... is online here. A free sample of advice from today's offering:
A useful response to anyone who advocates a course of action that you find implausible is "How does that work out for you?" Another good response is "What made you think to do that?" (Say it as though you think "that" is at least a halfway reasonable idea; putting the emphasis on "do" instead of "that" should do the trick.) The advantage of both of these questions is that it might be the case that you're the dim one in the conversation and the other person has a simply brilliant plan that you didn't understand, in which case further elaboration will clue you in. If your skepticism is warranted, however, you've just given your interlocutor enough room to hang herself with. Either outcome is desirable.
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