Thailand is no longer a third world nation. Most of the cheap vehicles for nations that *are* third world nations come from Thailand now, whether it’s small pickup trucks (like the infamous Toyota Hilux that is the vehicle of choice for 3rd world guerilla armies everywhere), motorcycles (my KLR-650 was made in Thailand for example), or bicycles. In addition, Thailand is where most hard drives for computers are made. While hard drives are going away for many uses thanks to SSD’s and flash memory, they’re still the main mass storage device used for backups and other bulk storage purposes. You like your Netflix? That’s all coming off of hard drives.
So anything that could lead to instability in Thailand is important to the world economy. So why aren’t we seeing more about this in the American news media?
Oh wait. Thais aren’t white.
– Badtux the Snarky Penguin