Site is veeeery slow right now. Was even worse 20 hours ago when I decided to stop waiting and just closed the browser.
As a check, other sites across the big pond work fine - amazon.com, news.com, etc. Of course, they might be Akamai-ized, I wouldn't know.
8AM EDT is when almost every company in the eastern time zone 'wakes up'. I used to try to get as much internet stuff done between 5:30 AM and 7:45 AM when I was at work. At 7:55 AM all the office people would start showing up and our internet speed dropped to about 30% of what it was just a few minutes before.
I would think the hosting company is getting hammered at 8:00 AM.