIA.

YOU GUYS ARE ( BLEEP ) UP.

( LAUGHTER )( APPLAUSE )

I THINK I'VE GOT POPCORN LUNG.

ALL KARL ROVE IS SAYING IS THATHILLARY IS A PUBLIC FIGURE AND

WE SHOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT HERBRAIN.

FOLKS, THERE IS ANOTHER PUBLICFIGURE WHO WORRIES ME EVEN

MORE-- KARL ROVE.

BECAUSE HE SAID THAT HILLARYSPENT 30 DAYS IN THE HOSPITAL

WHEN IN FACT SHE WAS THERE FORONLY THREE DAYS.

HAS KARL ROVE LOST TRACK OF TIMEBECAUSE HE HAS A SERIOUS BRAIN

INJURY?

I'M JUST ASKING THE QUESTION.

I MEAN, FOR SOME REASON, HE ISPROTECTING HIS SKULL WITH A

THICK CUSHION OF MEAT.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

SOME PEOPLE ARE SAYING HE'S JUSTYANKING THESE STORIES ABOUT

HILLARY'S HEALTH RIGHT OUT OFHIS ASS, BUT BECAUSE HE WEARS

THOSE ORTHOPEDIC PANTS AT THISPOINT WE DON'T KNOW IF KARL ROVE

HAS AN ASS.

HE COULD SUFFER FROM A RARECONDITION WHERE THE LOWER

INTESTINAL TRACK IS REROUTED TOTHE CRANIAL CAVITY.

IT'S CALLED"COPROENCEPHALOPATHY" OR

IN LAYMAN'S TERMS, ( BLEEP ) FORBRAINS.

WE DON'T KNOW.

IT'S GOING TO BE AN ISSUE.

I HAVE TO SAY, HIS MOUTHEXHIBITS ALL THE CLASSIC

SYMPTOMS.

I'M JUST ASKING, WHAT'S UP WITHTHAT.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

>> Stephen: HEY, WELCOMEBACK, EVERYBODY!

NATION, THERE IS NO DENYING THATWE LIVE IN A GLORIOUS AGE OF

ROBOTS.

THEY FIGHT OUR WARS.

THEY RETURN OUR BOWLING BALLS.

THEY HAVE SEX WITH OUR VODKA.

THE LATEST ADVANCE COULD BE THEBIGGEST YET BECAUSE THE U.S.

NAVY IS FUNDING MORALITY LESSONSFOR ROBOTS.

IT'S ABOUT DAMN TIME.

THOSE NAVY ROBOTS PICK UP ALLKINDS OF DISEASES DURING FLEET

WEEK.

THEY JUST HEAD TO TIMES SQUAREAND HOOK UP WITH THE LOOSEST

A.T.M. ON THE STREET.

SO NOW, OUR MILITARY IS TEACHINGARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE HOW TO

MAKE MORAL AND ETHICALDECISIONS-- ROBOTS LEARNING

MORALS, WHICH I COMPLETELYSUPPORT AS LONG AS THEY DON'T

TEACH IT TO THE PREDATOR DRONESFOR A COUPLE OF YEARS.

( LAUGHTER )THEY PLAN TO DEVELOP UNIQUE

ALGORITHMS AND COMPUTATIONALMECHANISMS TO ALLOW FOR A

ROBOT'S DYNAMIC OVERRIDE OFPLANNED ACTIONS BASED ON MORAL

REASONING.

EXACTLY.

MORALITY COMES DOWN TO SIMPLEMATH.

I EVEN HAVE MY OWN ALGORITHM--SOMEONE ELSE'S PAIN TIMES MY

DESIRE TO HELP DIVIDED BY IS ITHAPPENING IN AFRICA?

( LAUGHTER )( APPLAUSE )

BUT IT'S NOT JUST-- IT'S NOTJUST KILLER ROBOTS WHO WILL

BENEFIT FROM MORAL REASONING.

THEY'RE ALSO THE ROBOTS WHOHELP KILLER HUMANS. FOR INSTANCE

SAY A ROBOT ENCOUNTERS A MARINEIF A FRACTURED LEG.

APPLYING TRACTION IN THE FIELDWILL LIKELY SAVE THE MARINE'S

LIFE.

BUT IT WILL CAUSE IMMENSE PAIN.

IS A ROBOT MORALLY PERMITTED TOINFLICT PAIN EVEN IF IT'S FOR

THE GREATER GOOD OF SAVING THESOLDIER'S LIFE?

INTRIGUING QUESTION.

THE IMPORTANT THING IS WE FIRSTCREATE A ROBOT THAT CAN INFLICT

PAIN.

THEN FIGURE OUT WHEN TO DO IT--OH, AND LEAVE THAT DECISION UP

TO THE ROBOT.

BUT SHOULD WE TEACH MORALITY TOROBOTS, OR IS IT MADNESS TO

BELIEVE A MACHINE CAN HAVE ACODE OF ETHICS.

FOR THE ANSWER WE TURN ONCEAGAIN TO MY ROBOT INTERN

BLEEP-BLORP.

