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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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Weird Sick, Withhold Food, Streaming Access Rant, Laughing At Starbucks’ Problems, and Stupid People

It actually starts off pretty gentle. The first bit is how I came down with...

A Rant About Whiners, Complainers, the Anonymous, and the “Hacked”

Just a quick Sunday evening post from me. I'm a bit beat and hungry. It's...

Villains Are The Kindest People

In the world of reality TV, there's a particular series that's the most successful of...

I Smell Like Pussy

This morning, my favorite sort of serendipity befell me and here I am, creating about...

Pork Schnitzel, Girl Calls, Be A Man, Helping Marc, and Helping You

I began, intending to do a clean short video about Marc, and it turned into...

Closer To The Heart Update

If I take a gander back in my life, there's a recognition that I learned...

My Embarrassing Rant Caught On Video

For better or worse. That's often how I think of this "creative" process in which...

The Pool Brings Out The Worst. It’s My Review Of [almost] Everything Thai Girl

I used that canned image because I like it in spite of the watermarks. In...

How To Do An Old-Man DicPic To a Young Thai Woman

Males have a pretty decent advantage over females in how our genitals age. It's the...

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