James D. Agresti

James D. Agresti is the president of Just Facts and the author of Rational Conclusions. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Brown University and has worked as a designer of jet aircraft engines, a technical sales professional, and chief engineer of a firm that customizes helicopters.

Recent blog posts by this author

2017: The Year in Facts and Falsehoods

Reflecting back on 2017 and looking forward to the future when more people will know facts that allow them to make important, informed decisions, Just Facts has summarized five facts and five falsehoods that: relate to events that captured the...

Four Fabrications About Firearms

According to two recent op-eds published by the New York Times: “more guns means more murder.” “more guns means less safety.” “a gun is 22 times more likely to be used in a criminal assault, an accidental death or injury, a suicide attempt...

What the $20 Trillion National Debt Means to You

On September 8, 2017—the same day that Congress and President Trump passed a law suspending the federal debt limit until December—the official debt of the U.S. government surpassed the milestone of $20 trillion, reaching exactly $20,162,176,797,904...

Hurricanes, Rainfall, and Climate Change

In the midst of a severe hurricane season and the destruction wrought by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, many people are claiming that man-made global warming has intensified rainfall and hurricanes. However, comprehensive facts show that rainfall and...

Is the Earth Warming Catastrophically Fast?

In a recent appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight, Bill Nye, the celebrity “Science Guy,” declared the “scientific evidence” is “overwhelming” that humans are causing the earth to warm “catastrophically fast.” He insisted this is a “settled point”...

DeVos Confirmed: Everything They Said about Her Is False

In an op-ed for the New York Times, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) alleges that she is voting against Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education because: DeVos opposes policies that allow “our young people, all of them, to participate in our...

Poll: Voters Ignorant On Issues That Affect Them

If there is truth in Ben Franklin’s precept that “tyranny begins” with “ignorance,” a poll commissioned by Just Facts shows that the U.S. may be in deep trouble. While most polls measure public opinion, this unique poll measures voters’ knowledge...

Treasury Report: Federal Fiscal Shortfall is $603,000 per Household

New data from the U.S. Treasury shows that the federal government has amassed $74 trillion in debts, liabilities and unfunded Social Security/Medicare obligations. This amounts to $603,000 for every household in the U.S., a fiscal...

Treasury Data Reveals Federal Shortfall of $614,000 per U.S. Household

Newly published data from the U.S. Treasury shows that the federal government has amassed $76.4 trillion in debts, liabilities, and unfunded Social Security and Medicare obligations. This amounts to $614,000 for every household in the U.S., a burden...

Poll: Public Broadly Unaware that 'Hands Up, Don’t Shoot' was Disproved

A nationwide scientific poll has found that nearly two-thirds of voters don’t know that the Obama administration debunked the claim that Michael Brown held up his hands in surrender before he was shot. This outcome reveals a high level of public...

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