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I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2022, I've written and published 5,000 posts. I write 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.

Free the Animal really means to free yourself to reach your ideal potential in all areas of your life, learn from mistakes and successes, and move on.

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The Weaponized Fed State Police (FBI) Secret-Surprise Raid on Mar-O-Lago

Time for some politics. As much as I try to avoid the daily lies lies lies from almost all sources, this is one that has signs of cutting through all the's that unprecedented and insane. This is primarily a...

My Totally Unconventional Alcohol Abstention Method That Defies Experts

A pretty short introduction to this one because I don't want any spoilers. In other words, if you can't bother to watch the interesting 15-min video, then you get squat for this one. Sorry not sorry. That said, it is...

“Alcoholic” is a meaningless, stigmatizing term serving moneyed interests

Short intro here, and the video is only 11 minutes. Alcoholic and alcoholism are abjectly bullshit terms that serve a nefarious purposeThere's an objective, fundamental, helpful, measured and scaled way to describe adverse issues with alcohol consumptionThis requires zero clinical...

CBS’ Survivor Star Russell Hantz Interviews Me: Taboo Topic

I previously did my own interview of Russell the day after meeting him here in Phuket. You can check that out here. A couple of weeks later I did a post about some of the charity work he's been doing...

Update on my Abstaining from Alcohol to Cure Loss of Appetite

It's only 4 days in, but as I explain in the video, I've done this rodeo before but this time is remarkably different—a cinch. I explain in the video just why that most likely is, and it may offer good...

Rant: William J. Beck III aka Billy Beck

This is to preface the video of the same title embedded below. Many readers won't know who Billy Beck is, so this is for object-lesson purposes and plain old entertainment sure to have you rolling. Plus, it's a stone-cold sober...

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Permanent Crisis Is The New Normal — Prosper Anyway #1

By Richard Nikoley | August 2, 2021

Introduction Where do you go from here since failure, default, or succumbing to the 18-month-long assault—and counting—on the whole planetary civilization is not an option? It sucks for very many; I well know, and I haven’t gotten through this unscathed myself. One of my businesses is luxury condo vacation-rentals in Cabo San Lucas and I’ve…

Natural Immunity, Gut Biome, and its Importance in COVID-19 #1 — Introduction

By Richard Nikoley | September 3, 2021

Back about 6 years ago in the midst of the gut biome craze, I had already been in collaboration with Tim Steele on tons of posts on Resistant Starch. Thousands of comments amongst the posts. Tim came up with the idea of further collaborating on a book and he went right to work, doing the…

What Caused My 40% Testosterone Increase?

By Richard Nikoley | November 27, 2021

The Sexual Mind Trying To Zero In On T For Men The bottom line is that while I can’t be certain, I have some reasonable ideas that I consider chicken-or-egg scenarios. …In December of 2019 I completed the sale of my house in California and almost everything else. During the moving process I saw that…

International Living By Geoarbitrage

By Richard Nikoley | February 25, 2022

I kick off a series of posts amongst my other ongoing series that’s of deep interest to me and I hope, to many others who’ve always maybe wondered or dreamed about living in a country other than the one they live in by the accident of birth. People often say, “I’m an American,” or, “I’m…

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The Definitive Thinking On Russia and Ukraine

First of all, it's no more our business than it would be Russia's if the...

International Living By Geoarbitrage

An Oyster I kick off a series of posts amongst my other ongoing series that's...

The Tinder Swindler

I got an email this morning from a woman in her late 40s I've known...

Blog Housekeeping

Just a random spilling of things on this Wednesday morning of certain interest to the...

Business And Economics: Numbers Always Rule

I know that many members aren't super interested in my specifically Thailand stuff. I get...

If You Thought It Was Theater You Were Right

Happy Sunday evening, Americans. And, whatever time it is elsewhere. It's Monday morning in my...

Two Teenage Boys Die Totally Unremarkably In Their Sleep

—It's For The Children And The Greater Good This is a rough and tumble for...

Get Your Social Security The Minute You Can

You'll learn it's not even comparable and might make you a few hundred Gs you...

Richard Nikoley 61 yo Appearance Update

The former was in the summer of 2019 when I was 59 years old, and...

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