Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Gary Brefini - My Facebook Friend of the Day

Back in the 1990s I traded radio tapes with Gary Brefini who lives in the Boston area.  If I remember correctly I received several tapes of the Lost 45s with Barry Scott from him.  We reconnected several months ago on Facebook.  For several weeks Gary was my #1 follower on Facebook until he was overtaken by Alan Berman, though Gary consistently finishes in the Top 10.

Today Gary sent me this report from http://www.pddnet.com/  :

The head of New York City's transit union wants to go after an anonymous blogger who has blasted him, asking a court to force Google to give up his critic's name.

John Samuelsen says in court papers filed Friday that the blog has repeatedly defamed him with false accusations of incompetence and financial improprieties.

There was no immediate answer to an e-mail sent to an address posted on the blog. It's housed by Google's Blogspot.com.

Google Inc. declined to comment. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company says it doesn't discuss individual cases to protect users' privacy.

In the past I have been critical of the MTA and New Jersey Transit when there have been delays that could have been avoided by better maintenance.  It is certainly unfair to pin the blame on one person, thus I do not mention any names.  It is certainly fair game to criticize a public figure when a govenment agency performs poorly.  Google was correct in this case to protect the privacy of its user.  My journal has my name on it and I stand by what I say here.

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