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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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Karl Ackerman, in All About Jazz, said earlier this month that he is "one of the most forward-thinking and fearless composers in jazz, and 'Snakeoil' is unquestionably amongst his best recordings."
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hat condoms education snakeoil vac uumcleaners terror strawberries democ ra(caveat emptor)cy superfluous hair The third line is the most interesting in terms of the choice the performer must make, and in this recording Cummings chooses to read the line exactly as it is on the page, giving the parentheses pride of place: he reads the "democra" of "democracy," halts for nearly two seconds, reads the parenthesized "caveat emptor," then the remaining "cy" of "democracy." However in other instances, when parentheses do not split up a word but rather include a fragment in a sentence, they hardly change the performance.
Yet extreme health freaks and pseudo medicos who are no better than snakeoil salesmen and rip-off "health" companies continue to peddle this rubbish because they know, as sure as the sun rises in the east, there are enough desperate fools out there to believe it.
Conservative means to progressive ends is the slogan of a snakeoil salesman.
Open the bottle and taste that exotic mixture when the time comes, upon a modest downturn in the US economy (because it happens now and again), and you discover that the feelgood liquid is snakeoil: mislabelled, worthless, downright dangerous.
As they come closer to a showdown, they meet almost every typical Western character - bank-robbers, ranchers, railroad workers, a wagon train, an Indian and a snakeoil saleswoman.
Wind, solar and hydro power are affordable, they can deliver major greenhouse emission reductions, and, unlike the expensive snakeoil hawked around by the nuclear lobby, they come without toxic side-effects.
Lifted from his Trading Snakeoil For Wolftickets album, it comes in two versions, one backed by Greetings From The Side while another offers Nothing, a live acoustic version of Mad World and a CD-Rom video of Broke Window.