My 10th Facebook Ban: What Went Down

It amuses me at this point. You knew I had to get ‘er done, 9 being such an odd number. I think my first ban (24 hours) was just over two years ago. The second was a week, the third two weeks, and 7-10 are 30 days each. So, in the last couple of years, I’ll have logged a total of 232 days in banned status. LOL.

So here’s what went down this time. An orthopedic surgeon by the name of Gary Fettke posted an image to Facebook, which I shared to Richard Nikoley’s Ketotard Chronicles, with an introduction.

The post has been removed, but I was able to capture the notification from Facebook with the intro I wrote copied.

Now, I don’t know much about Dr. Fettke. Apparently, he’s been gagged from giving nutrition advice in Australia. I assume he’s a reasonable guy and having checked, I see he was actually a Facebook friend at the time of the post (I did not know this at the time…probably would have toned down the vitriol if I had). Looks like he has unfriended me, though I don’t appear to be blocked. Perhaps he wants to save my soul.

Truthfully, I don’t have much against rational low carb such as, say, Atkins, or Dr. Eades’ reasonable Protein Power version. I can get along fine with these folks.

My deal is simply that just as sometimes some folks go over-the-top radical, I go over-the-top vitriol in response. It may sound coy to say so, but in truth, this all is far less “personal” than one might think. It’s kind of like saying, “this is business.” It’s my schtick. It’s what I do, particularly on a platform like this blog, or the Ketotard Facebook group, its raison d’etre being to mock this sort of extreme nonsense in an area where I agree there are valid therapeutic uses for low-carb, or even keto. But this whole “carbs are not essential” is just bunk for stupid, simplistic, impressionable people.

I explained why in more depth, in a subsequent post.

There seems to be great confusion in this idea that “there are no essential carbohydrates.”

Let me show you how it’s dumb. First, it’s plain silly to infer some sort of ideal human behavior based upon all that is non-essential in a human life. For instance, a monk living in a monastery is essentially practicing a human life that excludes almost everything that’s non-essential.

So is that an ideal life and if so, why don’t more do it?

In fact, there are very few SPECIFIC things that are truly essential in a human diet. There’s some vitamins and minerals, some amino acids, a couple of fatty acids.

There are many, many ways to get all these essential things that our bodies can’t synthesize. In terms of non-essential things (dietary), some micros can be synthesized (so don’t eat foods that contain them directly?), as can sugar…which is utterly essential to a human (biologically)…so much so that if we weren’t able to synthesize it, we’d all die in our sleep…and this is reason to not ingest any at all, or its upstream substrates? It’s IDEAL to not do so?

When a vegan says to you that there are no essential animal foods, he or she is technically correct. But you laugh and you think it’s crazy. Why? Because you understand that while technically true, what a crazy way to live when it’s so much more enjoyable and so much easier to hit your essential nutrients; the vegan must surely be speaking from pure ideology and nothing more. He’s inferring some sort of virtue or ideal based on what isn’t, rather than what is.

But you have your various #hfcl and #keto crowds who do exactly the same thing, in reverse.

Just because humans have the ability to synthesize sugar because they absolutely have to, or death is sure and quick, does not in any way whatsoever even remotely imply that it’s an ideal way to craft a diet.

It’s plain moronic, every bit as much as the idealist proclamations of vegans.


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You can go to the thread to check, share, or comment. Here’s a couple of choice comments by Alex Leaf.

…So, now back to Facebook, in order to demonstrate what a silly little maternalistic organization it is that absolutely panders to the worst sorts of tender little flowers.

First of all, Facebook isn’t even correct, or consistent in applying their silly little one-size-fits-all “Community Standards” [for children, crybabies, and wankers].

We don’t tolerate bullying or harassment. We allow you to speak freely on matters and people of public interest, but remove content that appears to purposefully target private individuals with the intention of degrading or shaming them.

Hey, you stupid dickheads over in Dublin (Dublin, Ireland is where FB runs this stupid feeling protection racket). Gary Fettke is indeed a person of public interest. So, you fucked up, and this isn’t the first time (for instance, the several blocks over saying what I think of that dickweed, Obama and that lying ugly whore, Hillary). And, as you explicitly state in your FAQ, a temporary facebook block is final, there is no means to appeal it, and you “cannot” undo it. But don’t worry. I wouldn’t appeal it even if I could.

I far more enjoy publishing what incompetent fools and fucktards you all are and it’s why so many loath, detest, and hate you. Many, like myself, can’t wait until the day your graves are danced on, like the forgotten MySpace.

…During my last ban, I wanted to see what actually happens when you report a post as “abusive,” so I reported some jimmy moore post for shits and giggles. Here’s what you get back, complete with tender blue hands and gag worthy patronizing language.

For me, it conjures up images of something straight from the Communist Youth League or Hitler Youth.

