What We Are Watching Today: Violet Evergarden

Updated 13 July 2018
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What We Are Watching Today: Violet Evergarden

  • This is a wonderful story, narrated through stunning animation
  • Violet’s bluntness is refreshing, and her relationship with each character is inspiring

One of Netflix’s latest additions is the heartbreaking story of the child soldier, Violet Evergarden, who loses her sense of purpose once the war is over.

In the aftermath of the conflict, Violet notices the absence of her commanding officer, Major Gilbert Bougainvillea. Following his orders, she accompanies one of his friends who takes her to a postal services office, where she works as an Auto Memory Doll — a literary assistant who transcribes people’s thoughts and emotions on letters in an eloquent way.

This is a wonderful story, narrated through stunning animation, which depicts the aftermath of war, suffering, loss and PTSD. It is also about soldiering on and persevering, especially at times when it seems like there is no way out.

Violet’s bluntness is refreshing, and her relationship with each character is inspiring. She is determined to understand what “love” is, as it was the last thing she heard from the major who she followed so diligently.

P.S. Keep a tissue box with you at all times; this is an emotional series about a girl who learns about complex human emotions through watching their experiences.


Hackers steal 1.5 million Singapore health records in record cyberattack

Updated 8 min 3 sec ago
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Hackers steal 1.5 million Singapore health records in record cyberattack

SINGAPORE: Hackers have stolen health records belonging to 1.5 million Singaporeans, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong who was specifically targeted in the city state’s biggest ever data breach, authorities said Friday.
Singapore’s health and information ministries said a government database was broken into in a “deliberate, targeted and well-planned” strike, describing the attack as “unprecedented.”
“Attackers specifically and repeatedly targeted the personal particulars and outpatient information of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong,” health minister Gan Kim Yong told a media conference.
Officials declined to elaborate on the identity of the hackers citing “operational security.”
Wealthy Singapore is hyper connected and on a drive to digitize government databases and essential services.
While the city-state has some of the most advanced military weaponry in the region, authorities have long warned of cyber breaches, with attackers ranging from high-school students in their basements to criminals and state-actors.
In 2017, hackers broke into a defense ministry database, stealing the information of some 850 army conscripts and ministry staff.