News outlets are predicting a coming “bacon apocalypse,” thanks to new regulations that require pork producers raising pigs or selling meat in California to treat the animals in a more humane way. While such warnings make for good headlines, as one of the articles in this week’s Weekend Reader explains, the hullabaloo misses the real issue: the terrible living conditions in the country’s factory farms.

Read all about it in this week’s Weekend Reader, exclusively for paying subscribers below.

Also In Today’s Weekend Reader:

  • Unions are making a pact with the devil over a new drug pricing bill.
  • The dirty secret behind recent shortages of goods and labor.
  • Norm Macdonald’s search for the perfect joke.
  • The Onion, like usual, nails it.