It’s Cold Out There And In Here

— A USSA Visit Update

Lead off with the best (only?) good thing?

Attempting to engage in substantive blogging while visiting the so-called United Soviet States of America seems rather futile. However, I can at least provide some updates. It’s early Sunday morning; I’ve been here since early Friday, and naturally, spending time with family remains the most crucial and enjoyable aspect, regardless of location.

I’ll touch on the other best part. I’ve already shared the highlight: acquiring quality beef and grilling it to perfection. While Thailand does offer good beef, the price point is similar in real cost. Yet, in Thailand, you can indulge in excellent pork, chicken, and an array of seafood at a fraction of the cost, which makes one question the rationale behind buying much beef there. When my brother inquired about my meal preference, I requested ribeye steaks, about 500 grams each. Suffice it to say, I was quite stuffed afterward, and I’ll include photos of my plate and other snapshots below.

… I can imagine some may grow weary, irritated, or bored with my constant comparisons, as if I’m gloating about living in Thailand. It’s not about that. Rather, coming to America fills me with profound sadness. I’m old enough to remember what it used to be and have enough experience to know what it ought to be. I do not hesitate to judge it harshly, placing the blame squarely on conservatives, evangelical Christians, and what I dub the 2nders (the wankers who complained about their gun shows being cancelled as their churches were being shuttered). Since the 1970s, Republicans have been all talk and no action—it’s time to stick a fork in it; it’s done.

From my perspective, this place is far from a free country. It lacks even 10% of the personal autonomy one experiences elsewhere. Everything is so damn punitive. As many know, I quit drinking 17 months ago, but haven’t yet tackled smoking. I’m not a heavy smoker, but upon returning, I sought out my American Spirit Yellows, which are unavailable in Thailand. The tobacco is tightly packed, and I rarely smoke one entirely in one go.

When my father and I stopped for gas on the way to the homestead around zero-dark-thirty Friday morning, I decided to buy a pack. Four years ago when I departed the USSA, they were already exorbitantly priced at around five or six bucks. Having no cash yet and tapping my debit card, I was shocked to see the price had skyrocketed to $18.50—nearly a dollar per cigarette. Some might say this is good for me, but it’s not—and fuck you—it’s part of a punitive society. American culture now seems obsessed with punishing those who do not conform to certain lifestyles, and the worst proponents of this are Christian conservative Republicans. They seek to bind you, demanding allegiance to their imaginary friend. This is the root cause…original Puritanical curtailment, commandment, and punishment in American culture. The left makes good work of it toward their own ends.

We’re now faced with the worst of both worlds: the fucktarded-woke frailty of the left playing out as the punitive ‘he’s a sinner’ primitivity of the right. Topped with a layer of fascism that prioritizes corporate interests, America is fucked.

It’s cold outside and inside—a stark analogous contrast to my acclimation to heat and humidity. This is an apt metaphor for Americans living in a dystopian decline, a population exhibiting mass Stockholm syndrome—self-deluded yet arrogant.

They’ve acclimated.

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Richard Nikoley

I started writing Free The Animal in late 2003 as just a little thing to try. 20 years later, turns out I've written over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from diet, health, lifestyle...to philosophy, politics, social antagonism, adventure travel, expat living, location and time independent—while you sleep— income by geoarbitrage, and food pics. I intended to travel the world "homeless," but the Covidiocy Panicdemic squashed that. I became an American expat living in Thailand. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. ... I leave the toilet seat up. Read More

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