We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Known as the Right Whale because it was the whale the whalers wanted most, this baleen whale (plankton-sieving, as opposed to toothed whales like the Sperm Whale) has been in hard times since the whaling era nearly wiped them out. Now it seems that their numbers are most influenced by collisions with shipping, and nothing can or will be done about that.
There are two populations of this mighty 50-foot creature, one in the southern hemisphere and one in the northern. The North Atlantic species is the one that is in trouble. I saw a mom and calf in the Gulf of Maine ten years ago - a special sight. Our New England Humpbacks seem to be doing OK, but the Rights are on a steep decline which only luck or nature can reverse.