There’s more. This is what you get when you block someone. Because, they just want you to know it’s alright and you don’t have to feel bad about it and don’t worry, they won’t tell anyone.

Alright, that’s about enough laughs for today.

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Still, sell-outs happen regularly, so order now to avoid a waiting list.

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I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More


  1. Georgene on February 4, 2018 at 08:35

    Now don’t we all know that we all were just staying up worrying all night about what happens when we block somebody?

    That’s the stupidest thing I’ve heard/seen in a long time. Well, not so long maybe because I have a few hundred people on my block list, so that’s how many times I’ve seen it, and I blocked someone in the past few days, so I guess “long time” is inaccurate!

    FB is soooooo stupid. I recently got chastised (actually the only time in more than ten years) for posting a link to PIXABAY, for chrissakes! They are a public site that has high-quality images for use in commercial or personal situations. Yes, you can find some nudity in there somewere, but they certainly don’t focus on it. And – they even have a direct Facebook page. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

    Sorry about your 30-day “vacation,” but I know it’s a badge of honor to you any more – and we all knew it had to happen! Maybe instead I should be saying “congratulations!”

    • Richard Nikoley on February 21, 2018 at 09:49

      Thanks Georgene, and thanks for being someone who doesn’t like being told what to do or who you can associate with, even from Jimmy Moore. 😉

  2. Geoff on February 4, 2018 at 11:29

    Damn glad to see “Free the Animal” back on your masthead. No disrespect to your turn to crypto – not my thing- and cooking – always dig your work in the kitchen- but you’d built such a tremendous reputation under FtA that it seemed a shame to wipe away the “brand equity”.

    The marital posts were visceral, real, and from your heart, mind, and soul. I feel for you, man and wish you and Bea peace on your journeys.

    But with the return of “Free the Animal” I begin to feel that the winds are turning once again in a good direction.

    • Richard Nikoley on February 21, 2018 at 09:50

      Thanks Geoff.

      Temporary mind fart.

  3. Corey on February 5, 2018 at 12:29

    Now these are the kinds of posts I’ve missed since you’ve shifted your focus to Patreon.

    • Richard Nikoley on February 20, 2018 at 15:56

      I’m trying to hybridize that since I have learned that a good portion of my Patreon pledges comes from folks who don’t really care that much about crypto but feel good about a sensible $5 monthly pledge.

      And that makes more sense to me, because I really HATE writing specifically for money or payment or to some expectation.

      I’m trying to evolve it where it’s better for myself and everyone.

  4. Hap on February 5, 2018 at 13:02

    I remember reading some of the Fettke case in Australia a few months back. He was actually being persecuted by the Nutrition establishment for recommending some dietary advice that is known all over the world as relatively mainstream (LCHF). Did he “over do ” it? Perhaps. But they wanted his license to practice medicine over it. So how come Dr Oz or Dr Gupta not getting in trouble?

    This is the “new norm” in civilized countries. No tickee….no washee. Apparently ,MD Fettke did not have the Right “tickee”.

    There are zillions of plain dickheads and special snowflakes out there in social media. However, you’ve been flagged, so you get special treatment. It’s sort of like the end of Casablanca when the Nazi is shot by Rick……the Gendarme says to his agents “round up the usual suspects”. Rick and Louis walk off the set feeling pretty damned good. Let that be a “lesson” for everyone. However, please keep it up.

    BTW, since I started real weight training (barbell) as an elderly person, there’s no way in hell I would go KETO. I even temporarily stopped IF (although probably not necessary) and my protein intake is reasonably high by some standards. Perhaps when my LBM gains are sufficient and my strength requiring more elaborate training programming, then dietary changes may be in order.

    Frankly, it just feels better to be stronger and maybe I’m a little teeny bit harder to kill.

    • Richard Nikoley on February 21, 2018 at 09:55

      Hey Hap. Thanks.

      The Usual Suspects, indeed.

      Anyway, on the dietary front it’s just all so easy and obvious to me, now.

      Just. Target. Lean. Protein. From there, if you want to maintain, do higher carb lower fat, or higher fat, lower carb per preference.

      If you want to loose, do high protein, low fat AND low carb. PSMF is a spectrum from extreme to relaxed but absolutely nothing works so effectively so quickly.

  5. Charlie Shaughnessy on February 6, 2018 at 09:31

    Alex killing it with the logic.

    This is, as far as I can tell, the most absurd Facebook ban you have received.

    • Richard Nikoley on February 20, 2018 at 15:53

      They’re all equally absurd. Remember, you can’t discriminate.

  6. […] I have quite a record of my richard.nikoley Facebook Profile being temporarily blocked. This latest one is NUMBER ELEVEN. Here’s a bit of a history and the bogus “reason” behind the last one, #10. […]

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