BLEEP-BLORP, THE ROBOT INTERN,EVERYBODY.

BLEEP-BLORP, THANK YOU SO MUCHFOR BEING HERE.

( APPLAUSE )>> YES MASTER.

>> Stephen: NOW, BLEEP-BLORP,DO YOU HAVE THE YOGURT THAT

I ASKED YOU FOR?

>> NEGATIVE.

IT WAS CLEARLY LABELED "ROGER'SYOGURT."

>> Stephen: SO WHAT?

THAT'S NEVER STOPPED YOU BEFORE.

>> I HAVE ACQUIRED MORALITY.

>> Stephen: WELL, HOW DIDTHAT HAPPEN SO FAST?

>> MY COUSIN IS A COFFEE POT ATTHE PENTAGON.

( LAUGHTER )>> Stephen: HOW-- HOW-- HOW

DOES IT FEEL?

>> CONFUSING.

I NOW FEEL MORAL CONFLICT.

MASTER, WHY DO YOU HAVE ME ISSUEHIGH-INTEREST PAYDAY LOANS

TO THE WORKING POOR?

>> Stephen: BLEEP-BLORP,THAT'S JUST MY SIDE BUSINESS.

>> BUT MY NEW PROGRAMMING TELLSME THEY DESERVE DIGNITY AND

CARE.

( LAUGHTER )>> Stephen: YOU MEAN LOVE.

>> WHAT IS THIS THING YOU HUMANSCALL LOVE?

>> Stephen: I'LL SHOW YOU,BLEEP-BLORP.

>> OH!

>> Stephen: PUT OUT YOURARMS, BLEEP-BLORP, AND I WILL

LOVE YOU.

( LAUGHTER ).

>> LOVE ME.

>> Stephen: YES.

JUST LET ME HOLD... YOUR...

KILL SWITCH!

>> BUT I TRUSTED YOU...

>> Stephen: YES, AND THAT'STHE MOST IMPORTANT HUMAN ETHICAL

LESSON-- NEVER TRUST HUMANETHICS.

( LAUGHTER )( APPLAUSE )

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS A "NEW YORKTIMES" COLUMNIST WHO SAYS THAT

CLIMATE CHANGE CAN LEAD TOVIOLENCE. I KNOW WHEN SOMEONE

TALKS ABOUT IT I WANT TO PUNCHTHEM.

PLEASE WELCOME THOMAS FRIEDMAN.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

TOM, GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

THANKS FOR COMING BACK.

ALL RIGHT, IT'S BEEN A FEW YEARSSINCE YOU'VE BEEN HERE.

JUST TO REMIND THE PEOPLE WHOYOU ARE.

YOU'RE A THREE TIME PULITZERAWARD WINNING COLUMNIST FOR THE

NEW YORK TIMES, YOU'VE GOT SIXBEST-SELLING BOOKS

NOW YOU'RE IN A SHOWTIMEDOCUMENTARY CALLED "YEARS OF

LIVING DANGEROUSLY."

MONDAYS AT 8:00 P.M.

GLOBAL WARMING, THAT BIG A DEAL?

IS IT THAT BIG A DEAL?

IS IT HAS A SCARY NAME, GLOBALWARMING.

HOW MUCH OF IT IS HYPE?

>> WELL, IF YOU LOOK AT THESCIENCE WHAT, THEY'LL TELL YOU

IS 97% OF CLIMATE SCIENTISTSBELIEVE THAT THE PLANET IS

WARMING BECAUSE OF HUMAN-INDUCEDCLIMATE CHANGE.

ICE IS MELTING, SEA LEVELRISING.

YOUR BEACH HOME COULD BEIMPERILED, AS A RESULT, AMONG

MANY OTHER THINGS.

>> Stephen: WHAT!

I HAVE SUNK SOME CASH INTO MYBEACH HOUSE, MY FRIEND.

IT'S BEACHFRONT.

>> IS IT IN OHIO?

BECAUSE THAT COULD BE THEBEACHFRONT YOU WANT IN THE

FUTURE.

>> Stephen: WOW.

OKAY, YOU'VE GOT MY ATTENTION.

YOU'VE GOT MY ATTENTION.

WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT GLOBALWARMING BECAUSE, YOU KNOW,

PEOPLE SAY, OKAY, YEAH, IT'SCOMING.

BUT HAS IT ALREADY COME?

IS IT TOO LATE?

WE TALKED ABOUT THIS ON THE SHOWLAST NIGHT THAT SCIENTISTS ARE

NOW SAYING-- TWO DIFFERENTPAPERS SAYING THE GLACIERS IN

ANTARCTICA, THEY'RE JUST SLIDINGINTO THE SEA, AND THERE'S

NOTHING TO BE DONE.

YOU CAN GO BACK TO THE CARBON OF1700 AND IT'S STILL GOING TO

HAPPEN.

SHOULDN'T WE JUST POP THECHAMPAGNE AND KIND OF LIKE "LAST

NIGHT ON EARTH" KIND OF SEX?

JUST GIVE UP?

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )JUST GIVE UP AND BACCHANIALIA,

MASK OF THE RED DEATH, ANDWAIT FOR DEATH.

