Rewriting history: "treatment" of climate sceptics disappears from University of Oregon press statement

UPDATE: University of Oregon responds, see Update #3 below.

I’ve been purposely ignoring this ugly pronouncement related to “Planet Under Pressure“, because well, it was just so beyond ugly and it brought up visions of the Soviet politburo defining political opposition as a mental illness. As Andrew Bolt put it, Something is sick, and it’s not the sceptics.

But now there’s been a cover up, and I have the goods.

Apparently, the maelstrom of embarrassment and public ridicule created by Kari Marie Norgaard, professor of sociology and environmental studies at the University of Oregon was too much for the University to bear. So, in the best Soviet style, they rewrote history, as if nobody would notice, without so much as an apology or update. I find it amazing in this day an age that University types still don’t understand the Internet and that disappearing things like this only makes it worse for you.

Now you see it:

Source: Google Cache which says: This is Google’s cache of http://uonews.uoregon.edu/archive/news-release/2012/3/simultaneous-action-needed-break-cultural-inertia-climate-change-respons. It is a snapshot of the page as it appeared on Mar 29, 2012 21:42:11 GMT. The current page could have changed in the meantime

Now you don’t:

The words “and treated” have now been sanitized from the University’s press statement, which is located here:

http://uonews.uoregon.edu/archive/news-release/2012/3/simultaneous-action-needed-break-cultural-inertia-climate-change-respons

I hope that the University of Oregon Alumni are made aware of this.

h/t to Christopher Monckton

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UPDATE: It seems Norgaard herself has been “disappeared” from the University of Oregon web server. In the ORIGINAL press statement that I got from Google Cache, there’s a link to Norgaard’s faculty page, a portion of which I used in my third paragraph above.

Here’s the screencap, I put yellow highlight either side of the link to her page:

That link goes to: http://sociology.uoregon.edu/faculty/norgaard.php but that gives a 500 Internal Server error now:

Although she still appears of the sociology faculty page listing at:

http://sociology.uoregon.edu/faculty/index.php

…that link is dead as well, but other faculty members on the same page have working links.

And, further, the link from the original press release has also been removed in the revised one, note the missing link underline between the yellow highlights on Norgaard’s name:

Curiouser and curiouser.

Again, Google Cache is your friend:

What a bunch of rank amateurs. Maybe they’ll soon go from being called The Mighty Ducks to “The Mighty Schmucks”.

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UPDATE#2 – It gets worse. As pointed out in comments, apparently her official uoregon.edu email address has been replaced on the Sociology Faculty page. On the Google Cache for that page, as it appeared on Mar 28, 2012 19:55:22 GMT, the “send email” link for Norgaard goes to a uoregon.edu email address. On the current page, it goes to a yahoo.com email address. If they were trying to shield her from hateful email, why shift it to a private email account?

Something is going on behind the scenes that we aren’t privy to yet.

UPDATE#3  4/3/12  2PM PST

UO responds:

I asked Jim Barlow, director of science and research communications, University of Oregon when and why the sentence was changed. Here’s his response:

“I intended the original first sentence of the news release to function as a play-on-words on our researcher’s message about recognizing and addressing cultural inertia. Unfortunately, the word “treated” became the focus of the story, leading to inaccurate portrayals. In an effort to shift the focus back to the actual topic of the conference presentation, I chose at midday Monday to remove the word from the version of the news release that appears on our website.”

Source:

http://cnsnews.com/blog/craig-bannister/call-climate-skeptics-be-treated-removed-universitys-press-statement (h/t David L. Hagen)

No mention of why her faculty page disappeared.

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My husband is a skeptic and a U of O alum and those folks call here all the time asking for money. Can’t wait until the next time they call.

These aren’t the press releases you’re looking for. Move along.

The activist branch of climate “science” has morphed into a social “science” where hypothesis and theory become vehicles for loopy untestable flights of imagination. Nothing can be tested and nothing disproved. How is it so attractive to so many seemingly intelligent people? Is it because academics live in echo chambers where every utterance is its own justification?

David Ball

“where to put the lever to shift the weight.” I may have a suggestion.

Iren

I’m glad you’re spreading this far and wide. Just like the No Pressure video (and the mentality behind it) these people will go just as far as they can, up to and including carrying out such pernicious plans, if they think they can get away with it. This is just testing the water. The only real antidote, before the bullets start flying, is to drag it all out into the public arena for everyone to see and judge. One of the (many) reasons I have such a high regard for Lord Monckton is his unrelenting determination to ensure that each and every green totalitarian lunacy sees the light of day. At least then we can’t say we weren’t warned.

