That being said, some of the comments from the "artsy fartsy" Bay Area community about fearing for their "safe spaces" in the wake of this disaster show us how truly disconnected from reality these people are. "Safe spaces" from whom? From what? What they're talking about is cheap housing in one of the most expensive housing markets in the U.S. where they're able to do whatever the fuck they want without regard to common sense safety. This warehouse was owned by an unconcerned owner, rented by a megalomaniacal narcissist who illegally subletted the space to equally irresponsible and disconnected "artists". The owner didn't care as long as the $5000 monthly rent was paid on time and no government fines were levied; Derick Almena didn't care as long as the "artists" were paying enough to cover the $5000 rent plus his living expenses (pretty damned capitalistic, if you ask me), and the resident artists didn't care as long as they got to follow their bliss without government intrusion for a greatly discounted monthly rent.
Nobody had the common sense of self-preservation to look up from their self-absorbed blissful art-filled lives and think, "Whoa, wait a minute, this place is a tinderbox and we've got no means of handling an emergency. This is dangerous." This is Darwinism.
I have no problem with people wanting less government in their lives. Geez, this is The Lonely Libertarian here, ya know? But if you have a generation of snowflakes who have been bred and brainwashed to believe other people (government) should cure all problems so that they can be left to do whatever snowflakes do, you'd better be ready for the gory outcome when government doesn't lift a finger to keep them safe. These people are so far removed from the rest of normal humanity that common sense and self-preservation have been completely bred out of them. These are the idiots that walk into traffic while looking at their iPhones. They voluntarily put themselves in way of mortal danger because they simply DO NOT SEE IT.
So here's my advice to the Artsy Fartsy folk of the world who "fear for their safe spaces."
GROW THE FUCK UP.
It's very, very simple. You are the Captain of your own motherfucking ship. You are responsible for your life; and if you give a fuck about your fellow artsy fartsy folk, you're a little bit responsible for their lives. And if you have children? Dear God in Heaven, I am appalled that NOT ONE ADULT in this hell-hole of a hippie commune was concerned for the safety of children living in this disaster area. When you have a child, you are solely responsible for the safety and well-being of that child. Even if you don't give a shit about your own safety, you do not have the right to endanger that child. Get your empty snowflake heads out of your self-indulgent asses and take some responsibility.
Know where the exits are and keep them clear and well-marked. Clear out debris that could hamper someone leaving in an emergency, or could add fuel to the fire. Invest in some communal fire extinguishers and make sure everyone knows where they are and how to use them. Buy smoke alarms and make sure they're operable (no stealing the batteries for your personal sexual fulfillment devices). Just because you choose to live in a warehouse on the cheap doesn't mean you have to abandon all common sense and responsibility.
I know I'm harshing your mellow, coming down on you like The Establishment; but seriously, how hard is it to grow up and grow old? Because, right now, you're all in the running for the 2016 Darwin Awards.