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What started out as a delectable romantic romp spirals downward into a clumsy, Machiavellian twist-driven ploy that's utilized to give loopy Carrie and lousy Carlo the requisite Happily Ever After they think they deserve
The government promotes policies based on fantasy rather than fact, and everyone else, be they politicians, pundits or the public, gets drawn into a pseudo-debate that all too often spirals downward into a round robin of vituperaton and demonization.
But as the day progresses, Lacey's dream of an ideal day quickly, terrifyingly, spirals downward.