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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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Top Gun: Maverick 2022

I unabashedly adore Tom Cruise and freely admit it. Just one and a half years my junior, he has delighted me with his filmmaking for a good portion of my life. He and Opie Taylor are perhaps my favorite filmmakers....
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I’m Helping A Rural Single-Mom Family In Thailand

I will make this short. I've begun a GoFundMe campaign and yes, I know what they did to the Canadian truckers. It's no fault of these two girls, their mom, aunt, cousin, or grandmother who all live under the same...
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My Interview With Ex-American Sean Ring

Most people understand what the term expat means. It's someone who lives outside of their country of citizenship, typically by choice; i.e., not particularly applicable to military or corporate employees stationed in another country. As military, I lived in Japan...
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My Swollen Labia Minora Face

Yesterday was one of about 4 Big Buddha days per year in Thailand. I dunno. It's not quite like Christmas in the west; perhaps it's more like lower-keyed Easter. Thais will make a trip to a temple, always gifts in...
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A Fresh Look At All Cause Mortality Lately

I've annotated this chart below I grow weary of both reading about Covid and vaccines, and posting about them. Still, when something a bit novel comes along, I find it worthy to unpack it. What I'm going to do here...
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There Is No Junk Food

I typically have 2-3 posts in draft these days. Sometimes it's because ideas come in on top of each other so I want to at least write a few sentences or paragraphs to get started and not forget. Some of...

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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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Condom Culture To Mask Culture

It should seem obvious. Let's talk fundamentals. There is an obvious necessity for protective gear....
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How Prohibition Was Done Right and Roe vs. Wade Was Done Wrong

I have this rather giddy sense that the double-edged sword of social media and global...
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Abortion, SCOTUS, Roe vs. Wade, and My Take

The leaked majority draft opinion obtained by Politico puts the US Supreme Court in a...
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Almost Got My Ass Kicked. Again!

Happens from time to time. It's a curious state I find myself in since living...
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Elon Musk’s Twitter Purchase

In a few words, the whole thing is a whole host of clown-car laughable absurdity....
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At 61, I Finally Get Into Razor Shaving Thanks To Thai Ladies

I've had a love-hate with shaving my face since the peach fuzz days of old....
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I Read A Prescient Interview of Hamish McKenzie, Co-Founder of Substack

Souce: Reason It was the second piece I'd read this morning from Matt Welch, a...
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Are We Post-Covid Yet and How Do We Never Return?

Depending where you live, many have been seemingly in post-covid for a while. Some places...
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Thailand Mix: Motorcycle Ride, Boat Ride, Young Girls, Bar, Beach, and Young Girls

YOUNG GIRLS! I'm writing a substantial post about my enormous problem and what steps I...

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