none of the CR domain code is slow,
it's just google (adsense and G+), twitter, facebook, (gurble?!?) and a smattering of other domains that get (multi-?) referred to by whatever I haven't had the patience to track.
By the time some of these things get resolved the sun has moved perceptibly across the sky when I try to access from work - I've had loads take nearly 3 minutes or even time out.
At home I'm on a feed that's got great burst BW and Mb+/s sustained thru-put. Page loads reasonably well but all the non-CR domains are still fairly slow to load.
Yup, maybe a new adblock plugin is needed, and custom block everything else. Hmmm... maybe my ISP is traffic-shaping some of that junk.
edit: anyone else on this part of the continent having load speed issues? (AB, BC, WA, ID, MT, AK)
edit 2: yup, with some updated ad, script, and track blocker plugins CR front page loads super fast.