Looks like her school page is down also (http://sociology.uoregon.edu/faculty/norgaard.php)
Everbody elses page on staff works fine. Hmmm.

mike abbott

And if you click on Kari Norgaard’s name on the faculty list at http://sociology.uoregon.edu/faculty/index.php to view her curricula vitae, you get an Internal Server Error message. Out of the two dozen faculty members listed there, that only happens in her case. A coincidence? More sanitizing in process?

sherlock

a) U. of Oregon integrity, b) memory hole. Some dis-assembly required.

williamhhowell

That’s not all – they have removed the link to her faculty bio, and from the cached version I get an “internal server error”.

williamhhowell

That’s not all they changed: in the google cache version there’s a link to Norgaard’s faculty bio page – that’s missing in the new version.
Plus, attempting to access the link via the cached page results in a 500 “Internal Server Error”.
REPLY: Yes, shortly after publishing I did link checks in the story, and I’ve done an update. – Anthony

kbray in california

Out, damned spot! out, I say!

Andrejs Vanags

Ha,ha,ha… its a sickness. Wow, psychology and sociology major careers could be made just on the topic of mass mania, the transmission of memes, and the inherent weakness of the human spirit when faced with peer pressure. If I was one of those majors I would laying out my research papers for the next decade..

wfrumkin

I am personally offended by the attitude that questioning the official party line/lie is a mental defect. I fear for the future if these fanatic true believers get more power than they already have. It feels a if we are in a race to prove AGW is false before they enact their polices. I am in the process of searching for a college to send one of my children to. Needless to say, that one is off the list. I would appreciate suggestions for which top 100 universities is safe to send a child to.

DBCooper

The email address at the bottom of their news release (uonews@uoregon.edu) is phoney. No such address.
Why are we not surprised?

Curious George

A click on Kari Marie Norgaard’s link brings this response:
The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.
I sincerely hope the University of Oregon did not misconfigure Prof. Norgaard permanently.

Maybe the men in the white coats came and got her?

Leon Brozyna

Treated how? Sent to reeducation camps till we learn the errors of our ways, no matter how long it takes?

John F. Hultquist

She’s been “treated” then?

mike abbott

Her bio page contains contact info. Maybe they’re simply protecting her privacy by blocking it. Based on photos of her that have been published, I expect that she is receiving some vicious emails.
REPLY: That may well be, but she’s a public employee, and that comes with public responsibility for your actions. If they were concerned they could have put up a note explaining why. – Anthony

Born in Eugene a liberal arts college town and grew up across the river in Springfield a logging community. Students at the UofO protested against logging pushing bills that made loggers remove the fallen trees from the streams. As Boy Scouts across the river we planted trees before the laws required it with out a greeny in sight. Years later we put trees into the stream to protect the fish habitat. The story is the same different actors. How long will it be until they come to the conclusion of opposed one more time. I would question if they would ever get it right but that is not the real goal. Speaking of goals stick to football.

highflight56433

Nice work. Was reading this earlier when published and thinking about what a mess our colleges are. Then to top it off there is at the heart of our educational institutions covert activity to cover the embarrassing acts of those who attempt remold the minds of the blind. An obvious admission that there are serious problems with who is hired and worse, who is doing the hiring.
It is a travesty folks are paying for such crap.

David Ball

” The social organization of denial” caught my eye, so I got bunch skeptics together to figure how to refute this, ….

wfrumkin in the NW OSU is not a bad choice for science. Their Oceanography and Nuclear programs are not to badly influanced. Earth science is less twisted and the only renewable they have realy worked on is wave energy. The wave will never realy prove out but it is not wind or solar at least.

highflight56433

[snip – that’s a private email, not related to her University of Oregon affiliation and thus not public, so I won’t be publishing it here no matter how much I disagree with her – Anthony]

So, in the best Soviet style

Of COURSE it is in the best Soviet style. It’s the same people. It is the global socialist movement. It’s a wonder The Internationale didn’t start playing when you landed on the page. Climate change is absolutely vital to implementing the global socialist agenda.

Cassandra King

Research interests, race and environment? Forgive me but just WTF has race got to do environment? And tribal environmental health? I really think the last thing our civilisation needs right now is a rerun of Germany circa 1930s pseudo science research into racial differences. Of all the problems the planet faces do we really need some deranged Lysenkoist whipping up racial tensions? What we need is real scientists, what we seem to be getting is fake scientists fabricating a cover of made up pseudo science in order to make their sick political cult more acceptable.

