Cement in milkshakes isn't really the issue
I posted this elsewhere but wanted to share here for people who aren't all the way online.
Whether the "milkshakes" thrown by the fascists in Portland contained
cement or not is the wrong debate, and misses the most important point.
Throwing things at people is assault and/or battery depending on the
particular state's definitions. It is a crime, whether there is cement
in it or not.
Furthermore, regarding the cement, or lack thereof, or the combination of cement with an actual milkshake...
Sugar is often used to retard the hardening process of cement,
including in industrial applications. Did you know that before this
controversy? I didn't. Do you think the fascists throwing milkshakes
knew it? I don't.
Even assuming they knew that fact, which is
unlikely, it would actually be a useful property for such an improvised
weapon. Why? Because if you're carrying a "milkshake" around at a
protest, you never really know how long it will be until there's an
unarmed person to throw it at. Therefore, you wouldn't WANT your cement
to harden in your "milkshake" cup.
As to why the issue of cement
matters at all, cement is both strongly alkaline, and exothermic. What
does that mean? It means that cement causes chemical burns if not washed
off quickly with water, and that it gets hot while it cures.
The exothermic nature of the reaction is actually useful in that it
means you can pour concrete in the winter and unless it's REALLY cold,
it can still cure.
For those needing a refresher from high
school chemistry, alkalinity is the opposite of acidity. Acidity is low
pH, and Alkalinity is high pH. The most common alkali you will know of
is lye, aka caustic soda, which is used in the process of making soap.
Lye + fat + time = soap, more or less. The point of this is that cement
isn't something you ever want on your skin, and if it does get on your
skin, you want it off immediately before your skin is injured. Why does
any of this matter? Because intent matters. If it is proven that cement
was used in the milkshakes, that would elevate the criminal intent of
the assault. It's important to understand that in crimes like assault or
battery, you could range all the way from a misdemeanor to a felony,
depending on the seriousness of the attack. I don't know Oregon law, and
I'm not going to look it up right now, but throwing a chemical agent on
a person with the intent to severely injure or disfigure them could
easily be a felony, and likely should be. It doesn't actually matter if
you didn't know your idea wouldn't work due to the constraints of
chemistry. It's the same concept as selling fake drugs, or using a fake
bomb to threaten someone.
milkshake-brandishing fascists knew that sugar interfered with cement
hardening, they're still guilty of the crime of assault.
milkshake-brandishing fascists didn't know that sugar interfered with
cement hardening, they're still guilty of the crime of assault.
the milkshake-brandishing fascists put cement in their milkshakes,
they're still guilty of the crime of assault, and maybe a more severe
degree of it.
If the milkshake-brandishing fascists didn't put cement in their milkshakes, they're still guilty of the crime of assault.
Also, Cement is short for "Portland Cement", which makes this whole
thing funnier to me, despite this being another sad chapter in the
decline and ultimate failure of our Republic.