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.
No advertising?! Why not? As long as it's not intrusive or obstructing it's win/win. Put a link underneath that Dunkin' Donuts ad and receive a stipend, what's the downside? Billboard advertising, subtly done, doesn't detract from the content and might at least pay your connection fees. Advertising, albeit in a much more intrusive form, is what paid for the evolution of radio & tv -- unlike cable which is a licensed monopoly with ever increasing rates.