GeologyJim

wfrumkin –
By all means, send your offspring to Hillsdale College. They will learn to think independently, to rationally construct and defend a logical argument, and they will be able to inform anyone on the founding principles of America and the many manifestations of American exceptionalism.
This poor Norgaard creature is sad, pathetic, and not a scholar of anything worth transmitting to another generation. No falsifiable hypothesis, just Victim-ology 101

Clive

Perhaps unlike in 1984, this could be revisionism for the better. This lady rightfully could become an “unperson.” Right now, there seems to be a purge at the U of O. Maybe. Maybe not.
1984, Part 1, Chapter 4. http://www.george-orwell.org/1984/3.html
The reporting of Big Brother’s Order for the Day in The Times of December 3rd 1983 is extremely unsatisfactory and makes references to non-existent persons. Rewrite it in full and submit your draft to higher authority before filing.
Winston read through the offending article. Big Brother’s Order for the Day, it seemed, had been chiefly devoted to praising the work of an organization known as FFCC … A certain Comrade Withers, a prominent member of the Inner Party, had been singled out for special mention and awarded a decoration, the Order of Conspicuous Merit, Second Class.
Three months later FFCC had suddenly been dissolved with no reasons given. One could assume that Withers and his associates were now in disgrace, but there had been no report of the matter in the Press or on the telescreen. That was to be expected, since it was unusual for political offenders to be put on trial or even publicly denounced. The great purges involving thousands of people, with public trials of traitors and thought-criminals who made abject confession of their crimes and were afterwards executed.
☺ ☺

Brian H

The department head is Jocelyn Hollander, jocelynh@uoregon.edu.
I sent along the following email:

Perfesser;
It has been noted, on the world’s best and most popular science blog, that your dept. has “disappeared” K. Norgaard after her egregious suggestion that those who doubt the “climate change” dogma be “treated” (along with the original press release). All the original material is actually still available, of course.
What a mendacious, incompetent bunch of loons you are.

Paul Marko

She most likely was threatened by the extreem, radical right wing guard of the skeptic deniers. The University removed her for her own safety.
REPLY: Quite a speculation, got anything to back it up other than bloviation? – Anthony

That link goes to: http://sociology.uoregon.edu/faculty/norgaard.php but that gives a 500 Internal Server error now

According to my Firefox history, I visited that page three days ago. I recall going there from the press release.
It may be the more inflammatory claim from The Register about treatment ignited a round of hate mail to the U of OR and they may be responding by hiding in the ditches. See my http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/03/30/open-thread-weekend-9/#comment-940590 . While I didn’t quote a part of the press release about treatment, I suggested they may have changed the press release since then. It appears it’s also been changed since I saw it.
We’ll have to keep an eye on things there – I wonder if she’s gone for good. Can someone check out her Univ. office and report back if it’s been hastily emptied?
The Register’s article has this quote from the press release they saw:

Resistance at individual and societal levels must be recognized and treated …
“This kind of cultural resistance to very significant social threat is something that we would expect in any society facing a massive threat,” [Norgaard] said.
The discussion, she said, is comparable to what happened with challenges to racism or slavery in the U.S. South.

I think the “treated” part may have been gone before I saw the press release as I was considering writing the PR office and asking what sort of treatment they had in mind. I didn’t see a statement that was worth copying, so either I missed it or it had been revised.

Larry Ledwick (hotrod)

The only review of her book on Amazon is interesting (and not flattering).
It appears that her work is some how associated with the world bank.
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1407958##

Cognitive and Behavioral Challenges in Responding to Climate Change
Kari Marie Norgaard
Whitman College
May 1, 2009
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 4940

Larry

mike abbott

The root of the problem is revealed by the “Focus Areas” on the U 0f O – Sociology faculty list at http://sociology.uoregon.edu/faculty/index.php:
– power structure research; economic and political elites; right-wing movements; politics of the middle classes; social networks;
– corporate political action and US trade policy; nonviolence and social movements; network analysis of collective action
– social inequality; urban & community change; economic sociology.
– gender; violence against women; the social construction of race, class, gender, and sexuality; language and discourse
– gender; intersections of gender, race, class, and sexuality; poverty and welfare reform; feminist organizations and social movements; qualitative methods
– tribal environmental health, race and environment, gender and environment,climate change denial, emotions and social movements

That last one is Kari Norgaard’s “focus.” In her radical liberal environment, the notion that skeptics of CAGW need to be “treated” seems perfectly reasonable.

noaaprogrammer

When the verb “treated” was deleted, the word “Simultaneous” should also have been deleted. Otherwise there is no second action to the verb “recognized” that can be carried on simultaneously.