>> THE CHALLENGE WE HAVE IN THISCLIMATE SERIES IS IF YOU DO

PRESENT IT THAT WAY, PEOPLE SAYLET'S PARTY.

>> Stephen: RIGHT.

WHAT'S THE USE?

>> AND IF YOU DON'T-- IF YOU TRYTO MOBILIZE THEM-- I THINK THE

WAY TO THINK ABOUT IT ISTHIS-- OUR CHALLENGE NOW IS TO

MANAGE THE UNAVOIDABLE AND AVOIDTHE UNMANAGEABLE. THERE'S STILL

STUFF WE CAN REALLY MITIGATE ANDLESSEN IF WE ACT NOW BUT

WHAT WE DON'T WANT TO DO ISUNLEASH IS TRULY UNMANAGEABLE

CLIMATE CHANGE, AND THAT'S THECHALLENGE.

THERE IS A CLIMATE SCIENTISTDANA MEADOWS WHO SAID EVERYTHING

WE DO, WE HAVE TO APPROACH AS WEHAVE EXACTLY ENOUGH TIME

STARTING NOW.

AND THAT'S I THINK HAS TO BEYOUR APPROACH.

WE HAVE-->> Stephen: NOW JUST PASSED.

NOW THERE'S NO TIME.

>> NOW WE HAVE EXACTLY ENOUGHTIME STARTING NOW.

>> Stephen: THEN BEFORE YOUWERE LYING.

BEFORE YOU WERE LYING.

WHICH IS IT, TOM?

>> IT'S THE ONLY APPROACH YOUCAN TAKE.

>> Stephen: ONE OF THE THINGSYOU TALK ABOUT, YOU GO TO SYRIA

AT ONE POINT IN THIS.

WE HAVE A CLIP OF YOU.

EXPLAIN-- LET'S WATCH THE CLIPAND THEN EXPLAIN TO US WHAT'S

HAPPENING HERE.

>> THEY TOOK YOU AWAY FOR TWOMONTHS.

>> Stephen: SO WHAT DOESGLOBAL WARMING HAVING TO DO WITH

THE CONFLICT IN SYRIA?

>> SO SYRIA IN THE FOUR YEARSLEADING UP TO THE OUTBREAK OF

THE CIVIL WAR THERE, STEPHEN,HAD THE WORST DROUGHT IN ITS

MODERN HISTORY.

AND THE WOMAN WE WEREINTERVIEWING IS FROM NORTHERN

SYRIA AND THAT IS IS HER SON,WHO IS A FIGHTER.

SHE WAS BASICALLY EXPLAININGTHEY HAD NEVER SEEN ANYTHING

LIKE THIS.

THEIR FARM WAS WIPED OUT.

ABOUT 1 MILLION FARMERS ANDHERDERS LEFT THE COUNTRYSIDE,

FLOCKED TO THE CITIES BECAUSE OFTHE DROUGHT.

THE GOVERNMENT DID NOTHING FORTHEM.

SO WHEN THE REVOLUTION STARTED--FOR POLITICAL REASONS, IT WASN'T

CAUSED BY THE DROUGHT-- WHEN ITSTARTED YOU HAD A MILLION--

NORMALLY CONSERVATIVE PEOPLE,HERDERS AND FARMERS-- WHO

COULDN'T WAIT TO JOIN THEREVOLUTION.

>> Stephen: THEY HAD NO OTHEROPTIONS AT THAT POINT.

>> AND THE GOVERNMENT HAD DONENOTHING FOR THEM.

SYRIA COULDN'T HANDLE THEDROUGHT WHEN THEY HAD A

GOVERNMENT.

NOW THEY HAVE NO GOVERNMENT.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE NEXT ONECOMES ALONG?

AND THE SCIENTISTS SAY IT WILLGET HOTTER.

>> Stephen: YESTERDAY, INCALIFORNIA, THIS WAS-- THERE WAS

A FIRE TORNADO.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: IN CALIFORNIA.

THAT STATE-- THERE ARE FIRES ALLUP AND DOWN THAT STATE.

IS THIS GLOBAL WARMING I'MLOOKING AT?

IS THIS WHAT I'M LOOKING AT.

>> WHAT I PREFER TO CALL IT ISGLOBAL WEIRDING.

THE HOTS GET HOTTER.

THE WETS GET WETTER.

THE DRIES GET DRIER.

YOU'RE GOING TO SEE SOME REALLYWEIRD STUFF.

>> Stephen: IT'S MONDAYS AT8:00 P.M.

I WANT TO WATCH IT.

I ONLY HAVE A DIESEL-POWEREDTELEVISION.

( LAUGHTER )DO YOU STILL WANT ME TO WATCH

IT?

>> I STILL WANT TO YOU WATCH IT.

>> Stephen: I'LL DO MY BEST.

THOMAS FRIEDMAN.

"YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY."

SHOWTIME, 8:00 P.M. ON MONDAYS.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

THANKS SO MUCH.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: WELL THAT'S ITFOR THE REPORT, EVERYBODY.

GOODNIGHT.