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snake oil

A product that has been proven to not live up to the vendor's marketing hype. The term comes from the 1800s in which elixirs and potions of all kinds, even ones that supposedly included the oils from snakes, were sold as a cure for everything that ailed a person.
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It is also true that, "American moguls, snake-oil salesmen and politicians looking to score riches or power will stop at little if they feel it is in their interests to exploit God to achieve those ends" (p.
Either we become known by families and fellow educators as trusted and experienced resources, or we become the snake-oil salespeople of the 21st century, known for dubious promises, quack tonics, and employing anxiety to hoist our profits.
The truth is that most of the pills and potions that line store shelves and Web sites are little more than snake oil, and behind their lofty references to scientific research, most of the marketers are little more than MBA-toting snake-oil sellers.
On CBS, Clinton told Dan Rather that he hated the term Slick Willie because it dismissed him as a snake-oil salesman who believed in nothing.
They have to know how to go about it and to avoid snake-oil advertising.
But unless more Americans wake up to this shameful environmental looting, the only reward that the people of Kentucky and West Virginia can expect will be shifting landfills, dried-up stream beds, and the unnatural plateaus of "wildlife habitat" left over from mountaintop removal, as flat and sterile as the snake-oil economic development they represent.
In The Great American Traveling Medicine Show, 1991-92, snake-oil salesmen work a ramshackle town on the edge of a chilling landscape, presenting an ironically folksy, dream indictment of drug profiteering against a backdrop of environmental plunder.
The snake-oil salesmen a few generations back carried an array of "natural" remedies to sell to a public that was still close to the frontier.
There are some snake-oil salesmen out there," he warns.