Paul Marko

“She most likely was threatened by the extreem, radical right wing guard of the skeptic deniers. The University removed her for her own safety.”
REPLY: Quite a speculation, got anything to back it up other than bloviation? – Anthony
Sorry.That was a poor attempt to be humorous.
REPLY: Always apply the /sarc tag. One man’s humor is another’s insult unless that caveat is made clear – Anthony

conversefive

If you click on the email links to the faculty on the faculty page they all have an @uoregon.edu email address except Ms. Norgaard’s, which gives you a yahoo email address. Hmmmm.

Also, the faculty directory page used to have a uoregon.edu Email address for her (visible above), but now it’s some yahoo.com address. There’s no phone # listed in old or new directory page, I vaguely remember noting there wasn’t a phone listed when I saw it three days ago.
I’d say that at this point there isn’t much reason to contact anyone there except maybe for the Media Relations people, and it sounds like they changed their Email address too.

Skiphil

Interview with her here (poor us, it’s all our sick psychology and we just can’t face up to climate change because we are weak “deniers”):
The Psychology of Climate Change Denial
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/12/climate-psychology/

Michael D Smith

Wait until you see her CV. The usual source has been scrubbed (this one): http://www.whitman.edu/content/sociology/faculty/norgaard/cv
But they forgot to call the sociology dept: http://sociology.uoregon.edu/cv/norgaard.pdf If they scrub that one too, I’ll post a copy (for the sake of history – a sociologist might find a treasure trove of material in here some day).
Interesting words abound!
Norgaard, Kari Marie “Climate Denial and the Construction of Innocence:
Reproducing Transnational Privilege in the Face of Climate Change” Race,
Gender & Class forthcoming Spring 2012
Alkon, Alison and Kari Marie Norgaard 2009. “Breaking the Food Chains: An
Investigation of Food Justice Activism” Sociological Inquiry 79(3): 289-305.
Hormel, Leontina and Kari Marie Norgaard 2009 “Bringing the Salmon Home! Karuk
Challenges to Capitalist Incorporation” Critical Sociology 35(3): 343-366.
Norgaard, Kari Marie. 2007 “The Politics of Invasive Weed Management: Gender Race
and Risk Perception in Rural California.” Rural Sociology 72(3): 450-477.
Norgaard, Kari Marie. 2006. “People Want To Protect Themselves A Little Bit” Emotions,
Denial and Social Movement Non-Participation The Case of Global Climate
Change.” Sociological Inquiry 76(3): 372-396.
Norgaard, Kari Marie. 2006. ‘We Don’t Really Want to Know’ The Social Experience of
Global Warming: Dimensions of Denial and Environmental Justice” Organization
and Environment 19(3): 347-470.

If you enjoy this sort of whacked out Alinsky language, I found a cool app for android that generates even more interesting phrases like:
“dynamically expedite backward-compatible supply chains”, and
“globally actualize bricks and clicks methods of 24×7 empowerment”
It’s called the Bull$hit generator (pretty close)
I could see a neat little product extension for this app with all of the socialist manifesto, world environmental justice and climate buzzwords rolled into one. It makes me wonder if such an app is already responsible for Dr Norgaard’s brilliant success.
“dramatically conceptualize global climate equity convergence within environmental social justice best practices”.
Nope, I just can’t compete…

g2-e1dac56eda01bae75bf1f4ea5d7fa0d6

Do not be alarmed. Mental health and information authorities have been dispatched.
*stares at a TV showing an empty desk while speakers being to play relaxing elevator music*
Tall and tan and young and lovely, the girl from Ipanema goes walking
And when she passes, each one she passes goes – ah
When she walks, she’s like a samba that swings so cool and sways so gently
That when she passes, each one she passes goes – aah
Ooh But he watches so sadly, How can he tell her he loves her,
Yes he would give his heart gladly,
but instead when she walks to the sea,
she looks straight ahead not at him,
Tall, and tan, and young, and lovely, the girl from Ipanema goes walking
And when she passes, he smiles – but she doesn’t see
*men in white coats arrive on screen, along with a janitorial crew to make sure no evidence remains. I return to eating my macaroni and cheese and think nothing more of it.*

mike abbott

Michael D Smith says:
April 2, 2012 at 10:29 pm
[…]

It’s worse than we thought. And I’m not kidding this time.

Can someone please define “environmental sociology” for me? Gender and environment? RACE??? This is beyond so many things that the list would take pages of space. Science is at the top of that list. She calls this kind of thing “areas of scholarship”. Gawd, the Venn Diagrams one could create out of these ‘areas’. What totally empty, vacuous tripe. No wonder they disappeared her. Oh, because it’s “Beyond embarrassing”, I’m guessing. Her autobiographical blurb is quite shabbily egomaniacal…rather Gleickoid in tone. Hmm.
Who the heck is she impressing?????

g2-e1dac56eda01bae75bf1f4ea5d7fa0d6

*stares at a TV showing an empty desk and some upended items. Music begins to play*
Tall and tan and young and lovely, the girl from Ipanema goes walking
And when she passes, each one she passes goes – ah
When she walks, she’s like a samba that swings so cool and sways so gently
That when she passes, each one she passes goes – aah
Ooh But he watches so sadly, How can he tell her he loves her,
Yes he would give his heart gladly,
but instead when she walks to the sea,
she looks straight ahead not at him,
Tall, and tan, and young, and lovely, the girl from Ipanema goes walking
And when she passes, he smiles – but she doesn’t see
(saxaphone solo)

Men in white coats appear on screen, followed by janitorial crews to mop up any evidence.
*Returns to eating my macaroni and cheese and think nothing more of it*

g2-e1dac56eda01bae75bf1f4ea5d7fa0d6

Oops, that last one about Ipanema was me, George Turner. Gravitar complexity.

Erik

Having grown up in Eugene, this is unsurprising. Thankfully I went to Oregon State.

martin mason

This really is getting past a joke now, it’s far worse than the totalitarianism described in 1984. who paid for this World Under Pressure gathering?

Would be interesting to do a psychological study on secularists who have rejected conventional religious doctrine, to replace it with flavours of environmental belief. One might draw parallels with Christian and Jewish apocalyptics, puritanism and world views focused on redemption through abstinence. Contrast and compare with the romanticist movement of the 19th century that rejected rational thought in preference to a “return to nature”. A research emphasis should be placed on academics supportive of this type of world view and how they rationalise their belief systems via appeals to bogus authorities.

Michael D Smith says:
April 2, 2012 at 10:29 pm

But they forgot to call the sociology dept: http://sociology.uoregon.edu/cv/norgaard.pdf If they scrub that one too, I’ll post a copy (for the sake of history – a sociologist might find a treasure trove of material in here some day).

One link there goes to Mr Revkin’s blog at http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/28/on-birth-certificates-climate-risk-and-an-inconvenient-mind/ which says in part:

10:11 a.m. | Updated For much more on the behavioral factors that shape the human struggle over climate policy, I encourage you to explore “Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions, and Everyday Life,” a new book by Kari Marie Norgaard, a sociologist who has just moved from Whitman College to the University of Oregon.
Robert Brulle of Drexel University brought the book to my attention several months ago, and I invited him to do a Dot Earth “Book Report,” to kick off a discussion of Norgaard’s insights, which emerge from years of research she conducted on climate attitudes in a rural community in western Norway. (I’d first heard of of Norgaard’s research while reporting my 2007 article on behavior and climate risk.)
(I also encourage you to read the review in the journal Nature Climate Change by Mike Hulme, a professor of climate at the University of East Anglia and the author of “Why We Disagree about Climate Change.”)
Here’s Brulle’s reaction to Norgaard’s book:
As a sociologist and longtime student of human responses to environmental problems, I’ve seen reams of analysis come and go on why we get some things right and some very wrong. A new book by Kari Norgaard has done the best job yet of cutting to the core on our seeming inability to grasp and meaningfully respond to human-driven climate change.
As the science of climate change has become stronger and more dire, media coverage, public opinion, and government actions regarding this issue has declined. At the same time, climate denial positions have become increasingly accepted, despite a lack of scientific evidence. Even among the public that accepts the science of global climate change, the dire circumstances we now face in this regard are consistently downplayed, and the logical implications that follow from the scientific analysis of the necessity to enact swift and aggressive measures to combat climate change are not followed through either intellectually or politically.

And so on for many more paragraphs.

“The Politics of Invasive Weed Management: Gender Race and Risk Perception in Rural California.”
Does the lady get a 10-second head start in that gender race?

Andrew

RE
Andrejs Vanags says:
April 2, 2012 at 9:41 pm
Ha,ha,ha… its a sickness. Wow, psychology and sociology major careers could be made just on the topic of mass mania, the transmission of memes, and the inherent weakness of the human spirit when faced with peer pressure. If I was one of those majors I would laying out my research papers for the next decade..
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If I was one of those majors I would be asking for a refund and taking my student debt to another university. Gotta hit ’em where it hurts: show the Univ of Oregan the what free market capitalism can do for them…